We went out to Lake Chabot this weekend for an extended family trip. First off, I think we lucked into the best sites in the place. We had sites 69-72. These four sites are down their own little loop so if your looking to do some group camping but dont want to pay for a group site, this is a great option for you. And site 69 butts up to one of the main hiking trails down to the lake. This is both good and bad. The views were amazing from these sites, but there are people walking through all day. We even had someone walk straight into our campsite with their dog to take a picture of themselves at the lake, and another person sat at one of our picnic tables to enjoy their lunch watching the lake while my entire family was sitting around them. I'm big on campsite etiquette and that left a lot to be desired here, which is why I gave 3 stars. The worst parts about this place though is that you cant swim in lake, which we knew going into it, and that you cant use your generator. Didnt make sense to me on the generator part but whatever. The eucalyptus trees were really cool and kept out the mosquitos which was amazing! If you are planning on going and want a place to swim, Cull Canyon Lagoon is a neat place and it's only 8 miles down the road (although itll take 20 mins to get there) and you need to get there by mid morning before they stop letting people in. Overall a neat place.
Just got back from a weekend getaway at Lakeside. We stayed in site 35, which was one of only 2 sites left for the weekend when we booked. I have to say by some miracle I think it was one of the best sites at the lake. While it's the last site down and the furthest from the lake, you can still see it from the site. It's also one of the largest and flattest sites they have. Luckily nobody had showed for site 36 so we were able to just pull our rig through without fighting to get in. If you have a larger group, I would suggest getting sites 35 & 36. Site 36 is ok, but not nearly as much space, so the two together is ideal. The lake itself was beautiful and quiet even with a full campground. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is no beachy area for swimming. It's pretty muddy/marshy at the waters edge which isnt unusual but isnt ideal either. Perfect lake for paddle boards and kayaks. Kids did some swimming but it's quite cold with the snow runoff this time of year. Also great area for bikes and atvs.
This campground was great. We just spent 4 days out there and got to see a little of everything. The campground itself has large spaces, perfect for your own privacy. If you like to hang out by your trailer under an awning, these spots are tough because there are large rocks blocking the parking area that separates you from the rest if the campsite, but other than that it's great. There are trails for hiking or mountain biking. You are minutes from Bullards Bar which is one of the most beautiful lakes around. I definitely suggest a day trip to the lake. You can rent a boat for the day or even a houseboat. You are also just 10 minutes away from the Oregon Creek day area of the Yuba River. It gets crowded, so get there early if you want to stake out a spot, but it's beautiful and so much fun for the kids. If you want more of a beachy area, Collins Lake is also just 15 minutes away and they have a nice beach as well. This is bear country so we had a nightly visitor, the bear boxes are there for a reason so use them! We had site 10 and had family in all the rest of the sites around that circle and it worked out great! I would definitely return.