Hipcamp host Stephen L.
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Shady Oaks is a primitive campsite in a private meadow with easy access from Tomki rd.  (Please note! The entrance gate to the meadow is only 12 feet wide (fine for cars, pickups) and is suitable only for smaller trailers and RVs. It is a sharp left-hand turn from Tomki rd. )

It is a level site under a large oak tree which provides nearly all day shade and can accom


Shady Oaks is a primitive campsite in a private meadow with easy access from Tomki rd.  (Please note! The entrance gate to the meadow is only 12 feet wide (fine for cars, pickups) and is suitable only for smaller trailers and RVs. It is a sharp left-hand turn from Tomki rd. )

It is a level site under a large oak tree which provides nearly all day shade and can accommodate multiple vehicles including trailers and RVs up to 20 feet or less. The site has a nearby water spigot and comes equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. There is a nice path through the forest to get to the creek which is about 50 yards away. The water in the creek is clear and cold but getting low at this time (Summer) of year. One can literally walk for miles up-and-down the creek, enjoying the delightful smells of pristine  Nature.  Please note: poison oak is endemic to the area. Exercise caution and common sense in how you move around in the forest. There are also stickers in the meadow which may get on your pets.  Summertime can be very hot during the day, cool at night . Some campers recommend bringing a shade structure.  Please note: there is a small collection of beehives in the meadow.  Honey bees are not attracted to campers, so it should not be a concern. We do have a Bee trap at the campsite to control wasps, which are attracted to meat and sugary drinks.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 20ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Stephen a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Local area waterways such as Eel River, lake Mendocino, Pacific coast, etc. Tomki creek is a Spawning stream; no fishing


Feel free to hike for miles up and down Tomki creek bed. Little Darby nature preserve is 2 miles away by car on Canyon Road


On Tom Chi creek with the water is high; spring, winter, fall. The Eel river is a 5 mile Drive

Wind sports

Lake Mendocino is 45 minutes away and great for windsurfing, etc.


At Pacific ocean, Fort Bragg area beaches, 35 miles away


In the creek when the water is high enough. Also nearby Eel river

Whitewater paddling

On Tomki creek and Eel river during Highwater season

Wildlife watching

Lots of local wildlife, especially birds in spring and early summer



Natural features you'll find at shady oaks in California.


Many beautiful, sandy beaches up and down the creek


Lake Mendocino is great for a day trip


Campsite is in a large meadow near the road

Swimming hole

Many seasonal swimming holes on the creek


Large organic garden with seasonal produce available for purchase, as well as fresh chicken eggs and sometimes goat cheese


Easy access to this campsite

River, stream, or...

The vibe at shady oaks

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Hipcamper Aaron
Aaron N.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 6th, 2020

The campground was not bad. It was a little wierd there was a faucet for running water. That night I used it. But tried to use it again in the morning and it would not turn on. It was not a bad place I just don't think it is worth the price. It was my wife and I and our daughter. But because we are being charged 25 bucks a head that is $75 for the night. If I had realized that I would have just got a motel. It should just be 40 or 50 for the site. Like all other campgrounds in the world.

Hipcamper Rachel

Nice but to expensive

Rachel N.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 8th, 2020

It was a pasture we were the only ones there. Never met the host. Bathroom was a drop toilet but clean, all in all a decent place to camp but not worth paying for 3 people (2 adults. 1 - 2 year old to camp for a night) price should be per campsite not per person.

Hipcamper MacKenzie

Nice shady spot near eel river

Mac Kenzie G.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2020

Very well maintained site with ample amenities. Potable drinking water, nice fire pit and picnic table, very clean/well kept outhouse. Stephen is a very friendly host and was willing to provide us with some firewood at $10/bundle (seemed like ~10 logs per bundle). We didn't get down to the creek as the ravine/path near our site had a fair amount of poison oak but there may have been an easier path down. Stephen also mentioned that they are getting ready to build steps from this site down to the creek which would be great. The Eel River is a 15 minute drive away and is a great place to spend the day swimming.

One thing to note is that Stephen's friend keeps bees maybe 100-200 yards from this site. 2 of the people in our group are allergic so we had to be extra careful and would have been good to know ahead of time. However, the bees didn't bother us too much and Stephen let us know that he is installing a bee trap at the site.

Overall a great trip and certainly recommend!

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on August 20th, 2020

MacKenzie's Group were perfect guests. I'm glad they enjoyed there time at Shady Oaks campsite. We are continuing to develop the site and to make it as user-friendly as possible. The honey bees never come around or bother anyone. The bee trap is only for the Wasps which are attracted to food and sugary drinks. Our firewood bundles are 12 pieces of good sized sticks and typically include a number of smaller sticks. We hope that we will see McKenzie again in the future!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan H.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2020

This is a nice camp site. We arrived at maybe the hottest weekend in the year but Stephen gave us directions to a nice (small) river to spend the afternoon. Campsite was easy to find, and as promised. The outhouse is basic but clean and functional. The other campsite was empty but if it were full there is enough space for some privacy. There are quite a few bees here if that bothers you (it was fine for us). We saw a few deer and the stars were amazing. We purchased firewood from Stephen and he left us kindling, and it burned very well. All in all, a great weekend.

Hipcamper Tanya G.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2020
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