11 Parks near Pollock Pines, California
Aug 2015 - $20.00
This is a beautiful campground way off the beaten path. The road to the campground has numerous pot holes and and at points is nearly single lane; be forewarned. Also watch for the signs going in, because they are easy to miss. The sites are fairly level, asphalt and surrounded by tall pines. There is a fair amount of room between campsites and large meadows behind most of the campsites. It was very quiet while we were there. There are no showers; all the bathrooms are fairly clean with pit toilets. There is water from spigots around the campground; we were told that filling your fresh water tank directly from a spigot is forbidden (and if a ranger sees you doing it you can be fined); this may be related to the current California drought. If you arrive with an empty fresh water tank, you can fill up a water container and pour it into your tank but depending on the size of your container, this could take a number of trips and be pretty exhausting (remember a gallon of water weighs 8.3 lbs so a 6 gallon container will weigh nearly 50 lbs.) The lake is very close by and you can launch non-powered water craft at the beach. We didn't do any fishing, but I would assume it is good. There is a trail that goes around the lake; you can hike it in about an hour; if you're adventurous, you could do it on a mountain bike. There were no mosquitoes while we were there but some yellow jacket wasps. One thing that was a surprise: we were camped under some very tall pines and squirrels would drop pine cones on the top of our trailer, often from a considerable height. This was something we had never experienced before; made a loud noise but no damage. There is a visitor information center, but no one was there and there is no camp host. They have a map of the site when you drive in, but no maps that you can take with you (you can download one from the USDA site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev7_018799.pdf) - neuronz
Jun 2014 - $11.00
This campground is located on Union Valley Reservoir in El Dorado National Forest. We stay in site 19 or 22 (which are first come/no reservation). We can get satellite without the portable dish in site 19. We have AT&T and cell service is great. Most sites have a view of the lake, and some are actually on the lake. There is 2 miles of dirt road (logging road) to the campground, but the campground is paved, as are the sites. You can safely leave your boat on the beach overnight. Vault toilets. Bear boxes, and there are bears in the late summer. Launch is at Sunset Campground. This is a beautiful lake for fishing or water sports. Lake level is very low after July. But it is still a great campground. Sites 16, 18, 21, 24, 25 and 26 are not good for RVs. We have a senior pass, which saves us half of the nightly fee of $22. - endofrope
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
May 2014 - $30.00
Thirty dollars a night, no sewer hookup, no dump station, no WiFi. When I asked in the fairgrounds office if I could put a letter with their outgoing mail, I was told I could not, but I could take it down the street to the grocery that had a "blue box". Certainly my spot was nice enough. They put me by the wine gazebo next to the museum. It was clean and it was level, but for thirty dollars a night, I would expect more. - nanzhere
Oct 2012 - $30.00
Note: phone number above good for Mon-Fri 9-4. Per earlier review, it is dispersed camping in the county fairgrounds. There are many nice spots where you can be placed. Lots of grass and open fields. We had a sweet spot near the maintenance building --sounds crummy but it was great. They had an event so we couldn't stay in this other spot nestled in a grape arbor. Maintenance guy met us at gate and was extremely helpful and accommodating. Water and electric hook ups, but no dump. Have flush toilets on site. They are trying to get a dump station in, but they are "fighting city hall". We had the whole, entire fairgrounds to ourselves. Sweet! He even gave us the key to the showers, so we had showers only we could use. Gets an 8 because the road noise is VERY noticeable. Pretty easy place to stay and easy to get to Tahoe for the day. We would return. - theresal58
Oct 2007 - $25.00
This is not an actual campground -- it is the county fairgrounds, but they welcome RVs. RVs park in various places around the site, but not in a specific RV area (which means they're dispersed). 50-amp service costs $25, but I understand you can dry camp for $20. You can get water to fill your tank, but not necessarily next to the electrical, and there is no sewer or dump station. No shower. Rest rooms may be left unlocked for you. We liked it because we had about an acre of space with a dozen picnic tables on a huge grassy area to ourselves, and it was completely quiet at night. There is 24-hour security and the fairgrounds are gated, so we felt safe at night and in leaving our RV during the day to go sight-seeing. There is no office -- register at the maintenance shed or flag down a worker. Staff was friendly. A grocery store is across the street. The big minus is that RVs can't stay here during major events; otherwise you can stay 14 days. - John Mosley
Aug 2015 - $65.00
This "resort" is lost somewhere in the '60's. It may have been wonderful when it was first opened however it is severely run down. There are very few full hookup sites and there are none with 50 amp service. Given the extreme temperature changes in this area, it made for an uncomfortable stay. But perhaps the two most disturbing things were the $10.00 extra per person AFTER two campers and the deplorable condition of the shower/restrooms. Almost everywhere we camp today does not charge for additional people until AFTER four campers. We were shocked that we had to pay 60.00 dollars extra (three days) for our eight and ten year grandsons!! On the other hand, this is a great place for tent campers by the American River. But, keep in mind, this is NOT a camper friendly management. It's as though it's a hobby for them and frankly, the only person I saw really working was the guy emptying the trash cans. Sorry, we camped here once before (about two years) because of the catch & release pond and thought we'd give it another try. Jury is in, won't be back. - J. Kohl
Sep 2014 - $35.00
This place was awesome! We were nervous because of the reviews we read but they were so wrong. If you were being out of line then, yes, don't go there, but it was nice, safe, and clean. The staff were helpful and friendly. The campsites are a little challenging so when the young lady at the counter ask you if you want to look first, do it. My husband has awesome skills with our trailer but if you don't this could get a little hairy. We would go there again and make this our new summer spot! We also went on the holiday weekend and had no problems with electricity or shortages. - juanitae
Oct 2012 - $45.00
Clean resort on The American River. We camped here just after the end of rafting season so it was almost empty and quiet. Might be different during rafting season as two rafting companies have their base inside the park. Site was fairly level once we backed in. That was a chore. since the site was terraced on a steep road that we had to back up on. Very nice view of river. Store had almost no supplies. Good location near gold discovery park. - castleshade
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Dust and dirt. The restrooms were not cleaned very often and were dirty. The park is right on the river and if you are there to tube, should be good. If not, don't stay there except maybe one night to visit Marshall gold discovery park and visitor center. The road into the park is very twisty and not worth doing unless you want to stay and tube the river. Constant stream of tubers going down the river and then back up through the campground to start over again. IF YOU ARE NOT THERE TO TUBE-DON'T GO. - Phoenixaway
Dec 2014 - $40.00
I stayed here with a group, so rate is reflective of this. Overall, this is a nice park. We were there when a school group was there and it was not a problem except not being able to use a hall during one day (we were told it was ours Thurs.-Sun). At my site (E), the power could only be accessed by literally lying on my stomach...and then having to use levelers so that the plug stayed in! The campground was very focused on building new cabins...would like to have seen more effort in removing the mud! Front desk were very nice. - nicholsm
May 2014 - $46.00
We had a river site. The site was a back in, flat, level, dirt site with water and electric. There are no sites with sewer on the river. Getting across the one way bridge, with a 13'6" height limit from Highway 49 was the toughest part of the drive. Verizon is the only cell carrier that seemed to work in the park. Parts of the park were closed for periods of time due to school programs and a wedding. There was a dump station available when leaving. WiFi was free, and slow, but it worked. - travelcouple
Jan 2017 - $5.00
As 1000Trails members, we just pay the upgrade fee to park along the river. Let's face it, this is a run down park and the potholed and crumbling roads have gotten worse over the 4 years we've visited.
So why stay? It's the river. The whitewater rushing buy makes a wonderful background noise and the view up the grassy slopes is beautiful, especially at sunset.
Most of the staff is friendly, as are the fulltimers.
Some of the turns are a bit tight, especially the right turn you need to make to go to the river front sites. But there are plenty of 40' motorhomes like ours and big 5th wheels that make it work. - TahoeWino
Aug 2016 - $1.00
The staff is very friendly, the activities for the kids are great, the pool is very well kept.
The river is close to the campsites. The bathrooms are very well kept on weekdays, but are trashed on weekends.
There was a (female) staff member that was hateful and very rude to multiple campers. Other than her, we had a great stay and will be going back. - Just Passing through 2015
Jul 2016 - $1.00
Have camped here even before Thousand Trail took over. Do not travel to this park from I-80 Auburn via rt 49, as it is super difficult to navigate.
The roads that are ''paved" in the park are in very bad shape with lots of pot holes. There has been some improvement in the gravel sections.
There are a variety of sites available: river front, semi-wooded field, up on a small hill.
There is a reasonably nice restaurant that has opened at the gate to the park and a short walk across the road leads to others. The park has a small pool and a small beach along the river.
This park has a serious problem with electric shortages. Have lost an a/c due to low amps and the park strongly suggests running your 'frig on gas. Many sites have no power at all, a situation I have not seen improve in 6+ years. We had a sewer hookup, and there is a dump station behind the restaurant or $25. honey wagon by appt.
Seems ELS/Thousand Trails does not return any of one's membership fees for upkeep and relies on "long -term" site rentals, a disturbing trend for the last few years. - Dip1Dip1
Aug 2016 - $59.00
Maneuvering was not good for big rig. Bushes hit side of rig on narrow road. Had to back out of our site because of large oak branches blocking forward right turn. Utilities a mess surrounded by needless railroad ties that were just in the way. The Park became very busy on the week end. Wi fi non existent. The mother lode environment was nice, but it quickly becomes just dusty with burrs. We will not return. - feral cat
Aug 2016 - $65.00
Lots of dirt and leaves. Had to bathe my dog twice in the three day here. No policing of dog poop. It was everywhere and some of it looked more like horse poop. After one night we could not get WiFi. Pool was full of kids and looked like the stuff kids leave behind. - Bill-1148
Jul 2016 - $50.00
For a KOA, I was disappointed. The sites were not manicured at all. In some cases, weeds were a foot tall. The unkempt blacktop streets had Bermuda grass growing in on the edges. This park would be ok in a pinch, but only for a limited stay.
When my reservation was made, I spoke with one gentleman. When we checked in, things were handled by another gentleman who was somewhat friendly. The man I spoke with for the reservation was there also, but when I spoke to him, there was no acknowledgment at all. - STYMIE2
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
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