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San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Petaluma, California


20 Rainsville Road
Petaluma, California 94952
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Sites: 307
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.27180
Longitude: -122.67744

Elevation: 47' (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 yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf yes
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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215 Reviews

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $74.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really nice KOA. There's hundreds of sites and they're building even more but I didn't feel overly cramped. Typical KOA space..tight. Internet was decent for surfing but don't expect to stream. Cell service was great here. Verizon 37mb d/l. ATT 21 mb d/l and T-mobile fast enough to stream but I didn't benchmark it. This was all unboosted speeds. Cable had plenty of channels, electric was a stable 50 amps. The laundromat was the nicest I've ever seen at a park with large new double load washers and dryers. This park caters to families and there are tons of activities for kids. I don't have kids but it was fine for me off season as the kids were in school but it was still full of kids on the weekend. I would not personally stay here during the summer because I can imagine the kid situation is going to be insane. Interior roads were in good condition and easy to navigate for big rigs. There's a newer section towards the back that's much more quiet. If I were to stay here again I would request that section. The staff was very nice and all of the facilities were top notch and very clean. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
176
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

It's about a 10 min drive to downtown Petaluma which has some cute shopping and plenty of things to do. San Francisco is about 45-60 min drive.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $74.00
Overall Rating:

Large KOA with pool, store and tons of kiddie activities on the weekend. We chose a premium site, but it was adjacent to the road where the small train would come by every 5 min on Sat with, of course, music and kiddies having fun. We were glad when that stopped! But, if we had young kids/grandkids, it would be a nice diversion. There are other play areas as well. Sun, Mon and Tues nights were quiet. Good location for us to explore Napa Valley wineries along with a day trip to San Francisco. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Noisy neighbors after quiet hours, loud music and yelling. Called the office, nobody there. Two nights in a row this went on, loud enough that I could hear it in my camper with the windows closed and a TV and a white noise machine on. I left a couple of messages for the office personnel, but we're leaving in the morning anyway, so I guess they won't care. I will never return to this KOA. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
189
Site Surface
Gravel
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
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $100.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed in a premium site that was beautiful. Plenty of room for RV and truck and good space between sites. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
117
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Took advantage of the KOA tour of San Francisco which was terrific. The tour guide was excellent. Well worth the price.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $86.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first trip to a KOA, and we were told this was the busiest KOA in the nation. It was clearly geared to kids and they had many attractions which appealed to youngsters (swimming pool, jumping pillow, climbing wall, petting zoo, etc. were all included). They also have a large number of cabins of various sizes. Our kids enjoyed it! The proximity to wine country and San Francisco is a huge benefit. They have a large staff, who we found to be very friendly.

The sewer drain was elevated. This made dumping a challenge, as I could not get a strong gravity flow. I had to lift the drain hose to create the gravity needed to drain. Since we stayed for six nights, this became annoying. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
210
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The campground operates a daily San Francisco tour ($85). The guide was excellent. We visited all of the major tour spots. Highly recommended! For the beer fans, Russian River Brewing is a 15-20 minute away. It's on the bucket list for most hard core beer geeks. I thought it was overrated, and I was a bit disappointed. Lagunitas Brewing is < 2 miles from the campsite. Great beer, and not overrated. Be sure to visit them.

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Review Count: 202
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

This is a Class act park. If you or your children don't have a good time here, you need to head home. I've stayed in many KOA's and this park has more activities than any I've visited before. The roads are paved and the sites are concrete. The hookups are good and the wifi and cell phone worked. We will stay here anytime we're in the area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
177
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Take the time and drive to the town of Petaluma. Out of the CG, turn left, and drive to the stop sign. (T) Turn right and drive to the traffic light. Turn right and stay on the road until you come into town. Drive around because there is a lot to see and places to eat.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice, tons of activities for kids. Nice store. Great staff. They have their own bus tour of San Fransisco, $80 but worth it, very knowable driver, so much better than tring to drive into the city myself. He also gave tips and a map for wine country, redwoods and the beach. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $88.00
Overall Rating:

This is the KOA that is the embodiment of KOA's national advertising. It's got something for everyone. It's a kids paradise. It's all about fun. There are large class A's and tents, and everything in between. Charming cottages and what looks like mini/lodges. It's a huge property. Even has its own petting zoo. Activities abound.

Site utilities are in great shape. The pool is huge. The WiFi actually worked really well for us, and there was no difficulty getting connected. Even with the crowds on the 4th of July weekend, check in was efficient and calm. It's also dog friendly with a large clean dog park. This is probably one of the highest occupancy KOAs. With so much going on, what makes it work so well is the extraordinary staff headed by its professional manager. Many RV parks run like a hockey team. This gentleman manages the park like a ballet. The staff goes over and above to enhance the campers experience. Most important, it is an owner-run KOA, and the owner is onsite, there to assist and keep things right. These are people that care.

Now keep in mind that this is a KOA with kids everywhere having a noisy great time, and that most sites are close to one another. It's also not inexpensive. But it's well organized and if you want the full KOA experience, this is the park to go to. We arrived without kids, but were captivated by their enjoyment. We found Petaluma to be an absolutely charming town, and we were close enough to San Francisco. They have organized tours of the city. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Petaluma is a charming town 3.5 miles away. Sonoma is nearby. They offer all-day San Francisco sight seeing tours. Check the park map and get a more quiet space in the higher area.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $69.00
Overall Rating:

Mature trees give a lot of shade but caution when backing or pulling into your site. This park is large, but terraced along a hillside. Narrow driveway into the park with steep drop off so when coming into the park you will need to 'hog' the lane. You pull up to a Stop sign, register and then get an access code/armband to enter the camp area. Sharp right or left once you enter, so careful with turning. This is a manageable park to get in and out off, but you need to be aware of what you are doing!! Lots of walkers, kids and bikes/go carts. It was probably due to the time of year we were here, but the earwigs were plentiful. Don't store anything under your rig! Also, if you have kids or dogs, there was a small 'goat head' type burr that was in bloom that got on everything. Don't walk barefoot and check your shoes. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Aside from attending dog shows, this KOA is close to San Francisco and is a great home site for sightseeing in the nearby area such as Napa/Sonoma, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Vallejo, etc...

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $66.00
Overall Rating:

Loved being in the middle of the redwoods. Lots of kids. It is summer after all. They changed our spot to an area with less kids. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Never left the site except to walk the dogs. Trash cans were overflowing.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $74.00
Overall Rating:

As said in many reviews, this is a huge park - I was told it is the largest KOA in the country. Perhaps it is. Extremely busy. There are children everywhere, and people milling about everywhere. However, we did notice that at quite time, it was. Our site ( #173) was right across from the rec center, where entertainment was held almost nightly. Not an ideal quiet site. No satellite in this site, either. As stated before, the sites are not level. We were not paying attention to this as much as we should have, and we ended up dropping our 5th wheel on the truck as we unhooked, because our rig rolled back, and we had not chalked the rig wheels. Our fault, but a level site would have helped - they run slightly uphill.... There is a brand new part of the park that we wish we had known about, with large pull through sites with patios, in a very quiet part of the park. If we ever stay here again, we will pay the extra $$ and stay there. The laundry facilities have the best looking machines I have seen in any park for a long time. The tour of San Francisco that is offered through the park is excellent! Well worth the $$. So informative and entertaining! And the people at the front desk are very helpful answering questions about getting into the city, and things to do. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
173
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Proximity to San Francisco is the draw of this park. An hour gets you to the bay, if traffic is not bad. We took a ferry right to a Giants game, and the public bus that picked up about a mile from the park and took us right down to Pier 33 for an Alcatraz tour (book these way in advance!) . Pick your site from their website map, and pay the fee to reserve it for yourself - away from the cabins and the rec tent, if you want some quiet.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $64.00
Overall Rating:

We had a wonderful stay. I walked the entire campground and it is very large. Well laid out. Lots of amenities. They offer daily tours into San Francisco. They claim to be the busiest KOA is the USA due to their proximity to San Francisco and Napa Valley. Easy to navigate and large staff is very helpful. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this KOA for a few days while seeing the San Francisco area. Like most campgrounds in this area it is on the expensive side. Our site 180 reasonably level. But saw a lot of people that had to board up. Verizon and T-Mobile had good signal. Camp has Wifi, but found it unusable with few people in camp. They do have sat friendly sites, but the park also has cable. Most sites have some semblance of grass. FHU good elect. and water. Sewer need 10' extension.

There is a pool and a petting zoo. The park caters to families so there is some noise and children. They have two laundries, but the once closest to use had most of the washers out of service. The camp has a play area for kids, and game room. No off leash dog park but there was enough grass to keep rover happy. It is best to unhook your toad when checking in. Park layout a bit confusing. It is a good campground to see the city and the wine country. We had site 180. Satellite friendly. If you want to reserve a certain site it is $20.00 extra. Not a bad park, but felt it could use a bit of maintenance. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
180
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

Price is an average of 2 weekday nights $55) and two weekend nights ($75). If you have kids, this is a great place to stay. If you don't have kids this is a great place to stay Sunday through Thursday nights. Even on weekends it is a nice place to stay without kids though noisy. Sites are well spaced for a private campground and it was kept clean. Nice people at the front desk who handled a minor problem efficiently and politely. We would come back when in the area. Note the checkin line was 10 vehicles long on Friday at 6:00; expect some delays. Regarding some previous bad reviews about the activities, the website very clearly states check in and check out times. It also states very clearly the costs for additional people camping and day visitors. Don't complain because you didn't read the rules. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Really enjoyed the San Francisco tour that is run out of the campground. I highly recommend it.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $100.00
Overall Rating:

This is a huge park with lots of amenities for families; petting zoo, pool, playground, etc. Most of the families seemed to let their kids run free (which us older folks did in our neighborhoods). This is all great if you have kids you don't wish to have to entertain, but if you are adults who just want a place to relax...THIS IS NOT IT. Note the cost. Also, the staff did not make the rounds to make sure people quieted down, our neighbors were yelling between sites, playing music, and talking loudly until almost midnight. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
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