Tuttletown Recreation Area

Bureau of Reclamation

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Reynolds Ferry Road
Sonora, CA 95370
209-536-9094
Reservations: 1877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 37.9839, -120.5081

Last Price Paid: $11
Number of Sites: 161
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 1264 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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RoadPickle.com
Menifee, CA
28 ATC Toy Hauler
2017 Chevrolet 2500 HD
14 reviews
Nightly rate: $11
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 104
“Beautiful campground, but noisy and tight”

Reviewed Jun 18, 2017

Overall Rating

As another reviewer said, this place is great for boaters. This place is not really meant for RVers, even though it's has a dump station and has sites long enough to support coaches and trailers. It's more of a campground for partying and weekend revelers. The rate here is $22 a night, but we got 50% off due to our disabled parks pass.

The pull-through and back-in spaces are narrow, and not at all level. Many of these campground roads are one-way, and provide for very poor maneuvering into a site. They're
actually designed for pickups and SUVs, not trailers and coaches. Any kind of 5th wheel, bumper pull trailer or coach, will require some RV skills just to get in and out of these camp sites. Class B vans will do fine here. Manzanita Campground, where we camped, most of the camp spots are all on the sides of a hill descending to the water.

On the good side, Verizon 4G LTE is usable here.

My advice is to book a spot here online during the week (on Recreation.gov), Monday through Thursday, and when you get here, drive around the park to look at other camp sites and see if you can switch. The campground entrance is more than happy to let you switch.

We originally booked site #102 on Recreation.gov, which was described as a pull through with partial shade. We found a pull through on the side of a hill, which actually sits in the middle of a dip and tilts to the left, and with no shade at all. Because it's on a one-way road, and the pull through is on the left side of the road, your RV door and awning will open up to the right (traffic side) of the road. Very poorly designed. So, we switched to site #104, which is a handicapped site. It has a pavilion, but is hard to back into.

Recreation.gov has a photo of each space, but is terribly misrepresented. It tends to show each space as being idyllic, level, and shady. But very few spaces here are level, and very little of anything is shady. Don't trust Recreation.gov in finding ideal spots. Best to just book something, and then switch when you get here.

Because the temperature is so hot in the summer, we ran the generator into the night to keep our AC going. Park rangers came by at night to make sure we shut off our generator by 10:00 pm due to the "quiet hours", even though it is still 90+ degrees out. But while we were forced to shut down our generator, other campers nearby were allowed to play their music and yell all night long. We felt cheated.

Most other campers here are young families and young adults. We heard a lot of screaming kids going on through the night, drunk men and women howling at the moon, and lots of partiers driving way too fast along these narrow roads.

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A Streamin Life

30 Airstream Classic Limited
2008 Dodge RAM 2500
17 reviews
Nightly rate: $22
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: Acorn 40
“Great for Boaters but Otherwise...”

Reviewed May 31, 2017

Overall Rating

We originally had a spot at the Glory Hole Recreation Area down the road. However, our spot was canceled due to nesting birds so we rebooked here. For $22 a night we had a dry camping spot with some view of the New Melones Lake. There was a shower facility in the Acorn Loop which had flush toilets and 2 showers per side (male/female). The showers were coin operated 50 cents for 5 minutes but they were decently clean and got very hot! There were a few water spigots around but some of them were orange potable water and we avoided them.

We were here over Memorial Day weekend so the entire place was booked! Most campsites held more than one family often with 4-5 tents and at least one boat. So it was a bit rowdy at times. Luckily everyone kept to quiet hours so it was okay to sleep.

There are a few trails in the recreation area but the main draw is the boat ramp and the lake. It is gorgeous and made us wish we had kayaks or knew some of the motorboaters camped near us. If you have a boat this is a great place. There is no beach access here though, only at glory hole so keep that in mind.

Our site was very very unlevel. Worst we've ever had but we managed to level it out with enough blocks. We were told most of the sites are not level. Cell signal was great at least! Overall we thought this was overpriced for what it was but if we had a boat we might feel differently :)

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........Rolling in a RV - Wheelchair Traveling......: Tuttletown Recreation Area–Manzanita Campground

   Manzanita Campground should be on the shoreline of New Melones Lake but, like all the lakes in California, Melones is showing the effects of the drought and the water level is very low. At the tim...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • group sites
  • ADA Accessible
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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