Date of Stay: January, 2016
I have not had good experiences with KOA. They are mediocre parks, in my experience, with incredibly high prices and unsympathetic staff. Today, we are on our way home to Oregon from San Diego and needed a park. This was about the only place in this area with cable TV. So, we are camped at Benbow KOA in Garberville, CA. The park is old and in need of upgrading, which appears to be under way. So, we have been pleasantly surprised by the friendly, helpful staff, and the fact that, instead of charging us the advertised $57 a night, we were charged $35 minus a 10% discount because I am a veteran! :) Not only that, but the cable service is good, and I can watch my Oregon Ducks as they lead the TCU Horned Frogs 31-0 at halftime in the Alamo Bowl. Way to go KOA. We will stay here again. BTW, the park has a little golf course and a pool, for those of you who like that sort of thing. The setting is beautiful, in the California coastal mountains. So, I am warming to KOA...at least to this one. Thanks Benbow KOA.
Date of Stay: December, 2015
This is our second one night stay at The Aurora. We frequently travel from Oregon to San Diego to visit family, and we discovered this place in August. The setting is gorgeous on the shore of Clear Lake. We have not found the park crowded on either of our stays. Laina in the office is a gem. She is beyond helpful and has a personality that bubbles. I would have rated the park 10, except for the fact that a massive remodel is in progress and some things are in a bit of disarray. Also, the owner's policy is to make a separate charge for electricity, even for an overnight. On both of our stays, however, Laina waived that charge. Nevertheless, it is quiet and the waterfront spaces are delightful. Someday, we will come for an extended stay and experience the fishing, boating, swimming, bbq on the patio under the grape arbor, etc.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
This is a lovely park. It is not fancy, but it is lovingly maintained, and host are some of the most personable, helpful park owners we have come across. Host helped us move the rig into our campsite and personally explained all the hookups. The cable TV includes two of our favorite channels that we usually don't get in RV parks: HGTV and Turner Classic Movies (the only channels we miss since we dumped the dish and got an antenna.) The Wi-Fi is about the best we have come across in an RV park. The dogs loved the off-leash area, and the riverfront area is lovely. Great park!
Date of Stay: March, 2013
My wife and I have voted this our new favorite campground. The facilities are up to date; the campground is pet-friendly and beautiful, located on 1/4 mile of Willamette river frontage; the owner is friendly and helpful. The restrooms/showers are immaculate. There is an off-leash area for pets. The climate, we are told, is warmer and dryer than the nearby Willamette Valley's climate, and based on our experience that is true. Perhaps, my wife's favorite thing is great Wi-Fi service, included in the price of the park. We will definitely return. If I had to state any downside, it would be that some of the sites are slightly un-level. Shhhh...don't tell anyone about this wonderful place. We want to be sure there is always a space for us!
Date of Stay: May, 2011
This is a nice, clean park with paved drives, although ours was not exactly level. Our biggest criticism of the park was this "unlevelness," but with the help of some leveling blocks and our hydraulic levelers, we were able to get level without much effort. The staff was friendly and helpful. We were here in the very beginning of the "season," and the park was nowhere near full. There are some residents, but all RVs were in good condition and all sites neatly kept. The location, while not spectacular in terms of views, is pretty and very convenient (thanks to our towed car) to "downtown" Lincoln City, the beach and Chinook Winds Casino, for those who are so inclined (we are not). We enjoyed our two night stay and would have extended, if we hadn't had other obligations. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
We stayed the whole summer here, because we were building a home in the area and needed an interim residence. The park is clean, and the staff is very friendly and responsive. Many of the campers are full-time residents or summer residents who go south in the winter. The park is clean and well cared-for. Pets are welcome, although it is a bit of a hike to the "pet area." We found the residents all to be friendly and cordial. There were some "overnight" guests during our stay. They were often "berthed" in the pull-through spaces, which are long enough, but a bit narrow. Campsites are paved, with ample room and privacy. All are full hook-ups; some have 50A service. The rate we paid was the monthly rate, $340, which included all utilities. We would stay here again.