Painted Rocks Campground
|Last Price Paid:||$20|
AudreyAirstream would stay here again
“Easy lake access, nice spots”
Reviewed Mar 23, 2015
We visited Yuba State Park based on the CurrentlyWandering review of the North and West Beach dry camping spots, but unfortunately those don't open for a few more weeks (around April 1 they say) so we drove the long dirt road over to Painted Rocks Campground on the other side of the lake. Our first thought upon arriving was, "It looks like a parking lot." But then on closer inspection we realized that there were two loops: in the loop closest to the lake there were about 6 campers (out of about 20 sites) and in the second loop there were ZERO campers (again, about 20 sites), so we decided that secluded, quiet loop had our name on it! Yes, it's not a super scenic campground, but it is nicely designed and we liked our little Loop of Quiet.
The entire campground is nicely paved, as are all the sites. The sites are generally very long back-ins or long pull throughs - I think any size vehicle could be accommodated here. All but 3 sites have electricity and water (no sewer hookups anywhere but there is a dump station near the entrance). Each site also has a covered picnic table, an extra table (perfect for grilling), and a tent pad. Because of the way the sites are staggered, even if someone had been next to us we could have avoided feeling like we were squished together - always a plus.
There are plenty of hiking options around the campground - a few are actual trails, but mostly we just trekked out across the open land. There is easy hiking access down to the lake beach, as well as a boat launch.
We found the area to be very quiet with only the sound of birds to keep us company and every once in a while the sound of a far-off camper from the other loop. We would stay here again if we were in the area, although in general our first choice would always be for a boondocking-type spot in the North and West Beach area.
Our Verizon phone service was very sketchy, alternating between 1x, 1 bar of 3G and 1 bar of LTE. If you had a booster I'm sure it'd be just fine.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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Oak City, Utah
Oak City, Utah