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Novato, California

Novato RV Park

Novato, California



Novato, California
Phone: (415) 897-1271

Sites: 70
Recent Rate: $80 8/2016

Latitude: 38.115862014258
Longitude: -122.56385207176

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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
  • $2.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 2.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
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 yes
  • ATT, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,Sprint,T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem yes
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 no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services yes
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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54 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

Great Staff , clean and very welcoming. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you out. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 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: 24
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $81.00
Overall Rating:      

We picked this park for its high Good Sam rating and its proximity to the San Francisco ferry, Muir Woods, and Sonoma & Napa Valleys. Both criteria were wrong. We paid $81/night, and an acceptable price should be no more than $30-$35. All sites are exceedingly narrow backin spots where your front door is one foot from the neighbor's sewer drain. The staff pleasantly took our money. An attendant who was supposed to help us back in was of almost no help. It was level is about the only positive. The bathroom/showers were barely acceptable for a kid's summer camp and had little privacy. We did not use them. Camp WIFI is Tangonet, so it's miserably slow. Camp cable is adequate. We used our DISH to get our preferred channels. AT&T provided two bars LTE. We will not stay here again. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Only 15-20 minutes to the Larkspur Ferry. Thirty minutes from Muir Woods. One hour from Napa Valley.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $81.00
Overall Rating:      

Tight spaces, but enough room for a picnic table at each site. Paved roads. Gravel sites that are not quite level. The RV park is sort of in the front of a large mobile home park. There's a "dog area" but it isn't fenced in, and full of little stickers and thorns.

You can put a deposit down for a key to the pool (small and full of kids). There's a deli in the same building as the office. The lady who checked us in was everything but pleasant.

If you plan to stay longer than 3 weeks, you need to fill out an application and show proof of income. I thought that part was ridiculous. (They wanted previous employers and landlord information. They wanted to know the lien holder on the camper and vehicle.)

We stayed 2 weeks. 3 days after we left, the office called to tell us our rent was late. That was a first for me! We camped at Novato 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
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Novato is a nice little town and it's not too far from San Francisco.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $71.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here after being turned away at another park where we thought we had a confirmed reservation. I was leery because of reviews I'd seen, but desperate to park for the night.

The park was actually a step up from the one we had originally selected. The sites are closely spaced, but do have enough room for a 40' motorhome with slides on both sides. The location, while farther from SF, is close to everything in Marin county and only 45 minutes from Sonoma wine country. There is a nice deli on site, and while the Wi-Fi was spotty, the staff did try to compensate by offering plenty of access coupons for multiple devices. Sprint cell service worked well in the area. They also provided good information on local services such as grocers, restaurants, hardware stores, etc. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
140
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $71.00
Overall Rating:      

Rates are high and going to $80 with the discount May 2016. That being said it is less than 10 miles to the ferry to SF, less than 14 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge. Less than 20 miles to wine country and cheese country. Sites are very tight but hey we are over 58 feet long. 3/4 of park is park models and parking for your toad is at a premium everywhere in the area. Stayed 4 nights. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
140
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $74.00
Overall Rating:      

What people have to keep in mind is the name. The name contains "Park", it does not have "Resort" as part of the name. This is the perfect for a home base for exploring the north half of the Bay Area. Yes, the rate is high, but so are the real estate values in this area. I would rather pay more and have the park available than not have it at all. We felt safe and slept well. The cable tv worked well. The WIFI worked once they reset the router for us. The park was nice and clean. There is a large field to take your dogs to run and relieve them selves. Take your long line though because there was only fencing on one side. Also, because of the long grass, beware of ticks. All of the amenities of home are here in the Novato area. Be sure to take a trip to Richmond and check out the Rosie the riviter museum as well as the Muir woods which is also in the Marin area! We will come here again. We stayed here in our allegro bus. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
143
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $73.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a hard park to rate but mostly it is over priced for what it is. There are many permanent residents which is not an issue unless you mind all the local children playing in the vacant sites next to you and throwing stones everywhere. The park is right beside the highway, exposed to the winds & sites are close/bare. On the positive side, it was a fantastic location for exploring the area, there is a deli on site and the restrooms were good. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here so we would be close to San Francisco for the usual tourist activities. The park is really a few RV spaces at the end of a mobile home park. Right beside highway 101, so lots of road noise. This was a Winter trip so the pool was closed. There wasn't anything to do at the park, no games, clubhouse, activities etc. The WIFI was good but limited and there was a Deli attached to the office. Way over-priced for what you get. Go up the road to Petaluma instead. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
135
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

If you stay here because you want to see San Francisco, try using the ferry service over to Fishermans Wharf. You will miss a lot of traffic this way. Cost = $10 per person each way, parking was free. There are bus routes nearby but the travel time is around 1.5-2 hours one way. We drove in once and found a parking lot near the Wharf for $35 per day. Add a Muni pas for $17 and ride all the trams, trollies and buses.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $71.00
Overall Rating:      

It's hard to rate this campground. The staff is wonderful and they seem to have a passion for providing service and a clean campground. But the sites are crammed together and most of the RV's are full-time residents. The positives: Great location, close to the freeway exit (you don't hear traffic), beautiful scenery if you look up at the hills, close to shopping and town, quiet, clean, level sites, good utilities, decent internet (not good, just decent), a deli onsite, picnic tables, concrete picnic pad, great staff, LOTS of information about local area. The negatives: This is a mobile home park with RV sites at the front end. Most of the RV "campers" are full time residents (but they are nice, pleasant people, not rowdy roughnecks). The sites are crammed together. But considering there are incredibly few camping options in the Bay Area, it's a decent place to stay. I would give it a 9. But if it's in a place like Redding, with multiple campgrounds that have lawns, trees, large camping spots, etc. this would rank a 3 in comparison. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
138
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

The Deli onsite is great.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm always less-than-impressed with the size of campgrounds in California, and this is no exception. If you want space, find a KOA. If you're fine with spending several days parked on top of your neighbor, choose a private RV park! This park is clean enough, although' I find the tight spaces so irritating. Thankfully, traveling with friends meant we could use the little patio between the 2 motorhomes, providing us with a little extra privacy. I am not a fan of ANY RV park that also includes a trailer park, which this does. But I do realize that's my issue to deal with! ;-) Dog walks are not available within the confines of the park, but there is a nice walking trail a short distance away. If you want a short jog into SF, this isn't the park for you. It's about a 25 - 30 min drive, and much longer if you hit rush hour. But for us, being out of the city was a bonus. There is a deli & liquor outlet on the premises. We didn't go in, but it seemed busy. We wouldn't recommend this park unless you're comfortable with small back-in sites. The staff were friendly, but I find the price very high for the site. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park with easy access from US101. Paved roads with level gravel sites. Somewhat close quarters, but you're in a city and it's not a big deal. Restrooms were cleaned regularly and the park is well lit at night. Didn't get a chance to use the pool, the daytime temperatures were too cold for us to try it, but it looked nice. Desk staff was cheerful and helpful, but are done for the day around 5pm. Recycling is available! Location is about 20-30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Rush hour traffic leaving the city going northbound will catch you starting around 3:30pm. I don't know about inbound traffic, I'm not an early riser. Several grocery stores are within a 10 minute drive as well as gas/diesel stations. The park is attached to a trailer park and has some permanent RV residents. I found them to be very pleasant and accommodating. We are a full time traveling couple in our early 30's. This park more than suited our needs. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $59.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great location for visiting SF and the wine country. The RV park itself is fine, nothing special, and I'm surprised it is ranked as a top 100 location. We asked for help backing in to our space. The staff member who checked us in asked another staff member to help us. He was not with another customer but said he was too busy to help us. The spaces where they were putting the larger motorhomes were gravel. The sites tapered off near the front and you really need a step stool to get in and out comfortably. The sites are also a bit tight. We were unable to extend our passenger side awning because it would have hit the slide out of the motorhome next to us. The RV park grounds include both extended stay and a mobile home park. The mobile home park tenants were using the restrooms and pool....not sure if that is the arrangement or not. The restrooms, pool and laundry room are very nice and clean. There is a convenience store and deli, and the food looked good. There is just a very small strip of grass for the dogs. The pet walk area is dirt and sticker weeds and is used by the mobile home park children as a playground. The wireless Internet was good but a bit slow in the morning and evening. There was room in front of the space for a tow vehicle. Easy access off the highway and highway noise didn't seem bad. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for three weeks so the $50 reflects the weekly rate, the single night rate is $60, so the park is pricey. Even so, we enjoyed our stay. Gave it a +8 because the staff was courteous, our site was wide and could have but one neighbor [not two or three], thus we had a view of the trees along the interior road; and the electric was notably sufficient. Gave it a -3 because we had to use a stack of three levelers in front [none, tho, side-to-side]; the freeway noise was noticeable, but not enough to disturb our sleep; the sewer connection was 6" to 7" above the ground; and the Tengointernet connection, though free for a month with a coupon from the park, required reregistration every three to four days. Our biggest complaint [and the reason we did not rate the park 8] was the trash: two large dumpsters and a recycle bin were constantly overflowing. Fortunately, they are in a separate building so we did not have to look at the mess. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

I have stayed here a number of times while visiting my kids/grandkids who live in the area. There is not much to say about the park except it is probably the best in the north SF area. Spaces are narrow and not very long. Can't put an awning out the whole way. It is difficult to get level on many of the places. Sewer connection run up hill. I sure wish someone would build something nicer. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

Stopped here as it was about the only place to stay before we crossed the bridge into San Francisco. I normally won't spend $54 ($60 if not Good Sam member) for a camp site, but the kids needed a pool. Pool is small and fairly cold. Nice warm showers though, and no timers or quarters needed. The rest of the park is very clean, with fairly level gravel sites. One thing that was irritating was the traffic noise in the morning. Apparently a lot of trucks use some nearby road and are fond of using their Jake brakes. We'll stay here again if no other options. We camped at Novato RV Park in a Motorhome.

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