Date of Stay: August, 2007
Beautiful RV park right across the street from Eagle Lake on the west shore in the Spaulding Tract. Most sites have a view of the lake. Each site is paved, wide, and has shade from tall pines. They also offer camping cabins and have an open tent area. Nice but small rec room with ping pong, video games, soda machine and a pool table. Clean restrooms with free showers. Satellite TV hook-up only offers about ten channels. Camp store has soft-serve ice cream, fishing tackle, a few groceries, lots of alcohol and mixers (wink) and the friendliest employees ever! Store also offers propane and gas. Launch ramp is about one half mile up the road. They offer boat slips and a place to park your boat trailer. Many fishing guides in the area. Trout are 14-16 inches long and folks were catching their limit. Lots of great places to ride bikes or walk your dog. Not much for the little kids. No real playground, only two swings and no swimming pool. Extremely quiet at night. Deer come right to your site and eat from your hand. This place may not have everything for everybody but it was a ten for us. We loved it and have made our reservation for next summer.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Nice park in the tall pines. Beautiful area, near Portola and Graeagle. Owners have been here since 1978 and really care for the place. Sites are long and roomy. We had a pull-through with no neighbors on either side. This park has the cleanest restrooms and showers we have ever seen, hands down. There isn't a playground or pool for the kids but they have a wonderful rec room with TV, ping pong, pool table, games, books, and more. VERY quiet at night. Some permanents and a few long-terms, but certainly no problems. Just friendly people enjoying life. Great area for golfing or fishing. There is horseback riding in Graeagle and a train museum in Portola.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
Small park in the tall trees. Sites are close together so they give you two, one for your tow vehicle. Restroom was very clean. Pool was sparkling although it was too cold to swim when we were there. Nice nature trail. There is also a nice playground structure. Park caters mostly to permanents but they are on the other side and up a hill, away from the campground. Tent area is shady and nice. This park is close to Twain Harte, Sonora, and the historic town of Columbia. Black Oak Casino is about 12 miles away. The owner is very friendly and is doing a great job of upgrading the park. We enjoyed our stay and will return.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
This park has tons of potential and would rate a "10" on atmosphere alone. Unfortunately, the owners do not enforce their own rules. Dogs were running throughout the park at all times. Tents are allowed on RV sites with no RV present. More tents then RV's the weekend we were there. It truly looked like a tent city as you could not see the ground anywhere. Four person per site rule was a joke. Quiet time not enforced. Sites are right on top of each other. ATVs and motorcycles are ridden throughout. The one main positive about this park is the location/atmosphere. It is right on the south fork of the Yuba River. Most sites back up to the river and it is a gorgeous view and wonderful to wake up to. Kids raft down the river all day long. There is a great swimming hole. If rules were enforced we would return in a heartbeat. Be aware, there is no gas for 20 miles and the six mile drive to the town of Washington is downhill and steep.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
Beautiful place to camp in the foothills. Sites are close but very large pine trees help to break them up some. Very quiet at night. Great fishing as well as beach/lake activities including non-motorized boat rentals. This campground has free, clean, hot showers which we took full advantage of. Staff drives around at all times of the day in golf cart to check on things. Be sure to eat at least one time at The Palace Restaurant. Great burgers. This resort is a definite repeater for us in the future. They offer AAA and Good Sam discounts so be sure to include that in your reservation. Two dollars extra per night for each pet. Friendliest staff we've come across in a while.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
This is the only campground with hookups anywhere near Calaveras Big Trees park that we could find. It is just six miles north of Arnold, up Hiway 4. Huge redwoods prevail over the entire park, with all sites being shaded. Big Rigs would have a hard time in some of the spots as most were tight between the trees. Call ahead to be sure they can accommodate your rig. There was only one MH that we saw. Some permanents but certainly no problems. They offer vacation leases so some of the tennants weren't even here. Nice playground and pool area. Besides the RV park they also have a 35 space "tent only" area. Local area amenities abound. Big Trees park, Lake Alpine, Spicer Reservoir, Bear Valley, plus Mercer Caverns in Murphys. Much to see. Besides the above website, you can visit "rvandcampoutwest" click on California and then type in "Golden Pines" for the park name. A detailed description plus pictures is available on that site. Friendly place, we will return.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
Although you can no longer choose your own campsite this is still a wonderful place to go. All sites have shade either part or all of the day. The trees tower over the entire park and the pine smell makes you feel as if you are truly in the woods camping. They are family and pet-friendly. Lots of activities but very quiet at night. AAA members receive a 10% discount. I gave them a 9 instead of a 10 because I feel for a park this size the store could be better stocked. We will return here again.