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Posted on Aug 20, 2015

Try a unique camping experience

The Smokiam RV resort on the north end of Soap Lake has four teepees along the shore set apart from the rest of the resort.
The teepees, which have been up for the past couple of months, offer guests a taste of the Native American culture, as well as access to 300 days of sunshine. The resort is also available year-round.
The tepees have a private deck, a futon sofa bed, lounge chairs, a fire pit and a picnic area. They are also a dry camping spot, which means no power or water. Guests are asked to bring their own fire-building material, sleeping bags, air mattress for additional people and flashlights. The resort does not provide linens, so bring your own bedding. The teepees sleep two adults and two children.
“A lot of people do like it, because it is different and you wake up right on the water,” said resort employee Nelly Korneychuck. “We should have water and power next year.”
The cost is $55 from May through September and $40 from October through April.
Korenychuck said the teepees are usually booked up on the weekends, but available most weekdays.
The resort has 900 feet of beachfront property, a swimming pool, hot tub, a clubhouse with a kitchen, fitness center, recreation clubhouse with a big screen television, pool table and game table, sauna, renovated bathrooms and showers, laundry facility, café and snack shop, playground and watercraft rentals.
If a teepee is not for you, there are 81 RV sites ranging from $39 to $48 a night; 51 camp sites for $34 a night and five cabins for rent from $149 to $199 a night.
The resort is close to fishing, hunting, boating, cave exploration, Soap Lake’s mineral filled water and hiking.
To reserve a spot contact the Smokiam RV resort office at 246-0413.


— By Kurtis J. Wood,

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