Born and raised camping, fishing and hunting in CA. Anything you do indoors, is better in the great outdoors!
Date of Stay:
July, 2018 -
This campground is sitting in midst of grandeur! The landscape is second to none. The lake is clean and the water is crystal clear. The campground was kept very clean and peaceful. Although we didn't use the facilities, they were clean. I thought the lack of trees, or some sort of natural canopy might be an issue but we were comfortable even in full sun all day. I think the only gripe I had was the roads in the campground are a little narrow and the amount of vegetation around the opening to the driveways makes it hard to back your vehicle in without slightly damaging something. There is a resort nearby with a fully stocked store, a restaurant and full service bar if you feel you want to relax one night. The campground is minutes from the town of Mammoth Lakes, within 30 minutes of the beautiful June Lake Loop, close to natural hot springs and all sorts of other recreation choices not to mention the world famous fishing opportunities. The site also has a clean, functional and FREE dump station near by with a water fill up source that is so delicious! This campsite is one of the greatest values at only $25 a night. Choose your site wisely; there are lots of sites with wonderful but different opportunities and views. We camped at Convict Lake Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
May, 2018 -
This is a very big campground with lots of options. We stayed in the full hook-up section. There are few mature trees so you may want to bring your own shade. The sites are decent and clean, but some of the concrete pads definitely need repair; although they were still pretty level. Make sure you bring something to elevate your drain hoses though, as ours was about ten inches above the ground. The staff and hosts were very helpful and friendly. There is a store near the marina that is well stocked and not too overpriced. We were there two days prior to Memorial Day weekend and planned to stay until the day after Memorial Day. The two days before the weekend were so quiet with few campers. On Friday, the park started to fill up until there were no empty spots at all. Even though it was full, the park was kept clean and quiet after hours. The water was still pretty low; about 40% full, however the fishing was decent. If you plan on launching a watercraft, you had better plan ahead. I missed the fact that I had to quarantine my fishing boat for 30 days prior to launching it so we didn't end up taking it. They are really concerned about invasive mussels and other things, so they are very strict about inspections. The marina has boats to rent and I think the rules for kayaks are less stringent. Another plus was that we were so close to neighboring tourist spots like Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ines Mission and Los Olivos. We had a wonderful time tasting wine, visiting the missions, going to the beach and then coming back to camp for a quiet night. Fires are allowed but be sure to bring an outdoor fireplace since there are none installed at the full hook-ups sites. We will definitely be returning here some day. We camped at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.
The sites are large enough to park your tow vehicle as well. Bring your own fireplace. Read the boat rules carefully if planning to take one.
Date of Stay:
September, 2017 -
First thing, you can't beat the view from any campsite! This little gem is on the central coast of CA just 32 miles south of Big Sur located on a bluff directly on the coast. It is a US Forestry campground run by a third party so there is no hookups which brings us to the one and only negative is (as far as I'm concerned), there is NO running water! That means no showers or restrooms. They have the usual Forestry Department pits for toilets but they are very clean. There are stores nearby if you run out of water but you're better off just bringing enough the first time. The sites are pretty clean and the hosts are very friendly. The campground was very peaceful at night and most of the day as well. There is no threat from bears; not the large type at least. There is an abundance of squirrels and the racoons must have PHDs or something; very smart. Don't leave food out or in your tents unless you're OK with the mini-bears getting into it or chewing through your tent to get to it. There are some sites reserved for drive-up or walk-up only. However, you would be better served if you made a reservation in advance and be prepared to do it 6 months in advance (you know the drill). We camped at Kirk Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.
First, Bring plenty of water. Second, you're going to want to stay longer so when you make your reservations make them for the maximum time you can be there; it's easier to cancel a couple of days than trying to add them later.