17 RV Parks near Lotus, California
Jan 2017 - $5.00
As 1000Trails members, we just pay the upgrade fee to park along the river. Let's face it, this is a run down park and the potholed and crumbling roads have gotten worse over the 4 years we've visited.
So why stay? It's the river. The whitewater rushing buy makes a wonderful background noise and the view up the grassy slopes is beautiful, especially at sunset.
Most of the staff is friendly, as are the fulltimers.
Some of the turns are a bit tight, especially the right turn you need to make to go to the river front sites. But there are plenty of 40' motorhomes like ours and big 5th wheels that make it work. - TahoeWino
Aug 2016 - $1.00
The staff is very friendly, the activities for the kids are great, the pool is very well kept.
The river is close to the campsites. The bathrooms are very well kept on weekdays, but are trashed on weekends.
There was a (female) staff member that was hateful and very rude to multiple campers. Other than her, we had a great stay and will be going back. - Just Passing through 2015
Jul 2016 - $1.00
Have camped here even before Thousand Trail took over. Do not travel to this park from I-80 Auburn via rt 49, as it is super difficult to navigate.
The roads that are ''paved" in the park are in very bad shape with lots of pot holes. There has been some improvement in the gravel sections.
There are a variety of sites available: river front, semi-wooded field, up on a small hill.
There is a reasonably nice restaurant that has opened at the gate to the park and a short walk across the road leads to others. The park has a small pool and a small beach along the river.
This park has a serious problem with electric shortages. Have lost an a/c due to low amps and the park strongly suggests running your 'frig on gas. Many sites have no power at all, a situation I have not seen improve in 6+ years. We had a sewer hookup, and there is a dump station behind the restaurant or $25. honey wagon by appt.
Seems ELS/Thousand Trails does not return any of one's membership fees for upkeep and relies on "long -term" site rentals, a disturbing trend for the last few years. - Dip1Dip1
Apr 2017 - $58.00
First time and we loved it. Attentive camp host and staff. Clean shower/restrooms, kid friendly,adult friendly. - Teamloml
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Dust and dirt. The restrooms were not cleaned very often and were dirty. The park is right on the river and if you are there to tube, should be good. If not, don't stay there except maybe one night to visit Marshall gold discovery park and visitor center. The road into the park is very twisty and not worth doing unless you want to stay and tube the river. Constant stream of tubers going down the river and then back up through the campground to start over again. IF YOU ARE NOT THERE TO TUBE-DON'T GO. - Phoenixaway
Dec 2014 - $40.00
I stayed here with a group, so rate is reflective of this. Overall, this is a nice park. We were there when a school group was there and it was not a problem except not being able to use a hall during one day (we were told it was ours Thurs.-Sun). At my site (E), the power could only be accessed by literally lying on my stomach...and then having to use levelers so that the plug stayed in! The campground was very focused on building new cabins...would like to have seen more effort in removing the mud! Front desk were very nice. - nicholsm
May 2017 - $65.00
We stopped at American River Resort for just 3 days. Access to park was fairly easy, navigating within the park is a bit tight. Our road was extremely steep, so I had to take time to back in, but it was pretty level after that. Hookups were IMO in the wrong place, closer to the front of the motorhome than the rear, and the sewer pipe was higher than ground level. 30amp seemed okay as we occasionally used the a/c (but we have a tiny motorhome). Office management was okay but beyond basic paperwork, they weren't much help. Showers/bathrooms were clean and fairly nice. WiFi was worthless as we could not get a signal. Verizon showed 2 bars but it was obvious that the cell tower is oversubscribed, so, not a lot of Internet connection capability here. There were a LOT of tent campers, a lot of whitewater excursion activities, which was to be expected. We would likely look for an alternative place if we were to come to the Sacramento area again. - RobtL
Aug 2015 - $65.00
This "resort" is lost somewhere in the '60's. It may have been wonderful when it was first opened however it is severely run down. There are very few full hookup sites and there are none with 50 amp service. Given the extreme temperature changes in this area, it made for an uncomfortable stay. But perhaps the two most disturbing things were the $10.00 extra per person AFTER two campers and the deplorable condition of the shower/restrooms. Almost everywhere we camp today does not charge for additional people until AFTER four campers. We were shocked that we had to pay 60.00 dollars extra (three days) for our eight and ten year grandsons!! On the other hand, this is a great place for tent campers by the American River. But, keep in mind, this is NOT a camper friendly management. It's as though it's a hobby for them and frankly, the only person I saw really working was the guy emptying the trash cans. Sorry, we camped here once before (about two years) because of the catch & release pond and thought we'd give it another try. Jury is in, won't be back. - J. Kohl
Sep 2014 - $35.00
This place was awesome! We were nervous because of the reviews we read but they were so wrong. If you were being out of line then, yes, don't go there, but it was nice, safe, and clean. The staff were helpful and friendly. The campsites are a little challenging so when the young lady at the counter ask you if you want to look first, do it. My husband has awesome skills with our trailer but if you don't this could get a little hairy. We would go there again and make this our new summer spot! We also went on the holiday weekend and had no problems with electricity or shortages. - juanitae
May 2014 - $30.00
Thirty dollars a night, no sewer hookup, no dump station, no WiFi. When I asked in the fairgrounds office if I could put a letter with their outgoing mail, I was told I could not, but I could take it down the street to the grocery that had a "blue box". Certainly my spot was nice enough. They put me by the wine gazebo next to the museum. It was clean and it was level, but for thirty dollars a night, I would expect more. - nanzhere
Oct 2012 - $30.00
Note: phone number above good for Mon-Fri 9-4. Per earlier review, it is dispersed camping in the county fairgrounds. There are many nice spots where you can be placed. Lots of grass and open fields. We had a sweet spot near the maintenance building --sounds crummy but it was great. They had an event so we couldn't stay in this other spot nestled in a grape arbor. Maintenance guy met us at gate and was extremely helpful and accommodating. Water and electric hook ups, but no dump. Have flush toilets on site. They are trying to get a dump station in, but they are "fighting city hall". We had the whole, entire fairgrounds to ourselves. Sweet! He even gave us the key to the showers, so we had showers only we could use. Gets an 8 because the road noise is VERY noticeable. Pretty easy place to stay and easy to get to Tahoe for the day. We would return. - theresal58
Oct 2007 - $25.00
This is not an actual campground -- it is the county fairgrounds, but they welcome RVs. RVs park in various places around the site, but not in a specific RV area (which means they're dispersed). 50-amp service costs $25, but I understand you can dry camp for $20. You can get water to fill your tank, but not necessarily next to the electrical, and there is no sewer or dump station. No shower. Rest rooms may be left unlocked for you. We liked it because we had about an acre of space with a dozen picnic tables on a huge grassy area to ourselves, and it was completely quiet at night. There is 24-hour security and the fairgrounds are gated, so we felt safe at night and in leaving our RV during the day to go sight-seeing. There is no office -- register at the maintenance shed or flag down a worker. Staff was friendly. A grocery store is across the street. The big minus is that RVs can't stay here during major events; otherwise you can stay 14 days. - John Mosley
Jun 2017 - $53.00
Dog feces all over the two sites. Our site was so unlevel I did not have enough blocks to level Large barking dogs, sand burrs abound Will not return Picnic table was unusable. - Landseal
Aug 2016 - $59.00
Maneuvering was not good for big rig. Bushes hit side of rig on narrow road. Had to back out of our site because of large oak branches blocking forward right turn. Utilities a mess surrounded by needless railroad ties that were just in the way. The Park became very busy on the week end. Wi fi non existent. The mother lode environment was nice, but it quickly becomes just dusty with burrs. We will not return. - feral cat
Aug 2016 - $65.00
Lots of dirt and leaves. Had to bathe my dog twice in the three day here. No policing of dog poop. It was everywhere and some of it looked more like horse poop. After one night we could not get WiFi. Pool was full of kids and looked like the stuff kids leave behind. - Bill-1148
Jun 2017 - $59.00
We stayed here for 2 nights. The location was perfect for us. From here we were able to sight see in Nevada City, Grass Valley, and historic downtown Auburn which has a number of very interesting and fun museums. We were also very near a nice grocery store, Target and restaurants. The park was very clean and quiet. The site we had was a bit tight but we were able to manage. There are a number of what appeared to be permanent/long term campers. - scaddle
May 2017 - $45.00
This little park is a jewel. It's always clean and well kept. The staff is very helpful and well trained. They truly enjoy working here. The owners are ready to maintain and update when necessary. My wife had to have emergency surgery and the management helped us to change our reservations. Had they not done this, I don't know where we have gone. The location is amazing. An hour from Tahoe, a half hour to Sacramento, two hours to San Francisco and more. It's just outstanding to stay here and be able to take off to so many places. Nice pool, spa, showers and restrooms and cute club house. I have read some bad reviews and that confuses me. I would highly recommend Gold Country in Auburn, California to anyone. There is also some great tent camping areas away from the rigs. A really enjoyable place to stay. m - roger maurice smith
Oct 2016 - $47.00
I read the other reviews with some trepidation before finally deciding to come.
This is a perfectly paved, well-groomed park. I did not come into any conflict with the rule enforcer, if there is someone by that description.
The only small disadvantage is the distant local traffic noise on one side and the busy small airport on the other. - LarryJohnston
Feb 2017 - $44.00
We stayed here one night because it was only 4 miles from a truck service center we needed to be at the following morning. We would not stay here again. Train horns felt like they were on top of us. We couldn't get the men's restroom unlocked. The women's restroom had water backed up in the sinks. This is a permanent park, but we didn't have any issues with that. People we encountered in the office and elsewhere were friendly. Our site was a pull-thru at an end. It worked for us for one night. - Neil and JoAnn
Feb 2016 - $42.00
I know this place is suppose to be improving but it's a mess. Too many permanent RV's that haven't moved in years with trash scattered all over. The rules state 2 vehicles per site, the one across from me had 4. Way too many trees and all need trimming. I paid for a pull-through site but I had to back out because of the cars and trees in the way. The place is usable and that's about all I can say for it. - Dennis_K
Oct 2015 - $46.00
This is an old RV park with lots of what appears semi permanent residents, but no problems, tight spaces, but overall very pleased. First, not many RV Park choices this area, so we took a chance. It is very quiet despite being packed. No unrowdy behavior. Sure you can hear the occasional train, but so what? The laundry and sites are kept clean. Gravel site, tight but level. Good 50 Amp, water, etc. Convenient to the freeway I 80. They have made a lot of progress from way back. Filled most days we are here. Give them a try sometime, it's not a luxury place but they are doing their best. Good Sam discount only on separate days, they have a weekly discount rate. - Pat and Jerry
May 2017 - $56.00
GPS might not be accurate. Beals Point is on the east side of Auburn-Folsom Rd between Eureka Road and Greenback Ln. Google to Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Beals Point, Granite Bay, CA 95746. This point is actually the parking lot by the lake. The RV sites are immediately to the left after passing the entrance kiosk. It is EASY to miss the entrance from Auburn-Folsom RD because of the lack of signage before the stop light at the entrance. There are the standard wooden picnic table which was in fair condition and a fire pit with grill. Camp hosts were nice and delivered firewood to our site. You can take a nice hike to the lake shore or drive/bike the half mile. The distance between the parking area and water is dictated by how full the lake is. At this time they were balancing the potential inflow from the massive snow pack so the shore line was a little low. Life vests were available to use if you had kids near the water. Shower design left much to be desired, water sprayed and pooled in the dressing area. Restrooms were clean, but no mirrors anywhere. No soap in the restroom. You should know that in the California valley the grasses dry up early so there is no green ground cover without active watering, which is NOT done in the camping areas so by the end of the season the sites can be dusty. In general the roads are fine, but entering the park, the trees on the right should be trimmed up a bit. See tips for activities. After all of that running around set up your chairs and just relax. There are no trains in the area, but we did hear coyotes. - Nana_Grandpa
Apr 2017 - $50.00
Very nice CA state campground. Very good distance between sites. Full hookups or dry camping. We did full hookups. Our site #62 was 100% level so did not need to do anything. Fire pit, picnic table in each site. Well maintained power. Better sewer connection than many parks. Could actually put line in and not need a rock to keep it in place. - Bobcat1
Dec 2014 - $46.00
Very nice, clean park. CG Hosts very pleasant along with the Ranger. American River bike trail runs through the park so easy access if you are biking. Fantastic VZ cell signal...should be since the transmitter is right in the park! - IslandGuy
May 2017 - $1.00
This park is beautiful . . . it is a great place to make it what you want. . . be as rustic (tenting) or glamping . . .great people, good food at a great price . . don't miss the breakfasts . . . the pool area is perfect. They have a honey wagon that services all your dumping needs . . . the people working here are great and generous with there time and expertise. Good opportunity for mountain RVing. Just like any place else, there is room for improvement but it's a camping opportunity NOT a luxury hotel. This is a great place for retirees. Families are mostly here on weekends. BTW this is a membership opportunity . . not a timeshare. Kinda like your gym membership. Unlimited stays, no daily fee. Definitely worth the money especially for Local within 200 miles, easy to get to but not within the city. - Single not retired but camping
Jun 2016 - $1.00
We stayed on one of those time share free stay for listening to a sales pitch deals. Colorado River Adventures is the Main Name. We were lied to at every turn! The $300 gas card we were promised was some gas refund scam. To qualify you have to by $75 of Shell gas per month BUT you can't buy it the 4th month AND submit your refund request in time! The other items were trash. Surprisingly, you think that they would place the people that they were trying to sell memberships to in some of the best spots. Our spot was so unlevel and difficult to get into that we knew right away we would never buy. The sites are also right on top of each other. We couldn't even put our awning out. We were told on the phone, when setting up our visit, that we could stay the whole week. When we arrived were were told, 3 days! No, there was no way to extend / use our 'free days' or anything else. All that being said, the social events at the campsite were wonderful! They have plenty of acreage. If they doubled the size of the current camp sites, it would be worth considering! But until then, stay away! - Heaven321
May 2016 - $1.00
Problem with folks on phone telling me one thing, staff at resort not fulfilling the commitment of phone staff. VERY difficult to get in and out with a big rig. Advertising is deceptive as there is no horseback riding on the property. There is adjacent but no one gave me that information. Security is RUDE! - RottsNScotts
May 2016 - $30.00
I was desperate for overnight parking as 4 other parks I called from Loomis to Sacramento were booked up. Placer County Fair Grounds made space for me as they were pretty booked as well. Most campsites were occupied by long term folks that were packed in like sardines. The camp host gave me a spot off to myself with electricity only which was a relief after seeing the sardine sites. I stayed by myself while my husband was on a trip and didn't feel comfortable there by myself. Ended up moving to our family's driveway the next day. Depending on what is going on at the fairgrounds could impact your visit. Some sort of races going on when I got there on a Saturday afternoon so it was loud...but was over by 7pm. Appreciated the camp hosts giving me a nice site but I just felt unsettled while there. - JeffDeb
May 2014 - $30.00
First Fairgrounds experience and it is a good one. Made last-minute search for a place near Sacramento over Memorial Weekend. Got a number to call the host. He hooked us up with full 50amp hookups in the shade with lots of room to ourselves. Probably 20 campers over several acres. It was quiet except for several events Sat night. We walked to the car races, which were fun to watch. It quieted down after 11, which was fine. We could have gone to sleep earlier if that was our desire, not too loud. We will definitely stay here next time we're in the area. - Seb
Jan 2012 - $30.00
Other recent reviews generally reflect our opinion/experience. The best I can say is that it was quiet and affordable. The campground host, was a big help getting us into a spot during a heavy rainstorm. We camped in one of the few spots by the "Beer Garden". There are lots of other sites in a nearby open field, but not recommended should there be rain in the forecast. - rncordy