Sacramento River Camping

The Sacramento River of Northern California

The main artery from the North; the Big River of California

Sac River California

Mighty Mount Shasta snowmelt flows south, bound to meet the giant Lake Shasta, which merges with the Pit River and numerous other major waterways, becoming the big Sacramento River. Running right down the center of the North Sacramento Valley to merge into the California Delta. Shipping channel links the State Capital city of Sacramento with the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Agriculture and wildlife depend on this river heavily.

tent camping camp sites, campground camping, RV camps, dump stations, marinas, bait, gasoline, public boat ramps, boating, fishing, kayak rentals

Redding Winters


Riverland Drive
South Redding, CA

Sacramento River RV Park
Riverland Drive
South Redding, CA

Wildlife Refuge
Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge
Willows, CA
~ Camping is not permitted on the Sacramento NWR. Along the Sacramento River, camping is permitted on GRAVEL BARS for up to 7 days during a 30 day period. For waterfowl hunting, overnight stay is permitted in a vehicle or RV in designated areas. Tents are prohibited. No person may build or maintain fires except in portable gas stoves.


Chico Area

Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area
Red Bluff, CA

Driftwood RV & Fishing Resort
@ Mill Creek Park
Los Molinos, CA

Hidden Harbor Marina & RV Park
Los Molinos, CA

River’s Rest Resort
Los Molinos, CA

Woodson Bridge RV Park
Corning, CA

State Parks
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area
Historic State Park w/ Campground
South Avenue (A9)
Corning, CA

Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
Chico, CA

Colusa Landing & RV
Butte Slough Road
Colusa, CA

State Parks
Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area
Colusa SRA Camping

Camping Colusa

Tent Camping Colusa SRA

California Delta Region

State Parks
Brannan Island State Park
Rio Vista, CA

Sandy Beach Solano County Park
2333 Beach Drive
Rio Vista, CA

Vieira’s Resort
California Delta
Isleton, CA

State Parks
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Hostel, see more budget lodging

Borrego Camping

Anza Borrego Park / Anza Borrego Campgrounds


California Highway 78 cuts across Southern California and right thru the middle of the largest State Park in the lower 48. Anza Borrego Desert State Park is a place that must be visited more than once to really take in all the beauty it has to offer. Free camping in Southern California is abundant here, if you are willing to follow the primitive camp fire rules of the park and you are comfortable camping away from developed campgrounds.

North-South: San Diego County Road S2 skirts the western border with Laguna Mountain towering above. It starts at Ocotillo @ Interstate 8 and heads Northwest to Lake Henshaw at Warner Springs.

East-West: a major route S22, connects Ranchita /Montezuma Valley to the Borrego Valley, and continues East to the Salton Seawhataview. The center of the parks is pretty much the town of Borrego Springs, where the State Parks visitors center is located. San Diego County Road S3 leads from Hwy 78 down the the town of Borrego Springs Valley.

developed campgrounds:

free camping: While the camping facilities listed above provide picnic tables and toilets, or more luxury camping… Total Escape thinks the best part of camping in Anza Borrego Desert is the vast amount of free, open camping available on most back roads. Hundreds of dirt roads lead off in all directions, so you can find the peace and solitude that few inside busy campgrounds ever experience.

  • Anza Borrego Desert Map
  • San Diego Backcountry Map
  • Many Anza desert routes are sandy washes, dirt roads, some for high clearance vehicles only, or 4WD in several canyons. Often there is no signs telling you need 4×4 to proceed. May only find out when its too late and you’re stuck.

    Have a good dirt road map with you and know your vehicles limitations. Passenger cars should be very cautious off road. Cell phone coverage is spotty out here in the most remote wilderness areas. oystercamp

    Lake Mohave

    viewpoint mohave

    Lake Mohave NRA

    Lake Mohave National Recreation Area

    Mojave Reservoir @ Colorado River: AZ / NV / CA
    @ the V: Arizona – Nevada – California

    National Park Service

    The Colorado River travels through the southwest desert, splitting the Grand Canyon and further south, separating California from Arizona at the southern tip of Nevada. Agriculture lines the big river down to Baja, Sea of Cortez, Mex.

    Up near Las Vegas

    Above Hoover Dam is Lake Mead, red dirt and silt shorelines. South of the dam is a deep gorge w/ hike-in hot springs and then this beauty, called Lake Mohave with the super clear water, secluded coves and abundant fishing.

    Lake Mohave: elevation 647′

    Desert peaks in this region are around 2000-3000′ elevation. Mohave Lake is actually a wide section of the Colorado River, spanning the region from massive Black Canyon south to busy Laughlin w/ river casinos. This lake is long and skinny in spots with lots of shoreline cliffs, canyons and coves.

    boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hot springs, kayaking, off-road, picnics, viewpoints

    camping areas below listed from north to south

    Willow Beach RV Park & Campground
    Arizona side, off Hwy 93

    car camp mohave


    El Dorado Canyon Road, main paved route can be accessed near California’s state border. North of Searchlight, Nevada – off main highway 95, on side route 165 to Nelson, NV

    Secluded dirt roads up and down canyons near El Dorado Canyon Rd. Minimal vegetation, maximum open scenery and dark skies. Kayak rentals @ El Dorado Canyon.

    No facilities, no fees. No buildings. No campfire rings, no picnic tables, very few vault toilets. Bring your shovel!

    desert badlands erosion

    deep washes

    15 day camping limit

    Find your own route with many to choose from, drive the soft sandy washes (with a few boulders to dodge) and camp for free, right at the waters edge. Adventurers: Only for the self-contained campers. Pack it in, pack it out.

    Driving off the roads is strictly prohibited. Primitive camp sites can be found both at numerous coves and also inland inside the canyons. The ridges get windy in the deserts.

    Always know the weather forecast, cuz flash floods are possible and these dirt roads will be impassible during big rain. This is the main drainage to the big river!

    Dogs Allowed

    Most desert washes here are signed routes 4×4, but mini vans, AWD sport-wagons, trucks, SUVs, small RVs can all be found camping near Lake Mohave. That is – if you know how to ‘drive off road’, which is not fast, but not too slow either.

    Avoid getting stuck in the deep sand: keep speed up and do not brake hard. Carry tow strap in case you need an emergency pull.

    Campfires are allowed, but you need to bring firewood. Dogs are allowed. Party animals tend to trash these desert coves, so be warned that there is a fair amount of litter. Bring a black trash bag and take some out! This trash problem could get the area closed off to vehicles so keep that in mind.

    The canyons here have giant power lines that cross @ Aztec Wash; they can easily be avoided.

    montana wash

    primitive camping 4x4 camping boat camping

    4×4 recommended @ MOHAVE:

    Eagle Wash Road #46 – popular spot
    Montana Wash #45 – camping ok
    Placer Wash #47 – no camping

    The NPS rangers don’t wanna be pulling your ass out of the sand, which is why they post the 4×4 signs. Don’t expect to find help without walking a few miles first.


    RV camp campground marina

    developed campground, boat launch, marina, lodging, hiking, picnic areas

    Cottonwood Cove Resort
    near Searchlight, NV

    primitive camping boat camping RV camp campground marina

    Nevada, California and Arizona states join down in this part of the world. Katherine Landing, full service marina, slip rentals, lodging, city services and casinos.

    Lake Mohave Resort

    clearest water

    Lake Mohave NRA
    NPS Headquarters
    601 Nevada Way
    Boulder City, NV 89005
    Visitor Center open daily

    maps of the region:

    Lake Mohave Map (South) PDF

    Boulder City River Map PDF

    Nat Geo Map Mead


    Recreation Map of Lake Mead, Lake Mohave & Lake Havasu, w/ Hoover Dam & Parker

    Hiking Las Vegas Book


    This Mojave Desert river-created lake is located on the Colorado River, in between Las Vegas, Nevada and Needles, California

    nearby towns: (with elevation)

    Bullhead City, AZ (540′)
    Laughlin, NV (535′)
    Kingman, AZ (3340′)
    Nelson, NV (2954′)
    Nipton, CA (3042′)
    Searchlight, NV (3470′)

    Gold Country RV


    49er RV Ranch
    Columbia State Historic Park
    Columbia CA
    209 532-4978

    Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort
    3069 Highway 49 South
    Angels Camp, CA 95222
    42 spaces / cabin rentals

    American River Resort
    6019 New River Rd
    Coloma, CA 95613
    530 622-6700

    Coloma Resort & RV Park
    American River
    6921 Mt. Murphy Road
    Coloma, CA
    800 238-2298
    530 621-2267

    Colusa Sacramento River SRA
    California Delta
    Gold Country

    Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort
    Plymouth, CA

    Glory Hole Campground
    Glory Hole Recreation Area

    Gold Country
    New Melones Lake, CA

    Golden Pines RV Resort & Campground
    Camp Connell, CA
    209 795-2820

    Harmony Ridge Resort
    10492 Harmony Ridge Rd
    Nevada City, CA
    800 273-0556
    530 265-9313

    High Sierra RV Park & Campground
    40389 Hwy 41
    Oakhurst CA
    559 683-7662

    Marble Quarry RV Park
    Columbia State Historic Park
    11551 Yankee Hill Road
    Columbia, CA
    866 677-8464
    209 532-9539

    Moonshine Campground
    Yuba River, Grass Valley, Gold Country
    Camptonville CA
    530 288-3585

    Lake Francis Resort
    Northern Gold Country
    Dobbins, CA
    888 993-7344
    530 692-1700

    Peninsula Camping & Boating Resort
    Rollins Lake / Rollins Reservoir

    Lake Tulloch RV Campground & Marina
    Lake Tulloch
    Jamestown, CA
    800 894-2267

    Plasse’s RV Resort
    30001 Plasse Rd.
    P.O. Box 476
    Sutter Creek, CA 95685
    209 258-8814

    Tuttletown Campground
    Tuttletown Recreation Area

    Gold Country
    New Melones Lake, CA

    Willow Creek RV Campground
    North Gold Country
    17548 Hwy 49
    Camptonville, CA 95922
    877 901-7191
    530 288-0646

    Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Campground
    20450 Old Highway 120
    Groveland, CA 95321

    San Francisco RV Park

    RV Campground San Francisco / RV Camp Ground

    San Francisco RVing

    Beach RV Park
    2505 Portola Dr
    Santa Cruz, CA
    831 462-2505

    Betabel RV Park
    9664 Betabel Rd
    San Juan Bautista, CA
    831 623-2202

    Candlestick RV Park
    650 Gilman Ave
    San Francisco, CA
    800 888-2267
    415 822-2299

    Costanoa Coastal Lodge & Camp
    2001 Rossi Road @ Hwy 1
    Pescadero, CA
    650 879-1100

    Coyote Valley RV & Golf Resort
    9750 Monterey Rd
    Morgan Hill, CA
    866 376-5500
    408 463-8400
    San Jose, CA

    Marin Park
    2140 Redwood Hwy.
    Greenbrae , CA
    888 461-5199

    Novato RV Park
    1530 Armstrong Ave
    Novato, CA
    800 733-6787
    415 897-1271

    Olema Ranch Campground
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    10155 Highway 1
    Olema, CA
    800 655-2267
    415 663-8001

    Parkway Lakes RV Park
    100 Ogier Ave
    Morgan Hill, CA
    408 779-0244

    Pinto Lake Park
    451 Green Valley Rd
    Watsonville, CA
    831 722-8129

    San Francisco RV Resort
    700 Palmetto Ave
    Pacifica, CA
    182 sites

    Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park
    917 Disc Dr
    Scotts Valley, CA 95066
    Full hook up, pull-thru sites

    Saratoga Springs Park
    22801 Big Basin Way
    Saratoga, CA
    408 867-3016 x824

    Trailer Tel RV Park
    1212 Oakland Rd
    San Jose, CA
    408 453-3535

    Treasure Island RV Park
    1700 El Camino Real
    South San Francisco CA
    650 994-3266

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