Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed here with our RV club. Check-in was seamless. They had a very nice gentlemen in a golf cart escort me to my site. This was helpful as he also got me situated on the site. I imagine they do this because the sites are so close together they want you perfectly set so everyone can open their awnings and slides. The employees here are extremely friendly and stopped by frequently to say hello. The plus side of this place is you are several blocks from Disneyland. There is a shuttle than can take you over and back for $3.00 return or if you have a larger group you can arrange your own time to go. Call the shuttle company direct and ask if they can accommodate your schedule. It's owned by a husband/wife team and they were exceptionally nice. There are no shade trees, just gorgeous palm trees. The pool was clean and refreshing. There was a very tiny dog run. The bad part of the park is you are by the Disney fireworks so if your dogs are scared of fireworks plan on being in the rig every night at 9:30 p.m. with the TV blaring or they will be terrified. There is also a bunch of street noise as you are on Anaheim Blvd., & Ball Ave. Two major thoroughfares and 1/2 block off the 5 Freeway. I thought it was noisier than Canyon RV where some folks like to stay who are going to Disney (20 miles away). There is an RV car wash on site, which was kind of cool. Someone in our group helped another guest get in and out as he was about to take out a railing. Kind of a tight squeeze. There is a laundry that I noticed people using day and night. This place was extremely clean and very close to Disney. I thought I was going to hate it as it's sort of like a parking lot with only small grass strips and palm trees between sites. However the welcoming staff and location made it a fun place and the pool was heated and refreshing. I left my dogs at home so I was able to enjoy the fireworks both nights I was here. We had a perfect view of them from outside our rig. You can see the Mattahorn from the park. So if your goal is to be by Disney: this is a great place for you. There is also a McDonalds down the street if you don't feel like cooking for the kiddies or don't want to pay Disney prices. There is a group BBQ area, and playground. You can also fill your propane tanks here, another plus. I liked this place and would come back. There was another park around the corner and it didn't look nearly as nice. FYI: staff did patrol the grounds in a golf cart at night, but there is no locked entrance to the park. If you are coming from the North on the 5 Fwy, make sure you exit on Lincoln, then right on Anaheim Blvd., and then Right on Ball Avenue into the park. It's a longer way around, but you cannot make a left into the park, only a right. When you exit you will be 1/2 block from the 5 entrance: very convenient.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed here for the 3rd year in a row on 4th of July weekend. First of all the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. That makes all the difference in the world. They have a $20 key deposit for the front gate that is refundable so you can go in or out any time of the day or night during your stay. In the past they didn't have this. The sites were roomy with 50 amp service. We had shade part of the day and overlooked a large grassy area. There is freeway noise, but you get used to it. There is a nice river that runs through the park and some wildlife. We spotted a hawk, owl, crane, egrets, squirrels, rabbits, and bats. The one side of the park has cabins for rent at $60.00 a day. They are small and sleep 4 people. There is also a senior rate of $40.50 for those 62 and above for RV sites. They do not allow tenters unless accompanied by an RV or unless part of the Scouts or a church group. Dog rate is $1.00 per day per dog, max 2 dogs per site. I think their rates are very reasonable. The bathrooms were very clean. The pool looked green to me. I did see someone cleaning it in the morning, but I didn't want to go in something with a green hue to it. The playground equipment, pool, and cabins are on one side of the campground. This is a better area for families. We've been here numerous times and find it always clean, the staff friendly, the security excellent and freeway close! If the plan is to go to Disneyland, this place is further away, but much, much nicer than any of the parks you'll find near Disneyland. This has a very nice rustic feel to it where those parks are more like a parking lot. It's a relaxing place to get away from it all. They are currently experiencing fluctuations with their water pressure. That was the only issue we had the whole weekend. We would definitely go back to this resort.
Date of Stay: November, 2010
We camped here with an RV club so we got the group rate. We have always enjoyed camping here. Although we didn't have our dogs, it is an extremely dog friendly campground. We reserved one of the condos for the weekend and it was incredibly large and gorgeous. The condo had 2 large bedrooms, formal dining room, living room, family room, large kitchen and kitchen table, 2 TV's, and 2 patios. It was incredible. It was also convenient as we had the club house next to us reserved for our group. The rate for the condo was $150/night plus tax. The regular rate if you do not have a group is $230/night this time of year. We had a few minor maintenance issues, but other than that our place was wonderful. The people in our group who were RVing said there were a lot of flies around their campsite. It looks like they had spread manure on the grass by the campsites as they had an odor also. They were not that pleased that they had put the group so far from the club house. It seemed like they had a few groups in that weekend, so possibly they did what they could to keep everyone together. We'd definitely go back. This resort is close to everything. Yes you do have freeway noise and train noise, but I've heard worse.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
We have camped here with a local group of friends for the last 4 years. A few years ago I complained to the head of the Dept. of Beaches about the lack of a place to walk the dogs and about the staff not picking up after their dogs. Last year they installed "bag stations" throughout the whole park and opened up the upper grass entrance areas for the dogs. Although not perfect, the cleanliness is vastly improved. In the past the Rangers would not admit you one minute before the 1 p.m. check-in. They are now slightly more lenient. I've also noticed combo locks on the restrooms, something that I don't believe had been there in the past. This year we saw no homeless people either. I noticed the park was well patrolled and every morning staff was out cleaning. I would have liked the staff to clean out the BBQ's as they were all full of cigarette butts, but that did not happen. The park was not full this trip due to inclement weather. The sand berm was not up yet for the season so we had a nice view of the ocean. They are very restrictive about one car per RV space. We had some travelers from Switzerland camped next to us who wanted to tour LA. We dropped them off at the Embassy Suites just up Imperial Highway, and they were able to catch a shuttle to do a half day tour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood for $65 each. That worked out well. The shuttle dropped them back off at the campground. This would be great for the campground to advertise to visitors as we noticed many rental RV's camped there with no tow vehicles. We had no sewer odors this trip. The jet noise did not bother us.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
We stayed here with our RV Club and had gorgeous lake view sites. The restrooms were clean and the park well maintained. The check-in was fast and efficient. The staff was friendly. We understand there was a pool, but we did not use it as we figured it would be very crowded on this 100 degree plus weekend. I really enjoyed this place, but would not recommend coming in the middle of summer unless you love the heat. There is an afternoon breeze every day, but it still didn't cool things off until 8 p.m. We did see the ranger making his rounds every night and the staff taking care of the grounds. There were also people coming around offering to wash and wax RV's for a reasonable price. Two of our members took advantage of this and seemed pleased. At night the skunks and bunnies came out and were plentiful. They didn't seem at all afraid of humans and came very close to us when we were sitting out. We also heard coyotes in the distance. There is a $3.00 night charge per dog. There were no dog runs on the property and no open greenbelts for walking dogs. I would definitely come back, but not in the middle of summer. We booked our sites one year in advance. The view sites are wonderful.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
We stayed here 4th of July weekend. Check in was easy. We also filled up with propane and were taken care of promptly. We had 4 sites together. The campground was clean, and quiet. We had been camping every 4th at Vail Lake and had a problem with fireworks noise from other campers. We had no campers setting off fireworks here. You could hear some in the distance, but it wasn't bad. There is a beautiful river that runs through the campground, lots of grassy areas, bat houses, wild life (bunnies and birds) and a bike path just outside the fence. There is also a pool, which we did not use. The bathrooms were clean and private. Each shower and toilet were in their own cement room, with a sink on the outside. There was a $5.00 fee for guests per car plus $2.00 per person, which was a little high. One car was allowed per RV site at no charge. Pets were $1.00 per night per pet. Security was on duty late at night. Other than the freeway noise (which we were able to get used to) the campground was very quiet. We really enjoyed it.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We camped here with a group on a very hot weekend. The park had very low voltage. I understand safe voltage is between 110-120. We were only getting 104-106 most of the weekend with only one air conditioner on and absolutely nothing else on. I was very concerned about damaging something with such low voltage. The service in the loop is only 30 amp. You could not have camped in an RV without the air being on as it was an extremely warm weekend and we were also camping with dogs. The campground is gorgeous nestled between hills and orange groves. However, I would never camp here again in the heat of the summer. I think it would be a gorgeous place to go back to in the Fall through Spring. The peacocks were fairly quiet during the night time hours and were definitely an added attraction. The restrooms were inadequate for a campground this size. There was one restroom with 2 toilets and a sink that all 3 campground loops shared. There was a another restroom attached to the clubhouse that had a toilet, sink and shower in it and was unisex. The 2nd restroom in the clubhouse was not working. It was rather annoying as we had rented the clubhouse to use for our group meals and we could not get in to use the toilet as there was a huge lineup of 10 people wanting to take a shower. Evidently there was another restroom out by the front gate, but people were using this one, which should have been off limits. The people using it were from the tent only area. That area should have it's own restroom facility, but only had Porta Potties. We did hear the public address system from a large group camped in the tent area. Just what you want to hear when you're camping. We saw no sign of Management the whole weekend, which could be a plus or a minus. It would have been nice if they had told the other group to turn off their music and public address system late at night. The campground had a lot of trees and a grass area. If you have dogs, check out the grass as some areas had burr patches. The only recreation I saw was the horseshoe pits. The sprinklers came on several times Saturday night and flooded our campsite creating a mud pit outside our front door. They don't seem to watch the sprinklers as I finally turned one off after it had been on for an hour flooding the horseshoe pit area. Our friends said earlier in the week the sprinkler came on in their campsite for 7 hours overnight. So much for water conservation! The clubhouse is very nice for a group with a stove/oven, fridge, microwave, sink, tables and chairs. The downside is it was not air conditioned and so we had to keep the unscreened sliding door open. I didn't see any mosquitoes, but they did have an abundance of small flies. I would not call this place a resort by any stretch of the imagination. However it is a cute and quaint campground and I'm sure it would be lovely to camp in, if it weren't the middle of summer. There is only one dump station at the entrance to the campground. No backflushing allowed, just dumping. There is a $1.00/day fee for dogs.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
I rated this park in July 2008. Not much has changed. We had hoped with new Management there would be a turn around. This 4th of July was the worst ever. Mortars and bottle rockets were going off in the lower Chardonnay area. We were given a number to call Security, but they never answered the phone. All we got was a recording all weekend long. Dogs were running loose throughout the campground, which made it difficult to walk our own two dogs on a leash. Children were driving gas powered golf carts round and round the loop day and night, and cutting through our campsites, next to satellite dishes and nice cars. When asked to stop the children said it was "their campsite" and called us the "B" word. We called Security numerous times and had talks with the gate guards on several occasions. Even then, talking to these people didn't help because as soon as they were gone the bad behavior started up. We had some people camp across from us who decided to play Jenga with 2x4's at 2 a.m. The police were called one night and hauled someone away for assaulting a Security Guard. I understand the group in lower Chardonnay threatened other campers. I imagine it was the same group as the one setting off fireworks in a burn area. The same broken soap dispenser remained unfixed from this Memorial Weekend. Our electrical boxes didn't have covers on them. The electrical power was going up and down all weekend as we notice from our air conditioners. We cancelled our reservations for next 4th of July and didn't book for next Memorial Weekend. They got $75 for Friday night, $100 for Saturday night and $65 for Sunday night. There is no cable TV. For these prices I expect a little more. Half the picnic tables and chairs are broken in the campground and you have to scrounge to get them. They are not available in all sites. The owner feels it's more important to plant grape vines at the entryway than to repair broken faucets in the bathroom, electrical boxes and replace picnic tables. We're not going back, which makes me sad as this was a very nice property. The owner just doesn't seem to care any longer and is letting it go down hill. This year there were 8 tents on 2 campsites, so much for the limit of people per site. They tried to say they didn't know, but if you read my review from last year, it was the same site. This guy is in it to make a buck any way he can, and has not put money into any improvements. If you go on a non holiday weekend I believe the fee is $65/night.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We camped here with our RV club so we got a discounted rate for over 10 sites. This campground has a popular public boat launch. If you have a boat this is great. The campground is older and the sites very narrow. It was difficult to get my RV into the site and open both slides. There were trees close by on both sides. There is talk of taking the trees out, but this area is in the 100's in the summer months and this would make it miserable. My site had a frayed cable wire with no end on it. Management knew about it because when I complained the fellow said he had been walking around with a splitter "in case I complained." Gee how about fixing the problem instead of splitting the cable off of another site? There is a very nice club house with kitchen. However there were several groups in at the same time and we were told we'd have to split the club house with another group. There were no dividers to divide the space. Which is common in RV club houses. The bathrooms were clean. The store was stocked. There were only 3 rows of RV sites for non permanent RVers. The permanent sites were on both sides of these rows and some of it looked pretty trashy. Supposedly this place is under new management, (Aren't they all?) and is going to get cleaned up. The worst part was the noise from Hwy 74. There is only a chain link fencing dividing the highway from the campground and the noise went all night long. I have stayed at Canyon RV (under the 91 freeway) and Ventura RV (next to the Ventura Fwy) and this noise was 10 times worse. I would not stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We camped here with a large group. Group rates are $35/night for 10 or more rigs. The office staff was extremely friendly and efficient. There is a charge for an extra vehicle over and above your rig and one car. I believe it was $5.00 per car plus $2.00 per person in the car. Even though the campground is almost under the freeway, after awhile you don't hear the freeway noise. There is at least a 50' high wall that blocks out a good portion of the noise. There is a lovely river that runs through the campground. I don't think this place has a bad campsite. Some sites were in the dirt with trees, others backed up to grass and trees. It was very nice. The campground was spotless as was the restroom and showers. This is truly a campground, not an RV resort. The sites were level and plenty of room in between sites. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and am already making plans to return. It is very dog friendly as there are large lawns to walk on by the river, park benches to sit at and even a gazebo. It is right off of the 91 freeway, so freeway access is a plus.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
We camped here with an RV club. Upon check in, a staff member saw me to my site and assisted in guiding the RV in. All sites are pull in, 30 amp, water, sewer, electric and cable TV. Sites are level concrete slabs with a grass strip between sites. This campground is on a hill and all sites are tiered up the hill. There is plenty of room to park a vehicle in front of or behind your rig. There is also room to open slides on both sides. The restrooms were spotless with some homey touches such as a sign and silk flowers. The grounds were immaculate. Eighty percent of the park residents are full timers. The long term residents were extremely friendly. There is a club house that is available for groups which is in the same room as the office. For our stay they set the tables in the club house with fresh flowers. There is also a very tiny pretty useless dog run above the pool. The pool area has firepits and a room enclosed on 3 sides. The bathrooms with showers are adjacent to the pool. There are additional bathrooms in the clubhouse. I did notice a laundry room and what may have been a workout room in the center of the park. We found the campground staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. The campground was very clean. The office has tons of brochures of local attractions, although the closest thing we could find was a winery in Agua Dulce. Which we did visit and enjoy. The resort is right off of the 14 freeway. It's ideal for groups, and for people who are passing through. It's not a destination resort type of place. The park was also extremely quiet. They have a Security Guard that patrols in a truck at night. It also has a security gate at the entrance. Very nice place, nice staff and nice residents. I'll be back.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
I camped here with an RV club, hence the discounted rate. I absolutely loved this place. The RV park was very clean. The bathrooms were clean and secured with a key lock. Although there are signs all over not to walk the dogs on the grass area, this was not a problem as there are 3 well maintained dog runs and we were given a key that gave us access to the ocean front park and marina, a good dog walking area. The club houses were used by other groups so Management set us up with a cabana on a site in the middle of our group, complete with tables, chairs and lighting, which was very nice. Check-in was fast. Pool area and grounds were all clean. It is very quiet. This is centrally located to many sites in San Diego. There is a train/tram approximately 1 mile from the RV park that cost $5.00 per day and hits many popular tourist sites. I would definitely go back. The walk on the outside of the park is gorgeous with water and marina views and lots of water fowl. Security is also good at this park. There are two very nice restaurants to walk to from the park. You can't beat this place.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
This is my 2nd visit to this park. I go there only because it is close to home and a convenient location for a beach party with our local friends. We were lucky as the sand berm (which blocks views) was not built yet. The fire pits on the sand were also still in place which I understand they will pick up shortly as it's the "end of the season." I found the staff to be less than helpful. They were a stickler for parking passes and only one per space. We had 5 sites reserved for the weekend. One of our group arrived 1/2 hour early and they wanted to charge them $15.00 to park in the public parking lot for 1/2 an hour. I finally talked them into letting us pull into one of our other sites which I had paid for. There are quite a few homeless people that frequent this place. We had them digging through the trash and bedding down in the laundry room. This is also not a dog friendly place. Dogs are not allowed on the grass or on the sand which leaves 2 tiny dog runs (insufficient for large dogs) or the asphalt to go potty. There is dog waste everywhere. The Management told me our $3.00 fee per dog was used as a nuisance fee because dogs disturb the neighbors. Ridiculous! I'm sure the intent was for maintenance to clean up what irresponsible dog owners leave. I will be contact the County Board of Supervisors this week to complain. There are also quite a few junker rigs that come into the park to dump all hours of the day and night. I would not call these people "full timers," although I suspect they live in their rigs on the streets. I would not leave anything unlocked here. The only thing park management enforces is the parking. Dogs were running loose all weekend, and kids were driving through our sites. I'm not sure I'd come back. It's convenient to home, but that's the only positive thing I can say about this place.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
We have been going to this campground for years, but it's gone downhill. Used to be nice tables and patio chairs. Now the chairs are so cheap they are unsafe to sit on. Bathrooms were not clean. The rules say "no motorized vehicles" yet motorized golf carts cruised the park all day and night. We mentioned this Memorial Weekend to the management and again 4th of July and nothing was done. We're talking loud motors til midnight. Never saw a Security Guard the whole trip. Called at 11:30 at night to report a loud group partying and got a recording. Children were driving motorized vehicles as young as 10 years old although rules say must have licensed driver. Electric golf carts are allowed and owner seems to have now allowed motorized ones which buzz around all day and night. Used to be tenter's were only allowed with RV's in the Chardonnay area or had to camp in tent area. Now they are scattered all over and there seems to be no limit per site so you get large groups in each site, tossing their beer cans wherever. This was a burn area a few years back, yet we saw mortars and bottle rockets 4th of July with no signs prohibiting them. Yet they are illegal in the county and have a $1500 fine. We go to get away from fireworks. Trees need to be trimmed in the sites and on the way in and out of the park. Difficult to avoid low hanging branches. Water slide price is $20 all day or $10 hour, but on holidays it's $10 hour, with no all day discount. Store used to be stocked, it was almost empty. Video arcade was filled with broken machines. Soda fountain in store was not working. Everything has totally gone downhill, except the pricing. We paid $75/night, but if you booked less than a year ago it was $100/night. Complaints to the office fall on deaf ears. When I said I saw a mortar, office worker told me it was her kids and poppers. Ridiculous response. They just don't seem to care about anything but making a buck. Still the sites themselves are nice in Chardonnay, crowded elsewhere. This place is better in the off season. Only positive is you can book side by side sites in advance.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
Rates are as follows: 11/1/07 - 4/30/08 40.00 + 4.00 tax. Tent camping same dates 35.00 plus 3.50 tax. Rate 5/1/08 - 10/31/08 60.00 + 6.00 tax. Tent camping same dates 45.00 + 4.50 tax. Holiday rate, 3 day min RV's 70.00 + 7.00 tax per day. Tents 55.00 +5.50 tax per day. Group rates available. Club House rental $150/weekend. I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The toilets and showers were clean. The park was very clean. They did have some maintenance issue (i.e. leaking toilet or pipe) over the weekend in one restroom. Restrooms do have combo locks. Make sure you get the combo upon check in. They do have many homeless in Ventura and don't want them using the restrooms. Security is at gate til 4 a.m. Walking distance to a charming town. Town had cute stores, restaurants, groceries, fast food, etc. Walking and bike paths to beach. Bike path right outside entrance. Bike rental within walking distance. Small playground for kids. Very accessible area on way to Emma Wood Group area to dog walk and to go to beach. Only down side is you are right next to the freeway and there is quite a bit of freeway noise. It is white noise and didn't bother me..but may bother some. There is a store with fast food and general merchandise. Convenient if you forgot something or just want a fountain drink. We were with an RV Club. I really enjoyed it. Also very accessible to jump on and off the freeway for quick weekend get-away from LA.