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Goodale Creek
Aberdeen, California
Bureau of Land Management

Cost: $5.00
Description
2 mi W of Aberdeen off US 395 on Aberdeen Cutoff Rd. $5 daily during about 4/15-11/30. Seasonal Long-Term Visitor Area (LTVA) permits can now be used at Crowley, Tuttle Creek, Horton Creek and Goodale Creek Campgrounds. These LTVA permits are $300 for the period between the first Saturday in March through 11/1. Day use only 12/1-4/14; no services. 43 sites; pull-through RV spaces. Pit toilets, tbls, campfire grill areas, no drkg wtr or trash service. Fishing, mountain biking, hiking, hunting. 40 acres; elev 4,100 ft. Donations accepted. Beware of snakes. -Don Wright, Guide to Free & Low-Cost Campgrounds
Ash Creek
Adin, California
Modoc National Forest

Cost: $0.00
Description
1/10 mi S of Adin on CA 299, 8.3 mi SE on CR 527 (Ash Valley Rd); left (N) on CR 22 (Ash Creek Campground Rd) for half mi. Free. 5/1-10/15; 14-day limit. 5 sites, RVs under 23 ft. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, no drkg wtr, no trash service. Rockhounding, picnicking, fishing. Elev 4,800 ft; 7 acres. This campground is at lower elevation than others in area, permitting it to open earlier, weather permitting. Much of access by dirt rds; rutted after rains. Sites off-level. -Don Wright, Guide to Free & Low-Cost Campgrounds
Howard's Gulch
Adin, California
Modoc National Forest

Cost: $12.00
Description
25 mi E of Adin on SR 299; 6 mi NW on Hwy 139. $12 during 6/15-10/30, reduced fees off-season, but no wtr or trash service; 14-day limit. 11 sites; 22-ft RV limit. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr. Fishing, hiking trail, new interpretive site. Elev 4700 ft. New Highway 139 Auto Tour just S of campground. 530-279-6116. -Don Wright, Guide to Free & Low-Cost Campgrounds
Willow Creek
Adin, California
Modoc National Forest

Cost: $12.00
Description
1 mi S of Adin on CA 299; 14.5 mi SE on CA 139; on left just past picnic area. $12. 5/15-10/31; 14-day limit. 8 sites (RVs under 33 ft). Used heavily by travelers to Reno. 5 acres, flat terrain. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, piped drkg wtr. Picnicking, trout fishing. Elev 5200 ft. No reservations. Campground seldom full.
Clam Beach County Park
Arcata, California
Humboldt County Public Works Department

Cost: $15.00
Description
From Arcata, 7.5 mi N on US 101 to exit 723; W into park on Pacific Ocean. $15 at 9 RV sites (no size limit) & 9 tent sites on beach; $2 discount for seniors; hiking/biking sites $8 per person. Pit toilets, tbls, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr. All year; 3-day limit in 30-day period. Fishing, clamming, beachcombing. Day use free. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Oceano Dunes
Arroyo Grande, California
State Vehicular Recreation Area

Cost: $10.00
Description
Just SW of Arroyo Grande, off Hwy 1. $10 plus entry fee. All year; by reservation 5/15-9/15 & on holidays. Primitive camping on 1,500 acres. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr. Beach, sand dunes, off-road vehicle activities.
Coldbrook Campground
Azusa, California
Angeles National Forest

Cost: $12.00
Description
18 mi N on SR 39 (San Gabriel Canyon Rd) from I-210 (Azusa Canyon exit) at Azusa. $12 ($6 with federal senior pass), self-register. All year; 14-day limit. 20 sites (22-ft RV limit). Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, no drkg wtr. Fishing, hiking. On North Fork of San Gabriel River. Elev 3350 ft. -Don Wright, Guide to Free & Low-Cost Campgrounds
Crystal Lake Recreation Area
Azusa, California
Angeles National Forest

Cost: $12.00
Description
From I-210 at Azusa, 26 mi N on SR 39 (San Gabriel Canyon Rd). $12. All year (winter walk-in access); 14-day limit. 257 sites, most 20-35 ft. Tbls, flush & portable toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr (except in winter). Hiking, fishing. Elev 5800 ft. Non-campers pay $5 day use fee. 626-335-1251. -Don Wright, Guide to Free & Low-Cost Campgrounds
Kelbaker Road Pullout
Barstow, California


Cost: $0.00
Description
Halfway between Barstow and Needles, a short dirt pullout about a mile north on Kelbaker Road from I-40. Narrow and tight, smaller RV's only (my 27' class-A is no problem). Trailers are iffy due to tight turnaround. You can check it out on Google Earth. Big enough for 2-3 RV's but we've never had any company. Mojave Preserve, BLM land, no facilities at all except some rock campfire rings.
Bogart Park
Beaumont, California
Riverside County Parks

Cost: $10.00
Description
From I-10 at Beaumont, 4.5 mi N on Beaumont Ave; at N end of Cherry Valley Ave. $10 for primitive sites; $12 developed sites; some wtr hookups. Also group primitive camping. All year; 14-day limit. 26 sites. Tbls, flush & portable toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr, playground, picnic shelters. Hiking, horseback riding, biking & equestrian trails, no fishing. 11 corrals, watering trough. 414 acres. Non-campers pay $3 day use fee (or $35 annual county parks pass). 951-845-3818. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Baker Creek Campground
Big Pine, California
Inyo County Parks & Recreation

Cost: $10.00
Description
Half mi N of Big Pine on US 395; 1 mi W on Baker Creek Rd. $10. All year; 15-day limit. Seniors, $70 for 15 days, $110 for 30 days. 70 sites; 45-ft RV limit; no tents. Tbls, pit toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr, no showers. Fishing. Elev 4000 ft; 10 acres. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Taboose Creek Campground
Big Pine, California
Inyo County Parks & Recreation

Cost: $10.00
Description
12.5 mi S of Big Pine on US 395; 2.5 mi W on Taboose Creek Rd. $10. All year; 15-day limit. Seniors, $70 for 15 days, $110 for 30 days. 50 sites; 45-ft RV limit. Tbls, pit toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr. Fishing, hiking, picnicking. John Muir Trail nearby. Elev 3900 ft. 760-878-0272. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Pleasant Valley Campground
Bishop, California
Inyo County Parks & Recreation

Cost: $10.00
Description
5.5 mi NW of Bishop on US 395; 1 mi NE on Pleasant Valley Rd; at Owens River. $10. All year; 15-day limit. Seniors, $70 for 15 days, $110 for 30 days. 200 sites; 45-ft RV limit; 25 pull-through. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr. Fishing, picnicking. Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Elev 4300 ft; 42 acres. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Paiute Palace Casino
Bishop, California


Cost: $10.00
Description
This once free parking area is now $10 a night. But it’s a good stopover nonetheless, right along U.S. 395 on at the north end of town, a short walk from the casino.
Miller Park
Blythe, California
Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space Distri

Cost: $0.00
Description
12 mi SW of Blythe at Hwy 78 & 38th Ave; on Colorado River. Free. Primitive undesignated sites on 5 undeveloped acres. No facilities, no wtr. Boating, fishing.
Wiest Lake Regional Park
Brawley, California
Imperial County Planning & Development Services

Cost: $15.00
Description
From jct with SR 78 in Brawley, 5 mi N on SR 111; 2 mi E on CR S26 to NE side of lake, then S on Dietrich Rd to park. $15 at non-elec RV sites ($5 tents); $25-$35 at utility sites; 45-ft RV limit. All year. 7-day tent limit. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr, playground, ramadas, showers, rec hall, dump. Fishing, boating(l), swimming. 62.6 acres. Non-campers pay $2 day use fee, $2 fishing, $5 boat ramp. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Red Hill Marina Regional Park
Calipatria, California
Imperial County Planning & Development Services

Cost: $15.00
Description
From Calipatria, 3 mi N on SR 111; 4 mi W on Sinclair Rd; about 2 mi N on Garst Rd (mostly unpaved), then W on island causeway to park at island at SE shore of Salton Sea. $15 at non-elec sites; $25-$35 for utility sites. Tbls, flush toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr, showers, ramadas. All year; 14-day limit at overnight sites. Fishing, boating(l), hiking trails. Lake regarded as one of world’s best for catching corvine. 10 acres. No marina; it flooded 40 years ago. Non-campers pay $2 day use fee, $2 fishing, $5 boat ramp. 760-348-2310. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Castle Crags State Park
Castella, California


Cost: $15.00
Description
The park is located six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5. Basic sites $15. Hook up sites $30. 76 developed sites. 27-foot motorhome max, 21-ft trailer limit. Open all year. Showers, restrooms, drinking water. Picnic areas, fishing, horseback riding, 28 mi of hiking trails.
Prado Regional Park
Chino, California
San Bernardino County Regional Parks

Cost: $10.00
Description
In Chino on Hwy 83, S of Hwy 60 & N of Hwy 91; at Prado Reservoir. $10 base. All year; 14-day limit. Base fee for no hookups & overflow; hookups $35-$45. Weekly fee equal to 6 days. Tbls, flush toilets, cfga, showers, drkg wtr, dump, store, playground. Fishing, horseback riding, golf, dog training, boating(rl), soccer, horseshoes, shooting ranges, air gun range. Non-campers pay $8 entry fee weekdays, $10 weekends (or $190 annual county parks pass, $100 for seniors), $5 to fish, $5 boat ramp. 2,280 acres. Reservations online. 909-597-4260. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Chino Hills State Park
Chino Hills, California


Cost: $15.00
Description
The park is located 10 miles northwest of Corona. Take the 91-Freeway to Highway 71-North, turn left at Soquel Canyon Pkwy. Proceed to Elinvar Dr and turn left. Elinvar merges into Sapphire Rd on the left, the park entrance is located on the right; follow signs to campground. $15 basic site. 20 total sites. 28' RV limit. Drinking water, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, hiking, horseback riding,
Bear River Campground, Inland Fishing Access
Colfax, California
Placer County Parks & Grounds Division

Cost: $10.00
Description
2 mi N of Colfax off I-80 on Weimar rd; 3 mi E on Placer Hills Rd; 1 mi N on Plum Tree Rd on Milk Ranch Rd. $10. 4/1-10/31; 14-day limit. 23 primitive sites; 35-ft RV limit. Tbls, pit toilets, campfire grill areas, no drkg wtr; no hookups. Group campsites by reservation (530-886-4901). Swimming, hiking trails, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, gold panning. 200 acres; 1800 ft elev. Day use open all year; no fee. -Don Wright, Guide to Free & Low-Cost Campgrounds
Colusa County Fairgrounds
Colusa, California


Cost: $10.00
Description
From jct with SR 45 in Colusa, half mi S on SR 20 to fairgrounds. $10 without hookups; $20 full hookups. All year. 147 sites; 25 pull-through. 70 sites without hookups, 45 elec/wtr, 32 full hookups with 50-amp; 65 ft limit. Tbls, dump, showers, flush toilets. 530-458-2641. -Don Wright
Rolling Hills Casino
Corning, California


Cost: $0.00
Description
This is a huge casino with a giant parking lot and a 72-space full-hookup RV park ($28 a night). But if you don’t mind a little noise, you can stay free in the truck stop parking at the south end of the property. Many RVers park along the edge of the lot, away from the trucks. It’s the same walk from here to the casino as from the RV park. The casino is right off I-5 at exit 628. After exiting, go south on the west service road.
Orange County Event Center
Costa Mesa, California


Cost: $15.00
Description
From SR 55 freeway exit 4 or 5 (Del Mar/Fair Dr), W on Fair Dr to events center; continue past main entrance, right on Fairview Rd, then right on Arlington Rd to Gate 4 & RV park. $15 at non-elec sites, $30 for elec/wtr (20-amp). Rally or group camping, $25 per site. All year; 14-day limit, 30 days annually. Flush toilets, showers, drkg wtr, dump, WiFi access ($). 714-708-1588. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Del Norte County Fairgrounds
Crescent City, California


Cost: $10.00
Description
From downtown Crescent City at jct with 9th St, 1 block N to fairgrounds on US 101; right at Cooper Ave. $10 base, $20 with hookups. Tbls, flush toilets, showers. 707-464-9556. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Florence Keller County Park
Crescent City, California
Del Norte County Parks Department

Cost: $10.00
Description
From Crescent City, 3 mi N on SR 101; 0.2 mi W on CR D2 to park at 3400 Cunningham Lane (in heavily forested area). $10 at 50 primitive sites; 32-ft RV limit. All year. Tbls, toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr; no hookups. 707-464-7230. -Don Wright, Guide to Western County & City Parks
Mesquite Spring
Furnace Creek, California
Death Valley National Park

Cost: $12.00
Description
NW of Furnace Creek on SR 190 to 5 mi S of Scotty's Castle on Grapevine Rd. $12 basic. 30 sites. Water, flush toilets, dump station. Picnic tables, fire pits, hiking.
Sunset
Furnace Creek, California
Death Valley National Park

Cost: $12.00
Description
In town near visitors center. $12. 270 sites. Open 4/15-10/15. Water, flush toilets, dump station. Nature programs, hiking, visitors center nearby.
Texas Springs
Furnace Creek, California
Death Valley National Park

Cost: $14.00
Description
1.5 mi S of Furnace Creek visitors center. $14 basic. 92 sites. 30 day limit. Open 4/15-10/15; 30-day limit. Water, flush toilets, dump. Fire pits, picnic tables, hiking, scenic views for exploring, visitors center nearby.
Liberty Glen Campground
Healdsburg, California
Lake Sonoma, Corps of Engineers

Cost: $15.00
Description
From Healdsburg at jct with Dry Creek Rd exit of US 101, 15 mi W on Dry Creek Rd, following signs. All year; 14-day limit. 97 non-elec RV/tent sites, $15 ($7.50 with federal senior pass). 16 double sites, $32; 7 handicap sites. 46-ft RV limit. Tbls, flush or chemical toilets, showers, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr, playground, coin laundry. Dump station closed until further notice. Amphitheater, chemical vault toilets. Weekend campfire programs, bridle trails, biking, hiking trails, fishing, boating. 707-431-4533. -Don Wright, Camping With the Corps of Engineers
Camping World
Rocklin, California


Cost: $0.00
Description
Until we hear otherwise, we'll report that free overnight stays are allowed in the store's parking lot. Pass by here on a typical evening and the parking lot will be packed with RVs, and they all aren't there for service the next morning. This is a very handy stop off I-80 just east of Roseville and Sacramento. Our advice: stay no more than one night then move on. —Chuck Woodbury, RVtravel.com
Stovepipe Wells
Stovepipe Wells, California
Death Valley National Park

Cost: $12.00
Description
In Stovepipe Wells on CR 190. $12. 190 site. Open 4/15-10/15. 30' RV max. Water, flush toilets, dump. Picnic tables, fire pits, hiking, scenic views.
Brite Lake
Tehachapi, California


Cost: $15.00
Description
Operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District the Brite Lake Aquatic Recreation Area is located amongst some of Tehachapi’s most beautiful natural scenery. The park offers both RV campground hook-ups and tent (non-hookup sites) as well as restrooms with showers and a dump station. Open year round. No reservations accepted. $15 for non-hookup site, $20 for electric and water, and $30 for full hookup. Located at 22902 Banducci Road. Info: 661-822-8047. http://www.tvrpd.org/parks-facilities/brite-lake.html
Belle Campground
Twentynine Palms, California
Joshua Tree National Park

Cost: $10.00
Description
Half mi E of Twentynine Palms on SR 62, 9 mi S on Utah Trail. $10 at 18 sites; 32-ft RV limit. All year; 14-day limit 10/1-6/1; rest of year, 30-day limit. Toilets, no drkg water, grills, tables. Hiking. 7-day entry fee charged (free with senior pass).
Black Rock Canyon
Twentynine Palms, California
Joshua Tree National Park

Cost: $15.00
Description
12 mi W of Twentynine Palms on SR 62, 5 mi S of Yucca Valley on Joshua Lane. $15 at 100 sites; 32-ft RV limit. 10/-5/31; 14 day limit. Drkg water, flush toilets, campfire grill areas, dump. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking.
Cottonwood Campground
Twentynine Palms, California
Joshua Tree National Park

Cost: $15.00
Description
At the S entrance to park. $15 basic. 62 sites. 14-day limit during 10/1-6/1, 30-day limit rest of year. Drkg water, toilets, dump, campfire grill areas. 7-day entry fee required.
Oak Knoll Campground
Valley Springs, California
New Hogan Lake, Corps of Engineers

Cost: $14.00
Description
From Valley Springs, 0.5 mi S on SR 26; 1.8 mi E on Lime Rd; 1.4 mi S on Petersburg Rd. 4/1-9/30; 14-day limit. 46 primitive sites, $14 ($7 with federal senior pass). RV limit in excess of 65 ft; 8 pull-through sites. Tbls, pit toilets, campfire grill areas, drkg wtr, dump. Boating(l), fishing, swimming, waterskiing, horseback riding, canoeing, biking, hiking. Fish cleaning station & coin showers at Acorn Campground. Amphitheater. -Don Wright, Camping With the Corps of Engineers
 
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