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Posted: 09/19/22 02:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can try campgrounds out by Collins Lake, or between Truckee and Graegle, Gold Lakes area.


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Posted: 09/19/22 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You have a lot of requirements, or I would suggest Cotton Wood creek, Cold creek along highway 89 north of Truckee or Boca or Stampede campgrounds on I 80 East of Truckee in the Tahoe NF. Always have enjoyed quiet camping off season in the week. Further away is my favorite Grasshopper flats at Lake Davis (Plumas NF)

There are no easting places within walking distance at any of these tho. Have to drive for several miles for food. Part of Tahoe NF is closed due to Mosquito Fire.

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I suspect part of the issue you are having is that you are looking at RV Parks in highly congested areas. Yes, RV Parks in Tahoe or San Francisco are crowded and expensive and/or run down. Just like hotels in those places. They are international vacation spots.

It's sort of like the person who goes to Disneyland and then complains about the crowds and commercialism. That's why you go to Disneyland - if you don't want that then you go elsewhere.

Look for places that are not international tourist attractions. Look at campgrounds rather than RV Parks. All the federal places I identified in my prior post are under $40 a night (under $30 for dry campsites) - no need to pay $150+ a night to get away.


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We run away to Ocean Cove just north of Timber Cove Lodge. No hook-ups but some beautiful ocean bluffs to walk on and a nice restaurant across the highway ( 2 lane) with views of the ocean. Closes up for the winter, first come- first serve.


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Posted: 09/19/22 10:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

You have a lot of requirements, or I would suggest Cotton Wood creek, Cold creek along highway 89 north of Truckee or Boca or Stampede campgrounds on I 80 East of Truckee in the Tahoe NF. Always have enjoyed quiet camping off season in the week. Further away is my favorite Grasshopper flats at Lake Davis (Plumas NF)

There are no eating places within walking distance at any of these tho. Have to drive for several miles for food. Part of Tahoe NF is closed due to Mosquito Fire.


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One of our favorites is Lawsons Landing/Dillon Beach. Dry camping with plenty of room on nice grassy areas. Beautiful dog friendly beach. No shopping or eating places nearby. Bodega Bay or Petaluma is nearby. If you want to people watch and just enjoy we like it.


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agesilaus wrote:

The Sierra Nevada is called the best camping area in the world, lots and lots of boondocking areas out there.


Maybe so, but not an easy place to roam and camp/RV. The area, along with Yosemite area, is constantly swamped by crowds and crowds of people. Tourism crowds and locals (Cali/AZ/UT/NV) have hemmed up most of the reservations months in advance and trying to get sites is nearly impossible. Then, there’s the Van Life crowds, some of whom live full time boondocking, or are near homeless, living in and around campgrounds and trailer parks as a source of water and sewer dumping, showers/toilets, etc, benefit. Some of these “boondockers/Van life people are not respectful of others who are traditionally “camping or RVing” making it an unpleasant experienece for those who are trying to “camp or RV.”

And then there’s the season closures, which has begun Sept 15th.

I’m just looking for a “quick fix” few nights of R&R, for DW and I, the dog. Really don't want to make an exhausting competitive task trying to fight the crowds.

Just thought someone in and around my current area might know of a “neat and quiet” spot for a few nights, that’s all.

Thanks.


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Posted: 09/20/22 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gottahaveit wrote:

One of our favorites is Lawsons Landing/Dillon Beach. Dry camping with plenty of room on nice grassy areas. Beautiful dog friendly beach. No shopping or eating places nearby. Bodega Bay or Petaluma is nearby. If you want to people watch and just enjoy we like it.


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Tiger4x4RV wrote:

From my personal bucket list, meaning I want to go but have not done so yet...
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
This is north of you. Probably pretty primitive.
https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-co........erryessa-snow-mountain-national-monument

From my been-there-liked-it list:
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
South of you near Los Banos.
A variety of camping areas, ranging from primitive first-come-first-served (Medeiros, where I always stay) to full hookups with lake views.
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30712


We’ve been around Berryessa several times. Pretty much done with this, but have not checked out the Snow Mountain NM. As for San Luis Reservoir, and Medeiros…thanks for the tip! We will add this to our list!


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valhalla360 wrote:

Have you actually checked the national park campground reservations to see if there are any last minute openings? The kids have gone back to school, so demand should be easing up with the big summer vacations done.

Another thought...are you forced to go over the weekend? If you can go mid-week, a lot of the crowding issues go away.


We did chedk out the NPS Reserve site and everything is either booked or places are closed down. Even called. Thanks!

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