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Central Valley Camping

Central Valley Camping Overview

Central Valley

Campgrounds in the Central Valley of California number in the hundreds. Find Central Valley camping from Sacramento to Bakersfield with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include National Parks, State Parks, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Central Valley camping varies from the sloughs of the Sacramento Delta, shores of flowing rivers and lake camping at Folsom Lake, Modesto Reservoir, Lake Turlock and Millerton Lake. Central Valley campgrounds of notable interest include a campground by the lake at Camanche Lake in the Sierra foothills and refreshing Millerton Lake outside of Fresno. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.

PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.

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Sacramento Camping

Sacramento River Campground is located off Highway 20, 9 miles east of Interstate 5 in Colusa. Campground is situated next to the Sacramento River and some of the best fishing in the state. Activities include boating, fishing, birdwatching and picnicking. Campground offers 14 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Groceries, boat launch, RV dump station and laundry on site. Reservations recommended.

Colusa-Sacramento River State Park Campground
Highway 20
Colusa, California 95932-0207
(530) 458-4927
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Folsom Lake Campground is located east of Sacramento between Highway 50 and Interstate 80. Activities at Folsom Lake include hiking, biking, running, lake camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing, fishing and boating. Three campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 70 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Ranger station, boat rentals and RV dump station.

Folsom Lake State Park Campground
7806 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, California 95630
(916) 988-0205
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Lake Solano Campground is located off Highway 128 west of Winters. Activities at Lake Solano include fishing, boating, lake camping, swimming, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. This campground by the lake offers 58 campsites for tent or RV, many with full hookups. Amenities include a picnic table, flush toilets and boat launch.

Lake Solano Campground
8685 Pleasant Valley Road
Winters, California 95694
(530) 795-2990
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Antioch Camping

Brannan Island Campground is located north of Antioch off Highway 160. Campground is situated next to the Sacramento River and two sloughs. A portion of the park is home to beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and 76 species of birds. Activities at the Sacramento Delta include boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, birdwatching and picnicking. Campground offers 140 campsites for tent and RV camping (36' max). Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

Brannan Island State Park Campground
Sacramento Delta
17645 State Highway 160
Rio Vista, California 94571
(916) 777-6671 or (916) 777-7701
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Carnegie is located off Interstate 580 between Livermore and Tracy. Carnegie is a state off-road park offering 1,300 acres riding area and competition tracks. Twenty-three campsites are available with shade ramadas, picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets, showers and potable water. A nearby general store provides everything from prepared food & groceries to motorcycle parts. First-come, first-served.

Carnegie SVRA
18600 W. Corral Hollow Road
Tracy, CA 95376
(925) 447-9027

Map  |   No Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Los Banos Camping

San Luis Reservoir Campground is located west of Santa Nella and Interstate 5, off Highway 152. Campgrounds are situated near two large lakes. Activities at San Luis Reservoir include boating, water-skiing, wind surfing, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. Two campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 132 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Visitor Center, boat launch and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

San Luis Reservoir State Park Campground
31426 Gonzaga Road
Gustine, CA 95322
(209) 826-1197
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Stockton Camping

Camanche Reservoir, site #128

Lake Camanche Campground is located east of Lodi between Highways 12 and 88. Activities at Lake Camanche include boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, lake camping, picnicking and hiking. This large reservoir attracts boaters and anglers from the region and has two large campgrounds by the lake as well as a motel, cabins and an RV park. The North Shore Campgrounds support nearly 200 campsites. Two of ten restrooms have running water, flush toilets and showers. The rest are pit toilets. All campsites feature a picnic bench, fire rings with barbecue attached, and a second parking spot for boats. All South Shore campsites have pit toilets. Amenities include a marina with boat rentals, café, RV dump station and launch ramps. Nearby attractions include the Masonic Caves, Black Chasm Caverns, Indian Grinding Rocks State Park, Kirkwood Ski Resort and the historic towns of Volcano and Jackson.

Camanche Reservoir
North Shore Campground
2000 Camanche Road
Ione, California 95640
(866) 763-5121

South Shore Campground
11700 Wade Lane
Burson, California 95225
(866) 763-5178
Area Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Lake Tulloch Campground is located east of Oakdale off Highways 120 & 108. This campground by the lake offers a total of 130 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Activities at Lake Tulloch include fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and swimming. Other amenities include cabins, a general store, restaurant, laundry facilities, swim beach, courtesy docks and a marina offering boat rentals. Full hook-up sites. Reservations recommended.

Lake Tulloch Campground
14448 Tulloch Road
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 881-0107
Map  |   Call for Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Woodward Reservoir Campground is located north of Oakdale off Highways 120 & 108. Four campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 114 campsites for tent and RV camping - 40 campsites have full-hookups. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Activities at Woodward Reservoir include fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and radio control airplane flying. First-come, first-served.

Woodward Reservoir Campground
14528 26 Mile Road
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 847-3304
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Caswell Campground is located southwest of Ripon from Highway 99, off Austin Road. Campground is situated next to the Stanislaus River and two sloughs. A portion of the park is home to beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and 76 species of birds. Activities include fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. Campground offers 64 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations recommended.

Caswell Memorial State Park Campground
28000 South Austin Road
Ripon, California 95366
(209) 599-3810
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


McConnell Campground is located northeast of Livingston from Highway 99, off Livingston Cressey Road. Campground is situated next to the Merced River. A small lake is located at the eastern end of the park. Activities include fishing, swimming and picnicking. Campground offers 21 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations recommended.

McConnell State Park Campground
8800 Mcconnell Road
Ballico, California 95303
(209) 394-7755
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Modesto Camping

Modesto Reservoir Campground is located east of Modesto off Highway 132. Several campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 150 full hook-up campsites for tent and RV camping, as well as undeveloped campsites. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Activities at Modesto Reservoir include fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and radio control glider airplane flying. First-come, first-served.

Modesto Reservoir Campground
18143 Reservoir Road
Waterford, CA 95386
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Turlock Lake Campground is located 25 miles east of Modesto off Highway 132. This campground by the lake is situated between the Tuolumne River and Turlock Lake. Activities at Turlock Lake include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. Campground offers 66 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations recommended.

Turlock Lake State Park Campground
22600 Lake Road
La Grange, California 95329
(209) 874-2056
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George J. Hatfield Campground is located between Newman off Interstate 5 and Livingston off Highway 99. Campground is situated between the Merced and San Joaquin Rivers. Activities include fishing, swimming and picnicking. Campground offers campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Reservations recommended.

George J. Hatfield State Park Campground
4394 North Kelly Road
Hilmar, California 95324
(209) 632-1852
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas

Fresno Camping

Eastman Lake Campground is located east of Chowcilla off Road 26. The Codorniz campground by the lake offers a total of 65 full hook-up campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, firepit/grill, flush toilets and showers. Activities at Eastman Lake include fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, softball and more. Reservations recommended.

Eastman Lake Campground
Road 29
Raymond, CA 93653
(559) 689-3255
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Hensley Lake Campground is located northeast of Madera off River Road. The Hidden View campground by the lake offers a total of 55 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, firepit/grill, flush toilets and showers. Activities at Hensley Lake include fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and more. RV dump station on-site. Reservations recommended.

Hensley Lake Campground
Road 400
Raymond, CA 93653
(559) 673-5151
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Millerton Lake Campground is located north of Fresno and Highway 99, off Highway 41 and Millerton Road (Highway 145). Campgrounds are situated on the northwest shore of this large lake. Activities at Millerton Lake include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking. Bald eagle viewing tours are available during the winter. Several campgrounds by the lake offer 145 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

Millerton Lake State Park Campground
5290 Millerton Road
Friant, California 93626
(559) 822-2332
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Pine Flat Lake Campground is located east of Fresno on Piedra Road. Activities at Pine Flat Lake include hiking, boating, and fishing. This campground by the lake has 97 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, showers and flush toilets. RV dump station on-site. Reservations recommended.

Pine Flat Lake Campground
Piedra Road
Piedra, CA 93649
(559) 787-2589
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Visalia Camping

Lake Kaweah Campground is located east of Visalia off Sierra Drive (Hwy 198). Activities at Lake Kaweah include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. This campground by the lake offers 80 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station and amphitheater on-site. Reservations recommended.

Lake Kaweah Campground
Sierra Drive
Lemon Cove, CA 93244
(559) 597-2005
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Success Lake Campground is located east of Porterville off Poplar Avenue (Hwy 190). Activities at Success Lake include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking and softball. This campground by the lake offers 103 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station, amphitheater and general store on-site. Reservations recommended.

Success Lake Campground
E. Poplar Avenue
Porterville, CA 93258
(559) 783-9200
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Bakersfield Camping

Colonel Allensworth Campground is located west of Earlimart and Highway 99, off Higby Drive (Highway 43) south of Sierra Avenue. This historic town was founded, funded and governed by African Americans in 1908. Campground offers 15 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations recommended.

Colonel Allensworth State Park Campground
Star Route 1, Box 148
Earlimart, California 93219
(661) 849-3433
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Buena Vista Campground is located southwest of Bakersfield off Interstate 5. Buena Vista Lake includes Lake Webb and Lake Evans. Activities at Buena Vista include fishing, boating, jet-skiing, lake camping, picnicking and bicycling. This campground by the lake offers 112 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch, general store and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area Campground
South End of Enos Lane
Tupman, California 93276
(661) 868-7000
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Kern River Campground is located east of Bakersfield off Kern Canyon Road. Situated next to Lake Ming and the Kern River, the campground offers 50 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. RV dump station on site. First-come, first-served. Nearby attractions include boating, fishing, water-skiing and river rafting.

Kern River Campground
Old Alfred Harrell Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 868-7000
Map  |   No Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


Tehachapi Campground is located southeast of Bakersfield off Highway 58. Situated nearly 8,000 feet in the Tehachapi Mountains, the campground offers 61 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic shelter, table, BBQ grills and pit toilets. Cabins are available that offer bunk beds, electricity, a kitchen-dining building and restroom building with showers. Reservations recommended.

Tehachapi Mountain Park Campground
Water Canyon Road
Tehachapi, California 93561
(661) 868-7000
Map  |   Reservations  |   Website  |   Other Ideas


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