According to GoRVing.com, 68% of RV owners travel with a pet. The opportunity to lead the dogs on adventures certainly took into account my decision to buy an RV. I have found that most campsites allow at least one dog, and many have a fenced park where dogs can run around. Some Kampgrounds of America sites even offer campsites with their own private Paw Pen. We recently stayed at several of KOA’s dog kennel campsites and found them very comfortable. Here’s what we found:
Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA Holiday – Paw Pen Pull the trough
Our first stay at KOA dog kennel campsites was at the beautiful KOA Holiday Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA in Thompson, Ohio. This campsite has two different Paw Pen sites to choose from. One is retractable and the other is reverse. Both have full connections and access to 30 or 50 amps of power. We chose the download because it offered the most privacy. The dog pen in this KOA campsite is triangular in shape, with a high fence and landscaping extending to the sides. There is a picnic table and a ring of fire right behind it so the dogs can be outside while I have dinner. Coco also loved the little dog house at the far end. The dogs and I enjoyed this campsite so much that we actually stopped there for the second time on the way home.
Angola / Lake Hogback Lake KOA Holiday – Patio Dog Pen Site
I did not have high expectations for the KOA Holiday camp in Angola / Hogback Lake KOA. After walking endless miles out of Indiana’s cornfields, I really just wanted a place to sleep. When I returned to our huge campsite, I immediately relaxed. Our site not only included a Paw Pen, but also had a patio with a gas grill. The only thing I didn’t like about this KOA campsite was that it was right next to another place for cots. All the dogs were visible, which led to a lot of barking and excitement. If I ever stay in Angola / Hogback Lake KOA, I’ll see if their paw pen sites have more privacy.
Northampton / Springfield KOA Holiday – Back In Dog Pen Site
While browsing the KOA website, I found that there is a great variety among their dog kennel sites. Some are grassy, but others sit on crushed stone or soil. Some are small, while others are as big as our campervan. We were lucky with our paw pens in Thompson, Ohio and Angola, India. They were both spacious and looked like structures I would love to have in my own backyard. Our paw pen at the Northampton / Springfield KOA celebration looked like something you’d see on a local dog pound. At 10 × 10, the pen was a decent size, but the high, sturdy chain gave it an industrial feel. This was the only KOA dog pen site I found disappointing.
More KOA with pens for paws
There are more than 25 KOA places that offer private camps for dog kennels. Here is a list compiled from the Kampgrounds of America website:
Arizona: Holbrook / Petrified Forest KOA Journey, Picacho / Tucson NW KOA Journey, Tucson / Lazydays KOA Colorado: Colorado Springs KOA Holiday Georgia: Jacksonville North / St. Marys KOA Holiday, Savannah South KOA Holiday Indiana: Lava Hot Springs East KOA Holiday Indiana: Angola / Hogback Lake KOA Holiday, Richmond KOA Holiday Kentucky: Louisville South KOA Holiday Massachusetts: Northampton / Springfield KOA Holiday Michigan: Ludington East / Pere Marquette River KOA Holiday Missouri: Springfield / Route 66 KOA Holiday Nebraska: Ogallala KOA Journey New Jersey: South Philadelphia / Clarksboro KOA Holiday New Mexico: Albuquerque KOA Journey Ohio: Sunbury / Columbus North KOA Holiday, Thompson / Grand River Valley KOA Holiday Pennsylvania: Raystown Lake / Saxton KOA Holiday Tennessee: Jonesborough / Cherokee KOA Journey, Manchester KOA Holiday, Pigeon / Gatlinburg KOA Utah: Green River KOA Journey Virginia: Fancy Gap / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Journey Wyoming: Buffalo KOA Journey
Have you ever been to a KOA campsite with a private dog pen? Please leave a comment and let us know how it was!