5.9 Average
     
Groveland, California

Yosemite Lakes

Groveland, California



31191 Hardin Flat Rd.
Groveland, California 95321
Phone: (209) 962-0121

Sites: 430
Recent Rate: $61 6/2016

Latitude: 37.81522555029
Longitude: -119.94078040123

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards yes
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong yes
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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53 Reviews

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016
Overall Rating:      

Easy check in for Thousand Trails member. Found a pull-through in the meadows area in direct sun. Satellite TV no problem. There for 2 days when a shady site came open and we moved; still no problem with satellite TV. Needed to add 3 days to stay and office staff was able to do that for us. Used the restroom and shower several times and restroom needs to be updated, but it was clean even with heavy holiday usage. Would stay here again either before or after school is in session. Should be cooler at that time. Roads are dusty and zone campers did not follow the 5 mph speed limit. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
146
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Sites by river are very close together and back-in. Pull-through sites are side by side and have space for awnings, tents and tables. Some have about 50 feet to next camper. Very dusty.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2016
Overall Rating:      

Our rate was $0 because we are members.

Very impressed with this campground. Spacious sites and very nicely arranged. Felt like we were in the national park but with hookups. . Mosquitoes were more annoying closer to the creek but nothing a little Off couldn't help with.

Staff was friendly. Hint- take the bus! It's $10 RT and kids under 12 are free. The staff at the campground should be better informed about the bus system. Traffic in the valley is super heavy. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $61.00
Overall Rating:      

Made reserv. in Feb. & requested sites for 2-38 ft motorhomes w/ slides & 50 AMP & 40 ft Fifth wheel w/slides. We were not advised until arrival that no 50 AMP except for Thousand Trail mars. Advised that we did not speak with the off on location but through Thousand Trails Reservations line. Reservationist was more in tune with attempting to market membership than disclosing information about campground. Resort Mgr was new but extremely cordial. She did allow us to park on sites supposedly with 50 AMP. Our site worked ok but it was horrible to level - concern was refrigerator working properly. The morning after arrival the friend who accompanied us reported the 50 AMP was not working on their site & opted for 30 AMP adapter in order to have any power. Staff advised they would make a service request & no one ever even came to check the out issue over 4 days. Poor power service caused damage to their power plug & melted the adapter. Our friends were fortunate a fire didn't develop. Very unreliable electrical hook-ups. Another couple with our group could not dump their sewage the night before departure because drain lines were full in the sewer system & had to move to another site to be able to dump. This campground is in the Yosemite area about 5 miles from the park entrance. Beautiful wooded area but campground is not properly maintained & needs updating particularly in view of the fact that rates are $61.00 per night for non-members & no wifi except intermittently in the lodge on property. Staff advised they were short in number & most seemed to be newly employed. Would not recommend this campground under current conditions unless you prefer to just have water hook-ups. This is the most expensive campground we visited in 30 day travel period. Had amenities been suitable we would not have objected but this is outrageously expensive under such poor conditions. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beautiful forested surroundings near Yosemite entrance but outside the Nat. Pk.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $61.00
Overall Rating:      

I must first point out that we stayed here as non-members. Non-members are given "sites" on the other side of the road on a 3-tiered hillside. I had called the reservation line ahead of time because we were unable to make a reservation online with our 5th wheel being a little over 40' and was told that we would have no problem. When we arrived, sites are not assigned - you choose from the remaining available sites. Luckily we were able to squeeze into one of the back-in sites, hanging our back end over the hill. Sites are basically a big dirt curbside next to a hill. Very close together with a view of the road in the non-member section. The amenities need serious updating. Every badminton racket had broken strings, shuffleboard poles were bent, tether ball was tiny, ping pong balls were unusable they were so cheap, and while my kids had a lot of fun playing mini-golf, the course is in rough shape. WiFi was terrible. Some of the member sites along the river looked nice, but very close together. Tent/cabin area was a nice wooded setting. Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point Road are at least an hour's drive. Park is way overpriced for what you get as a non-member. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Having read the reviews on this campground I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. We were there during the spring waterfall season in Yosemite and the park was quite busy, but this campground was barely 1/3 full. It is a huge park and apparently quite old, but our experience here was excellent. We had a river front site in the trees, full hook-ups and it felt more like a state or national park than a private campground. The staff was always very nice and helpful, letting me use their phone several times a week (there is no cell reception here). The lodge was recently refurnished and is comfortable to relax and use the WiFi (very weak, but serviceable). There are a few nice hikes around the area and there are tons of outdoor activities with equipment for families and groups to play with--volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, badminton, mini golf, etc. It is an hour to Yosemite Valley, but that is not much further than the outlying National Park campgrounds like Wawona and Hodgdon Meadows, so if you can't get into a campsite in the valley, this is a decent option.

BTW, don't be put off by the reviewers complaining about Highway 120, it is windy and steep but that section is only a few miles long and has plenty of turnouts. Take it slowly and you'll be fine. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a Thousand Trails Park, so while members pay little, those who are not make up the difference. The best feature of this park is it's proximity to Yosemite's north gate (CA 120) - less than 5 miles. That said, it is still a long way to Yosemite Valley.
This is a nice park, with well-spaced ample sites and friendly staff. The lodge offered many amenities, such as TV, fireplace, and lending library. WiFi, which was only accessible in the lodge, was so-so depending on the number of guests. For those depending on cell phone service - forget it. Access to AT&T and Verizon both required a 2-4 mile drive.
Bottom line -- if your rig will not fit into one of the NPS campgrounds, Yosemite Lakes or Midpines KOA are your nearest options. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to visit Yosemite in the Spring or early Summer to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This resort is a challenge to get to with a heavy trailer (very twisty, steep grades from the west and south) so plan on taking your time and making a few stops to save your engine and your brakes. This is a beautiful location about 15 miles from upper Yosemite - wooded and very peaceful. Level gravel sites. I was backed up to the creek (which was quite shallow due to the drought but still very pretty). Nice older clubhouse with decent wifi (avoid at night when everyone seems to be online). Very quiet and reasonably dark at night. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

An entrance to Yosemite is about 15 miles to the east - this is the top of Yosemite, not the main village near Half Dome. The small, historic town of Groveland is a 20-minute drive to the west.

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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Thousand Trails. Gravel roads with large level gravel and grass sites. 30 & 50 amp, water, and sewer. No cell signal at any site or at office. Only Wi-Fi at office and very slow. Have both shaded sites for TT members and open sites for non members. Shaded sites have no satellite signal. Hiking trails and stream. Over an hour drive to Yosemite Valley. Staff Friendly and helpful. Will not stay again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Over an hour drive to Yosemite Valley

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Close to Yosemite, but yee haw the road leading up to the campground gave me some white knuckles. I guess if you're going to Yosemite, that's what you have to do. Campground is a Thousand Trails campground. It's large and very dusty. Sites can be somewhat tight to get into, but it's in the forest so what would you expect. Again, lots of dust. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very well-run park near the CA-120 entrance to Yosemite National Park. It is clean, the staff are courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful. They don't charge extra for parking in a 50-amp site unlike some TT parks. We had a spot backing up to the Tuolumne River which was gorgeous although mosquitoes were abundant. There is NO cell phone service in the park (ours is Verizon). The wifi was only available in the office because of construction in the lodge (normally wifi is offered in both places) but it worked well. Unlike some of the Thousand Trails parks which are getting old and run down, this park is being maintained and upgraded. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Just 5 miles west of Yosemite park entrance, 18 miles east of Groveland. Stay on Yosemite Lakes Drive to entrance.

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

We paid a member rate. This is a big campground with over 200 full hookup sites plus a large dedicated tenting area, several cabins, and two “Yurt” villages. There’s a nice playground, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, volleyball and basketball courts, and mini golf. The campground is located in a valley and a stream runs through the campground. Our stay was during a dry time of the year along with a serious drought so the stream wasn’t very impressive but I imagine it’s a lot nicer in the springtime. The sites along the stream are the most popular. They are shaded and several are 50 amps. We thought they were over-rated because the stream was nothing to get excited about, the sites stay full and are close together, and they were difficult if not impossible for those wanting satellite TV. There are also two “field” sections of the campground. They are pull-through sites but exposed to the full sun. We opted to stay in the section closer to the office. We had nice afternoon shade, good satellite TV, no nearby neighbors, and (a real bonus for us) using our WiFiRanger we could reach the park’s Wi-Fi from our camper. Using our Wilson Sleek cradle I could get 1 or 2 bars of unreliable 3G – really not enough to even have a decent phone conversation. We were disappointed and surprised at how far it really is to Yosemite valley. Even though a National Park entrance is only five miles from the campground it’s actually about 30 miles down to the valley – and those miles are twisting, turning, and sometimes steep miles. However there is a YARTS bus stop right at the campground and will take you to Yosemite valley. The cost for the two of us was actually about what we would have spent on fuel driving in and out. Let me mention that the drive up New Priest Grade to Groveland is 7-8 miles of non-stop 5-6%, switchbacks. If I were driving a RV that I knew was underpowered or overweight or especially long I would think twice before tackling this section of road. However, most people with a properly set up RV and moderate driving experience can drive it, hundreds do it every week. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Giant park, but the tent section was virtually empty on a Friday night. Check-in staff was kind of surly and not very efficient. On a good note, the lack of campers made for a quiet night's sleep. Fine place for a quick stop over. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Tent.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

Staff was ready for us when we checked in, but we were disappointed that she didn't give us any information about the bus to Yosemite which stops right in the park, nor did she seem to know anything about local activities like the festival happening in Groveland that weekend. The campsite we had was right on the river with 50 amps, water and sewer, and was comfortable. The site next to us, however, was so narrow that if someone had pulled in there our rigs would have been right on top of one another. Not all sites have 50 amps and not all have sewer, although most were level or nearly level. The main draw for this campground for us was its proximity to Yosemite Park--just 5 or 6 miles from the West Gate Entrance. Our rig is too big for camping inside the park so this is as close as we could get. And we were really glad we were so close since Yosemite is so big and requires so much driving, anyway. We missed having a pool, and particularly a spa, when we returned every day after hiking. The restrooms and showers were in portable units but very clean and nice. We didn't use them, however. There are things for kiddos like mini golf and a clubhouse, but the few children we saw (teenagers) appeared to be bored to the bone. We enjoyed the little town of Groveland about 18 miles from the park, and had breakfast at a coffee house, lunch at the chili-cookoff, and snacks and beverages at Irondoor Tavern. We found the people in Groveland to be exceptionally friendly. We would return to this park if in Yosemite again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Located 5 miles from Yosemite National Park. 30 amp, water & sewer available at sites. Just installed 50amp sites in June, 2014. Some shaded sites along fish-able river. Numerous sites in open areas. Non-TT members stay in separate area. Extremely poor, terribly slow WiFi, even in the lodge. No cell service available. Need to drive 20 miles to Groveland for service. Convenience store with over-priced essentials located on-site. Enjoyed our stay and would return. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is not well cared for, very run down. When we were set up we realized that there were a lot of animal droppings on our site and that the weeds were quite tall. Asked at office if that could be taken care of. Was told that it would be and a maintenance person came to site and made a lame attempt to clean up the droppings but did not get them all. He then said that someone would be there the next day to trim the weeds. We were there for 4 days and the weeds were never trimmed. The wi-fi was terrible. The signal was very weak, even in the building where the equipment was located and we would lose the signal every few minutes. Very frustrating. The only reason we stayed here was the low rate from our RPI membership. Would not stay here again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.

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