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Old 01-05-2012, 12:44 AM   #29
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I have fond memories of Lake Berryessa growing up. The time we had to retreat into the car to get away from the yellow jackets, the time my dad caught a seagull while he was fishing and "flew" it for quite some time before he could reel it in and release it, not to mention that we thought it was a horribly long way as kids and sometimes got carsick on the way! (As adults, we can't imagine why we thought it was such a long way away from home.)
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:22 AM   #30
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We've been dry camping for the last year and a half and our favorites are Butano State Park, near Pescadero, in between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay near the coast. Also near there is San Mateo Memorial County Park. Both these are in beautiful Redwood forests.

Another great spot just above Morgan Hill on Hiway 152 is Mt. Madonna County Park. It has full hookups as well as dry camping spots.

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Old 01-29-2012, 02:01 AM   #31
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Jeff & Silvia. The Butano SP website says the max RV/trailer length is 24'. Ours is 27'. Based on your experience there, do you think a 27 would fit in any of the sites? How about the rangers, do they have tape measures :-) ?
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:13 AM   #32
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We really liked Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park outside of Crescent City. The Stout Trail was amazing, and an easy walk.

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Our experience there has always been with friendly and accomodating rangers. Since we had one of the tiniest trailers around (T@B), length was not an issue. There are at least five or six sites around the outer circle that seem like 27 wouldn't be a problem. We preferred site 14 (for privacy) or 16 (for space). If you said you had a 24 I don't think that they would check, although the road in is pretty tight and has a couple of switchbacks which could cause concern. You definitely couldn't back your way out if yoiu couldn't make it around the turns.

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Jeff & Silvia. The Butano SP website says the max RV/trailer length is 24'. Ours is 27'. Based on your experience there, do you think a 27 would fit in any of the sites? How about the rangers, do they have tape measures :-) ?
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:36 PM   #34
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Our experience there has always been with friendly and accomodating rangers. Since we had one of the tiniest trailers around (T@B), length was not an issue. There are at least five or six sites around the outer circle that seem like 27 wouldn't be a problem. We preferred site 14 (for privacy) or 16 (for space). If you said you had a 24 I don't think that they would check, although the road in is pretty tight and has a couple of switchbacks which could cause concern. You definitely couldn't back your way out if yoiu couldn't make it around the turns.

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Jeff & Silvia. The Butano SP website says the max RV/trailer length is 24'. Ours is 27'. Based on your experience there, do you think a 27 would fit in any of the sites? How about the rangers, do they have tape measures :-) ?
So I took a short trip over Hwy 84 and dropped in on Butano just to check things out. It is closed until March 31, but the roads are open to walking. I ended up talking with a State workman about the 24' length limit. He wasn't aware of it and told me that he regularly camps there in his 30' RV. He said he's seen 40' RVs in the camp ground. I walked up to the campground and checked things out. The "hairpin turn" would be no problem for our 27' and many of the campsite look as if they would accommodate our AS & TV even without unhitching. It's now on our list as a local getaway.

About 7 miles further inland on Pescadero Creek Rd there's Memorial Campground, operated by San Mateo County. It's part of Pescadero Creek Park Complex that sort of surrounds Portola Redwoods State Park. It has 159 level sites compared to Butano 30 or so along with ranger station, visior center and camp store. Same beautiful redwoods and thick forest. Like Butano, the campsites are really large. Portions are open year round, and I reserved a riverfront site for next weekend. Just to get away ... They have a dump station.

Thanks for the heads up on Butano, I think I've found a new Airstream playground just outside my back door.

So if you like Butano, it's worth checking out Memorial Park.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:10 PM   #35
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We definitely love Memorial County Park as well. We actually went there first, then found Butano. While Butano is quiet and sedate, Memorial is not so much. During the peak season, let's just say it's more "active". We love it all the same and camp there 2-3 times a year.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:10 PM   #36
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Actual Northern California Camping

We live in "real" Northern California and there are oodles of great camping places around. Earlier someone asked about camping near San Francisco. Not too much nearby, but if you can camp somewhere and find a bus/train/taxi that gets you to the city, go that way and ditch trying to park any vehicle. Cheaper to take a taxi than to pay for most parking!

If near SF I like Half Moon Bay State Beach, and further up on Hwy 1 is some wonderful country... getting a trailer through the city is tricky a bit... just don't go off on any side roads and get stuck at the top of a steep hill pulling your trailer at a stop light!

Siskiyou County is one of the northernmost counties (in the middle of the state) and we have some great camping, fishing, hunting, you can find the super duper convenient RV parks with all the perks and a cement slab to park on, or you can get a little dusty and head off into the wilderness! If anyone is interested in what there is... just ask!
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:15 AM   #37
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We just camped at the KOA in Westport,
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which is about 190 miles north of San Francisco on highway one. We're taking little steps toward dry camping, I wanted to be able to plug in our heater if the gas one went kaput, hence the KOA. We had seen the location for years, the campground straddles a river and is on a wonderful beach. The facilities were well kept and being March, it was pretty sleepy. Westport is very cool, one of those tiny, scenic villages along the coast that time forgot. It's about a half hour north of Fort Bragg, which has coffee and good stuff to buy to eat, the Skunk train for excursions and a most excellent used book store. A little farther south is Mendocino, for strolling and shopping and eating. Between Fort Bragg and Westport is McKerricher state park,
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Sims Campground

If traveling Interstate 5 going towards Oregon.... just at Dunsmuir is a wonderful campground perfect for an overnight stay. Sims Campground. It is a NFS campground, but right next to the Sacramento River and only a short 1 mile from the Interstate... it is open only seasonally, winter it would be under snow.
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