The park itself is beautiful and well maintained. However, there are a couple of negatives. First of all, the old guy who is supposed to help you find and park at your site is clueless. He kept taking rigs from the same lane (there were two lanes). Secondly, he didn't have a clue about how to back a rig into a site and gave up in disgust. Thankfully, my wife is very skilled in giving directions. The REALLY big negative is the trains. There are tracks on the edge of the resort. The trains run twenty four hours a day. They pass very fast and sometimes blow their horns, even in the middle of the night. Sometimes they went so fast that they shook the motorhome. Too bad, but I would not stay here again.
This is my new favorite place in Bodega Bay, since the other park went in the dumper. I had looked at this park previously, but did not like it. The new owner has made a LOT of improvements. There is new fresh gravel, fire rings and lots of new plantings. And the rates actually went down from what the previous owner was charging. It is very nice to have such a beautiful view of the bay and to see the harbor lights at night. The campground folks here are very nice and helpful. The sites are nice sized and easy to get into and out of. The only negative is that the cable TV did not work. Hopefully, they will get that worked out. I will definitely stay here again.
I have always been a fan of Doran Park, until this last (ever) trip. Sonoma County has done absolutely nothing to maintain the park. The areas are overgrown with noxious weeds, which are loaded with fox tails, making it difficult, at best, to walk your dogs. They have also become very unfriendly and grumpy. The front tire of my tow vehicle was slightly touching the sand and they gave me a notice that I was in violation and had to park completely on the pavement. I would have been okay with that if the enforcement was consistent. However, a motorhome was parked sideways, with both front wheels completely on the sand and remained that way for four days. The park is no longer a value for the money. It is now $28/day, plus an $8.50 reservation fee, plus $2/night per dog. For $9 more I can camp at the Marina RV park with full hook ups, and a view of the bay. Needless to say, I will not be returning to Doran Park.
This campground is dirty and dusty and cramped. The sites given for a Class A are postage stamp sized, without enough room for slides. The worst part, which has not been mentioned is the very narrow, winding road you must take to get here. My right tires were on the edge of the pavement most of the time. Plus the road had large depressions in the middle, with gravel fill and steel plates in places. I don't get scared with many roads, but this drive was terrifying. I would never stay here again.
This place is in need of SERIOUS work. It is dirty and dusty, with gravel. Most of the sites were unlevel and difficult to get level. There is absolutely no grass, just a bunch of dry weeds and spurs (that get in your dog's fur and are difficult to get out). I would not recommend this place. It has constant highway noise from I-5 and has a train track very close by, with regular train traffic.
The facilities are nice and sites are level. A couple of things bothered me seriously. 1)They only take cash or check. That would be okay, but they don't disclose that until you get here. 2) They are NOT pet friendly. They will not even let your pets walk on the grass to get to the pet area. You must walk about 1/4 mile on very sharp and pointed gravel to get to the pet area (very hard on the paws on small dogs). From their rules: "When going to the pet area you must use our roads only. Pets are not to urinate or defecate on lawns or flower beds in any of the RV site areas. Pet owners not abiding by these rules are subject to fines or fees as noted on the registration form." Had I known of these restrictions, I would not have stayed here. If their lawns were manicured blue grass, I could understand, but their lawns are 60% weeds, nothing beautiful about them. I would not stay here again.
This park is clean and well maintained and the amenities are very good. However, if you are a dog owner, be advised they are not pet friendly. Their "grass" is astro turf. Therefore they don't want your pet relieving itself on the "grass." They require that you only use the pet area: walk your pet there and then immediately back to your rig. That was much less than optimum, but I can deal with that. What really aggravated me is the fact that they have limited spaces for people traveling with pets. You will be stuck at the very front (near the office) or the very back of the park (where there is construction going on). Both of these areas are the two noisiest areas in the park. I feel that is a very unhospitable attitude. I will definitely not be staying here again.
The web site makes the park seem nice. I was unpleasantly surprised when we arrived. There are lots of long term residents and some sites are very trashy. All of the sites are dirt and the small amount of grass is mostly dead. The only plus is that it is only a short distance from Ashland. We definitely won't stay here again.