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Woodward Reservoir

Oakdale, California


14528 26 Mile Rd
Oakdale, California 95361
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 155
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.84286
Longitude: -120.87408

Elevation: 220' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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11 Reviews

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

I had heard bad things about this campground because of noisy crowds and crowded conditions during the summer, however, the $15 senior rate, even for non-residents, and the fact it had full hookups for that rate caused me to give it a try for one night on my way to Yosemite. For positives, the sites were adequately spread out, and I was able to find an open site for satellite TV. Verizon signal was excellent for both voice and data. Sites and roads were paved and the place was only about 10% occupied on a weeknight. I was told that even weekends in fall and winter are not crowded because there is no swimming or water contact activities allowed on the lake during fall, winter, or spring. I came in without a reservation and basically had my pick of sites. For negatives, the power went out in the middle of the night, but it was a campground-wide event, not just my site. By the time I left at 9:00 am, the power company was already digging up and repairing the break. The biggest negative is that this place needs some grounds maintenance. There is nothing but dirt between sites--any grass or ground cover having been worn away by heavy usage. Leaves need to be raked, and trash raked and picked up. There were a lot of small things like bottle caps, smashed cans, and bits of paper and other things hiding underneath the leaves that blew around. You could tell the place had had a rough summer. However, I will still probably come back here occasionally when I am looking for a quiet place to rest for a few days. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is the first time we stayed at Woodward since the "upgrades" to the RV sites. We camped on T-Island which is right on the lake. We have been camping here for 10+ years and this is the first time on the island as it didn't have full hookups before. Nice shady spots. We only camp during weekdays because of the chaos on the weekends.

Did not appreciate paying the service $8 for the privilige of making a reservation and did not appreciate the 4pm check in the hot part of the day. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
106 T-Island
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ask if your reserved spot is occupied the day you are due to arrive.

We were told if it was vacant we could check in before the 4pm time. Wish we would have know that before we stayed but will be sure to find out next time.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

RV here during the summer. We like to row. This year the reservoir is so low it's like the irrigation districts are draining it. This leaves the "beaches" slimmy and algae ridden :(. Nice park otherwise. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived without a reservation. The Campground directory said they didn't accept them. But, they are on reserveamerica.com. Despite the fact that there were dozens of empty sites we were told that we were lucky to get a 'walk in' site Guess all the other sites were held for possible reservations for one night ... probably not. The shower had three stalls. The handicap shower was not functioning. Another shower had a broken shower head. The remaining shower was the filthiest, dirtiest shower I have, in over 35 years of camping, ever been in. There was actually human excrement on the floor. Imagine! I reported these conditions to the park management. The polite young man said, "Yeah, we have a lot of persons at this park who make a mess of the rest rooms and showers." I'll say. The price is right, obviously. But, there are reasons for that. I spent 10 minutes picking up butts, bottle tops, and other stuff from the campsite, too. For a County-run facility this is am embarrassment. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
121
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here 2 weeks while waiting for reservations at Yosemite. This is a beautiful area with a large reservoir for water recreation and hundreds of campsites and day use sites. FHU sites $25, Primitive $20. $10 off either for seniors. Virtually all sites are right on the water. We arrived on a Monday and noticed some trash around sites, but the next day it was gone. The rest of the week until Friday was wonderful and quite with less than 10% of the primitive sites occupied and most of the approx. 200 full hook up sites occupied. We stayed in a primitive site with a beautiful view of the reservoir and easy access for our kayaks.

All the good things ended on Friday when the park was overrun with thousands of campers arriving and packing the park to the gills. The weekend was wild with noise, drinking, and boats/jet skis racing around the lake. Most don't pay any attention to the 10pm quiet time and everyone just dumps their trash on the ground. By Sunday night, the entire park is a trash dump with every conceivable kind of trash on the ground including a lot of food despite the fact that there are around 100-150 large square trash dumpsters spread throughout the park. Every campsite has a dumpster located within 50 yards of the site.

We travel the US fulltime and, after a weekend, this is the trashiest campground we've encountered. It's a shame such a beautiful area like this gets trashed by the locals that come out to party and drink their weekend away. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
area J- primitive
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Shopping 6-10 miles away in Oakdale, CA. If you want a peaceful camping experience, come only between Monday and Thursday.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This regional park has prison-like stainless-steel fixtures in the restrooms and dirty shower walls, but very good water pressure in the showers. There is a nice lake adjacent. Sites are level. The $15 rate reflects a senior discount. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Easy access, right on the lake, pet friendly, 4G MiFi. We are rating it a 5 because of its Jekyll & Hyde personality. During the week it is quiet and serene but come the weekend all hell breaks loose with hordes of people flowing in. Lots of drinking' and merriment, beer cans and party detritus everywhere. If you're into music this is the place for you with a different genre blasting from each campsite. Watch out for the RC car flying by you on your walk! Staff is friendly. When you check in peek inside the booth. You'll see lots of high tech video and communications equipment right alongside the largest collection of rubber stamps you've ever seen. They have a stamp for everything! We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Woodward Reservoir is full at this writing; so was the RV campground. Leash law was not enforced and as a result, plenty of land mines to navigate around, and flies. Mid afternoon the power was down to 110 volts (brownout). The park attendants were out in force checking camp credentials. But not leash laws. All in all this is a tremendous value for the senior, $15 a day (summer season). Sites were well spaced, but the hook-ups were at the very back, and at best a stretch (for the hose) to make things work. If you are into RC aircraft, there is a flying field just to the north around the dam, with friendly folks ready to answer questions about the hobby. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. Sites are not level but the electrical has been upgraded. Grass sites with picnic tables. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We like Woodward Reservoir Campground. It is only 35 minutes from the house but seems a world away. The full hook-up campgrounds are great with some lakeside and some pull-throughs. The best rate around for seniors. We always go on weekdays to avoid the weekend crowds. Lots of roads to ride bicycles or walk. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Woodward Reservoir has a lots of RV parking. They have full hookups for $23 or partial hookup for a smaller fee (I think it was around $3 less). The park has quite a few full-timers. We stayed there for about 2 weeks; it was nice and quiet except for one Saturday night. The locals camp out here. Pets are an additional $2 per day. No one (pets or people) is allowed in the water during the winter times. The park is a few miles out of Oakdale and about a 15-minute drive to Modesto. We didn't use the facilities as we had our own. The staff is very nice and helpful. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Travel Trailer.

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