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“dirty place” 1 of 5 stars
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3501 Janes Road, Arcata, CA 95521   |  
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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“dirty place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

dirty laundry and restrooms. people smoking. transients from outside using facilities. no security. manager not very friendly. expensive for an rv park. neighbors noisy. dogs barking all night and day, too much traffic thru park all night/day and from highway all day and night...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

The Good: California Welcome Center is around the corner. There is a good Mexican restaurant next to the park. The pool was warm, but didn’t go swimming. Restrooms semi-clean. Laundry worked and was $2.50 a load.

The Bad: No Security. People from outside the park walked in to use the restrooms. They have a 3 digit “secret” code for their restrooms. Our site, according to the older lady running the “mini-mart”, was the only one available for the night. She either lied, or about 15 reservations didn’t show. We had a site with small children next to the busiest road in the park. The sewer line was too small for our RV. Lots of dog poop all over the grassy areas. You need to register to use WiFi. Over $45 a night.

After staying at a beautiful secure RV park in the Redwoods the pervious three nights, Mad River was a big disappointment. Not sure why the other reviews are so good?

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Eureka, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

The managers (Tim and Sandy) are AWESOME! Always there to help you out. They go above and beyond to take care of their residents/guests. This is the cleanest, quietest RV park around! Whether you are passing thru or looking to stay for awhile, this is the place you should stay. Clean showers and bathrooms, laundry, well-stocked convenience store, hot tub and pool (seasonal). This is the best place in the area by far. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morgan Hill, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2007

The Mad River Rapids RV Park located in Humboldt County sits just off of Highway 101 on Janes Road between Arcata and McKinleyville, California. There are 92 full hook-up (30 amp) paved sites, some with shade, and 39 drivel-thru sites, with the remainder being back-ins. Each site has cable TV and there is WiFi service in most sites. The sites are level and well landscaped. The park is extremely clean with restrooms and showers, dumping station, public phone, laundry, and a food store with RV supplies. It has a heated swimming pool, spa, horseshoes, recreation hall, game room, and playground.

Pets are allowed on leash, and there are several designated dog walk areas. The park doesn’t allow tents or sleeping outside of your RV. There are no open fire pits, but each site has a picnic table. One nice feature is that there is an excellent Mexican restaurant located at the parks entrance, a flat short walk from anywhere in the park.

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Address: 3501 Janes Road, Arcata, CA 95521
Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Arcata
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Arcata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 92

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