Date of Stay: June, 2014
This campground is located on Union Valley Reservoir in El Dorado National Forest. We stay in site 19 or 22 (which are first come/no reservation). We can get satellite without the portable dish in site 19. We have AT&T and cell service is great. Most sites have a view of the lake, and some are actually on the lake. There is 2 miles of dirt road (logging road) to the campground, but the campground is paved, as are the sites. You can safely leave your boat on the beach overnight. Vault toilets. Bear boxes, and there are bears in the late summer. Launch is at Sunset Campground. This is a beautiful lake for fishing or water sports. Lake level is very low after July. But it is still a great campground. Sites 16, 18, 21, 24, 25 and 26 are not good for RVs. We have a senior pass, which saves us half of the nightly fee of $22.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We spent a week here and loved it. We and another couple had RV's and our other friends rented a cabin. This is primarily a fishing lake, and the fishermen in the group loved it. They rent fishing boats and paddle boats. There is a restaurant, pizza parlor, country store and bait and tackle shop onsite. There is a nice beach for swimming. All along the shore, strategically placed, are red Andirondack chairs to just sit and enjoy the beautiful views. This campground is close to Crater Lake, and that made a great day trip. Crater Lake has lots of hiking trails. If you have kids, this is a great place. Our kids and grandkids say this is one of their favorite campgrounds. We have been here many many times over the years. (The resort is 90 years old, with lots of loyal fans). Wi-Fi is available at the store for free. Getting satellite TV is very hard due to the many trees. Bring your bug spray and sunscreen.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This campground is on Stampede Reservoir, just north of Truckee. It is in Tahoe National Forest. The sites are level, paved, with shade, and almost all of them have a view of the lake, and a lot of them are right on the lake. The fishing was terrific. Also able to water ski or jet ski. Very kid and pet friendly. Very quiet at night and early morning.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
This campground is located on the Nebo Loop Scenic Drive, which runs between Nephi and Payson, just off of I-15. The sites are all level, paved with level gravel or paved patios with fire pits and tables. Some sites are located overlooking the Salt Creek. We chose a site that allowed satellite reception, but still enjoyed the sound of the water. We only paid $6 because it is located in a National Forest (Uinita) and we have a senior park pass. It is a beautiful, rustic campground with lots of trees separating each site, quiet and very peaceful. The next day we drove the Nebo Loop, which is gorgeous.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Beautiful drive to reach the campground. We were there during apple and pear season, and they were the best apples I've ever eaten. Petroglyphs from the Fremont Indians. Park was quiet, shady, and very peaceful. Several beautiful hikes. The most unique thing about this park was the restored family homestead of the original settler, who planted the orchards over a 100 years ago. The home contains furnishings and information about the family. The society that maintains it also sells preserves they make from the fruit, home made salsas, chutneys, dill green beans, etc. They also have freshly baked breads and tarts (strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry and apple)that they bring in each morning, as well as home made ice cream from the fruit. If you are on a diet, stay out of that house! There are peach, cherry, apricot, pear and apple orchards, all producing at different times of the year. Absolutely one of the most beautiful (and fattening) parks I have ever stayed in.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Beautiful campground, with cement patios, very large cement fire pits that have a grill and a bar to hang pots over the fire. Each site also has a flat, sandy area for pitching a tent. Sites are situated so there is privacy, while still affording views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Free Wi-Fi. Restrooms and free showers were very clean and large. There is no parking at the showers, you have to walk, but it is not far. About 10 minutes from Park City, close to interstate, but no traffic noise. There is a marina and small store. Busy on weekends, need reservations. Senior discounts. We really enjoyed our stay at this park.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
We took our grandchildren on a trip through Oregon, and this was one of their favorite campgrounds. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, and the National Park rangers gave a presentation on wildlife brought with them a bald eagle and an owl. The campground is rustic, with lots of pine trees and no paved roads. The restrooms are clean and the showers nice. There is a swimming area and fishing, no jet skis or water skiing. Nice family atmosphere. Close enough to Crater Lake for a day trip.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We visit this resort several times each summer. Our kids and grandkids love it there. They are able to put their inner tubes into the river at the top of the park, and ride down the river 1/4 mile to the bridge, get out, and do it again (life jackets required). There are also 1/2 and full day raft trips with professional guides at reasonable rates. Bike friendly. Nice pool and playground. Across the bridge is Marshall State Park, with a museum and several quaint shops that mark the site where gold was first discovered. Ice cream socials, gold panning and pancake breakfasts are some of the camp activities on the weekends. Several different venues for campers: there are rental cabins, rental trailers, rental tent cabins (with bunks for up to 10 people), tent sites and rv sites. There are outdoor kitchens, large covered dining areas for picnics, lots of grassy areas, lots of shade. The campground is flat and easy to navigate for people with disabilities, or older family members. Because of all of the above, we are planning a family reunion at this resort this summer, and the staff have been great in helping us with the logistics. Satellite reception is spotty, but it is possible to pick up in sites 18-22 and sites 71-72. Cell service not available except with Verizon, but pay phone at the store.