July 10, 2016
May 17 - 27, 2016
Dec 17 - Dec 19th, 2015
Aug 5 - 17, 2015
It took me some time to decide to write a review of this FamCamp because well, Beale is Beale and there seems to be an "oh well, this is Beale" kind of attitude, not only with the FamCamp but throughout the Base. The only bright spot was the total professionalism of the SF folks we met at the Gates. What a credit to themselves, their Commander and the USAF. Now, as for the FamCamp, everything jafluc1 said in the review was spot on, however we should mention several other significant issues. First and foremost, it is infested with rodents. We counted 12 dead rodents and 2 dead birds in the drainage ditches on the west and south sides of the campground. While we were there our puppies killed no less than six others around our Journey, and we actually sat and watched them run up the power cable into our neighbors 5th wheel, and on the other side they were scampering throughout our other neighbor's (semi-permanent resident) outside storage. Ants...be forewarned because they may not give you the briefing....we're long gone and still picking ant carcasses out of the RV. Did I mention the Mosquitoes? We used to live in the wet Midwest and have never seen that many Mosquitoes. (If you are concerned about that sort of thing, rodents with the plague have been confirmed at Yosemite, 150 miles south, and Lake Tahoe, just to the east, and west Nile is prevalent in the area). But the most concerning was the warning about Rattlesnakes. It's true....a couple we met shortly after arriving came by and showed us a pic they took of two Rattlesnakes mating just across the road from the FamCamp....we typically walked in the road and only encountered one snake (a California King...good guys, they kill Rattlesnakes)....however, shortly after we left our son contacted us and told us our neighbor out there, brought his dog out of his 5th wheel in the morning at it was bit by a Rattlesnake. (the puppy survived). People working on vehicles, permanent residents monopolizing the washer/dryers, loose dogs, a FamCamp host who does nothing to enforce the rules or clean up after messy campers, overflowing dumpsters, unbelievably, the school bus stops out there for the eight or so permanent resident children living there, and, well, enough....
Aug 23 - 28 2015
I don't know what to say about Beale. Its in the middle of nowhere, hot, and well cheep. Value for the dollar is at the top. Facilities that are available are nearly new and in good condition. But no tv, spotty internet. and poor cell service mean that you are really in the 60s. It was great had good time. Only had to move (relocate) one snake. I here that is a record.
July 5 through Aug 5, 2015
This is the third or fourth time we have stayed at this location. The quiet seclusion and the cost is why we come here and it is the only things that keep us returning. This review is for those of you who generally have famcamp like expectations while RVing. My biggest complaint is that well over 25% of the spots are being lived in full time by active duty and retirees. One fellow we met has been there over 3 years. Active duty expect to remain in place until they are relocated. How do I know this? I certainly did not ask. The place really looks like a low class trailer park in the areas occupied by the residents. I'll attempt to attach a few photographs rather than go on. There are no rules given to anyone when they arrive. To do so would mean that they would have to be enforced. Dogs are tied out. Kids are running around the entire park unattended. Dog crap sets where it is dropped. Multiple vehicles and storage units are adjacent to RVs. The overall lack of upkeep by the full time residents is pretty bad. Now for the rest of the RV folks who use it as intended, the staff were fantastic. When I expressed my observations they rightfully responded that they do not write or approve policy. The laundry room and community room is small but very clean. Internet is available in the community room "most of the time". The sad part is that each and every RV circle has a dedicated signal from the router, they all show full 4 or 5 bar signals, but none were ever capable of managing internet data the entire month I was here. Suggesting it be repaired since the infrastructure was already in place was met with a simple shrug of the shoulders. On the other hand, the entire region is going through a tremendous drought, all grass is brown, yet a lawn service appears every Thursday and blows dirt over the entire area by running riding lawn mowers and weed eaters. I guess if they got the contract they are obliged to go through the motions regardless. What a dumb contract. I suggested they take a little of the money going toward the dust bowl and get the internet up and running (shrug). Sorry to be so negative, but being here 30 days certainly gives one a long time to observe the obvious. Famcamp or Trailerhood, you decide.
May 4, 2015
Beale is a nice, although way out of the way base, fortunetly all you need is here as it is a long ways to anything else. We liked it and decided to move our 5th wheel into storage here so we could spend some of the winter here. OMG ! what a sad sack, nasty looking storage lot they have, trailers jambed in at what appeared to be 2 foot apart, no way would I leave a 50K trailer here for someone to crash into tryng to back into this lot. Sorry Beale, but we are moving on.
April 13-16 2015
I stayed here for a few nights before I headed north. Campground is well laid out and quiet. Used the laundry and showers, no problems. $1.50 wash/ $1.00 dry per load. The Main Gate is tricky if you have a big rig. Luckily I made it through with my 27' with toad. GPS tried to take me into the Doolittle Gate. Wasn't sure of restrictions, so I turned around and found the main gate. Dog loved the grass and the fact that there is lots of room between sites. There's a lake with a dock that can be used, and there were a few AF active duty that used the picnic area but no problems. I like this cg and will use it again if I'm out this way again.
June 26, 27, 28 2014
Since our visit last year (same dates), considerable improvement has been made in cleaning the men's bathroom. Check-in with Bonnie was fast and easy. We had a site that provided some welcome shade. We saw a couple of U-2's and an MC-12 flying but otherwise there was no air traffic during the day. We stop here to visit some friends and then we head further north. For our purposes, it is a great stop. The Commissary had some great sales and the fresh vegetables we bought were the best we have ever gotten from any commissary. It was really a nice, quiet and enjoyable stop.
A really well laid out and maintained campground. Spacious sites of green grass. Level asphalt parking pads and concrete patios with table. Really quite, very little noise from the U2's. Not much to see or do in the area. A long drive into town. Several nice fishing lakes right at the rv park. Lots of areas to ride bikes or walk. Great place rest, relax and read a book. Used the laundry and it good.
September 15-30, 2013
The campground boasts big, grassy sites that are not clustered together unlike many military campgrounds. The base facilities are great and in convenient walking distance. In fact, one could walk or run for miles on the abandoned roads that surround the campground. To keep the grass green they water in the late evening, so watch your stuff. The base is convenient to scenic California Highway 49 and the Gold Rush towns, but not much else. Apparently, the option exists to select a site when making a reservation, because we were told that some vacant sites were unavailable because people were coming in at later dates.
4 Dec. 2013
J.H. left this review using the Directory software: - The registration bldg. is on the NW side of the campground proper. We saw no sign to indicate this. We enjoyed our stay and would return. Lots of driving to get to the FamCamp. If you like to watch U-2s, you won't want to miss this base.
January 21 - 24, 2014
This is our fourth visit to this Famcamp. This time the weather was exceptional which made for an enjoyable stay. We had made reservations and Bonnie had our space blocked out when we arrived. Bonnie does a good job as always. I would recommend that you use the Wheatland gate as it is also the truck entrance and has the easiest access. Our site was relatively level so we had no problems. The scenery is great and its very quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed walking around the lake, watching the otters play, and bike riding in the area. The only negative during our visit was the hot water in the men's shower was not working and there was a sign that indicated it hasn't been in quite awhile.
June 26, 27, 28, 2013
The location of this base is not convenient unless you are visiting people you know in the area. On base, it is quite a drive from the main gate. However, it is well signed and you pass the base gas station on the way to the campground which is good. Bonnie, the camp host is very pleasant and helpful. The site we setup in was not level but my jacks automatically leveled without any cribbing. There is only one sink, one stool and one shower in the men's bathroom. The first morning, there was no toilet paper anywhere to be found. Whoever has been cleaning the bathroom has been taking it pretty easy. There was dirt along the walls and mold and dead bugs in the shower every night. I really enjoyed the nearby pond that was stocked with some fair sized fish. There were about 20 Canadian geese that seemed to be resident there. I was surprised to learn that during WWII, Camp Beale had a POW Camp with 1,000 German soldiers on the base. All that remains is a cell block but it was interesting looking at the pictures and words remaining.
Make sure that your are entering the base via the main gate. Do not rely on your GPS to guide you to the Beale gate. On our first visit, my GPS directed me to a side gate down a very narrow road that is only open during limited hours. The security check point is VERY narrow and caused $11,000 damage to side of our coach. Turning around required disconnecting tow and doing a lot of maneuvering in a very limited space to get turned around and back out. While at the campground, I found a notice on the bulletin board warning campers not to attempt to use that gate because it was to narrow for large vehicles. (To Late) Other than that, wonderful stay. The base has a very nice golf course with friendly staff.
13 - 15 November 2012
We visited here for the first time today. We are staying three days. This FamCamp is OK, especially for the price of $15.00. All spaces are pretty much the same. All back-in, no pull-thru. This used to be base housing some time ago and was situated as six cul-de-sacs for single wide mobile homes. There is a rest room / shower but there is only one shower each of the two bathrooms for the whole site. There is a launderette in the same building with two washers and two dryers. The only real drawback I found was that most of the trailer sites are not level from end to end so you need plenty of blocking to get the jacks to work. The back of my trailer was almost on the ground and the front was three feet high to make it level. Some spaces are the other way around. The sewer connection in the ground was higher than the outlet from my trailer. Doesn’t work well that way. There were a lot more vacant base housing spaces just like this right next door so the camp could be expanded but the base has not chosen to do so. I don’t know if this ever fills up or not. We arrived without a reservation and had no problem but I think I might call ahead if there is ever a next time.
At present, the campsites are being worked on one-half at a time. It is our understanding from Bonnie, the camp host, that they are installing an underground sprinkler system. They're down 20 spaces as the north half of campground is presently closed. We are waiting for the work to be completed so we can come in. The work is projected to be complete on or about October 15. The date is flexible. As of today, Bonnie expects the work to be completed within the next week or two.
July 5, 2012
The FamCamp is several miles from any of the gates and the gates are several miles from anything. It is an oasis is a sea of dry fields in July. However, it is shaded and watered and the host (bonnie) is very attentive. It's an hour to Sacramento and 30 minutes to Yuba City (which has all the retail you could possibly need). The Verizon cell and data worked well. At $15/night it's a good value. If you are coming from the south up CA 65, the South Beale Rd. intersection has no street sigh, just a sign "To Beale AFB".
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