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We got here after trying to secure a site at couple of the other more popular campgrounds close to the Tioga pass - yosemite entrance. The place is nice , no showers or toilets . Only some portapotties , all sites next to the creek are super nice and have good space . Deer came to visit our site and was nice to see , I’m sure bears are around too but we didn’t got to watch any . It’s only 15 min away from Yosemite park entrance and no reservations . I’d go back , site 23 is very nice too
Deer creek campground sits on the edge of Huntington Lake. Many of the sites have views of the lake or are right on the lake. Although a lot of trees have been cut down due to the beetle issue in the last few years most sites still have plenty of shade or you will sacrifice the shade because you get an unobstructed view of the beautiful lake.
Huntington Lake is about an hour past shaver Lake which is about an hour from Fresno. Huntington is typically 8 to 10° cooler than shaver Lake. Temps in the summer are in the 70s at Huntington. There is a lot to do in the area￼￼ Including easy hikes to waterfalls and magnificent vistas like at mushroom rock. We enjoyed driving up Kaiser Pass to jack ass meadow and Florence lake. Also, Indian pools is a great way to spend a few hours in beautiful scenery.
If you can’t get a camping spot at Huntington you can also camp at China Peak ski resort. It’s not fancy camping but it’s cheap and it will do if it’s the only way for you to enjoy this beautiful place.
Super clean, well maintained campground. The spots are small but are on either side of a creek which provides nice background noise. Room for two cars or one car, one RV at each spot, and room for at least one tent, if not two. Picnic tables, fire pits, and grills at the sites. RV sites are back in. Flush toilets and showers ($2 per token)
Marmot rock is a well maintained campground managed by PG&E at Courtright lake. (Make reservations on the website 4-6 months in advance for non-winter months) All campsites have access to and an amazing view of the lake and are great for groups or Boy Scout troops. Running water is drinkable but highly advised that you filter it. Toilets are clean. 4x4 vehicle recommended. 3-3.5 hour drive from Fresno, Ca
Photo hiking Eagle Beak Peak directly above Marmot Rock
Campsites are clean, but was quite a busy spot.
So I was hesitant to write a review because I didn’t want this place to have any more visitors than it already does..! It was an amazing experience overall and we can’t wait to come back. The address on google maps however DOES NOT lead to the camping destination but we ended up running into a couple of ATV’ers that led us in the right direction. It’s actually off the highway before where the maps lead you and there is a sign that says Travertine Hot Springs. Having arrived at night, we were very glad to have met the locals that were helpful in showing us the way! So once you turn off the highway, you follow a dirt road that leads you straight to the springs. We ended up turning off and heading up a pretty rough road to find a spot on top of a canyon looking hill to camp. We were looking for seclusion and we definitely got it! The view was amazing from up top, and in the morning with a quick 5 minute drive we changed into our bathing suits and went for an early morning “nature hot tub swim”. The springs are hot but not boiling, and we spent an hour soaking there with absolutely no worries in the world. Definitely an amazing stay, and absolutely no hesitation to go back!
We came here looking to maybe fish in the lake or, at the very least, be able to park right along the shoreline. Unfortunately, when we camped here, neither was possible.
The lake was low (because summer, duh), so that was one thing. The other thing was there was no place to actually drive up to the shore. Instead, the whole site is a cliff with a boat launch and a smaller parking lot at the end near a dam. In order to get to the water, you had to hike down. Albeit it isn’t a huge hike down, but it’s a hike nonetheless. There’s no way to park your car by the water because there are no roads that lead up to it.
Also, there is almost NO shade here. All the turnouts (save 2 or 3) have no tree coverage so your car has potential to get VERY hot in the summertime.
However, the water was BEAUTIFUL & CLEAR and there are a couple beachy spots you can set up a few chairs and relax.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad spot to boondock, just had some minor inconveniences. If you’re looking for a quiet, secluded place to swim or camp where there aren’t many people, this is the perfect place for you.