Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Columbia, CA

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Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Columbia, CA (131)

    Camper-submitted photo from North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park

    1.

    North Grove Campground — Calaveras Big Trees State Park

    20 Reviews
    94 Photos
    51 Saves
    Camp Connell, California

    North Grove (sites 27-59)

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Picnic Table

    $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes
    Camper-submitted photo from Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes

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    Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes

    37 Reviews
    124 Photos
    563 Saves
    Eastman Lake, California

    Yosemite Lakes RV Resort is located 80 miles east of Modesto, and just 5 miles west of Yosemite National Park’s Big Oak Flat entrance station. This large, year-round resort offers nearly 400 sites for RV and tent campers along the banks of the South Fork Tuolumne River. RV campers can choose from open, grassy spaces, or shady, wooded spaces with full hookups; tent campers can set up under mostly shady pine woods. Sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits, and restrooms and shower facilities are conveniently located throughout the resort. The resort also offers a variety of cottages, cabins, yurts and bunkhouses. Onsite amenities include a country store, laundry room, Wifi and satellite TV service, trash receptacles, gas station, and propane depot. Dogs are permitted. Reservations are recommended, however many tent sites are first-come, first-served. Seasonal campsite rates are $41–$75/night; other accommodations range from $86–$305/night. For campers looking for a little rest and relaxation time outside of the busy national park, the resort offers a variety of amenities and activities. There’s a playground for the kids, and mini golf, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and basketball for kids of all ages. Swimming, floating, fishing, and gold panning can be enjoyed on the South Fork Tuolumne River, which flows right through the resort area. The resort also hosts group activities, movies and weekend events. Nearby activities include swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing on Don Pedro Reservoir and New Melones Lake, as well as touring the old mining towns of Sonora, Angels Camp and Murphys. When it’s time to visit Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is 45 minutes away; Yosemite Valley is 1 hour away; Tuolumne Meadows is 80 minutes away; and Mariposa Grove is 90 minutes away. In the busy summer season, it’s good to allow extra time to get to these destinations, and have patience looking for parking. Yosemite National Park, located in the heart of California’s spectacular Sierra Nevada Mountains, is, justifiably, one of America’s most popular national parks. Visitors flock to Yosemite every summer to marvel at its towering granite walls, domes and pinnacles, as well as its spectacular meadows, waterfalls and wildlife. No trip to Yosemite is complete without taking at least a short walk or hike to soak in the majesty of this glacier-carved landscape, away from the park’s busy roads and villages. Yet, with its limited camping and lodging options, it can be challenging to visit the park during its busy summer season. Fortunately, there are several campgrounds and resorts located just short distances outside of the park that make suitable alternatives to the often congested and overcrowded park facilities, while still allowing easy access to the park’s sights, attractions, and trails.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging

    3.

    Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging

    22 Reviews
    66 Photos
    187 Saves
    Groveland, California

    Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging offers some of the best lodging near Yosemite National Park, with many types of cabins, plus yurts and RV and tent sites. While here, enjoy our large swimming pool, volleyball court, deli and Petting Farm! Spend your days at Yosemite and the surrounding Gold Country towns and return to stay with us, where peace and quiet is plentiful! Relax and recharge in a family-friendly setting, ready for your next day’s adventure!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Acorn Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Acorn Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Acorn Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Acorn Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Acorn Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Acorn Campground

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    Acorn Campground

    24 Reviews
    51 Photos
    153 Saves
    Valley Springs, California

    Overview

    Acorn Campground is a sunny campground in the brush-covered hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The area is generally characterized by a warm, dry climate with summer temperatures regularly soaring above 90 degrees.With sites just a short walk from the shores of the popular New Hogan Lake, visitors will have no problem finding relief in the comfortable clear waters.

    Recreation

    Boating is a popular pastime, with boat ramps conveniently located around the lake. The large surface area allows for plenty of water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing and more. Year-round fishing for stripers, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish is perfect for experts and beginners alike. Some of the largest fish are found in less than 25 feet of water. The "River of Skulls" hiking trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. There is also a staging area for an eight mile equestrian trail on a scenic loop that winds along the lake and through the foothill chaparral. Trail guides are available at the park office. Bicycle trails suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced rider are found on the west side of the lake and next to the group camping area. An easy 3-mile trail connects the park office with Acorn Campground. Hunting with bow or shotgun during the open season is permitted in certain areas of the lake. Upland game such as turkey, quail and dove is available and waterfowl includes a variety of duck and geese.

    Facilities

    Boating is a popular pastime, with boat ramps conveniently located around the lake. The large surface area allows for plenty of water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing and more. Year-round fishing for stripers, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish is perfect for experts and beginners alike. Some of the largest fish are found in less than 25 feet of water. The "River of Skulls" hiking trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. There is also a staging area for an eight mile equestrian trail on a scenic loop that winds along the lake and through the foothill chaparral. Trail guides are available at the park office. Bicycle trails suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced rider are found on the west side of the lake and next to the group camping area. An easy 3-mile trail connects the park office with Acorn Campground. Hunting with bow or shotgun during the open season is permitted in certain areas of the lake. Upland game such as turkey, quail and dove is available and waterfowl includes a variety of duck and geese.

    Natural Features

    The 4,400 surface-acre lake was created in 1964 with the completion of New Hogan Dam. When full, the lake has 50 miles of shoreline and extends nearly eight miles upstream to the confluence of the north and south forks of the Calaveras River. The dam was built to provide flood protection to the city of Stockton and water for irrigation, drinking and hydroelectric power, and it now offers recreation opportunities for thousands of visitors each year. The New Hogan area supports a wide variety of wildlife. The foothills location is home to grey fox, mule deer, coyote, turkey, mountain lion, bobcat and rattlesnakes. New Hogan is also a wintering home for bald eagles. The south shore of the lake has been designated as a wildlife viewing area.

    Nearby Attractions

    A number of historic sites are located nearby, including Carson Hill, the discovery site of the largest gold nugget ever found, and The Black Bart Inn, located in San Andreas, where the famous outlaw Black Bart was captured. Groceries, gas, camping supplies and more can be found in the nearby town of Valley Springs, California.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pinecrest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinecrest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinecrest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinecrest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinecrest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinecrest Campground

    5.

    Pinecrest Campground

    17 Reviews
    25 Photos
    247 Saves
    Long Barn, California

    Overview

    Pinecrest features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora, at an elevation of 5600 feet. The area includes a day-use beach and a marina, a small shopping center and recreation cabins. The campground caters to all ages and is within walking distance of the lake, an amphitheater, visitor center, swimming beach and spectacular hiking trails. Pets are welcome, but must be compliant with Tuolumne County leash laws.

    Recreation

    The Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail takes hikers on an easy 4-mile stroll around Pinecrest Lake. Rainbow trout is a common catch in the lake and swimming is enjoyed at the sandy beach. Educational programs are also a highlight of the recreation area. Bike rentals are on hand so campers can bike around the area. Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort is open for summer operations offering mountain bike trails, hiking, disc golf, indoor and outdoor games and more!__

    Facilities

    The Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail takes hikers on an easy 4-mile stroll around Pinecrest Lake. Rainbow trout is a common catch in the lake and swimming is enjoyed at the sandy beach. Educational programs are also a highlight of the recreation area. Bike rentals are on hand so campers can bike around the area. Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort is open for summer operations offering mountain bike trails, hiking, disc golf, indoor and outdoor games and more!__

    Natural Features

    Many campsites are shaded by trees and sit near the southwest side of the 300-acre Pinecrest Lake in Stanislaus National Forest. In this beautiful mountain landscape, wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer. Stanislaus National Forest is situated in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. The area boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped mountain peaks and California's Great Central Valley.

    Nearby Attractions

    Located in the nearby area are several activities. There are ample hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing, mountain bike riding, and water activities. Pinecrest lake is a boating and swimming recreation area with restaurants, stores, boat rentals, and an outdoor movie theater. Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort is a ski area in the winter and in the summer is a basecamp for mountain biking, hiking, and a great indoor/outdoor BBQ. Aspen Meadow Pack Station is three miles from Pinecrest Lake and offers horseback rides and trail head for hiking. Kennedy Meadows is 30 miles east of Pinecrest and offers great river access for fishing, horse bike rides, hiking, and restaurants. Sonora Pass, a scenic winding highway that has guided people across the Sierra Nevada since 1852, is located nearby.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 - $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Woodward Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodward Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodward Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodward Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodward Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodward Reservoir

    6.

    Woodward Reservoir

    17 Reviews
    9 Photos
    145 Saves
    Oakdale, California

    Woodward Reservoir, nestled near Oakdale, CA, is a solid spot for those looking to camp close to home. This place has got it all: full hookups for RVs, tent sites, and even spots right on the water if you snag a T-Island site. If you're into kayaking, you're in luck—many campers bring their kayaks and enjoy easy access to the water.

    One of the standout features here is the full hookups, which visitors have found super convenient. The bathrooms are generally well-maintained, and there are plenty of them, some even with showers. If you're planning a family trip, this place is great. There's a market on-site for any last-minute needs, and pets are welcome, so you don't have to leave your furry friends behind.

    The reservoir itself is a big draw. Whether you're into boating, jet skiing, or just lounging by the water, you'll find plenty to do. The campsites are close enough to the lake that you can bring your boat right up to your site after unloading. Just be aware that during certain months, they restrict water contact due to waterfowl activity, but that's a small price to pay for the overall experience.

    For those who enjoy a bit of a social scene, this place can get lively. Some campers love the party atmosphere, especially during holidays when fireworks light up the sky. But if you prefer a quieter experience, try visiting in the spring or fall when it's less crowded.

    In short, Woodward Reservoir offers a great mix of convenience, fun, and natural beauty. Whether you're here for a quick getaway or a longer stay, you'll find plenty to enjoy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttletown Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttletown Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttletown Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttletown Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttletown Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttletown Recreation Area

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    Tuttletown Recreation Area

    7 Reviews
    13 Photos
    45 Saves
    Jamestown, California

    Overview

    Tuttletown Recreation Area is located at New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River. The 12,500 surface-acre lake is the fourth largest reservoir in California and is situated along the edge of the Mother Lode, the rich gold vein that prompted the California Gold Rush of 1849. At an elevation of 1100 feet, the Foothill Oak Woodlands hug the 100 miles of shoreline. Popular activities on and around the large lake include fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and picknicking. The New Melones Visitor Center offers year-round interpretive events and a museum highlighting natural and cultural resources. __ *COMING APRIL 2021: A new disc-golf course is being constructed and will be available for play!__

    Recreation

    Hiking, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating, sailing and biking are just some of the activities available in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Equestrian trails are also present in the Peoria Wildlife Mitigation Area and open for the general public. Camping is also permitted in designated campsites. Other interesting sites include Natural Bridges, which can be accessed from Parrott's Ferry Road. It has a hiking trail and creek that flow through a marble cave. The Table Mountain Trail provides visitors an opportunity to hike to the top of an extensive lava flow which occurred over nine million years ago.

    Facilities

    Hiking, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, boating, sailing and biking are just some of the activities available in Tuttletown Recreation Area. Equestrian trails are also present in the Peoria Wildlife Mitigation Area and open for the general public. Camping is also permitted in designated campsites. Other interesting sites include Natural Bridges, which can be accessed from Parrott's Ferry Road. It has a hiking trail and creek that flow through a marble cave. The Table Mountain Trail provides visitors an opportunity to hike to the top of an extensive lava flow which occurred over nine million years ago.

    Natural Features

    New Melones Lake is located in Northern California between the historic gold rush towns of Sonora and Angels Camp. The terrain varies from rolling hills to steep marble cliffs, and the vegetation consists of oaks, Ponderosa pines, chamise and buckbrush shrubs. Visitors can experience the beauty of New Melones by hiking the many trails in the Tuttletown and Glory Hole Recreation Areas. The climate is Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. For those who wish to venture outside the main recreation areas, there are many unique places to visit. Overall, the geography is quite varied and provides many opportunities for all types of recreation.

    Nearby Attractions

    Tuttletown Recreation Area is surrounded by countless places of natural beauty, including Natural Bridges, Camp Nine, Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, Moaning Caverns, Big Trees State Park and Columbia State Park. Angels Camp Museum, Calaveras County Museum and Sonora Military Museum provide great opportunities for learning interesting information about the area. Surrounding communities are popular vacation and retirement destinations and provide necessary services and shopping opportunities. Golfing, snow skiing, river rafting, commercial caves, historical railroad and Native American museums are also located nearby.

    Charges & Cancellations

    All site changes and cancellations need to be done through the Recreation.gov website.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park

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    Hodgdon Meadow Campground — Yosemite National Park

    22 Reviews
    59 Photos
    206 Saves
    Mather, California

    Overview

    Hodgdon Meadow campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is 25 miles from Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 4,875 feet. Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and much more.Hodgdon Meadow campsites are available to reserve up to five months in advance on the 15th of each month at 7:00 a.m. PST. For example, on January 15, arrival dates for the period May 15 to June 14 become available to reserve, and therefore, the full arrival date window would be from January 15 to June 14.__ Reservation Tips! Campsites in Yosemite are extremely popular and typically sell out in minutes. Login to your account or create a new account before the 7:00 a.m. (PST) release time. You may only add reservations to your cart and proceed with your reservation if you are logged into your account. The recreation.gov call center does NOT have access to additional sites or additional information beyond what is published on recreation.gov.Yosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates__

    Recreation

    Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, cross-country skiing and photography are all very popular activities within the park. Hiking the 2.5 to 3-mile roundtrip trails to the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias are a popular activity at Hodgdon Meadow. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities.

    Facilities

    Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, cross-country skiing and photography are all very popular activities within the park. Hiking the 2.5 to 3-mile roundtrip trails to the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias are a popular activity at Hodgdon Meadow. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities.

    Natural Features

    The area is forested with mixed stands of Red fir, incense-cedar, Ponderosa pine and Lodgepole pine, offering a pleasant combination of sun and shade. Vibrant wildflowers fill the open meadows each summer.

    Nearby Attractions

    Just 45 minutes away is Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Hiking trails and bike paths are abundant in the valley. Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities, and an art center with workshops. The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite domes and peaks. Other sites of interest include the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It's home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads. Glacier Point has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks. Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellation of individual site reservations will be charged a $10 service fee. If the cancellation is within 48 hours of the arrival date, the first night's fee will also be charged. Cancellation of a group site reservation will incur a $10.00 service fee plus the first night___s use fee when the reservation is cancelled within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations for a single night___s use will not be assessed a service fee. No-shows for any type of reservation will be charged a $20 service fee and the first night's fee.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $50 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina

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    Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina

    8 Reviews
    18 Photos
    94 Saves
    Fall River Lake, California

    At Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina you can enjoy your choice of 110 sites on over ten acres including shoreline for Lake Tulloch camping. These include lakefront hookups with space to keep your boat right at your site, lakefront cabins with your own dock and full hookup sites with 50 amp service, water and sewer. Many tent sites with water, picnic table and firepits are also available.

    Our General Store, Restaurant, 21 slip marina and gas dock, boat rentals at Lake Tulloch Boat Rentals, modern restrooms, hot showers and laundromat all contribute to making Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina one of the best spots for family camping, boating and fishing in California!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from River Ranch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from River Ranch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from River Ranch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from River Ranch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from River Ranch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from River Ranch Campground

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    River Ranch Campground

    5 Reviews
    10 Photos
    107 Saves
    Twain Harte, California

    Meadow near confluence of Basin Creek and the North Fork Tuolumne River. Campground is part public, part private.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
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