Camping in Northern California: Top Leading National Campgrounds for Camping Experience

Are you stressed from the urban life in Cal? Worry not, because driving a few miles from the city can bring you to nature’s haven. You should head to the northern parts of the Gold coast and find out the different camp areas that the area has to offer. Many of the popular destinations provide a lot of options, activities, and amenities. If you like potholes, shore, recreation ground, mountains, forests, and more, Camping in Northern California has them.


WHY CAMP IN NORTH GOLD COAST?

The varied northern Cal regions offer a wide range of tenting opportunities from rugged shore to towering redwoods in the redwoods state park, from shimmering potholes to snow-capped volcanoes.

You will surely enjoy the panoramic sights in Northern California, like its sandy shore, fern canyons, potholes, and rock formations. Coastal and shore tenting is available.


15 BEST NORTH CALIFORNIA’S CAMPGROUNDS AND ALSO CLOSE BEACHES

CA has numerous parks and camp areas that you can go to during your trip.The Northern Region of CA is rich with natural assets and beautiful landscapes. You will surely be in awe with the panoramic views that you will see along the way. We have listed here some of the excellent campgrounds and parks that you should include in your list.

1. LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
(Credits to Active)

Lassen Volcanic belongs to the recreation ground of the USA in northeastern Cal. You will surely appreciate the main highlight of the campgrounds in Oregon, towards Northern California. LVNP is a unique part of the world where you can find four types of volcanic formations – shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and stratovolcano. Other notable features of the recreation ground are pristine potholes, jagged peaks, and smoking fumaroles.

CAMPSITE HISTORY

The park was originally two separate national monuments that were designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. The Lassen Peak National Monument and Cinder COne national Monument that is in the area. A series of eruptions occurred in 1914 to 1917 that affected the landscape. Because of the beauty of the area and the repetitive  activities, it was established as a national park in 1916.

NATURAL ASSETS

The park showcases volcanic landscapes. The geologic formations in the park are stunning and will surely be appreciated by enthusiasts. 

The western part of the park features lava pinnacles which are created by lava flows, the jagged craters, and many sulfur vents. There are also glaciated canyons and lakes that can be found in the area.

NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIMECHECK-IN TIME
Lassen Volcanic38050 Highway 36 East Headquarters
Mineral, CA 96063
9:00 AM – 5:00 PMOpen All-year-round except for Holidays1:00 PM
CHECK OUT TIMERATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESS CONTACT
12:00 PM
  • Winter Pass – 10.00 USD: Valid for 1-7 days at LVNP between December 1 and April 15.

  • Vehicle Pass – 30.00 USD: Valid for 1-7 days at LVNP between April 16 and November 30

  • Motorcycle Pass – 25.00 USD: Valid for one motorcycle regardless of the number of passengers. Valid for seven days at LVNP.

  • Individual Entrance Pass – 15.00 USDL: The entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot, bicycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group.Valid for seven days at LVNP.
  • Link hereLink here+1 530-595-4480

    TENTING

    You can pick from the seven campgrounds of LVNP. You may also make reservations for hutments at recreation.gov. Other camps allow walk-in reservations. If you drive an RV or with trailers, you will find it preeminent and accommodated at the lakes of Manzanita, Butte, and Summit campgrounds. There are no hookups in the recreation ground; Manzanita has the only dump station available. 

    The sites are limited to three tents, six people, and two vehicles per site. Group sizes are limited to 10 to 25 people and six vehicles. You are allowed to make a campfire only at designated fire rings, extinguish them when done. You may gather firewood, but you can only utilize dead wood; you cannot cut wood from standing trees. There is available firewood for purchase at the Manzanita Lake Camper Store and gift store inside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

    Tenting on the grounds listed below is permitted. You have a permit to camp in the backcountry provided. It would be advisable not to camp outside of established encampment because it is strictly prohibited, including boondocking. Dispersed tenting is allowed in many areas, so utilize them.

    Pets are allowed and welcome in the encampment, provided that they are attended to and restrained using a leash. They do not allow pets on trails or recreation ground facilities.

    Some sites are ADA accessible and offer amenities that suit your needs.

    Here are some of the activities that you can experience during your trip to LVNP:

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • enting
    • Wildlife Watching
    • Swimming
    • Paddling
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hiking
    • Auto Touring
    • Picnicking
    • Catching fish
    • Biking
    • Boating
    • Horse Riding
    • Drinking water
    • Flush toilets
    • Utility sinks
    • Trash Receptacles
    • RV’s Allowed
    • Pets Allowed
    • Picnic Table
    • Fire Ring
    • Bear Resistant Storage Lockers
    • Dump Stations

    2. YOSEMITE NATIONAL STATE PARK

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL STATE PARK
    (Credits to Travel Yosemite)

    Yosemite Recreation ground has been the icon of America’s natural beauty. You will find yourself and many visitors amazed by what nature has to offer in this recreation ground. If you want a unique adventure or vacation of a lifetime, this is the place for you. Nature lovers will enjoy plunging themselves in the tranquility of nature.

    You will indeed be drawn to the scenic waterfalls, giant sequoias, thriving wildlife, and mesmerizing cliffs.

    HISTORY

    Early inhabitants of Yosemite valley were indigenous natives known as Ahwanechee, meaning the “dwellers in Ahwahnee.” They lived there for nearly 3000 years, but researchers believed that humans had visited the area as early as 8,000 to 10,000 years heretofore.

    The valley was the center of the Cal Gold Rush in the mid-19th century; over 90,00 European-Americans went to the area for a competition of resources. Wars have been inevitable for the natives and the foreigners.

    After these wars, some Native Americans continued to live within the boundaries of Yosemite. Many Indians supported the developing tourism industry by working as laborers or helpers. Later, the Indians became part of the tourism industry itself by selling baskets or performing for tourists. In 1969, the National State Parks Service removed the remaining Native people from their homes and wrecked their village as part of a fire-fighting training exercise. A redeveloped “Indian Village of Ahwahnee” has been erected behind the Yosemite Museum, located next to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

    Dr. Lafayette Bunnell was the one credited for naming Yosemite valley. He believed that the name Yosemite meant a grizzly bear. He was the one who wrote an impression of the valley in his The Discovery of the Yosemite.

    Shortly after, more and more people started to move to Yosemite. It became a National recreation ground in 1916.

    OFFERS NATURAL FEATURES

    Yosemite valley is only a fraction of the land recreation ground, but this is the most popular for the visitors where they choose to stay. The Tunnel View is the first view that you can snapshot. There is a granite cliff named El Capitan that looms over Yosemite Valley. It is one of the most renowned rock climbing destinations in the globe. It provides a diverse range of climbing trails and is open all-year-round. 

    You will be amazed by the towering Granite Domes such as Sentinel Dome and the Half Dome, which is thousands of feet high. There are a lot of picturesque domes in the recreation ground. There are scenic areas like the Tuolumne Meadows, Dana Meadows, Cathedral Range, Clark Range, and the Kuna Crest. You can find peaks with red metamorphic rocks in the Sierra Crest and Pacific Crest Trail that run through Yosemite, such as Mount Dana and Gibbs. Granite peaks are present, like Mount Conness. Mount Lyell is the tallest point in the recreation ground at 13,1200 feet. There, you will find Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in YNP and one of the few remaining today.

    The recreation ground has three groves of old giant sequoia trees, the Mariposa Grove with 200 trees, the Tuolumne Grove with 25 trees, and the Merced Grove with 20 trees. This tree species grows larger than any other. It is one of the tallest and most ancient tree species.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    Below is the information about the recreation ground, if you want to find out more visit www.nps.gov.

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Yosemite National ParksTioga Rd Hwy 120 & Hwy 140 Yosemite National Parks, CA 95389
  • Standard: Open 24 hours

  • Open: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • All-year-round except for holidays
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
  • Yosemite Annual pass – $70: The Annual pass provides free entrance to Yosemite for twelve months from the purchase date.

  • National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual pass – $80: The Annual pass includes entrance and standard amenity fees and federal fee areas, valid for 12 months from the purchase date. This replaces the Golden Eagle Pass.

  • Senior pass – $80: This is the lifetime or annual admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents aged 62 or older. A yearly version of this pass, valid for 12 months, costs $20.

  • Access pass – $0: This is the lifetime admission and discount pass for US citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.

  • An annual pass for US Military – $0: The annual pass includes entrance and standard amenity fees for all active US military personnel and their dependents are valid for 12 months from the issuance date. (For active-duty military personnel, and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).)

  • Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or vehicles with 15 or fewer passenger seats – $35 : This fee is valid for seven days.

  • Motorcycle – $30: The fee is valid for seven days. The cost is per motorcycle (not per person).Foot, bicycles, horses, or non-commercial buses or vans with more than 15 passenger seats – $20 This fee is valid for seven days. People 15 years and younger are free. The cost is per person.

  • Commercial Tour (sedan up to six seats) – $25

  • The fee is $25 plus $15 per person.

  • Commercial Tour (van, 7-15 seats, regardless of occupancy) – $125

  • Commercial Tour (minibus, 16-25 seats, regardless of occupancy) – $200

  • Commercial Tour (motor coach, 26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy) – $300

  • Commercial Tour (motor coach, 26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy) – $300
  • Link hereLink here+1 209 372 0200

    TENTING

    Tenting is a favorite activity in Yosemite. Make sure you plan and decide on the options of the enjoyable activities you wish to do. Here are encampment details that will help you decide on where to camp

    Some encampments require a wilderness permit, like the Backcountry ground at Little Yosemite Valley and near the High Sierra camps. They are not part of the reservation system of the campgrounds.

    Fun activities await you at Yosemite. Prepare for the activities you want to experience, and have a blast!

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Paddling
    • Auto Touring
    • Biking
    • Boating
    • Climbing
    • Tenting
    • Catching fish
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Swimming
    • Stargazing
    • Picnicking
    • Snapshot
    • Wilderness Tours
    • RV sites
    • Historic and Cultural Site
    • Dump Stations
    • Horse Hutments
    • Tap water
    • Vault Toilets
    • Ranger and Nature Programs
    • Rock Climbing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Skiing
    • Tennis
    • Golfing
    • Ice Skating
    • Winter Sports

    3. CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL RECREATION GROUND

    CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL RECREATION GROUND
    (Credits to Recreation)

    Channel Island recreation ground showcases five magnificent islands and the ocean environment. This place protects the rich natural and cultural resources and preserves them. You will be able to see thriving wildlife and plant species on the islands. Researchers in this area found Archeological resources that made history. 

    The islands have been isolated for thousands of years and created a unique ecosystem. Now it is time for you to explore them and enjoy what the public recreation ground has to offer.

    READ HISTORY

    Records show that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first observed the islands in 1542. More than two thousand Chumash inhabited the three northern islands. The Chumash are native American people who inhabited central and southern coastal regions and the Channel Islands. There were eleven villages on the islands.  The two islands named Santa Barbara and Anacapa islands were designated a public monument in 1938. The remaining islands were combined with the memorial in 1980 and made the CINP that we know today.

    OFFERS NATURAL FEATURES

    The islands are thriving with significant natural and cultural resources. The different islands offer a lot of activities that you can do. There are more than two-thousand species of plants and animals that are within the recreation ground. There are additional endemic animals like the deer mouse, island fence lizard, and more.

    The Channel Islands recreational activities offer backpacking, tenting, hiking, scuba diving, and angling. CINP is famous for its large number of complex, beautiful sea caves. One of the popular activities is kayaking through the sea caves.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    If you are new to the island, here is the necessary information that you could use.

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Channel Islands1901 Spinnaker Drive Ventura, CA 93001Open 24 hoursAll-year-Round except for holidays
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Entrance – $0.00: There is no entrance fee to visit the CINPTransportation Reservations
    Advanced reservations for boat and plane transportation to the islands are required. Please contact the recreation ground concessionaires for reservations.
    recreation.gov
    Link here
  • +1 877 444-6777

  • +1 805 658 5730
  • TENTING

    Tenting is permitted all-year-round on all the islands in CINP. The National Service manages the recreation ground. Tenting conditions are primitive; there are areas designated for campers.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Snorkeling
    • Boating
    • Tenting
    • Hiking
    • Picnicking
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Catching fish
    • Paddling
    • Swimming
    • Diving sports

    4. BURLINGTON CAMPGROUND, HUMBOLDT REDWOODS STATE PARK

    BURLINGTON CAMPGROUND, HUMBOLDT REDWOODS STATE PARK
    (Credits to Humboldt Interpretive Association)

    Suppose you would like to see the historical trees that withstand thousands of years. The Humboldt should be your next stop. They now classify the recreational area as a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Be amazed by the sequoias of the Cretaceous Period.

    READ HISTORY

    Humboldt comes third in the largest recreation ground in the System containing Rockefeller forest, the world’s largest remaining ancient sequoias. Thanks to the three men from San Francisco that made out on an excursion to the sequoias in 1917, the encampment exists today. 

    During the mid-1990s, loggers came to the recreation ground to cut down lofty ancient sequoias. John C. Merriam, Madison Grant, and Henry Fairfield Osborn saw the demolition of the grand sequoias. They were motivated to begin the development to save the remaining parts of the wood; after three years of preservation, the recreation ground became famous.

    A catastrophic flood in 1995 and a more devastating loss in 1964 added fuel to the flames to acquire more lands and spend millions of dollars expanding the recreation ground for approximately 25,000 acres done in the 1970s to restore the damages, build and preserve the recreation ground. Through the league’s determination and efforts to continuously raise money and work together, the recreation ground further expands to 53,000 acres: and out of it, 17,000 acres of the recreation ground redwood forest was preserved, considering it as the gigantic ancient sequoias left on the planet that attracts millions of visitors.

    OFFERS NATURAL FEATURES

    Humboldt sequoias provide numerous ways to enjoy and explore the place, whether you had just one day or a week-long vacation. This encampment has natural wonders such as a waterway where you can swim, fish, ride a kayak and canoe. The recreation ground showcases more than 100 miles of trails to hike, bike, and horseback ride, or simply relax and gaze at the delightful scenery. Just a minute drive away, you can find signature areas such as Gould Grove Nature Trail, Founder’s Grove, and the Women’s Federation Grove, and the Avenue of the Giants.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Humboldt Redwoods17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott, CA 95571, USThe Visitor Center is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Apr. – Oct.

  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Nov. – Mar.
  • Open year-round
    RESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Visit Reserve Cal or call 800-444-7275. Lodging and tenting must be reserved six months before the arrival date.Link here
  • +1 707 946 2409

  • +1 707 946 1811
  • TENTING

    Burlington encampment is accessible all-year-round. It is located next to the Visitor center on the Avenue of the Giants, and you can find it 2 miles south of Weott. Burlington encampment has 57 sites in the old and second-growth sequoias. There are hike and bike sites for guests. Moreover, you can find a short nature trail that leads to a waterway for swimming and angling. There is a summer bridge that can provide you access to additional Hiking trails.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Hiking
    • Tenting
    • Running
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
    • Museums
    • Guided tours
    • Exhibits
    • Swimming
    • Bicycling
    • Picnicking
    • Horseback riding
    • Nature 
    • Group hutments
    • Environmental hutments
    • Historical and Cultural Sites

    5. MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL

    MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL
    (Credits to Burney Falls Org.)

    Relaxation and serenity. Just the sound of the waterfall will surely bring you into a nice mood. If you are looking for a place with a wide variety of activities, this recreation ground is the one you are looking for. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial is a perfect place to spend your vacation. It is one of the leading recreation grounds in Cal. 

    READ HISTORY

    The land was named the magnificent Burney Falls after the pioneer colonist Samuel Burney. Burney transferred to the area in the 1850s. After that, during the late 19th century, the McArthur Family stayed. Their descendants were the ones who maintained the waterfall and nearby land and fought against development. They purchased the property and presented it as a gift to the land in the 1920s.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    Visitors can find the recreation ground within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region. It encompasses more than nine-hundred acres of forest and five miles of streamside and potholes shoreline; it includes Lake Britton.

    You will surely enjoy the recreation ground’s main highlight, the Burney Falls, which is 129 ft high. There are underground springs in the recreation ground that is the source of water of Burney Creek. You can swim at the basin where the waterfalls fall. The creek is connected to Britton.

    The landscape of the recreation ground was the result of volcanic activity and erosion from weather and streams. 

    A region of Britton is accessible to all recreation ground visitors, and guests for boating, swimming, water recreation, and a small portion is reserved for catching fish. The water flowing into Pothole Britton from Burney Creek stays approximately 42 degrees Fahrenheit, or 6 degrees Celsius. The visitors and guests who do boating can enjoy the 9-mile long pothole and can explore numerous nooks and crannies well beyond the borders of McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial. You will see a rail bridge used in the 1986 movie Stand By Me, the Pit River Dam. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, or motorized patio boats are available to rent.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIMECHECK-IN TIME
    McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial24898 CA-89, Burney, CA 96013, US8:00 AM to 5:00 PMAll-Year-Round2:00 PM
    CHECK OUT TIMERATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    NOON
  • Recreation ground Day Use – $10 per vehicle

  • Seniors – $9

  • Bus – $100

  • Oversized fee $20

  • The launch fee is $10

  • Encamp – $35 per day

  • RV Dump Station is $10 per dump
  • Link hereLink here+15303352777

    TENTING

    McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial Recreation ground provides 102 encampments. Seventeen sites are available for tents only, while the rest of the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There are available bike and hike sites. The rustic one and two-bedroom chalet are available for rent. Feel the breeze through the pines, smell the fragrant campfire, hear the waves tenderly lap the shoreline.

    There are 24 one- and two-room cabins available for rent for visitors who did not equip for tenting. Each cabin is within walking distance of restrooms, showers, and the camp store. Visitors must have their bedding and lanterns because the cabins do not have electricity or running water.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Boating
    • Tenting
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Catching fish
    • Swimming
    • Windsurfing
    • Geocaching
    • ADA Accessible
    • RV dump station
    • RV accessible
    • Historical Site
    • Picnic Areas
    • Visitor Center
    • Scuba Diving
    • Shore Area
    • Camp tore
    • Restrooms

    6. LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

    LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
    (Credits to Tripadvisor)

    HISTORY

    Like most of the landscape you will see in Southern Oregon and Northern Cal, LBNM is immersed with historical significance. Over the last half-million years, volcanic activities have shaped this landscape harshly. The LBNM lies on the northeastern edge of the Medicine Lake Volcano. It occupies the most extensive total area that is engulfed by a volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range. The Lava Beds are in a highly significant physiographic location, lying at the juncture point of the Sierra-Klamath, the Cascades, and the Basin. 

    The Lava Beds was established in November of 1925. The land the recreation ground engulf is over 46,000 acres. In 1991, they added LBNM to the National Register of Historic Places.

    While enjoying the place, you will find Petroglyph Point, one of the most extensive Native American rock art panels in the US.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    Lava Beds has different geological landscapes. It showcases a wide variety of volcanic formations that include fumaroles, lava tubes, cinder cones, pit craters, spatter cones, hornitos, lava flows, mars, and volcanic fields.

    Lava Beds is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine potholes shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 800 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and encampments, and a high desert wilderness experience await you! You can visit the recreation ground any time of the day; we ask that you self screen for white-nose syndrome at the visitor center before entering any caves.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Lava Beds Monument Cali1 Indian Well HQ Tulelake, CA 96134All-year-Round except for HolidaysOpen 24 hours
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Entrance Fees: Lava Beds Entrance Fee – $25
    The entrance fee is given for seven days and can be paid for with cash, check, or credit card. The entrance fee is per vehicle.
    Entrance Passes: Lava Beds & Crater pothole Annual pass – $45
    The annual pass is given for one year at both LBNM and Crater pothole Public recreation ground.
    Link hereLink here
  • +1 530 667 8100

  • +1 530 661 8113
  • TENTING

    Lava Beds only has one encampment: the Indian Well encampment, which is located half a mile from the visitor center and cave loop. There are over 40 sites available in the encampment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sites can accommodate tents, pickup campers, small trailers, and motorhomes up to 30 feet.

    Sites are $10 per day, per site, and include a picnic table fire ring and cooking grill. Wood fires are permitted unless otherwise posted. 

    Reservations are accepted for group encampments with a minimum of fifteen people. You may make up reservations three months in advance. Call the visitors center so you can save a spot. The majority of the encampments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Caving
    • Hiking
    • Tenting
    • Wildlife viewing
    • Visitor Center
    • Backcountry Tenting
    • Group Tenting 
    • RV Accessible (some sites)
    • Trailer Site

    7. SONOMA COAST PARK CAMPSITES

    SONOMA COAST PARK CAMPSITES
    (Credits to Cal Public recreation ground)

    READ HISTORY

    The earliest record of human immigrants on this site was by the Native American Coast Pomo and Miwok tribes. As early as 1849, archaeologists found traces recorded on this property, and to date, they saw many prehistoric kitchen middens and other types of tribal dwelling evidence. The property is part of the Mexican land grant Rancho Bodega. The Russians have begun logging the old-growth forests directly above the coastal prairie in the early 19th century.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    Sonoma State Shore showcases coastline with shore, reefs, caves, tidepools, headlands, and natural arches. With shores spanning more than ten-miles and land awning 5,000 acres, this shore is one of the largest in the land. The recreation ground extends from Bodega Head to the Russian waterway. You can walk on the five-mile trail system in the dunes. The shore is home to one of Cal’s largest seal rookeries. During the winter season, Bodega Head is one of the finest whale-watching sites on the North Coast. The recreation ground is thriving with many kinds of seabirds. The ocean and waterway frontage offer perch, salmon, steelhead, and smelt angling. 

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Sonoma Coast7095 Highway 1 Bodega Bay CA, 94923Dawn to SundownAll-year-round
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Day Use:   
    $8 per vehicle
    $7 per vehicle for seniors
    The bus fee for 10-24 passengers is $50
    The bus fee for 25+ passengers is $100
    Tenting: 
    Bodega Dunes  $35 / day
    Hike & bike site $5
    Wrights Shore $35 / day
    Premium $45 / day
    Willow Creek $25 / day- UNAVAILABLE
    Pomo Canyon $25 / day
    Extra vehicle:  $8/ day
    Link hereLink here+1 707 875 3483

    TENTING

    Wright’s Beach campsites

    Sonoma State Shore showcases coastline with shore, reefs, caves, tidepools, headlands, and natural arches. With shores spanning more than ten-miles and land awning 5,000 acres, this shore is one of the largest in the land. The recreation ground extends from Bodega Head to the Russian waterway. You can walk on the five-mile trail system in the dunes. The shore is home to one of Cal’s largest seal rookeries. During the winter season, Bodega Head is one of the finest whale-watching sites on the North Coast. The recreation ground is thriving with many kinds of seabirds. The ocean and waterway frontage offer perch, salmon, steelhead, and smelt angling. 

    Wright's Beach campsites
    (Credits to Cal Seashore)

    Bodega Dunes campsites

    There are 98 encampments with flush toilets, hot showers, and a trailer sanitation dump station. The maximum trailer length is 31′, no hookups are available. Campfire and Junior Ranger programs occur in the summer months. The day-use area includes a disabled-accessible boardwalk out to a classic sandy shore. No pets and no campfires are allowed on the shore as a measure to protect the snowy plovers.

    Bodega Dunes campsites
    (Credits to Cal Seashore)

    Willow Creek Environmental Camp

    You can enjoy 11 primitive encampments with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets on this site. Walk to the sites within a quarter-mile from the garage. They are the only recreation ground encampment on the Russian River. Sites are shaded by willows but near to a large sea for swimming and angling. Blue heron, egrets, osprey, and occasionally waterway otters can be seen by the stream. You are not allowed to bring dogs or pets to protect the wildlife in the area. These sites are not available on the reservation system. Make sure you are updated and call before reserving. This camp is unavailable seasonally.

    Willow Creek Environmental Camp
    (Credits to Bay Nature)

    Pomo Canyon Environmental Camp

    There are 20 encampments with fire rings, picnic tables, pit toilets, and running water nearby available for guests. Encampments are near the garage lot, and one is ADA accessible. Camps are laid down in a majestic redwood grove among the ferns. A three-mile trail to Shell shore takes off from the encampment, traversing seasonal streams and rising into the grassland with panoramic views of the stream and finally the blue ocean. You are not allowed to bring dogs or pets to avoid damaging or disturbing wildlife. This encampment is not available on the reservation system.

    Pomo Canyon Environmental Camp
    (Credits to the Press Democrat)

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Hiking
    • Tenting
    • Picnicking
    • Shore Tenting
    • Biking
    • Facilities Day use
    • Sonoma Coast Visitor Center
    • Group Tours
    • Wildlife viewing

    8. TAHOE RECREATION AREA

    TAHOE RECREATION AREA
    (Credits to Cal Public recreation ground)

    The beauty of pothole Tahoe attracts thousands of visitors from all over the globe. You will surely enjoy the scenic destinations and beautiful activities in this area.

    READ HISTORY

    Lake Tahoe Basin was the result of vertical motion faulting of the earth. Some of the uplifted blocks created the Carson Range in the eastern region and the central Sierra Nevada crest in the western region. Many varying geological processes created the landscape of the PotholeTahoe Basin. 

    Pothole Tahoe is the youngest of many extensional basins of the Walker Lane deformation zone between the Sierra Nevada-Great Valley Block and North America.

    OFFERS NATURAL FEATURES

    The main highlight of the Tahoe Recreation Area is Pothole Tahoe itself. You will find that this is the biggest attraction in the area. It is one of the deepest potholes in America, with a depth of 1645 feet. TSRA has a share of its 72 miles of beautiful and white sandy shores.

    You can find a paved bike path leading twenty miles south within the west shore of Lake Tahoe. You can have fun catching fish, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You may rent bikes and kayaks available around Tahoe City.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIMECHECK-IN TIME
    Tahoe State ParkHighway 28, Tahoe Public Park, Tahoe City, CA 9614510:00 AM to 8:00 PMAll-Year-Round2:00 PM
    CHECK OUT TIMERATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Noon$35 per day
  • Click here for reservation

  • +1 800 444 7275
  • Link here
  • +1 530 583 3074

  • +1 530 525 7982
  • TENTING

    TSRA encampment has 31 available tent & RV encampments combined. The recreation ground can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 21 feet and trailers up to 15 feet long. The encampments are in the middle of Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pine trees. You may immerse yourself in the beauty of Tahoe; the majority of the sites have potholes side views.

    You may utilize showers and restrooms available to guests. Tahoe Recreational Area does not have hookups or dump stations and leading choice for tenting or the use of smaller trailers and RVs.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Tenting
    • Dogs Allowed
    • Flush toilets
    • Showers
    • Picnic Sites
    • Swimming
    • Windsurfing
    • Trails
    • Angling pier
    • Stores
    • Laundry
    • RV sites
    • Trailer Sites
    • RV Accessible
    • Hiking
    • Biking

    9. EMERALD BAY PARK

    EMERALD BAY PARK
    (Credits to TripAdvisor/TA)

    Come and enjoy the rugged shoreline and the blue-green water of Emerald Resort, one of the world’s most scenic places.

    READ HISTORY

    The Emerald Resort has proclaimed a Public Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier-carved granite in 1969

    A few years later, the country designated the landmark an underwater public recreation ground in 1994. It is the home for many boats, launches, and barges used in the potholes before the turn of the century, during the peak of Emerald Resort, and used in the construction of Vikingsholm.

    OFFERS NATURAL FEATURES

    Emerald Resort engulfs the entire shoreline of the gulf. Eagle Point encampment is situated right on Eagle Point on the south side of the gulf’s mouth, giving recreation ground visitors views of both Emerald Result and the area of Lake Tahoe. Several encampments in the world have such magnificent environs. They renovated the encampment in 2015.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Emerald Resort138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 961507:00 AM to 7:00 PMDepending on weather and Season
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
  • $35 per day

  • Premium sites $45
  • Link hereLink here+1 530 541 3030

    TENTING

    Tenting grounds at Emerald Resort are in different parts of the area. There 97 encampments and half of those are for standard tenting and accommodate only tents, recreational vehicles, and trailers. In addition to that, there are 45 sites for tenting. The minimum number of people encampments can accommodate four, and the maximum is eight for some sites. You may as well have the option to stay at premium sites with the lake’s outstanding views. Another option is the boat-in encampments, which are twenty in total. They are located on the north side of Emerald Resort.

    Eagle Point encampment

    Eagle Point encampment is a popular tenting spot during the summer season. Each family campsite can accommodate a maximum of eight persons. In addition, the sites can accommodate up to two vehicles. If you have any additional vehicles, you may recreation ground them at the Campfire Center.

    Boat-In encampments 

    You can find the Boat-In encampment on the north side of Emerald Resort. Buoys are available, and tenting takes place on the lakefront encampments.  The Boat Camp is open in the summer season only. On Memorial Day weekend, the encampments are on a first-come, first-served basis. The encampment will be on reservations in mid-June.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Boating
    • Boat rentals
    • Family hutments
    • RV access
    • Catching fish
    • Guided Tours
    • Scuba Diving
    • Sea Area
    • Restrooms and Showers
    • Hiking Trails
    • Historical and Cultural Site
    • Picnic Areas
    • Visitor Center
    • Exhibits
    • Swimming
    • Nature and Wildlife Viewing
    • Geocaching
    • Museums

    10. BOTHE-NAPA VALLEY PARK

    BOTHE-NAPA VALLEY PARK
    (Credits to Napa Valley)

    READ HISTORY

    Dr. Charles M. Hitchcock bought a thousand acres of Rancho Carne Humana in 1872 and built a country home beside Ritchey Creek. He called it “Lonely”. More than a century later, the beautiful trails beside the creek endured the time and became Bothe-Napa Valley.

    OFFERS NATURAL FEATURES

    The majority of the recreation ground landscape is rugged, with elevations of up to  2,000 feet. You can see the forests on the north-facing slopes and in canyons and brushy landscape on the south-facing slopes. The sequoias grow only near creeks or springs.

    Plantlife encompasses much of the recreation ground’s landscape, principally volcanic, but you can see the sign of the area’s volcanic history in the volcanic ash cliffs of upper Ritchey Canyon.

    The recreation ground is home to numerous wildlife like raccoons, gray squirrels, deer, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes. You will seldomly encounter them because most of them are hiding in the woods and the area’s brushy parts.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURS
    Bothe-napa Valley3801 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 945158:00 AM to Sundown
    CHECK-IN TIMECHECK OUT TIMERATES
    2:00 PMNoon
  • $8 per car

  • $7 per senior

  • $4 for ADACal

  • Passes are honored

  • RV Encamp – $35 per day/ vehicle

  • $8 for additional car

  • Tenting – $35 per day

  • Bike Site – $6 per person

  • ADA accessible Drive-in – $35 per day

  • Group Campsite – $125 per day

  • Yurts – $60 per day
  • RESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Link hereLink here+1 707 942 4575

    TENTING

    Bothe-Napa Valley provides Ritchey encampment, managed by Napa County regional recreation ground and Open Space District, as its tenting spot. 

    Ritchey encampment has 23 encampments for RVs, trailers, or tents. They offer 18 tent sites. Half of them are regular tent sites that may be reserved. The other 9 are walk-in tent sites, which are first-come, first-served. The walk-in sites only accommodate up to 5 people per site and one vehicle. Campers enjoy the gentle sounds of the creek passing nearby. 

    Ten Yurts are in the recreation ground, some located in the encampment and others in Yurtville. The Yurtville Yurts pick up many highway noises while those in the encampment are well shielded from outside noise. The recreation ground includes a Group Campsite. In addition, the Ritchey encampment has a hike & bike site.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Hiking
    • Cycling
    • Horseback riding
    • Tenting
    • Trails
    • BBQ grill
    • Potable water
    • Picnicking
    • Accessible Trails
    • ADA accessible
    • RV port
    • Restrooms
    • Fire Ring
    • Picnic Tables

    11. VAN DAMME PARK

    VAN DAMME PARK
    (Credits to Mendocino Area Association)

    You can find Van Damme {Public recreation ground within the Mendocino coast. You can enjoy tenting on the recommended sites beside the Little Stream and areas on the ridge known as Highland Meadow. We are sure that you will take delight in the shore experience, scuba diving, abalone angling, hiking, kayaking, and simply sight-seeing.

    HISTORY

    Van Damme was named after Charles Van Damme. He was born at Little River in 1881 to the early immigrant’s John and Louise Van Damme, a Flemish couple. Upon his arrival in Mendocino County, Van Damme later did labor in the lumber mill at Little Stream. In this area, all of his children were raised, including Charles, whose love for the area prompted his land acquisition. After some years as an excellent operator of the Richmond-San Rafael ferry line, he acquired a plot of ground within the redwood coast. Upon his death, this area became part of the Country recreation ground System in 1934.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    VDSP showcases a scenic shore, rich greenwood, and tenting spots. You can explore the pygmy woods or launch a kayak into a protected fjord. You can immerse yourselves with nature in hiking, jogging, and cycling the Fern Canyon Scenic Trail just beside Little Rivers.

    VDSP is rich in historical and natural resources that will surely pique your interest.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Van Damme8001 CA-1, Little River, CA 954568:00 AM to 9:00 PMVaries in Season / All-year-round
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
  • $45 per day ($45 in off-season)

  • Hike & bike – $5 per person

  • Enroute primitive site – $35

  • Group Tent Site – $160 per day
  • Click here for reservation

  • +1 800 444 7275
  • Link here+1 707 937 5804

    CAMPING

    You can choose where you can camp from the 68 sites that the VDSP encampment provides. There are five tent-only encampments at the eastern part of the encampments, while the rest can accommodate trailers, recreational vehicles, and all types of tents.

    Tenting with the Family

    Van Damme provides more than 65 drive-in sites: 63 standards, five tents only, and 1 for groups. Spring through fall; reservations are strongly recommended. 

    Moreover, there are nine environmental encampments that you can reach by hiking a couple of mikes up Little Stream from the main campsite. The nation’s recreation ground encampment provides a Hike and bike campsite and a group campsite. These encampments are first-come, first-served basis sites.

    Kid-Friendly Tenting

    Summer interpretive activities your kids can indulge in include hikes, campfire programs, and junior ranger programs. Schedules for this activity are present in the recreation ground. The hikes and campfire programs are ready for all ages. The junior ranger programs are for visitors aged seven to twelve.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Birding
    • Jogging
    • Kayaking
    • Botanizing
    • Catching fish
    • Trails
    • Tenting
    • Hike and bike campsite
    • Group Campsite
    • Showers
    • Dump Station
    • RV accessible (35 feet)

    12. AHJUMAWI LAVA SPRINGS PARK

    AHJUMAWI LAVA SPRINGS PARK
    (Credits to Cal Public recreation ground)

    You will find Ahjumawi Lava Springs in northeastern Shasta County that is accessible by boat. You should explore this unique area of lakes, underwater springs, and streams that you can find all over the Fall River Valley basin. Furthermore, we are sure that you will enjoy boating or canoeing towards the encampments.

    HISTORY

    The recreation ground’s name commemorates the Achomawi, the northerly nine bands of the Pit River Tribe of the Native Americans who lived in the northeastern part.

    Achomawi or Ahjumawi translates to where the water comes together. The native people took care of the local waterways, monitoring spawning beds, and restricting catches to sustain the fish population they use for food. There are still Achomawi living in the area.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    The recreation ground itself sits on one of America’s most extensive systems of underwater springs. The water in the springs originates from the snow that melted from the Medicine Lake Volcano Highlands.

    Ahjumawi Lava Springs is in the area where the Modoc Plateau converges to a coastal bioregion. This region was formed by volcanic activities that terraformed the area and the geological features. You will see that there are lava tubes and craters filled with spring water.

    The waters from Big Lake, Tule River, Ja She Creek, and Fall River all come together at ALSSP, just like the name Ahjumawi suggests.

    The Flora and fauna of the recreation ground are thriving. You will be able to observe different plants and animal species. You will surely enjoy the recreation ground, especially if you are a nature lover.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIMECHECK-IN TIME
    Ahjumawi Lava SpringsMcArthur, CA 96056Sunrise to Sundown8:00 AM to 10:00 PMAnytime
    CHECK OUT TIMERATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Noon$15 per dayLink hereLink here+1 530 335 2777

    CAMPING

    There is no reservation system for tenting, and it is first to come – first served.  There are nine encampments, spread from more than a mile from the boat launch to three miles.  Each site has a food locker, a fire ring, and a picnic table that you can utilize.  You must bring your water or filter available water at the recreation ground.  Make sure to pack the necessary things you need for tenting and other activities.

    You may choose from the recreation ground’s three primitive encampments – Horr Pond, Crystal Springs, and Ja She Creek. All encampments are only accessible by boat. Each encampment has three encampments. There is no drinkable water at the encampments, so bring your own. There are no dump stations, so clean as you leave.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Boating
    • Tenting
    • Primitive encamp
    • Floating Camps
    • Hiking
    • Catching fish
    • Geocaching
    • Fire Ring
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Nature Sites
    • Historical Site
    • Cultural Sites
    • Boat Ramps
    • Canoeing
    • Restrooms
    • Picnic Table
    • Food Lockers

    13. EL CAPITAN STATE PARK 

    EL CAPITAN STATE PARK
    (Credits to Cal Seashore)

    If you visit Santa Barbara and the Ventura County coast, you have many beautiful places to explore. You can drop by El Capitan State Park Shore encampment and enjoy one of the country’s topmost tenting destinations. There are a lot of things to experience at the shore.

    HISTORY

    El Capitan was a privately owned encampment during the 1930s. Cali purchased 111 acres of Rancho Cañada del Corral in 1953. They included even the private encampment. The nation used the land to establish ECSB.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    ECSB showcases the natural landscapes of rocky tidepools, sandy shore, and stands of oaks and sycamore beside El Capitán Creek. It’s the perfect place for swimming, fishing, surfing, picnicking, and tenting. A stairway provides access from the bluffs to the shore area.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION TIME
    El Capitan State Beaches1 El Capitan State Beach Rd, Goleta, CA 93117Open All-year-round
    CHECK-IN TIMECHECK OUT TIMERATES
    2:00 PMNoon
  • Peak season (March – November) – $45

  • Premium sites peak season – $55

  • Hike & bike site $10
  • RESERVATIONS GOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Link hereLink here+1 805 968 1033
    +1 805 585 1850

    CAMPING

    The shore encampments at ECSB offer 119 standard sites to accommodate your tenting for recreational vehicles, trailers, and tents. There are nine encampments for RVs and trailers only. You can as well avail the 5 Group camps that ECSB has to offer.

    El Capitan State Shore Group Sites

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Tenting
    • Hiking
    • Surfing
    • Kiteboarding
    • Fishing
    • Hang gliding
    • Beach Activities
    • Kayaking
    • Boating
    • Boat rentals
    • Picnic table
    • Fire ring
    • Grill
    • Restrooms
    • Flush toilets
    • Amphitheater
    • Stores
    • Hike and bike site
    • RV accessible
    • Trailer Sites
    • Group encampments

    14. CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK

    CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK
    (Credits to Irvine Standard)

    HISTORY

    Crystal Fjord was primarily part of the Irvine Ranch. The ranch was owned by the Irvine family and The Irvine Company for almost a hundred years. The cottages evolved during the early 1920s to 1930s and were initially built by informal immigrants. In 1940, the Irvine Company began a formal leasing system with the people that lived there.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    Crystal Fjord is a stretch of coastal cliffs and coastline fjord with panoramic sights. You can find the recreation ground between the Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific ocean found north of Laguna Beach. 

    Visitors may enjoy the three-miles of seashore and tidepools, explore 1,400 acres of Marine Conservation Area, underwater recreation ground, bluffs, and canyons.

    There are thriving wildlife species in the area. More than 180 species of birds can be found in the recreation ground throughout the year. Animal lovers will surely take delight in the reptiles.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIMECHECK-IN TIME
    Crystal Fjord8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, United States6:00 AM to SundownOpen All-year-round9:00 AM
    CHECK-OUT TIMERATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    9:00 AM
  • $15 per day / vehicle / additional vehicle

  • $55 Tenting
  • Link here

  • +1 800 444 7275
  • Link here+1 949 494 3539

    CAMPING

    You can stay at the recreation grounds Lower Moro, Upper Moro, and Deer Canyon encampments. These sites are not for shore tenting. These sites are primitive tent sites accessible by foot. You will surely enjoy the three-mile hike inland from the garage area.

    Drinking water is not available. You should clean your area and not leave any garbage.

    Campfire is not allowed; stoves are the only ones permitted. 

    You cannot bring your pets to the recreation ground; yes, we know it is sad.

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Tenting
    • Hiking
    • Tide Pool Exploration
    • Swimming 
    • Surfing
    • Bicycling
    • Wildlife viewing
    • Seashore cottages
    • Visitor Center
    • Restaurants
    • Garage
    • Coastal Terrace
    • Museums

    15. JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

    Sun Down at Joshua Tree National Park
    (Credits to NBC Los Angeles)

    HISTORY

    Joshua Tree was proclaimed a public monument in 1936 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and accorded public recreation ground status in 1994.

    NATURAL FEATURES

    The recreation ground is home to old rocks that date back billions of years heretofore. The landscape was a product of volcanic activity and tectonic plates moving. The rock landscapes of JTNP are thanks to the groundwater in the area.

    BASIC INFORMATION

    NAMEADDRESSOPERATION HOURSOPERATION TIME
    Joshua Tree74485 National Park Drive Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597Open 24 hoursOpen All-year-round
    RATESRESERVATIONSGOOGLE ADDRESSCONTACT
    Entrance Fee – $30
    7-day vehicle permit, admission for passengers of a single,
    non-commercial vehicle on the day of purchase and for six days.
    Motorcycle Entrance Fee – $25
    7-day entrance permit, per motorcycle.
    Individual Entrance Fee – $15
    7-day entrance fee, per person
    Joshua Tree Annual Pass – $55
    The pass is given for twelve months from the purchase date.
    The pass includes the entrance fee to JTN Park for the contracting party and accompanying passengers entering a single, non-commercial vehicle. Joshua Tree Annual Passes can be bought at recreation ground entrance stations and visitor centers.
    Link heredirection+1 760 367 5500

    CAMPING

    If you plan to do tenting in the summer season, all encampments are first-come, first-served basis. You don’t need a reservation. However, some encampments may be closed during this time.

    The majority of the sites in the recreation ground are by reservation from September to May. There are more than 500 encampments available, which are a lot of options for your trip.

    Joshua Tree National recreation ground

    ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

    • Tenting
    • Hiking
    • Photography
    • Birding
    • Stargazing
    • Biking
    • Rock climbing
    • Ranger programs
    • Backpacking
    • Horseback riding
    • Biking
    • Rock climbing

    BEST TO PREPARE ALONG THE ROAD FOR GREAT CAMPING TRIP

    Roaming around Northern Cal for an encamp trip is not a walk in the recreation ground. But it could make your life easier if you have the proper gear for tenting. Check on news information like weather and other useful data about North Cal so you will not be surprised. We have come up with a list to help you decide what to bring during your tenting on Northern Cal. This list is for tenting and RV encampments alike.

    • Tent – choose your desired tent for Cal tenting based on the number of people to use it. Check out online reviews for tents so you will know what to buy. There are many tents to select from online or to your nearest store. The tent must be your precedence when in camp; the evening could be cold, and the days could be so scorching, you need somewhere to relax and be at home while on your encamp journey.
    • Portable Grill/ Stove – portable cooking tools are essential when in camp. A portable cooker is helpful in preparing your meals. Check online reviews if you are having a hard time picking one.
    • Cooler/ Food Storage – secure and keep your food safe if you are in camp for days. It would be advisable to have a durable storage box for food so it will not be spoiled. You can add some ice and make your drinks chilled.
    • Tenting Mattress – some grounds are not smooth and may hurt your back, especially if you are laying down your tent on the ground. Choose a mattress that can fit perfectly inside the tent you have.
    • Awning – one of the foremost additional upgrades to your recreational vehicle if you want extra shade or put up tables beside your RV. Many item reviews for awning can be helpful for you to pick the right one. Northern Cal can be quite hot during sunny days. It is better to have a protective shade.
    • RV TV – if you are tired of the activities and still want some entertainment, turn on the TV! If you have a television in your RV, you won’t get tired at all. Having options for recreation while on a trip is best for you. You can be updated with the news and weather if you have one.
    • RV LED BULB – having an extra bulb in case of emergency replacement is an absolute must, especially if you are planning for an overnight. During the evening you need light so have an extra.
    • RV Air Condition – traveling in comfort is the best. If the recreation ground or encampment you plan to travel to has high temperatures, a working AC unit is what you need for your RV, and it should be reliable. A right AC unit will help maintain the temperature during the scorching seasons. Northern Cal generally has hot and dry summers, so better prepare for it.
    • RV Dehumidifier – buy a humidifier and use it to control the humidity to avoid high levels that can cause your RV to be moist. It may pose some problems if you don’t have one installed. Having a dehumidifier will be useful to maintain comfort in the RV. There is a high chance of high humidity in Northern Cal, so always be prepared.
    • RV GPS – like any trip, you should have a guide. A functional GPS is crucial if you do not know the place you are traveling in Northern Cal. Check reviews online to pick a quality GPS. Your phone’s GPS is not always working, so it is better to have one installed in the RV. A GPS is useful in situations like these.
    • RV Sewer Hose – some encampments have sewage hookups. You must have a reliable sewer hose so that it won’t leak. Look for a sewer hose review that will be helpful for you to get a quality one. If you are planning to stay for a few days, your tanks may get filled. You can empty them through sewer hookups by the use of your sewer hoses.
    • RV Lock  – a durable lock is vital to secure your belongings. It would help if you always kept your recreational vehicles in check. Doors and windows should always be shut because wild animals can come inside your RV and destroy some of your stuff inside. Check out a lock review online for guidance.
    • RV Converter – You don’t want to damage your appliances, so it is essential to have a converter. Some appliances require a specific output so that a converter will come in handy.
    • RV Tow Dolly – if you have a vehicle or trailer to tow, this comes in handy. A tow dolly can be useful during an emergency. Make sure you install a durable and reliable tow dolly so it will serve its purpose well.
    • Instant Foods – you must pack instant, canned foods, food packs for additional supply. It can be for urgent needs or just added for the fresh foods you plan to eat.
    •  Utensils – You should bring your portable utensils to minimize your carbon footprint while visiting recreation grounds. If you are bringing disposable ones, clean as you leave, don’t just throw them anywhere. 
    • Personal hygiene – clean yourself after a tiring day of activities. Some camps have showers, so you need to have your personal bathroom supplies.
    • First Aid supplies – you better be prepared for any eventuality. If you get hurt or have a minor accident, it is better if you have the tools to treat your injuries before heading to the hospital for the right treatment. Having first-aid can minimize the chance of aggravating an injury.
    • Toilet Paper – make sure you have the toilet paper brand that you are comfortable using. Check out the review for toilet paper; it will be helpful.
    • Clothes – some activities may get you all dirty while in North Cal. Get changed for extra comfort while doing activities.
    • Foldable table – having a handy table while eating with the family. Just store it away easily when done. Folding tables are space savers.
    • Foldable Camp Chair – this chair is perfect to put up beside your campsite or RV. They can easily be stored when not needed.

    NIGHT GEAR

    • Sleeping bag
    • Pillows
    • Gravel tent pad ( for rough ground)
    • Extra Blankets
    • Screen tent

    MEDICAL SET

    • First Aid Kit
    • Ointment
    • Aloe Lotion
    • Medicines for allergies
    • Saline Solution
    • Band-aids
    • Towels

    GENERAL CAMPING SET AND TOOLS ALONG THE ROAD

    Here are some additional items that will aid you in your encamp trip. Remember this is not a mandatory guide; however, it is better that you come prepared on your trip.

    • Rucksack
    • Flashlight plus batteries
    • Solar charger
    •  cables
    • Thermacell bug spray/ repellent
    • Water filter
    • GPS
    • Propane-powered lantern, solar-powered lights, or awning lights Cell signal booster
    • Compass
    • Pocket knife, multi-tool, pliers, and wrenches
    • Binoculars
    • Rope, cable ties, and duct tape
    • Hammock, mat patio, or patio rug 
    • Extension
    • Travel chairs plus folding table (if not given)

    TOILET ESSENTIALS ALONG THE ROAD

    Some encampments and sites offer toilet amenities, but some are just primitive encampments. You must bring the essentials like towels, toilet paper, shampoo, alcohol, etc. You should bring slippers that are comfy so you could relax and not walk barefoot.

    COOKING PARAPHERNALIA ALONG THE ROAD

    Here are the general cooking materials you need when tenting. Remember that not all encampments allow some of the cooking tools, so you should review the regulations.

    • Utensils
    • Plates
    • Tumblers
    • Airtight containers
    • Ziplock bags
    • Portable stove or grill 
    • Cooler
    • Cooking oil

    MISCELLANEOUS TRAVEL SET

    Traveling and tenting sure do take a lot of effort and expenses. If you are on a budget, we do not recommend you to bring a lot. But if you can, here are the things that you can add to your bag for a memorable encamp trip in Northern Cal.

    • Memory Cards
    • Cameras 
    • Drones (check for encampment regulations)
    • Toys for Kids 
    • pet essentials
    • Board games/cards ( for additional fun)
    • Telescopes
    • Night vision eyeglass
    • Bikes
    • Extra batteries
    • Power bank

    GENERAL GUIDELINES

    Here are Cali Public recreation grounds and other encampment’s general guidelines to give you a summary of the regulations. The Department of Parks and Recreation strictly enforces these regulations to protect the areas and future generations. This is important to ensure your safety. Remember to adhere to these regulations so your trip will be a pleasant one.

    Tenting

    Due to the current news restrictions because of COVID-19, recreation grounds and encampments have stricter guidelines to follow protocol. Encamp is allowed in most recreation grounds, but you must follow the regulations to maintain your safety and those around you.

    Some encampments are still temporarily unavailable. Most encampments have started to reopen with modifications using this phased and regionally driven approach.

    Cali recreation ground departments are making an effort to increase land recreation ground access while still complying with state and local public health ordinances. The management will post current news and advise you of the changes in advance.

    Natural Features

    The main attractions of the recreation ground are its ecosystem and the plants and animals inside them. The Federal regulations protect them from being exploited. Remember to follow each of the recreation ground regulations to avoid the disturbance and destruction of these natural resources.

    Camp Fires

    Making a campfire is only permitted in facilities that allow the activity. Disastrous fires are being avoided by encampments that prohibit this activity. You must be responsible for putting out the fire that you created on your site. Use extreme caution in dealing with fire to avoid damaging natural resources.

    Animals

    Pets. Not all encampments and recreation grounds allow pets. Some of them allow you to enjoy the area provided that you keep them on a leash. Keeping them on a leash will prevent damaging or disturbing other wild animals or visitors in the area.

    Hunting. Firearms or loaded weapons like air rifles are not allowed in the System. There are some exceptions for areas designated as hunting areas by the Federal Admin that manages recreation grounds.

    Wood. Gathering of down wood is prohibited. This regulation is to maintain the natural conditions of the recreation ground. They store fuel. Do not remove any wood or damage any trees in the recreation ground you will visit.

    Drones. Drones are allowed in some recreation ground, seashore, and recreational areas. Just make sure you must contact the place you are to visit and ask if drones are allowed. Adhere to rules and regulations so you will not incur any violations and fees.

    Wild Animals. You can enjoy viewing the thriving wildlife of the recreation ground while not disturbing them. Do not try to interact or touch them; this is to maintain your safety.

    Smoking. Smoking is not allowed in recreation grounds except in designated areas.

    Vehicles. There are designated garage areas for vehicles. Do not layby illegally to avoid being an inconvenience to the management and other people. Adhere to pavement regulations like the speed limit to avoid danger.

    Garbage.  Clean as you leave, some sites have dump stations, and some do not. Nevertheless, cleanliness is a priority, so be part of it to maintain the recreation ground’s integrity.


    CONCLUSION

    Encamp in North Cal is rated as a fun and exciting experience that you can have. The place has many recreational activities that you can explore alone or with your friends and family.

    We hope we could give you ideas on what to expect on your trip to North Cal. Nature is the best haven rated for relaxation from your urban life. If you have the chance for a break, grab it and head to some of the destinations we provided you.

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