Hipcamp host David V.
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Relax and rejuvenate as you listen to the sounds of the Stanislaus River just steps from your camping location.  Soak in the sun's rays on two private beach areas only available to our Riverside friends.  Leave your car behind and walk to the quaint gold-mining town of Knights Ferry where you can enjoy a great meal overlooking the river at the River's Edge,

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Relax and rejuvenate as you listen to the sounds of the Stanislaus River just steps from your camping location.  Soak in the sun's rays on two private beach areas only available to our Riverside friends.  Leave your car behind and walk to the quaint gold-mining town of Knights Ferry where you can enjoy a great meal overlooking the river at the River's Edge, try some delicious ice cream and treats in the Creamery or listen to some local music in the Saloon.  Go rafting or kayaking with us, if your heart desires, or stroll through the longest covered bridge West of the Mississippi. Take a trip to Yosemite or Big Trees (just over an hour away) or just unwind along the river.

You will meet other hipcampers and our rafting friends under the trees and grass camping areas.  Portable restrooms, a shower and communal bbq pits are available.  We spend most of our day on the river (own  River Journey Adventures rafting company) so our presence is hardly ever felt- although we love meeting new people and adding friends to our "river family."  We hope you can find some refuge at our little riverside campground.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
6 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
No fires
Bring your own camping stove
Toilet available
Portable toilet
No pets
Showers available
Cold water only
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Hidden Riverside Refuge in California.

Swimming hole

Two beach areas on the private allow for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming. no lifeguard.

River, stream or ...

Places to see near Serenity on the River

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The vibe at Hidden Riverside Refuge

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Hipcamper Edith
Edith D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
June 24th, 2018

David Voortman was an excellent host. He came by to check on all the campers to see if they had arrived safely. The camp sites are very clean, and all sites face the river which is super nice. The tents are a bit close together when the campsites are all occupied, but because of the raging river, you don't hear anything else but the water at night. It is the perfect place to escape summer fog from San Francisco: 2 hour drive when you plan it right, set up your tent, hang out by the river, have an ice cream in Knights Ferry (walking distance), listen to a live band at the Saloon (good food), a glass of wine at Rivers Edge restaurant overlooking the river (didn't like the food there but setting is beautiful), or go to the 50ies roadhouse/diner. We did a beautiful evening walk to the covered bridge nearby. Next day, Dave set us up in a raft (the company is River Journey, run by very friendly people) and we spend 4 hours on the river, paddling and relaxing, beautiful scenery. At around 4 PM we drove back to the city (and the fog:)

Hipcamper Veronica
Veronica W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 4th, 2018

This place was amazing!! It was right on the river and there was even a private beach you can go and lay out on. The river was beautiful and there was plenty of shade to relax in and enjoy! Everyone who works there had some of the BEST hospitality and I would love to come back and get to see them again and camp! If you're also up for a rafting ride I would highly suggest it! They had an amazing set up and the river was beautiful.

Definitely will be going back and definitely was worth it!

Hipcamper Alex
Alex S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 11th, 2018

Beautiful spot on the river and an ideal place to set up a tent!

Hipcamper Emmanuel
Emmanuel S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
June 17th, 2018

Beautiful spot, nice and clean, great host...what more can I say? Highly recommended, especially if you're up for some rafting

Hipcamper Stefani
Stefani G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 18th, 2018

Our host David came to meet us when we got a little lost. But after that, we were good to go! Not as private as we thought, but still incredibly fun and relaxing. Literally steps from the river (where we spent most of our day watching rafters and kayakers drift on by). We will definitely be coming back!

I read while rafters/kayakers drifted on by.Our campsite for the weekendHidden Riverside Refuge
Hipcamper Omkar
Omkar P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 25th, 2018

Good camp site, river flow was amazing !!

Hipcamper Gina
Gina V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
June 26th, 2018

It was a beautiful little spot by the river. David was a great host.

Hipcamper matthew
Matthew C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 28th, 2018

Beautiful camp site right on the river. David was an awesome host who answered all questions right away. The cold showers weren't that cold, my only complaint was the picnic tables were really old and rickety, damn near broken down, but other than that I would highly recommend this place to any and all.

Hipcamper Austin
Austin S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 1st, 2018

Beautiful camping spot. Easy to get to, but still fairly private. (If they're fully booked, it would be crowded) Rafting was also great fun and highly recommended. The river is really cold, but perfect for the hot summer days

Property
Serenity on the River
State
California
$35/night
6 Sites