The Water Cooler – Camping Near Claycord

March 18, 2014 12:32 pm · 47 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Where it the best place to go camping within a three hour radius of Claycord?

Talk about it….

Incognito March 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

My husband and I enjoy Tuttletown Recreation Area/New Melones Lake, near Sonora. Very well-maintained campgrounds and facilities which are run by the Bureau of Reclamation. Patrolled regularly by Rangers and Sheriffs. New Melones Lake is great for fishing and boating.

The Mamba March 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Russian River.

Concordejet March 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM


I totally agree Lake Melones is an awesome camp ground as well as boat house rental i spent a week on the boat house and it was just awesome. Best thing about the boat house is every night I can see stars outside. The boat house have everything you can imagine except for laundry there not a laundry facility in the boat house you really don’t need it unless you live in a boat house. anyway the house boat have a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom DirecTV satelite Dish and on top floor have a hot tub. The water is getting low but we stil had a lot of fun on the house boat. I would go on it again.

Another camp site I like to go to is Lake Barryessa I used to live there for few months it is so nice there except for forest fires they have once a year during summer.

Anon. March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Camp Concord of course!!! All inclusive family camp in Lake Tahoe.

mutts March 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Under any freeway overpass!! Very popular.

Momo March 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Santa Cruz has lots of good campgrounds. North towards Mendocino, Yosemite, tahoe, bear valley, off highway 395, highway 108. The gold country. The list goes on and on.

Cowellian March 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Ask a scout. They know a lot of places. For group campsites, Alice Eastwood overlooking Muir Woods is a great location. For families, Samuel P Taylor is one of my favorites. For something completely different, The Pinnacles National Monument, south of Gilroy, is fascinating, especially if the caves are open. My favorite scout-owned camp is Lindblad, off of Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz mountains.

skrab March 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

What kind of camping? Tent or RV? Car camping or hike to site?

VikingPrincess March 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Sorry. But if I told you, you’d go there and then it wouldn’t be our secret spot. 😉 Also depends on the type of camping you do.

I can and have roughed it to places you need to register and of you don’t come back they send out a search team, bring a firearm and usually some scary carcass around you ate sure the bear will come back to finish. No more of that thank you.

I’m royalty and need a cabin.

So the only hint I’ll give you is the Mendonoma Coast.

Anon777 March 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Can’t tell ya or I’ll have to kill ya. Sorry can’t share too many people know about our secret spot as it is.

the other jj March 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM


Ancient Mariner March 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Calaveras Big Trees – not the camp near the road, but the one further in.

puggy March 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Mt Hamilton, east of san jose has the best campground and is about an hours drive from Concord. Joseph D Grant park is gorgeous much like mt diable’s terrain.
we camp there every sep. It has historical charm plus great hikes and trails. Bathrooms with showers too! Up the road is Licht observatory for a
great day trip.

Suzanne March 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Southern California.

REAL camping - Trout Creek or Eagle Creek - past Long Barn March 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

We like to camp in primitive areas. Many may not realize that in the US Forest Service areas, one can camp along forest roads in many areas, not in a maintained campground with piped water and 100 numbered campsites.. If you stop at the USFS stations along the highway, they can give you maps and a fire permit and point you to a road to follow. Along Highway 108 past Sonora, there are the Trout Creek Area, The Herring Creek Area and Eagle Creek area that we like. Along Highway 4, there are many places between Calaveras Big Trees and Lake Alpine. You can just drive along the dirt forest roads and find a pretty spot. We look for one near a creek.

Shasta Daisy March 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I have never been camping.
It is on my list.

Bob Brittain March 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Juniper Campground on Mt. Diablo. From there you can go on a variety of hikes with wonderful views. For example the hike to the summit is a bit over a mile. Alternatively, you can walk the Grand Loop Trail that goes down to Deer Flat, over to Prospector’s Gap and back to the summit.

nytemuvr March 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Fort Bragg on the northern coast, I think it’s a 3 hour tour…a three hour tour…

ClayDen March 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Outside of turn 9, Corkscrew View, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (I’ll be there in May). Number two: Outside of turn 6 (I’ll be there in October).

marinemom March 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Camping…does that mean a nice hotel room with lots of amenities?

Dorothy March 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Back yard. Close to multiple types of facilities and amenities.

Silva March 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The ever beautiful, often available Mt. Diablo!

Concordejet March 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM


Actually it four hours drive depending on the holiday My famiy got a cabin in westport I looooooooooove westport

lux life March 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

The St Regis San Francisco.

Snwjnky March 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Any national forest. I’m ready to go now!

Ancient Mariner March 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I’ve done a lot of camping.
But these days I consider “roughing it” to be whenever the waiter isn’t wearing white gloves.

Concordejet March 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Lux Life:

Why don’t you try camping basement of the hotel? lol

Kirkwood March 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

When I was a kid, we family camped at Ice Lakes near Donner summit. Today, my idea of roughing it is turning the electric blanket down to 3.

Cowellian March 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Yeah, I wanna camp at Donner Summit, along with 80 or so of my closest friends. Who’s bringing the chow?

Dee March 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

We like Marble Quarry up just behind Columbia also Lake Camanche as well as Casini Ranch on Russin River to name a few

Atticus Thraxx March 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Military service cured me of any desire to go camping, you guys have at it.

Starman March 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Skip mt diablo half the time you can’t have campfires to keep warn or have light to sit around . It isn’t camping with out a evening campfire. It sucks because there web site is never up to date on high fire danger and campfire restriction till after your there.

Mimi (original) March 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I like Santa Cruz, but its very difficult to get a reservation….KOA south santa Cruz is okay if ur willing to spent $50-60 bucks a note to CAMP! Not me!

Sorry March 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

My idea of roughing it these days is no room service.

paranoid pablito March 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Montana. Drive really fast (and you still won’t make it)

Concordejet March 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I never been to Montana I had always wanted to go to Montana to the National Yellow stone park for a long time

nytemuvr March 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

@Concordejet #36
It is one of the most beautiful….

Ghoonsquad March 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Moonlight bunny ranch. Great place to pitch a tent and look at the sights.

Yolanda March 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Two of my favorites are Dardanelle campground -Hwy 108 and Henry Cowell St. Park near Santa Cruz.

ClayDen March 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM


96% of Yellowstone is in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. Spectacular place! Montana is beautiful too, especially Glacier National Park, in many ways more beautiful than Yellowstone, though both are not to be missed.

dilligafman March 19, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Lake Alpine-up highway 4.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Hat Creek up by Lassen

Suzanne March 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Mt. Diablo

KAD March 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

KIrkwood resort has some cabins for those of you that do not want to sleep out under the stars. There are canoes and horse riding too. Great place.

Chevrolet girl March 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Wench creek off hwy 50

The Original Anon E. Mouse March 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I’ve dug holes to poop in, hiking up in the high Sierras; and I’ve stayed in 5 star hotel penthouses.
But the best time I had was camping with my Pop and family outside Sonora.
I suppose the previous poster had a relevant question, RV or tent. We had both, the men stayed in the tents and the women folk in the VW camper.
Either way, I recommend the foothills for a family getaway.

Maya Piñon March 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Camping in Yosemite is best!

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