#14 Sioux - Tent 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 site is very private and located along the lower creek and offers three levels. There is a large platform available to pitch one of your tents. It is further away from the majority of campers and requires a short walk to the lodge/restrooms. Each camp spot has its own picnic table and its own propane fire pit. Propane canisters are available for rent. This particular site is unique in that it allows you to park several cars right next to your camping spot.
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 #14 Group Camping along Creek
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
#14 is the camping site furthest away from the facilities and other camp sites. That privacy is nice if its what you're looking for, though you do have to trek across a bit to use the facilities. Also, the driveway into the place goes right above this site. Fortunately there aren't too many people coming and going, but anyone who does would look right down into the site.
We actually ending up staying in #12 because of that. It was just behind the bonfire area. So it was actually more private then any of the others except for the 2 or so hours at night when everyone gather around the fire for smores or others. You can actually see the picnic bench of it in the photo titled "The communal fire pit..."
The creek was a ton of fun even for our toddler and the facilities clean. The camp host was accommodating and around, so that was nice. This place definitely has the summer camp for the family vibe and you are definitely seeing\passing\interacting with others there.
Camps #4, 5, 6, 15 look interesting because I think the path to each is through the camps of each.
We tend to go to more remote\private camping excursions, but this weekend was so last minute that this worked out. We really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. Do have a look at the hand drawn map of the place on the photos to get a sense of the layout, if any of that matters.
Also, if you have a big group, this seems like itd be a great place to host folks at.
This was a great place to come with a group of families, particularly with younger kids. Having the facilities and amenities made things much easier and there was endless entertainment for the kids with the creek, playground, big field, basketball court, etc.
Greg was super helpful, always checking in to make sure things were ok and always making sure the garbage was in check, the bathrooms were clean, and the "kitchen" sink was not clogged after dish washing. He made us feel welcome upon arrival and showed us the ropes from the get go.
The property is beautiful and the creek was peaceful but I will say due to the number of people (and being someone that backpacks), you don't feel like you are getting away from it all (that wasn't my expectation). Granted, it was Memorial Day weekend. There are limited spots but some of the spots fit a lot of people.
Our group spot was pretty removed from the rest of the spots so that was a bonus. It was a little difficult getting all of our coolers to the bear storage but there are wagons so it wasn't a huge deal. We arrived on a rainy night and while there is a nice big platform for a tent(s), we had 4 tents between us so the ground spots were really muddy. I guess it's the tradeoff for being by the creek. Thankfully, it dried up the next day and we didn't have to deal with it for the rest of the trip.
Overall, great place for families and groups! Thanks to Greg and Laurie for making our stay great.
What a lovely spot. We LOVED being by the river. The group site is split into a lower and upper level. The biggest, flattest spot is up on the hill a bit. And we chose to spend most our time on the slower spot, closer to the river. Greg, the camp owner, is super nice and super hard working. The whole campground looked beautiful and incredibly well cared for. The group campfire was fun. Games in the lodge, amazing! A really unique and lovely place to stay. We hope to return someday.
This is a great place for family camping! We wish we could have stayed longer. Even though we went in the middle of summer, the campground was still green, with water running in the creek. We stayed at #14 (group camping) and we really liked it. This spot is a little apart from the rest of the campground, which makes it more private, but still only within a walk from the main area. The host (Greg) is very friendly and he helped us every time we needed it. We would definitely go back. I would also recommend this campground to people without prior experience camping. The place is less than 30 minutes away from Coloma, which we visited twice, and would also recommend if you would like to plunge in the river.