Highlights Campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada Foothills With Rental Cabins and Onsite Activities


Debbie Sipe
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AUBURN, Calif., July 2014 — As summer heats up the San Joaquin Valley across California, the idea of camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is becoming a thought too enticing to ignore.

With this in mind, has assembled a short list of some of the more popular camping destinations in the Sierra from Auburn southward to Kernville.

“There are literally hundreds of campgrounds in the Sierra, but we’ve picked out a few parks that are ideal destinations, particularly for families looking for parks with onsite activities and amenities,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which hosts

Following are some of the association’s top parks:

— Auburn Gold Country RV Park in Auburn: This park features 66 sites, plus three rental cabins and a small tent section. Other amenities include a fishing pond, a convenience store, and a heated swimming pool and spa.

— Ponderosa RV Resort in Lotus: This campground has just installed some new park model cabin rentals, which supplement its existing cabin, park model and trailer rentals as well as its RV and tent sites. The park has a compre-hensive recreation program during the summer months. Activities include fafting, kayaking, fishing, swimming, gold panning and sunbathing. The park’s general store offers an assortment of camping and RV supplies, groceries and souvenirs.

— Coloma Resort in Coloma: Located close to the site where gold was discovered in California, this park features furnished tent cabins, miner’s cabins, park model cottages, bunkhouses and a country cottage. The resort, which is lo-cated along the South Fork of the American River, also has an on-site ropes course. 

— 49er Village RV Park in Plymouth: This park has 15 vacation cottages, which are available with a bed and breakfast plan, as well as 300 RV sites. 

— Marble Quarry in Columbia: This park offers five cabins, 10 tent sites and 68 RV sites. Amenities include bathrooms and showers and a convenience store with a gift shop. The campground is just a quarter of a mile away from Co-lumbia State Historic Park. 

— Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort in Angels Camp: This park, which is located near 19 wineries, has 82 RV and tent sites as well as two country lodges and five cabins. The campground also has a kitchen pavilion with stove tops, hot water and picnic tables as well as a playground, a beach volleyball court and a seasonal swimming pool. 

— Yosemite Lakes RV Resort in Groveland: Situated on a 400-acre preserve that includes frontage on the South Fork of the Tuolumne River, this park features 130 tent sites as well as yurts and brand new park model cabins.

— Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging in Groveland: Located 22 miles from Yosemite National Park, this park has RV and tent sites as well as fully furnished yurts and park model cabins. The park also has courts for sand volleyball, horseshoes and tetherball as well as a petty farm with alpacas. 

— Wishon Village in Shaver Lake: Built in 1960 by Bill and Katherine Jasper, Wishon Village RV Park has been owned and operated by three genera-tions of the same family. The Jaspers’ granddaughter, Katie Oneida, has owned and operated the park with her husband, Kris, for the past eight years.

The Oneidas have made many improvements to Wishon Village in recent years, installing new picnic tables and fire pits, remodeling the park store and re-painting the bathrooms. The park also offers boat rentals, including two pontoon boats, paddle boats and eight fishing boats on neighboring Wishon Reservoir. The 97-site park also has three trailer rentals and 26 tent sites. 

— Camp James Campground in Kernville: This campground has river and creekside campsites, bathrooms, showers and cable TV. The river is stocked with fish on a weekly basis. Monthly sites are available. The park also offers a three-bedroom, two-bathroom vacation rental. 

— Camp Kernville in Kernville: This campground offers swimming, kayaking and tubing as well as community restrooms, showers and laundry, plus a pet exercise area. RV rentals are also available as well as long-term campsites. 

— Frandy Park in Kernville: This campground runs alongside the Kern River, creating an ideal location for people who want to enjoy the water while spending quality time with their friends and family. The campground includes pull through RV sites and tent sites. Biking, horseback riding and ATV activities are nearby. 

— Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA in Kernville: This park has RV and tent sites as well as cabins and fully furnished park models. Activities include Friday night ice cream socials, Saturday relay races and movie nights, and free pancake breakfasts on Sundays. A Western Ho Down weekend is planned for Sept. 5 with Western dancing, a cowboy barbecue dinner, a roping contest and hay rides. A Halloween themed weekend with a flashlight costume parade and campsite trick or treating is planned for Oct. 17. 

For more information on things to see and do in the Sierra Nevada as well as places to RV or tent camp or rent a cabin or yurt, please visit