Date of Stay: October, 2010
This was our first time to Flying Flags, and we were very pleased with the park. The park was very clean, and the grounds were very well kept. Each of the staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in a Super Premium site. These sites are on the end of the row and include a fire pit and gas BBQ and have a large extra grass area. We arrived on a Thursday and left on Sunday. The park was quiet, and everyone was friendly. They offer a BBQ dinner on Friday night, movies and "make your own Ice-cream Sunday" on Saturday with a very current movie (ours was Robin Hood and was just released) and a great breakfast on Sunday morning, all of course for a fee, but very reasonable. We will return soon and would recommend it to everyone we know.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is a beautiful campground in the Sierra Mountains with abundant pine trees and beautiful large camp sites. It is about a 20 minute drive to Shaver Lake, where we usually spend a day or two each year. There is a great creek for swimming (it is cold) and fishing. The fish and game service stocks the creek with trout regularly during the summer months. We have camped here for many years, typically for a week near the beginning of August, and will continue to visit on a regular basis. In the past couple of years, the restrooms have been redone, and now nearly all in the area have flush toilets and faucets. Showers are available at the Dinkey Creek Store for a nominal fee. The store also has some supplies and ice. The downside, no hookups and water has to be hauled to your site. There are not enough water faucets in each loop and you may have to hall your water 100 or so feet as the only faucets are near the restrooms. I carry a 5 gallon water jug and a small collapsible dolly for this purpose. There is also no cell service in Dinkey, but pay phones are available at the store. There is cell service in Shaver Lake as well as restaurants and grocery stores. Overall, if you don't mind dry camping and you love the serenity of the mountains you can’t beat Dinkey Creek.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This is a nice place to stay for a quick getaway. You can’t get closer to the beach, and having Carpinteria within walking distance is a real plus. There are numerous good restaurants and at least to full grocery stores. The sites are simply on asphalt with a small dirt area with a fire pit and picnic table. I would estimate that the sites are about 20 feet across. There are a very limited number of sites for large motorhomes or travel trailers. These sites are full hookup. The rangers are pretty strict, and there are problems with theft. They recommend locking things down or better yet, putting things away under lock and key, especially at night. We love the town, but it is definitely not our favorite campground. We have camped here many times, but it will be harder now since we upgraded to a 29 foot travel trailer.