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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: 125
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects water/electric pull-through site. As a solo RVer this park had things I didn't need/desire (pool, petting zoo, etc.) and the things I really wanted (decent WiFi and ability to use my satellite dome (too many trees.) Since I could not use my satellite, I opted for the included cable, but picture was very fuzzy on all channels. The staff tried to be accommodating, but the park was so busy, they had a hard time keeping up. Maybe this is a good "destination" park for families with kids, but for me it was not the quiet camping I enjoy. Given the price, I think I would avoid this park in the future. It failed to deliver on what is important to me. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $79.00
Overall Rating:

Nice, clean, and kid friendly. Very busy park, especially on weekends. Sites are close together but okay. Would camp here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We had some challenges getting into our site with our 42' coach We asked for a different site, which was kindly provided. Great location for a visit to San Francisco and exploring the Petaluma area. Great hookups and lots of amenities. We would certainly return if in the area. (Our rate reflects a special mid-week rate.) We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

I was so disappointed in this park. We had a reservation for a full hookup, 50 amp pull through suitable for a 42' motorhome with 4 slides. We were assigned our space and could not believe how small it was or how tight the turns were to get to it. So, we get the motorhome in, can barely open all the slides, forget about the awning, my husband starts to hook us up and it is a 30 amp site! Goes back to the office and there are no 50 amp sites available. Oh well, sorry about that, the girl who took your reservation did not write it down that we had to have 50 amps. So, we are stuck in a 30 amp site for a week, can only run one a/c (and it's hot). This park is huge, many of the sites are terraced, roads are paved but narrow. When it was time to leave we had to back out of the site. If you have a rig smaller than 40' this park will be ok, but it is not big rig friendly. They do not assign you a site until you get here so there is no guarantee that one of the larger sites will be available. The good things. Lots to do if you are traveling with children: pool, petting zoo, lots of activities. Good Wi-Fi. Good location for wine country and the coast. Less than an hour to San Francisco. We will not stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Great park for families with kids and campers with dogs. A little noisy during the day, but hey...there are hundreds of kids there. Wasn't really a bother. Pretty quiet at night, since the kids have expended all their energy and need to sleep. The Kamp K9 is an off leash area for dogs to run and play. Clean-up bags are provided, so there is NO excuse for not picking up after your dog. It must be working because I walked the campground a lot with our dogs and never saw anything that hadn't been picked up. Had site 189 which was partial hookups. Water pressure was OK. Wi-Fi in my site was very strong. Was there about 4 years ago and it wasn't, so that's an improvement. 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: May, 2012 - $67.00
Overall Rating:

Great KOA park. We stayed in a end pull through, full hook up site which most are. We had plenty of room for our 36' rig with 2 slides. Staff was friendly and park was very clean. The pool was huge and set up like a resort or hotel. We will be back. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

You pay more, you get more--the KOA. They are usually out of our price point, but there just are not many decent choices in the San Francisco area, if you want to be within 30 mins. Stayed 3 nites, rate was with taxes and 10% KOA card. Very nice park, all well groomed and maintained. Level sites, strong Wi-Fi. The 8 hr tour of San Francisco sights that originates from campground is pricey, but well worth it. Park has secluded feel, hardly any road noise. Would suggest quarter machine in laundry room and perhaps more toilets to serve main campground area (only 2 now). Overall, very pleasant and just a joy for the young ones. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

We are normally not a fan of KOA campgrounds, but this one is special. We had a beautiful shaded site among redwoods with plenty of space away from neighboring sites. The fenced dog area had actual grass, instead of the typical gravel and weeds, with an agility course. This is a great place for kids with playgrounds, bouncy thing, petting zoo, activities, etc. The staff was extremely friendly, courteous, and helpful. The laundries (and everything else) were immaculate, always a welcome experience. Of course, one pays through the nose for all this luxury, but the Bay Area ain’t cheap anywhere, so bite the bullet and enjoy. Monthly rates are available, but still pricey. Staff said they are usually pretty booked from Mother’s Day through Labor Day. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $67.00
Overall Rating:

Loved everything about this park except the price. It's too expensive for an RV Park. It's close to San Francisco and we did two day trips there. The playground is huge and very good. The petting zoo and the Jumping Pillow were also a hit with the kids. Shady sites, clean restrooms, paved roads and sites, grass around all sites. Also, all the staff were very friendly. Wi-Fi worked great, too. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Rate was for a monthly site. They run a background check for the monthlies and require your SSN. Lots of play equipment and activities for children – this KOA caters to the younger crowd. Our gravel site was slightly unlevel; pretty muddy after the rain – needs more gravel; utilities were good; space was wide and had grass and trees next to it. Lots of areas to walk but the grounds were not always clean (bits of garbage left here and there). We enjoyed the country setting and the animals. You are close to the freeway (1/2 mile) so you still hear the roar at night. Spa water was warm (not hot) and pool was unheated in March; spa closes at 7 PM. Rate is pretty high given the off-season: $765 + taxes + electricity. Not a super-friendly community or staff – most people just keep to themselves but it could be due to the weather. We were here for a month visiting relatives and as there are not many decent RV parks in the Bay Area, this was our only choice. Owner was fakey-friendly. We would stay here again for a short stay but not for a long-stay – not enough of a full-timer community. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $61.00
Overall Rating:

We have reviewed this campground numerous times, so will address just one issue this go-round. Considering the number of campsites in this campground, there are very few showers available. No one on precious vacation time wants to spend time waiting in long lines for a shower. This is an expensive campground and we feel they would be wise to invest a bit of their profit back into the park with more showers. And better shower heads, as the ones installed are lousy. Also the showers could be cleaner which I think would happen if they had more showers. The volume of people using them could explain why they never feel quite clean enough. We have not seen any improvements made in the years we have been coming here. Since they have a corner on the market (the only RV park in the vicinity) they get our business when we are here to visit friends and family. Oh, one afterthought. My husband reminded me how overgrown the plants and hedges are upon entry into the park. They need trimming as they tend to brush against your RV as you drive by. No RVer appreciates that. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

This is a typical KOA family friendly park (animals, activities and Halloween decorations a nice touch), well maintained and office staff was excellent and attentive. Hookups can be challenging. Entire evening of music (loud thumping base!) was annoying. SF tour was excellent; highly recommend. Wi-Fi and cable was good. We would definitely stay again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park, lots of shade, great pool area, many amenities. I didn't rate higher because I think the price was high for the area, we paid over $400 with the weekly rate. Close to town and freeways, convenient even though you're out of town. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here a week while visiting relatives in the area. We asked for and got a 50 amp site that was satellite friendly. However the site was not level. When the space next to ours became empty we asked to be moved there even though it was only a 30 amp site. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The new site worked well for us. We will visit this park again and try to get the same site as it is probably the best site in the whole park. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park on a hillside with paved roads, gravel sites, and fair spacing between units. The access is quite tight. A 40 foot rig would have a tough time in our site. Trees flanking the site could be trimmed a bit. They were not a problem with our slides but will be in the future. Great access to wine country and San Francisco We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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