On our way through northern Utah to Idaho, we decided to save some money and spend three nights in a state park campground on the shores of Yuba Lake. Generally, you trade some measure of convenience for nicer views and direct access to wilderness recreation. Yuba lake is primarily a water-based recreation area with beaches, fishing, and boating.
- $20 a night
- Large spaces
- 50Amp, and fresh water hookup
- Within a nice lake-front park
- No sewer hookup
- No internet or other camp services
- Pit toilets only
- Lots of gnats!
When we arrived at the campground on a Tuesday there were only a few of the more than 30 camp sights occupied which made for a very quiet and peaceful stay. We suspected that the sites fill up more on the weekend but would be leaving on Friday morning before they arrived. The lots were large, easy, pull-throughs, each with its own gazebo and picnic set up. Sites have full 50amp power and pressurized water, but there are no sewer inlets at the sites. There is a dump station near the entrance so it is only a short trip to empty the tanks.
There is no wireless internet but our Verison hot-spot is working well here. In some ways, it’s nice not to have the false hope and hassle of the typical RV park wireless. The toilets are pit-style permanent out-houses so there are no showers or other amenities. There is an on-site camp host, likely a fellow RV traveler work-camping. Some of the campsites have a nice view of the lake from on top of a bluff. Number 12 is especially nice so if you are booking here, try to get a spot with a view. The sunrise and sunset are both lovely, weather permitting. While we were not on the bluff it was only a short walk away.
I’d say on balance, this was a nice place to stay for a relatively short visit. The setting is not awe-inspiring, but it is very pleasant. It was peaceful over the weekdays but things were definitely picking up on Friday as we headed out. Even were it crowded the lots provide enough personal space you don’t feel imposed upon by your neighbors. For $20 a night, it’s a very decent place to stay.