Los Banos West / I-5 KOA

The Los Banos KOA is the perfect stop for you to enjoy some rest and relaxation. With 30/50 amp pull-thru sites, cable and wi-fi, our family-oriented campground truly is an oasis for our campers.

Situated next to the San Luis Reservoir, our KOA campground will provide cool morning and evening breezes. You'll love swimming in our crystal-clear pool water. Enjoy camping with us in shaded areas and quiet nights without road noise. Our KOA is "Big-Rig Friendly", with 30/50 amp service available and pull-thru sites up to 90 feet long. We have grassy tent sites available for all of our tent campers.

With our large renovated patio and Texas-style grill you can cook your favorite meal or have a party with your family, friends or club. We also feature a spacious club room with kitchen next to the patio. Horseshoes, Croquet, and plenty of grassy areas for the children to play are all available, and pets are welcome!

Our campground's local area provides plenty of things to do, with San Luis Reservoir only a couple of miles away. There's plenty of fishing, boating, and views of the local Tuly elk herds. Los Banos is an old and historical town of California and provides all the amenities needed. Restaurants, Home Depot, and Target are just a few of the stores on the main road through town. The Los Banos KOA campground is the perfect location for those who want a central location for day trips to the coastal attractions. Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park are all within a two-hour drive for day trips.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 90' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (7/1 - 10/1)
  • Propane ($)
  • Kamping Kitchen
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

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KOA Journey

KOA Journey Campgrounds

KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a day on the road. Whether it’s along the way or a quick getaway, they’ve got you covered. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long Pull-thru RV Sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper. Pull in, ease back and take a load off.

KOA Journeys Feature:

  • Pull-through RV Sites with 50-amp service
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Well lit after hours check-in service

Latest Hot Deal

Big Weekend

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WHEN: May 14-15, 2021

WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 14th at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 15th for just $20*.

WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 15 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ Care Camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

* Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area

Forebay Golf Course

Have fun at the Forebay golfcourse, Restaurant and lounge.


San Luis Reservoir and O'Neil Forebay

Activities include fishing, boating, windsurfing and waterskiing


Los Banos Creek Reservoir

Great Fishing


San Luis and Merced National Wildlife Refuges

The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 26,800 acres of wetlands, riparian forests, native grasslands, and vernal pools. A thriving population of the endemic tule elk is showcased by one of three auto tour routes. The Refuge is host to significant assemblages of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and plants; some of which, such as the California tiger salamander, the long-horned fairy shrimp, and San Joaquin kit fox, are endangered species.

In 1966, the first parcel of the Refuge was purchased with Federal Duck Stamp funds to provide a sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. Over the years the Refuge has steadily grown in size and today it is comprised of six contiguous units: San Luis, East Bear Creek, West Bear Creek, Freitas, Blue Goose, and Kesterson. The San Joaquin River bisects the eastern portion of the Refuge.

The Refuge is a major wintering ground and migratory stopover point for large concentrations of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds. Large flocks of green-winged teal, northern shoveler, mallard, gadwall, wigeon, cinnamon teal, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, canvasback, ruddy duck, and snow, Ross', and white-fronted geese swarm over the mosaic of seasonal and permanent wetlands that comprise a quarter of the Refuge. Waterfowl generally remain until late March before beginning their journey north to breeding areas. However, some mallard, gadwall, and cinnamon teal stay, breed, and raise young on the Refuge.

Shorebirds including sandpipers and plovers can be found in the tens of thousands from autumn through spring. Large flocks of dunlin, long-billed dowitchers, least sandpipers, and western sandpipers can be seen feeding in shallow seasonal wetlands, whereas flocks of long-billed curlews are found using both wetlands and grasslands. More than 25 species of shorebirds have been documented at the San Luis NWR.

The San Luis NWR has played a key role in the recovery of the tule elk, a non-migratory elk subspecies found only in California. Prior to the mid-1800s, an estimated 500,000 tule elk lived in California. Due to over-hunting and loss of natural habitat, they were driven nearly to extinction by the turn of the twentieth century – by some accounts, the population was reduced to as few as 20-30 individuals. In 1974 a herd of 18 animals was established in a large enclosure at the San Luis NWR and has since thrived.

Elk from this herd are periodically relocated to join other tule elk herds, or establish new ones, throughout California. A true wildlife recovery success story, the statewide tule elk population has recovered to more than 4,000 animals.

Less well-known are the extensive upland habitats found on the Refuge. Many of these habitats are characterized by saline and alkaline conditions in conjunction with low rainfall and an arid climate that characterize the San Joaquin Valley. These habitats support a rich botanical community of native bunchgrasses, native and exotic annual grasses, forbs, and native shrubs. Trees, such as the valley oak, cottonwood, and willow are found along riparian corridors. In these areas, visitors might encounter coyotes, desert cottontail rabbits, ground squirrels, western meadowlarks, yellow-billed magpies, and loggerhead shrikes, as well as northern harriers, white-tailed kites, and other raptors coursing over the vegetation. Stately great blue herons, great egrets, and white-faced ibis are frequently sighted throughout the Refuge.

The Refuge contains the Complex's Visitor Center and Headquarters, which features an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits about wildlife and habitats and a classroom for conducting environmental education fieldtrips for visiting schools. The Visitor Center is open daily.

The Refuge has three auto tour routes with associated nature trails and observation platforms from which the public can view and photograph wildlife and nature. The Refuge also allows fishing at designated sites and has a large waterfowl hunting program.