Hipcamp host Chris B.,
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Pitch your tent or park your camper by a wonderful lake on our 80-acre oak woodland and enjoy the sounds of nature -- birds on the lake, frogs, and crickets. You may see deer, geese, turkeys or a jack rabbit in the early morning. Our dark skies are great for relaxing under the stars. The location is perfect faor wine tasting in Murphys (5 minutes), attending a concert at Ironst
Pitch your tent or park your camper by a wonderful lake on our 80-acre oak woodland and enjoy the sounds of nature -- birds on the lake, frogs, and crickets. You may see deer, geese, turkeys or a jack rabbit in the early morning. Our dark skies are great for relaxing under the stars. The location is perfect faor wine tasting in Murphys (5 minutes), attending a concert at Ironstone (10 minutes) site seeing in the gold country, hiking in the Sierra, and playing in high alpine lakes. We are about half way between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We offer 2 sites: Site 1 is a walk-in tent site near the lake, about 200 feet from parking. Site 2 is a car camping site suitable for a tent, camper, or small RV. Select site 2 if you have camper, van or RV. We are a private retreat center and intentional community engaged in healing work.  You may occasionally see some of our community members who live here interacting on and around the land but there are no residences near the camping area and you can enjoy a sense of privacy. In the spirit of the sacred container provided by this land, we ask that you refrain from heavy partying. Our land is best for enjoying nature and relaxing under the stars.
Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 9 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 25 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Chris a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours

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Canoe and row boat available for use


There is a marked trail with trail carron to the top of our hill. Ask about where it starts and how to access


You can borrow our canoe and paddle on the lake. All children must wear life jackets. Adults must have a life jacket with you


A drive up to Bear Valley where thee are plenty of hiking trails

Snow sports

Bear Valley ski Area is 55 min drive up highway 4

Wildlife watching

We have loads of migratory bird throughout the seasons. Each year a Canadian Goose couple hatch a set of eggs. We have seen ba...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Starry views on Anahata lake in California.


Moaning Caves is just across Parrots Ferry Road , on Moaning Caves Rd.


Our 2 acre lake is delightful view.

River, stream, or creek

9 miles down Camp Nine Road is a wonderful swimming hole in the Stanislaus River. Ask for directions

Swimming hole

Natural bridges is 3 miles down the road- a unique stream the flows through a cave. In summer the swimming is awesome.


Our driveway is a gravel road that is well packed and graded

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Hipcamper Alexis

Lovely stay close to fun :)

Alexis L.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Lovely spot and fresh produce for sale was very much appreciated! Chris is a sweet and respectful host. This location is close to historic Columbia and moaning caverns. Note about the cavern: it is very, very deep and scary for people afraid of heights. Our family had to bail! But there are other activities there! Historic town was lots of fun!

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Hipcamper Kim
Kim J.
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 8th, 2021

The lake was completely dried up. We chose this site purposely for being by water. Absolutely no water. It’s very dirty and almost like a marsh. The site was very close to our house, so we had no privacy. The picnic table was old and worn. Could not sit on it and was not safe. You could tell the area was not well kept and maintained in a while. The shower had hair and was very dirty. The toilet facilities was also very dirty and not clean. The flowers eggs and strawberries that I purchased I had to ask for them. The strawberries were very small. Eggs were good. The hosts were nice. But had to ask for a lot. Not sure where to put trash etc. Also site was very out and open exposed. Not a lot of coverage or trees. So it’s very warm.
Would not recommend or go back.

Hipcamper Chris
Response from Chris, the Host, on March 24th, 2022

I'm sorry the lake was not what you expected. The CA. drought has really done a number on most small ponds. We do our best to clean up after every guest. We state that the surroundings are oak chaparrel hence an open feel. This place is certainly much better than a state park camp ground where you are parked cheek to gowls with the crowds of other campers.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Terra

A peaceful space

Terra C.
recommends this listing.
May 21st, 2021

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Anahata Lake, it is a very peaceful, quiet, and pleasant place to be. Though, due to the drought, the lake is low the bird life is lively. Chris is a kind and friendly host, we enjoyed our brief but engaging conversations with her. She has farm fresh eggs for sale. I highly recommend staying here.

Hipcamper Fallon

Peaceful with wildlife to watch

Fallon S.
recommends this listing.
February 15th, 2021

Chris's place was great. On arrival we weren't quite seeing where to pull in it get water but Chris was there right away to direct us. There are signs all over we noticed after but weren't noticing them. The area was quiet with wildlife and animals around. We took our 22' camping trailer and had no problems getting in or out, though there was rain most of the weekend and we may have gotten a little stuck without 4wd. We went to nearby Murphys downtown for food pickup and did get a night of clear sky and stars. There was a bit of traffic through the area but certainly more calm than a typical campground and definitely quieter.

Friendly fella A nice view!
Hipcamper Bruce

Orion constellation was visible

Bruce W.
recommends this listing.
February 9th, 2021

Directions were easy to follow, even at dusk.
The grassy flat spot for the trailer was comfortable. It was sad the lake level was so low. The stars were so abundant with no light pollution from town, that I had a wonderful time star gazing.

Hipcamper Jhia

Nature retreat with wine!

Jhia L.
recommends this listing.
November 17th, 2020

My friend and I had such a great time. Chris (host) met us as we arrived, walked us through the space, and gave a overview both of the camping/retreat area and of local spots. They responded to texts/messages REALLY quickly (which is such a rarity!) and they even righted our tent and let us known it had blown over while we were out. We loved getting to meet the two cats and a puppy that are around the site. Since we camp often, we knew ahead of time that the lake was more like a pond since it was the end of summer, but it was still GORGEOUS getting to see the stars. The area is very quiet, and it was comforting to know how close we were to town in case we needed anything. Definitely recommend for anyone who wants a retreat, and I've already told friends about the space. The composting toilet is nice and the outdoor "kitchen" is more like a sink and a table that can be used for food prep needs. No campfires allowed which can be a bummer if you are looking for that, but we used our little personal propane cooking tools in the designated food area. Chris seemed very organized and knowledgable, and did an excellent job of providing information/being helpful while also giving us space. The location makes it easy to get to a wide variety of nature excursions and it seems like they are adding to the property (a yurt?) so I assume it's just going to get better! Also, I could use the wifi from the campsite area which is very impressive...most importantly, the two cats I met were SO CUTE and a nice little bonus. The other "people" on the property are up and away from the site, so we really only saw them as they were taking care of the area, like taking out the trash.

Campsite two and the lake at the end of the summer.Athena! At campsite two.
Hipcamper Vanessa

Quiet beauty

Vanessa J.
recommends this listing.
October 29th, 2020

Beautiful sacred land perfect for a quiet, meditative stay. I felt safe traveling as a solo female. The host, Chris, was very informative, kind, and accommodating. The nearby trail she pointed me to was peaceful, with interesting patches of lava rock and great views. As others have noted, the lake is more of a pond right now due to the drought in CA. However, there are lots of little plants and footprints from other creatures to explore. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are rustic. It's nice that the campsite had a picnic table and some oak trees for shade. Would definitely come back!

Hipcamper Nichole

Great proximity to river/res acess

Nichole T.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 14th, 2020

Chris is very responsive to any questions you may have. The property is well developed with several features and amenities that you won't find on most sites.

I was not aware that so many people lived on the property and are in close proximity to the campsites. I would prefer more privacy and the ability to cook at the campsite and not in the communal outdoor kitchen.

Hipcamper Tegan

Peaceful stay

Tegan L.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2020

Chris was a lovely and welcoming host. The site was peaceful and full of wild and domestic animal life. There was an easy drive to a beautiful river that was perfect for swimming in the 90 degree weather. The pond on the property was not swimable at the time of our trip (not enough rain in mid-summer). Outhouse, compost toilet, shower, and kitchen sink were all wonderful amenities on site.

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