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Spent Spring break here with the family. We read a lot of reviews on this park - many of them mixed. Overall, this park did not disappoint - too much.
Amenities are very good for young kids. Canopy Court area has easy and close access to the splash pad, the playground, a large grass area, and even the pool. The boat launch is very near by too but we had no use for that.
This park is clean! Like no park I have seen before. The staff are always moving around the grounds and “picking up” as they go. Quiet hours are strict - some may see that as a bad thing but I appreciate it. Even with 4 young kids, we like that the park slowed down right on time.
Only arguments - the spots are relatively tight. We reserved a spot for a rig with slide outs on both sides to accommodate our 39’er but it took some creative parking to get the rig into the spot in a way that we could actually open both sides. Once in, we had to make sure we pulled back far enough otherwise the very nice provided picnic table would of been right next to the front wheel. Water pressure is a bit low too but nothing terrible.
Location wise - awesome. We used the campground as a base camp to spend time in LA and San Diego as well as a day in Joshua Tree National Park. 1-2 hours from everything.
We will definitely be back.
Our family had a great time camping at site number 23 in San Mateo campground. Electrical and water hook ups, a great view, and a lot of space to enjoy this one of a kind Campground. Your camp ground receipt permits you to drive down to San Clemente State Beach and park feet from the water with no extra charge. Great mountain biking Just off the main road. Having an E bike allows you to zip back-and-forth to the world famous Trestles ￼￼Surfing beach, or you can park on the main street and walk in about a quarter mile to this beautiful beach. This camping area is a couple of miles across from the Marine base, and when we arrived there was some live artillery training during the daytime. At first we thought there were thunderstorms in the area🤓
Wanted to camp near Trestles and this seemed like a better option than the Bluffs. The trail to the beach takes about 40 minutes each way. A few times we drove to the bottom of the road and walked from there instead (15 minutes). Feels a little overpriced at $40 a night. Quiet campground.
After agreeing with somebody who had an RV they said we could keep our tents pitched on the site then 3 days later the ranger came and demanded that we paid for staying there when the person that we are staying sharing the site with you had already made an agreement and it had already been paid for an RV and tents and as far as I know they cannot receive two different payments for one site that's cheating but other than that we had a great time the flies we're kind of crazy mosquitoes mosquitoes were pretty crazy but that goes with the regions of camping we didn't try this place yet with an RV but we will despite what happened to his last time at some point
We recently tent camped here for 5 days, space 138. Since we were here, Sunday - Friday, we didn't get any weekend crowds, and the days we were here, it seemed more 1-2 night use in the spaces around us.
There are pay per use showers, and flush toilets, that were both clean and had plenty of TP.
I think the wood bundles were $8 from the Ranger stop, but we had bought some in San Clemente before hand.
the long hike to the beach is fairly easy, but long, at least 30 minutes walking on a dusty trail. but it was better than trying to find parking.
I've lived in the area since 94. This place has greatly improved since. Water level is way higher, water is cleaner, and clean campground and bathrooms. No more brigades of Donkey Kong sized racoons just a few squads here n there. The RV campsite was probably 80% full on a Friday night. It's closer to your water but too crowded and noisy for our baby so we went over to the tent camping side. For $25 during off-season and 30 during the summer isn't bad. If you don't need hook ups then you can park a 26ft trailer in the campsites without unhooking if needed and not stick out onto the rd. Angled for easy backing in our out of for those still getting the hang of reversing a trailer. Bathrooms and hiking trails a short walk away from campsite 69. Fire pits, wooden benches and parking for several cars per campsite. Large areas around each site for kids or dogs to play in Camp fee's includes park entry for one car, and use of the dump station. Checkout is at noon
We Stayed at the Premium Full Hook Up campsite called “Bear Camp” spot 340.
Highly recommend the premium hook up sites, great views of the lake even though the water level was low. Site is clean and fellow campers were polite. Every campsite had a fire pit which was nice.
Hemet Lake itself is beautiful and the view while fishing was amazing. I was able to catch one trout during our four night stay..good eatin lol.
The small market had any essentials you may need. Hand scooped ice cream was pretty good..great for the kids.
Weather was cold and windy but not too bad. Bring insulation for your water hose or have some type of method that will keep your water lines from freezing. Our water hose froze the first night.
I definitely recommend this campsite for families and all who want to have a great time outdoors. This will definitely be a place we will visit often. Can’t wait to go back!