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Big Trees


Big Trees and its campgrounds are up in the Sierra Nevada at 4,800 feet with easy access just off Highway 4. Summer is the best time to visit with temperatures as high as 80, but lows in the 50’s.

Big trees has two campgrounds, the North and South Grove, with a total of 129 campsites. For Reservation go to recreation.gov six months in advance. For more about Big Trees check it out in the destination guide.

In spring and fall it rains, thunderstorms or snow showers are likely, it is drier in the Fall. The South Grove is closed from approximately mid-November to mid-April. The North grove area is usually open and sometimes suitable for cross-country skiing.

Calaveras Big Trees became a State Park in 1931, more about it is here.

Lake Amador

Lake Amador Resort was created by the Lockhart Family in 1973. They have expanded from 12 campsites to 150, with showers and flush toilets. There are also 73 lakeside full RV hook-ups and a swimming pond with a waterslide.

Lake Camanche

Lake Camanche has tent camping available year-round at both North and South Shores. RV hook-up sites are provided at South Shore, self-contained RV’s are welcome at North Shore. Camp sites include barbecues, tables, water, hot showers, restrooms and laundry facilities.

Lake Don Pedro

Facilities at Flemming Meadows, Moccasin Point, and Blue Oaks include water, sewer and electricity hookups, paved parking pad, table, and barbeque grill at each site, plus access to hot showers in developed restrooms.

Tent Sites are located in all three developed campgrounds. Facilities include paved parking pad, table, food locker, and barbeque grill at each site, plus access to hot showers and water faucets in developed restrooms.

Lake Pardee

The Recreation area at Pardee Lake has 141 campsites located within two separate campgrounds. Lakeview and the more secluded Oaks Campground. Campsites offer plenty of shade, a picnic table, fire ring, and running water is close to or right next to a site.

Lake Tulloch

Lake Tulloch has 130 sites. Lakefront sites with RV hook-ups also allow boats to tie up. Cabin rentals are available with two rooms, electric and evaporative cooler with sleeping accommodations for 6 – 8 persons. Cabins also have private docks and lakefront swimming.

New Hogan Reservoir

New Hogan Reservoir offers 177 campsites in its three developed campgrounds. Acorn East and Acorn West have hot showers and flush toilets while Oak Knoll is more primitive. A group campground is also available at Coyote Point. Most campsites and the group campground are available by reservation.

New Melones

In the Tuttletown Recreation Area you will find six lovely lakeside campgrounds, Acorn, Fiddleneck, Oak Knoll, Manzanita, Chamise and Lupine. Two campgrounds, Ironhorse and Big Oak, are located in the Glory Hole Recreation Area. Campsites offer barbecues, water, campfire rings, shower facilities, fish cleaning station, telephones, watertaps, and a free launch ramp.