Pinto Lake Park

     


Watsonville, California
Phone: (831) 722-8129

Sites: 28
Avg. Rate: $31

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Latitude: 36.9485542196858
Longitude: -121.765744686127

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-lake Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 33
  • Good 31
  • Average 3
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 2

72 Reviews

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Larry Hamblin

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Sally Chew

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Stan LeRoy

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

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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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User2967

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

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Crown Jewel

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

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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: - $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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Wilson5957

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

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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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linnemj

Review Count: 46
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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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newcamper51

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

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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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jonmac

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

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Joe and Sharon

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

Date of Stay: - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very quiet park during the week, but a lot of activity during the weekends. There are little league baseball games during the spring and early summer months. The park is very well ran by the manager, and always clean and tidy. We have been coming for several years, and enjoy being end land a bit, but close to Monterey, and Carmel. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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rjsp

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the best small campground we have ever been to. Price is right. Parking is close, but not a problem. Park is very clean and had very little noise.The gate is locked at 8pm, so be there before. They give you a key so you can come and go. We found this to be great. You can dry camp in the parking lot for 25 a night. Park is close to many attractions and great food. Campground manager was very helpful. We stayed four nights and we will be back again. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Jan and Ron Looney

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

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first time at Pinto Lake. We were there for a whole week. It was a restful and quiet vacation. Missed having picnic tables at the site and on the weekend it was crowded, but we met some great new friends. We will return. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Hawk 1

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

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is very clean and well maintained. The staff is very friendly and the little lake is a lot of fun to go kayaking and peddle boating. The park is centrally located to go to Santa Cruz and the beaches or Monterey and Carmel. We love camping here and have been coming back for the past 10 years. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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OnDaRoad

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location for visiting Monterey and Santa Cruz and the rest of the area, which is very beautiful. The park is very quiet - no planes, trains or automobile problems. The sites are all grass. Sites further from the lake are more level than the ones closer. They are rather closely spaced, but the park only seems to fill up on the weekends. The staff has the longer stay folks spread out so that during the week there is plenty of room between the sites. The Wi-Fi worked better than at any park I have visited. I was able to pick up all the main TV channels over the air with my antenna. My Sprint phone and Verizon Mifi worked well here. This is a city park so there are people around mostly in the evenings till the park closes around 8pm - fishing, playing ball and picnicking. There are little boats available for rent to take out on the lake. We enjoyed people watching, the Little League and nice walks by the lake at sunset. The staff was very friendly and went out of there way to be helpful when I had an emergency. I would definitely return and will recommend this park to others. We camped at Pinto Lake Park in a Motorhome.

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