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Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA

Manchester, California


44300 Kinney Road
Manchester, California 95459
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 61
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.98088
Longitude: -123.69718

Elevation: 77' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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31 Reviews

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Review Count: 103
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

We came in on a Friday evening around 5 without reservations expecting to be turned away, but the lady at the front desk showed me 3 pull through sites and allowed me to pick one. We've stayed at a few KOAs recently that were not up to par, but this one is very nice with well spaced pull throughs and mature shade trees. This is a family park with an area for tents to the side of where the RVs are parked. Lots of children riding bicycles but once it got dark it was very quiet. Cable with 10 channels including local affiliates. There was no extra charge for the WiFi which worked better than most campground WiFi. My Verizon phone showed only 1 bar and was unusable for date, so the good WiFi was appreciated. Normally, I bypass a KOA due to their higher prices, but we would come back to this one. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Rt 1 going N or S is a very scenic drive with many turnouts to view the beaches and offshore rocks. The route N to the junction of 101 at Leggett is about 80 miles but can take almost 3 hours due to the twists and turns and frequent opportunities to stop and absorb the views.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice park. It is only a short hike or bike ride from the beach. Lots of shade and you have adequate space from your neighbor. It has a heated pool and a hot tub. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The best part was that we were there on ice cream night!! The drive north to Ft. Bragg was beautiful. Recommend Queenie's Roadside Cafe in Elk, CA. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $67.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park with a disc golf course, short private trail to the beach, largest dog park I have yet to see. Shade trees everywhere. Nice staff, ice cream night, super for kids. Just can't say enough. Beware of traveling over Mountain View Road (a GPS no no)...switchbacks and single lane road should not be traveled. Call office for directions. Enjoy your stay. We dined at Flows in Fort Bragg. Great place and view. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
end of Seabreaze
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mendocino Botanical Gardens are a must, and dog friendly. Had a super time there. $14 for adults and worth every penny! Plan on an hour minimum and go crazy with your camera!

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

We reserved a 50 amp spot for 41" and confirmed by KOA email. We were directed to a 30 amp site, shorter than we expected. No 50 amps were available anymore. The main driveway was full of muddy potholes. The upkeep of the park has been neglected for some time, no landscaping around the individual sites or any shrubs etc. just muddy grass. Generally, this Park did not meet our expectations of a KOA Park. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

First: we're not KOA Club-members, so no discount of any sort. We chose this campground based on proximity to Point Arena, and the decent rating. We haven't used a KOA park since 2003, due to the "club-membership" aspect. We had forgotten the "activities" scheduled for both kids and adults, and the fact that many KOA camps are intended to be the actual destination, not a temporary stop-along-the-way.

The location of this park is outstanding: embedded within a grove of those large, gnarly pines typical of the windy California coastline, and it's less than a half-mile walk to the accessible beach (just past Manchester Beach State Park campground, for which our rig was too large). Some sites have full hook-ups, we had electric/water/cable (stable voltage/good pressure), some are dry, there is a plethora of tent sites, and better than a dozen "Kamping Kabins" (and this place was nearly full). Pool, showers/restrooms (we didn't use), 4 washers (one being used by staff to wash mop-heads), and 2 out of 5 dryers working. Tables and fire-rings at most sites, that we saw, and sites fairly close to level, although they were dirt (no gravel).

They also have a "common-area" kitchen and gathering-place: which is a nice touch, if you're with a large group. The office staff was very nice and helpful, and check-in was very easy. As with "destination" parks, the evenings were noisy, overall, however "most" of the noise subsided after 22:00 (per "rules").

The park is "challenging" for larger rigs, but should not be an issue for anyone with a few thousand miles experience. Use of the dump-station, with TOAD attached, is not advised. Hook up when you get out in front of the office, or closer to the entrance.

All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay: visits to "old haunts" in the area, and would use this park again (when compared to others we passed in the vicinity). We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Point Arena Light-Station Museum. Groceries and gas in Gualala (2 stores), or if you're coming from the north, stock up and gas-up in Fort Bragg. (You'll not get your rig into the only station in Point-Arena. It's akin to "Wally's" back in Mayberry.)

CA-1 is "twisties" and up to 15% grades (switch-backs are sometimes more), and routes between CA-1 and US-101 are little more than paved-over logging roads. Make sure your equipment, especially brakes, are in top shape.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very friendly staff, breakfast was great and hot tub was clean. We are returning in November for there Thanksgiving pot luck. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

This is a typical KOA, oriented towards family camping. Since this was towards the end of summer, there were lots of families, with lots of kids, and way too many dogs. Off season this would be much nicer. The spaces are large and reasonably level, with lots of trees. Staff keeps the place clean. Close to the beach. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

It really comes down to what you are looking for. If you want a place with a beach close by and do not have a dog or a need for anything else, this is a good spot. If you don't mind dirt and have kids, this is a great spot. If however, you like to adventure out, go to dinner maybe explore towns, or if you travel with your dog and want to leave the campground, not such a great spot. We had a site with very little outdoor area, and none in the sun (which is nice to have in a coastal area), with our neighbors hook-ups were right next to our chairs. Other areas around us looked so much more appealing! We asked to move as we were here for 4 nights and watching others come and go, but they didn't feel they could do that. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Lighthouse is close by and there are really nice hiking trails all around (watch for dog signs as many do not allow). You cannot take your dog to Manchester Beach so will have to drive to a beach if you want to take your dog. The office will provide you with a list of places to go and suggestions. It seemed like everyone was traveling with at least one dog and the campground is set up nicely for your pet.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here in a 50A pull through FHU. Nice site among trees, good utilities. Staff constantly cleaning up, a neat facility.

We found no Verizon data coverage) not even with booster), no AT&T except could get barely useable phone or data with cellphone booster most of the time. Wifi was one of those use for 100mb or one hour, then cut off for four; speed ok but not fast. Wearing after a few days. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Found the Rollerville Cafe to be the best in Point Arena. Foggy most days this time of year.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at the KOA Manchester Beach after dry camping two nights at Stillwater Cove SP (wonderful spot) so wanted hookups and services for a few days. Very friendly and helpful staff, easy checkin. They let us pick our spot; the park was virtually empty on a mid-week March day.

We enjoyed how this KOA was much more "natural" than most - grass/gravel spots with large trees around and a good amount of separation between sites. We picked one of the "premium" 50A full-hook up sites in the back, (believe it was 90 as noted below but not sure). The 30A pull throughs looked a little close together by comparison but were nice being in the trees.

They went above and beyond with service; both evenings we stopped at the office for firewood which they quickly delivered to our site in their golf cart.

Did not use the facilities/showers/pool/kitchen, but enjoyed a fire each night and watching the stars and moon among the tree branches. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 90
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 172
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 65

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

This is a pretty nice campground for a KOA. It's spacious, has a nice big dog run, various levels of service to choose from ranging from tent only sites to FHU's. It's overpriced IMHO like most KOA's (obviously, I don't have a high opinion of KOA's), but at least it's nice. There are a bunch of "amenities" like bocce, horseshoes, volleyball, playgrounds, pool & hot tub etc. Probably a pretty nice place for families to camp...lots for the kids to do. There is a trail to the beach but we didn't take it. We were here on a Monday night in June and there were tons of spaces available. Price includes $3 extra for the little dog. What's with California charging extra everywhere for the dogs? We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

This is well maintained clean quiet park that is located well away from any city life or sounds. The spaces in the full hookup area are nice size but all the ground is natural dirt, sod, pine needles etc. lots of massive trees for shade. The WiFi is not so good and even my Verizon only gets one or two bars. The TV has very limited channels but there is a nice big screen TV in the outdoor common area. The only thing that will keep me from coming back to this area is that dogs are not allowed on the dunes or beaches. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Only 1 of 3 showers had water running in them, and Space 13 was a water hole, I picked it at night and couldn't see the spot. They did bring a pallet over to dry the step up. Maybe 13 channels, and the worse was no ATT cell (not their fault), but you get 1 hour of WiFi and or "some amount" of data. That lasted me maybe 10 mins. but you can pay for more.... It's a nice park and I'm sure when it's tourist season (not this week) it will be better here. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Just off Hwy 1 in CA, it's FUN getting here, we came down from Leggett. I wouldn't advise it.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

First time visit to this KOA to take part in their Thangiving celebration. Our site was nice and spacious. Sites was grass and fairly level. Cable tv is limited but they had a big tv by community fire pit to watch football games. Overall a nice KOA. Now what they do for the holiday is amazing. A big turkey dinner for the guest. They provide the turkeys and guests provide the side dishes. Lots of activities for kids including Santa arriving the next day. A lot of people make this weekend a traditon. A unique, enjoyable trip. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

Really awesome dog park. Nice place but when we were there no one seemed to follow the leash requirement and the staff ignored it. The staff in the office was ok not very nice but pleasant enough. There was a wedding going on the Sunday we were there and it was LOUD. NO consideration for the campers. We camped at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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