Jones' Riverside Marina & RV Park
On the bank of the Beautiful Red River near historic Natchitoches, Louisiana
by Jerry Hay
Jones' Marina & RV Park is formerly Red River Midway Marina. It was purchased in August of 2019 by Shayne and Pam Jones of nearby Winnfield, LA. Since the change of ownership, many improvements have been made, not forgetting that this is Louisiana and guests that visit the facility should experience the real Louisiana.
This is not a fancy “resort” style RV Park. It is for those not interested in well manicured lawns, swimming pools, lots of concrete, tiny RV sites, crowds, and high prices. It is a Louisiana style country place offering great service and low prices. It is laid-back and clean with owners who appreciate their guests and treat them with southern hospitality. That is the number one goal of the Jones' – making their guest comfortable and happy.
“Camper Report” listed the top ten complaints that are posted about RV parks. Following are those complaints and how Jones' RV Park stands with regard to them:
1. Not enough space
This one is easy, since the RV sites average 40 feet in width from post to post.
2. Bad attitudes from staff and owners
The Jones family insists that all guests are treated with kindness and respect. If there is an issue with this, our contact page has an email link directly to the owner.
3. Bad Electric Hookups
At Jones' RV Park the power pedestals are fully functional and in good condition. At any RV park, it is wise to check that first before completely setting up, so that moving to another site is easy.
4. Gross Water
The water is good. It is soft water with no fowl odors and good pressure.
5. Dirty bathhouses and common areas
Jones' RV Park has bathrooms but at this time no showers. The bathrooms and common areas are monitored and kept clean.
6. Neighbor problems
This is a difficult one to address. If an issue between neighbors cannot be resolved among themselves then the first course of action would be to offer a different site. The most typical neighbor complaints are late-night noise and issues with dogs. Quiet hours and pet rules are posted below . A guest may be asked to leave if the rules are violated.
7. Unlevel Sites
Jones' RV Park sites are grass but are also level.
8. Mud, sand, and dirt
OK, let's face it. It is a campground. There is going to be mud, sand, and dirt, especially after heavy rains. It is a good idea to have a pad or carpet to lay out at the entrance of the RV to avoid tracking in.
9. Bug Issues
Unless you live in Anarctica, insects are everywhere. Considering that this is Louisiana, the park does not have as much flying insect population as many places. It is a good idea to bring repellent and citronella candles.
10. Feeling unsafe
This one is surprising because it seems to me that most RV Parks are reasonably safe, as is Jones' RV Park. It is fenced and the Winn Parish Sheriff Dept. patrols it often. An emergency number is posted on the door at the store. One of the things in Louisiana that may cause safety concerns are alligators. There are occasionally alligators in the Red River and nearby Saline Bayou, but they rarely come onshore. There has never been an alligator attack on a human in this area. It is, however, another good reason to keep dogs on a lease.
Some RV Parks have a long list of rules (including the age of your RV). Jones' has a short list:
1. 10pm is quiet time. No loud music or other excessive noise
2. Jones' RV park is pet friendly, but pets must be controlled and cleaned up after.