Category RV Park Reviews

Rancho Seco Campground

Okay… I’m going to let you know right up front….although I am placing this in the “reviews” category, it isn’t a thorough review.  Why?  Because, frankly, I didn’t check out all that Rancho Seco offered so, therefore, I don’t know enough to comment on it.  This is what I DO know…..

We wanted to take our grandkids on a camp-out with us and since they were (at the time) 2, 3 and 4 years old we needed someplace “easy”.  We settled on Rancho Seco because it is a short drive from our home being located at 14960 Twin Cities Rd., Herald, CA.,  and provided the basics we needed for our camping experience.

Rancho Seco allows for both tent and RV camping, providing water and electric at the RV sites.  Although, they don’t provide sewer hook ups there is a dump station available...

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Movin’ West RV Park – Graeagle, CA

Movin’ West RV Park in Graeagle, CA was our September destination this year.  This is usually when we camp in Hope Valley, but, with the fire danger being so extreme, we decided it wasn’t a good time to be off the grid and chickened out.  So, earlier in the summer I started looking for an alternative place to camp in the mountains.  We chose Movin’ West based on the pictures featured on the website combined with the reviews we’d read, clearly knowing we were taking a gamble.  We didn’t know anyone who’d been there and were totally unfamiliar with Graeagle.  But, somehow, it felt right.

Graeagle is located in eastern Plumas County 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe or about 45 miles north on Highway 89 from Truckee...

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Shelter Cove RV Park & Campground

Shelter Cove was not the original plan for our family camp out…… Sequoia National Park was.  But, as we got closer and closer to our reservation date for Dorst Creek Campground, the possibility of it being closed due to a lack of water became more of a worry.  The park service assured those with reservations that if that happened we would be rerouted to Kings Canyon Campground.  That solution wasn’t attractive to us because it gets pretty hot there in the summer.  So, Chris took it upon himself to find another place and Shelter Cove is what he found.

Frankly, I was doubtful of a place that had availability in July without much advance notice...

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Kirk Creek Campground

Kirk Creek is a little piece of Big Sur paradise.  One of the first places we tried out, long ago, when we first got our little Sunny Brook trailer, was Kirk Creek Campground.

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We were so excited to have a travel trailer that was self contained and freed us up to go places we wouldn’t have gone before. 

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Kirk Creek is located near the south end of the stretch of Highway 1 known as Big Sur. There are multiple campgrounds along Big Sur but I think that Kirk Creek Campground is one of the few (if not the only) that is actually situated on the ocean side of Highway 1.  It’s not a large campground with only 32 sites.  But, as it is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean, every site, not only the ones along the edge, has an ocean view.

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There are multiple ways to spend your time...

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Delta Marina RV Park

Delta Marina RV Park is located in Rio Vista, CA, right on the Sacramento River.  There are 25 sites with sites 3 -12 being waterfront and of those, only 3-6 can accomodate RV’s slides.  The rest of the sites are situated in the middle of the lot right after you pull off of the street.  It’s really no larger than a small parking lot.

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We stayed at Delta Marina several winters ago when we were checking out the destinations closer to home and were in one of the waterfront sites.

 It was nice having the view of the river right out the back window.  

The sunrise in the morning could be stunning and blinding as well.  But, for me, this was pretty much the only plus.

If fishing or boating is your thing I could understand the appeal of Delta Marina.  

There’s a great pier for fishin...

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Pelican Point RV Park

It ‘s always fun to try out a new spot and that’s what we did last week when we went to Pelican Point RV Park in Half Moon Bay. 

Half Moon Bay is a lovely, coastal city just 30 miles south of San Francisco.  We had taken a day trip there several years back and I remembered walking their Main Street and browsing its cute shops.  So, I did an internet search for RV parks in Half Moon Bay and I’d love to say that I stumbled upon their website but I didn’t.  They’re not easy to find on the internet.  I came across them on a site that listed all the RV parks and campgrounds and also had reviews.  You know, those sites that have boxes checked off showing what amenities are available, how many and what types of sites there are and how much it costs...

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Hope Valley

When I was a kid growing up we never camped in specified “camp grounds”.  We wilderness camped which meant that we didn’t pay any camping fees  and had more privacy.  This also meant that we didn’t have any conveniences….no water spigots, no toilets of any kind, no picnic tables, no fire pits other than the ones we made ourselves.  A lot more people did that in those days which meant that sometimes we didn’t get our favorites spots as they were already occupied when we arrived.  The other convenience we did not have was “reservations”.  

A favorite spot of my family’s was in the Woods Lake area which is off of Highway 88 just before you reach Carson Pass...

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Willow Creek Campground & RV Park

Finding Willow Creek Campground & RV Park was an accident.  We came upon it on a day trip to check out another campground.  I don’t even remember the intended campground other than we decided it was not for us.  We came upon Willow Creek on Highway 49. The folks in the office were kind enough to let us drive in and check it out.  We scoped out a site and later made some reservations.

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Willow Creek is a privately owned park that has cabins to rent as well as RV and tent camping.  There is a year round creek that runs through the campground and the setting is picturesque but the facilities seemed a bit run down.

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We chose the one RV site that was right next to the creek...

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Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park

There are several places to camp in Bodega Bay but only two that I know of have hook-ups.  The one that my parents used to go to is right on Highway 1 next to a restaurant.  I’ve heard the restaurant is good.  But, in my opinion the RV park was just a parking lot with hook-ups.  A few years ago, through a web search, we found Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park and decided to try it out.

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Porto Bodega is located at 1500 Bay Flat Rd., directly on Bodega Bay.  There are 58 RV sites and 31 of these are waterfront sites.  All sites have hook-ups except for 13 of the waterfront sites.  The hook-ups include water, electricity, sewer and cable.

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The first time we stayed there we had a waterfront site.

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This was the view out our back window.

You will pay a little more for one of these sites and...

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