California Campground Reviews

Here you will find reviews of campgrounds in which we have stayed in the state of California.

For details on how we choose a campground and our review criteria, go to our Main Campground Reviews page.

The reviews you find here will be from most recent to oldest since the older the review, the less relevant it may be. The "Overall Rating" is on a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being the best.

Also, you will notice that each listing shows a corresponding "Journal Site" number. This refers to when our stay occurred in our journey and the number on the Map Of Our Travels on our daily Journal. By going to our Journal for the dates indicated in the review, you may be able to find out more about the campground and the area - but no promises. :)

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North Shore Campground, Lake Almanor, Chester, CA - May - September 2009

Journal Site 125: North Shore Campground - Overall Rating: 7

Dates: May 15, 2009 - September 15, 2009
Location: Lake Almanor in northeastern California; About 3 hours northeast of Sacramento and 2 1/2 hours northwest of Reno, NV; On California Hwy 36 just across the Lake Almanor Causeway 2 miles east of Chester, CA
GPS Coordinates: 40.31143N, 121.18958
Our Site Number: Full hook-up Workamper Site next to Osprey Cabin; Separate from rest of the campground
Reason Selected: Accepted a workamping job there for the summer of 2009.
Setting: On the shores of Lake Almanor - one mile of shoreline. Sites sit among tall pine trees. Lake views and mountain views throughout the campground with varying degrees of views from each site. Hwy 36 to the north separated from the campground by trees and an old, unused railroad right-of-way. Lake Almanor to the south and west. Campsites separated from the eastern side of the campground where there are cabins, staff residences, maintenance buildings, etc. Interior roads are paved; Sites are gravel; Beautiful natural setting.
Guidebooks: None used
Big Rig Friendly: There are a few sites that can handle the largest of rigs - particularly Sites 20 & 21. However, with just a few exceptions, sites are pretty close together. Backing in can be an issue due to trees and/or narrow sites. Adequate for big rigs, but better if you are a skilled driver. :)
Hook-ups: 30 amp electric with water; No sewer hook-ups, but there is a dump station; Also, they have a honey wagon pump-out service two days a week - it's $10 on regular pump-out days, but if you stay a week or longer, you get one free pump-out for every seven days of stay
Laundry: Three washers and dryers but a tad on the expensive side
Price & Discounts: $37 a night for most sites; $49 a night for "premium" sites which are the best sites with no other rigs between you and the lake; Weekly - $225 & $305; Monthly - $685 & $915; Seasonal (late April - early October) - $2,800 & $3,825; All new monthly and seasonal guests will have metered electric; No discounts of any kind except premium sites MAY be discounted to regular rates after Labor Day due to low lake levels
Other Factors: Lots of rules, policies, and additional fees for extra people, daily visitors, pets, boats, etc. All the rules/policies are on the website - read them carefully! The website is pretty thorough although the pictures are a little outdated and don't really show the beauty of the surroundings; Tents are not allowed on RV sites, but there are several separate tent sites - many are on the lake. There is a boat ramp within the campground and two boat docks with slips that can be rented for an extra daily fee; There is a fish cleaning station and the fishing on Lake Almanor is excellent; Note that the lake is PG&E controlled and they start releasing water in mid-summer; The lake levels vary significantly depending on snowmelt from the mountains in the spring, the timing of PG&E releases, and the amount they release; By the end of the season, the water may be too low to launch a boat or use a slip; Lassen Volcanic National Park is about 30 miles from the campground, but there are a couple of remote sections that are closer
OVERALL RATING: 7 (out of ten)
The setting of the campground is wonderful and necessities and restaurants are a short two-mile drive away; As workampers, we didn't stay in the main campground which was a good thing as the sites are just too close together for us; Though expensive, the premium sites are worth the extra money as those sites are more spacious with better views and privacy; The weather is unbeatable with little rain, no humidity, bright blue skies most of the time, and very pleasant temperatures; The single bathhouse is cleaned daily and is pretty nice (until the tent campers tend to mess it up late at night and early in the morning on busy weekends); If we had stayed on a premium site, I'd consider giving it an 8, but then I'd knock it down for price; Considering the regular campsites alone, I'd probably give it a 6, but it gets bumped up for lake access and views; If I were a fisherman with a boat, I'd probably give it an 8; This is a tough campground to rate. We had the only full hook-up site and it had a wonderful lake view with excellent privacy - an 8 or a 9 for our site, especially since it was free. :) However, for the main campground, even though the pricing is reasonable for a California campground on a lake, we probably wouldn't choose to stay there in a regular site due to the tightness of the rigs and we wouldn't pay the price to stay in a premium site. Tough call. :)

North Shore Campground

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