This is a typical Federal campground with one big plus: it is right on Lake Tahoe with a very nice sandy beach. This campground underwent a major renovation last year with newly paved, expanded sites. Sites are reasonably level and have a fire ring, BBQ and large table. There is a two tier price system. Those sites closest to the lake, designated as “Lake” in Reserve America and Recreation.gov, are $34 per night. Those a little further away, designated “FORE” for forest, are $30 per night. Many of the forest sites have good views of the lake through the pines, however. There are a couple of good hiking/biking paths leading through the adjacent forest and meadows. Bathrooms have flush toilets but no showers are available. Good cell service. No Wi-Fi, although I picked up a signal from a near-by hotel that did not require a password but I was unable to connect. My air card worked fine. Because of the trees, satellite reception will depend on your site. The two campground hosts do an outstanding job of keeping everything clean and tidy. Ordinarily I do not give a dry camping campground higher than 8 stars but the location outweighs the even the lack of showers.
This is most certainly the best park in the area. Even though it is a standard California State Park with only dry camping, it is much nicer than the “parking-lot” atmosphere of the park by the marina at nearly double the price. All of the sites have a fire ring (need to be emptied) and wood tables. There is plenty of room between sites. Other than the fire rings needing to emptied, the park is well maintained. There are two different price tiers of sites: those next to the ocean for $50 and those 1 or 2 rows away for $35. Many of the $50 sites have their ocean views restricted by a dune or trees and some of the $35 have unobstructed ocean views. The best $35 views are at the southern side of the park, near the day-use area. We were in 48, but 49 and 50 are almost as good. Site 47 is also good, but a tree overhangs the site, and the birds are “active”. There was no issue being next to the day-use area. There is an easily accessed dump station at the park exit. Generator hours are a little tight: off from 8PM to 10AM. A paved walking/bike trail runs next to the park. The path is wide, and there are no significant grades. We biked about 30 minutes south one day and about 40 minutes north the next day. Biking north takes you towards the marina and restaurants. The first restaurant, Miramar Beach Restaurant, is an easy 20-25 minute ride from the park. This might have been the best chowder I have ever had. It’s another 15 or 20 minutes to the marina with several seafood restaurants to choose from. I would have given the park a higher score, but it is hard to go any higher without hook-ups.
This is a really nice park. The lanes are wide and the spaces are plenty wide for slide-outs on both sides. There are no tight turns. The staff is friendly and helpful. The small convenience store is not huge, but it has all the things you forgot. Most importantly, it has beer, ice and ice cream, in addition to milk, eggs, chips. You get the idea. Wi-Fi service was fine. We were at the far northern end of the park, the furthest spot from the office and we still had 4 to 5 bars. Freeway noise is simply not an issue, even though the park is just off the freeway. As a previous review mentioned, the park is set below grade, so any noise is blocked. The train noise is hardly noticeable and, also, is not an issue. The location is perfect, midway between Gilroy (garlic) and San Juan Bautista (Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”). Monterey is a relatively short drive and the price here is much more economical than the parks in that area. There are only two, very small issues that prevent me from giving the park a “10”. First, the slope of the park was a little too much for my air levelers making me perfectly level. Not a terribly significant issue, but worth mentioning. Most all of the long term guests have their tires blocked to achieve level. Second, many of the trees in the park are positioned so they block a clear view of the south if your satellite antenna is located near the front of your motor home, as many are. It took a little maneuvering, but there was enough room to reposition our rig to get service. We will most certainly be back.
This is a very nice park right on the Truckee River. There is very good river access for fishing, wading, rafting. Pads are paved and reasonably level with plenty of room for slide-outs. There is ample room between most sites. There are a few trees but shade is sporadic. There are only two negatives about this campground. There is no on-site dump station and the park is located right on highway 89 so road noise is constant, all day and night.
This is a very clean, quiet park with friendly staff. This is our second visit and will not be our last. It is a great destination to get out of the summer heat of the California central valley. It is a not-too-short walk to the beach but well worth the effort. Mexican restaurant adjacent to the park is OK (3 out of 5 stars) but if you have a towed it would be better to drive into town for seafood.
This is a very nice "grassy" park. The cable TV selection and signal quality is very good. Wi-Fi service is also very good. The only down side is the park is adjacent to the highway so it was a little noisy.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The grounds are clean and well kept. The bathroom and showers are immaculate. This site is close enough to the freeway to be convenient, but far enough away to be very quiet.
This is an older facility with some very nice mature trees and shrubs, creating some privacy. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our “pull through” space did not have enough distance at the end for our 35 foot motor home to pull through and turn, so we had to back out. This was not a big deal but it did require a little maneuvering.
This is a nice, quiet facility with a very friendly staff. This was our first visit to this park but will probably not be our last. The neatness and cleanliness (a big plus for me) is particularly noteworthy.
This is a first class park in every way. There is no question this facility deserves a “10”. It begins with the friendly greetings from the owners and staff. The location right on the Klamath River is second to none and the great on-site restaurant serves good “home cooked” meals. This park has earned several return visits from our family. There are no exaggerations in any of the positive comments in the other reviews. This park is definitely worth the short trip off I-5.