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Santa Margarita KOA

4765 Santa Margarita Lake Rd, Santa Margarita, California 93453-8631 USA

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CAMP WITH US BECAUSE THERAPY IS EXPENSIVE! IF YOU DON'T LEAVE SANTA MARGARITA KOA WITH RENEWED HEALTH & HOPE, YOU DIDN'T STAY LONG ENOUGH! "NATURE ITSELF IS THE BEST PHYSICIAN!" HippocratesWE OFFER CAMPING FOR EVERY TASTE & BUDGET! CHOOSE FROM GLAMPING IN A DELUXE CABIN WITH A BATHROOM & KITCHENETTE TO GETTING COZY IN A LITTLE LOG CABIN; FROM RELAXING WITH EXTRA AMENITIES IN AN RV PATIO SITE TO SAVING A FEW BUCKS IN A STANDARD RV SITE; FROM CHARGING YOUR PHONE IN AN UPGRADED TENT SITE TO STARGAZING IN A BUDGET OR GORGEOUS REMOTE TENT SITE.   Open Year Round for G*R*E*A*T Camping! Located halfway between Los Angeles & San Francisco, just 10 miles off US101. Santa Margarita KOA is an outdoor lover's dream! Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, bird watching, horseback riding, cycling, horseshoes, swimming, and many other outdoor activities, you're sure to find an activity in our area that you will enjoy! Our giant Jumping Pillow is a favorite of kids of all ages. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we offer on-site activities on Saturdays & holidays. Our "refreshing" unheated swimming pool is open from May through October. Beat the heat by visiting in the Fall & Spring.    SANTA MARGARITA KOA is a rustic, rural campground carved into the side of a hill on 70 acres covered in oaks and pines. Retreat to a nature-lover's paradise in a natural setting with panoramic vistas, rolling terrain, and secluded campsites. All of our roads and sites are dirt. Expect steep terrain, hard ground, cool nights and dark skies year-round. Come prepared with soft sleeping pads, warm sleeping bags, warm clothes, comfy shoes, flashlights and lanterns. We sell nice oak firewood for your warming and BBQ'ing pleasure. Our convenience store carries camping essentials like ice, beer, soda, juice, water, candy, chips and s'mores stuff. If you want fresh grub or a hot meal, swing by a grocery store or restaurant in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero before heading our way.SANTA MARGARITA LAKE is just one-half mile away, where you can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, boat rentals and horse trails...but NO SWIMMING. Santa Margarita Lake is a "Quiet Lake" that provides drinking water for local residents, so you cannot swim in it. You can walk or bike in for FREE or pay a set fee per vehicle for Day Use. You can rent kayaks, fishing boats and pontoon boats at really reasonable rates. There is excellent fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and blue gill.DAY TRIPS:  We are located within an hour's drive or less from Hearst Castle, Cambria, Ocean Dunes, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, local wineries, Pozo National Forest, and many other great local attractions! Monterey and Santa Barbara are also great day trips when visiting California's Central Coast.STARGAZING: After a day enjoying the outdoors, relax around your campfire and see more stars than you can count while the crickets and frogs serenade you!  Come on a New Moon and enjoy the Milky Way.

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9 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.0 Access
4.0 Location
4.4 Cleanliness
4.4 Site Quality
4.3 Noise

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Verizon 4G

Confirmed by 2 users | Last reported on March 31, 2021

AT&T 4G/5G

Confirmed by 2 users | Last reported on September 03, 2022

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Confirmed by 3 users | Last reported on September 26, 2022
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Reviewed by
Patricia

  • 15 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 09, 2018
Rated

Large KOA. Wide turn areas. Very quiet at night. It was very hot while we were there. Use surge protector during high heat to protect your rig from surges. Hosts and hostesses very nice and accommodating. I would go back again. Close to Morro Bay, Pismo, Arroyo Grande and Hearst Castle. Lots to do! Site 45 shaded by a tree.

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Nightly Rate: $65.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 47

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 19, 2020
Rated

love their costumer service I was there with my 31 trailer lots of things to do close to Santa Margarita lake Walking distance around 3/4 of a mile Nice lake

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Nightly Rate: $70.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 47

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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AT&T 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 21, 2021
Rated

Great location, walking distance to Santa Margarita lake. Many trails for hiking and mountain biking. 30 minutes to the coast.

Good playground, with giant jumping pillow.

Good, clean, facilities.

Onsite Emu, which was very cool.

Exceeded expectations.

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Nightly Rate: $70.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 26

5 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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T-Mobile 4G

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 31, 2021
Rated

The campground was really beautiful and quiet and the facilities were well maintained. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We stayed in site 22 with our off-road caravan. The site is perfect for a small teardrop or off-road trailer like ours. Site 22 has electric and water but no sewer hookups. It is situated very close to the restrooms and showers. Perfect for our needs! The campground is about 20 minutes from Morro Bay and 30 minutes from Paso Robles. We took day trips to enjoy both areas.

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roadtripper1300462 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $60.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 22

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 29, 2022
Rated

Our campsite was huge.

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roadtripper1966592 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $60.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 6

4 Access
3 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 03, 2022
Rated

Weekends are "bananas kinda busy" but we went mid week & had a great overnight stay. We arrived on a Sunday night just as 50 people/ campsites were checking out/leaving. About 3/4 of a mile from the lake on the main road (no trail to get there). About 8 miles on a 2 lane road to get to the KOA from town so get all of your provisions prior.

Very friendly staff, well kept sights that are accessed via dirt rods in the KOA & nice overall amenities - plus they have an emu named Kevin too!

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Nightly Rate: $125.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: -

4 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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AT&T 5G

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 26, 2022
Rated

I went tent camping on a electric tent site. Really feels like camping compared to other KOAs

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roadtripper1966592 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: -

3 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

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T-Mobile

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 25, 2023
Rated

Worst campsite manager ever
First let me start by saying this is my first time camping here at Santa margarita KOA. I called in reserved 21ft travel trailer rv site. Looked at map looked tucked bk so I called bk and said is it a hard site to get to they said no not at all. We show up I park in front of office can’t miss my truck and trailer. She shows us where are site is. I say is it hard to get to with a trailer. Again she says no not at all. Ok I figure she knows what she’s talking about we pay and drive up. Going up I’m thinking there’s no way trailers come up here but whatever’s were to deep now can’t turn bk. We get to our campsite again I’m thinking what were they thinking. 20min. Later l was able to back my trailer up a loose dirt and gravel road. Everything felt wrong but I’m up here parked make the best of it. We set up everything is good we start a fire all settled in. 3hrs. Later here comes not sure but he comes racing up angry. Tells us what are you doing here you shouldn’t be here pack it up move to site 29 or something. Jumps bk in his car reverses out of there fast slamming his engine on the concrete pad and takes off. We drive to the office and there he is with no compassion for what it took us just to get our trailer in to that spot and now we need to pack up and move in the dark. He says common sense you shouldn’t be up there. Mind you I have never been there before. I checked twice if it was safe they said yes. The lady checking people in said, she didn’t know no we couldn’t take trailers to that site. so if your own employees don’t know how am I supposed to know. We argue about his heartlessness and zero customer service zero compassion. In the end he says here’s your refund go somewhere else. We go bk up to pack up hookup trailer in the dark and drive down a very sketchy road all the while being watched by them. I will never be bk to this site. Every koa I’ve been to has been amazing. I feel this place needs to be taken off the koa roster. We ended up at Avila koa where they greeted us after hours and helped bk our trailer in made sure we were good to go. That’s the koa I pay for.

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Nightly Rate: $125.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 66

1 Access
1 Location
1 Cleanliness
1 Site Quality
1 Noise

Reviewed by
mrs.carhart

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 26, 2021
Rated

Alright here’s the thing; I don’t want to tell anyone how great this place is because I want to keep it all to myself. I Tent camped in late January with a 3 year old and a 1 year old, The care takers were so helpful. They made sure we were well taken care of the entire time gave us recommendations on this to do and was up to date on local knowledge. They made a long travel up the coast with kids much more relaxing.

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Reviewed by
JenovaCell

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 16, 2016
Rated 5.0

A hidden gem! Loved this place. It's very quiet and the wildlife around here is spectacular. Also, don't be surprised to find ferrel cats among your campsite at night.

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Santa Margarita KOA

4765 Santa Margarita Lake Rd
Santa Margarita, California
93453-8631 USA
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Sites Count
84
Last Nightly Rate
125.0
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40.0
Back In RV Sites Count
22
Standard Tent Sites Count
35
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1
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
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