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After staying here in 2009, I finally had the opportunity to come back, and this time got a river-front site with full hookups. These sites are fantastic. We had one of the pull-through sites parallel to the river so our doors opened up to the riverfront mere steps away. We came in the spring when the weather was in the mid-70s, everything was green and the river had good flow. Most of the complaints I see are from people who went during the fall when it was hot and dry. The property is great for kids, they can explore on foot and bicycle and use the swimming hole. There is a scavenger hunt paper you can pick up from the office as well which will keep them occupied for the better part of a day. We liked the rustic feel of grass and gravel roads, and being lulled to sleep by the flow of water each night and waking up to same. Service before and during was excellent, as they went way out of their way to make sure that we would be able to pull through around our neighbors, with lots of phone communication beforehand. These are the same owners that took over shortly before our first visit and 7 years later it is still clean and beautiful. No problems with rowdy neighbors, this is a laid back campground with a rustic rural feel. The very small mobile home park located at the back is very neat and clean with friendly residents. Most of the spots are shady, lots of trees throughout. There are cable hookups if you're worried about reception. The fire pits are good, hookups in our site were well placed with several different sewer holes to choose from depending on the location of your hose. The wifi was slow but worked for basic checking in on email and facebook. Don't plan on relying upon it for getting serious work done. there is no Verizon signal but there is AT&T, as others have said. I considered the lack of phone reception to be a plus and we barely used the Wifi. We were here to get away not to stay plugged in.

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We camped here because the park is about 1/2 mile away from family living in military housing, otherwise I would not have a reason to camp here as I am not a big beach person. But if it's your thing you are 'right on the sand' especially in the front row and you want a communal party atmosphere. It is a glorified parking lot with everyone crammed in closely. I was just able to park my F250 parallel to my TT, folding the mirror in to avoid it being in the way of people going by in the other site. The biggest problem as other people will attest to is the gates-locked-at-7pm madness. This completely prevents you from going into Coronado for dinner and night life unless you want a long bicycle ride there and back. Also makes check-in after 7 impossible. The reason this is so is because the park is co-located with several large day-use parking lots, and rather than set it up properly so there is night time in and out for the RV park, they just close the whole thing off at night rather than pay for a night guard at the road entrance. Noise: This is a noisy campground depending on where you are located and when you come there can be heavy road noise, and your neighbors up until quiet time at 10pm. The sodium vapor lamps also flood the lot until 10pm when they are thankfully shut off. During the winter (just after thanksgiving) they build large sand berms to protect from the waves which blocks your view and also makes the road noise very loud compared to the ocean noise. Also in the winter the back rows of the park are also empty and there is nothing to block the very loud road noise from Silver Strand Blvd all night long. In the summer I suspect you can enjoy the ocean noise a lot more while having the road noise blocked out, but get a space as close to the beach as you can. The front row seems perpetually sold out. The place is safe and family friendly, lots of kids on bicycles and other conveyances. Portable wood fire pits are popular.

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This is a brand new site and very clean, I did not see any permanent residents aside from the owner's very well maintained motor home with beautiful garden. This was a stopover for us and worked out very well. Easy pull through sites with nice hookup boxes. Only downsides are lack of shade (wasn't a problem on a cloudy rainy day) and road noise from I5. As others have mentioned hopefully it will 'grow up' to be a Shady, quiet RV park in a decade. A friend used the shower facilities and said they were spotless.

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We stayed here twice: once on the way to and once on the way back during our trip, as an overnight place. The north/lower side of the site is excellent, RIGHT up against the water, lots of huge trees and shade. You are parking on grass. This side has water/electric only. The south or upper side of the park where the full hookups are, is not so great. Those spaces are super close together, trees block the view of the water, and at the far end, there's one or two fairly seedy permanent tenants with a dog. It's also hard to get in and out of the spaces at the very south end, as it gets narrow. The dump site frequently has a sprinkler running near it, soaking your car and RV, and the questionable full timers are near it. I would skip it and dump elsewhere. If you just need an overnight without full hookups, or have something big enough to go without dumping for a weekend, this is a great place as it cools down more in the evening than elsewhere in Sac, due to the proximity of the water. Just watch out for mosquitos at dusk. The spaces at the very north end are very private and surrounded by trees. The people in the office are friendly and cordial. I was able to receive good Wi-Fi from my trailer a few hundred feet from the office. The park is very quiet at night, no road noise as it is well off the highway on a river frontage road.

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We stayed in the Sycamore Lane section with water/electric, a large group of us with two RVs and 3 or so tents. I would not recommend sites 6-10 as they are not pull through and very small, with no shade. They are new spots that they made from empty space and have only saplings planted at this time. Spaces 1-5 looked like a better bet and we wished we had gotten those. The other spaces with the full hookups looked quite nice. Probably one of the biggest attractions is the swimming hole, a deep area in the river that flows through the property with a large open grass 'beach'. It's a great place for kids to play and blow off steam. The bath house is located in the permanent resident section, and the permanent mobile homes all looked very nice and well kept up. There was a sign on the bathhouse saying it was to be renovated this year or the next. For now they are just basic concrete stalls with old curtains as someone has mentioned. There is one bench outside the stall to stage your stuff. As others have said this looks like a park that is continually improving. We would stay here again, though probably in one of the river front sites instead. Check the map on their website for more info. The area is very nice.