12 Parks near Pioneer, California
Sep 2014 - $33.00
It's a paved road to get here, then the campground is all dirt. We took a regular site for $33, the XL sites were $50. Only 15 amp electric and water, they have a dump station and a honey-wagon for waste. Hard to find a level site unless you take and XL. You are very rural up here. Best to checkout the campground on foot to find a site that fits your requirements, as narrow and steep roads make driving around a bit difficult. There is a store, cafe, $ Wi-Fi, $ showers, $ laundry. Boat launch and marina. Elevation is around 6,000' so its cool temps. Quiet at night with plenty of stars. Lake is beautiful, but down about 30' as we are in a drought. Campground opens in late May and closes at the end of October. - zigzag
Aug 2012 - $33.00
First off, it is important to note, that we had a wonderful time at Bear river in our 40 foot motorhome! They have a great little store, that is open until 9:00 PM, where you can get a large number of provisions that you might need. They have a restaurant and Bar as well. The windows from the restaurant and the bar, look out onto the lake, presenting a view that can’t be beat. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They do have Wi-Fi here, though it costs $4.95 for 24 hours. Everyone staying here seems to be real respectful and tries to keep the noise down. There is a lot of fishing here and a place to put your boat in the water if you’d like too. That being said, it is important to keep some things in mind when staying here. This is a vast ‘campground’ that is very rural and above 6,000 feet with well over 100 sites. As such, all of the amenities, (Power and water) are provided by the resort, not by some general utility. Because of this, there is only 15 amps at each site. Plenty to run the TV, VCR, blender and Microwave, but not enough to run the Air conditioner or washer/drier. Also, you are in a forest area, so setting up a septic system here isn’t practical, but there is dump station for when you are ready to depart. This is a mountainous area, so some of the sites aren’t terribly level. If you are coming here with a 5th wheel or travel trailer, you should be able to level your rig in almost any site with a little effort. However, if you are coming here in a Class A motorhome, leveling, as it was for us, may be impossible depending on the site you are assigned. If you are in a class ‘A’, you may want to see if there are other open sites available and scout those out for the most level one, before parking your rig. In our case we would have needed to raise the back end of our 40 foot motorhome 2 feet or more to get it level. But, we made do. Because of the altitude, the ground freezes in the winter time. This is very hard on pavement and as such the sites aren’t paved. The sites are dirt. The dirt is very fine, so if dirt freaks you out, this is not the place to come. However, if you are looking for a place that is a little rustic, to get away from it all, with all of the amenities, clean bathrooms, clean showers, laundry facilities and the like, this is a great place. If you love to watch the squirrels and the kids or grand kids run and play, this is the place to come. If you like to hear birds chirping and check out the night stars, this is a great place to visit! - luvdoggiez
Jul 2011 - $50.00
There are no level sites. The sites are filthy and not maintained. Most sites and the roads have deep gullies in them. I later discovered this is from the untreated grey water that is allowed to be dumped freely (through other campsites) from those above. From 9am until well past dark, the roads in the park turn into a OHV motocross course for unattended minors. The noise is unbearable. Dump costs $25.00. I considered the camp unhealthy but was refused a refund. - MysticRaven
Jun 2015 - $15.00
Previous reviewer is right, this is not a place for big 5th wheels or Class A's, but our 22 ft Class A Winnebago had room to spare (why did the quit making these little jewels?). We were in site #30 looking out over the river. Price was discounted from $20 due to drought water restrictions. Nice hiking along the river and up to the lake. Though it is within the Eldorado National Forest, this campground is operated by the Eldorado Irrigation District so they do not honor Federal passes. - oldmac
Jun 2008 - $20.00
This campground is at 7,200 feet and is just west of Silver Lake campground. We drove through in our car to see if we could fit in any of the spaces and found the campground to have tight turns, low limbs and short spurs. NOT Class A friendly at all. Lots of walk in sites for tents, water faucets located around the 2 loops and it has vault toilets. No cell phone or Aircard signal. I doubt you could get a satellite signal since it is heavily treed. Nice campground, and if we could have stayed we would have. This CG is perfect for Class C, tent trailers, etc. Not for large 5er's or Class A's. - jannie5
Sep 2016 - $35.00
This is our third stay here. We like this campground quite a bit. It has many amenities for families during the summer (water park, mini golf, swimming pool, arcade). These things are closed during the off season when we come (rates are lower then as well) so I cannot comment on them. This is a campground with many tent sites, and two RV loops. The resort in the name comes from the amenities, a motel building, and some cabins. When we have been here (May and Sept) the place is quiet with maybe one or two tents and a dozen RVs (not counting the "extended stay" folk in the lower RV loop). As with most RV places with "extended stay" residents the WiFi bogs down to just about useless in late afternoon and into the evening. The sites in the upper (transients) loop are arranged in a long line across the top of a low hill, a mixture of pull throughs and back ins on both sides of the road. Access is pretty good with a few very large sites that will fit just about anything down to smallish backins with ok clearances. I would not call this campground "big rig friendly", but, I have seen some pretty big units squeeze into the long sites. There are lots of trees with most sites having shade at least part of the day, some pretty much all day. Bathrooms are not plush, but, functional, well maintained, and kept clean. There are plenty of restaurants, small town shops, and an nice market in the town of Pine Grove all within a couple of miles. We will be staying here again. - Keager
Jul 2016 - $59.00
Family campground with lots of things for kids. Swimming pool, water park, arcade, mini-golf, playground, movie night, pool table, and a hiking trail. We had a pull-thru site, level, gravel, with a picnic table and fire pit. WiFi was slow and worked best closer to the Office. Cable TV. Biggest problem was the sewer connection was 8" off the ground, so had to lift the hose to dump. Quiet at night. - zigzag
Jul 2016 - $53.00
Our site was nice and wide, as are most of the sites, and required only a couple Lynx blocks to level. The sites are definitely more rustic, but that's a positive. We like having the feeling of real camping while still being able to run our A/C and take warm showers in the RV. The sewer hookup in the site is beyond bizarre. They are raised considerably higher than the sewer connector on the RV.
The staff is very friendly. The biggest problem we had was that the power kept cutting out. They do not have the power capacity for the number of sites they have. That meant not being able to run the A/C during the 100 degree day.
This might not be a problem, except we're paying for that power in our nightly rate and they really nickel-and-dime you in other ways. For example, my father-in-law (who lives 10 minutes from the campground) came and visited us for an hour. He had to pay $5 for parking. If we would've had 4 people staying, he would've had to pay an additional $5 to get into the park. I realize there are probably people who take advantage of liberal policies on visits, but charging family members $5 for a 1-hour visit is beyond ridiculous.
On top of that, we had a very noisy neighbor. They ran their stereo at very high volumes, had a dog that barked constantly and the staff did nothing about it.
The staff does not wear any type of uniform, so you have no idea who works there and who doesn't. That's really convenient for the staff, but inconvenient for paying campers who might need help from the staff in one way or another. - tylersdad
Jan 2017 - $55.00
Love-love this place. Spaces are staggered so when you look out your window you don't see your immediate neighbor. Grounds are maintained and everything is so green and lush. A bus to the casino comes around every 20 minutes in case you want to go gamble or have a bite to eat. I feel very safe and secure here. - jmzumer
Dec 2016 - $40.00
Absolutely no faults with this park!!
Well spaced campsites
Excellent in every way. - SSM 46
Oct 2016 - $35.00
Very nice park. Large concrete, pull through and back in sites. Grass between the sites. Some small trees. A nice picnic table is provided. WI-FI was excellent. Cable TV was digital, AT&T worked well. Only propane fire pits are allowed. Everything about this park is first class. A convenient shuttle provided rides to the casino that contains reasonably priced restaurants with good food. - travelcouple
Jan 2017 - $57.00
This is our go-to park for Amador County wine tasting. The park is tree-lined and well-maintained. Some sites are a little tough to get into due to the trees, but it's worth the effort. - TahoeWino
Jan 2017 - $56.00
Old park, narrow access and in need of upgrades. Park office/management personnel were unprofessional, rude and obnoxious, with the exception of one gentleman. Overpriced for weeded, unevenly paved sites with tons of ducks and poop. Have stayed here numerous times in the past, but will not return again, the management'attitude is not customer friendly or accommodating. Spaces are so tight that we had to move our tow vehicles three times so other rigs could have room to back into their sites. Watched one motor home scrape it's top on un-trimmed branches. - Jxex
Dec 2016 - $50.00
This is an older park, (40 years) and very large. RV spaces are good but access can be a problem for bigger rigs as the road is narrow and lots of tow vehicles parked along it. Owners need to start putting some of the money back into park. It is very popular as near foothills and wineries.
There is cafe and ice cream. Saw lots of the kids with ice cream in the cold weather.It was raining so lots of mud everywhere, not the parks fault.
Also they do not seem to enforce the 10 pm quiet time as a group was partying until at least 12:30 or so.(And this was not New Years night.) - chily3
Aug 2016 - $38.00
This park has recently been upgraded and cleaned up. The new owners do an amazing job keeping it clean and all the campers following the rules. This is a beautiful park and the views around the edges are awesome. It also has a pool with is a great addition. When we were there it was very quiet and not many sites filled but come Friday afternoon the families that has leased spaces all started showing up and it made for a very busy park. We headed out to explore quite a bit, golfed at Forest Meadows 2 days and spent a afternoon at Big Trees which is 2 miles before the RV park. There is no WiFi or TV reception so be prepared to be off the grid while camping here. We will totally be back very soon. - RVKat
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Very nice campground about 2-miles past the Big Trees State Park. Military discount got us the best rate, they also offer Good Sam. Camping amongst the trees, our site was dirt (some have asphalt), needed some leveling, picnic table and fire pit. Quiet at night. They have a tent only section at the rear of the campground. The owner was friendly and helped us with our many questions. Swimming pool and kids playground were great, kids can bike around on the asphalt roads (helmets), firewood was reasonable, restrooms were clean. WiFi was available, no TV or cell phone reception. - zigzag
Jun 2011 - $40.00
A shady park in the pine trees about 2 miles east of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Arnold is the nearest town of any size. The manager was very helpful and friendly. We arrived in a freezing weather storm and could only stay one night. Park is very clean and about half of spaces are leased to vacation/year-round. - firedguy
May 2016 - $20.00
Condition of the Park ranges from good to bad. Some of the trailers look like they are falling apart and need to be towed away while others are brand new. The bathroom and showers work but the water is luke warm at best and the pressure is terrible. Extremely slippery floors. Roads are in good condition, but with aggressive speed bumps all over the place. They weed whack fairly often so the weeds stay down.
Manager and Owner not pleasant or understanding. Made me feel inferior. Park has Loud Bass Booming Music, Loud Cars with Exhaust, Highway right next to it, and kids you don't know who get into your stuff and ask for stuff. Don't go here. - CornDog1982
Oct 2011 - $30.00
This is a pleasant park. The manager is very friendly and accommodating. Lots of long term residents but lots are kept clean and tidy. Surprised at the trees and shade. Pool is beautiful. Restrooms and showers are extremely clean. Keys are given out to the over nighters. The only complaint is some lots are parked next to three big propane dispensers. Kind of unnerving. - Snooker2
Aug 2010 - $20.00
We have been staying at this park for six years usually for a month long stay. We typically have to trim a few branches to slip into our site with our 40' rig. Park personnel are always helpful and willing to trim as needed to make the site suitable. There is plenty of shade in the upper campground. There are also RV sites available in the mobile home section of the park. Those are usually given to longer term stays. We enjoy visiting the gold hills region of California with its mining heritage and newer wine country heritage. - LivinTheDream
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
Sep 2016 - $36.00
The construction is completed, and it is now quiet both day and night. 12-full hookup sites, with a reservation fee of $10. The showers and restrooms are now operational. No TV, and WiFi ($) reception was only at the Office. Fishing is the primary activity. No body-to-water contact is allowed on the lake. They have a swimming pool, which is only open in the summer months. Nice Marina with fishing supplies and the office sells firewood. Good discount for senior boat rental. - zigzag
Jun 2016 - $34.00
There are no showers or restrooms, only portable toilets. We had planned to stay for 2 weeks but had to cut it short because of construction noise. They are in the process of constructing some RV pads. Noise started at 7am and didn't end until 4pm. We though we would at least get a break on the weekends, but construction still happened on Saturday. The only way to get WiFi is to pay through the cable company. Went to the web site, paid my money, but then couldn't log in. The campers there were very friendly. - newbies2016
May 2016 - $39.00
This park has 12 full hook-up sites which are very clean and well spaced. Picnic table and fire ring. Pool in summer. Good campground if you want to fish. Park very well maintained. The unfortunate is that there is construction going on starting at 7am even on Saturday. Kind of ruins the atmosphere. - NaniJ
Apr 2015 - $8.00
Although we did not spend the night here we did spend the day walking around it. It is COE, most sites are open (not shaded) and a lot of them can hold large RVs and are very spacious. Not all are level by any means but some are, like site 18. There is no cell reception and only vault toilets. It does have an easily accessible dump station. - rhianna