#16 Modoc - 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 is our largest site that can accommodate up to 35 campers. This is along the open meadow and allows the tents to be set up creek side. It is close to the volleyball court and playground . We provide several picnic tables and a propane fire pit for ambiance not cooking. Propane canisters are available for rental on site.
- 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 #16 Group Tent Camping
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The campground is lovely overall, but group site #16 is not private. It's adjacent to the parking lot and playground and so doesn't really feel like you're in the woods. But a short hike away there is a lot of nature to enjoy, and after dark you are the only people in your area and there is field to lie down and look at the stars. The bathroom and kitchen amenities are great and the hosts are kind and helpful people, so it's a comfortable place to stay in that regard, but if you're looking to get away from it all you'll feel more like you're in a small town here than out in the woods.
The place is beautiful and Greg and Laurie were great hosts! We stayed in the group camping site, which is an open field with volley ball net, adjacent basketball court, swings for little kids, and even a seesaw and kiddie pool. The only downside (which we completely understand is because of fire hazards) is that the group site is far from where you can make a campfire... with a big group with little kids it was a bit inconvenient because we couldn't sit by the fire after the kiddos went to sleep. But it was so warm out we didn't need the fire for warmth and everything else about the place and the site was perfect!
Beautiful, convenient and fun camp site! Greg and Laurie were friendly and hospitable. When the kids were not in the creek, they can be found in the lodge playing ping pong or playing board games. There was also a basketball court, volleyball net and nearby swings. S'mores by the fire pit was provided, including s'mores sticks. Greg also gave the kids popsicles to cool off! The camp site also offers glamping tents that include a bed, bunk bed and table. The moms will be planning a future visit to these tents!
Clean bathrooms and showers. Campers from different sites were super friendly. It was fun making new friends while hanging out at the BBQ grills. Looking forward to staying in the cool teepee one of these days!
Our group had a great time at Camp Nauvoo during Labor Day Weekend. We stayed in #16 group site right next to the playground. There were 8 small kids in our group and they all enjoyed playing there and it was very convenient for us to watch them right from our site. Greg was so attentive and a helpful host. The kids loved his S'mores on Saturday night and he was kind enough to surprise the little ones with popsicle after dinner. This place was kept clean and well maintained. We were little worried since Greg told me that the campground was fully booked over the long weekend but I didn't feel that it was crowded at all. We were able to use the facilities including show and BBQ grill without any wait. We also had a wonderful time in the creek. It was almost 110 degrees during day time while we were there but it was so comfortable in the shade by the creek while the kids were having blast swimming in the water. This campground has so much to offer and I highly recommend this place.
The campsite is really nice and well kept. The bathrooms are clean, the BBQ area is really nice and offer some family tables on the shade. The fire place is a little bit far for some camp sites, but it is a big one and have plenty of space to sit. There is a nice playground for little ones.
My recommendation would be to add fire places for each camp site, especially the ones on the meadows. Another thing is that there is a river crossing the camp so be carefull with your little ones.
Greg was really nice and helpfull
Great spot for families, the kids had so much fun!
We were in the big group spot, #16, Modoc.
The hosts provided some extra long tables for us, which really helped, and we rented a propane fire pit for $30.
Around the summer solstice, the tent spots in #16 are in the sun by about 9:00am, and got shaded again around 1 or 2pm. There's plenty of shade to hang out in, just not on the tents in the morning. Bring camping chairs and blankets to sit on.
The whole place was beautiful and well taken care of, idyllic really.
The hosts were super friendly, attentive to to detail, and were never very far away. Greg is active and involved in everything that's happening on site, going around helping people and interacting with all the campers.
He did come around at about 10pm and make sure that quiet time was going to happen. If you want to stay up much past then, you're going to have to be pretty quiet, particularly kids. They are also quite serious about keeping the dogs on a leash at all times, letting us know that'd they'ed hate to have us leave if it happened again. This was clear from the start, so no surprise there. The dogs count as one of your total head count in terms of the amount of people you've pre-paid for, otherwise they do change per dog.
Also, Greg did take some pictures of us and the children, and although he did ask later if they could use them for their marketing website, it was hard to say no because they asked verbally in front of our crew of 30+ people. I think it'd be better to work this out in advance, and ask before taking pictures.
There were hardly any mosquitos, but we did get a few wasp stings, but hey, that's just being in nature!
There was a ton of stuff to do and the creek was perfect for the kids. There was even a small water hole that the grown ups could dunk in about <5mins walk.
I would recommend Camp Nauvoo and come again!
Thanks Greg, Laurie, and staff!
PS Traffic from the Bay Area to Sacramento is really bad, so you should probably plan on taking a day off and coming as early as possible. They did said this was okay, to come and hangout until check-in time.