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LaunchnRetrieve

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I took family and friends camping to a northern california lake. They didn't like it: too hot; too dusty; too dirty (you know dirt); too rocky. sigh

Wanted: clean, grassy, smooth ... campground/sites. *Before you say it, no, not my backyard.

I would like to bring my tent and my boat. I think I'll leave family and friends home while I try to find "the perfect" campground. As far east as north shore Lake Tahoe, as far north as Lake Oroville and Bullards Bar and as far west as San Francisco. Not sure about how far south, not familiar with much south of 80 or SF. Maybe 3 to 4 hours travel at 59 mph tops.

Fly fishing for trout would be fun. Hiking. Bike riding.

Any ideas welcome.


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There's no pleasing some people! My kids and DW are fine with where we hang out in the summer. Deserted logging road access, no internet or cell, basic toilets and cold water hydrant, 8 hour drive on one hand....on the other beautiful uncrowded lake, ton of room for tubing, nice beach, forests as far as the eye can see and barely any other people.

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Find a US Army Corps. Park. Anyone, it doesn't matter,they are all good and most are near or on water. (Have to wait until the Government reopens though)


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SWD wrote:

There's no pleasing some people! My kids and DW are fine with where we hang out in the summer. Deserted logging road access, no internet or cell, basic toilets and cold water hydrant, 8 hour drive on one hand....on the other beautiful uncrowded lake, ton of room for tubing, nice beach, forests as far as the eye can see and barely any other people.


I was so disappointed that my friends (the wives) didn't like camping because it was "dirty". I need new friends.

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Dog Folks wrote:

Find a US Army Corps. Park. Anyone, it doesn't matter,they are all good and most are near or on water. (Have to wait until the Government reopens though)


Yep, just called my local army corps lake and no launching/camping allowed. Closed for business. Expletives deleted!

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Most Public Campgrounds have dirt. Even the ones that are still open. So they're out when your friends are along.

Maybe you can find some private campgrounds with astroturf!


" Not every mind that wanders is lost. " With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien

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Francesca Knowles wrote:

Most Public Campgrounds have dirt. Even the ones that are still open. So they're out when your friends are along.

Maybe you can find some private campgrounds with astroturf!


I think maybe something a little more finished might entice them to try again. Me, I can camp anywhere!

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So you tell family and friends that you have to go scouting for the "perfect" campground.

You find a campground that YOU like. You then fish, go boating, cook, relax, etc.

Then you return home and say "Sorry honey, no luck. Guess I'll have to look some more next weekend."

Following weekend (And for every weekend thereafter before your wife finally realizes what her rascal husband is up to) ..same drill...quiet time, fishing, boating, vegging out.

Brilliant!!


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Dog Folks wrote:

Find a US Army Corps. Park. Anyone, it doesn't matter,they are all good and most are near or on water. (Have to wait until the Government reopens though)


There aren't very many of those around here. The only one we've been to is Black Butte Lake, it sucked. Just a big mud puddle in September. All we remember about that trip (over 30 years ago) was mud, and leaves blowing up against the screen door with really hot winds at night. No place to swim.

What time of the year are you thinking about going? Now, or in the summer?

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WishWeWereCamping wrote:

Dog Folks wrote:

Find a US Army Corps. Park. Anyone, it doesn't matter,they are all good and most are near or on water. (Have to wait until the Government reopens though)


There aren't very many of those around here. The only one we've been to is Black Butte Lake, it sucked. Just a big mud puddle in September. All we remember about that trip (over 30 years ago) was mud, and leaves blowing up against the screen door with really hot winds at night. No place to swim.

What time of the year are you thinking about going? Now, or in the summer?


You sure have a long memory. Maybe things have changed a little in the past 30 years? No disrespect, just sayin.

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