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Lotus, California

Ponderosa RV Resort

Lotus, California



Lotus, California
Phone: (530) 642-5830

Sites: 132
Recent Rate: $10 5/2016

Latitude: 38.8102858509116
Longitude: -120.906794071198

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • 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 yes
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 yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • 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 yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • 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 ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • 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 ?
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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29 Reviews

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Cheryl39

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $10.00
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This is a great little park right on the River. The sites in the D section had plenty of room to back up. Our only concern is that the town of Lotus is in a very steep valley. There is no way to get into or out of it except by winding, twisty, up and down roads -some with very little turning radius. There are big rigs in here, but we wonder how they got in and how they will get out! Friendly staff, mostly gravel roads. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Tiny grocery stores nearby with no fresh produce. Do a big shopping run before you get here. Also the only laundry is in Placerville.

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mtnflyer

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

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $5.00
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The roads are somewhat improved compared to prior reviews. The main road is good, some roads are gravel, and some are still in need of repair. Roads are somewhat pot-holed and narrow, but we had no issues navigating to our spot.

We like the riverview sites, even though they don't have sewer hook-ups. The sites are along the American river and popular for rafting. A honey wagon is available for $25.

At check in you will need to show registration and proof of insurance. This is a popular spot and the river sites were nearly full in March.

River view spots are close, but we were able to fully extend slides and awning with a little breathing room. It was helpful that park staff allowed us to park our truck in a 'common' area close by. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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San Diego Traveler

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $40.00
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A Thousand Trails campground. We stayed as a guest. Somewhat remote site with a few small towns nearby. Used mostly in the summer for white-water rafting. Next to a small river, but too cold to use in November. We were here in late November and it got down to the 24 at night, so we had to disconnect our water hoses before going to bed at night. Staff was extremely nice upon arrival and willing to help with anything. They even filled our propane tanks on Thanksgiving day. Paved access roads were the worst I've ever seen. More pot holes that a Belgium waffle. It appears like there are two lanes to check-in, but they are so narrow that when a few campers are checking in, you have to wait for them to finish before you can drive your car back to your campsite. Same with driving out the exit. It's only wide enough for one vehicle to exit, but they have the dump station right in the middle of the exit gate, so when you try to drive out, you may have to wait for 2-3 campers leaving the campground and dumping their tanks. Extremely poor planning for the entry & exit of this campground. The very friendly staff is the only reason I rated this a 3. We would not stay here again without the paved roads being fixed and after they widen the entry/exit lanes. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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SilverBear

Review Count: 259
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $5.00
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TTN Park, rate shown for 50A. 15 full hook-up sites, all full when we arrived. Very difficult park to navigate. Very steep hill with a sharp turn to reach the sites near the South Fork of the American River. Our site, H22, was a back-in, W/E, facing the river. Restrooms & showers were closed when we arrived and we were told they would be re-opened in "a couple hours." Wi-Fi available at the lodge and some places in the CG if you are lucky. The men's restroom at the Lodge was plugged and flooded, then closed for the last three days. Where the roads were paved the surface is crumbling and very rough, the remainder are gravel. Oak trees are shedding their fruit and when the wind blows sounds like a huge hail storm. The staff was friendly and helpful when we checked in. There is no HDTV available here, some sites satellite but mostly the trees interfere. It rained the day we arrived and the sites along the river were pretty muddy. We checked in on Saturday and decided to cut our visit here short and pulled out Wednesday. The closed restroom/shower problem in H was not yet repaired when we left. The CG dump station is at the exit from the park. We probably would return if in the area in the future. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

The ONLY route to approach the CG is via US50, Shingle Springs and road to Lotus. Though somewhat winding it is much easier and less damaging than US49. Shopping and dining off US50 and Chevron honors Safeway Club Cards.

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Tony T

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $15.00
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This is one of my favorite Thousand Trails parks I have been to, I go regularly, there are approx 18 river front sites but they are hard to get and are a better fit for bigger coaches, there are also 50 amp and cost extra per day to stay in. This place is pretty crowded and if you get there on the weekend you may be stuck with what you get and it may no be what you want. Small store/Mexican restaurant out front, great frozen yogurt across the street. Many residents here but friendly and mostly clean. Very rustic setting, sites will need some leveling and you will be pretty much camping in an RV. Its hot here in the summer and a great place to raft or tube if you like the water, which is wonderfully cold!! We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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mdmnkcm

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $1.00
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Came in on Hwy. 49 from I80. Never do that again, will use Hwy. 50 to Shingle Springs road next time. Very rough and narrow roads with a lot of dust. Found a full hook up in section G. very close to neighbor on one side but had enough room on the other to park the car. Sat. TV no problem at our site but many of the other sites had to use portable dish. Very hot and dusty but cool at night. Clean restrooms and showers. Walked the campground with our cat and had no problems, everyone had pets on a leash. Very crowded on weekends. Staff very nice and friendly as we're our fellow campers. One even gave us several peaches. Did most of our shopping in Placerville but on the last day found a very good grocery store in Cool. Easier drive and excellent selection with competitive prices. Would stay here again, but would pick spring or fall. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Sutter's Mill State Park. Grocery shop in Cool.

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User3006

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $4.00
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I stayed here for 17 days, while my DW traveled back to IL. Campground employees were friendly, campers were nice and friendly. I selected a site in the front row, with a view of the river. This site cost an additional $4.

Overall good, however, the road inside the CG is in need of major repairs. The equity life partners are again neglecting the infrastructures inside the CG. A coat of paint may look nice, but that is all it does.

Yes I would stay here again, unless the road gets worst. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Where the 1845 Gold Rush Started.

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StormRunner

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $1.00
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I stayed at this park on a thousand trails membership, it was actually free.

It is a popular park. There were still several spaces when I arrived.

The first place I stopped had loud music coming from outside the park, that was very evident when I shut the engine off, even with the windows shut. So I selected another spot.

In talking to the very friendly ranger staff, they said the music is from a bar (not visible through the trees) that plays music into the night.

This park is on the river, and it has a gravel bank along much of the length of the park.

I didn't use the restrooms or any of the other facilities, however I did walk much of the park and it was clean and well maintained.

The spaces are adequate, though they are close together.

I would come back to this park. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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nazpaz

Review Count: 83
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $8.00
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Paid a $5 member rate plus $3 for 50 amps. This is a scenic campground right on the American River. The campground is about a mile downriver from Sutter’s Mill – the place where the initial California gold rush find took place. We were happy to find a vacant spot right on the river. These prime spots fill early so no one should come to Ponderosa expecting to have one of them. If you get one, though, you’ll have a great view. There are other nice campsites – some with limited views of the river, many just a short walk from it. However, this is a crowded campground. The sites are generally small and without grass. Some have nice shade but those along the river don’t and can be hot in the afternoon summer sun. Many of the favored spots have seasonal residents who may or may not even be there. The full hookup area isn’t on the river and the RVs are really packed in with hardly room to put an awning out. They are, though, close to the small pool and the activity center. The route into the campground might challenge some. No one recommends arriving via highway 49 from the north. A few hardy souls might be okay driving in on 49 from the south, but it has many twists and turns and fairly steep grades. The best route in is via the highway 50, Shingle Springs, Green Valley Rd., Lotus Rd. route. Even that approach includes a bit over a mile of 10% grade. Then, once you arrive at the park there are some tight turns on narrow roads on steep hills. In addition to watching the rafters we were entertained by paragliders who launched from the mountain just across the river from us and glided on the air currents for nearly an hour and also by fellow campers panning for gold in the cold water. One fellow showed me a small vial with several flecks of gold he had found that day. Others fished for trout and reported some limited success on that front. Satellite TV was reasonably easy to get and my Verizon 4G had a decent 3 bars of signal strength. We enjoyed our relaxing spot on the river and hope to return someday. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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AK Crume

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $41.00
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When I made the reservation at this park I was told we had a pull-through with w/e/sewer. When we arrived we were told to drive through the park and pick a sight (a few back-ins were available) and that all sites with sewers were taken. We have a 35' with a tow. The roads were so narrow, filled with huge holes, steep hills and sharp turns that we drove through and left this park. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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runamuka

Review Count: 92
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $17.00
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Rate reflects RPI $10/night. Sewer only in a few sites, honey wagon twice a week for $15 a hit. 50 amp $5 a day. WiFi worked sporadically. Interior gravel and asphalt roads with some ugly potholes and tight turns but passable. Very small gravel sites. Steep grades to get from the nearest towns to the campground. There is a small store, post office and some restaurants close by. Location on the American river is picturesque and good for tubing or rafting. Bathrooms clean and adequate. Very close to Sutter's Mill and an hour from Lake Tahoe. Typical "resort park". Very pretty, but not convenient to anything. Would not stay here again. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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acampingfan

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $5.00
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Stayed here for 12 nights during July. We had an end spot overlooking the River. Great views! Water and 50 amp power was good and the 15.00 dollar "Honey wagon" seemed reasonable. Verizon cell worked just OK without booster. We enjoyed our stay here. The swimming pool is small, but with the river available, it was no big deal. The lounge area could use a little work, but all in all, it worked and we will return. Road ways are a bit rough in area's and there is plenty to do in the immediate vicinity. Our rate is reflective of Thousand Trails member. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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missymiss

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $50.00
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Loved this campground and have recommended it to many. We stayed in the D section and had a short walk to the river beach area. The water was so beautiful and we enjoyed our time playing in the water. The spots had a lot of room in our section. It was clean and well patrolled. We are looking forward to staying again. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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fuzzie1

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013
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Nice park with friendly staff.We stayed in a 50 amp site on the river. You have to pay for 50 amps and it has gone up to $5.00 per night. They do have some sewer sites but they are tight. Their honey wagon pump-outs are now $25.00, so try not to use it. Activities like Bingo and Craft Sales. Has some steep uphill and downhill roads and some tight turns so be careful. YOU CAN DO IT! Verizon works good and better with a booster and is 4G. Not all showers were in operation but baths and showers were clean and nice. Park looks good and lease sites were well maintained. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Bay Area Early retirees

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $1.00
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This park is a typical Thousand Trails Park. It is showing its age but set in a beautiful location. Pros: - nice swimming pool - clubhouse with Wi-fi, which was needed to make VoIP phone calls since no ATT coverage. - riverfront spots right near a rapid to watch kayaks coming down - 50 amp available (now an extra $5 a night) cons: - no ATT coverage - narrow/rough roads (esp over the bridge to get to the riverfront sites - too many speed-bumps in a row on main road to campsites for a rig. Our stuff bounced all over even at 4 mph. Site map poorly marked. We arrived at night and were told to drive around and pick a spot, but not to park at a spot with a bag over the electric or with a meter. This is not fun to figure out in the dark. These spots should be crossed off on their map. Many spots being converted to seasonal and cabins. We noticed 3 or 4 cabins being put up while we were there. Soon there will not be many RV sites. We camped at Ponderosa RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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