I wish I could be as favorable as the other reviewers. Yes it does have level paved parking sites, but so does Wal-Mart. To me the campground was like Wal-Mart in that it has paved lots with small trees poked out here and there. The park does have a lot to offer but unfortunately they are trying to do to much in the same area. There is no privacy at the campground because the walking trail is open to the public, which means there is a constant flow of people walking past your bbq grill and table. As for the trains, my home is a quarter mile from the train tracks, and I am able to sleep with the windows open at night, but not here. They will definitely wake you up. We were not able to get a good enough WiFi signal to use it at all. We used my wife's cell phone as a hot spot. The swimming pool did not appear to be open while we were here. When we got to the park we pulled in to what appeared to be a pay booth. We waited in the coach and looked around and nothing happened. We decided to pull on into the park and naturally turned right when we should have turned left. This could be a problem for a large coach. Ours is 37' and we tow a car behind. We got turned around and continued into the park where we found an office type building where the attendants were. We went in and paid and were instructed to the location of our site. There must have been at least 4 or 5 speed bumps to get to the RV area. Bottom line is, this is going to be about the best you are going to find for this area. Our favorite thing was taking our RV to Hollywood beach where you can park your RV in a county parking lot for $10 for the day (no overnight camping). The boardwalk is just a short walk from the parking lot. A great day. I would stay here again if I was in the area for other things.
The only thing stopping me from giving this park a 10 is it does not have a heated pool. Beautifully shaded camp sites with enough room to be comfortable. There are 275 acres in the middle of the city. You don't even know that the city is there. Grocery stores and amenities were close by. Wonderful bike trail around a lake. It is very difficult to get into this park at the last minute, but the staff tries to accommodate everyone. They do have an overflow area that you can dry camp for $17 per night and hope that something opens up for a couple of nights. I assume this is a state or county owned park, and as such it seems that they would limit the stay to 3 or 4 weeks in order that more people can enjoy the park. The way it is you can reserve a site for up to 6 months and do this 11 months in advance. There a lots of people that have been coming here for years and they make their reservation for the next year while they are still at the park. If the pool was heated, I would have put a reservation down for next year. The unheated pool would not keep me from staying here again.
Rate paid is based on acceptance of Passport America. After reading the reviews from November 2011, we were hesitant to stop, but we did and were glad that we did. We ended up staying for two weeks. When checking in, I asked the attendant about the review that was written in 2011. She explained to me that they have to pay to have electric meters turned on in their name, so they only keep a limited amount turned on. They have a strong return crowd that stays for the winter and these folks have the meters in their own names. The site I was offered originally was the same one that the other reviewer was offered. It was not that bad of site. However I was offered a different site because I stated that I would stay for a week. I was told I would only have to pay for a night until I was sure I was satisfied, but the young lady who happens to be the daughter of the owner was so nice and up front that we paid for the entire week without a trial period. The pool was kept at 84 degrees and was covered at night. I believe they said that if the temp does not get to 70 during the day that they do not uncover the pool. The lake is state owned and is not up to the owner of the lake or probably permissible to do anything with it. The park does own a boat dock that you may fish from. Overall a good experience and I plan on coming back next year and possibly this year on the way home from further south. The sites were plenty level as well as the concrete patio. My wife states the only negative is the absence of trees. The lots that are rented by the year are landscaped by the tenant.
The park is a work in progress. All roads are gravel as well as the sites. This personally, is not a problem for me. In order to get to our site we had to cross a pond dam which did cause our car to drag. Overall for a one or 2 night stay with Passport America, it is a great place to stay. The owners are friendly and you are definitely safe in the park. The town is well maintained and clean, it almost reminds you of the Stepford Wives movie. There are no beer sales allowed on Sunday in the county. There is a sign posted as you enter town with the results of seat belt violations and participation of wearing seat belts. This made me a little paranoid of the town as how would they know the numbers unless they had regular road check stops. I would definitely stop again if I was needing an overnight stay.
Extremely friendly staff. We were parked next door to the owners home. There are a lot of full timers and some of the units not to pretty. Having said that we never felt unsafe. This park is an oasis in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. Lots of pets around, but no green grass for their use. Our old dog did not have any trouble with using the blacktop but the younger dog would not use it. We had to go off grounds for her. It is a convenient place to park if you are going to visit San Francisco. The transit station is close by if you are smart enough to understand how to use it. I believe the way to visit San Francisco is to fly in, rent a hotel and transportation and leave the RV at home. If we were in the area again and needed to stay a night or two in the area, we would stay here again.
The rate shown reflects the use of Passport America and four for three rate. The sites are concrete pad with gravel picnic area. Site 52 as well as other sites have a slight slope, but nothing that cannot be overcome. The grounds, baths and laundry are meticulously kept. Several full time residents who welcome visitors and their sites are also well kept. We were not uncomfortable with leaving our BBQ and carry out satellite out at all times. The swimming pool is kept at 86 degrees and the hot tub was at 104 degrees, which is perfect for us. Their kitchen facilities are available for group meetings and lunches. The park is near 2 Indian casinos and is a short 20 minute drive to San Diego. Interstate 8 is less than 2 miles from the park. We would stay here again if in the neighborhood.
We got here around dark and the manager showed us some sites and let us pick our own. We could have had a site overlooking the river, but we would have had to unhook our toad. We chose a pull through site towards the rear instead. It had a little mud at the site because they had just watered the grass. This campground had a flood the year before, and has not fully recovered. It is in relatively good shape and is maintained. If we were not just staying overnight, it would have been a great place to stay for a few days. We would stay here again.
The sites are close together which I can live with, but the asphalt streets were full of potholes. It rained the first night and you could not walk anywhere without getting everything muddy. When we were leaving, we did not dump our trash as it was too muddy in front of the dumpster. Grossly overpriced for what you receive. I do not know if this is because of Xantera running it, or because the national park system is not taking care of it. If we go again we will stay outside the park or try to find a site that does not have full hookups that is cleaner.