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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA, Petaluma, California

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one rainy February night when we took a coastal route to get back home to Oregon. We paid too much for that, but the decision was ours to stay here. They had us initial (in 3 places) and sign a hold harmless waiver like we were renting a car. We've never had to do that at any other campground. We won't do it again. The campground is beautiful and well-landscaped. We stayed in a pull through site in the Vineyard Terrace area. Sites were raised and terraced. They have nice, modern private showers and bathrooms. There are slate floors and tiled walls. One side of the building had the bathrooms. The other side had the showers. There is some up and down and tight turns while maneuvering through the campground. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
R236
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA, Desert Hot Springs, California

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

This was a good overnight stopping point between Bakersfield, CA and Phoenix, AZ taking a route going through Lucerne Valley and Yucca Valley. As others have mentioned it's not next to I-10. Staff were friendly and led us to our site. The area is attractive. The campground is flat and surrounded by a perimeter of trees. Desert hills were visible as a backdrop. This could be a short destination campground on weekends. That's when their restaurant is open, they have poolside BBQs, and offer many activities. Sites are at a 90 degree angle. Our row was extra wide with shrubs providing some privacy between sites. Some rows did not have this. Restrooms were individual, private, and very nice. One side of the building had the toilet/sink units. The other side had the showers. Because of the windy area the campground is in, they do not allow charcoal or open fires. You can rent a propane campfire from them. We camped at Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
154
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Davis Camp Park, Bullhead City, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The rate does not include a $5 per night pet fee (1 small dog) they charged us upon arrival. Their web site mentions there is a pet fee but does not state what the fee is. This park has more dog poop than we've seen anywhere else. The periphery was littered in a similar way highways are. There was a handful of litter (including rusted bottle caps) we picked up at our site. The park needs some TLC. We stayed in the RV-A section. It's a W & E loop above the beach area. Sites are close. There are trees but not for creating privacy. Some RV-A sites have views of the river which is fairly close. #22 to #26 have great views and grass behind them. #1 has a view across the loop and grass on the patio side. #18 has a good river view. Further south of the A loop, beyond the group picnic area are the RV-B, RV-C, and RV-D sections. These are long rows of close full hookup sites. There are a few trees scattered about. These sections are mostly sunny. For the most part there is no grass or vegetation separation between sites. Views here would be in the first row of RV-B more in the middle. The river is quite a distance in this part of the park. We camped at Davis Camp Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
RV-A 15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We weren't sure if we could walk over to the Nevada side. The bridge between Arizona and Nevada does not have a sidewalk, so we didn't get over to Nevada. On the Nevada side directly across from the park it looks like there is a modern looking trail system set up along the river.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Emerald Forest Cabins & RV, Trinidad, California

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one rainy night in February when we did a coastal route to get from central California back home to Oregon. We called 30 minutes before we arrived to see if they had spaces. They did. Check in was friendly. This park is set in a grove of redwood trees. It's a rustic, basic type of place. It worked well for us. We would stay here again and would consider it for a longer stay in the summer. Trinidad is only a mile south. It looks like you could walk fairly easily to get to the town and to coastal trails. The loops and sites might have been just dirt or some gravel. Forest floor is the best description. There were some muddy spots to avoid near the front of the park. The office said the rear of the park was quite muddy that time of year. The bathroom had two private units that included a shower, toilet and sink. These were refurbished sauna-looking units with tile floors and natural wood everywhere else. The electric hookup looked older, but our surge protector was all green. We had no issues. Site #20 where we stayed had a short but steep incline, then it was level. We camped at Emerald Forest Cabins & RV in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Waiiaka RV Park (formerly Waiiaka Trailer Haven), Yreka, California

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

This is a decent park for spending a night while traveling I-5. It's easy access from exit 773. We only used their electric since we were winterized at the beginning of a January trip. Their water supply is heated. I called several days ahead. The office had a packet of information ready for us when we arrived. Someone walked us to the site. Loops and sites are gravel. They have tall trees (bare this time of year). There were many open spaces in January. We didn't use the showers. Behind a stall door is a two part prefab shower. There's a drying area with a bench then the shower area. The sign said it was 25 cents for 3 minutes. We'll use them again next year on our winter break from Oregon to Arizona. We camped at Waiiaka RV Park (formerly Waiiaka Trailer Haven) in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Rain Rock Casino is nearby. There is a shuttle you can call to get there. Call 530-340-7070.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Belknap Resort & Hot Springs, Mckenzie Bridge, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a quirky, charming establishment with a variety of RV spots, lodge, and cabins, which look more like houses from the outside. It has an enchanted garden/forest feel to it. Some sites are right on the river. Others are on a bluff overlooking the river or away from the river. The lodge, one pool, and sites 1-11 are on the river level. All the other RV sites and another pool are on the upper level. You do have to drive up a loop road with many overhead trees. Most sites are very close to each other. We stayed in #25 under tall conifers. There were no other numbered sites on our patio side just two that did not seem to be used. On our hookup side the next site was very close, but it was not occupied. Sites 20, 25, and 40-44 are on the side of the campground closes to OR-126. Traffic noise was not bad, but you will be aware there is a highway. Site #20 is a top pick for us. It's above the river. There is a generous buffer with trees on the patio side. Site #44 is the nicest pull-through site if you want privacy. The secret garden is a special place. They have other garden areas throughout their grounds. They have some maze-like trails on their property. Access to the McKenzie trail is walking distance from the property. Staff was friendly both at check in and when we called prior to update our reservation. We camped at Belknap Resort & Hot Springs in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
25
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Dee Wright Observatory in the middle of lava flows is quite the place to visit and walk around. It's on OR-242 west of Sisters, Oregon. That highway is best for a tow vehicle. Even in our small 24' RV, the drive was intense. From Sisters to the observatory, it's not too bad. There are some tight turns but manageable in our small RV. From the observatory to OR-126 there are just too many 15 MPH turns and narrow sections of the road. We won't do the full route in our small RV again.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Diamond Lake Campground USFS, Diamond Lake, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

The price reflects a 50% discount. We also paid a one time $10 reservation fee. This is an incredibly long and narrow national forest campground. It took us an hour to do a walk from one end to the other. It's on the shore in a thick conifer forest. Most sites are short and narrow. There are some that will fit a class A. The loop roads are narrow, curvy, and tree-lined. June into September some loops are only available by reservation. The forest service web site has a pdf campground map showing which sites require reservations. Check rec.gov to see what the specific reserve dates are and for details on the levelness of each site. It will list how long the pad is and how many feet are considered level. Then it will tell you the amount of incline percentage for the slanted portion. The slant will be at the front of the site. Some sites are close to each other. Many sites are generously spaced and private. There are some wonderful waterfront sites. These are sites we especially liked C8, G25, G37, and M15. G25 had sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. It is on the waterfront, partially blocked by trees. We stayed during the week just before Labor Day weekend. There were many open sites. We did not have a problem with mosquitoes. We camped at Diamond Lake Campground USFS in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
G25
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

At the south end of the campground is a decent pizza place. It was a treat while camping. They have 3 sizes of pizza with standard toppings. The crust is medium thickness with the right amount of chew. They also have wine and beer. A short path between G39 and G40 leads to it.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Sunset Bay State Park, Coos Bay, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Reviews others have written about 90-degree sites, tight spaces, and close trees/brush are valid. We have a smaller (24') RV, so these were not issues. We found the park to be a pleasant place to stay. It's set in a forested area with tall trees but not such that it causes deep shade. We'd stay in our again. It was reasonably private with vegetation on either side. There are breaks where you can peek at the adjacent sites but not too bad. Directly across the loop road is a tall, thick hedge and garbage cans set behind permanent posts. Behind the site about 50' away through trees is a trail. The only negative for us about this site might be that it's only one site away from the registration area. We probably got more engine idling noise than other sites. The beach is a 10 minute walk. There is a viewpoint trail with stunning views. It leads to other trails. It's long. Walk on it to the extent you're comfortable. Up to Norton Gulch views are worthwhile. If you take it all the way to Shore Acres (1.5 hours one way) the views are breathtaking. By site B17 there is a trail that goes through the forest to Yoakam Point. This trail will bring you to the road. Take a right (east), walk a very short distance, and cross the road at the Yoakam Point sign. We camped at Sunset Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A38
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

On the way in we stopped at Fisherman's Grotto. They have a large open lot. They will be on your right side as you are heading to the park. It's on the east side of the bridge that connects to Charleston. It's about 4 miles from the park. We picked up some chowder (decent flavor though a little too thick for our tastes) and fantastic crab cakes.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Twin Lakes Resort, La Pine, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This was the first time we stayed at this park. It was a pleasant experience set in pines by the Deschutes Channel. There's even a decent aroma of pines. Sites are nearby but not on top of each other. They are spacious. Some even have a substantial buffer of trees between them. Everyone at the resort was friendly. The sites on the water side get a partial view through trees. The showers (we did not use) are $2 for 5 minutes. The bathrooms are rustic and rusty but clean and functional. The loop and sites are dirt. It is dusty in the summer. The RV sites are by reservation only. When you arrive, park in your site then walk across the road to the resort store to check in. The resort is across the road in an easy walk. There you have a store, restaurant, boat rentals, and a 1-mile trail that goes around South Twin Lake. We camped at Twin Lakes Resort in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
20
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Their restaurant has cold and hot sandwiches and some dinner options. They have a large selection of beer and wine. There is a view of South Twin Lake from either inside or on the patio. The patio does allow dogs. We made a reservation for one night at the patio.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Kalaloch Campground (NPS Campground), Olympic National Park, Washington

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

This is a non-hookup, forested campground between US-101 and the Ocean. It is right on US-101. You will get some of the traffic noise. Some sights are on the ocean on a bluff above the beach. The views from some sites are spectacular. Many sites are short. Most sites are incredibly uneven. We made reservations for site #D33. It slanted sharply down from front to back. The view was outstanding. Many sites are well spaced. Others are a little closer to each other. You access the beach from the D loop, from the center parking area, and from the A loop. There's the beach to walk on. There is also a small trail that leads to Kalaloch Lodge where there is a restaurant and convenience store. You will be walking on the side of the road for part of this walk. It's about half a mile. Dogs are fine on the beach and the trail to the lodge. The reservation window is about mid June to late September. Loops E and F remain on a first come availability even during this time. D33 had a perfect view but is too slanted for us to consider again. D31 is a pull through with a fantastic view. You will be right on the loop road and will need to level a bit on the passenger side. D24 is by itself right on the ocean. It slants a bit but is a top contender. Other view sites we liked: A13, A16, A25, A27, D36. A couple non-view sites we liked are B12 and B19. We camped at Kalaloch Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
D33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground), Port Townsend, Washington

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fantastic campground and fort grounds. We'll want to make this a regular place to visit. Our rate does not include a one time $8 reservation fee or one time $5 non-resident fee. You will want to make reservations. They are not set up for you to find an empty site and pay then. This campground is near the beach/water. You check in at building 210 (Commons) in the middle of the fort grounds. There is RV parking there. After you check in then you drive to the campground. Directional signs are limited. It will be best if you go to their web site and print maps before you arrive so you are familiar with the layout. From site #9 where we stayed you can see the water. Most don't have any water view. You'll only be a few minutes walk to it. You'll see the Port Townsend to Whidbey Island ferry, the Victoria Clipper, cruise ships, and cargo ships. Sites are level, spacious, and laid out well. Though many are visually open to each other. You can walk along the beach. You can walk out to the lighthouse but can't go inside. There are many trails throughout the battery remains of the fort. This fort has many existing buildings that have restaurants, museums, and even accommodations. We enjoyed site #9. Site #18 is private. The pull out sites on the outer perimeter from 34 through 46 will offer privacy. We camped at Fort Worden State Park (Beach campground) in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There is plenty to see all within walking distance. There is a marine science center, coast artillery museum, and commanding officer's quarters museum. There are kayak rentals (weekends). Next to the campground is a convenience store with a basic restaurant for fish and chips, hamburgers, and hot dogs. In the fort grounds there is a restaurant (Reveille) that serves 3 meals and another restaurant (Taps at the Guardhouse) that opens after lunch and into the evening.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Peach Beach Campark (Sunset Orchards), Goldendale, Washington

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

On a Sunday in late May we tried to get into the next door State Park without reservations. Their RV sites were all full. So we went to Peach Beach Campark right next door. They had open spaces including some W&E spots on the water. Sites are close but expected for a commercial park. It's still a nice place. The loop and sites are gravel. There's some grass between sites. There are plenty of large shade trees. The W&E sites on the water face a small lagoon then the Columbia river. Views of Oregon are worth staying in these sites. The host was friendly and helped us determine which ones were open. They do not have an office. When you drive down their main entry way you'll be driving down the middle of where they have two dump stations on either side. At the end is a pay station with additional information about sites reserved for that day. On the west side of the park is a small gate you can use to walk into the day use area of the state park. We camped at Peach Beach Campark (Sunset Orchards) in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The Stonehenge replica is worth a vist. They have a large open parking lot. If you enjoy wineries, the Maryhill Winery is the most enjoyable wineries we've been to in years. They are dog friendly including inside.

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Unity Lake State Recreation Site, Unity, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed this immensely scenic park right on the lake. If we could add anything to the experience, it would be having more trails than the one nature trail to the day use area. In late May before Memorial Day weekend, there were plenty of spaces to choose from. This area is high desert. The day area and much of the campground area has trees and grass (watered heavily). The trees in the day use area are big. The trees in the campground (especially B loop) were smaller. The A loop sites are close together. The ones right on the lake (11 through 16) are very close. These six sites are separated by gravel instead of grass. The B loop sites are more widely spaced. We stayed in site 28 in the B loop. It's our favorite site because the patio area is partially secluded. We had a lake view to the rear, the hookup side and from the table. The passenger side straight out looks to desert landscaping and a partially hidden open pit. We camped at Unity Lake State Recreation Site in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Ukiah-Dale State Park, Ukiah, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a pleasant park on Camas Creek. It's a long, narrow park between US-395 and the creek. This is a primitive park so there are no hookups. The loop and sites are all paved. Site 4 were we stayed was under 30' but nice. The patio area was private, and it's right on the creek. There are several sites that are much longer. It's in a mature forest fairly open at the surface. This is right on US-395 so there is some noise, but it did not bother us. There are no trails. This is one state park that does not allow payment with a credit card. It has to be either cash or a check. Generator hours are 8am - 6pm. We camped at Ukiah-Dale State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Lake Selmac - Josephine County Park, Selma, Oregon

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

There are several loops around different parts of the lake that are all part of the Josephine County park system. We stayed at the Osprey loop. We arrived without a reservation on a weekend in late April. There were plenty of spaces. Osprey and Mallard are the two loops that have hookups. Osprey is on the west side of the lake in a mature evergreen forest wide open at the ground level. The loop is paved. The sites are dirt (forest surface). There is plenty of space between most of the sites. The lake is a 5 minute walk. You will get a glimpse of it through the trees. Sites 17, 18, and 19 are closest to the lake.

Wild turkeys were walking around the campground and calling out. It's a nice place to be out in the woods. The Mallard loop is around the SE shore of the lake. We could not find it. We either missed a secondary turn off sign, or it wasn't signed. It looks like there are trails closer to the Mallard loop. We camped at Lake Selmac - Josephine County Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
15
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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