Watsonville, California

Pinto Lake Park

Watsonville, California



Watsonville, California
Phone: (831) 722-8129

Sites: 28
Recent Rate: $35 6/2015

Latitude: 36.9485542196858
Longitude: -121.765744686127

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $5.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 5.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • 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 yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • 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 no
  • 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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • 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 yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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77 Reviews

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Pdxjoanne

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $35.00
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The only thing to recommend this place is the price. $35 is about as cheap as you are going to get anywhere in this area for full hookups. The sites are very close together in a line. No picnic tables at sites. There is a picnic area but it and the entire area around the lake is covered with goose droppings from the large number of Canadian Geese. It's a pretty lake to look at but there's no swimming allowed because of toxic blue algae. A sign says that the highest level ever recorded in California was here and it was 10,000 times the healthy amount! There is a large grassy area up front by the road with a ball field and a picnic shelter where you can walk your dog that is not covered with goose droppings and it was quiet at night which are pretty much the only positive things I can say about the place other than the price. The restrooms were dirty and there are no showers. Had to pay cash because the young man in the office didn't know how to change the paper in the credit card machine. They have wifi but it didn't work for me. Would probably stay again only because of the price if I had to be in this area. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Truck Camper.

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liltikessmarty

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $35.00
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We enjoyed the beauty of the park. It was so nice to look out of our windows and see the lake and geese. (Yes, the geese go poo on the grass, so we were diligent about wiping our feet prior to entering the rig.) The ball field was in use most evenings and Saturdays, which we liked. We even watched portions of the games while having munchies from the snack bar.

The campground staff was quite friendly and helpful. The spaces are tight, but we were able to open our slides. There was plenty of room for our 40' trailer and vehicle. I appreciated the locked fence as it prevented late night arrivals.

We will definitely be back when we are in the area.

We camped in a fifth wheel. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Make the drive to Santa Cruz for the farmer's market. I have been to many and this is hands down, the best!

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Vic and Marsha

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $35.00
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Nice simple park used by residents as well as RVers. Full hook ups and really good WiFi. The hostess is very friendly and helpful. Very little landscaping. The lake is picturesque but polluted. We would return in a pinch. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Travel Trailer.

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LifeRidingShotgun

Review Count: 44
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $30.00
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Pinto Lake is decent. The whole area is expensive and this one is about average. The campground is small, no road noise, no trains. The sites are the narrowest I've ever seen, our awning hangs 1/2 way into the next site and the camp host keeps telling us to put it away. The laundry room is one washer & dryer in the owner's private residence, $5 per load, and good luck getting someone to open the locked gate so you can go to/from the laundry room - we're holding off on laundry until our next campground. They lock the gate to the park at 7pm, which seems really early. We're almost always out until later than that, so we have a key, but it's a pain to deal with the gate. Overall, decent place to stay short-term. I'd probably look elsewhere if we ever came back to this area. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Larry Hamblin

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $35.00
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We just left Pinto Lake this morning. We only stayed one night as we were on to other places. We would definitely recommend it to others looking to stay in this area. We travel in a 45’ motorhome so Site 28 was perfect for us (as noted in a previous review - thank you!). We were visiting with friends in the area and they didn’t even know this park existed! The price is right too - another park in the area wanted to charge over $80. Staff’s directions were perfect and she welcomed us warmly when we arrived. A lovely, quiet spot. Thanks! We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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MichelleKry

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $41.00
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Tiny park, it would take about 5 minutes to walk the grounds with our dogs for which they charge $2/dog/day the privilege to allow to stay in my RV. Price reflects 3 dogs. Kinda reminds me of a phrase that would be inappropriate to repeat here, but in this case it is 'pay for dogs welcome.' "Not really, but if you pay me ..." Make sure you get directions, there is another Pinto Lake Park next door. The site are very tight. We were not allowed to stay in an end spot. We ended up in one that the neighboring spot was so small that most would not fit and thus we could fit. Oh, and you can't touch the water due to pollution. Staff was friendly, but I would find other options if I return to the area if at all possible. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Sally Chew

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $35.00
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We had the best spot in the camp, #28. The sites are grass, which is very nice. The sites are close, but we had the end spot, which was great! The park is very quiet at night. If you stay a week you get a night free. Only 1 washer and dryer, but the first wash was free. The lake was not a draw. But we would stay here again if I the area. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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User2967

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $35.00
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We camped as a group and were well attended. They gave us a group rate. Management is very friendly and willing to help. The park is older so the spaces are narrow. Enough room for slide out but not slide out + awning. Power is 30amp only, with clean water, sewer, and cable hookup (didn't use) at each space. The park is well used by families and groups. There is a huge BBQ pit (rents for $50) with concrete tables and benches around. There is also a small children's playground with lots of swings, and climbing apparatus. There is also a well maintained baseball field that if fully stocked with good pro gear, the field was always under use while we were there. The lake has small rowing boats and a large solid ground pier to fish from, the lake is well stocked with fish. The park closes to the public at 8pm. Each camper is given a key so they can get in and out after hours ($5 deposit). We camped with 5 rigs and felt we got a good deal in a nice quiet place. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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Stan LeRoy

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $35.00
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Claimed to be pet friendly but not the case. You had to sign an agreement to clean up after your pet, etc. That was fine with me, but within 5 minutes my wife stepped in dog poop and tracked on rugs. Wanted to wash rugs but laundry closed at 5 p.m., along with shower house. The sites are all grass, very long grass. There are cable hookups, but they don't work - we were told they were for show only. On checkout I complained about dog poop all around and was told was a city park and they could not control - so why the "contract" for dog owners? We will not stay there again. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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Crown Jewel

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $35.00
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This has been the best park we have stayed at during our travels! It was beautiful with the lake, ideal for our toddler with a playground, huge grass areas, and ducks to feed. It is a great location tucked away but fairly close to many things. The hookups worked well and the space was long enough to fit our 40' rig and our truck with room to spare. We even had family come visit us and enjoyed the picnic areas. The monthly winter rate was reasonable for California at $700. The staff are very attentive and the grounds feel very safe. We will definitely come back when we are in the area! I would say this is the hidden gem of the Central Coast! We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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familyfaithfun

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

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $35.00
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We stayed 5 nights. Had we stayed 6 nights we would have received the 7th night free. Wifi is good. Very secure. Very family friendly. We stayed here and visited Monterey, Carmel by the Sea, Santa Cruz. Very convenient to all of the locations above yet away from the busyness. Great experience. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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newcamper51

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

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $35.00
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This was our first "learning" trip with our recently purchased RV camper. It was the perfect place for our needs as a retired couple - full hookups for electrical and sewer drain at the camper site, clean with bathrooms and showers too. The receptionist advised my husband to take route 129 instead of 156 which was incredibly important for us to know coming in from 680. This was the slow season so we were lucky to have the end space which looked upon the lake for two days. The location for a visit to Monterey, Moss Landing for cioppino at Phil's Fish House and a great loop walk mostly along the coast at Wilder Ranch was fabulous. However, campers line up right alongside each other which could be tight if full. Also, picnic tables and fire pit are in an entirely separate area. Might not work as well for groups or if you like your own campfire. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Travel Trailer.

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linnemj

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $35.00
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This location is excellent for visiting the Carmel and Monteray Peninsula area. It is approximately 30 miles from Monteray. The park is a popular place for locals to host parties so you are sharing the park with them. The sites are side by side with no privacy on grass. The park is well maintained and all the hookups worked well. It is situated close to shopping. Park personnel were very pleasant. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Wilson5957

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $30.00
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A pretty public park with a beautiful lake and excellent security provides a welcome in-town RV park for visitors on the Monterey Peninsula. Although the sites are small, the park is rarely full so you can spread out a bit beyond the site limits. The park manager does an excellent job of keeping things in good order. Public access to the park is limited to daylight hours and the gates are locked in the evening. Yes, you do get a key. Our grandchildren live in Watsonville, so this is a regular camping spot for us. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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jonmac

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

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $28.00
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We were a family on holiday from Ireland in a hired camper, and the welcome we were given was warm and genuine. We were given helpful hints on things to do locally and how to plan our trip around California. I have camped all over Europe over many years, and I have to rate Pinto Lake as one of the best if not the best, mainly due to the host and the extra mile she went for us to make our stay memorable. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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