Redwood Beach Camping

NorCal Redwood Coastal Camping

Redwood Campgrounds

Del Norte County, Northern California

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There are some special places in California where redwood trees grow right down to the shore, but it is rare. Searching for place to pitch a tent (under the redwoods at the coast) is possible, but a bit harder to find than you might imagine. May need to drive dirt roads to find such luxury.

Crescent City Camping

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Klamath Coast Camping

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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Redwood Park Campgrounds State Parks

Redwood National Park National Park
Camping 

  • Demartin Campground
  • Flint Ridge Campground
  • Mill Creek Campground
  • Nickel Creek Campground (backcountry)

Eureka RV Campgrounds

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If you are seeking free or dirt cheap, primitive camping on the coast, then LOST COAST CAMPING on the Mendocino border is one option. Or head east, inland to the abundant National Forest. Dirt roads of the Six Rivers National Forest offer old logging roads, creeks, and secluded places to pitch a tent. Campfire permits are needed for dispersed camping, or ‘boondocking’ as some call it.

Back roads can get muddy during the wet season, so know your vehicles capability and if you are unsure, check with the local rangers over the phone (preferably a ‘field ranger’) before venturing out. Remember that rain and mud are the norm, most of the year in NorCal. Enjoy the sunshine – when you can!

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Smith River
Crescent City
Klamath
Orick
Trinidad
Arcata
Eureka
Scotia
Ferndale
Petrolia
Garberville
Redway
Shelter Cove

Sonoma Beach Camping

Sonoma Coast Campgrounds

Gerstle Cove @ Salt Point

Gerstle Cove @ Salt Point SP

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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Sonoma Coast State Park  State Park

  • Bodega Dunes Campgrounddscn0045
  • Wrights Beach Campground

Salt Point State Park Camping State Park

  • Woodside Campground
  • Gerstle Cove Campground

Fort Ross State Historic Park (a Russian fur trading fort from 1812)

  • Reef Campground
    21 spots. no RV hookups. no reservations

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Sonoma County Parks Campgrounds

private campgrounds @ Sonoma Coast –

Gualala River Redwood Park
Ocean Cove Campground

Sonoma coastal towns –

Woodside Campground

Woodside Campground @ Salt Point State Park

All Lake Campgrounds

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California Lakes A-Z

alphabetically listed; cross reference by lake or campground name. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

All Reservable Lake Campgrounds inside California

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CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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ACORN CAMPGROUND
New Hogan Lake, Valley Springs, Stockton CA

ALMANOR CAMPGROUND
Lake Almanor, Westwood, Chester, California

ANTELOPE LAKE – Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

Anthony Chabot Park
Lake Chabot Campground

East Bay San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, CA

ANTLERS CAMPGROUND
Lake Shasta, Lakehead, O’Brien CA, Interstate 5

ASPEN GROUP CAMP
Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

ASPEN GROVE CAMPGROUND NFS
Eagle Lake, Lassen NF, Susanville, California

ASPEN HOLLOW GROUP CAMP NFS
Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park, Hume Lake

AUBURN SRA BOAT-IN CAMPING State Park
Auburn State Recreation Area, Gold Country, Folsom Lake, American Arm, Auburn, CA

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BAILEY COVE CAMPGROUND
Lake Shasta, California

BASS LAKE – Sierra National Forest, South of Yosemite NP NFS

BEAR RIVER GROUP CAMP
Lower Bear Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest

BENBOW LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
Mendocino Benbow Lake, NorCal Redwoods US 101

BERGER CAMPGROUND NFS
Packer Lake @ Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Yuba River, North Gold Country California; Sierra City, Downieville CA

BIG COVE CAMPGROUND
Frenchman Lake, Feather River, Plumas NF, Portola CA

BIG SILVER GROUP CAMP
Union Valley Reservoir, US Hwy 50, Placerville, Gold Country

BLACK BUTTE LAKE – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

  • BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND

BLACK OAK CAMPGROUND (closed due to fire 2016)
Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, Eldorado NF

BOCA RESERVOIR – Tahoe NF, Truckee, California NFS

BOULDER GULCH CAMPGROUND NFS
Kern Canyon, Lake Isabella, California

BRANNAN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
Sacramento River @ California Delta, Lodi CA

BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND
Black Butte Lake, Sacramento Valley, Orland, CA

Indian Rock Beach, Bucks Lake California

BUCKS LAKE – North Sierra, Plumas National Forest

BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUND State Park
Lake Britton SRA, Burney, California

BU-SHAY CAMPGROUND
Lake Mendocino, California

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BUTT VALLEY Reservoir – PG&E Campgrounds
West of Lake Almanor

BUTTE LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

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Castaic Lake RV Park
North Los Angeles County, Castiac, CA Interstate 5

CHEKAKA CAMPGROUND
Lake Mendocino, Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

CHILCOOT CAMPGROUND
Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest, Feather River, Portola CA

Chowchilla Recreation Area
Eastman Lake, Central Valley, Fresno CA

CHRISTIE CAMPGROUND
Eagle Lake, south shore; Plumas NF, Susanville, California

CLEAR LAKE SP – Wine Country, California State Park

CODORNIZ RECREATION AREA
Eastman Lake, San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley

COLLEGE CAMPGROUND
Huntington Lake, Western Sierra Nevada

CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND
Eastern Sierra, US Hwy 395, Mammoth Lakes

COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND
Frenchman Lake, Feather River

CRYSTAL LAKE (no longer taking reservations)
Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA

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D.L. BLISS SP State Park
DL BLISS CAMPGROUND
DL Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe, California

DIMOND O CAMPGROUND
June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

DINKEY CREEK
Dinkey Creek CA; Sierra NF, south of Shaver Lake CA

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EAGLE LAKE – Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

EASTMAN LAKE – California Central Valley, Fresno CA

CAMP EDISON @ SHAVER
EDISON CAMPGROUND
California Edison Campground
@ Shaver Lake, CA, Western Sierra

ELLERY CREEK
McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, California

EMERALD BAY SP State Park
South Lake Tahoe California

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FALLEN LEAF CAMPGROUND 
South Lake Tahoe California

FASHODA CAMPGROUND NFS
Union Valley Reservoir, ElDorado NF

FAUCHERIE GROUP CAMP NFS
Faucherie Lake, Donner Pass Area, Tahoe NF,  Truckee, California

FAWN CAMPGROUND
Trinity Highway 3, Trinity Lake CA

FIR COVE CAMPGROUND NFS
Ruth Lake, Mad River CA Hwy 36, Six River NF

FISH LAKE CAMPGROUND
Hwy 96, Six River National Forest, Orleans CA

FOLSOM LAKE SRA State Park
Folsom State Recreation Area, Sacramento CA

FORKS CAMPGROUND
Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

FREMONT CAMPGROUND
Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Camping

FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR – American River

FRENCHMAN LAKE – Plumas NF, Feather River, Portola CA

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GLORY HOLE RECREATION AREA
GLORY HOLE CAMPGROUND

New Melones Reservoir
Angels Camp, California Gold Country

GREEN VALLEY CAMPGROUND NFS
Green Valley Lake, Big Bear Lake Area, San Bernardino NF

GRIZZLY CAMPGROUND
Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Portola CA

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HAYWARD FLAT
Trinity Lake, NorCal Highway 3, Weaverville CA

HORSE CREEK
Lake Kaweah, South Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers CA

HUME LAKE – Kings Canyon & Sequoia NP, Hume Lake

HUNGRY GULCH NFS
Lake Isabella, Kern River, Kernville CA

HUNTINGTON LAKE – Western Sierra Nevada NFS

HUTCHINS CAMPGROUND
Bucks Lake, CA, Plumas National Forest

Bucks Lake Campgrounds

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ICE HOUSE CAMPGROUND
Ice House Reservoir, US Hwy 50, El Dorado NF

ISLAND PARK
Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra NF

JACKSON FLAT GROUP CAMP
Jackson Lake, Angeles NF, Wrightwood CA

JACKSON MEADOWS Reservoir – Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA

JUANITA LAKE GROUP CAMP
near Butte Valley Wildlife Area, Klamath NF, Weed CA

JUNE LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, June Lake, CA Eastern Sierra

JUNIPER LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

Lassen Lakes

KASPIAN CAMPGROUND
hiking trail to Barker Peak @ Lake Tahoe CA

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LAKE ALMANOR – Northern Sierra Nevada

LAKE BERRYESSA – Wine Country California

LAKE BRITTON –  Burney Falls Park State Park

LAKE CACHUMA – Santa Barbara Mountains

LAKE DAVIS – Plumas National Forest

LAKE EDISON – Sierra National Forest

LAKE ISABELLA – Kern River, South Sierra NFS

LAKE MENDOCINO – Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

LAKE OROVILLE SRA State Park
Oroville Lake State Recreation Area
Loafer Creek, Equestrian Camp, Feather River Oroville CA

LAKE PERRIS SRA State Park
Inland Empire, Southern California

LAKE PILLSBURY, Trout Creek Campground (currently closed)

LAKE SONOMA – Wine Country California, Geyserville

LAKE SPAULDING, PG&E Campground, Interstate 80

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The Gem of the Sierra Nevada – Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE – Sierra Nevada Mountains State Park NFS

LAKES BASIN CAMPGROUND NFS
Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

LAKESHORE EAST
Shasta Lake, Northern California

LAKESIDE CAMPGROUND NFS
Prosser Reservoir, OHV Camping, Truckee, California

LEWIS CAMPGROUND
French Meadows Reservoir, American River, W of Lake Tahoe

LIBERTY GLEN CAMPGROUND
Lake Sonoma, Wine Country California

Lake Davis Trails

Lake Davis Trails – hike, bike, horseback

LIGHTNING TREE CAMPGROUND NFS
Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

LOGGER CAMPGROUND
Hume Lake, Sequoia Kings National Parks

LONE ROCK NFS
Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

LONG POINT NFS
Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

LOON LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

LOON LAKE CHALET NFS
ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

LOS ALAMOS CAMPGROUND
Pyramid Lake, North Los Angeles, Interstate 5

LOWER TWIN LAKES NFS
Twin Lakes CA, BRIDGEPORT, Eastern Sierra

LUPINE
Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

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MAMMOTH POOL – Sierra NF, South of Yosemite NP

MANZANITA LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

MARY SMITH CAMPGROUND
Lewsiton Lake, Trinity River, Lewiston CA

MEEKS BAY
Lake Tahoe California, west shore

LAKE MENDOCINO
Lake Campground Mendocino, Ukiah CA, US Hwy 101

MERRILL CAMPGROUND
Eagle Lake, Susanville CA

MESA CAMPGROUND
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Cajon Pass L.A.

MILLERTON LAKE SRA State Park
Millerton Lake Campground, Fresno CA

MODESTO RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
Western Sierra Foothills, Modesto, Merced, Central Valley

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NELSON POINT
Shasta Lake, Northern California

NEVADA BEACH CAMPGROUND
Lake Tahoe, south shore @ Nevada state line, US Hwy 50

NEW HOGAN LAKE – Valley Springs, Gold Country

NEW MELONES Reservoir – Angels Camp, Gold Country

NORTH FORK CAMPGROUND
Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, Yosemite South

NORTH SHORE
Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest

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OAK KNOLL CAMPGROUND
New Hogan Reservoir, San Andreas, Gold Country

OAK SHORES
Lake Berryessa, RV Camping in Wine Country

OH RIDGE
June Lake, California, Eastern Sierra

June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

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PAHA CAMPGROUND
Twin Lakes, Bridgeport CA, Eastern Sierra

PARADISE COVE
Lake Isabella, Kern River California

PINECREST LAKE
Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, Stanislaus National Forest

PINE FLAT Reservoir – Kings River, Sierra NF

PINE POINT
Shasta Lake, Shasta National Forest

PINES GROUP SITE
Stony Gorge Reservoir, Sacramento Valley, NorCal

PIONEER POINT
Lake Isabella, Kern River, South Sierra

PROSSER Reservoir – Truckee OHV Camping

PYRAMID LAKE – North Los Angeles, Interstate 5
(no campground on lakeshore)

RUTH LAKE –  Mad River, Six River NF NFS

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SAGE HILL
Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Mountains

SALTON SEA SRA State Park
Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Imperial Valley Desert

SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA State Park
Central California, Interstate 5 @ Hwy 152

SARDINE LAKE
Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

SHASTA LAKE – Northern California NFS

SILVER LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

SILVER LAKE EAST
El Dorado National Forest, Markleeville CA

SILVERWOOD LAKE SRA State Park
Cajon Pass, San Bernardino NF, Southern California

SOUTH SHORE CAMPGROUND
Lower Bear Reservoir, El Dorado National Forest

STONY GORGE Reservoir – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

SUGAR PINE POINT SP State Park
Lake Tahoe California, west shore

SUGARLOAF RIDGE SP State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Santa Rosa, Wine Country

SUMMIT LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

SUNSET CAMPGROUND NFS
Union Valley Reservoir, El Dorado NF, US Hwy 50

SWEETWATER CAMPGROUND NFS
Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Sierra NF, North Fork CA

Mammoth Pool Reservoir

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TAHOE SRA Campground State Park
Tahoe State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe California

Tahoe Valley Campground
large private campground, South Lake Tahoe, CA

TANNERY GULCH NFS
Trinity Lake, Shasta Trinity NF

TRIMMER CAMPGROUND NFS
Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra National Forest

Trinity KOA Kampground
Trinity Lake, Hwy 3, Northern California

TRINITY LAKE – Shasta Trinity NF, Weaverville CA NFS

TROUT CREEK CAMPGROUND (currently closed)
Lake Pillsbury, Mendocino National Forest

TRUMBULL LAKE
Virginia Lakes, US Hwy 395, Eastern Sierra

TURLOCK LAKE SRA State Park
Turlock Lake State Recreation Area, Central Valley

TUTTLETOWN RECREATION AREA
New Melones Reservoir, Angels Camp, Gold Country

TWIN LAKES – Eastern Sierra, Bridgeport CA NFS

Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

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Union Valley Reservoir – El Dorado National Forest NFS

UPPER STONY CREEK NFS
Hume Lake, Sequoia NF, Sequoia Kings Canyon NP

VERMILLION NFS
Lake Edison @ John Muir Wilderness,
Sierra National Forest, beyond Huntington Lake CA

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WARM SPRINGS PICNIC & RECREATION AREA
Lake Sonoma, Wine Country, Geyserville CA

WENCH CREEK NFS
Union Valley Reservoir, Desolation Wilderness;
ElDorado NF. Placerville, Gold Country

WEST EAGLE CAMPGROUND
Eagle Lake Recreation Area, Susanville CA

Oak Bottom Campground

Oak Bottom Campground, Whiskeytown

Whiskeytown NRA
Whiskey Creek Group Area, Oak Bottom Campground
Whiskeytown Lake, Redding, Old Shasta

WHITEHORSE CAMPGROUND NFS
Bucks Lake, Plumas National Forest

Wilderness Lakes RV Resort
Inland Empire, Temecula, Menifee, Southern California

WILLIAM KENT CAMPGROUND
Lake Tahoe CA, west shore @ Tahoe City CA

WISHON @ BASS LAKE NFS
Bass Lake Campground, Sierra National Forest, South Yosemite

WOLF CREEK
Union Valley Reservoir, Eldorado NF, Placerville CA

WOODCAMP NFS
Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

WOODWARD RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
Stanislaus County Park, Modesto, Stockton

WRIGHTS LAKE NFS
near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

WRIGHTS LAKE EQUESTRIAN CAMP
near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

WYANDOTTE CAMPGROUND
LGVR, Little Grass Valley Reservoir, La Porte Road

Little Grass Valley Reservoir

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Tioga Lake Tent Camping, E Yosemite

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CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

Camp Fires Correctly

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Deserts & beaches are the only places for bonfires.

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Camp Fires
The heat source, the light source, the cook source, the sock drier, the night supplier, the outdoor LIVING ROOM. The campfire is the center stage for all entertainment, true tales and ghost stories alike.

Since the beginning of time humans have gathered around the campfire at dark. This nightly ritual is built into us on the deepest level. We miss this today. We miss the real conversations, the community, the bonding, the stories, the soul searching. We miss the connection with nature, the fresh air and the great outdoors. The night sky filled with stars and maybe a meteor shower, a hot drink and the glow of the campfire coals. Enjoying the wilderness requires certain skills. FIRE is only ONE skill – for survival, for cooking, for warmth, for safety.

Total Escape is dedicated to those who yearn to camp, often.

In Certain Circles

photo – Charlie Sweeney 2010

Some folks cannot imagine camping without a campfire, but we better get used to it here on the West Coast. Weather patterns swing from years of super-dry drought to deluge and drenching – as we’ve seen of recent in California. Dry conditions means high wildfire dangers, tight camp stove and strict campfire restrictions.

Each California region, National Forests and State Parks have their own fire restrictions, so call ahead to rangers for current fire conditions on the place you wish to visit. Certain mountain locations will ban fires in the back country, fires on the back roads and sometimes in extreme conditions, no fires allowed even inside a developed campground.

Campfire Basics

Campfire Restrictions

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California is well known for its unforgiving drought conditions and its seasonal wildfire danger. Always know the fire conditions in the area you plan to camp. Most Southern California regions have banned ‘open campfires’ in forested areas, due to wildfire threat and population density. Call ahead to get an update on road closures and current campfire restrictions. Find California BLM offices & NFS ranger stations

Campfire Permits

If you plan on camping outside of a developed campground, you will need to get a free “camp fire permit”, which can be obtained at the local rangers office.

Find more on FREE camp fire permits

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California Camp Fires

  • RULE # 1 – Never leave a campfire unattended
  • Build campfires in designated rings. Always try to use an existing ring when possible. If you must build a new rock fire ring, follow the guide on FireSafe
  • You will need water source & bucket, plus a decent shovel for building, maintaining and controlling a campfire. BRING enough water & tools with you to control a fire.
  • A ten foot clearance – all around, down to the bare dirt is the best practice. No brush close to the ring, no bushes, no leaves or pine needles. No dry over-hanging tree branches.
  • You might need to clean trash out of the fire pit, so bring heavy duty trash bags, or a spare old box. Shovel comes in handy here.
  • Kindling is key to getting a good fire going fast, so gather more of the small stuff. Wood gathering away from camp is usually better pickens.
  • Use environmentally friendly fire starters (with damp wood, if you must); not the BBQ lighter fluid or gasoline
  • Building fires up against a big boulder scars them w/ black soot, and although it can reflect heat back to you, it is seldom worth the unsightly damage
  • Bring chainsaws or hand saws for cutting your own campfire wood in the forest
  • Gathering wood for fuel — use only dead and down wood
  • A ranger issued “wood cutting permit” is required if you plan on cutting a full cord
  • Firewood page – buying locally, in California
  • Never burn plastics, batteries or other toxic materials in campfires
  • Tossing beer bottle caps into a campfire only litters site for future campers
  • While glass bottle smelting is a real treat among boys at night, which one is actually gonna get their hands dirty & clean up broken glass out of the campfire the following morning?
  • Do not leave any hot coals during the day (if you are away from camp). Winds could pick up.
  • Always douse campfire with water completely when breaking camp. Stir it, feel for heat, and drown it more if you hear sizzling or see bubbling.
  • Read more wild fire / campfire info on our FireSafe page

Drown Fires

Last Final Step

The Final Step of Breaking Camp

 

Campfire Pits & Fire Containers

Campfire Pits & Fire Containers

Stormproof LIghters

Stormproof Lighters

Where is your favorite place to camp?

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This is one of those silly questions that has no real definitive answer from DanaMite. If you have camped California at all, you know it can be awe inspiring around every corner, especially the Sierra Nevada & the Coastline.

Most California transplants get so wrapped up with city life, college & new careers, that they rarely venture past the county park, much less the county line.

When they finally do break away, they are often misled to crowded campgrounds with steep reservation fees and too many RVs, walking distance to a mini mart. Often they assume camping in California is not what they thought it was going to be. Not like the photos they once saw, not the dream-like places of wildness, not the privacy they had envisioned. They may even give up on the whole ‘camping experience’ all together.

It does not have to be like this. Information is power. This web site Total Escape was made for YOU, the avid Escaper, who desires the best camping options available. One who will respect the land & care; Those that will teach their children to clean up litter & respect our precious public lands.

The California deserts are just as magnificent as the alpine meadows; The mountain peaks, the hot springs, coastal cliffs to the forests, and the river canyons!

It’s all good.

There cannot be one favorite camp spot, when you find yourself camping every month. Each site is a new destination, a place to explore, with usually a reason to return. Each season your favorite spot will change & be more desirable some months over others. From aspen trees changing color in the Eastern Sierra to wildflower meadows of the High Sierra, every place has its own unique flavor.

Drive further for less people and more nature!

National Forest Service

California National Forests are a great place to start.

Highland Wildflowers

Collections of California Camping Lists

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Specific Places to Camp in California

Sierra Nevada Campground