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Brooke | 08/07/2020 | Camping, Car & RV Rentals, RV Parks & Facilities, Transportation |   

During these COVID-complicated times, many Californians are searching for destinations that offer an escape from urban life. If you are looking for a self-contained vacation alternative, look no further, you’ve found a safe and economical option. RVs are perfect for cooking meals, preparing picnic sandwiches, transporting your whole crew, and bringing along the family dog, too. With your sights set on Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, rest assured you’ve found the best of all worlds. RVing is like camping, but let’s be honest, much better!

Whether you are a full-timer, weekend warrior, or new to the RV travel lifestyle, Visit Yosemite | Madera County has the resources you need to for an easy ride.  There are three categories of locations to park your rig. 1.) Private Campgrounds and RV Resorts. 2.) Sierra National Forest Campgrounds that can accommodate RVs. 3.) Yosemite National Park Campgrounds that can accommodate RVs.

Location 1
The Lakes RV and Golf Resort
Location 2
Yosemite RV Resort
Location 3
High Sierra RV Park and Campground
Location 4
Elks Lodge and RV Park
Location 5
Bass Lake at Yosemite RV Resort
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LOCATION 1
The Lakes RV and Golf Resort

The Lakes RV and Golf Resort in Chowchilla offers a variety of amenities and is conveniently located in the center of California off Highway 99. Ask about the complimentary golfing for two people per site, per night. With 87 RV spaces including 18 pull-thru and 19 lakeside.

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Yosemite RV Resort

The campground encompasses more than 35 acres of Oak trees, and Manzanita trees with a large pool, horseshoe pits, and a playground for the kids. Enjoy camping among the beautiful rolling hills and the tranquil environment under the stars. Don’t have an RV or tent? No problem! They have great Camping Cabins and Yurts available, too.

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High Sierra RV Park and Campground

A short drive from spectacular Yosemite, the RV Park and Campground sits directly on the banks of the seasonal Fresno River in Oakhurst. The mountain setting comes complete with a swimming hole and two waterfalls.

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Elks Lodge and RV Park

Just 20 minutes south of Yosemite, the Elks Lodge is the last RV park before the south gate entrance. Bass Lake is six miles to the east. Park your RV, detach your vehicle and venture into Yosemite, or Bass Lake for a day fun and splendor.  

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LOCATION 5
Bass Lake at Yosemite RV Resort

Located at beautiful Bass Lake surrounded by mountains, boating and fishing. Big Rig friendly, pull-thru sites, cabins, 30 & 50 campsites with full hookups. Free Wi-Fi, most sites offer cable TV, laundry and store.

Each year from May to September, RV travel planners have access to rustic campgrounds in the Sierra National Forest. The following locations can accommodate trailers and RVs ranging from less than 20' to no more than 35’ in length. Sites do not have electrical hook-ups or sani-dumps, but they all have natural beauty in abundance. Be aware that roads in and out of these campgrounds may be challenging. Some locations may close intermittently due to wildfire damage and/or tree mortality. Important reminder: You must check with the Sierra National Forest for current conditions and seasonal opening dates.  

Location 1
Forks Campground
Location 2
Lupine Campground
Location 3
Cedar Bluff Campground
Location 4
Spring Cove Campground
Location 5
Wishon Point Campground
Location 6
Chilkoot Campground
Location 7
Granite Creek Campground
Location 8
Gaggs Campground
Location 9
Whiskers Campground
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LOCATION 1
Forks Campground
Forks campground is located on a hillside overlooking Bass Lake. The camp is forested with cedar, ponderosa pine and oak trees and offers a few sites with limited lake views, while others are adjacent to the creek.

Each unit has a picnic table, pedestal grill, stone fire ring and paved parking spur. Forks Campground provides flush toilets (including ones that meet accessibility standards) and drinking water. The parking spurs here are not large enough to fit boat trailers.

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 40', although length restrictions do vary by site.  

To reserve, click here.


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Lupine Campground

Campsites are located adjacent to Bass Lake. The rea has dense pine, oak and cedar trees. Sites have good shade. Some campsites are located on moderate slopes.

Services available at the Forks and Millers Landing Resorts. Check in at Bass Lake Campground office before proceeding to the campground (located at west end of the lake near Recreation Point).  No showers or RV hookups toilets handicap accessible.

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 40', but this does vary by the campsite. 

Open year-round.

To reserve, click here

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Cedar Bluff Campground

Campsites are located adjacent to Bass Lake. This campground has two separate listings, Lupine and Cedar Bluff.  The area has dense pine, oak and cedar trees. Sites have good shade. Some campsites are located on moderate slopes.

Services available at the Forks and Millers Landing Resorts. Check-in at Bass Lake Campground office before proceeding to the campground (located at the west end of the lake near Recreation Point).  No showers or RV hookups toilets handicap accessible.

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 40', however, length restrictions vary by campsite.

Open year-round. 

To reserve, click here.

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Spring Cove Campground

Located adjacent to Bass Lake in a grove of oak, pine and cedar, Spring Cove Campground is well suited for tents and small RVs. Trees provide good shade and each campsite has a picnic table and campfire ring. Drinking water and accessible flush toilets are provided. The facility's short parking spurs are paved and dirt-surfaced. Due to tight turns and configurations, this camp is not suitable for large travel trailers or RVs. 

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 30'. 

To reserve, click here

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Wishon Point Campground

Located adjacent to Bass Lake, Wishon Campground lies at an elevation of 3,400 feet. Dense stands of manzanita, oak, cedar and pine trees, and thick undergrowth provide ample shade and privacy. Some sites at Wishon offer lake views. Each campsite has a picnic table, a stone fire pit and a pedestal grill. Drinking water and flush toilets are provided. Parking spurs are dirt but may be bumpy and difficult to access because of the interior roads. The campground is accessible and campfire wood is available for purchase from the campground host. 

Reservations are required. This facility has narrow, bumpy roads. Motorhomes over 24-feet or trailers over 20-feet are not advised. 

To reserve, click here.

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Chilkoot Campground

Very close to Bass Lake and shaded by a grove of Ponderosa pine, fir and cedar trees, Chilkoot Campground offers ample space for RV camping. Chilkoot is named for the creek that runs by the campground. This campground is located at an elevation of approximately 4,600 feet, providing a comfortable camping experience during the hottest days of summer. This rustic campground provides a host and vault toilets but no water. Each unit has a gravel parking spur, picnic table and fire ring. 

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 20' for some sites and 30' for others.

To reserve, click here.

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Granite Creek Campground

Located along Granite Creek, Granite Creek Campground has two loops containing 20 campsites. Fir trees provide a good amount of shade at campsites. Horses are not permitted in the lower loop; however, the upper loop of the facility is horse-friendly and offers corrals. The campground provides vault toilets and each site has picnic tables. 

No advance reservations available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: June - September

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LOCATION 8
Gaggs Campground

Total of 11 sites located on Sand Creek, with a large sandy open area with some shade. Each site has a table and fire ring. Must have a high clearance vehicle to access. Not recommended for large trailers or RVs. Small RVs with high clearance are okay. 

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: June - September

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Whiskers Campground

Campsites are located on the North Fork of Willow Creek. Sites are accessed via a dirt road, and the road is not maintained for low clearance vehicles. Not recommended for large trailers or RVs. Small RVs with high clearance are okay. 

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: June - September

Location 1
Lone Sequoia Campground
Location 2
Summerdale Campground
Location 3
Big Sandy Campground
Location 4
Greys Mountain Campground
Location 5
Soquel Campground
Location 6
Texas Flats Campground
Location 7
Kelty Meadow Campground
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Lone Sequoia Campground

Lone Sequoia Campground is a remote campground on a dirt road, that is free to use. Yes, free! This site has no running water but there is a bathroom. Also, OHV ATVs are popular on the nearby trails. There are six sites open to the public, a nearby small waterfall and an easy hike to, you guessed it, one lone Sequoia Tree. Not recommended for vehicles over 20'. Enjoy and remember - pack it in and pack it out!

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.


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Summerdale Campground

Located just 1.5 miles from Yosemite National Park, Summerdale Campground sits in a scenic wildflower-filled meadow, surrounded by fir, cottonwood and cedar trees. The campground's proximity to Yosemite, the excellent fishing at Big Creek and the cooler summer temperatures make it a very popular destination. Summerdale is located in the Highway 41 corridor of the Bass Lake Ranger District, an area known for its giant sequoias. Big Creek, which runs by the campground, is active with the local beaver population. The campground provides a good amount of shade and each campsite has a paved parking spur, picnic table, grill and campfire ring. Vault toilets are available, and water is provided. 

Reservations must be made at least three days in advance of arrival. The maximum vehicle length is 25'.

To reserve, click here.

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Big Sandy Campground

Big Sandy Campground is a large sandy flat adjacent to Big Creek. Road access is paved and dirt. The 18 sites have grills, fire rings and tables. Some sites have shade. Drinking water is not provided.

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: May - September

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Greys Mountain Campground

Greys Mountain Campground is located along Willow Creek and can be heavily trafficked. The campground has 26 campsites, provides vault toilets and each site has picnic tables and fire rings. Access to the facility is paved and dirt. 

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: May - September

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Soquel Campground

Well-shaded by pine and fir trees, Soquel Campground provides primitive campsites that can accommodate small trailers and tents. The campground consists of two loops on the banks of Willow Creek with sites located along Willow Creek. Each site has a dirt parking spur, picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets are provided, but drinking water is not available. Campers must bring their own supply. There is a Campground Host on-site and firewood is sold in the campground. 

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

To reserve, click here.

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Texas Flats Campground

The Texas Flats group campground has four group areas, Manzanita, White Fir, Red Fir and Cedar.  Sites are located on McGilvery Creek can accomodate up to 100 people. Horses are allowed, but no facilities are available. This campground allows equestrian groups. No corrals are available. 

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

To reserve, click here.  

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Kelty Meadow Campground

Located in a mountainous area at 3,400-foot elevation, Kelty Meadow Campground is a horse-friendly camp shaded by pine and cedar trees alongside Kelty Creek. Campsites are wide and open enough to accommodate small horse trailers, slide-ins, tent trailers, or tents. Campsites are located near Kelty Meadow and some sites have hitching posts, but no corrals. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets are available. Drinking water is not provided, but a stock water supply is available from the creek. Road access is paved and dirt. 

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 30'. 

To reserve, click here.

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Whiskey Falls Campground
Location 2
Placer Campground
Location 3
Lower Chiquito Campground
Location 4
Upper Chiquito Campground
Location 5
Clover Meadow Campground
Location 6
Fish Creek Campground
Location 7
Mammoth Pool Campground
Location 8
Sweetwater Campground
Location 9
Rock Creek Campground
Location 10
Soda Springs Campground
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Whiskey Falls Campground

There are 14 campsites at this facility.  No showers or RV hookups. Pit toilets, picnic table and fire rings are available. Hike to a hidden gem of the Sierra Nevada, the nearby Whiskey Falls. 

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: June - September (closed for 2020)

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Placer Campground

Campground is located near Mammoth Pool.  Each site has a table, grill and fire ring. 

Services: Wagner's campground - gas, phone, food and store)

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 30'.

Open: May - September (closed for 2020)

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Lower Chiquito Campground

Shaded by cedar and pine trees, Lower Chiquito Campground is a small campground that offers campsites along Chiquito Creek. Each site has a table, grill and fire ring and the campground provides vault toilets. The closest service is Wagner's Store.  

Advanced reservations are not available. First come first serve. The maximum vehicle length is 25'.

Open: June - September (closed for 2020)

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Upper Chiquito Campground

This campground is located on the east fork of Chiquito Creek. No trash removal service, no water, and vault toilets. Enjoy nearby hiking, ATV trails and fishing.

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: July - September (Closed for 2020)

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Clover Meadow Campground

Shaded by Lodgepole pine and Fir trees, Clover Meadow Campground is located along Clover Meadow. The campground provides picnic tables and fire rings. The access road is closed in winter and the nearby Clover Meadow Station is also closed seasonally. High Clearance Vehicles Only. 

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: June - September (closed in 2020)

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Fish Creek Campground

Fish Creek Campground is a small, primitive camp offering seven sites located along Fish Creek. The campground is surrounded by mountains and tucked into a shady spot beneath oaks and pines. Each unit has a picnic table, grill and fire ring. Vault toilets are provided, but campers must bring drinking water. Both paved and dirt roads provide access to the campground. Nearby Mammoth Pool Reservoir offers a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing. There are services (store, gasoline, phone) available at Wagner's Resort near Mammoth Pool Reservoir. 

Hikers can access the nearby French Trail, a 12.7-mile foot trail that extends from Squaw Dome Trailhead to Logan Meadow Trailhead. Other activities include hunting in designated areas and fishing.

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 20'. 

To reserve, click here


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Mammoth Pool Campground

Mammoth Pool Campground is located half a mile from the recreation area at Mammoth Pool Reservoir. This primitive campground winds through a stand of Ponderosa pine and cedar trees along the San Joaquin River in the midst of a mountainous landscape. Campsites are located near Mammoth Pool. Each site has a table, grill and fire ring. Firewood is sold at the campground. There is a trail to the lake and a boat launch nearby. There are no lake view sites or sites on the lake.

Mammoth Pool Campground is located near the Ansel Adams Wilderness, known for its jagged peaks, including 13,157-foot Mt. Ritter, and numerous lakes and streams.

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 30'.  

To reserve, click here

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Sweetwater Campground

Laid out in a single loop along Chiquito Creek, Sweetwater Campground is shaded by pine, oak and cedar trees. Most sites overlook the creek or a brook that also runs by the campground. The campground attracts visitors primarily for its fishing and swimming holes. Each campsite contains a picnic table, grill and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Campers must bring drinking water. Parking spurs are dirt and paved, but tight turns and trees at the edge of interior roads make this camp most ideal for pop-up tent trailers, slide-ins and tent campers. 

Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

To reserve, click here.

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Rock Creek Campground

Sitting on a large, sandy flat under a grove of oak, pine and cedar trees, Rock Creek Campground is divided into three sections, with Rock Creek running through the middle. One section of the camp sits nearest the access road; the other two sections can be reached via a bridge over Rock Creek. On this side, the largest section is located closest to the swimming holes and rock water slide in the area. Each campsite has a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Parking spurs are paved and dirt-surfaced. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Swimming holes can be found along Rock Creek. Rock Creek Campground is located close to Mammoth Pool Reservoir near the Ansel Adams Wilderness and provides more recreational activities, including fishing, boating and hiking. This area is known for its jagged peaks, including 13,157-foot Mt. Ritter, and numerous lakes and streams.


Reservations are required. The maximum vehicle length is 30'.

To reserve, click here.


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Soda Springs Campground

Campsites are located along Chiquito Creek. This is a large sandy flat with good shade. Boat parking is not available in the individual campsites. However, boats may be kept at the launch area or at Wagner's campground (private campground nearby).

Each site has a table, grill and a fire ring.

No advance reservations are available, first-come, first-serve. The maximum vehicle length is 20'.

Open: June - September (Closed for 2020)

Yosemite National Park has 13 popular campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served campgrounds usually fill by noon (often earlier) from April through September. 

Currently, in Yosemite National Park only the Upper Pines Campground and the Wawona Horse Campground are open for the 2020 season. Visit the Yosemite National Park camping information page for updated conditions.  

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