Date of Stay: July, 2008
Spacious campsites, many shaded by huge trees. Well kept grounds. There were hundreds of RVs there for July 4th weekend, but it didn't feel crowded. This is a very clean, well cared-for members-only park with a well stocked store, family lodge with game rooms, ping-pong, putt-putt golf, shuffleboard, adult lodge with pool tables and a few exercise machines, weekend activities for kids, craft classes for kids, etc. Lots of beautiful trees. Very friendly and courteous campers. Nice and quiet at night. The park has a guarded gate and we felt safe enough to let our young kid bike around. People drive at 5 mph. Cellular service info: Verizon service only; good reception at the family lodge; very weak Verizon signal in Section I; better reception in Section C. Free Wi-Fi access at the family lodge, Wi-Fi at the campsite for a fee. It gets hot here in the summer (mid-80's to low 90's), but there is a fresh wind of 10-15 mph and many well shaded sites. Or pick one without trees if you want easy aiming of your TV satellite dish. The only con we noticed was that it can get a bit dusty here, so pick a campsite that's upwind of the dustiest roads. It's out in the middle of nowhere, with few restaurants nearby, so plan on cooking your own food. However, on most Saturdays and holidays they offer good, hearty and cheap breakfasts for a couple of bucks. Also burgers and hot dogs at lunch time on Saturdays. Ice cream socials are fun for the kids and adults too. We enjoyed our 4 day stay.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
We went to Lake Minden, in Nicolaus, CA in late July. This is a membership park. It was quiet and pretty and safe. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Our 5 year old had a blast. It has a small man-made lake, paddleboats for rent, swimming, fishing, etc. They also have some Pico Laser sailboats for rent, but you have to know how to rig them yourself. (We do.). There are two swimming beaches on the lake, and sand has been brought in to make a nice bottom at the beaches. The water is very cloudy, due to the clay bottom on the man made lake, but we went swimming anyway and enjoyed it. The lake water is supplied from huge wells pumping 24 hours per day. The lake is stocked with fish, and we saw some huge fish being caught. The facilities were very clean and well cared for. Bathrooms were clean and checked 4-5 times throughout the day. Simple breakfasts and grilled lunches are available at the store 7 days a week for a couple of hours. The lodges had working pool tables, fooz ball, puzzles, etc. There were flat screen TVs in both the family and adult lodges; there was a second TV in the family lodge for kids video and DVD playing. There is no pool. Swimming is in the lake, and you have to watch your kids carefully. Lake Minden use to be a working farm. It's surrounded by fields. The preserve used to operate a petting barn but not this year, so there aren't any resident donkeys goats, pigs, hens, etc. The Merlot grapes were almost ripe. The fruit trees still have a month to go. There's plenty of green grass, since they can use the water for irrigation. It's very close to Sacramento, so Verizon cell coverage was perfect and we even got broadband on our air card. We got about 10 channels of clear digital TV with our converter; only about 3 channels on analog. My hubby was happy he could watch golf. We stayed in section D, on the far side of the lake, since the sites are bigger, prettier and there's more breezes. There are water and electricity, but no sewer hookup in D. There is a dump station in D. Section A is closer to the lodges, store, rental units and docks. Section A is full hookup, but there is a schedule for which days you can dump tanks because the system gets over-taxed. I think you get either Mon-Wed-Fri or Tue-Th-Sat for emptying tanks in A section. There are lots of restaurants within a 15-20 minute drive, on highway 99, so I didn't have to cook dinner every night.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Beautiful park with spacious campsites. Many with shade. It's a five minute walk to a white sand beach. The campers here tend to be noisy, unlike private campgrounds. Also the bathrooms can get dirty. We will come back again because it's so close to a beautiful beach and to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, but not on weekends when the party-hearty crowd is there.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Beautiful setting in the Redwood trees, adjacent to Henry Coe State Park and within walking distance of Roaring Camp Railroad. We have been here twice and enjoyed both times. Some of the sites are very spacious but not all - some are really small. The recreation hall has fooze-ball, ping-pong, etc, and movies in the summer. The RV sites are gravel and are raked for each new arrival; most RV sites have a deck big enough for a small tent. Tent sites are grass or have decks. The pool is clean. The bathrooms are small and old, but clean and in good working order. The staff is responsive to maintenance requests (a clogged toilet was fixed immediately). We will come again.