Beautiful surroundings. A brand-new super nice bathroom, shower and laundry facilities just built by the full hookups on Sheldon Rd near the fitness center. The laundry doesn't have the machines in yet, however. Boat rentals on weekends only and are very reasonable. Dry camped the whole time.
Perhaps Waymen's ICE report did generate some thought and actions by the MWR folks that oversee the management of Lake O’Neill. We recently completed a two-week stay at Lake O’Neill. Over the years we have enjoyed visiting Southern California and usually stay at Lake O’Neill. We choose Lake O’Neill because of its location relative to POI’s north, south and east of Camp Pendleton. We also give strong consideration to all the other things that encourage you to stay at a MCG. By no means are we saying that Lake O’Neill is ideal, there are many procedural and physical issues that have a lot of room for change and/or improvement. On a previous visit we planned for a one-month stay at Lake O’Neill and had to play the game of two weeks with full-hookups then move to a partial hookups site. We reduced our planned one-month stay to four-weeks in order to avoid having to move for a third time to another site. Packing up, moving and then setting up an RV again at a different site is not an easy task. In addition, the move to a different site was very disruptive to our planned recreational activities. Since that visit we have limited our stay at Lake O’Neill to two-weeks thus avoiding having to move to a different site. It is time to get back to Waynem's review. The homesteaders that were staying in the no-hookups sites are gone. There appears to be a few active duty and retired homesteaders rotating between the full and partial hookup sites. During our stay there were many open sites in the full and partial hookup sites. Overall, the appearance of Lake O’Neill has improved with the elimination of the “trailer park” stigma. We believe that management is well aware of the shortcomings of the back-in sites. Any changes to the landscape will probably require environmental approval and of course the money for construction. There was one ongoing project while we were there. It looks like they are building a new restroom next to the full-hookup back-in site #49. We were also told that the campground host positions will be eliminated on 9/12. We enjoy staying at Lake O’Neill and will return.
Nice campground anda good value but should be several $ less for dry camping. Currently $12 for a dry spot. Central dump station and you can take water on any where. Have been here a number of times but never wrote a review. Clean and well maintained. About 15 miles in from the ocean but ocean front at camp Del Mar will run you about $45 or so per night. Lake Oneil approx 4 miles to main side campen with PX, bowling and movie and fast food. Nice lake with fishing allowed but catch and release. Marines run PT through the area about 0600 so you don't have to set your alarm. 45 miles to San Diego and 80 to Los Angeles.
We are currently stationed at Camp Pendleton and stayed at Lake O'Neil to try out our new RV. We happened to come when the campground was pretty empty and got a lake front spot (#18) which gave us plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the view. Their is a FANTASTIC park for little kids that is fenced in with tons of shade and slides. We brought our 15 month old baby girl and she just had a blast. This camp site is pretty deep into Camp Pendleton (about 10 minute drive from the closest gate) but it is nice and quiet.
When we arrived the night host (16:15 on a Sunday) was out doing his afternoon rounds checking the facility. When he showed up he had his clip board and our reservation clearly showing that space #47 (a back in with shade) had been reserved for us; however it was occupied! (It looked like the occupant had been there for quite awhile.) Everything turned out "ok" as the camp was maybe 40% occupied. Since it was early Spring the pull throughs (which have minimal shade) worked out just fine. Since the CG is next to the Hospital it is relatively quiet........except for some night opts when they play war games.........only a couple times in the span of a week.........which stoped around 23:00 or so. It is also in the landing approach for the air strip, but to my wife and I it was no big deal. The near by laundry (about 3 or 4 miles away) ONLY has cold water. I enjoyed the golf course which was about 5 miles away. During the week days tee times were easy. We'll go back often.
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