History of Campland
Campland on the Bay, originally named Mission
Bay Campland, opened in 1969.
The park has been serving families and providing unique camping and vacation opportunities ever since. Campland is known for its convenient, waterfront location, its family-oriented, activity-filled experiences and for being a place where it’s safe to let the kids explore its many treasures within the gated community grounds.
Campland is currently managed by Terra Vista Management. Its predecessor was De Anza Group, Inc. which also, up until 2003, managed the De Anza mobile home park located across Rose Creek. Through Terra Vista’s president, Michael Gelfand, Campland has been continuously operated by the same group of people since affiliates of De Anza Group purchased the Campland lease in 1977. Management early on made a commitment to provide a family-oriented recreation and entertainment location on the water that’s safe, kid-friendly and close by to everything you could possibly need. One of the first things the group did at that time was plant over 1,000 trees. Those small trees in 15 gallon pots are now huge and create much-needed shade throughout the park. Management also built an additional swimming pool and spa and rebuilt the entire marina when it virtually sank after a severe storm; wave attenuator docks were also installed to protect the Marina. Terra Vista Management also created Huff n’ Puff Park, the Supersite (private, luxury-style camping), basketball courts, Friendly Bowl Skateboard Park, Dogwood Park, Central Park Stage, enhanced landscaping throughout the park, Central Park White Tent, the gate control booth, Market Mall Fountain, and significantly enhanced the electrical, sewer and water systems on campsites throughout the park.
Management initiated year-round daily activities and events hosted by a staff of amazing Activities Directors. New games and rental equipment are acquired every year. Virtually every inch of the park, including the game room, Café, market, administrative office, reservations office, front desk, and marina has been remodeled. Park-wide environmental assessments have been done and lighting systems converted, toxic material use has ceased, countless energy saving measures have been implemented, recycling trash containers provided, paper and Styrofoam usage curtailed, and many other efforts to protect our environment and reduce resource usage have been initiated and implemented.
Today, improvements to Campland continue. Wi-Fi is available throughout the campground so everyone can stay connected! We like to add new activities and amenities to make our resort even more fun for our campers.
The primary secret to the ongoing enhancement of Campland on the Bay is its employees. Some employees have been at Campland since the lease began in 1977. Campland’s staff members appreciate the importance of providing campers with a fun and memorable experience, not just a place to camp. Campland is special because of its unique, waterfront location on San Diego’s world-renowned Mission Bay, the world’s largest aquatic park. But it takes on its real magic because of the dedication of the Campland staff, and the fun-loving, howling-at-the moon spirit of our guests. The history of Campland is not really about the place as much as the sum total of the wonderful, lifelong family experiences that campers have enjoyed since 1969. Fortunately, that history continues to be written, and you are an integral part of it.