31 Parks near Petaluma, California
Jul 2016 - $50.00
I'm going to be as fair as I can for a campground the guy in the next site called, "The Campground from Hell."
First, the positives: The bathrooms and showers weren't gross, just old and shabby. The staff weren't rude, just not very helpful.
On a negative note, just getting into the campground can be a chore due to a narrow, 2 lane driveway that new arrivals park on to register. If you're already registered, you drive on the opposite side of the drive and hope no one is going the other way. The narrow, tight sites had mixed full hookup, partial hookups, and tents in the same area. The guy in a tent site across from us ran his LOUD, ancient generator for most of the day and evening. Dog owners, per usual, let their dogs do their business on others' sites rather than the provided the dog run. The interior roads are narrow, tight and not well marked. Many units were rentals with first time or, at best, once per year campers totally oblivious to common campground etiquette. People regularly cut through our site. This is where grandparents take grandkids and allow them to wreak havoc, load them up with sugar and buy them a puppy before returning them to their parents as revenge. The WiFi was too anemic and throttled to be of any use. There were flies everywhere, probably from the cows next door. The dogs at the house next to the campground barked, howled and were out of control.
To be perfectly fair, kids between 6 to 10 love this place because everything is geared toward them. As a retirees with no grandkids, we would never stay here again. - LM&TinView
Jul 2016 - $71.00
Worst KOA experience yet. Be prepared for cold, unhelpful, and inconsiderate customer service. We'd been having engine problems with our tow vehicle (for our 5th wheel) and arrived early in hopes of getting a spot so we could unhook and take the truck in for service. We were told by the staff that we arrived too early and check-in was at 2pm so we'd have to wait until then.
This place is crowded and the sites are extremely close together; the pool was packed with so many kids you couldn't get in. The bathrooms were not clean and kept up; the showers were filthy and it was obvious they weren't inspected and cleaned daily. The laundry room was decent, except for 3 of 6 dryers were broken, with signs on them that said "check back tomorrow" -- but no one ever came to repair them.
Check out is 11am. At 9am and still no truck, we talked to the staff to let them know of our problem and they coldly responded that we had until 2. At 2pm a staff member showed up in a truck and towed our trailer to the cow field below the KOA and charged us a $20 towing fee. Despite having no hookups in the cow field (but lots of cow manure) they told us we were no longer registered guests and therefore were not welcome to use their facilities any longer. We spent the night in the cow field and the next morning they warned us we had to be out by noon, or we'd be charged another night.
Awful treatment for such an expensive, crowded, and not well kept-up campground; and awful treatment of Active Duty military personnel. - tjdj1409
Jul 2016 - $77.00
We had reservations. Called ahead on move in day and were told to arrive about 1:00pm. Showed up 12:30 and staffer said wait 30 minutes. Came back in 45 & another staffer told us we could not check in until after 2:00. Not the most welcoming customer service we have encountered. Site #176 is paved but UNLEVEL! Auto level would not get it, had to use lots of blocks. Trees, power boxes, etc., make navigating through the park a challenge. (We are in a 40' MH.) Good luck finding a site with few enough redwoods to get satellite. Sewer hookups are non-uniform and high off the ground. The park is a great one for kids, numerous activities to wear 'em all out. Small bits of garbage and expended fireworks particularly in the play area, garbage on the floor of the men's room, and several of the few arcade games in the clubhouse were always out of order. And, as usual for KOA's, this one in particular is WAY WAY over priced. But, slim pickens in Sonoma County as in the rest of California. If not for our grandchild, we would never stay here. - rvrrat520
May 2011 - $25.00
This was a small dirt lot in the middle of a very pretty fairgrounds. It looked like you would use this yard for auto salvage. It was ugly, fencing around the lot was ugly, and we felt like we were staying in a prison yard. It was so ugly: torn up grass, chopped up asphalt, weeds, no definition to the site spaces, ugly fencing, we left the next day. Wish we could show you the photo. No effort has been made to make this RV spot desirable for anybody. The opening to the lot was narrow, we barely made it through with our 40 foot motorhome. The lot was difficult to find in the fairgrounds itself. We would NOT stay here again. Move onto the next fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, just up the road, which has a very similar name, much better place to stay! - sparky59
Jun 2010 - $25.00
Average facility as fairgrounds go. RV area is off to the side of the fairgrounds. There is gated access at night. Stock car races Sat night but ends around 10 - not a real issue. There is some traffic noise. There is an attendant in the area nights. Parking lot is mostly rock / gravel. They take credit card payments. We were the only RV in the park area. Would stay here again. - Workamper04
Jun 2016 - $25.00
This park is mostly just a parking lot. It is very tight, but most Elks RV parking is that way. Great place for an overnight stay or for a couple of days to see the area. Little grassy area behind sites 1-8. - Eagle4
Jun 2015 - $25.00
This is probably our 4th stay at Petaluma Elks, and we would not consider any other park in this area. Park manager is very attentive and goes out of her way to make you comfortable and enhance your stay. There are very few trees, but there is a nice grassy area behind some sites. Lodge is friendly and there are many activities available. Local attractions include cheese and wine outlets and the famous Petaluma Creamery for wonderful ice cream. Close to freeway for visits to Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Sonoma and other quaint towns. - barbwire65
Dec 2013 - $25.00
Highway noise is quite noticeable. Lots of bright security lighting even though the neighborhood is a business park and very safe. Narrow spaces ~15' wide. Good voltage and water pressure. Basically a parking lot behind club. There are many activities and they will park right in your campsite on Bingo night. Wi-Fi in the lodge. It was easy to make reservations online, but a surprise that they were needed. - L. Allen
Aug 2016 - $80.00
Park Staff is great and friendly. The sites are big and clean. We enjoyed are stay. Will come back again. - Outdoor explore
May 2015 - $43.00
The campground is fairly clean and maintained. There are few trees in the park. The roads are paved and sites are gravel. Maneuvering within the park is quite tight. There are many long term RV's in the front half of the park that are generally in good condition, but some are not. And then there's the back half; permanent dilapidated RV's that look like "Felony Acres". There are stray cats everywhere. The spaces are small. We were in a double space and our 38' Class A w/ two slides filled it. Some of the utilities can have a long run due to placement in the site. The campsite has 30/50 electric and a picnic table, but no shade. It is fairly level but narrow. Water has good quality and about 60 psi. Basic cable is free. Tengo internet is free, but rarely works; T-Mobile hotspot worked fine. The laundry has basic machines that need updating. Did not use; went to a laundromat adjacent to the park. Did not use or check the showers and restrooms. No pool. The staff are some nice ladies, but a bit perplexed about accommodating our 38' Class A. There were no social activities. The park is located in the city, so everything is close. It is remarkably quiet given that it is in a city. A pleasant enough park for a place to stay, but the sardine factor is too high for our preference. And at $43/night it's quite overpriced for what they offer. We'll try somewhere else next time. - Wiyndog
Jan 2014 - $24.00
This park is right in the middle of Rohnerville. Convenient if you have business here or want a place close to the new casino. Lot of full timers here with all types of RVs: new and old (but mostly new from what I could see), a lot of this park goes back where I could not see. I imagine a lot of people who are living here have jobs in the area. The sites are crammed together with narrow roads. I would not want to try getting in with a very large rig. The route to my RV spot was confusing as the map directed me in, but I was facing the wrong way for utility hook-up. I had to go back out of the park and come in facing the other direction. Once I was in the spot correctly, the utilities were easy to access, but the spot was not quite level. I thought it would be a nicer place to stay than the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa where I had just come from (as that place has nothing but large gravel over the whole park' not good for dog walking.) But next time, I will just stay in Santa Rosa: will not come back to this park. It should be fine if you need to stay in Rohnert Park for any reason, but I would not recommend it for a stop off point in your travels. - nanzhere
Jun 2016 - $36.00
This could be a convenient location for the sights and wineries of Sonoma County, close to downtown Santa Rosa. Site was level and utilities all in good order. That's the good.
A number of permanent residents, with multiple vehicles and trash bags/junk piled in the vehicles. Some are neat, others not. Pickup truck with trash bags overflowing and above roof line; the related motorhome had similar in front seats, filling front window. "Rules" are not enforced (site next to us had sewer hose dropped on ground and emptying into open drain- no end connection (park management and staff walked next to this several times and did nothing). The neighborhood is OK (who wants to live next to the fairgrounds), but no problems whatever walking to nearby park etc.
There is no WiFi available. Nothing fancy--level sites on gravel, laundry with two washers and dryers, decent room between sites, a few sites with a tree or two between. Sites just wide enough to put out side awning to site line. Nor a place to enjoy sitting outside. Some sites have picnic tables, some don't (and some of the long-term residents have two, perhaps why others have none). 50 amp sites are in the back row, all else are 30 amps (and I was told that a reservation for a 50 amp site is meaningless because the 50 amp sites are handled on a first-come, first-served basis). Thus like me, you can arrive with a confirmed 50 amp reservation and be told there are none available.
This campground is, as the name says, part of the county fairgrounds. The website does not say, and i discovered on check-in, that my reservation dates were cut short because of a Country Music Fest. It was explained the park serves the fairgrounds, and reservations mean nothing if something pops up at the fairgrounds or the fairgrounds decides for any reason that it wants the spaces. So if you have a confirmed/reconfirmed reservation, it may or may not be honored or cut short. I doubt we'd return. - SW Rick
Apr 2016 - $32.00
Friendly managers, gravel lot, quiet, a few full timers. Have stayed here before, no wifi though..problema. - Tonyl
Mar 2016 - $36.00
As everyone else is saying this is a gravel lot but level. Big rigs needing 50 amp service are on back row and easy to access. No grassy areas so pets have to walk on gravel. Convenient for our wine trip as next to 101. Quiet park at night. - Scooterd16
Aug 2015 - $35.00
Dry Camping only. Some bad, some good equals average. Good: well-spaced sites, a few pull throughs paved. Restrooms and showers kind of gross, costs a buck and a half. Good set up for families and kids. Quiet. Tranquil setting with lake and flat, two mile hike around. In town, for easy access but feels like in country. If you can tolerate dry camping and use on board facilities this is a good bet. - 1947red
Mar 2015 - $20.00
This is one of our favorite campgrounds. There are only six sites with electric, water, picnic tables, and fire pits as well as a playground, volleyball court, horseshoes, and a gorgeous lake surrounded by weeping willow trees. There is tons of wildlife including geese, turkey, hawks, vultures, and raccoons. The dining facility allows everyone to eat there and serves really good food, especially the seafood buffet on Fridays at lunch. The only thing missing is a dump, but there is a dump station down the road. We will definitely stay here again. - LifeRidingShotgun
Mar 2015 - $30.00
This is a tiny, 6-site RV campground located on the Coast Guard Station. It's well out into the county, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. Excellent WiFi. The dump station is on the base, about 1/2 mile away from the campground. If there were sewer hookups in the sites, it would be a 10! We would definitely stay here again. - Josh H
Aug 2013 - $18.00
This is a military only facility! This is a small very nice campground laid out in a horseshoe with six spots. The spots are so big that two 40' RVs could park in each one, plenty of parking for all those extra vehicles people like to bring along. The lake area the campground is in is very nice with a walking path around the lake. In the morning the ducks and geese fly in and in the evening they fly back out, an impressive site to see. There is only 30amp service and no sewer at the sites, there is a dump station available. For those military folks I'm sorry there is no commissary on base, but there is a new exchange that is fairly stocked with the necessities, kind of a super stocked convenience store. There is a gas station close to the campground but no diesel. This was the second time we stayed here and will stay here again when we visit the San Francisco area being only 38 miles to the city. This is not the easiest place to get to which in my opinion is one of the recommendations. - Bandit23
Aug 2016 - $80.00
Great Staff , clean and very welcoming. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you out. - Outdoor explore
Jul 2016 - $81.00
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! - R-Gill513
Jul 2016 - $81.00
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. - OH2SD
Aug 2015 - $30.00
This park is great for access to to Wineries, Wineries and more wineries. There are nice restaurants near by, too. Make sure you have Dish if you park in the back row. Direct TV won't work. If you have a Marine toilet be prepared to use your own water pump as the parks water pressure is low. Call early because the 50 amp sites with shade go fast. - TWI
Oct 2012 - $35.00
Beautiful small campground in a lush forest. There are several beautiful trails in the park's redwood forest. The nearby Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park is very interesting too with guided tours during weekends. A great place to camp and enjoy wine country. Restrooms and showers are basic but there's plenty of hot water. Gravel sites require leveling. - Rahm
Apr 2011 - $35.00
Enjoyed our stay here. The spaces along the creek are very nice. However, the prohibition of taking dogs on the trails made the stay less than I wanted. The price is also high for a site with no utilities. The park is beautiful and the sites far enough from each other that there is a feeling of privacy. There is an abundance (all around the camps) of ticks and poison oak. - MysticRaven
Aug 2010 - $30.00
Older, nice RV park. Has lots of trees, a very nice staff and is located close to wine country. Would stay here again. - rval
May 2008 - $15.00
If you don't expect much, then you will really like Mirabel Campground on the Russian River. There are no amenities, and a lot of the RVs there are very old and run down. But you are camping in and amongst giant redwoods and the price is hard to beat. The $15. above is based upon a weekly rate with one dog. Portions of the park can be kind of rowdy on the weekends, but we were in an area that was definitely more secluded. The electricity system is very old and we were told we could not use AC. That coupled with no cable and no Wi-Fi caused us to leave after 4 weeks. Prepare to need to sweep the roof of your rig at least once a week, as lots of dirt constantly reigns down from the huge trees. The park is very well located in that it is half way between Guerneville and 101 with SF being about 60 miles away. The manager was a rather crusty lady who certainly did not mince words or go out of her with with customer service. We would stay there again for a short time. - acephx