3 Parks near Petaluma, California
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
Sep 2013 - $25.00
All 18 sites now have 50amp. It's parking lot camping. Wi-Fi is still weak. Lots of big rigs. Plenty of TV without cable. The lodge is friendly. Soon they will have advance reservations, but at this time you have to call same day to get a space. Its close to freeways, but quiet at night. The location is outstanding (close to cool places) and thats why I rated it a 7. We stayed 3 nights in our new 40' bus, and it was full every night. - Tredguy
May 2016 - $64.00
We were here on an extended stay. I have reviewed this park numerous times and so will only dwell on new issues. Generally speaking, the showers were a mess. Often the same disgusting items remained in the same place in the shower for five or more days at a time, despite my bringing it to the attention of the folks in the office. There was always a reason why the showers remained unclean. The reason that stands out in my mind was that the supervisor was away on vacation. Seems to me that someone else should have been in put charge of the bathroom cleanliness during the supervisors absence! And besides, they were a mess longer then the supervisor was away. The handicap shower stall in the main shower room has standing water in it. There are mosquitoes on the wall, so one can imagine how much they might be enjoying that standing water as a breeding ground! My husband found the men's showers equally disgusting. Except for the cleanliness issue, and the premium price charged, this is quite a nice campground. We enjoyed our time spent there - - other than our morning showers. The staff are truly wonderful! The location is terrific for the San Francisco Bay area. - Barnycat
May 2016 - $65.00
A great family facility. There a large playground, a petting zoo, a large enclosed dog park. Sites are a little short (most tow vehicles stick out into the roads). A code is needed to get in. There's a well stocked camp store. The road to the park (not in the park) is a patchwork of potholes. The only real negative about the park is the WiFi (Tengo). It works OK (not great) when the park isn't full, but it is incredibly slow when there are lots of campers. - ta96silver
Mar 2016 - $67.00
It is, of course, a stretch to include "San Francisco" in the name of this campground, when Fishermen's Wharf is 40 miles south through heavy traffic. (On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers play in Levi's Stadium, which is a 50 miles distant from that same wharf, so there's that.) Those 40 miles, however, do not mean that the Petaluma KOA cannot get away with charging $67 a night for a standard pull-through.
I get that RV parks in greater metropolitan areas can command premium prices and, while I don't like it, I can accept those prices if they result in a premium experience. (See, e.g. San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA.) In this KOA, those prices do not. The park is built on a hillside and the spaces are not terraced. Many are on a slopes steep enough to be beyond the capability of standard hydraulic levelers. The landscaping is a bit neglected, with weeds in the grassy areas. The "dog park" is ridiculously small. All in all, it is just not a premium place. Reinvestment of some of those premium fees in the infrastructure could make this campground a nicer place to stay.
On the plus side, It does have a very nice children's playground with lots of equipment that appeared to be in good condition and the spaces are of a decent width.
There are lots of trees, so it's shady in the summer, but there are not many spaces with clear satellite signals. Wi-fi is through Tengo and worked well. Be prepared for interrogation about your dog's ($3 extra) genetic makeup.
There are no good RV experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to 7 of the 10 most expensive housing markets in the country. The few parks that exist tend to cram you in for exorbitant prices. The Petaluma KOA is more than a parking lot and a bit less expensive than parks closer in. As an overnight, it could be worse. As a base to explore San Francisco, however, it comes at the cost of an hour or more stuck in traffic. - Pawticket
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