This was my first visit to Bodega Dunes. Our group occupied 2 adjacent cites (24 & 26). There were a total of 12 people: 8 adults and 4 kids). The site itself was clean. We were right next to the camp host's site and the bathrooms.
The first night, after the kids went to bed, the adults sat around and talked for a while. At least 2 skunks came into our site. Our group got out of their chairs and kept away from the animal to avoid getting sprayed. We kept our flashlight on it until it went away. During the period of 10 PM - 1 AM, camp rangers drove by twice, but never stopped to talk to us. We assumed there was no problem.
The next morning, we got a visit from Bob... the camp host. No, not the same one next to us... but the host from the other end of the campgrounds. He told us there was a complaint about noise past at 1:30 AM and about us "harassing wildlife and that a skunk sprayed because of us". We asked if it was another campsite or the camp host next to us. He had no answer and got snippy. He was neither pleasant nor quiet about lecturing us. He woke up the remaining 3 adults and 3 kids at our site with his bellowing. Bob was very defensive and a jerk. We told him that if other campers... or even the rangers that had driven by had told us to quiet down, we would have. We were talked down to and were told that if we weren't quiet that night, he would be calling the cops (ahem... rangers) at 10:01PM. When were were trying to talk to him, he walked away stating that he was an "unpaid volunteer".
Less than 10 minutes later, we got a visit from Ranger Horn. He was more quiet and respectful to us, but dismissed our complaints about Bob. We told Ranger Horn that we didn't appreciate being visited by 2 people within 10 minutes of each other. If we were going to be "talked to" we would have preferred a Ranger instead of enduring the embarrassment and disrespect of having being scolded by Bob. The ranger was at least respectful towards the group and explained things like our regular voices unintentionally carrying through the site and through the canopy. We also questioned the 2 times a ranger drove around between 10 and 1 AM. Both the Ranger and Camp Host got agitated when we tried to question inconsistencies.
After the Ranger talked to us, our "issue" was discussed with the neighboring camp host. The kids in our camp who had to walk by to use the restroom overheard them talking about our group.
My suggestion, stick to the sites in the 70s 80s and 90s. It's more conducive to groups and people there are less uptight about noise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camp amongst the dunes, and it even has hot showers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bodega Dunes Campground Hotel Bodega Bay