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“Great place for people who like drunk, disorderly behavior”
Review of Olema Campground

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Olema Campground
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Sacramento, California
Reviewed March 10, 2005

In late February, we planned to camp four nights at the fairly expensive Olema Ranch Campground near Point Reyes National Seashore. The first night was fine. The second evening, six or eight people in three tent trailers set up next to us. These folks soon got drunk and noisy and had loud music playing until midnight. We complained in the campground office/store the next morning. The employee on duty wrote up an incident report and told us that the same group had camped there and caused problems the previous year. When we asked whom to contact if there were any further problems after the store closes in the evenings, she initially said we should just call the sheriff, then eventually told us where to find the campground manager. After a great day at Point Reyes, we returned to our campsite at 5 p.m. only to find several more trailers set up with the initial three. The group had grown to twenty of so adults, already well on the way to being inebriated (plus a fair number of kids, from toddlers to teenagers). The raucous laughter, shouting, and bellowing soon escalated to where we could not have a conversation in our trailer because of the noise. Shortly before 10 p.m., we contacted the campground manager, who came over to our trailer a few minutes later and said that 1) the group was going to bed, 2) he hadn't heard a thing, and 3) we were the problem - in his words, "people get to enjoy themselves." The manager appeared to have been drinking himself and became argumentative when we pointed out that our neighbors' behavior was out-of-control and preventing US from enjoying ourselves. He said we should just tell the people ourselves if we had any problems. (Sure, we're going to go and ask a group of twenty or so extremely drunk adults to please be quiet - a few years ago at another campground, a drunk threatened to come back and kill us after we told him to use the bathroom instead of urinating in our campsite!) The manager left, and it did get quiet for a few minutes; but by 10:15 the noise had resumed and was as bad as ever. It finally died down at 1:20 a.m. At 1:30 a.m., one of the drunks started shining his flashlight at our trailer and yelled obscenities at us. Needless to say, we did not stay the fourth night. Upon our return home, I sent a second incident report to Olema Ranch and got a lengthy, astounding e-mail from the manager in return. Far from apologizing for the truly horrible camping experience we had had, he denied the truth of everything we had reported and insinuated that WE were liars and troublemakers. In short, Olema Ranch Campground is a great place to stay if your idea of enjoying yourself is to get drunk and disorderly or to listen to other people being drunk and disorderly - management will give you its blessing. If you like peace and quiet, camp somewhere else.

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Additional Information about Olema Campground

Address: 10155 Highway 1, Olema, CA 94950-8900
Location: United States > California > Marin County > Olema
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Olema
Number of rooms: 187
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olema Campground is located next to the Point Reyes National Seashore, just north of San Francisco. We offer the ideal place to enjoy different outdoor activities like bird watching, hiking, kayaking or just relaxing on the beach. We offer both RV and Tent campsites in a beautiful rural setting. We are located next to 65,000 acres of unspoiled park land and wilderness, rife with wildlife and heart-stopping vistas. Grab a good book or your hiking boots, and come visit our outdoor family destination that will help you create wonderful lifelong memories. Obtain all your daily essentials at the local grocery or hardware store, located just two miles away in the town of Point Reyes Station. The hardware store carries sports equipment and some camping and RV supplies. There are interesting shops and restaurants in Olema and Point Reyes Station. Stop by the campground office and we will be glad to give you information on all the local businesses. Get your chance to see one of America's most beautiful landmarks when you visit the Golden Gate Bridge, which is just an hours drive down our scenic coastline. Just across the bridge is San Francisco. With the waterfront and Fisherman's Wharf, parks and museums, cruising on the bay, and lots of fine dining, everyone will find something to love in San Francisco. Also just an hours drive from the campground are the famous vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Spend a day at the shops with friends when you visit Sonoma and Napa Valley. This area offers great places for fine dining as well as wine tours that you won't want to miss. ... more   less 
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