2 Parks near Oakhurst, California
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
May 2012 - $15.00
They have restrooms but no showers. Lodge is only open a few times a week. - Steve A
Sep 2015 - $43.00
We stayed for 3 nights. Seemed to be a little pricey for what you get, but then you are in a popular tourist area. Tight spots to get backed into with a 34' trailer, better be a good backer. Driveways are gravel, site pads are mostly dirt, but level. Each power pedestal serves both a right side/left side connection, not sure our unit slides/awning would have even had enough room had there been a unit in the adjacent site. We had power issues, receptacles got hot and breakers tripped when our load exceeded 20 amps on a 30 amp service, they need to do some maintenance on their power pedestals. Water, sewer, cable tv, and wifi all worked fine. Picnic tables and a fire ring/grill is at most sites. Friendly staff, good adequate laundry facilities. The short term rv sites are located along a river, although there was no water running during our visit. Other long term rv sites and mobile homes are on a hill above this park, but we had no issues with them. Great location for access into Yosemite National Park. Evenings and nights were quiet during our stay, however just across the river is a public skate park and an industrial equipment yard. The equipment started up every morning we were there and made noise from 5:45am to 6:30am. One morning during our stay the trash truck ran around 4:30am and I think the driver was mad that he was the only one working during that time as he made sure the entire neighborhood was woke up. We would stay here again as long as it was during their off season like this trip was. - Arlen
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Very nice park for staying outside the south west gate of Yosemite. The park is not too special or fancy so don't go looking for frills. The spaces were clean and enough room to feel comfortable. The park staff are real friendly and keep the park clean. Easy check in and also easy to book online. Park is close to Highway 41 for easy access and close to food and shopping. - pismopedro
May 2015 - $39.00
This place is average at best, but it was the closest thing we could find to be at the south entrance of Yosemite, so beggars can't be choosers. The worst thing about the place is that two rigs share a utilities station, so one forwards in and the next backs in. Our front door was less than 20' from the neighbor's door, and when they parked their car in front of their door, we wouldn't have been able to put our awning out - it would have been over their car. Our two fire rings and picnic tables were five feet apart; not acceptable for a true camping experience. Oh, and this was all 3' from our door. A $20 deposit to use the bathroom/showers seemed a bit ridiculous - never seen that before in 50+ campground stays. No frills... vegetation wasn't nice to look at. Behind the really-low-water-because-of-the-bad-draught "river" is an industrial complex or two, so the view is bad. I hate to give a bad review that might hurt someone's business, but we really didn't care for this place and will pass it by the next time. - Jolly Out There