Mad River Rapids RV Park

     


Arcata, California
Phone: (707) 822-7275

Sites: 92
Recent Rate: $47 8/2014


Latitude: 40.9018809555357
Longitude: -124.090790748596

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 16
  • Good 36
  • Average 4
  • Poor 7
  • Terrible 4

67 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

PasoTravelSmiths

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park near downtown. Very quiet - did not hear freeway noise at all. Spaces in the back are very roomy. The two ladies in the office were very nice. There is a Mexican restaurant next door but we did not eat there. Absolute BEST Farmer's Market on the downtown square on Saturdays from 9am-2pm! We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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5rhauler

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

I rarely comment on campgrounds if I feel previous comments are accurate. I'm commenting on this park because of the electrical issues mentioned in previous comments. We too had problems with consistent power. Out power went on and off. I must be parked close the same fellow who told the previous camper that the problem was that he was a 50a plugged into a 30a box. I was told the same thing and told to go inside and throw the switches from 50 to 30 amps. I explained noting like that existed, and besides it is 65 outside and we are using virtually no power. When I showed him our Progressive Industries surge protector indicated the power was fluctuating between 105v and 119 volts he got upset and told me the park had no problems and it was our rig. Moral to the story, although the park is very nice, they do have power problems. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Sug and Paul

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Clean and convenient to Humboldt State. Good overnight stop. Site is paved with grass between sites. Access roads are wide with easy movement for big rigs. Office staff very helpful and friendly. Good access to Hwy 101. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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ruthieva

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

3rd stay here. Entire park is reliably clean & peaceful. The Mexican restaurant (walk from your RV) was good. We'd have rated higher except that the Wi-Fi has been oftentimes problematic and unreliable. Also, we feel it is high priced for this type of area. We expect to pay higher, for example, in San Francisco area, but not in Arcata! That said, we will still stay here again when back in this area. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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silverado

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Great stop, Easy on and off Hwy 101, about 8 miles north of Eureka, about 1 mile from Hwy 299 to Redding. Dog friendly, kid friendly, clean pool and spa. About 8 miles from Eureka Costco and Walmart. Nice long pull-throughs. Concrete site with lots of grass. Great cable and Wi-Fi, Verizon OK. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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cactuslady

Review Count: 35
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

Mad River Rapids is an excellent choice for RVers. It is clean, well-kept, and the staff is wonderful. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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ldukeb

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Great overnight spot in the Arcata/Eureka area. Clean bathrooms and laundry. Good Mexican restaurant right next door. Sites level with good satellite reception. Will definitely stay here again. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Kingo

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice, clean park. We have stayed here several times and staff have always been accommodating. Good restaurant adjacent. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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tikivic

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Watch the power! Arrived after hours. They say they have 50 amp sites, but I couldn't find any. Two of the 30 amp sites I checked were low voltage (104 volts), finally found one in a different row that was 117, so I used it. About 20 minutes later my power went out and when I went to check the breaker the resident across from me said the whole park is out. It had just happened a couple hours before also. At this point another resident marched up to me and accused me of shutting the park down because I plugged my 50 rig into a 30 (apparently he doesn't know what breakers are for), then my resident neighbor other side joined in also, saying something about I should find another site. First guy then walked away and about 2 minutes later power was back on for the night, so maybe he knew how to reset it? Noticed another review commenting about the power, so this park really needs to address the power issue. Definitely would not stay here again. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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lostinspace

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects 10 percent Good Sam discount. Nice grassy sites and park appears well cared for. We arrived when the office was closed and envelopes were provided for available sites, with honor system to pay in the morning when the office is open. Will return when in the area. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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peddy dick

Review Count: 257
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Group rate. Nice park. Our row lost power and with in 15 minutes they had a person out and fixed the problem. Not a destination but good for over night or longer. As noted could use more 50 amp sites. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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jeffnbarb

Review Count: 112
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Price is part of a group. If this location had more 50 amp sites I would rate it higher. Sites are relatively wide. Interior roads are paved and good for larger rigs. The camp store is well equipped. The pool looked nice. Restrooms were very nice. I would recommend this park. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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navyflir

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall nice park. Easy access from freeway, short drive north of Eureka. Nice seperation from other campers, pleasant souroundings, easy in and out for 40 foot coach with toad. Pleasant staff. Nice Mexican restaurant next door. Would stay here again. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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dweymouth

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

I was a bit concerned about stopping at this park after the last review, but it still looked like the best in the area. We had stayed at the park a few years ago and we remembered it as being OK. This time we found it quite acceptable. Some of the turns in the park (and around the traffic circles coming in from the highway) were pretty tight for our 45’ motorhome towing a large jeep, but they all worked. The first site suggested had shrubs that would have been a problem with our slides, but they quickly moved us to a very clear and open one with a 70’ pull-through. I didn’t check the restrooms, but the rest of the park was clean, quiet and had very helpful management. The sites have 30 amp service, but since air conditioning is seldom required, this is not a negative. My only complaint was that the sewer drain was at the far back of the space, and since we didn’t want to disconnect our Jeep, required an extension to connect, but worked fine. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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debears

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

The Good: California Welcome Center is around the corner. There is a good Mexican restaurant next to the park. The pool was warm, but didn’t go swimming. Restrooms semi-clean. Laundry worked and was $2.50 a load. The Bad: No Security. People from outside the park came in to use the restrooms. They have a 3 digit “secret” code. Our site, according to the older lady running the “mini-mart”, was the only one available for the night. She either lied, or about 15 reservations didn’t show. We had a site with small children next to the busiest road in the park. The sewer line was too small for our RV, and it caused a nasty mess. Lots of dog excrement all over the grassy areas. You need to register with a local company to use Wi-Fi. After staying at a beautiful RV park in the Redwoods the previous three nights, Mad River was a big disappointment. Not sure why the other reviews are so good? We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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