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Pismo State Beach - North Beach Campground, Pismo Beach, California

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We decided to stay here on our latest trip to the Central Coast after previously staying at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort next door. The gal that helped us at the gate was friendly and offered us a few choices of sites and decided to stay in site #13 as it was close to the beach. The site is short, almost square in shape so we had to disconnect our 17' Casita travel trailer and park our tow vehicle adjacent to it, which worked out well. Our site was adjacent to the public access trail to the beach but people were considerate and did not cut through our camp site. While we enjoyed our site which was not far from the amphitheater and the beach there was garbage left at the site and we were also located near the bathrooms and the garbage & recycling. The bathrooms and showers were pretty dirty and can only image in the peak season how filthy they might get. It seems there is a large population of long-term transients that live in the campground and support themselves going through the recycling cans rummaging bottles and cans. Our site was almost directly across from the recycling and on a Monday after a busy weekend we heard the sound of glass clinking and cans being crushed for what seemed like over an hour. It was quite a production with one or two people sorting then an SUV would come by and pick up the recyclables. Next time we come here we intend to camp towards the Southern end, which seemed to have less unsavory elements. There were signs to protect your valuables, so we put away everything and locked up our gas grill in the back of our truck at night or when we went exploring during the day. On a positive note the beach access was great with lots of room for our dog to stroll and good perch fishing. Also, our Verizon phones had an excellent signal for both cellular and data. We camped at Pismo State Beach - North Beach Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Some of the better sites appear to be toward the Southern end of the campground

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Lake Nacimiento Campground, Paso Robles, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Camped here with my family over President's weekend. Originally scheduled with reservations for camping in Big Sur but due to road closures came here. The gentlemen at the gate was friendly and offered our dog a biscuit and did not charge us for him, which was very nice (normally a $2 per night fee). Also, I brought my kayak so paid $6 and had to fill out paperwork for Quagga Mussel inspection though he did not inspect my kayak whatsoever. We camped in the Oak Knoll campground and were assigned spots near the entrance but would have been next to a large 5th wheel which the campground was about 25% occupied. So we scouted out another site in the lower section that looked more appealing and closer to the water. First thing we noticed were none of the sites were close to being level. Both our site and my accompanying family in their motorhome had to used several blocks on the low side and that wasn't even enough. With the sewer connection being on the uphill side there was no slope for our trailer to drain so we did not use the sewer opting for the dump station down by the marina when we were leaving. The resort is huge with several different campgrounds, though Oak Knoll is the only one with full hook ups, and set-up for summer boaters with boat trailer parking throughout the campgrounds. The marina has several docks and launch ramps and can only imagine what a zoo it would be during the Summer. We did a hike along the Dog Run 5k trail which had some great views of the lake. I used the bathroom and shower in the morning and the water was barely warm, but most have kicked on the water heater as my girlfriend said the hot water was scalding hot when she showered a couple hours later. They appear to have been renovated recently. Overall, we had a nice stay and the area is so beautiful in the Spring. Our rate reflects the $5 senior discount. We camped at Lake Nacimiento Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a restaurant down by the marina if you want to grab a bite or have drinks by the water.

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States Visited: 1
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Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, Lakeview Campground, Gilroy, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Had a pleasant overnight stay at the RV section of the park with hook-ups in July on a Sunday evening which was very quiet after the weekend crowd had left for home. Brought the kayak to do some fishing while my girlfriend hiked the nearby trails with our dog on leash. The rangers are helpful and courteous, they also enforce the rules when someone parks illegally makes noise after quiet hours. Bathrooms are clean and well-kept. Most all sites have picnic tables and a fire ring, sites do not have sewer connection but there is a dump near the entrance. The road into the camp has a couple of tight turns but easy for our 17 foot travel trailer. This place gets crowded during the Spring and Summer months on the weekends but is a joy to stay Sunday-Thursday if you can make it out. Cellular and data coverage is spotty though Verizon gets a signal while AT&T does not. We camped at Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, Lakeview Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you bring a boat, kayak or inflatable you are required to have it inspected by the Quagga Mussel Inspection station over by the launch ramp, which is about half a mile away, then you launch your kayak or inflatable near the campground shore line. You may be subject to a fine if you do not get your watercraft inspected and banded, there are Sheriff out that check.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
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Cal Expo RV Park, Sacramento, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

I called to make our reservation and a nice gal answered and was able to help us locate a site that met our needs. We were trailer our small 17 foot Casita and have camped at locations where we were wedged in between larger 5th wheels and wanted to avoid this if possible. The RV park was pretty easy to find by just following the signs but Michelle had also emailed me directions of getting to the park. Basically, the park is located to the rear of Cal Expo adjacent to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (aka American River Bike Trail). Upon checking in we were greeted by a friendly gentlemen and he offered our dog a biscuit and some complimentary tickets to the RV & Boat show taking place next door at Cal Expo. If you want to use the restroom and showers located in the same building as the office you will need to leave a $20 cash deposit that is refunded when you return the key. We opted not to use the restrooms as we camped at the opposite end of the park and was pretty far away from our site. Our site #334 is located in the paved section it was a great location for us away from other large RV's and close to the grassy area and Dog Park. The site was a bit uneven but we were easily able to level up with our Andersen Camper Leveler. Our site was a back-in site and a bit tight once we unhitched our tow vehicle from the trailer and had to park at an angle to get both within our site, which probably would have been better for a Class B or smaller Class C. We had read reviews of campers bikes being stolen so did not bring ours, but found the security to be good with a patrol coming by several times during the night. The park is well lit at night so that was comforting, but we could have used black-out curtains for our rig. The location of the park is close to eateries, shopping and the American River Trial. We look forward to coming back and exploring more. We camped at Cal Expo RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
334 paved section
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The American River is an easy walk from the RV park and is great if you like to fish or are a birdwatcher. The American River Trail allows you to easily access getting around the area. Bring bikes to explore but lock them securely at night.

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