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Review: Yosemite Lakes RV Park in Groveland, Calif.

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort is nestled just off California Highway 120 — a mere 5 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park.

You really can’t camp much closer to the national park from this entrance than you can by staying at Yosemite Lakes.  Whether you choose a riverfront back in site or an easy pull-through spot in the grassy meadow, you will be sure to be set up to explore one of the nation’s largest and oldest national parks.

Pros:

  • It goes without saying that being near the national park is a huge bonus and the major draw for most people coming to the area.
  • There is sufficient free Wi-Fi at the activity center.
  • Many unique rental options give all users the chance to find something to fit their needs.  If you don’t bring your own RV, then you can choose to pitch a tent, rent a unique yurt or stay in a more traditional cabin.
  • The Tuolumne River runs right through the campground and is perfect for swimming during the warmer season and fishing and panning for gold year round.
  • Surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures to be found without even entering Yosemite National Park.
  • Nearly all of the sites are full hookups and a handful of the sites can accommodate larger rigs with 50-amp service.
  • Many free activities are available to keep you busy on the days you don’t want to leave the campground.  There is a playground for the kids, tetherball, volleyball, badminton, basketball, PeeWee golf and shuffleboard.
  • Multiple miles of hiking trails start at various spots throughout the 400-acre property and are a great way to see the whole campground.
  • There is propane, gasoline and diesel available at the Texaco station on site.  Options for fuel in the area are quite limited and it was a relief to fill our diesel tanks without having to backtrack to Groveland.
  • There are areas within 5 miles to drive to for phone/data service.  The service is quite limited in the Yosemite area but if you plan ahead you can still get your business taken care of.
  • The activity center was in the middle of a renovation when we visited and it was exciting to see the upgrades going in.  The new led lights and pool hall lights above the pool tables gave it a more modern feel.
  • Rangers will start a wood fire for you upon request in the lodge.  This was such a nice treat on some of the cool nights while we visited.
  • The park just underwent electrical and water upgrades to provide a safer and more secure experience for it’s guests.
  • Top-notch customer service was given by all the staff we encountered.  If you have a need, just ask!  They will even let you use their landline to make calls because service is so limited.
  • Laundry facilities are clean, large and inexpensive.  It’s a great place to catch up on laundry if you are a full timer.
  • Each site comes with a picnic table and new fire ring.  Firewood can be purchased at the gas station.
  • Adjacent to the gas station is a country store.  They do close rather early in the evening, so plan ahead but it is a great place to grab small grocery items you may have forgotten or even buy snow chains for your tires if the weather turns bad because they may be required.

Cons:

  • The lack of phone service and internet coverage is a major downfall for most people.  We knew about it ahead of time and were able to make it work using the campground Wi-Fi at the lodge and taking advantage of service at the visitor center in the Yosemite Valley of the national park.  Although most campers welcome the break from the modern world of technology, we have to be realistic that some rely on it for work and this is certainly an obstacle.
  • Although big wooded areas are beautiful, they make picking up antenna signals pretty much impossible in the park.  We did see many people using their Dish satellites.
  • The drive into the area on Hwy. 120 is not for the faint of heart.  Heading into Groveland from the west there is a VERY windy and steep road for about 6 miles.  It is NOT noted in the Allstays app so I want to make sure you are aware of it.  There is no avoiding it to get to the campground, so take it slow and be prepared for a steep eastbound climb and steep westbound descent.

Rated: Above Average

Price: Free for Thousand Trails members, $61 per night for non-members

Contact:

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort
31191 Hardin Flat Rd.
Groveland, CA 95321

(209) 962-0121
www.thousandtrails.com/california/yosemite-lakes-rv-resort

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About Jen Holt

Jen Holt and her husband Drew are parents to two young kids and travel the country in their fifth wheel nicknamed Big Moosey. The Holts have a passion for the outdoors and love visiting National Parks. You can follow more about the Holts adventures at www.free2breathe.com

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