About Immen Ranch
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. So the Ranch and the views remain unscathed! All sites are tent sites. Although we have accommodated travel trailers, & truck top tents. All have a picnic table and chairs. And potable water is available at Sites 1-4. Fire pits are located at every site. A porta potty is located at each site. Each site is private and one site is larger that will accommodate a double group. Site #2 & #3 share the same ridge, and are perfect together for a large party. #3 occupants will walk past #2 to access the road to the lake.
The sites range from 100 to 400 vertical feet above the lake. Hence the nice views! So there is a hike to the water. 5 minutes from site 4, 15 minutes from site 3, which is the longest. With the lake full now, access to swimming and paddling spots abound. Site 5 does not have water! You do need to have your own!
Important!! Sites 2 & 3 are normally drive in. This time of year, if we get substantial rain, even 2 & 3 are walk in. 5-7 minute walk! Usually I am here to shuttle gear and people with the ATV, but I try to inform the best I can on possibilities. But believe that the views are worth it! Sites 1, 4 & 5 are best if you have a good AWD or 4WD. Site 1 can be walked to, carrying your equipment, but 4 & 5 would be quite a workout carrying your belongings. This is due to the steepness of the dirt road. I can sometimes offer shuttle service in and out for those sites, and your vehicles would be a 5-10 minute hike up the hill at our gate.
Important! ------- This time of year as we get our first rains, some roads will be unusable, even with 4WD. But if that is the case, I can shuttle you barring a heavy storm. But it is a beautiful time of year!
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 5
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Tents, Cars
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
The vibe at Immen Ranch
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!