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Old 03-27-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Lake camp site in California

Where's a good campsite by the lake in California. I have 33ft fifth wheel and prefer full hook up. Thank you for your response.

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Lake Cassitas near Ojai, CA

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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As you know California covers a lot of territory. Do you have a general area in mind?
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As you know California covers a lot of territory. Do you have a general area in mind?
No. Just looking for a nice place to take my family out camping. We're from the Central Valley.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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If you go to this site there is a search function that allows you to search for water front sites and select the amenities you would want. You can start with your location chose a distance of up to 100 miles. Or you can pick any city or state and go down the list of cities and look at the reviews for individual parks. RV Park Reviews :: Campground Search
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
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Lake Woodward on T Island, (off 26 Mile Road) in Oakdale. They have full hook-up, showers and the lake is warm. You can even dry camp just a few feet from the water. I've never caught anything fishing though. It's a county park. The only thing is that you need to go really early in the morning to claim spots because they don't do reservations! Also, the showers and bathrooms can be far from you depending on which spot you get. For us, we had to use porta potties, and we just didn't shower much while we were there as we were in the lake a lot and there was a faucet that we used though to rinse off. If you're looking for real camping (with hiking trails), this isn't the place for you!
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Another nice body of warm water is Bass Lake near Yosemite in Madera County. Rocky lake bottom so I recommend wearing boat or tennis shoes.
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Here is a nice camp on the Kern river. I have not stayed there because they have a two dog limit and we travel with three, two small and one large. A friend of mine has stayed there and loves it, right on the river.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #8
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We camped at Eastman Lake just north of Madera. Not all sites are full hookup but right now, if you have had rain, it will be beautiful. They added alot of electrical sites in the last few years. Not right on a lake but if you haven't been to Wishon Village up Dinkey Creek Road it is wonderful up there at 8,000 feet. You can rent boats and pontoons on Wishon. Millerton is another choice, again spring is best but you know that.

Sequoia RV Ranch is another but it is on a river...Kaweaha I think.

Check out our campgrounds (on iRV2) we have listed in California. I think we have pics of all of them but Millerton.

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Oh! Ridge, june lake loop. no sewer hook up, but you can't beat the view
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:04 AM   #10
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Stay north for sure!! I am in Southern California and there is nothing but crowds and over used camping here... Lake Almanor, quiet, no big crowds, laid back. You can see Lassen Park, and lots of great fishing. And no dirty diapers in the water!!!
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two realy nice parks in Rio Vista right on the water. About four miles east on Hwy 12 is tower park KOA, great for the kids with lots of playgrounds.
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I've been to all the central / NorCal lakes and I would highly recommend Don Pedro Lake in the Sierra foothills, very large lake and scenic. It's roughly 50 miles or so due east of Modesto. Full hookups in the RV section, some sites even near waters edge, swim lagoon for the kids with facilities at Fleming Meadows with 90 full hookups. Been going there boating and camping with family and friends for years and love it.

I've lived in Modesto 22 years and i stay away from Woodward Res.
, Comanche Lake or Modesto res., all are magnets for riff raff in the summer and can be extremely noisy at night with parties, fights and such.

Lakes McSwain & McClure are other options east of Merced but they only have electric/water hookups.

New Melones out of Sonora is a nice lake but alas does not offer hookups.
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Lake Success in Porterville is nice, good area easy to get to and lots of rabbits to watch in the evening....
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Lake Lopez Recreation area. Great for the family, water ski, wind surf, waterslide, beach area, nice camp ground, good fishing. Around the Arroyo Grande area, in the hills.

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