16 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
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 2014 - $46.00
We had a river site. The site was a back in, flat, level, dirt site with water and electric. There are no sites with sewer on the river. Getting across the one way bridge, with a 13'6" height limit from Highway 49 was the toughest part of the drive. Verizon is the only cell carrier that seemed to work in the park. Parts of the park were closed for periods of time due to school programs and a wedding. There was a dump station available when leaving. WiFi was free, and slow, but it worked. - travelcouple
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
Oct 2012 - $45.00
Clean resort on The American River. We camped here just after the end of rafting season so it was almost empty and quiet. Might be different during rafting season as two rafting companies have their base inside the park. Site was fairly level once we backed in. That was a chore. since the site was terraced on a steep road that we had to back up on. Very nice view of river. Store had almost no supplies. Good location near gold discovery park. - castleshade
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
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
Jul 2016 - $50.00
For a KOA, I was disappointed. The sites were not manicured at all. In some cases, weeds were a foot tall. The unkempt blacktop streets had Bermuda grass growing in on the edges. This park would be ok in a pinch, but only for a limited stay.
When my reservation was made, I spoke with one gentleman. When we checked in, things were handled by another gentleman who was somewhat friendly. The man I spoke with for the reservation was there also, but when I spoke to him, there was no acknowledgment at all. - STYMIE2
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
Sep 2016 - $40.00
We camped here in tent for 3 days during the Labor Day weekend. The park is very well managed with clean restrooms and showers. This site has a swimming pool and kids really enjoyed it. There's a pond within the campground. Kids did fished and left the fishes in pond. Overall good experience and hassle free. - Abhi
Jul 2016 - $45.00
This park advertises that it has gone green with solar. Its true they have a massive solar array. The management does a great job of keeping this park clean and neat. The pool and hot tub are awesome! - juustright
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
Feb 2012 - $55.00
Nice Park. Located in-town, good place to stay for visiting local area. Also, traffic is a bit noisy due to locations. Biking is popular but fishing is very challenging despite regular stocking. Finally, campground still gets full in spite of the high fee. - RetUSAF
Dec 2011 - $46.00
Nice long term RV park. We stayed here so we can visit our kids during the holidays. Pricey but okay. It was clean and the camp hosts were okay. Park Ranger was very nice. Very quiet. Please note that they charge you $10 a day for any visitors who stay longer than 15 minutes. Wish they had told us that when you register or I would have gone somewhere else. - Bruceaz
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 - $0.00
This is a Colorado River Resort park, of which we are members, so we stayed for free. Very pleasantly surprised at how nice this campground was! Very well maintained, gorgeous enclosed pool and lawn area with a children's playground inside. They had a sand volleyball court and a basketball court with really decent backboards and hoops. The sites were deceptively level and had a variety of configurations to choose from. Of course, that might be the case pre-season (we were in early May). Looked like they were continuing with upgrades. Interior roads were narrow, partial paved, partial gravel, but no pot holes. Club house and activity area is the "ghost town" with the fronts of the buildings appearing to be original. The "saloon" is the club house and we just have to say this was amazing. They had a dance floor, a bar/table area for eating and a separate lounge area with a fireplace, TV, and wonderful leather furniture. Campground host and other camp staff were friendly and helpful. Only downsides we saw: There is no sewer hookup at any of the sites. The honey wagon comes around 3 times per week. CRA members get this for free, others pay $15 per service. And the last mile of road leading up to the campground is FULL of giant potholes--take your time. It is a shame the membership sales has so many negative reviews...the campground is actually one of the best we've stayed at so far. We WILL come back! - JS Dobson
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
Jun 2009 - $25.00
We had so much fun at Orchard Springs. The camp hosts were very friendly and helpful, and there are so many activities. We can't wait to go back this summer. - heidi m
May 2008 - $39.00
Park is nice and have stayed there several times. The last time was the worst. Unfortunately, the park staff do not make any attempt enforce quiet hours. The people at a nearby site were loud and vulgar. We cut our stay short and left after only one night (we were scheduled to stay three nights). I do not recommend this site for people with families or if you want quiet at night, since the rules are not enforced. Also if you have an RV greater than 35 feet, it will be very difficult to maneuver into many spaces. - Hal DeVera