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26 Reviews of 5 Bethel Island Campgrounds

Jordan L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2022

Nice spot nearby

Tons of hiking trails, summit trail was nearby our spot in Juniper, no water available when we went, gates are closed sunset-sunrise, all around a cool spot and its nice how close it is to home. Seems pretty difficult to get a reservation, but its worth it if you can get in

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Site24
Month of VisitFebruary
Blake H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2021

3 campgrounds, Juniper the best, but sunset lock-in

Mt. Diablo SP has 3 campgrounds: Live Oak, Juniper, and several first come first serve sites at the junction of South Gate and North Gate roads about 2000ft up the mountain.

Live Oak is the closest to the entrance (and town), and features some cool rock formations to explore, but it's colder,…

  • after sunrise
  • site 18
  • after sunset
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SiteJ14, J18, J20
Month of VisitJanuary
Stuart K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2021

Campground Cul-de-Sac

This site is a nice hidden gem that many won't know even has a campground. While tiny and available only for a small number of campers, if you can get a spot booked well in advance, you'll have the place nearly all to yourself. Located just off of 680, you'll take Bollinger Canyon Road where you'll…

  • From the parking lot, you'll walk 100 paces to come to this gate, push and enter
  • Looking back at the parking lot (where there's a solid 70 or so parking spots) - careful, on the weekend, this place gets crowded!
  • Keep this gate shut, otherwise we'll have cows on the highway!
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Month of VisitOctober
Nate W.
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2021

Juniper, secluded site

It was a great time! Stayed at site 7, well separated from everyone else. Room to set up two average sized tents. Rock ground, not very soft. Very hot outside, cooled down at night enough to make sleeping comfortable. Drove up to the peak at 7am before it opened to the public and we had the whole…

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Site7
Month of VisitJuly
Robin B.
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2021

Great people, pristine grounds

This campground is not far from our home but we are new to camping with all of our kids. The sites are nice sized on a large grassy property with some farm animals and large lavender garden. The owners are extremely kind and welcoming. It almost felt like a large family reunion. They want you to…

Month of VisitMay
Mike C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2021

Gateway to the Delta

Lots of fishing and boating activities. Campsites are spaced out. Easy access to the water. Family favorite.

Mike C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2021

Juniper is the Name

I’ve been coming to this place for years. This is literally the best place to see a sunset of “The Bay”. There are a lot of trails for hiking. However the draw back to this place is the amount of cyclists on the narrow and worn out pavement that we call roads. If you are queasy about motion,…

  • New Critter boxes
  • Nice fire pits and grills throughout
  • Chilling out
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Lisa S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2020

On the Bay

Nice park. Very quiet in late Nov. Bathrooms were closed. Couldn’t Find any trails. Good for one night.

S
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2020

Juniper Campground: hiked in

We hiked up to Juniper campground from the Clayton side. The sites in the teens have less overhead shade but more privacy than those of higher numbers. The sites closest to the driving road/entrance/overlook will have the potential to be downwind of the bathroom, unfortunately.

The campground…

  • View of Juniper campground campsite 15 over the San Ramon valley
Site15
Month of VisitAugust
Karissa M.
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2020

Simple and easy going

Not a whole lot of people when I visited in March— pros and cons to having the campground to myself. A lot of privacy but almost a little to much privacy as a woman. Set up my tent near a couple as I was bike packing down US 1 for some protection. Fire wood available but I was able to find some…

MarinMaverick The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2020

Access To The Delta

I am a tent camper and there are some good tent sites here.  A bit open so can be windy but pick your site.

Access to the Delta with a boat ramp.  Access to fishing all around you. Beyond water sports not a lot to do here but relax. Or go fly a kite.

Month of VisitMay
Ed S.
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2020

Near Sacramento river

This is a big campground with everything you need for boating and fishing. They have a big boat launch for easy launching. They closed their boat berths because they were rotting. They have one cabin with electricity. It has a bunk bed And a queen. Bring air mattresses cause they are just wooden…

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SiteCabin
Month of VisitJune
J
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2020

Simple, clean, great views!

Juniper Campground Campsite#16 

-Recommend Juniper Campground over Live Oak campground for close views at top. 

-It takes ~30-45 minutes to drive from the bottom of the mountain to Juniper Campground depending on the amount of traffic on the mountain. 

Pros: 

  • Bathrooms: near JC…
SiteJC #16
Month of VisitJuly
R
Reviewed May. 21, 2020

Accessible and Family Oriented

Brannan Island is conveniently located from SF Bay Area. Great for families. Plenty of roads to bike out / back. Love being close to the water for recreation. Clean facilities. Can be windy. Since easy access it is busy, sometimes more noise in evenings to my liking. It's a great option for…

John and Trish N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2019

Almost deserted

Beautiful campground, very few spots with hookups . Restrooms clean, showers available bring your quarters. We stayed right on the levee 🤗 Bonus bike trail!!

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