Date of Stay: June, 2008
This is a beautiful park, but very crowded I suspect in the summer months. There were no spots available when we camped over a Fri/Sat night stay. It was quite crowded. The facilities are great. We have a 3 and 5 year old who just loved the playground, one of the best if you have small children. The .50 ice cream was a hit on Fri/Sat nights, too. We had what they called their best spot, #99, and while it was nice, I don't think I would have liked any of the others. We backed to the river which was really down (nice with small kids) and had a small grass area behind us which was nice. I thought $58 was pricey for partial hookups, too. One of the most expensive parks we've stayed in, but the location and forest feel is one of a kind. Lots of foreigners visiting which was interesting when chit chatting with people. Many foreigners make it one of their stops along the California coast on their way to SF. Overall nice park, but having visited once, probably wouldn't go back. Not an easy drive either!
Date of Stay: April, 2008
This is a very nice clean park. We had a lower spot which backed to the office. While the upper spots had lovely views, I suspect they were noisier due to Hwy 46 traffic along the upper side. The pool area was a hit with the kids, and there was lots of flat ground for them to ride their bikes. The spots were very tight making it hard for some slideouts although there were very large rigs here. The grassy areas between spots was nice. What we really enjoyed was the proximity to wineries, a few within walking distance. The beach was about a 40 minute drive, and there were lots of restaurants nearby in Paso. We would definitely visit again!
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This is a small, quiet park conveniently located next to 2 golf courses and the Pacific Ocean. Not to mention a Ritz-Carlton within walking distance. We had spot 56, while not terribly big, it was bigger than many that weren't on a corner as we were. We have 2 small children, and while there isn't much to do at the park for them, the beach is a short walk and worth visiting for the day. We camped here in a Class C, and we really enjoyed listening to the ocean at night with our windows open. You can't see it, but can definitely hear it. We did have a golf course view from our spot which was nice. We particularly like to visit in October when the weather is sunny and during Pumpkin season. Although this time we will be trying Costonoa and I will be eager to compare; however, I would return to Pelican Point as well. The price seemed a bit steep, but probably because of it's proximity to the ocean, very close!
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We really liked it here and lucked out by getting the best spots in the park (we think). We had spots 226 and 227, very flat and large. We only had electric, but water was right across the way to fill up and we used a dump station on the way home. After all, that is why we have a self contained class c. I would recommend the Manzanita circle, particularly sites 225-228, 239-241, 245, and 216-218. I would not recommend the f/h sites, they are very close together and seem like they would be hard to maneuver big rigs. It is quite a haul up a steep grade to get to the campground but worth the drive. Very hard to find true RV camping in the mountains like at this place. Although the lake was low, we did fish and hike a bit and would come back to enjoy water sports. We camped here with our 2 and 4 year old and my parents who have a 35 ft Alfa. I only rate it an 8 out of 10 because they do seem to charge extra for every little thing. Even though it was $32/night, you could easily end up paying 40 something for extra people, vehicles, wifi, showers, etc. Would definitely go back though!
Date of Stay: August, 2007
There is definitely a train that runs by the campground frequently. Scared my 2 1/2 year old to death one night. Very loud! Music is extremely loud Thursday - Saturday nights 8 pm until 12 am. The place seems to attract a lot of locals: wanting to drink and party. We went with 2 other RVers and had 8 kids with us, so the pool was a nice amenity. Our spots were the closest to the playground which was nice to keep a close watch on the kids. I definitely would not get spot 6 next to the dump station or the horizontal spot right next to the highway. We stayed 3 nights and had spots 1, 2, and 3. They were close to the highway and not very pretty, but the company was good and our friends made the trip worth our 5 hour drive from the Bay Area. The lake was extremely low at this time, so there really were no "lake view" sites. All in all it was a nice trip, but mostly due to the company not the campground. Our friends said they checked out Antler RV and it looked a lot nicer. We may try here next time.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
We camped here with about 10 other RVers over a 2 night period in June. We had f/h sites in the C Loop (C-14) which was up a steep hill and tight for some large rigs. Backing up was not easy, and some spots were hard to get into. The K Loop would be our first choice for f/h sites. This loop is also adjacent to the lagoon which is great for the kids. Being in the C loop, we had to drive to the lagoon, quite a trek if w/out vehicle. Of course the main attraction is the lake, just OK if you aren't going to use the lake. I would probably go to Horseshoe Bend (where we stayed last summer) again before back to Barrett Cover. It's much flatter, has a swimming lagoon and some beautiful spots overlooking the lake.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
This is one of our favorite parks and our second visit here. We camped with 4 other rv'ers and had about 8 kids under the age of 7 with us. We had spot 53 which was a bit small but right across from the creek where the kids played. The pool was a great amenity as was the playground although a short trek from the campsite. The park has lots of big trees with a a mountain feel that is city-close. It's very close to lots of attractions in the Santa Cruz area. It's small, clean, quiet, and conveniently located. I gave it a 9 because it seems a bit overpriced at $50/night, but as they say you pay for location, location, location.
Date of Stay: January, 2007
Great park with great location. We camped here with 2 other rv'ers and had spot 40 which was at the back of the campground next to the beach trail, great location we thought. We had 4 small children who enjoyed the tree swing behind the park and the short hike through the dunes to the beach. We were a bit misled thinking the sites were f/h, when in fact they are partial, no sewer available, only water and electric, but maybe that's why the price is so reasonable at $29/night. I understand you have to make reservations pretty far in advance as is the case with many of the CA State parks, but this park is worth it we think. It is a distance from downtown Pismo which is one of our favorite places, but with a tow vehicle it's manageable, however the park really isn't within walking distance to anything but the beach. We would definitely choose to stay here especially compared to the looks of some of the other nearby RV parks. This park has nice big shade trees, some grass in each spot, and large paved pull-through spaces. We will be visiting again next year.