Hipcamp host Chris B.
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Pitch your tent or park your camper by a wonderful lake on our 80-acre oak woodland and enjoy the sounds of nature -- birds on the lake, frogs, and crickets. You may see deer, geese, turkeys or a jack rabbit in the early morning. Our dark skies are great for relaxing under the stars. The location is perfect faor wine tasting in Murphys (5 minutes), attending a concert at Ironst
Pitch your tent or park your camper by a wonderful lake on our 80-acre oak woodland and enjoy the sounds of nature -- birds on the lake, frogs, and crickets. You may see deer, geese, turkeys or a jack rabbit in the early morning. Our dark skies are great for relaxing under the stars. The location is perfect faor wine tasting in Murphys (5 minutes), attending a concert at Ironstone (10 minutes) site seeing in the gold country, hiking in the Sierra, and playing in high alpine lakes. We are about half way between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We offer 2 sites: Site 1 is a walk-in tent site near the lake, about 200 feet from parking. Site 2 is a car camping site suitable for a tent, camper, or small RV. Select site 2 if you have camper, van or RV. We are a private retreat center and intentional community engaged in healing work.  You may occasionally see some of our community members who live here interacting on and around the land but there are no residences near the camping area and you can enjoy a sense of privacy. In the spirit of the sacred container provided by this land, we ask that you refrain from heavy partying. Our land is best for enjoying nature and relaxing under the stars.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, RVs
1 site
Up to 9 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 25ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Chris a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Canoe and row boat available for use


There is a marked trail with trail carron to the top of our hill. Ask about where it starts and how to access


You can borrow our canoe and paddle on the lake. All children must wear life jackets. Adults must have a life jacket with you


A drive up to Bear Valley where thee are plenty of hiking trails

Snow sports

Bear Valley ski Area is 55 min drive up highway 4

Wildlife watching

We have loads of migratory bird throughout the seasons. Each year a Canadian Goose couple hatch a set of eggs. We have seen ba...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Starry views on Anahata lake in California.


Moaning Caves is just across Parrots Ferry Road , on Moaning Caves Rd.


Our 2 acre lake is delightful view.

River, stream, or creek

9 miles down Camp Nine Road is a wonderful swimming hole in the Stanislaus River. Ask for directions

Swimming hole

Natural bridges is 3 miles down the road- a unique stream the flows through a cave. In summer the swimming is awesome.


Our driveway is a gravel road that is well packed and graded

The vibe at Starry views on Anahata lake

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Hipcamper Evan

Great for the right people

Evan Z.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 12th, 2020

When you camp in the Sierra foothills in summertime you know what to expect, heat and dry vegetation. This property is perfect example of this. I didn't expect the lake to be full like in the photos but what greeted us was nothing more than an algy filled puddle.

My biggest problem with our site was that it was completely covered in thistles and there were fire ants everywhere. There was a small deck with a table on it but it needs to be rebuilt badly, loose boards and rotting wood make it not the safest. We couldn't let our toddler walk around at all and that was a real bummer.

The camp host was nice enough. She came out and chatted with us a bit when we got there. Nighttime is nice and we did enjoy some peace on the swing to take in the wonder sounds of nature.

I guess to sum it up I'd come here in springtime but wouldn't bring any young children.

Hipcamper Rowan

Lovely little spot

Rowan D.
recommends this listing.
April 21st, 2019

Very peaceful little property. Beautiful and well maintained dirt road coming in. The host, Chris, met us out front and gave us the low down which was helpful to know where to head. The walk from car to campsite was only maybe 2-3 minutes around the side of the lake and located under a beautiful oak tree. There are other rentals on the site (air b&b and a little retreat center) but even with those spaces occupied we barely noticed them there. The shower was great too. The water was plenty warm and relaxing. It suited us splendidly.

We also got to watch a pretty epic goose battle on the lake in the morning. Which was pretty great too. Luckily the geese defending their egg seemed to be winning the fight when we left.

Starry views on Anahata lake
Hipcamper Michael

Quiet pond camping

Michael S.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2019

This is a great getaway to a peaceful pond. The parking spot is a short walk from the camping area, but close enough to easily set up camp with everything you need from your car. You will set up right next to the pond in a clearing that is nicely shaded by trees. The trees around the pond give a good amount of shade to hang out in when the sun become too hot mid day. Bring your friends or family for a quiet spot by the water and wake up to the ducks and geese swimming around and greeting you on the shore.

Hipcamper Meet

Awesome host and awesome place.

Meet T.
recommends this listing.
July 1st, 2019

Awesome host and awesome place.

Hipcamper Candace
Candace S.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

The Chris' were such great hosts! Tranquil property, set in a sacred space.

Hipcamper Chip

Starry delight!

Chip G.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2019

Great stay! Had a wonderful tome. Starry sky, access to nearby nature, quiet time on the property. Was a nice romantic getaway.

Hipcamper Alexis

Better than expected!!

Alexis L.
recommends this listing.
June 18th, 2020

This was a wonderful experience from check in to check out. Exactly as described but better. The facilities are basic but clean and a much needed relief from more rustic camping the day’s before. The outdoor shower is nice and warm, the compost toilet is fresh, the host is available with fun ideas but certainly allows you to just relax! The landscape is so gorgeous, there are not words. There is a hike on site you can enjoy any time of day (even in the hot summer sun!) I went on my own and felt perfectly safe. There is a gentle spiritual vibe that felt really pleasant to be near. Treat yourself to this camping experience. We will be back!!

Hipcamper Julie
Julie A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 10th, 2020

The location was great and more or less private, certainly much more than established campgrounds! It had a few level spots, not really enough for the size of our party, so one of our tents was not level. Seeing the wildlife was pretty cool (geese, turkeys, cranes, snakes, hornets-NOT, Watch out for nest under the swing etc), and fun for our kids to row around in the lake. Areas in the shade were lovely, but some general maintenance should happen a little more frequently than what we experienced. There were a ton of foxtails, cockleburrs and other weeds that we dealt with. The composting toilet didn’t smell fortunately, but it should have been maintained more frequently as it was pretty “piled up”, if you know what I mean, for the amount of campers onsite! That situation improved halfway or so into our stay. The door kept getting stuck/not closing on some of the campers. I think in that respect you “get what you pay for”.
The hosts were very communicative during an uncertain time where we may have had to evacuate due to a nearby fire, and very understanding of our noisy kids (5 yr old and 20-mo old).
They gave us an AWESOME locals recommendation for a most secluded swimming spot (that had wild ripe blackberries on the trail!), which more than made up for the heat at camp. I think maybe in the spring season the area might be much more enjoyable, as it was SO HOT without a ton of reprieve, in the middle of summer. The lake onsite is not swimmable, as indicated on the listing.

Water snake! Fun for the kiddos to see.
Hipcamper Jim

Top notch

Jim W.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2019

Chris's are great hosts with great recommendations about the area and are really interesting people in general. Would gladly stay again. The night sky over the lake is breathtaking.

Anahata Lake
United States
1 Site

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