Camping With Kids At The Placerville KOA

Last weekend we took the kids camping. We met up with some friends that moved up to Northern California a few years ago. They had booked a tent site, but we opted for the cabin, for our first camping trip with our new baby and two toddlers.

We packed the night before as we wanted to get an early start. Our morning started around 5 am. We loaded the kids in the car and hit play on the Pepper Pig around 6 am while we continued to pack up the last of the bedding and what not into the tightly packed suburban. We were on the road by 6.30am with a six hour trip in front of us. I drove the entire trip to allow my husband to sleep as he arrived home from his night shift at 3 am. As soon as we hit Castaic the temperature dropped and we were driving in the clouds with drizzle and rain. We thought we might be in for a miserable, cold and wet weekend, but it finally cleared just before we got to Bakersfield thank God. After two substantial stops along the way to let the children run around and eat, we arrived at the campground at 2.15 pm.

The weather was perfect and the scenery amazing.

The Placerville KOA is one of 30 KOA camping ground located in California. Located at 4655 Rock Barn Road, Shingle Springs, California. It offers camping, cabin and RV facilities just outside of Sacramento. Facilities and amenities differ at each KOA. Below you can see our cabin opposite the bridge that takes you onto the island for fishing.

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Our log cabin was very basic, but everything we needed, it consisted of one small room with a double bed, a bunk bed and a little desk with a chair. We had a heater and power supply so we could charge up everything we needed to. Even the tent sites include a power outlet and everyone can access the free WiFi. This helped daddy finish off a little bit of extra work he needed to do.

The playground was suitable for older children but our two little ones still enjoyed themselves immensely.

Our boys enjoyed their very first fishing experience in the fantastic enclosed lake, which meant we weren’t stressed about anyone being able to make it into the water, as I’m sure would have happened if it was not fenced in. I wrote about our first fishing experience in another blog post called FUN FAMILY FISHING ADVENTURE.

Placerville KOA is nestled in the Historical Gold Discovery Foothills. We didn’t leave the campground while we were there because we were there for such a short time and we were only interested in the camping experience this trip. But if you’re looking to do other activities outside of the campgrounds you can tour the mines at the famous Gold Bug Park, walk through Old Hangtown, or visit the Marshall Monument in Coloma. There is also Wineries, Golfing, White-Water Rafting to enjoy, or even a quick Ski the Sierra’s during the winter season as Placerville is open year round. There is also a free shuttle to take you to Red Hawk Casinos, with an Arcade and hourly child care.



Within the fenced off pool area is a nice grassy lawn and lounge chairs. The swimming pool is open year round but not heated, so if you need to cool off then, you would be more than welcome to the hot tub which is heated, of course. Children under the age of 5 not allowed in the hot tub.

Head up to the office to get the equipment for a game of horseshoes. Open year round & free.

On most Friday nights during summer they project a movie on the grassy poolside area on the outdoor screen. On Saturday and other nights, they host movies in the large outdoor tent. They also hand out free popcorn or other goodies for their guests enjoying the film.

There is an 18 hole miniature golf course nestled between the oak trees. There is a small fee of $3 per person.

Fluffy pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, milk, and/or coffee are cooked in the Kamp Kitchen on Sunday mornings on most weekends from May-Oct. $3-$6 per breakfast.

Enjoy a room full of your favorite classic arcade games. Most games are only 25 cents per play.

The fishing pond has catch and release Catfish usually from Dec thru July, or until their pond gets too low. They also stock their pond with 500lbs of Rainbow Trout in mid-April and Trout fishing is usually good thru June. You do have to purchase a KOA fishing license for $15. You need to bring your own poles, but they have bait available to purchase in their camp store.

You can arrange with the camp store to have a Duraflame Campfire at your own site.

They have a bunch of 3 wheeled banana bikes that are available to rent for $4 per 30 minutes. Good if you want to give a banana bike a go, but I suggest you bring your own bike if your want to do any biking.

There is also a playground, goat enclosure, dog run, and swing set on the grounds, so all in all a lot of activities for the kids to do while here.

We enjoyed our experience and are looking forward to another KOA adventure. But I have quickly found out that the KOA grounds closer to home do not offer everything that Placerville does, mainly the fishing aspect. But also the popularity of these camping ground can make it difficult to get a booking when you want to go. So my word of advice is research what is offered at each KOA and book it in early. KOA campgrounds extend through the US and Canada.

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  1. Rohina says:

    Great post full of good info!!

  2. Ryann says:

    I love this, I love camping, it is for sure going on the bucket list now!

  3. sian says:

    I miss camping so much! It’s such a wonderful way to relax.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Looks like a cool spot for camping. We haven’t been for years, should really put it onto a list of must do for next year. Thanks for the inspiration,

    1. GrapevineMom says:

      It really is. There are so many different KOA Camping Grounds throughout the US. You should definitely give one a go.

  5. Lisa says:

    Chloe, another great post loaded with valuable information. Thanks for your attention to detail and sharing with all of us! I appreciate your hard work I want you to know that I have nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award. Check out my post and see your award. Congrats!

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