While this is a lovely treed park in Chico, my negative review is a reflection of our personal experience there, as local residents who were forced to evacuate our home because of a devastating wildfire. The managers showed a disappointing lack of compassion and understanding as our community was held hostage by a massive wildfire that claimed 25,000 acres and 74 homes. During the 3 days we held the fire at bay at our home, we were able to get our coach to the RV park. While the community banded together and other RV parks and hotels opened their doors to the massive evacuation of almost 10,000 people, these managers were completely oblivious to the situation and were annoyed when we didn’t show up for the spot we had called to reserve the first night. Even though we paid for the spot we didn’t occupy and spent the night with hoses making sure our home didn’t burn down, their only comment was that a phone call would have been nice to let them know we weren’t coming. Unbelievable. Rather than showing an understanding that we had left our home with almost nothing except our pets and our young daughter, they made sure that we understood the rules about dogs and children. It only added to the negative experience when their lawn sprinklers in their extra parking area sprayed water all over our custom collectors car and when they watered our campsite at 9:30 at night (how about watering after midnight??) turning our spot into a swamp.
We enjoyed this park very much. We had a lovely pull through at one of the river sites. We appreciated how clean the park was, as well as the mature oaks and mowed grass everywhere. We spent time fishing in the river. We also loved the dog run and free internet. There's not much wrong with this park: so why didn't I give it a 10? To be truly perfect they need to allow kids under 4 years in the pool (Redding gets very hot), and install a playground. If they did that, there's nothing else this park would be missing to keep it from a perfect 10. But if you don't have kids and those 2 things don't matter to you then it doesn't get any better than this park.
We overnighted here on our way back from AZ. The staff was very nice and accommodated our request to move from our no grass pull through, to a site with grass. The width of the spots was very good and we had a nice long, level pull through. Our particular site wasn’t paved, but we were willing to sacrifice that for the grass next to us. More mature trees would have been nice. We did not use the showers, but we did enjoy their pool and since it was very hot, we appreciated that they let our young daughter in with swim diapers. The cable didn’t work at our site, but since we were only there for one night it wasn’t a big deal and we hijacked the connection from the empty site next to us. Overall a very nice stay in a clean park.
We had a level pull through at this big, clean park that is about an hour drive from the Grand Canyon. There’s not much by the way of aesthetics, but if you need a very long spot, this is the place for you. Very long mostly pull through sites, very wide also. We’d love more trees and some grass, but out of the question in the desert I guess. The train honks the horn at ungodly hours of the a.m.! The staff was excellent, very helpful and friendly. The bathrooms were large and about the nicest and cleanest I’ve ever seen. They certainly have lots of amenities and we enjoyed their new, clean playground with our young daughter. We enjoyed this park a lot, but desert or not, a park needs greenery to get a 9 or 10 from us. Otherwise this park was wonderful.
This park was easy to find and we had an easy pull through. It was very clean and well maintained. They had a very large laundry facility. The premium spots just get you closer to the pool and showers. They don’t offer anything better by way of space or aesthetics. I really expected something spectacular based on the packet of rules we got when we checked it. I’ve never gotten so much literature from an RV park before! LOTS of rules, and yet we could here the good ole boys with their junk all over their site drinking and yapping away well past “quiet time.” A number of permanents as well, but those didn’t seem to take away from the park. I think our biggest disappointment was the lack of trees and grass. Oh I know it’s in the desert, but with 267 golf courses in Phoenix, you’d think you could plant something at an RV resort to have it look less like a parking lot.
This KOA is on the Colorado river on the border of CA/AZ. There are no RV sites (that I could see) right on the river, but we walked down to it and there was a nice sandy area that we walked along the river. There is a boat launch. There is a great fenced in dog run where your dog can run free, which was thoughtful. The pull through site we had was wide and long, but not very level as the sites are very sandy from being next to the river. And I mean deep sand in some parts of your site. We never went into the bathrooms so I can’t comment on those, and they were quite a ways from our site. The trash wasn’t emptied enough, and overnight some dogs or something got into it and spread it around, as there were no lids on the cans. There were also some sketchy permanent residents. Overall, an ok place to spend the night if you’re on your way somewhere and there’s no where else to stay.
We stayed one night on our way to AZ. Of the 5 places we stayed on this 2000 mile round trip, we thought this park on I-5 in the middle of nowhere was one of the best. It’s not a destination park as it’s in the middle of nowhere, but for an overnight on I-5 you can’t get much better. The park is all pull throughs that easily accommodated our 34-foot 5er. It was easy in and out off the interstate. We liked the grass between the sites, and even though the sites aren’t superwide, there is plenty of space. There are 2 pools, a family pool and an adult pool which is a better setup than most “resort” style parks we’ve stayed at. Saturday night they had a bbq in the common area with everyone invited. We were really impressed with this park and would recommend to anyone traveling I-5.
The main attraction of this park is the river. We had a beautiful spot right on the river which was very neat, watching the deer and Canada geese in the river. We took our daughter down to it and she had a great time. My husband caught a rainbow trout. The setting is beautiful. Every one of the staff that we talked to was excellent and friendly. It was too cold to go in the pool, but it looked clean. There was a small playground that we enjoyed as well. It is best for small RVs or tent campers however. It's really not set up for our large 34 ft triple slide 5th wheel. We sacrificed sewer hookup to take a river site which isn't a big deal for us but there are not nearly enough showers for a campground this large that has so few full hookup sites. And the shower we used had shower heads that tilted toward the wall so you were always trying to angle yourself where the water was spraying. One other thing that is not the fault of the campground, but our campsite had at least 10-15 little piles of dog doo behind it. I love dogs, in fact we had our two with us, but we didn't appreciate the rudeness of the previous campers. I would definitely recommend this campground, but get a river site and don't go with your large rig.
We stayed on the Bidwell side with full hookups. The spots are roomy with lot of space between. The bathrooms were clean and nice. (The Loafer Creek area is even more picturesque with large trees and sites and lots of spaces, but no hookups over there.) The pads are mostly level and asphalt. There are picnic tables. The scenery is nice and we had ducks and deer walk through our site. You can’t see the lake too well from this campground and we never did find a way to get to the water.
The park is nice, clean and we had a nice time. The showers and bathrooms are very clean and you need a code to access them. The pool was nice, but we were disappointed that our daughter couldn’t go in even with swim diapers. We were here during a heat wave of 115 deg + (hottest temps in 50 years or some such nonsense) and they don’t allow kids under 3 or 4 (I can’t remember), in the pool. We were here for 3 nights and were given a pull through that didn’t have tons of room between, but enough for slides and awnings. There was nice somewhat level grass between the sites, as well with picnic tables. The roads and pads are asphalt and mostly level. During the time we were here, we got overnighters in and out next to us each night. I’m not sure why we or they weren’t given a different spot. The pull throughs are plenty big for a large 5th wheel/motorhome. We would stay here again, but there are many nice parks in the Redding area.
The entrance to the campground is on the right with the office, store, pool and “village” down the road 1/4 mile and on the left. The lake is small, quiet and peaceful. There are tall trees, and the resort is free from garbage and loud raucous crowds. I expected greater things based on the previous reviews here and we were a bit disappointed although not totally unsatisfied. The park is not really big rig friendly as there are only a few pull throughs that are cut into the dirt on a slope. There are only a few spots that would accommodate our 34’ 5er and even those are very close together. We were in B3 and had we had a neighbor on our door side we wouldn’t have been able to have our awning out and if they had slides we’d have 2.5 ft of room between their rig and our pad. There isn’t much grass between sites, mostly dirt. We arrived and went to the office and were sent to the campground. We went to the campground and were sent back to the office to register. Not very organized considering we’re towing a large 5th wheel driving in circles. The 20 feet of sewer hose we brought didn’t reach our outlet and we had to find a hardware store to buy more. The bathrooms were nice and clean with lots of hot water which was good because the water pressure in our trailer was a dribble. There is a nice swimming area on the lake with grass and boat rentals. There is also a restaurant that we did not eat at. It was too cool to swim, but the pool looked great even though it is a ways from the campground itself and I love that toddlers are allowed with swim diapers. There was a huge grassy field with areas for softball, soccer and a small playground as well. There are nice paths to walk along the lake. There is no Wi-Fi. This park has a nice setting and lots of activities, but few spots that can accommodate our length trailer with 3 slides. We would go back, but only if one of the few larger, nicer sites was available. With some capital investment to improve the park, this would score higher for us as a future destination.