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Arcata, California

Mad River Rapids RV Park

Arcata, California



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

Sites: 92
Recent Rate: $49 7/2016

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
  • $1.50 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.50
  • 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

75 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

Unsecure WiFi that was too intermittent. Only RV site where the cable worked out of 4. Incredibly loud arc lamps for area lighting, some of which were not working. Inconvenient trash disposal: containers were locked during our short overnight stay. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Have a better rate for lightweight short trailers that only use 15 Amp hookup. Fix the area lighting and WiFi.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

No place to walk your dogs. This place is ok for a quick overnight stay. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Needs a dog walk grassy area.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park with level paved sites, large grassy area between. Shade trees of all sizes. Well kept up. 2 separate laundry/restroom buildings. Friendly staff. Far enough from the highway to not be loud but close enough to get to conveniently. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Mexican restaurant at the entrance to the park is very good.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of full-time residents. We barely fit our 42 ft hauler on our 50amp site. All pull thrus were 30 amp. We had several occasions when our power monitor tripped for low voltage. Lots of kids with nothing to do. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 69
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites are tight, I don't understand why it's deluxe. I guess because it 50 amp. Not really a big right friendly place had to park the truck perpendicular to site. As others said, lots of permanent residences some had garbage around. Sites are gravel, lots of shade from the pine trees. Back in & PTU, full hook up. Pool, pet run, playground, cable, WiFi (slow). We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mexican restaurant gives discount if you mention your staying at the campground. An short ride to Redwood National Park

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

It's all about location with this campground. It's close to shopping, the college, the coast, beautiful redwoods, biking and hiking trails. You can hear the hwy noise but it was tolerable. This campground was clean, quiet, and has everything you need to be comfortable. The WiFi was ok, the staff was good, and the residents were nice. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Six River Brewery, Arcata Scoop for ice cream, and shop at North Coast CO Op for groceries.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

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

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Large, nicely landscaped park with friendly staff. Grass and quite a few mature trees. Several sections of the park, each with multiple sites, have tall screening shrubbery. Interior roads are not on a strict grid which makes dog walking (on leash) more pleasant. Third time we've stayed but only one night each time on our way to an end destination. Wednesday night in summer at 5:30 pm and we got the last spot - lesson learned, will call ahead next time. Quiet park, but close and easy access to 101. Across the road from agriculture land, but Arcata a few miles away and Eureka 15 minutes south. Grocery store and other shopping shopping across the freeway, Mexican restaurant adjoining the park. We camped at Mad River Rapids RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The little Mexican cantina next door is worth a visit.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $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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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $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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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $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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