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Old 05-11-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Sierra foothills campground recommendations??

We'd like to visit the Sierra foothills next Thursday thu Monday. It gets pretty warm up there in the summer, so now seems like a good time to visit.

We don't need full hookups, but do need water and a dump station. It would be nice to have a site on a lake or river, the American or the Yuba perhaps. Proximity to a small town for an evening out and some daytime sightseeing or shopping would be nice. Also, a place where there are hiking/walking trails and interesting things to see and photograph would be terrific.

Lots of requirements/desires, I know, which is why we'd like advice from experienced travelers. Thanks in advance.
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Coloma Resort?

You might want to look into this place...

Coloma Resort ( http://www.colomaresort.com/index.html ) is located on the American River, adjacent to state park around Gold Discovery site off Highway 49.. They offer a number of hiking and rafting and water sport activities, and a lot of campsites are backed directly up to the river... Downside is river probably pretty high and pretty cold with large snow melt going on..

I believe there are also a couple good ones nearer Auburn off I-80.. Local WBCCI group has stayed at 49er Resort near Columbia in town of Plymouth, though no water nearby...

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Thanks, John. I remember the Coloma resort from about 14 years ago when I stayed there in our Westfalia. Don't remember the prices being so high, even in 1992 dollars!!

That 49er RV Resort looks interesting in a Disneyesque kind of way. The price is certainly better and the "senior" discount kicks in at just 55. The nearby attractions seem interesting too. Perhaps a little too full-featured for this trip. We're trying to find some place to test out our ability to dry camp and live off the solar-powered batteries. So, all we need for this experiment is a place with drinking water to fill the tank and a dump station when we leave. It's hard to do it the hard way when the connections are right at the site.

Once again, thanks for your suggestions.
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Thats a pretty tall order,but I think the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway east of Angels Camp on Hwy. 4 can provide what your looking for.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a good place to camp to further explore the area for future trips, lots to see and do.

check out www.scenic4.org .

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Sorry..

I was vague on the concept...

If you really want to live off the land and the sun, there are state and county park options.. There's an interesting campground adjacent to the Columbia Airport (located to west of main runway..), that you can drive around runway to get to, primarily for tent campers, but with space for small Airstream. You can walk from there into historic Columbia or hike in that area. You could call airport office at (209) 533-5685 to see what is required to camp there...

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