20 Parks near North Fork, California
Sep 2010 - $18.00
Out of the dozens and dozens of places we've camped, this one stands out as the best and the worst. Let's start with the best: 1. Totally off the beaten path. 2. Easy to find a spot. 3. Glorious natural beauty. Swimming in the icy cold, clear water of the pools is a delicious treat on a hot day. Great views. Lovely lake to paddle and fish in. 4. Many huge sites; great for groups (of which I was a part). 5. Affordable--$18 beats th3 $35-50 of CA state parks. Now, the worst/weird parts. 1. Never met the camp host. Never got checked in. We did see the young man making rounds once, but he never met with any of our group (we had 4 sites). 2. Pit toilets were a disgrace, according to the tent campers we were with. No supplies, nothing cleaned. 3. Bears were about every night, but there was not one warning sign nor any bear lockers for food. Be forewarned. Dumpsters were raided, coolers tipped over, bear scat everywhere. 4. Dogs ran loose and lots and lots of noise on this holiday weekend because of the huge group sites and lack of active "hosting." We did see one sheriff car drive through once in 3 days. 5. Only a few of the sites are RV appropriate. Most are terribly narrow and very short. We have a 24-foot Class C, so we fit in lengthwise. We could get the slide out, but not the awning. And with 3 blocks under the front tires, we were still 3.5 degrees off level in one of the best sites. But, all in all, if you're self-contained and can get one of the good sites and if you don't mind hiking steep trails down to the water, this place was a real backwoods adventure. - JCLC
Sep 2009 - $20.00
We stayed on site #39 which was fairly flat but there's only room for 2 tents, the others are located in uneven ground. The bathrooms were about 70' from our tents and one was flooded and filthy, the other was OK. Since lots of people were using those toilets (flush) sometimes there was a wait. It was an easy walk to the lake which is very beautiful but rather small. We went on Labor Day weekend and there were lots of boats all over with noisy sea-dos. Also lots of people on the trails. There's a quiet time from 10PM but it was not enforced and people partied until the wee hours of the morning. No one told them to be quiet after 10PM. The parking attendant was checking the sites every day without failing. There were limited parking spaces per site and each car must be registered. Overall it was good, but I personally like quiet campgrounds. - renaelindsay
Sep 2006 - $19.00
Beautiful heavily wooded location. Some sites have a view of Bass Lake. Adjacent to Millers Landing which offers showers, store, marina, and grill. They have sites which can accommodate a 40 footer, but it will be a tight squeeze both on the road and in the site. The friendly camp host sells firewood and each site has a fire ring. No hookups, and bring a water-thief to fill your tanks. - morganhillers
Mar 2015 - $23.00
This is a National Forest Service government campground. We camped off-season in March, and all nearby NFS campgrounds were closed, except for a small part of Lupine (a large campground). The reservation link incorrectly listed it as closed.
We had a level site in an area with large trees - very attractive. Most other sites in the loop were deep and reasonably level. Our truck-trailer total length is 39 feet and we fit with some room to spare. We have an 18' travel trailer, and larger RVs may have difficulty finding a space to park their truck or towed vehicle. Logs and very low fences prevent off-road parking. Rest rooms were clean with flush toilets. The camp hosts were friendly and helpful.
Bass Lake (March, 2015) was very low, with maybe a hundred feet of dry land between docks of lakeside homes and water. The host said water may be added to the lake later, but was not sure because of the drought.
First timers: Be careful to go to the South side of the lake. The North side (Road 274) has only one RV campground (per RVParkReviews), and there are few places for RVs with a large turning radius to turn around. Go to the Visitor Info kiosk in Oakhurst and get a Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide for a local map. One approach is to drive East on Road 426 from Oakhurst, veering left at the 426/223 intersection, and then veering right at the 426/222 intersection. Road 222 and adjacent roads were not displayed on our late model top-of-the-line Garmin GPS.
We spent one night at this campground, and would stay again. There were no hookups, but there was a nearby water faucet. I don't remember if we had a picnic table or fire ring as we arrived late and left early, but assume both are available. Cost was about $23. I forgot the exact amount. A tax was added, so the cost is not an even dollar. Bring change with you. - Jim22
Jun 2010 - $12.00
I was a member here for a couple years. Read all the reviews. Agree with most. Our take is Bass Lake offers a lot of activities. A lot to do: trails, fishing, take the boat out, Pines Village. If you have a car go to Oakhurst and Coarsgold, and Yosemite. The campground can be noisy and what the other member said, the staff can be really rude. They really try to sell you a membership if you are not a current member. Wish they would spend the due money on improvements. It is true sites can be hard to back into. Lots of trees and a small hike, but it's scenic. The manager can be rude and direct at times. You have to come right back at him. It is a nice campground and we would go back. Gets real crowded during the holidays, but what campground doesn't. Have to book way in advance. - tobieollie
May 2009 - $20.00
Excellent campground - spacious sites, many with a good view of the lake. - IanS
Aug 2015 - $16.00
Campground, is in the Sierra National Forest, on Bass Lake, We only stayed here because we couldn't get a site IN Yosemite
While we made a reservation on Recreation.gov, we checked in to find that the site we had reserved on line, was already occupied and we possibly would not fit into anyways. We were told to go in & find a site, then come back to register, this actually turned out much better for us. Sites are fully wooded with paved parking pads, there are no hookups, but there is a dump station & water fill.
Our site was sort of level, and narrow, strangely laid out as there was a drop off on one side and the road on the other side, the picnic table and fire ring were near the front of the site. Site was well separated from each other.
Bathrooms with flush toilets were clean, but there are no showers.
The campground is laid out on a side hill withing walking distance from the Lake.
Due to the driving distance to Yosemite, I doubt we would stay here again. - bukhrn
Aug 2012 - $39.00
Nice state campground off Bass Lake. Walking distance to lake from sites and nearby Forks store and restaurant. Clean site and flush toilets. No showers. Only downside is there are limited water faucets accessible and no hookups. Stayed in sites 20 and 21 and were great for 2 families and secluded. Would stay here again. Cell phone reception was pretty decent. - JLBL
Jul 2016 - $60.00
I don't understand many of the good reviews for this park. I am usually reluctant to issue a bad review but this RV park is just not very good. It's only redeeming factor is its close proximity to the south entrance of Yosemite. The roads leading down to the park are extremely narrow. The speed bumps are the worst I've seen: ridiculously huge and not painted well so you hit them before you knew what was coming. While there are trees all around, the RV sites are all dusty gravel and unbelievably close together. Sewer connections are horrible. Your site is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Works for me since I usually arrive early, but a ridiculously lazy policy. Most of the sites are so narrow that many people's slideouts, awnings, and other gear are encroaching on neighboring sites. This is not a pretty park and I detect very little attention to detail here. I won't stay here again. - Paul Goodspeed
Jun 2016 - $22.00
Rate reflects $10 in Coast to Coast points plus $2 for 50 Amp and $10 "Resort Fee" per day. Even though we didn't use any of the "Resort Facilities" since we were at Yosemite all day, every day. Our site was a level, gravel back-in FHU in a well shaded part of the park (You select your own site.) The manage is very focused on serving the Member/Campers and seems to treat travelers an a necessary evil. Look out for the speed bumps on the interior roads. They are not marked. If we are in this area again, we will probably stay somewhere closer to Fresno. - Alworth
Jun 2016 - $10.00
Spaces are very close together. Our awning almost touch the campers next to us. We were in location 33. It was difficult for my automatic levelers to level my unit. I suggest the back-in sites along the wall where the pool is located. They appear more level and provide more shade. Laundry was reasonably priced at $2 and $1.50 dry. Washers do not have a fabric softener dispenser. All the guests were very friendly and we made a number of friends. On Saturday and Sunday the snack bar is open for breakfast and they let you know by ringing a big dinner bell at 8am. - newbies2016
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Nice, quiet park. Sits down in a hole and noise of traffic is nil. Has a nice swimming hole and creek was running. Spaces nice: all backend so could be tight. - DRBurns
Jun 2016 - $45.00
Level site for us. Others not so much. Crowded park. Sharp turns uphill. Saw RVs dragging. You were on your own to check in at lunch time. Park was not very attractive. Closer than most to Yosemite NP. - Breeze On
Mar 2016 - $39.00
We stayed for 5 nights, Friday, Saturday rates are $2 higher for the premium sites. The park is located in the city, convenient for shopping/restaurants. The office staff were very friendly and helpful. The sites as indicated by other reviews are close, as are the firepit/picnic table to the adjacent site. The Fresno River flows behind the park, waterfall at the other end. The sites are a combination gravel and grass. - retiredatc
Aug 2016 - $51.00
The grounds and amenities are pretty good. The pool is great, the clubhouse is in remodel and supposed to be done Sept 9. Most of the sites are very tight with no picnic tables or hang out area. They are about to do some re-grading; hopefully they will put more space between sites. We had a hard time parking our tow vehicle nearby. Everyone we encountered was very friendly. They enforced quiet hours to the cabins nearby. - Colorado Trio
Sep 2015 - $40.00
To be fair it's California in September during the worst drought in decades. That said, this place could use some work. Sites are fairly good size but are not level. It's nothing but dust and dirt. Supposedly, there's WiFi but we couldn't get it to work the 2 days we were there. Even cell phone reception is sketchy. They are supposedly renovating, but all we saw were people cutting down dead trees. Expensive rate for what you get. - Eskie Mom
Sep 2015 - $45.00
Very close to Yosemite southern entrance. Excellent layout of campground No gravel on our site and it was very dusty, would be a mess if it rained. Site was not very level need to invest in some gravel since they claim they are making improvements. Bathroom was dirty and needed a cleaning. Shower was good. Good cable and WiFi. - Biggyrat
Apr 2016 - $15.00
The other reviews pretty much summed this place up. I just want to add that there is a good strong free wifi signal (I'm using to write this review) available from the Elks Club. The water tastes pretty bad, if you don't have a good filter system, bring bottled water. We called ahead of time to see if space was available and received a return call a short time later. Host said," he never saw the place completely full." Passport America price for non-members is $15.00 a night.. - john5079
Jul 2015 - $30.00
General info: This is a no-frills location to camp. It really is no more than a dirt/gravel lot with electricity and water hook-ups (no sewer or dump available on site). No on-site staff, so the payment is do it yourself style by placing a check for the correct amount into an envelope provide where you write your personal info, as well as your vehicle(s) and dates of stay. You then drop the envelope down a mail slot.
The Good: There are large trees nearby that provide some shade. It is very close to the entrance to Yosemite, off of hwy 41. It feels secluded and lonely, but it's well lit. Sites have available wood picnic tables. Checkout time is a generous 6pm!
The Bad: Completely dirt/gravel, so expect some dust in summer or mud during rain/snow season. Poor weed removal maintenance. Upper level has low hanging oak branches, which would probably damage taller rigs. Lower level is fine and easy to maneuver. 30 amp only. Low water pressure. No amenities (cable TV, pool, etc.
If we were going back to Yosemite, we would probably camp here again. It's worth the money for no frills when compared to other parks on our trip. - ADMD
Mar 2015 - $20.00
Other reviewers gave good descriptions, so I will cover other points:
Getting there: From Oakhurst, drive North on hwy 41 to the intersection of hwy 222. Turns left, then immediately turn right and drive up hill on a narrow paved road to a signed junction for the lower campground
There are about 20 sites in this area, a few suitable for large rigs. A steel stairway is provided to get to the lodge. We stayed in this area. We were there in late March, and it was nearly empty, except for a motor home at the far end that appeared to be stored. Two other one night campers were there during our three night stay.
To reach the upper campground, continue to the lodge parking lot and turn right at the far end and continue up hill. Camping is in a circular area, with about 6 sites. One is on a slab with a large motor home, which I assume is used by the camp host during the busy season. One site was empty, (a deep site suitable for a big rig, not super level), and the remainder filled. There is an exit road at the far end, so a U-turn is not needed to leave. This campground has shade and is a little nicer in appearance.
This lodge is unusual, in that non-members are welcome. We used the self-registration at the lodge. We were not there when meals were available, but Elks lodges typically have good cafeteria-type meals, and a bar that serves drinks that are not watered down with both meals and drinks available at reasonable prices. We are Elks, and a prime reason for joining is the RV site availability at many lodges, particularly in the Western states. We have a small travel trailer, and will definitely stay again. Non-Elks fee is $25. - Jim22
Jul 2016 - $12.00
We had a beautiful, level, tree lined site that was more than long enough for our 40' fifth wheel and 20' long truck. Volunteers escorted us to our site and assisted with back in. All utilities were well positioned. We were asked not to use our washer because of septic tank limitations. That was easy because the laundry room was very clean with a dozen washers and dozen dryers all in good condition. A load cost a total of $2.00 for washing and drying. The campground is gated, and we felt very safe. Cable worked well. AT&T had strong signal. Most of the RVers were permanent or seasonal residents. We stayed for 10 days and enjoyed the lovely park and friendly campers. Residents are mostly 70+ in age, and there is no pool. It is quiet and restful. - OH2SD
Sep 2015 - $12.00
Escapee rate with a special discount for first time guests and includes electric. There is no sign on Highway 41 directing you to the park and the access road, Road 416 from Highway 41 is a steep downhill turn off of the Highway. Our Site was FHU. 50 amp, back-in, gravel and level with a concrete patio. The site was located on a hill in a Manzanita grove. Roads are narrow with some low tree branches that rubbed the roof and side of our motorhome. The site was challenging to back into because of the narrow roads, but once we were settled it was well worth the effort. This is one of the better SKP Co-op parks. Good satellite reception. Good park WiFi reception. Good Verizon cell and MiFi reception. Very clean laundry facilities. - Dave51
Apr 2015 - $21.00
Very unusual park with staggered sites inserted into shady nooks with nice, woodsy views. Electric is included in the fee and Wifi is good as well as Verizon coverage. Cable TV included, also. Yes, the roads are very twisty and some fairly steep but it's worth the navigation. The office staff are volunteers and some seem a bit confused at times but all are extremely nice as are the residents. Many bird species abound and there are lovely walking trails within the huge park. I stayed a little over two weeks and would return. One caveat: Watch out for kamikaze golf carts. - mockturtle
Sep 2015 - $53.00
Have camped at Shaver Lake a few times this summer. It is close to home and an easy drive to get there. The people who work there are friendly and helpful when needed. The lake is great for water activities such as boating, water skiing etc. Place has never been known for good fishing. The campsites themselves could use a little sprucing up and updated. Maybe because they are usually full and few vacancies they do not feel the need to. My site was very nice a spacious. It would be nice if it was clean when I got there instead of doing it ourselves. The picnic table was nice but the fire "ring" was full of ashes. (The ring consist of a few bigger rocks in a circle. We enjoyed having full hook ups. Leveling our trailer was tough since it is a dirt site. That is the one thing I got from my fellow campers. They all wish the sites were paved or at least level. Bathrooms were clean and accessible. Overall a nice getaway. I will stay there again sometime in the future. Just wish So. Cal Edison would spend a few bucks on the place. - Tom_OC
Jun 2015 - $53.00
We haven't camped here in over 25 years and I don't remember it being so crowded. We had site 160 and it's a good thing we had nice neighbors because we were right on top of the people behind us and beside us. There was absolutely no privacy. We later moved to site 148 which was better because there wasn't anyone behind us, but the picnic table and fire ring were up above the pad for the trailer and it was awkward to get to. One last unfortunate thing is they don't enforce the quiet time as many people were playing loud music late into the night.
I think the whole campground just needs some TLC. The trash cans always seemed to be overflowing and it just felt a little ratty. One thing that really annoyed me was on the day we were leaving the staff decided to clean the rest room at 9:30AM and he closed it. Many people wanted to use it before check out at 11:00AM. There was a couple of little girls who we very uncomfortable and he wouldn't let them in. When we left at 11:00AM, the restrooms were still closed. Why would you close the restrooms when everyone was getting ready to leave and wanted to use them before getting on the road? Also, does it really take an hour and a half to clean 4 stalls?
The lake is beautiful and there were some nice biking and hiking trails. There is a nice marina with a good ramp. We also enjoyed the museum. We met some very nice people (Our campsites were so close, I felt like we were all camping together), but I think next time I'm in the area I'll try camping someplace else. - Suru
Sep 2013 - $35.00
Stayed mid-week late September - very quiet - lake level low able to walk around the lake on the shore - fishing not great - lots of trails saw many deer - ctravelgal04