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#1 ofdscooby

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 05:11 PM

Looking for a fun camping adventure with the family. Looking for something where I can maybe go fishing or something fun. My wife has a bad knee so we dont hike much. I would love to find somewhere fun in the western Sierras where I dont have to drive much to get decent fishing. Let me know if you have any cool ideas. We have a small trailer and have done the eastern sierras a bunch. We spend enough time at the beach and we are doing New Brighton beach in Santa Cruz in February.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:30 PM

What area are you looking for?

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:14 PM

Never been this time of year but we liked the Edison Campground at Shaver Lake in the Summer. It's probably closed now but in the same area check out Huntington Lake. Mono Hot Springs is great if you want to get out in the middle of the Sierra's but not until late Spring, Summer, early Fall.

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:26 PM

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:33 PM

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:58 PM

Death Valley is nice this time of year. A couple I know were there last week and had a great time.  Trout season is closed most places, but bass and put-and-take lakes are open. All those places mentioned get pretty cold this time of year. Got invited to go snow camping last week. I said my snow camping tent was a motel.  Personally, I would head for somewhere warm. Hawaii would do. I imagine you can camp there too.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 02:46 PM

Shaver Lake is already getting snow and quite cold.  Check the Sierra Marina web cam to see current conditions. But on the valley floor, near Madera, Lake Hensley on the west side of the lake has campsites a stone throw away from the water.  Millerton Lake, a very short drive north of Fresno (7 miles for me) has campsites on the north side and spotted bass fishing gets good most of the time for small bass just for fun.  Pine Flat lake may have open campsites on the south side and up along the Kings river, but I don't like the lack of cell phone coverage. Up along the river there are special regulations for trout. 



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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:43 PM

research these places and find the one that fits you best https://goo.gl/maps/5rTzmvhaE1n


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:13 AM

Pretty sure most of the eastern Sierra campgrounds are closed for the winter.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 01:09 PM

Sorry I guess should have stated this isn't winter adventure we already have some trips planned but my kids spring break is toward the end of April that's why I was thinking the west side. I like the idea of Huntington lake I've been to Toll house for a fire a couple years back and enjoyed it.


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