We got an early start in the camping season and reserved a last minute spot at Casini Ranch Family Campground. We hit some traffic and burned our bin full of food but that didn’t stop us from having a great time in the woods!
Casini Ranch Family Campground – May 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Location: Located amongst rolling hills along the Russian River about 7 miles from the coast and 7 miles southwest of Guerneville.
Amenities: Flushing toilets and showers
Pets: Allowed at an additional charge of $1/day
Pros: The campground is centrally located to use as a base to travel to the coast or to major cities in Sonoma County. Most campsites were large so multiple tents/people can share one site. The campground hosts Civil War Days near the end of July each year, Saturday night bonfires (they supply the marshmallows), movie nights, and they even have free hay rides. The Moscow Mill Pond is nearby where you can feed ducks and geese. The Russian River meanders around the park so you should bring your kayak/canoe or just enjoy the views of the river from the shore.
Cons: Sites are very expensive (about twice the amount of a site at a State Park). There aren’t enough restroom facilities so there’s often a wait for the showers.