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Bakersfield RV park just off Hwy 99. My home town, Born and raised, so I've stayed here a few times returning. Nice park adjacent to a great bike trail of 50+ miles. The river is not always running as in some of the pictures. Gravel pads concrete patios surrounded by grass. Daily weekly monthly rates, and have used all of them.

Large water district camping

Large water district camping outside Ojai Ca. Full hook ups at most sites. $50 a night plus extra for tow vehicle. 8 areas to to choose from. Water park in summer, disc golf, fishing, boating, home of the ‘84 Olympic rowing competition. Gates close at 10 pm and had to park outside when I didn’t get back in time and walk in. Dirt and grass sites depending on where you choose. Many amenities

4x4 campsite

This is a cool campground nestled between to 4x4 trails. Keep in mind this is usually a lunch destination for people on the trail. There’s a single site with under the trees. There’s another site about a 100 yards away but it is exposed. No toilets no frills just a good spot to stop.

Closed

Closed, hotel/parking being built

Beautiful, Clean, Beach Access

We hoped to camp near Oso Flaco Lake and Creek, but this was as close as it gets.

When we arrived at Pismo State Beach, we were pleasantly surprised by how neat and tidy the campground was and how friendly and organized the rangers were. While not very private, the campground was really quiet. I think the imposed Quiet Hours facilitated this. We will definitely stay again.

Prepare for windy, chilly nights even in July.

Cute campground

This campground is very touristy and not very private. There is no shade, it's mostly for RV sites, you can put a tent up, but like everywhere else beach camping I would advise a trailer or something. It gets very windy and sand gets everywhere! It is also very near a train track! It is an absolutely gorgeous beach, I can see why it gets popular. Its also quite expensive. There are well maintained bathrooms, with coin operated showers. The stars are amazing at this beach.

Beach is nice

It's a nice campground with a little store. As with all Santa Barbara county, coastal campgrounds there is little shade. This is a campground for surfers! If you surf this is where you want to be. Coin operated showers, nice bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers. This is a very accessible campground with great views. Just a ton of wind.

Beach camping.

This is very close to the Ocean and the train, and the highway. It can be quite noisy. The best thing about this campground Is the wildlife. Hundreds of birds, seals, dolphins, and sometimes whales. There are a very few great sites, with shade and grass, the rest of the sites don't have much shade. No fire pits. This area gets pretty windy so I would recommend a trailer rather than a tent. Bathrooms are clean.

Couldn't even stay here.

We drove by looking for a campsite close to the beach. It is close, and there is mountains to look at. It is a field with a parking lot that you can pitch a tent or park your rv. It's also expensive. There is no shade, there is nothing appealing about it. Right off the highway as well.

Among the prettiest camps I’ve been to

This campground is right next to the beach you can walk on the beach at any moment. It’s absolutely breath taking!

Relaxation readily available

This site is highly accessible but still felt local and gives a great mixture of relaxation and creature comforts. There is a bar at the campground entrance if that is your speed, but we took advantage of the winding creek side path behind site 18. Our fellow campers were very respectful and the grounds were tidy.

RV park

Very lovely place. Very Very friendly staff easy check-in. Last things to see on base. Our family friendly

It has a pool!

As with many southern California lakes, there is no human contact with the water due to it being a reclamation center. Unlike many other southern California lakes, this one has a pool!

The bathrooms are well maintained and there are flush toilets and coin operated showers. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. I tent camped, like always, but they have cabins, yurts and rv spots. The guys enjoyed the fishing.

I still have a problem paying $25+ for a place in the dirt, but families love it.

Cute! Close to Solvang!

Thus is a roadside RV park that is a nice size and super friendly. We stayed here on Valentines weekend. It was mostly quiet and the camp host was delivering breakfast to the campsite, super cheap. I think we paid $5 per person for excellent biscuits and gravy. There are great bathrooms. We tent camped, the sites were lovely. There are pools and spas and a game center. Plenty of things to do for the whole family. It is within walking distantance of Pea Soup Andersons, a cute Mexican restaurant and other shops and stores. The convenience was a plus, you can see shops and stuff on one side, but mountains on the otherside. It's a cheaper option than Solvang hotels.

Nice.

Part of the Thousand Trails network. There is very clean bathrooms, room for RV'S, a rec center, store, pool, hot tub. There is a small creek and plenty of hiking trails.

Awesome beach campground

Bring your bathing suits. Watch the tar.

Easter weekend

I thought it would be quiet, being a holiday weekend. It was far from quiet. There were Porta potties and the camp site's were not large. There was a family reunion or something with many sites taken by the family. Pa systems and loud mariachi music, kids screaming.

Im sure if I had gone on another weekend it would have been fine. The boat rentals were reasonable, the lake is nice.

Nice place that is fun for kids

We camped here with 10 adults and 8 kids. There is teepee yurt's. Very kid friendly with a zipline and play ground. All sites have fire rings and picnic tables. There are bathrooms.

Free camping!

HAve taken several weekend trips! There is a vault toilet, but no other amenities. Miles of hiking and Mt bike trail's that are well maintained. Lots of wildlife viewing. There is a large parking area to park, close to the campground, then you walk in and grab a site. You cannot drive up to your site. It is a well maintained path to the campground. There is always events such as stargazing parties in the parking lot, hundreds of people late at night with telescopes. They are quiet enough. Most are friendly and would be happy to show you the sky and teach you.

Lake Camping

Clean sites,good restrooms, kayaks, nature center, and well stocked store.

Nice RV park for over night

Nice RV park with level pads, a restaurant, and a pool. Also across the street from camping world. Only con is parking is on DG rather than cement and in the morning it is muddy. Paid $49.50

Nice clearing in the wilderness
  • Very primitive campground for backpackers to set up for the evening
  • Hike in campsite only
  • Beautiful wilderness area that is a very dense forest. Lots of nature, wildlife, and animal activity all around.
  • There are pretty reliable water sources around (streams, creeks, and waterfalls) but it's still safer to bring plenty of your own drinking water and/or water filter.
  • The hike in is pretty difficult -- narrow trails, fallen trees, steep cliffs. poison oak, mosquitos, and a couple shallow creek crossings. There were times when trees fallen and completely blocked trails so we were required to bushwack around. I got lots of scratches and snagged clothing.
  • No fires are allowed, including coal fires. Read the signs before entering, especially during high risk fire season/
  • The campsite is very easy to find along the trail -- it's a large open clearing that you can't miss surrounded by lots of beautiful oak trees! Especially because the rest of the wilderness is so dense
  • We came across coyote and mountain lion scat at the campgrounds so just becareful about storing food/snacks in a bear box a couple yards away from where you're sleeping
  • The campground is pretty large and can accommodate many backpackers. The ground is very flat compared to the rest of the wilderness so finding a place to pitch a tent is failry easy.
  • This campsite is in the valley of the canyons so it gets extremely cold and dark as soon as the sun sets. Be prepared for cold camping
  • Very secluded camping and we didn't come across any backpackers or hikers the entire trip. We found it very peaceful and quiet in the evenings. We barely heard anything!
  • Poor cell service so make sure you have a printed map or a trail map downloaded ahead of time.
Great Camp Sites, No Swimming

The campgrounds are amazing! They have showers, restrooms, running water, bbq pits or regular bonfire pits and enough space for at least 1-5 tents! The staff are super helpful and cool- just be cool with them.

I recently stayed at the lake as part of an “unofficial” anthro club trip and it was amazing! The sizes of the camp grounds were more than enough and the whole ambience was perfect!

My only complaint was the lack of water access- you can boat in the lake, kayak, paddle boat- but there is no human contact because of the water treatments. It bummed me out but it wasn’t a total killer. They have a near by store on the grounds but town is a cool 15-20 min away. Nice escape coming from LA.

The kayak launch was pretty easy to handle!

Fair time

Have camped here many times as a kid during the summer when the Santa Barbara county fair goes on. Not as much a campsite as it is an open field with some hook ups.

Nice place

Nice place and clean place, but not really a campground as it much as it’s an rv park with cabins. Not much nature. Use to go years ago when they had tent camping. Miss those days. Some good hikes down to the river bed and bike/ running trails

Rv / camp site

Right next to some beautiful dunes. Rv / pull in sites. Have tables restrooms and fire pit relatively close to Oceano/ piano

Camp / Rv park

Right next to a boomers amusement park so it can get a little noisy. Right off the 101 freeway

Close to home

The sites are just anywhere on the beach so it’s a really nice different place than a typical site. There are no amenities but they do have bathrooms every few miles. You can dig a fire pit if needed

Backpacking

This was my first backpacking trip ever with my little brother. Was somewhere around 18 miles there and back from nira camp. The site was flat and clear but that was back in 2013. Would love to go back and check it out now. The school house is cool it’s a building in the middle of nowhere that just pops up

Fishing trip

We stayed in the primitive campsite area. Was nice and clean even sites. Had some portable toilets with in walking distance. Rented a boat at the marina and was warm all night in the summer