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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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23 Reviews

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $100.00
Overall Rating:

Did the Online booking for a 40' class A with slides and tow. 50amp, with sewer. Price was about $100. per night (Fri.-Mon). The park was jammed with campers, kids, bikes. The spot I had, was on a fairly steep grade with barely enough room (had to make several maneuvers in order to get it onto the lot). The picnic table on the lot had to be moved off the lot onto the embankment in order to bring the slid out. Fortunately, I carry additional blocks to put under the leveling system. I needed them. There was a Fire Ring on the site, but could not sit anywhere by it. It's positioned on the downside bank. Noticed 'others' used it as a 'trash' deposit area. It's a great kids park, with lots of things and other kids to play with. Friends stayed in the newer sites (pull-thru). They are very nice with composite patio deck and chairs. It would have been nice to stay there if I would have known. The only disadvantage is the wind. Open area. Did not use any of the facilities, so I can't comment on that. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
262
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 138
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 49

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $77.00
Overall Rating:

We had reservations. Called ahead on move in day and were told to arrive about 1:00pm. Showed up 12:30 and staffer said wait 30 minutes. Came back in 45 & another staffer told us we could not check in until after 2:00. Not the most welcoming customer service we have encountered. Site #176 is paved but UNLEVEL! Auto level would not get it, had to use lots of blocks. Trees, power boxes, etc., make navigating through the park a challenge. (We are in a 40' MH.) Good luck finding a site with few enough redwoods to get satellite. Sewer hookups are non-uniform and high off the ground. The park is a great one for kids, numerous activities to wear 'em all out. Small bits of garbage and expended fireworks particularly in the play area, garbage on the floor of the men's room, and several of the few arcade games in the clubhouse were always out of order. And, as usual for KOA's, this one in particular is WAY WAY over priced. But, slim pickens in Sonoma County as in the rest of California. If not for our grandchild, we would never stay here. 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
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

The sites are super tight and only one vehicle could fit. We have a forty foot trailer and it was close that we weren't in the road. Very expensive at $58 for water and electric only. $75 for full hookups pull through. They did have some nice features for kids such as a petting zoo and a huge bouncy bag, along with a pool and they certainly make the most out of the little space they have. We were also pretty disappointed that the camp itself wasn't clean when we pulled in (beer caps in the fire pit). For that kind of money the place should have been spotless. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $83.00
Overall Rating:

If you are looking for a relaxing country experience, DO NOT stay here. This park caters to families with kids and dogs. It is huge, noisy and busy. Kids on bikes, scooters, skateboards, in the arcade and pool. Friday night LOUD dance party in the tent in the middle of the campground heard all over the park until 10pm. Movies outside every night. Overpriced at $83 I guess that is what pays for all these activities that did not appeal to us.

Calling in advance, we asked for a space away from all the activities but when none were available for our stay we asked for an end space thinking it would be fairly quiet. There was heavy foot and vehicle traffic cutting across our dried grass space all day long plus it was located across from 3 cabins where a family of 35 people was having a reunion spent mostly outside our entire stay. Other sites had nice green grass but not the one we were in. Sat morning I dumped our garbage in a bin that was totally overflowing. A real problem if it was not picked up until Monday.

On check-in I asked the clerk how to get to our reverse direction space and was told incorrectly as it involved a tight right turn which would have been impossible in our 34ft motorhome with a toad. Luckily the nice lady at the gate instructed us properly. At these prices customers should be personally escorted to their sites! We had to fully extend our rear jacks to level on the blacktop site. We saw one rig with 2 wheels completely off the ground. Beware, if you arrive early before the "official" check-in time there is an extra $12 fee. The free WiFi never worked for us. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
156
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

If you like close sites, barking dogs that the park does not stop, tight turns and the constant cow manure smell, this is your park. Paved roads and half of the sites are gravel and it took three sites before we could level. The park is surrounded by cattle and dairy fields. Lots of cows and lots of poop. We only went outside to get in the car to get away from here. 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: 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: 42
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Convenient to Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay area. We've stayed here before, but this is our last trip. The foliage is overgrown and I had to request that the trees in our site be trimmed before I could open up our slides. At about 7 p.m our neighbor started his generator, even though he was in a full hook-up site. At about 9:00 p.m. I called the office to complain and the staff just blew me off saying that there was no prohibition on running a generator until "quiet" hours. So paying $60 to sit in a full hook-up overgrown dirt site and listening to a generator isn't our idea of relaxation. The individual did turn the generator off prior to 10:00 p.m. and then hooked up to the electricity. There is also lack of parking controls in this park so people were allowed to park almost blocking the access roads making it difficult to navigate. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $91.00
Overall Rating:

The worst place to get to. 10 miles of slow moving traffic (mid-day not rush hour) with absolutely no where to get diesel if you have a big rig. Finally arrived at the campground which has seen better days (although the pool and shop are nice and the toilets were very clean but there does not appear to be any showers). Lots are mostly uneven, especially higher up the campground and maneuvering is difficult in many areas. Can't use the sewer hook up as they are higher that the outlet from the 5th wheel so we need to purchase a device to hold the sewer pipe in the air. HUGELY overpriced at over $90 per night but after a dreadful day of driving and trying to navigate to get here we were willing to pay almost anything. If you have a deep pocket, kids and are willing to drive to the middle of nowhere for an average experience then this is the place for you. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

WiFi was horrible thought the experience was not a good one. The lighting is very poor in the RV parking areas. The price was very high and discussions among those staying was they felt it to be a rip off. Would not recommend or return. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here for four nights. Office staff was friendly, helpful and accommodating, but were not familiar with individual sites. Most sites are not level. Trees haven't been pruned in years. Overhanging branches prevent satellite signals and make the park dark and gloomy. Some sites have cable, some do not. Some have satellite reception but not cable. Shower heads are awful. We would not stay at this park again. Park not generally well maintained. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $67.00
Overall Rating:

Very noisy on weekends with karaoke going til after 10pm. 30-35 PSI water pressure all week long. Was not given an end site as originally requested even though they were open and my reservation requested. Petting zoo was full of animal waste and strong urine odors. Shade was ample, pool was nice. Don't stay by rec center unless you want your rig constantly hit by kids playing and riding bikes. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here one night. The rate was a water/electric only (no paved site, no cable, no sewer). We were chastised for daring check in early because our "site" was not ready--even though they parked us where the 18 sites around us were empty. Also, instead of letting pull right into an end site, they made us make extra turns (the end sites were empty). The restrooms and shower were not clean (even right after "cleaning hour"). Lots of stuff here for kids, and seeing the peacock walking past the RV first thing in the morning was fun. A tour of San Francisco leaves from the KOA. We would most likely stay somewhere else. The Wi-Fi was too slow for downloads, but okay for e-mail (Verizon Air Card worked well). We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $53.00
Overall Rating:

If you grew up on a family farm with a herd of cattle, sheep, goats and chickens this place will bring back memories. The same barnyard aroma and accompanying flying pests go right along with the animals. This KOA has pens near the office with goats, sheep and chickens for the campers to get close to along with a heard of sheep in a small pasture next to the entrance road. Not connected to the KOA but all along two sides of this large park is pasture land for a couple of herds of cattle who make themselves known. The first three days it was in the 80’s and the aroma got pretty ripe with lots of flies. Our last three days were cool, cloudy and wet. No smell or flies. So plan your stop here when it is cool. The park has nice facilities, a large dog park with many paved pull through sites in the short term area of the south half of the park. Leveling may be a challenge as the park is built on a rolling hillside and even when they try hard to grade the sites there is a still lot of slope to work with. The staff is friendly and the highway is far enough away so it isn’t noticeable. We came here for the wine country and the location worked out well. If the park were an island I would give it an 8 or 9. But as a destination park for the enjoyment of a family the surroundings do not make it enjoyable. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.

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