Best Camping near Madera, CA

Madera, CA is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Enjoy the scenic camping, fun activities, and sights and sounds of Madera. Find the best campgrounds near Madera, CA. Read reviews from campers like you and find your perfect campsite.

Best Camping Sites Near Madera, CA (130)

    Camper-submitted photo from Codorniz Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Codorniz Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Codorniz Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Codorniz Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Codorniz Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Codorniz Campground

    1.

    Codorniz Campground

    8 Reviews
    11 Photos
    38 Saves
    Raymond, California

    Overview

    Codorniz Campground on Eastman Lake is a perfect launchpad for activities like canoeing, birding and hiking. Tucked in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the area attracts abundant wildlife like bobcats, golden eagles, mountain lions, hawks and wood ducks.

    Recreation

    Eastman Lake is the first designated Trophy Bass Fishery, by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Both young and old anglers will find fishing on Eastman lake a satisfying challenge. At the campground, visitors can try their hand at disc golf or challenge a group of friends to a game of volleyball. Horseshoe pits are also available for a little friendly competition.

    Facilities

    Eastman Lake is the first designated Trophy Bass Fishery, by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Both young and old anglers will find fishing on Eastman lake a satisfying challenge. At the campground, visitors can try their hand at disc golf or challenge a group of friends to a game of volleyball. Horseshoe pits are also available for a little friendly competition.

    Natural Features

    The rolling hills around Eastman Lake are surrounded by tall grasses and scattered oak trees, giving way to stunning mountain views. The lake features 1,780 surface acres, fed by the cool waters of the Chowchilla River.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Sierra National Forest is a short drive to the east of the campground.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground

    2.

    Millerton Lake State Recreation Area Campground

    10 Reviews
    16 Photos
    53 Saves
    Friant, California

    Fort Miller and Dumna Strands Loops (sites 38-84)

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

    $200 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park

    3.

    Wawona Campground — Yosemite National Park

    41 Reviews
    109 Photos
    98 Saves
    Wawona, California

    Overview

    Wawona Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is situated at the southern end of the park, 27 miles and approximately 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley, at an elevation of 4000 feet.__ Wawona was home to the park's headquarters in 1904 and historic structures still stand today. The majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is just a short drive away. Within Yosemite, visitors gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area and much more. When on reservation, Wawona 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 the campground open date 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, and photography are all very popular activities within the park. The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time. A visit to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, just four miles away, is a must-do. A network of hiking trails within the grove leads to stately trees with names like Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple, and California Tunnel Tree.Wawona offers several additional hiking trails, including the Wawona Meadow Loop, Swinging Bridge Loop, Alder Creek and Chilnualna Falls.

    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, and photography are all very popular activities within the park. The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time. A visit to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, just four miles away, is a must-do. A network of hiking trails within the grove leads to stately trees with names like Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple, and California Tunnel Tree.Wawona offers several additional hiking trails, including the Wawona Meadow Loop, Swinging Bridge Loop, Alder Creek and Chilnualna Falls.

    Natural Features

    The area is forested with a diverse mix of ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir, and whiteleaf manzanita, which offers a pleasant combination of sun and shade. The gentle South Fork of the Merced River flows alongside the campground.

    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. A scenic 45-minute drive leads to Glacier Point, with its sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks. The Tioga Road, in the central region of the park, 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. Beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellation of individual or equestrian 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. Cancellations for a single night___s use within 48 hours will not receive a refund, but will not be assessed an additional service fee. 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.____ No-shows for any type of reservation will be charged a $20 service fee and the first night's fee.

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

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Yosemite RV Resort

    4.

    Yosemite RV Resort

    11 Reviews
    34 Photos
    170 Saves
    Oakhurst, California

    Spanning 35 breathtaking acres of majestic oaks and manzanitas, cascading waterfalls, rolling hills and a never-ending star-spotted sky, Yosemite RV Resort is an idyllic camping getaway in the valley foothills. Hang here to enjoy the large pool, new playground, and horseshoe pits, then hit the trail, catch a falling star and adventure boldly under the Yosemite Valley sky.

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

    5.

    Lost Lake Campground

    6 Reviews
    11 Photos
    68 Saves
    Friant, California
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site

    6.

    Goat Meadow - Dispersed Camp Site

    28 Reviews
    59 Photos
    912 Saves
    Fish Camp, California

    Dispersed Camping is allowed in the National Forest except in the area surrounding Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Bass Lake, Redinger Lake, and the Merced River Canyon. Campfire permits are required at all times whenever you plan to have a fire on public land outside of a developed campground. When building a fire please remember to only pick up down and dead wood that is no larger than wrist size and to never leave a campfire unattended.

    You can obtain a campfire permit at any Forest office or online at http://www.prevetnwildfireca.org/. Be sure to check and see if campfire restrictions are in effect, when campfire restrictions are in place you will not be able to make a fire in dispersed camping areas (Developed Designated Campgrounds Only) but, you will be able to operate gas stoves, and lanterns with your permit.

    When camping in the Forest proper food storage is also required either using a bear box, or by the proper use of the counter balance method. While camping anywhere in the forest also keep in mind that there are other people in the forest and we advise you to respect them and their space.

    You may stay at one campsite for a limit of 14 days and you may stay on each district for a limit of 21 days before we will ask you to vacate. Please follow ENVUM maps for all designated roads and vehicle limitations.

    We ask you to always remember to pack out what you pack in. Human waste needs to be buried 6 to 8 inches deep. For any other questions about visiting and camping in the forest and in the wilderness please visit LeaveNoTrace.org.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
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      Camper-submitted photo from The Lakes RV & Golf Resort
      Camper-submitted photo from The Lakes RV & Golf Resort

      8.

      The Lakes RV & Golf Resort

      3 Reviews
      2 Photos
      38 Saves
      Madera, California
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • ADA Access

      $42 - $1500 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy
      Camper-submitted photo from Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy
      Camper-submitted photo from Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy
      Camper-submitted photo from Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy
      Camper-submitted photo from Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy
      Camper-submitted photo from Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy

      9.

      Bass Lake Recreation Area Rudy

      2 Reviews
      14 Photos
      29 Saves
      Hensley Lake, California

      Overview

      This is Bass Lake Complex in the Sierra National Forest, California.It is 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park, off Hwy. 41, near Oakhurst, California.

      For details and reservations in the Bass Lake Complex please select any of the following campgrounds:

      Cedar Bluff Campground

      Crane Valley Group Campground

      Forks Campground

      Lupine Campground

      Recreation Point

      Spring Cove Campground

      Wishon Campground (Bass Lake)

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Tents
      • Group
      • WiFi
    • 10.

      Shooting Star Sanctuary and Retreat near Yosemite National Forest

      13 Reviews
      41 Photos
      564 Saves
      Ahwahnee, California

      This campground is donation based. Please book through The Dyrt so the owner knows you are arriving, and call the host to confirm your stay!

      Each site has access to a communal outdoor kitchen which includes a large gas grill, microwave, toaster oven, hot plate, coffee maker, and an assortment of kitchenware. The site has a seating area with a view, a full fridge, and a large dish-wash sink, and food prep station. Each site has access to a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Guests are also encouraged to interact with over 100 animals on the ranch such as puppies, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, mini-pigs and lots of cats and kittens. We will happily introduce you to the Ranch and our practices in our mission to promote the use of life-stock to pursue sustainable fire management. The ranch is nearly 100 acres, and affords several miles of hiking and bike trails, some off-roading areas, and two ponds. And being 35 minutes away from Yosemite National Forest is a bonus as well.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • RVs
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What camping is available near Madera, CA?

    According to TheDyrt.com, Madera, CA offers a wide range of camping options, with 130 campgrounds and RV parks near Madera, CA and 9 free dispersed camping spots.

    Which is the most popular campground near Madera, CA?

    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Madera, CA is Codorniz Campground with a 4-star rating from 8 reviews.

    Where can I find free dispersed camping near Madera, CA?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 9 free dispersed camping spots near Madera, CA.

    What parks are near Madera, CA?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 20 parks near Madera, CA that allow camping, notably Hensley Lake and Sierra National Forest.