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Loved our visit here! We found that the park is under new ownership as of the summer of 2020. They are working on improving and updating the park facilities. They also offer discounts now. Good Sams, The Dyrt and Military. Weekly rates includes one night free (pay for 6 nights, the 7th is free). Monthly rate is an even better saving. All RV reservations include the use of the pool courtyard so that is an additional discount. You do not have to pay day use fees, access to the pools is part of the posted camping rate. Reservations are required now. Thanks to the front desk for providing the info on the rates.
Love the palms, pools and black swan! Nothing like having a warm soak before bed. And a soft-serve ice cream to cool off with (they have a soft-serve ice cream right in the office)! Recommend if you have a large, large rig to request a large site in the 'over-the-bridge' area. We had a nice experience with everyone there.
This is a Thousand Trails/Encore campground. Which isn’t a bad thing, but, they do need to upgrade the electrical system. They don’t have enough 50amp sites and not all of them are always working. This park is first come / first served and they don’t prohibit a 30amp rig from taking a 50amp site, so you can see the problem. Now don’t get me wrong, we have been there 5 times in the last 2 years and will go some more, especially with the grandkids, but we have never been able to get in a 50amp site. There are a lot of positives at Wilderness Lakes, like, you feel like your in the wilderness, lots of shade, 2 nice big pools, store, snack shack, propane and more. If you’re a 30amp rig, you’ll love it here, need 50amp as long as you don’t need both A/C’s you’ll love it too.
Most of the sites don’t have shade (I’m not telling my favorite site number 😁), and they are sort of close together. That said, I still like going here. There are 3 different camping loops that seem to have their own personality. They have a kids playground, and a splash pad for the warmer months. (That would be in loop B, though everybody has easy access).There’s also a lot of grass areas to play on. The park does allow fires in the fire pits, of course. And the lake does have fish, so if you’re a fisherman you’re going to love this campground.
We stayed a little longer than a month and enjoyed how accessible everything was from this location. It's also a great home base for exploring up to Malibu all the way down to San Diego and every place in between. Carlsbad Village is just a few miles away and there is great ice cream and Handel's and cute shops and restaurants.
ABOUT: The RV park has its own back gate to the beach. It meanders through a little city park and then you can take the roads to find little beach access or walk through the neighborhood down to the proper beach and Oceanside Pier. Laundry is a bit pricey $2.50/wash and$2.00 dry, but they work well and one cycle dries your clothes. It's tightly packed, but manageable. One of the team members will help you park when you check in which is really helpful. Concrete pads and hookups placed conveniently by your rig. Picnic tables and a palm tree divides each site.
There is a commuter train that goes by and we were concerned before arriving due to working from home conditions, but we were pleasantly surprised. At our site it wasn't bad at all. It only came a few times a day and it was not a big deal. Didn't affect us working from the RV.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Very responsive team, especially over email. Facilities are nice and the staff keeps the grounds very clean and tidy. It is a pretty laid back atmosphere and a variety of guests, lots of families having fun together. You can have packages delivered but they go to the office and not your site so remember to add your name.
WIFI/ CELL SERVICE: AT&T cell service worked full bars and wifi was great. Very little trouble working remote or streaming. There were a few times where we needed the support of our back up hotspot on our phone for video calls instead of their wifi, but other than that it was great.
This is a great place a for a quick get away. Close to the city but far enough away from the lights. There is a ton of stuff to do here. Fishing, kayaking, hiking, water slides, disc golf, bike trails. The RV spots are beyond huge! We will be back soon.
My family and I stayed here recently to get away. This campground is situated right next to San Luis Rey River. Any riverside camping in San Diego is very rare. The River was small, but the sounds were nice. Weather was great.
The restrooms here are awful; poorly lit and maintained. Wish they'd put some effort into making the place look cared for.
Lots of sounds and sites to explore!! The spaces all had water and fire rings with tables. Bathrooms and showers were decent and relatively clean…showers do cost 25 cents for 2 minutes!
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.