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Park keep rude

Sucks

Great little lake!!

We take our Kayaks and spend the day on the lake. It gets choppy in the afternoon so be aware. The campgrounds are set among huge boulders and can be very private. There are bears but they seem to keep to themselves but don’t temp with unstored food. Tables, bear lockers,fire rings are at all campsites. Trailers and RV are mostly kept to the boat launch. Closed from October till May

Worst service ever

We stayed here after a long day of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The trail goes right through the "resort" town. The place is very eclectic, full of antique, unusual and thrift store kinds of stuff. You can stay at the motel, cabins, RV or tent sites. There's a restaurant, bar, and country store. The prices at the store are exorbitant, ($5 for 4 ramen packs). The bathrooms were dirty and so was the shower. The laundry machines outside the bathrooms were broken. The waitresses we had for dinner and breakfast were rude. We spent a lot of money at the store, restaurant and bar and as soon as bikers and locals showed up we stopped getting any kind of service. You can ask the staff for password for the wifi but the wifi is extremely slow and cell service is almost nil. Camping was weird. We had to ask three people before we got directed to where to camp at. One person suggested if we paid the bartender $20 we could get a campsite. Another one told us the campground was full with a family reunion. We were finally directed to free camp sites behind the school house. It wasn't a reunion, unless Grandma is really hip and likes rave music. But the baby there did not like it and cried all night. We were next to the "festival". The rave music played until 7 am. The bartender in the morning told us that they have music festivals like that all summer long. Even being free this place was not worth the stop. Caribou Crossing up the road was kinder and had amenities that worked.

serene and peaceful

great hiking trail and camping spot away from civilization.

Amazing access to the High Sierra!

Awesome spot! Great campground right on a creek, access to high Sierra hiking trails that put you right up at high lakes, and friendly park rangers/station.

Family time in gorgeous spot with perfect weather

Some sites are without water and power but we happened upon G loop and found a great full hookup site, where deer and turkeys roam through. The washers/dryers are brand new which is great, there’s a dog beach and lots of water from pool to the lake to have fun, rentable paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. We’d return again, absolutely enjoyed no cell service!

Great wildlife and views

Pros: Great views on first loop and wildlife throughout! Lake is beautiful too

Cons: No cell service in any of the loops and WiFi isn’t great.

Might be in the process of being decommissioned

Rudimentary campsites, no fire rings or tables at any of the campsites. The cement pullouts are still there. I’ve been up in that area a lot in the past three years and the gate that is at the opening is open sometimes and closed and locked at other times. Not really sure what’s going on with the site. On a brighter note the snowflowers were going off earlier this season!

The crystal calls

There are plenty of sites to choose from on this loop. Two bathrooms and some running water although I believe it is only there for dousing your fire. There is a nice little aspen grove that bisects the campground and every site has a picnic table and a fire ring. You’ll want four wheels drive to get up there, but I’ve seen passenger vehicles make it just drive slow. Clean campsites, Let’s help keep them that way.

Unbelievable privacy in the Eastern Sierra!

This campground earns 4 stars because of its amazing privacy. First, it's quite an adventurous (read: bumpy) drive to get to it from the nearest paved road. Once you arrive, you'll be amazed at how much space there is between the sites. From most sites, you can scarcely see that there are other campsites around! Yet there are still vault toilets.

Lookout is oddly named; it's tucked deeply enough into the forest that it doesn't have much in the way of a view (though in fall, the numerous aspen are undoubtedly stunning).

This campground is dog friendly, with no one to enforce leash rules (if there are any). Since the separation between sites is so large, this doesn't seem to be much of an issue. Down off the mountain, both human and pooch alike can splash around in the Truckee River to cool off. There's excellent swimming right by the bridge.

Wyandotte Campground on Little Grass Valley Reservoir

This campground is located on Little Grass Valley Reservoir near La Porte, CA. It is one of many campgrounds along the reservoir that includes a boat launch, dump station, fish cleaning station, bathrooms with flush toilets, and a beach for swimming in the reservoir. Campsites include a table, fire pit, grill, and paved drives that can accommodate long trailers or RV's. The sites are not on the water, but just a short walk away.

The nearby town of La Porte has a general store where you can purchase firewood, food, and other forgotten essentials. There is no cell service in the area, but the general store also has a pay phone for use.

During my trip, half of the sites were closed due to nesting Bald Eagles. Despite the closure, there was plenty of site availability. However, reservations can be made online.

First to Review
pretty lake, pretty loud campers

This is a very pretty lake. it was a little muddy along the shore but the rock area is a great swimming area. unfortunately it is a little dirty with broken glass. The campground though was fairly clean. Vault toilets, but very clean and tons of spots that run right along the shore. my only issue was that it was kind of a loud campground. People playing music from their boats on the water and multiple groups up late (midnight) and being loud and shouting. If you like to camp and be loud and have a good time then this is a great place big if you enjoy more solitude and nature, this may not be your cup of tea.

Spanish Creek

Nice campground, water spigot is safe water, they test it every month. Nice camp host, bear box included, neighbors aren’t too close. Cell service is atrocious but that isn’t their fault. Bathrooms had much to be desired. Would camp here again!

Like a Norman Rockwell painting.

The lake is an iconic alpine lake nestled in the Sierra Nevada’s. Sugar pine and Lodgepole pines dot the campgrounds and birds are plentiful. There are giant pine cones scattered everywhere and woodpeckers can be heard throughout the morning. This is a great spot for families or folks looking for something right on the lake. There is a somewhat wind sheltered creek with picnic spots available that is great for kids or beginner paddleboarders who need to get started out of the wind. Along the lakeshore there are beautiful old wood stoves for cooking. It gets crowded and the dog friendliness is marginal. The lake is slightly chilly but a great swim on a hot day. The campground has bathrooms and there is a visitor center with a museum and gift shop. Reservations fill up in the summer, for weekends especially.

City Camping

This campground to us is city camping. The spots are right next to each other and there are a ton of people. The only good thing it has is the lake. You can just play in the water all day and it is right there. If you want to be close to the water and don't mind people then this is the place for you. **the ice cream is sooooo worth it!! DO IT!!!

Love Bucks lake

We have been comping here for 3+ years and we love it. The campground is nice and the spots seem to be spacious. It's close to the lake and market. We love to get ice cream before dinner :) Only negative - not all of the spaces have bear boxes and we had a nice visitor one morning. Be sure to put your food in your car if you don't have a bear box.

A hidden gem

This is a small hidden little gem of a campground. They have flush toilets and bear boxes which makes it nice for those of us that tent camp. Close to the water and sites have plenty of space.

Great location away from crowds

Excellent location for lake and swimming hole access. Kirkwood right down the road provides groceries as needed

Clean

Ccampgrounds are big, clean and quiet. It was very nice here.

Beautiful area with an even prettier lake!

Lots of young people out late and having fun, suggest going when there isn’t a major Holiday so it’s more peaceful.

High in Sequoia

Situated almost 7,000 feet above sea level Lodgepole is located in Lodgepole Village in Sequoia National Park. There is a great market/general store at the entrance of the site and of course there is plenty to see and do in Sequoia Nat'l Park

Gorgeous hiking, waterfalls,camping

Beautiful & breathtaking views. Nice camp host of 10 years + showed us the petroglyphs. Rustic camping. Superb hiking trails well worth the visit. Visited in 2016.

"Roughing it" ...near town, close to but not quite glamping...

Granite Flat is a great way to get out and camp without worrying too much about forgetting something. Now, I know no one WANTS to head back into town for the ice, eggs, or brew they forgot. But if you do, you're only 2 miles from the grocery store.

This campground is right along the Truckee river! It is RV/Camper, tent & dog friendly. Though there are very few "tent only" sites.

They have non-flushing restrooms with TP! (fancy outhouses)

You can park up to 2 cars per site

There is fresh, clean water located at pumps thruought the campground

PLENTY of space to pitch a tent

Bear boxes provided (we were lucky enough to see a mama and two cubs across the river from us!)

Fire pits and picknick tables

Super friendly camp hosts

We stayed here at 3 tent only sites, the night after our wedding with a group of friends! We all loved it and will definitely be back. You can float from one end of the campground down to the other end or keep going if you can find a ride (Uber) back to the campground! I hear the fly fishing on the Truckee river is fantastic as well. Due to the fact that we JUST got married the day before, we actually had our DJ come the the campsite and spin there. The people in the nearby sites were totally cool with it and we were respectful of quiet hours. So, as you'll see in the video, we had music. But typically the festival DJ doesn't come with the campsite. ;)

One negative to this campground is that the highway is right next to it. The Tahoe region is EXTREMELY popular so I'd suggest booking early if you can (though it seems you can find sites last min too) and know that if you're next to the highway, you'll hear cars/trucks passing through. By no means did any of my party feel that the vehicle noise was intrusive on our experience though. But it's food for thought.

Lastly, again you're near town and can head into Truckee for some tasty brew and food at many local breweries, breakfast, & BBQ spots! Plus the town of Truckee is super cute and should be explored of you haven't been.

Great family fun

I've been going to Greenhorn for four years now every summer. It's always a great time. There are multiple campsites by the water, no need to drive or take a long walk. There is a store on site that seeks everything you may need.

We usually go with friends and their trailers, note this is dry camping so you should bring generators if you have a trailer.

clean and friendly

We love Collins!! Very nice for paddle boarding and kayaking. Clean sites and pet friendly. We took the boat on our last trip here and had a great time. Great fishing spots!!

SUP and kayak friendly

we found there to be a lot of rules at this campground such as no fires, however there is a community fire pit. No driving over 5 MPH, no charcoal grills or smokers, only electric and propane grills. They are also very serious about the 11pm quiet time.

Aside from all the rules this was a very clean, family and pet friendly campground. Very clean bathrooms with showers!! There are a few lakes that are very nice for fishing and kayaking. Nice calm water for a leisurely SUP experience.

Lovely lake

Had a great site big enough for a couple of tents. Nice clean site near lake. Hubby enjoyed fishing. Kids loved canoeing out onto the lake. Amazed to watch a bald eagle grab a fish and fly away.

First to Review
Hostess with the mostest!

This gem of a campground gives you wuick access to a variety of activities. A quick 15 minute drive takes you to Nevada City/Grass Valley and wine tasting. And a quick jaunt up the road to Washington, CA gives you the Yuba River and excellent gloat sites. The camp host, Pat, is a doll, friendly and good for a laugh. The camp is clean with firewood to buy, and plenty to forage on the ground. Pit toilets and portable toilets, large sites for tents and campers alike, its our favorite go to spot.

Quick Escape

Dog Valley is my favorite quick escape from town. There are so many places to explore that it doesn't get old.

Beauty and quiet just minutes from the hustle and bustle

This campground offered everything I needed and nothing I did not. My tent site was perfect. The lake was absolutely stunning. I rented a kayak and took a lovely paddle enjoying the serenity and beauty of the High Sierras. Around my campfire, I could here birds singing and wind blowing through the trees. The funny thing is that just down the road is the thriving tourism of Truckee, CA. When I wanted to be social, I went there and had an amazing time too.