Hipcamp host David I.
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UPDATE **** Napa County has informed us there are codes restricting this use in our area. We are looking into what would be required to continue though. So it is with sorrow, we have to stop accepting guests at this time. We have enjoyed sharing this beautiful spot with you. ***********

Enjoy the serenity of the California Coastal mountains, with incredible views of Lake


UPDATE **** Napa County has informed us there are codes restricting this use in our area. We are looking into what would be required to continue though. So it is with sorrow, we have to stop accepting guests at this time. We have enjoyed sharing this beautiful spot with you. ***********

Enjoy the serenity of the California Coastal mountains, with incredible views of Lake Berryessa, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. See all the way to Snow Mountain! We luckily were not affected by the fires.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 7 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 2 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


A launch ramp is located 5 minutes from the ranch. You pass it on the way in.


We have good roads for hiking and exploring the small creeks. Dry in the mid summer months. Hiking along the lake shore is wond...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Immen Ranch in California.


Explore the shoreline of the now full Lake Berryessa. Coves for fishing and swimming abound.


Sites 1, 2 & 3 have great views of the lake, but have a 10-15 minute walk down our road and trail to the shore. Site 4 is close...Read more


The vibe at Immen Ranch

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Hipcamper Marcus
Marcus S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 22nd, 2017

We stayed at #2, and it was absolutely wonderful. Great location, good size, and views to kill for (not that I encourage that in any form). If you happen to run into David you'll directly realize that he is an awesome guy, but most likely you won't see him and you'll have your privacy.
When we stayed there it was the hottest day of the year so far (110 F), but there is plenty of shade making it possible to relax past sunrise. Not that you want to miss that breathtaking sunrise or even better sunset, both can be viewed from the same spot.
On the weekend you might hear the occasional boat playing music on the lake, but it disappears quickly. There are 3 other spots in the area (same listing), but you can only really see one of them if you try hard, from this location. So it feels like you have your private mountain.
This is a true gem, can't believe we managed to score a stay here, it will soon be booked up many months in advance.

Breakfast with a view...Woken up by the sunSunset over the lakeBiggest widescreen "cinema"
Hipcamper Nikki
Nikki N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 4th, 2017

We had a lovely time camping at Site #3. David (the landowner) came to greet us as we arrived, happily answered all our questions, and told us where to go from there. Little bit of a steep drive on the hillside to the site, but definitely doable. Once we arrived to the site it felt like we had our own private hilltop above Lake Berryessa. The sweeping views of the lake were absolutely gorgeous during the golden hour. There's plenty of room for a couple of tents, a tree for hammocking, a table for making food, and a spicket. It's a bit of a hike if you want to get to the lake from the campsite, but it's possible if you really want to do it. I would definitely recommend this site for a relaxing weekend getaway.

Just a perfect night :)The hillside at the camp was the perfect spot to watch the sunsetCooking with a viewThere's a few gorgeous oak trees here.
Hipcamper Diana
Diana D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 7th, 2017

It's really incredible here, there are only 4 campsites on this property which make it really enjoyable. We stayed in Camp site #3 which i feel like was the best, it was really secluded and the view was amazing. We had 4 wheel drive but it appears that sites 2/4 would definitely need it. The wind has a way of picking up right before sundown and it led some of our belonging over the ledge-beware:) we retrieved them but it was a a feet-but a fun one:) The calm side of the lake is so close by by car we never ventured by foot near the campsite and there's plenty of water fronts spots to have your own area without getting to crammed in there. We had 4 dogs, all super well behaved and loved the campsite. I never got a chance to meet David but he is very responsive by texting and even sold us fresh eggs. We were pretty bummed that we couldn't have a fire but once we were up there with the heat and how dry it was, it totally made sense. If i had private land there is no way I would allow people whom i didn't know to be responsible enough to build a fire. Embers could kick off a wild fire so easily it's just not worth it. We brought some battery powered rodeo lights and strung them from the beautiful oak trees to create some nice cozy glow at night. We will definitely be coming back and requesting this camp site-it's truly breath taking. Thank you David!

Hipcamper Alec
Alec D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
January 15th, 2017

Two of my friends and I wanted to get out and do some last minute camping and were looking for some place near SF. Immen Ranch was a perfect place to get out into nature, go for some hikes and have a campfire. David was super helpful and welcoming. Highly recommend camping here.

Hipcamper Casey
Casey C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 14th, 2017

Loved our stay here. It was epic!

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Hipcamper Adam
Adam E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 21st, 2017

Immen Ranch was an amazing weekend! Each site is equipped with its own camp toilet, and spigot for water. All the sites and nice and private so it is like your own slice of paradise above Lake Berryessa! Our host Dave was awesome, greeted us at the gate, and made sure we had everything we needed. Also had fresh farm eggs eggs available! It was a great experience and would highly recommend Immen Ranch!

Hipcamper Tom
Tom K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 23rd, 2017

David was a friendly and helpful host. The camp sites are situated in hilly woods above the south end of Lake Berryessa. Camp sites appear to be flat spots cut into the hillside with a bulldozer, coming out from the dirt road that connects them. Host provided plenty of drinking water, picnic tables and chairs It can be a bit of a drive to get in - you're basically driving to the end of the residential road, then up a private road to the property. This is something to consider if you plan to spend your time at the lake itself, since it's about a 30 min drive to the west edge of the lake where most of the beaches and boat rentals are located. We saw a fair number of mosquitoes, I guess because it's been a wet spring - those may decline as it gets drier this summer. We were disappointed that we couldn't have a camp fire, as the sites are listed as having a fire ring and allowing fires. I understand it's due to the wildfire risk up in Napa, but the listing should probably be updated to reflect this as other camp sites in the same area were still allowing fires (likely because they were down by the lake edge.) Also, if you have a larger tent you may find the site a bit tight - our 4-man tents just barely fit. Overall, however, we had a good time and enjoyed the quiet and privacy of this camp site where you could go all day and maybe only see 1-2 other people walk by.

Hipcamper Spence
Spence K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 30th, 2017

Immen Ranch was a great place to camp for the weekend! We loved Site 3 - there was warm sun in the morning, cool shade in the afternoon and a nice breeze in the evening. We fit our 5 tents into the site pretty comfortably and had lots of room to spread out and enjoy the sunsets. Not too far from the lake for a good swim either! David is super helpful and we hope to come back next year!

Cooking dinner in Camp 3!
Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
May 31st, 2017

My friends and I camped at Site 4 of Immen Ranch. Originally, we had booked campsite 1, but luckily site 4 was open, as campsite 1 is pretty small and looks like it is often directly in the sun. Our main difficulty was getting all of our things down to campsite 4. David was awesome and helped us take a few loads - but if you're staying at Immen Ranch, it's pretty necessary that you have a 4wd car. We were able to get our all wheel drive car down to site 4, but it was a bit scary at times! Site 4 was much more spacious with a picnic table, portable toilet, and potable water. We had plenty of space to set up two tents and our camping chairs. For some reason, the mosquitoes were out in full force and despite citronella candles and all the bug spray, we pretty much got eaten alive. During our stay, we ventured out to the lake by taking the lake trail, but if you want to actually swim, I'd recommend driving to a nicer spot - the trail we took is most likely for hiking only. David was extra helpful and responsive both before we arrived and while we were camping. Overall, if you're a seasoned camper and don't mind mosquitoes and an off-road experience, I'd recommend this site.

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