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“Rules are Rules are Rules that sometimes don't make sense”
Review of Willits KOA

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Willits KOA
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I have read all reviews before this one and must agreee that it's a great place for families and for groups and don't get me wrong I will stay here again, but their is always this unterlying frustration when I go. For three years our scout troop has been visiting this KOA for our annual family campout and end of year awards ceremony. Each year it ends up being a wonderful experience where scouts are able to work on additional awards, scouts bond with other scouts and our scout families get to know one another a little better. We have a great time, but.....the process to get there is absolutely unbelievably frustrating. Some of our families rent the cabins, some the RV spots, but our troop usually rents anywhere from 6-9 campsites. We have been told that we can't have more than 6 people on a campsite, but then also told we can't have more than two tents on a campsite? Why? Well, rules are rules, they make no sense since we are paying for each scout and person individually and for the campsite. We don't go over our allotted headcount for the total campsites we have. They are overcome with what people can't do and don't seem to focus on the fact that their are 40+ people attending this event and possibly visiting the KOA for the first time. First impressions don't seem to matter here and when a large group such as the scouts (the CEO was an Eagle Scout and loves the scouting program, but this KOA sometimes forgets their scout program) stay for one to two nights and is quickly rushed out on Sunday morning when the campground is empty it just doesn't seem to make sense. Why wouldn't you allow people to stay over a little while longer (group or not) and enjoy your facilities (they have great facilities, hiking, fishing, frisbee golf, mini golf, volleyball, splash park, pool, hot tub, petting zoo, playground)? These were the same people from the day before who were buying ice cream, drinks and pool toys in your store and would probably do so again if you allowed a later check out. For adult leaders who are busy planning the weekend for the scouts it's very frustrating because we never get the opportunity to utilize the amenities because we are busy telling all of the families what great options there are and doing scout activities. New rules this year were that the kids had to be 18 to be on the playground unsupervised???? Really??? My campsite is right next to the playground, why can't my kids play there without me standing in the playground watching them? Again, rules that make no sense. No matter what I think this KOA is probably one of the nicest I've stayed in when it comes to amenities, but definitely not the friendliest and most definitely not the most accommodating. I would definitely stay here again, but I am so glad I don't have to organize a group event with them again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank imatravelin68
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

I stopped at this KOA by chance with my grandkids as we normally take them touring in our RV during summer vacation. We stay at several KOA's during our annual trip and this one has topped them all. Our one night stop over turned into a three day weekend due to the vast amount of activities available for the kids including live entertainment, spray park, swimming pool, gun shows, mini golf, jungle gyms and even a petting zoo for the animal lovers! This was just some of the activities that were available. This park does have rules which the staff try to ensure that everyone follows, this is understandable as the park is so busy. We will definitely be visiting the Willits KOA next year and i would definitely recommend it to anyone with kids. This a family camp! (I also could not believe how quiet it was at night, the camp was silent by 10.30- 10.45 every night. Excellent for adults wanting a good nights sleep!)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank George W
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed here over christmas after being detoured by snow storms on the I 5. Nice quiet park with clean facilities and friendly staff. Petting zoo for kids and lots af area to walk dogs. Sites are clean and large with good hook ups. Will visit again in the summer to take time to look around the area.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank John A
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Our kids (6 and 8 years old) had so much fun the first time, we had to come back. Lots of things for the kids to do - a play area, water park, pool, mini golf, hiking. Movies on weekends. Well maintained.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ron R
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

We just returned from spending 4 days (in an RV) at the Willits KOA and we are talking about making this a yearly tradition. If you have kids, there is so much to do without leaving the resort:

-Petting Zoo
-Large play structure – similar to what you will find at Jungle Island (for those from the Bay Area)
-Large pool, wading pool (1ft deep) and spa
-Water play area
-18 hole miniature golf course
-Disc (Frisbee) course
-Fishing pond
-Basketball court
-2 play structures.
-Arcade
-Game room w/ pool table
-Bike rentals
-Train Depot stop for the Skunk Train on KOA property
-Movies ‘on the green’ at 9pm most nights
-Sunday pancake breakfast
-Ice cream social most nights at 7pm
-Kids events (hula hoop & limbo contest) most nights
-Karaoke most nights

We arrived on a Saturday and the park was packed. Lots of energy & tons of kids. Every space was taken at the pool. The park started emptying out on Sunday and then by mid-week it was maybe half full. Even with the park being at capacity on Saturday, the quiet hours were respected. This was the case for the rest of our stay.

There are a lot of staff patrolling the park, cleaning up and conducting maintenance and just checking in to see if all was well. Every staff member we encountered were very friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and showers are unlocked and open during the day, but locked at night. When you check in, you are given a code to use. The showers and bathrooms are very clean.

If you don’t have an RV, no worries. There are also Kamping Kabins and tent sites. All of the sites come with a picnic bench, fire pit and small BBQ.

Our kids were very sad to be leaving and only perked up when we said that we would be returning.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank jager28
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Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

This KOA was incredibly fun for my family. Feed the animals in a clean area. Water splash park. Big play structure that is children only. A hike up to a fishing pond that was very quiet and we spent lots of time there. Large pool wkiddy pool. Hot tub. I noticed some of the RV sites had hot tubs. We stay at KOA because they are easier than motels with small children.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We just returned from a 4 night tent camping at the KOA in Willits. We have four small children and the KOA Willits was the perfect spot for us! We had to delay our arrival by one day..since it poured rain and the management was more than helpful to push our reservation ahead one day..We had two sites side by side in the overflow section(best kept secret of the KOA) since we had the entire huge space to ourselves for the first three nights! Plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes and play on one of the two playgrounds in the overflow area!
I really felt like we were in the outback! Granted the toilets are a bit of a distance...but we had our bikes and drove our car to get to them since my mom in law (70 yrs) needed the ride! I was much obliged!

The camp is super manicured....incredibly maintained....in the early morning the lands-keepers , housekeeping and owners are out and about cleaning, tiding up and even cleaning the leaves off the mini gold course. You can tell that the staff are carefully trained, loyal to their management and are super helpful pointing us in the right direction.

After touring Willits...I can honestly say that KOA Willits is the best thing coming out of Willits. Second of course was the Lumberjack Restaurant which was also clean, hospitable and reasonably cost effective.

Bring a bike for the kids and you...if you can....lots of fun biking around. Fun hiking area..fish pond and a fully stocked camp store with everything you need! Almost every night there is a kids dance party....and ice cream socials..followed by a movie under the stars.

Amazing owners....who are kind, hard working, discreet and yet they run a tight ship! If you are a parent with children....this is the place for you. If you are retired couple with an RV this is the place for you. Much life and happiness is had within the beautiful KOA Willits gates!

We will return!

Room Tip: tent camp....ask for overflow area....lots of sun...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank titus w
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Address: 1600 Highway 20, Willits, CA 95490
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Willits
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Willits
Number of rooms: 70

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