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San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Petaluma, California


20 Rainsville Road
Petaluma, California 94952
Phone: Click to view

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: 85
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

Price reflects local taxes and is for a water/electric (no sewer) site. It does not reflect any discount for a KOA membership. The check in staff was pleasant, professional, and helpful. We asked for and were located reasonably close to the showers. The showers (closest to us) were in a separate building from the rest rooms, which we did not visit. The showers were each accessed through individual doors to the outside. The vent in one shower did not adequately remove the build up of steam, but the shower I used was fine. Overall, this was a decent, but not great, RV park. For what was provided, the price was high -- but that also reflects its location on the perimeter of the S.F. Bay Area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $54.00
Overall Rating:

This is the best park we have found to go to San Francisco. Typical KOA being overpriced, very weak Wi-Fi, but a clean and family friendly park. 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: November, 2012 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

Great location, wifi was good, a lot of activities for kids and for adults in the surrounding area. Now the bad, our site was muddy after it rained (not enough rock). It was not possible to level at our location and asked to be moved, although the park was half full they would not move us. The sewer was located above our line requiring us to lift the end and drain it, not pleasant!! There are a lot of permanent residents and they have allowed them to accumulate a lot of "stuff" around their sites. With a better site we would stay again only because of the great location. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects monthly rate (plus electric). Paved roads, mostly gravel sites, fairly level, easy maneuvering 42'5th. FHU well located on site. Many shaded sites and many with easy satellite view. Excellent cable TV. Excellent Verizon voice and data reception. Restrooms and laundry excellent, staff excellent, helpful and enthusiastic. Grounds constantly groomed. Very dog friendly. Close to Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, and coast. W/I 10 miles of COSTCO, grocery stores, Trader Joe's, WalMart,and Green String Farm Market. Very family oriented, especially on weekends - no issues w/ noise. Only negative: surrounded by farms and onsite petting zoo -- occasional STRONG 'barnyard' odor. 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: September, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Great Family Rv park, We had a spacious end site near our friends cabin which was great especially at the pay for 1 night and get the second night free deal. The staff was great and offered our friends a discount due to a mix up. The sites are nice and clean but the real attraction is the kids just have blast. We will definitely be back soon, probably for Halloween. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fairly nice park, almost a resort. The pool is large and gorgeous, and there are numerous, nice looking play areas and attractions for kids. The bathrooms and showers, while plain on the outside, are as nice and clean as a four star hotel on the inside. There are two laundry rooms that are clean, and all equipment looked in good order although a bit pricey to use. The park grounds are quite beautiful, placed on rolling hills with thick, mature, tall pines in the north half of the park (difficult for satellite dishes), and a mix of medium sized trees in the south half. Flowers have been planted in many places although by late summer much of the prevalent grass around the park was allowed to go golden. Sites spacing is fairly generous although some sites are graveled, some are paved, and some are terraced. So take a critical drive about the park to choose if there is more than one site available meeting your hook-up needs. While the cable TV worked great, the Wi-fi was slow, poor, or nil. AT&T worked fine, Verizon barely. Also, careful, some sewer hook-ups are at the extreme end of the sites and up-hill!? The park is very quiet, apparently just too large to keep really tidy. Although expensive (this is the Bay area) we’d stay here again. Price reflects KOA discount. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $66.00
Overall Rating:

We chose this KOA due to it's location near San Francisco where we drove the 40 miles each way to visit relatives. The check-in staff was friendly and there is a code access entry gate to the campground. Too bad they don't escort you to your site as we were towing, missed the turn suggested by the check-in girl and ended up driving through the tent sites, winding through the trees. The campground has some large trees which may preclude satellite usage but the provided cable tv was satisfactory. The campground rules ask that you keep your site clean but our site was quite trashy upon our arrival. The fire pit was full of trash and we felt the maintenance staff was rather put out when we asked the office if they could pick it up. They cleaned the firepit but there was still trash in the grass and gravel. When you pay $60 per night for a campsite, the least you can expect is a clean site. There is a nice dog run. The park was packed with kids who seemed to enjoy the nice pool, peddle cars, petting zoo, and other kid attractions. This park is geared for tents up through large rv's and seems to be family orientated. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

This place is OK for one night, but was loud and unorganized. First, my reservation was not what I paid for. The site was small and uneven. We had to move to a different site next to pool which was a big mistake. Also very expensive for the area. Would not stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Check-In was not pleasant. Long driveway from the road to check-in. Trees along driveway could be trimmed back. Check-in was slow and confusing with people purchasing groceries and kids all over. Interior roads were easy to navigate, trees need trimming. Utilities worked as they should. Mostly dead grass that tracked all over the motorhome. Dog run was large and clean, long grass was watered heavily every night so was not useful. The restrooms and showers were clean considering all the children and parents in tents. LOTS of tents and children. Would not stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $62.00
Overall Rating:

Large park which is great for families and children. Fun for kids, but dangerous in terms of children riding bicycles everywhere with no regard for oncoming cars. Traveled in big rig, spaces were short and not totally level, but worked out just fine. Many people got confused about which direction to turn, to get to their spaces. Loud music and karaoke on weekends until 9:30-10:00 pm. If you are parked across from this area and don't like loud music, plan to go out. Excellent location for visiting Petaluma and surrounding areas. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

Pretty rolling hills, paved roads, huge pool and lots of kids activities daily. Petting zoo, which explains the odor of farm animals. Lots of tenters with loud KIDS! Dog leash rule is not enforced very well, we had 3 separate issues with our dogs being confronted and they were on leashes. Tour to San Francisco and the wine country were fabulous and we would do them again. They knew everything about the area and made the whole trip personable. We were not able to use our air conditioner because the voltage in our loop was poor, less than 100 volts at times. After reporting problem, they could only move us because the spots from 1 through 15 have had this problem and it wont be resolved until next year. We were told all other sites did not have this issue. Wi-Fi worked most of the time. Verizon works well here. Great location close to shopping and restaurants. We will stay again, just not next to the tenters. Call ahead, campground is full all the time. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

I was a little apprehensive because I thought this park might be in the city, but it is beautiful. You do hear Hwy. 101 a little, but not enough to matter. The spaces are big enough and there is lots of shade. The staff is very friendly. Nice dog park. I highly recommend the tour of San Francisco that leaves from the park - excellent and a good value for the price. The only down side is that the park is somewhat noisy due to all the children and the Wi-Fi is a little hard to connect to sometimes unless you are near the office. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

Key point: This is a park for kids. If you have them, you will probably like the park. If not, maybe you won’t. Since our motorhome is 45’, we reserved a premium end site. They are in the reverse direction from the other sites in the area we were in, but the check-in person sent us in the wrong way and we had to struggle to get turned around. The entry gate to the park uses a key pad that is set for car height. In a coach, you must find someone to push the code for you, because by the time you get out of your rig, punch in and get back in to drive through, the gate will close. At one time the sites had grass areas, but now they have dried out and died, leaving dirt and stickers. Water and electric were fine. The sewer was a stretch. There is a nice, large pool that we didn’t use, largely because it was filled with kids. The office store was very complete and the staff there was as helpful as they could be with a constant stream of people looking for assistance. You must be VERY careful driving in this park, because many very young children walk around completely oblivious to traffic and with no parental supervision and the rental bikes and scooters are likely to show up in front of you unexpectedly. This is not a bad park. You should just know what you are getting unto. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

So, there are no other parks nearby. This park is huge and not very impressive. We had 1 request: 50 amps, please. The kid at the desk said he'd have no problem with that. Assured me we were getting a nice pull through on the end. Yay, I think: only it wasn't. The site was tiny, and ugly with no shade at all. And, it didn't have 50 amps. So aggravating. The office was full of people waiting for sites and the park was full. I didn't bother to go into the office for an overnighter. Really disappointed. The Wi-Fi is Tengo (ugh!). We were pretty disappointed: especially for the price. We will NOT be back. To be fair, they have lots of amenities for kids: if thats what you want. Me: I wanted 50 amp service and a pleasant looking site. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here in July for a long weekend in our new Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler. There was a good line checking in and a bigger line by the time we finished checking in, so a very busy weekend. Great Park, cool in the summer months, great shade in most spots. Full Hookups including 50 amp and WiFi. We had an end space and it was worth the extra cost. It had a very nice bench, a porch swing, fire pit and a picnic table, great shade as I said, so much so we did not even put out the awning! Escort to site made hauling our very large and tall rig to the site much easier since he knew the corners and clearances better than the front desk folks. Lots of activities for the kids: petting zoo, ice cream social, pancake breakfast on Sunday, Hay Rides! They also offer guided tours of San Francisco through a company, so you can leave your rig and toad and get a good idea of the city before you start your in depth exploration. Lots to do in Petaluma: pretty town, very cool downtown area to explore. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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