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Where is a good place to camp in Northern California that is not surrounded by, or close to, large cities? That is not inundated with heavy traffic, and has fair weather during winter months?

Small sized cities with low crime rates would be great, or areas close to one.

How about Lodi?



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Jackson Rancheria RV Park Jackson, Ca.

49r Village Plymouth, Ca.

Both 10/10s with nod toward the Rancheria.
Small cities on Hwy 49 in Gold Country.

Ghost Mountain Ranch, Pollock Pines, Ca.

Off Hwy 50 towards Lake Tahoe. Lots of sites but only a few with sewers. Pumper comes weekly for a nominal charge.

Doran County Beach Park Bodega Bay, Ca.

Nice park, right on the beach. Great beach walks, waves crashing, etc.

The Lakes RV Resort Chowchilla, Ca
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Another 10/10. You also get free golf daily.


These are but a few campgrounds we enjoy. There are many more available of course and tons more depending on the size of your rig and what you're looking for as far as hookups. Remember, Northern California is larger than many other STATES in the union, so asking for camping recommendations would be like asking where would you camp in Montana or Nebraska......I would recommend planning a route then search here: RV Park Reviews and decide where to stay. If you pick several, come back and ask about those campgrounds.....Dennis

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Gee, I don't think anywhere in northern CA has what you would call 'fair weather' in winter!


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Well when my wife and I visited North Dakota everyone we met treated us real nice....SO, I will answer your question..

LODI would be a terrible place to stay ( MY OPENION )
LODI is NOT Northern California, it's central California.

GO north young man on I-5 and stay in REDDING, you will love it.
Lots of things to do, lots of things to see,
Redding is about as safe a place as you will find in all of California.

Redding is in the foothils at the north end of the Sacramento valley.
It is surrounded by beautiful mountains on the North, East and West.
Traffic is very low and there are great country and mountain drives.
A big beautiful river runs right through town, and there 3 big lakes close by.
If you ride bikes you can't beat Redding. You can now ride from downtown Redding all they to the base of Shasta dam, most of the way is paved. If you ride a mountain bike there are hundreds of miles of dirt bike trails.

Redding also has several very nice RV parks.

Happy traveling to you,and good luck.

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We are from Northern California....Santa Rosa. Yes, it gets cold and rainy during the winter. How WINTERY are you talking about?
We just got back yesterday from Casini Ranch on the Russian River, great park, and absolutely beautiful.
Doran park, that another poster mentioned, is cold, foggy, and has NO hook ups.
Inland of course has better weather, so since Sacramento is a 'big' city, you can get to some great areas near there like Grass Valley, wine country, coastal is chilly and foggy, but never snows or below freezing........there are lots of pretty places on the coast that do not freeze, like Carmel and Monterey.

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Southern Oregon has a lot to see and enjoy,,, But what I am a bit biased.
Sunset Bay state park Coos Bay area.

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There is a reason they made the song "Stuck in Lodi Again"

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I've watched the weather patterns the last two years as we wintered in Potter Valley for two winters (Oct to April. The ocean storms from warmer waters,called the pineapple express comes on shore just north of SF at a diagonal, hits I5 and goes north. It doesn't always make it over the Cascades but the Columbia Gorge seems to allow quite a bit of it to funnel east. Not all of it gets to the Canadian border.

I'd stay about 40 miles inland from the Coast. Some of the winter winds are rough coming off the ocean. Redding could be the best place to be. If you want to be a little further south, try the Clear Lake area on hwy 20 between Hwy 101 and I5. Keep in mind that all of northern California has had increases in crime.

Mendocino County (Willits, Ukiah and into Clear Lake) has it's share of pot growers and that attracts some interesting people in motor home parks, hitch hikers and homeless.

Weather wise... some days in January we saw almost 80's in the daytime and 40's at night. Two weeks of almost too cold to keep the water lines hooked up at night but it always warmed up enough to thaw them out during the daytime.
We made the mistake of not putting the awning away one night. Flipped it good.

Ants... if it rains, they seem to want to come inside the MH. So treat the ground where your wheels, hoses and electric cords touch the ground. Once they get inside it's a real pain to deal with them. And yes, it rains, but not like Oregon or Washington!! I liked northern California. Plenty to see and do. But that's for another thread.


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Red Bluff or Redding has reasonably good weather in winter, but expect some fog. RAIN, RAIN, RAIN from about mid-Nov till end of March. Chico is also nice if you like college towns.

I strongly second the comment about Lodi. Definately not a vacation area/town. Lots of Tule fog in the winter.

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Us folks up here in the real northern California consider Sacramento and San Francisco "central California".
Winter weather is either rain or snow most of the time with cool to cold temps. Arcata has mild temps and if you stay long enough "green" stuff will start growing from your rig.


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