Watch for rocks rolling onto the road way and ruts in the road. Watch for logging, traffic is heavy right now. Description: Located on the Lower McCloud River at an elevation of 2300 feet, this remote campground has 16 sites with tables and fire rings, flush toilets, and drinking water. The dirt access road from Lake McCloud is very rough and rocky. Low clearance vehicles, trailers, and RVs are not advised. 14 day limit. $10 per night. No reservations. Features : This campground is situated on an historic site used by Native American tribes and various land owners over the years, including the families of Whittier, Fitzhugh, and William Randolph Hearst. Visitors can explore and identify the remains of several buildings, foundations, rock walls, and an orchard that still produces fruit. The Lower McCloud River is a world renown native trout fishery which makes this camp a favorite for anglers. California Fish and Game regulations for this section of river allow only the use of artificial lures with barbless hooks. According to local lore the site's name is derived from the first two initials of the first names of the three daughters of one of the previous owners. It is pronounced Uhdeenuh. On word, soft 'A' hard 'E'. The water is Potable
17 sites at Ah Di Na and no booking is available so get here early on busy weekends.
My partner and I were lucky to nab the last spot Thursday before 4th July weekend. Several people arrived after us and did not get a spot.
The drive down from McCloud lake is along a dirt forestry road. It’s steep and rocky, lots of loose debris and some hairy areas that require higher clearance. A compact crossover will make it but a family sedan will not. Leave your RV at home. The road is narrow in some parts. We drove a 4runner in 2H the entire way. 2 wheel drive vehicles with good clearance will be ok in dry weather. Drive SLOWLY. The jagged rocks can shred up a tire in a hot second.
Sites vary in size and quality. Some will have a metal fire pit while others have a stone one. Some have picnic tables and others don’t. Potable water is available and there are flushing toilets. Firewood is not available for sale here as there is no host. Either bring your own or bring a saw for collecting wood. A ranger will drop by every day to check fees and complete maintenance.
There is a historic trail that takes you on a tour of the old resort. River access leads to a pebble beach and there are deep pockets of water for fishing. It gets crowded in the afternoon as people swim and sunbathe so early morning or late evening is your best shot at landing some fish.
Mosquitos are everywhere so be prepared. In the early evening it got so bad that I wore a headnet.
Walking distance to the conservancy which is down the same dirt road the campsite is on. Lots of good spots on the way too.