We were pleasantly surprised by this campground. Yes, it is a parking lot. Yes, the planes go over and yes it is close to the sewage treatment plant. However, the views can't be beat. Check-in was smooth, the grounds were clean and the beach is literally steps from your door. The bike path is great, and Manhattan Beach is only a few easy miles down the coast. Did not use the restrooms. No dogs on the beach and the dog runs were tiny. Between the 2nd and 3rd rows there is a grassy patch which was nice. We will stay here again.
We stayed for three nights in one of the "super sites", which are gravel with a small grassy area. These sites do have an ocean view, although no direct access to the beach. The laundry room was spotless, and the bathhouse was dated but clean. The price was a little steep (2 adults, 2 kids), but the location is good for day trips to Patricks Point and Prairie Creek St. Parks as well as downtown Eureka. Check-in was easy and the staff was pleasant. We'll stay here again next time we're in the area.
This was a return visit. We had stayed here a few years back in one of the river sites. This time we got site 4A, which is right on the river, but the hookups are at the front of the long, curving site which required a extra long water hose and electrical cord, which was not explained to us when we booked the site and cost us $75 at the store. On Thursday afternoon the restroom seemed fine (newer and clean enough) but by Friday night it was a disaster. The park was way too full for the two stalls and two showers in the bathhouse. Lots and lots of tents, trailers and smaller motor homes "doubled-up" on the sites, lots of people. The positives were a well-stocked store and a small arcade. Due to the lack of communication regarding the distance to the hookups and the overcrowding we will probably not stay here again.
We chose this place for a one-night stopover. (The entrance to the camping area is off Gum St., not East St.) We made reservations online, but there is no one there to check you in, just pick a spot -- no host and no amenities other than full hookups. We were a little concerned due to the lack of security and the adjacent mobile home park (leaving things in the back of the truck), however it was quiet and perfect for our needs, and we had no problems. There is a good Mexican seafood restaurant called Las Isletas at the nearby mall but the mall itself is disappointing.
We stayed here for three nights in site 56. Fit our 34' TT and truck just fine, slipped in between the tall trees. No hookups and no satellite, but in the summer there are ranger programs and a swimming hole in the Eel River. The kids loved climbing on the redwood stumps and riding around the camp. The showers were clean and everyone was respectful of quiet hours. A great home base for visiting the area if you can do without hookups.
We have visited this campground a few times in the past but this time (April 2009) we had the place to ourselves. The campsites are undergoing renovations (new vault toilets, campfire rings and bbq, new metal ramadas) which are set to be completed May 2009. The auto touring in this area is great (colorful mud and rock formations) and a dark sky for stargazing at night. All size rigs will fit. We even saw a desert tortoise on the road coming in. Come in fall or spring when the weather is not quite as hot.
This was a return visit, we last stayed here a few years ago. Several improvements have been made to the interior roads and the sites. Sites are covered in wood mulch, which makes things less dusty. The restrooms were clean, but had spider webs and they could really use modernization. The interior roads are narrow, but there is plenty of room between you and your neighbor. Overall a pleasant camping experience.
This was our 2nd trip to this park. We stayed in the Anacapa loop, which is non-hookup. There are four loops, and this is the furthest from the ocean. We stayed mid-week and it was still quite full. Very close to town if you need anything. Did not use the bathhouse/restroom. Trains do go by quite close to campsites, but you can still hear the ocean waves. Tidepools are fun too. As this is the beach, things do tend to get sandy and it can get windy as well, but we enjoyed our stay here.
We were is site 23 which is a pull-through hookup site, no sewer. The trees have been thinned out considerably, but there is still shade. The weather could not have been nicer. Golf course is discounted for campers; the museum and marina with kayak & canoe rentals is within walking distance. The bathhouses are pretty good for a state park and maintained everyday. The sites all have a table, fire ring and bbq; the non-hookup sites also have a food locker. Great destination park.
This campground is not near the beach, it is in a valley about 2 miles from San Onofre SB. The sites are roomy and have electric/water hookup. Bathhouses were clean when I looked. Surfing is very good at the beach and the reason most people come here. Your camping fee gets you into the beach parking. Since this is not on the water we may not return to this campground.
This was our third stay here and each time the park gets nicer and nicer. Large, manicured sites with mature trees, good spacing between sites and availability for small and large rigs alike. Bathroom was spotless, even a night. If you don't check in by 5pm there is no one at the gate and you need to call for a code -- luckily another camper was behind us to let us in. Pool and playground plus paddleboats and food for the ducks - something for everyone to do. We will stay here again.
Typical California State Park - park is laid out in circular loops, some bordered by shrubs that back to grassy areas perfect for tents or playing around. Not a good place for large rigs, our 33' TT would have been tight in many of them. The beach is a looooong walk - not the best for swimming due to high surf, no lifeguards etc. This park is very close to the Ventura Harbor for shopping, whale watching tours, and the Visitor Center for Channel Island Nat'l park. No hookups but dump station in the park. Good for a weekend visit, but not too much to do at the park itself.
Stayed here over the busy Memorial Day weekend. The park is at the edge of the dunes, not close to the beach. There is horseback riding, and you can borrower saucers to slide down the sand dunes. The beach is about a 1-2 mile drive. Did notice a few permanents, but well kept for the most part. They did not charge me extra for 3 kids, but then again the rate was quite high already. Small store and arcade for the kids, and OHV area close as well. Did not use the bath house. Overall a pretty good park.