Russian River Thousand Trails
336555 Geysers Rd.
Cloverdale, California 95425
Ranger Station: (707) 894-3184
Mobile Phone and Data Notes
Verizon Internet card works well if you can see the highway 101, Cell phones work – Park Internet was not tested
Points of Interest
Jelly Belly Jelly bean Factory tour – One sweet tour and it’s free too! 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA
Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, check bridge, and highway tolls they have gone electronic and are everywhere. We will not be back as a result of the tolls, California already robs us at the pump! (87 Miles)
Check legal RV limits for this highway – Legal RV Map
RV Restrictions for all California – know your length limits before you tread in California. In California your RV weight limit is 20,500 pounds on any one axle. National weight code for Motorhomes on the Interstates: U.S. Code, Title 23, Section 127 allows buses and motorhomes a maximum single-axle weight of 24,000.
California Weigh Station or scales are for commercial vehicles and rental trucks, RV’s only have to stop if flagged down somehow.
Does California require I have a special license to drive an RV? Your state drivers license if it allows you to drive you RV is good in California for the same type of RV use as permitted to you in your state. California drivers need an endorsement and meet medical requirements.
Winter time driving and chain requirement in California. – Please refer to this document in the section labeled RV’s they say they may require both out and inner duals to be chained together under some circumstances. Use the document in the link above to get all the details. Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.
California Tolls suck but they are the law, and this is how you deal with them if you are wealthy enough to California. Gees with all these fees, it’s no wonder every one is said to be on government assistance.
Everyone needs fuel – List of California Truck Stops – Note: Sacramento and Stockton area has the closest known truck stops to this park.
This is a forested park, the Russian river can be accessed from the park, but no camp sites border the river. The river cannot be heard nor seen from the camp sites. There is a rocky area where one can stand and view the river, officially called “The Sandy River Bank”. The water is accessible, slows down in this area and looks like it would have some excellent fishing holes. The park has very little for the kids, just a tether ball, basket ball hoop and a small playground. The family lodge and store are off limits to kids under 18 without their parents present. The lodge has a TV, several tables with puzzles and a pool table. The Store was closed 100% of the time, but the park owner would open it up if you needed something. We thought it was closed due to a slow season, but we were informed there are only three employees other than the owner, so they just cant open things up regularly.
The sites in the park can be challenging to motor homes over 34′ and and large trailers, though there are sites that will accommodate these rigs. If the park ever gets full, the larger sites required by big rigs might be off limits. Take care while driving in this park, we watched a 36′ class “A” destroy its back end on a tree, while leaving the dump station. On that note, no camp sites have sewer even if they happen to be marked with a large “S” on the sites post. This park is best suited for adults or young adults who like to fish, smaller rigs traveling up the coast. The park is a mile drive off the freeway, but the road parallels the freeway opposite the river. We can hear and see the passing trucks. They do not bother us, but ruin the rugged river camping effect that this place would otherwise have.
Everything in life has a few draw backs, this park has a few as were noted in this review. We wanted to brng out the fact that there are snakes, poison oak, and as in nearly every forested park there are tree hazards. If one is cognizant of these things he will have a great time at this park. Fishing, boating, swimming, BBQ’ing, lounging in the grass, or eating at Catellie’s the world class diner in Cloverdale; there is no excuse not to enjoy one’s self here in this park. Just make reservations!