#12 Kickapoo - Tent camping along the creek.
This is a family private owned small campground (16 sites only) located on the outskirts of Placerville. The property features 86.5 secluded Tahoe like acres with beautiful year-round Weber Creek. The camp sites are placed along the creek or the bluff overlooking the creek.We have traditional dirt camping, platforms with canvas tents and glamping tents for those that want the comforts of home.Our hallmark is our family teepee!We are all about tent camping – we do not allow travel trailers, campers or van camping.
Now that we have a season under our belts we’ve been told that we have a “family camp” vibe.We are a great place for families wanting a safe environment for their kids but also several group sites for those that want to hang out together.We are also a great base site for those wilderness enthusiasts with access to all the El Dorado National Forest including Desolation but want a hot shower at the end of the day.Tahoe is less than an hour away.We are dog friendly and love our pets but absolutely enforce leash laws to protect your pet as well as the other campers.Due to the nature of our mixed audience camp we also enforce our quiet period from 10 pm to 7 AM.
We have a lodge that is stocked with game tables and every game imaginable along with a ping pong table.The lodge has a Keurig machine and a hot water kettle for those hot drinks (BYO Cups).We have several tables set up for those that want to eat inside as well as multiple picnic tables along the side of the lodge with overhead protection.We’ve been told that our bathrooms are the “cleanest” ever and have changing tables and diaper pails.The showers are nice and cleaned daily.
For outdoor activities we have basketball, volley ball and cornhole not to mention the playground with swing sets, seesaw and tractor play.We also have many outdoor games for meadow play including a tug-a-war rope, gunny sacks, baseballs, gloves and a soccer net.We have hiking trails throughout the property.Our highlight is a camp fire bowl with bench seating with a stage to display camper talent which is perfect for the evening fire and roasting s’mores.We treat our guests to s’mores each Saturday and Tuesday nights!The common area has BBQs – both propane and charcoal as well as a cooking griddle (we also adding a campfire pit in the campfire bowl area for charcoal dutch oven cooking).We are in the wilderness so we have a cool room to store all food at night – yes bears live in the wilderness.
The Creek starts out in the spring looking like a rushing river featuring lots of swimming holes and fishing.However, as the summer evolves it is more of a small creek even though we do dam a portion of it (goes up memorial day weekend and down after labor day) for those that want to use the floating devices we provide (starts out 6 feet and ends up closer to 3 feet).We do not allow individual campfires but have propane fire pits at our glamping sites and group camp sites for ambience – not cooking (glamping sites we provide one propane tank – group sites propane available for purchase).
We are located in the foothills so we are a short hop to many local attractions that include river rafting, gold mines, wineries and historic towns with great eating establishments. There’s always something happened in downtown Placerville.To make things nicer for our guests we have the ability to rent a limited number of tents, cots, individual propane fire pits, BBQs, etc. - anything to make it easier for our campers.Come give our location a try – we think you’ll enjoy yourselves.
This tent site is conveniently located on the other side of group campfire bowl. The site is located by itself and it has it's own creek front area just for you to enjoy. This site is located next to the communal campfire bowl area. Sometimes our campers like to hang out up until quiet time so if "early to bed" another site may be better. We have put up a natural privacy screen to keep your site very private. Each camp spot has its own picnic table and propane fire pit. Propane canisters are available on site for rent,
Please note we adhere to a three day minimum of Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at #12 Private Camping along Creek
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Loved the summer camp vibe at this gem. Greg and Laurie were so generous and accommodating the whole time. My favorite part was the communal camp fire with provided smores fixings for the entire camp - we got to connect with multiple groups and it created such a fun atmosphere.
We have mixed feelings with Camp Nauvoo.
1. 4 grills onsite (3 gas and 1 charcoal) that you can use in one area with the gas and charcoal provided. There are communal grilling tools you could use as well.
2. Hot shower onsite.
3. Washing area for dishes with dish soap available.
4. Creek was fun for exploring with some swimming holes.
1. Campsites are in close proximity to each other, limiting your privacy. Campsite #12 is right next to a communal fire ring where community activities happen, such as smore night (first night) and group singing (second night) pretty much until 10pm which is when quiet time starts. This is not a campsite I would recommend to anyone that is expecting no one else to be within 2 feet from your tent or camp area. During our stay, there were probably 10 children under the age of 8, playing and rough housing by our campsite. The campsite is next to a creek but the parking lot and cars are also visible from the campsite.
2. This campsite does not have a platform.
3. We traveled as a couple. When we arrived, there were probably 40 to 50 children under the age of 8 at the lodge, playing around the lodge and creek. We were very surprised by this as it felt less like a campground and more like a preschool. Campsite #12 is almost directly across from the lodge (which is where a lot of people like to congregate as well) so you never really felt private in your area.
Overall, this is a place I would recommend to families with small children who need the amenities such as onsite grills and hot showers.
This was such a wonderful campsite! Greg and Laurie are wonderful... Greg made sure we had everything we needed and recommended some great hikes and a swimming hole. The campsites are large and fairly spread apart so it never felt too crowded even though it wa Labor Day weekend. Overall a wonderful experience!
Greg and Lorie were amazing hosts! They welcomed us and our dog! The campsite is one of the prettiest I have ever been to. It is clean, beautiful and peaceful! So much to do including hiking, reading, playing basketball, glow in the dark tetherball, fishing, games in the lodge and more! The Saturday night s’mores and fire was the perfect touch the provide was the cherry on top!! We will definitely be back!!
We had a great weekend getaway to end the summer before school starts. The kids had an absolute blast playing with the floaties in the pond, and we had a couple of awesome hikes up and down the creek bed; lots of cool rocks and some great walking sticks were found! Laurie was very welcoming when we arrived, and Greg was more than helpful throughout our stay. With respect to the county fire ban, Greg still ensured a S’mores cookout via briquettes, and also shared additional briquettes for us to bake off some peach cobbler in the Dutch oven. Overall it was an amazing trip with plenty of space for adventures, and plenty of activities to keep the kiddos occupied while dad relaxed in a lounge chair.
This campground & site were better than I was expecting. Site #12 is extremely private and a great location. The community firepit is right next to the site but people only used that on Saturday night for the campground s’mores. The entire campground is kept up extremely well. You can tell the hosts really pride themselves on the small details. The lodge had TONS of games for the kids & other amenities. The bathrooms were some of the best campground bathrooms I’ve seen. Things are clearly marked everywhere. Carts available to use to help transporting all your camping gear for the car to the site. The playground, volleyball court & basketball court are great - they even provide the volleyballs & basketballs. We were very impressed by this campground. The host has very specific rules for the campground but that’s probably why the place is in such great shape.