I've been camping at this lake for over 50 years. I have never seen the campground so poorly maintained. My family has always stayed at the Pine Knoll campground next to the marina and restaurant. The campground has always had water hook-ups but no electrical or sewers. Now , you cannot hook up water. Restrooms are dirty, trees are not trimmed which is tough , especially with a 5th wheel and the campground hasn't been cleaned in a long time. I understand the difficulties of a hot dry summer but this is horrible. The staff (Lori) was courteous but not accommodating. Hate to see that Lake Nacimiento Resorts has ruined this once great camping spot. Would not recommend .
I camp a lot, a couple times a month. Thought I would give this place a try. Ninety minutes or so from home. Booked online, not given a choice of campsites which is unusual but thought I would take my chances. Not too bad of a drive from Salinas. The road from 101 to the lake is nice. It was a weekday in the beginning of October so few people were on it. The female at the checkin kiosk seemed surprised when I told her I had a reservation but she checked and sure enough, I had a reservation.... She gave me a small receipt to tape to my windshield and told me to drive in. I said it was my first time here and is there anything I should know. She just shook her head and said there is one road in and one road out and shrugged. That was a little odd. Most places have designated quiet hours, codes to restrooms, boat ramp instructions, and most importantly, a map. But she said there is no map. The lake is a multi arm body of water and this is the only campground company on the lake so this is the only deal in town. You cannot get info from somewhere else on the lake and use it here. I did not come for fishing which is the popular activity here. My interests are birding, I have an ebike so I was going to explore a bit after it cooled off. I have a kayak and wanted to explore the lake by boat and look for bald eagle nests. And I use a tent, not an RV although my car is set up to sleep in. And my reservation was for several days. Not being very confident about where I was going when I left the kiosk I turned into the first campground and drove all around it but the numbers were in the 700's. I was just glad I was not pulling a rig because this camp road was narrow. I never found one close to the number she had written on my windshield receipt so I went back out and drove down the road more. I passed some gated closed campgrounds, a hotel(?), restaurant and at the end (?) there seemed to be a combination of parking lot turned into a campground with the lake in the distance but to be honest maybe it was just a parking lot. Some cars were parked down by the water. The water level is very low which is expected. I did not see any signage about camping, campgrounds, boat ramp or anything else useful. I drove around aimlessly looking for a campsite or a sign with a map or SOMETHING, anything that could tell me where I was supposed to go. The roads are narrow and wind-y, a bit of a maze although there is no greenery so everything is in the open. I parked at the store to ask but it was locked up tight. I didn't see anything business related to ask. The distant shore where cars are parked, can I just drive down there? What about Quagga inspection? Is that where I am supposed to camp? What about the Marina? Is the entire lake open? Did I mention it was in the high 90's so it was pretty hot outside and I was now pretty hot on the inside after driving all this way to a "resort" that doesn't have basic info like a map, who to call after hours for emergency, rules about fires, wi fi codes, shower info etc. I was absolutely frustrated and frazzled. I had been excited and looking forward to cooling off in the water in the 100 degree weather predicted that day. I finally gave up after driving and searching. And to top it off after the drive out there I was hoping to find a restroom but where in this maze? I am so glad I live nearby so I just drove back home totally disappointed. It looked like a nice idea online.…
Park roads were very narrow, had to be vary careful not to hit trees or go over a cliff. I have a 27' camper and site was to small to get into, I seen a few bigger sites but not many. Dirty, dusty, one way roads, hilly, no wifi or cell services in camp grounds. Maybe good for a guys fishing trip but hardly a resort. Web site photos are misleading.
Tom Head at the boat check inspection station deserves a cold Coors light! Always a pleasure staying at the lake and enjoying the great water. Tom inspected the boat and was a great guy to talk to. Thanks Tom.
Rented the large pontoon boat this weekend, and the pictures are very deceiving of the quality of the boats. The seats are all torn and dirty and need a major replacement. For the amount of the money that was charge the quality of the boat should be better maintained. So please beware the looks of the boats are not anything like the pictures. The staff was very friendly .