Arcata, California

Mad River Rapids RV Park

Arcata, California



3501 Janes Road
Arcata, California 95521
Phone: (707) 822-7275

Sites: 92
Recent Rate: $47 8/2015

Latitude: 40.9018809555357
Longitude: -124.090790748596

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $5.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 5.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games yes
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

68 Reviews

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california mike

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $47.00
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We have stayed here many times in the past and it was at least acceptable then. Now it is getting run down with questionable clientel. We stayed for 3 nights in a 30 amp pull thru site that might as well have had a big sign saying "Please walk through our campsite". There were lots of permanent residents with junk around their rigs and cars parked anywhere they wanted (even out in the street). Sure made it difficult for us to maneuver our 38 foot motorhome and toad around the park. There was also no attempt by park staff to enforce the rules. Some of the residents were downright scary. We made sure we put everything away each night and locked all the compartments and car. This is the last time we will ever stay here. There are better RV parks in Eureka and Fortuna! We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Don't stay here, but if you do, check out the Holly Yashi Jewelry factory tour.

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subaru

Review Count: 35
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $42.00
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Long pull through sites - plenty of room for our 5th wheel and truck. Nice landscaping and generally clean appearance. Reliable services. Very friendly folks and while close to HWY 101, didn't notice much road noise. Utilities were at the rear of the site, so you might need an extra sewer hose to reach them. Hotel and restaurant literally next door - we didn't try the restaurant. Would probably stay again if in the area. Verizon reception fine; didn't try the free wifi. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Thedogsma

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $38.00
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We must have lucked out because we had a very good experience here. We were camped out back next to the garden. Showers and spa were good, sites level, and Wi-Fi OK. The only reason we give a 9 is because of some traffic noise. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

The little Mexican cantina next door is worth a visit.

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Yolanda b

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $44.00
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Have happily stayed here in the past but won't again. The sewer was broken at the site and left open. I could not be moved because they changed the park so there aren't many 30 amp sites. Apparently they are all 50 amp now. The flag pole banged all day and all night and they were unable to do anything about it. Good location but that's all it's got going for it now. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Living Skies

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $38.00
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We had a pull-through, gravel site located across the road from the washroom. Pleasant park for a one-night stay with all of the long-termers. We appreciated the quietness over the night. We may stay here again. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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PasoTravelSmiths

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $47.00
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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: June, 2014 - $44.00
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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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ruthieva

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

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $46.00
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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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Sug and Paul

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

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $39.00
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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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silverado

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $41.00
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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: 36
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $46.00
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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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Kingo

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

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $32.00
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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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ldukeb

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $37.00
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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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tikivic

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

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $38.00
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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: 36
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $35.00
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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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