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Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $3.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $5.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $44.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $1.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $1.00
Great location to access Yosemite National Park. 5 miles from south entrance. No verizon data or phone. Very poor (free) wifi. Good voltage. Installing 50A sites, but not active yet. A few over the air TV stations. Rate is for TTN members. 4000 ft elevation. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We had a back in by the river, 30 amps. There is some electrical work going on. I looks like maybe they are putting some 50 amp sites in. Most sites are large, quite a few pull-throughs. No visual separation. Recommend coming in off I-5 on Hwy 120 at Manteca, and even then there is a 5 mile stretch of very steep curvy narrow road that we shared with log trucks. There is NO cell phone service and the free Wi-Fi is very slow - only expect to do email no web sites. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $10.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
Friendly staff, good sized back in site. No TV coverage and very poor WiFi. However, lots to do if you had kids at the park. 25 miles from the great park of Yosemite! We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $3.00
We liked this Park......we had a river site with a small area right next to the water....beautiful! All utilities worked well, although watch your voltage when its hot. I used my Auto-former to keep voltage at an acceptable level. The pedestals use to have 50 amps available, but none are functioning now. The lounge could use some cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. The "Golf Cart Police" need to pay more attention to over crowded campsites, too many cars at a campsite and late night gatherings on the weekend. With these shortcomings, the area and relaxing nature of this campground make up for all. No Verizon coverage and No T-Mobile. We will return here. Its proximity to Yosemite makes it all worth it. Our rate was Thousand Trails member. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $10.00
Rate reflects RPI member. Interior asphalt roads with unlevel sites--only 30 amp available. No phone, newspaper, TV is tough to get, WiFi at the club house extremely slow--very isolated spot. Very pretty area--Close to Yosemite NP. That would be the only reason to stay here again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $1.00
This is a membership style park, although during the winter months the part where members stay is closed and you will be placed in the public part of the park. Member part is open April-Oct then closes to winterize. The public part is pretty level has a fire pit and picnic table at each site and is just across the street from the member section. The member part has tent sites, cabins and RV sites, some sites back the river and are shaded. This park is in the forest and about 30 miles from Yosemite Park via Hwy 120. During my stay there were maybe 10 people and it was very Quiet. Getting here in the summer when it is hot may be hard on your RV as the climb up 120 is steep and slow going. If your are looking for a RV resort this in not your type of place. Camping, fishing, hiking you will like. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $52.00
If we were in the market for a Thousand Trails membership and this was the first TT park we visited, we would save our money. The lodge and facilities were dilapidated and completely neglected. Reminded us of a boys camp. The walls of the Adult Lodge upstairs were in dire need of paint. Lighting was so bad we couldn't use the ping pong table. The pool table was the worst we've ever seen. Our site was ok, but was in the far end of the park. Very uneven ground with lots of burrowing critters. No grass, just weeds. No cell phone service or Wi-Fi. There was Wi-Fi at the lodge but it was extremely slow. We really felt isolated. On the plus side, it was close to Yosemite. We will never return. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $20.00
Stayed using a: Ready Camp Go card. Late in season, very few campers here. In a valley so no TV or Cell coverage via antenna. Did use Wi-Fi with antenna from my camp site. Good for limited data: ie email, weather report, etc. Staff friendly and reasonable. Lodge has large screen TV, games, and a fire place. Older but okay. Would stay here again since it is only six miles from Yosemite boundary. Getting here, there is quite an elevation rise from west of Groveland, but certainly do able for most. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $1.00
We are Thousand Trails members. Nice enough park for Thousand Trails - not a wow. Adult Lodge needs some maintenance. We had a long pull through site which was fine - if park is full the sites are close together and you would have no privacy. Since this was at the end of September all the occupied sites were spaced out. No AT&T coverage. We used Wi-Fi in the adult lodge which was adequate but slow. Very difficult roads to get here, but we wanted to visit Yosemite thus we stayed here. We would not stay here again due to the lack of cell or internet coverage. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $52.00
This was the second campground of 6 which I had booked in advance for our 2 week marathon and was the one I had most concerns about before we got there given some of the reviews. However, all told it was fine and a great base from which to explore Yosemite. It would have been nice to stay in the valley but I wasn't quick enough to get a site there. On the plus side, we had full hook-ups for the 3 nights we spent there which we wouldn't have had in the valley. The facilities were fine with clean and hot showers and sizeable pitches. It is true that the public part of the site is across the road from the main body and there are no pull-throughs but it was quiet and really not a problem. Main issues were that the Wi-Fi was only available down in a 'lodge' by the reception and the reception staff could have been a little friendlier although they were helpful when asked about things. The river was nice, but not for swimming. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.Undo
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