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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: 67
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $76.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for 4 nights while visiting the area and family. Check-in was easy. There is a gate to the sites. Getting to our site was easy. Lots of trees provide shade. While we were there there was a movie played at the swimming pool every night, family films. The speakers face the campsites. The movies were over by about 10 so it was no problem. Plenty of activities for families: petting zoo, jump house. They issue wristbands to use if you are using any of the facilities and on Saturday evening when we returned they had someone checking passes to get to the campground. Laundry room was clean. Had a problem with one of the dryers but just used another and went to the office for a refund. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

This is the biggest KOA I have ever visited, 5 people man the check in counter, they could probably use 7. Very, very well organized campground for such a large operation. I have never seen so many kids, large pool, petting zoo, etc, etc. Normally we try and avoid kid friendly places, but things were so well organized, they were never a problem.

They actually offer a guided tour of San Francisco, this is strictly KOA, their tour bus, their guide, it was beyond excellent. A bit pricy, $79.00 per person, but well worth it. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

There is a fresh fruit stand close to the park, left on Stoney Point road about .5 miles.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We were in the area on a spring break trip to go to Lagunitas brewery. The brewery is much better than this place. If you are into camping in close quarters with hundreds of other RV's than this place is for you. Apparently it is hugely popular with the locals which I find to be a puzzling pastime but I probably just don't get it. The hook ups were oddly placed forward in our back in spot which made the sewer impossible to use. Need a longer hose I guess! We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for almost two weeks to attend a family wedding in Petaluma. The park was immaculate and offered many amenities for all types of campers...great gravel pads for large rigs with full hook ups, lovely shade sites with room in between, picnic tables, swings, redwood lounge chairs, a pool, a petting zoo, and wonderful views of the hills. The camp hosts were especially helpful when we extended our stay and actually held a site for us so we could move our rig early in the morning. You are have great proximity to Point Reyes National Seashore, Jenner, San Francisco and wineries. This is the best KOA we gave ever stayed in! We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C5
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The Korbel winery is beautiful and offers tastings at no charge. Take a side trip to Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay or Jenner to see whales, seals and beautiful beaches. The trip from Larkspur into San Francisco on the ferry was beautiful and only cost $5 for seniors.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed for three rainy weeks in December, during the period of severe flooding in Sonoma County.

The good: Nice and generally very quiet. Friendly staff. Pretty setting and close to the freeway and the historic city of Petaluma. Modest petting farm and small pastures for mini horses, goats and cows.

The not-so-good: Started out in a gravel space on the hill under mature trees, which was a bit cramped and very muddy and slippery (soggy leaves). Eventually moved down to a concrete space near the central laundry/shower/rec room building. Not as muddy and messy but the sewer hook-up was set in a depression that was constantly flooded and the water from up the hill flowed right across my space and across the roadway in front of it. I raked up the soggy leaves around my trailer myself. I got very dirty very often. Noisy obnoxious holiday party in the rec room one night complete with someone chattering away on a Microphone 50 feet from my trailer (fortunately it didn't go on too late).

That said, it's a convenient, pleasant location, and the nicest in the stretch between Cloverdale and Petaluma. I would stay here again (hopefully after the drainage issues get fixed). We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is based on monthly, including metered power. We were in the older section used mostly for monthlies or long-termers. Heavily wooded, making maneuvering with a big rig dicey at times (getting our 40' fifth-wheel in and out of our site with our dually was challenging to say the least). Overall a very nice park in a rural setting. Very well maintained, staff very professional and effective (for instance, we had tons of rain during our stay--the big floods--and they regularly cleaned all the drains). Lots of activities for children including a petting zoo. As with most KOAs these days, a little pricey in our opinion. We would probably not stay here again because of the cramped quarters. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $67.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice park, but as with nearly all KOA's, the sites are much too close together, and the prices are inflated. This park has many amenities for the family, and seems to stay busy year around. There appear to be many more people actually living in the park now, than during our last visit several years ago, and some need to clean up around their sites. Dogs running loose, and flies so bad that we couldn't eat outside made the trip less than enjoyable. Before opening or closing the door to our rig, we had to swat the flies away! This was a common problem throughout the park, due to it's close proximity to dairy farms in the area. Since this is the nicest park near San Francisco, we will probably stay here again when visiting the area. We were disappointed that even though the weather was warm and sunny (many folks using the pool), the sightseeing trips into the city were not offered "in the winter" according to the staff. Not sure when they consider winter season, but the calendar thinks it begins near the end of December, not November… We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $63.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is for a nice grassy end site with some outdoor furniture near a fire ring. That said, our only complaint about paying (about double) for a nice grassy site is, a lot of dog owners in the complex brought their pets over to the grassy site to take care of their business....even though we're sitting in our lawn chairs about 10-feet away from them. We complained to the staff about this when we were here last year, so we thought maybe they had placed some signs on the grass sites reminding the dog owners to please use the designated pet areas. So, since they haven't we decided we're not coming back here anymore. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed our stay. The staff was helpful and the bathrooms were clean and looked like they had very recently been updated with granite and nice lighting. Our dog enjoyed the dog park. My husband enjoyed relaxing at Lagunitas beer sanctuary while I went shopping at the Outlet Mall. As a history buff I enjoyed walking through the historic downtown. This is a large RV park and it was nice doing my morning walk around the grounds. The baby goats were adorable. The pool was heated and very large, with two shallow ends it was nice to lounge in. The weekends are very busy but we also stayed Sunday and Monday, which were more our pace. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

We are from Spain and we are making a trip through the USA. We started in March in Miami, Fl, and we finished in August in Los Angeles. It is one of the best camping we've been on this trip. We arrived at night, a day before the reservation and there was no room, so we put in a sort of overflow. No services, but where we could spend the night safely. The next day we had a magnificent plot. Family camping familiar but not clogged with people and vehicles. Comfortable. Facilities are well maintained and spacious pool. The staff is always very attentive to help, both reception and maintenance staff. We do not have any complaints. Actually it was all fine and stayed five days, serving as a base for visiting San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, etc. Very well located. No doubt to repeat. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground for kids due to the numerous activities. There was a large number of children in the campground. I was not surprised, based on earlier reviews, and since many families keep returning because their children enjoy the activities so much. We were in an asphalt, pull thru spot. Our problem was I needed three, one inch boards to level my fifth wheel, side to side. For $70 a night, I don't believe I should have to work to level my fifth wheel on an asphalt site. Roads seem plenty wide for big rigs, but I was surprised to see the number of rigs that kept getting stuck in turns. I would return since my daughter and grand daughters enjoyed the park so much. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 217
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

This is a tough park to review because of it's size with a variety of different type of sites. Ours was located near a restroom and we had more people cut through our site to avoid a few feet of walking, just bad manners. If we had our kids with us the park, because of its many activities, would rate higher. We will return because it is the only game in town and there is so much to do in the area. Next time we will try and avoid the summer crowds. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 20

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

We stayed here in spite of the previous reviews as it seemed to be the best out of what was available. We were pleasantly surprised. I made the reservation on line, with special request for a space where our roof mounted satellite would work. We checked in with a very friendly staff, they accommodated our request. Our space was very level, with very little adjustment needed. We had plenty of space for our 35', with slides and tow and had NO problem getting in or out of our space. Did not hear barking dogs. They have a very nice dog park. Did catch a whiff OCCASIONALLY of the cattle in the surrounding ranches, but it was not overpowering. If you live in TX, that is the smell of money and I'm sure it's the same for these ranches. There did seem to be some long-term residents, but the area was clean and well maintained. The Wi-Fi and cable worked great. We were on the southern edge of the park and there was a busy road next to the park, but the noise was not that bad. If in the area again, we would not hesitate to stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

This campground could be lovely; it is situated close to San Francisco and the north Bay Area. We have stayed here before but this spring it was pretty much filled with "extended stay sites". It is now more like a trailer park than a destination RV resort. We will not stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

What a great place for families! Our kids really love all the fun activities. The staff is extremely friendly and the petting zoo is a nice feature. We'll be coming again! We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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