There was a fire. Now there are mudslides. The space is lovely but please stay safe if you do come this year.
We camped just near the trailhead. Hike was challenging but well worth it. Please be prepared. Many folks we saw were not. Our campsite was at the end of the road on a creek that was perfect for our post hike feet!
Friendly camp host let us switch to a better/more secluded spot than the one we reserved. Ranger talk right across the street. Rim trail trailhead really close. Toilets so clean, "I would even poop in these!" was uttered.
We stayed in spot #21 with amazing views and every spot had a paved place for the truck (since we have a roof top tent, being level where we park is important). Also- flush toilets! A lot of mosquitos but it's near water in July so that's to be expected!
Great fishing and kayaking/SUPing on the lake. It can get crowded with day users. People tend to drive fast where there are kids and dogs playing on the side of the road. All out of town plates. Very sad.
One of our favorites, it's an easy drive and quite lovely all summer. It can get crowded so plan accordingly. We did not have easy water access but it can be done down a relatively steep but quick jaunt down the hill to the beach.
A beautiful lake any time of year… Though summer can be quite hot with little shade so bring pop ups or shade cover! There's a marina to rent boats. Bring kayaks, SUPs, and tubes to spend the day in the water - easily accessed from every camp sight I've been to there. Then the cliff diving!