Campgrounds Offer Taste of Adventure

 Whether you’re interested in whitewater rafting, ropes courses, panning for gold, horseback riding, hiking or searching for Bigfoot, can help you find campgrounds that nurture your family’s sense of adventure and wonder in the Great Outdoors

Are you looking for taste of adventure?

How about making a trip to Kamp Klamath in Northern California.

The private campground, which has a quarter mile of frontage along the Klamath River, offers tours into the heart of Bigfoot country.

“We actually go to places where Bigfoot has been spotted,” said campground owner Aaron Funk. “We also talk about the redwoods and the pioneering and tribal history of the area.”

The park also offers tours to magnificent Fern Canyon, a site so lush and beautiful that it was used in some of the filming of the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Kamp Klamath is one of many privately owned and operated campgrounds featured on that offer individuals and families a chance to get outdoors and have fun while they explore the Great Outdoors.

“California’s campgrounds offer something for everyone,” said Verna Wiseman, communications director for the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which operates Camp-California travel planning website.

The site features a searchable database with campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, many of which offer interesting recreational activities ranging from salmon and trout fishing, horseback and ATV and mountain bike riding and whitewater rafting. Some parks also offer challenging ropes courses.

Some examples:

  • Coloma Resort in Coloma: This park, which has nearly a mile of frontage along the South Fork of the American River in the Sierra Nevada’s Gold Rush country, has campsites, RV sites, park model cabins and safari tents as well as several activities, including a ropes course and gold panning. The resort also has an on-site masseuse. Nearby activities also include whitewater rafting and tubing on the South Fork of the American River as well as fishing and biking.
  • Canyon RV Park in Anaheim: This park, which offers RV and tent sites as well as park model cabins in a wilderness area near the Santa Ana River, is also home to a ropes course operated by Rock City Climbing, which is promoting a “Kids Fear Factor Camp” this year. While the ropes course is on the RV park property, visitors who want to use the course need to book their reservations through Rock City Climbing. Visit and for more information.
  • Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort in Coleville: This Eastern Sierra resort is conveniently located for hiking, fishing and ATV activities. Trophy fishing is just one quarter mile away on the Walker River. From June 15th to 18th, ATV enthusiasts will gather to participate in the Eastern Sierra ATV & UTV Jamboree. Visit
  • Mirabel Park Campground in Forestville: This park, which has been family owned for over 50 years, is located at the confluence of the Russian River and Mark West Creek about 70 miles north of San Francisco. The park offers canoe and kayak rentals and a historic location that was the site of California’s first water-powered sawmill. Local 5th graders, in fact, have been working on a school project to identify exactly where the mill and surrounding buildings were located.

  • North Shore Campground on Lake Almanor: This lakefront park, located two miles from the town of Chester, offers fishing from the shore. The campground also rents boats and kayaks. A big crafts festival is also scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in the town of Chester.

  • Paradise Shores RV Park and Marina in Bridgeport: This park, located on the shores of the Bridgeport Reservoir in the Eastern Sierra, will host a Memorial Day weekend trout tournament as well as monthly “Big Catch” tournaments and the annual Bridgeport Trout Fishing Tournament on June 25th. Biking and ATV trails are also directly accessible from the campground.
  • Ponderosa Resort in Lotus: This Thousands Trails resort is located in the Sierra Nevada Gold Rush country and offers RV and tent sites as well as park model cabins and trailer rentals. On site activities include arts and crafts classes and classes in gold panning. The resort also offers whitewater rafting through Gold Rush Whitewater Rafting.
  • Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley (near Lake Tahoe): This High Sierra resort offers nature oriented events throughout spring, summer and fall, including an introductory fly fishing seminar June 3rd to 5th; historic emigrant trails tours on June 13th and Aug. 29th; a medicinal plants hike on July 3rd; a wildflowers hike on July 15th; and photography workshops on July 17th and Aug. 21st and a fly-fishing workshop Aug. 7th and 8th, a watercolor retreat Sept. 20th to 24th and a fall colors hike on Oct. 8th. Sorensen’s Resort has 35 cabin rentals and 25 campsites for tent or RV camping as well as a vintage 1947 trailer and a three bedroom, two-bath house for rent.
  • United Trails Resort in Truckee: This Sierra Nevada park, located north of Lake Tahoe and across the street from the Truckee River, offers fly fishing lessons by appointment.


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