Hipcamp host Aurora  R.,
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We are an RV park with camping sites located right on the north shore of California's largest freshwater lake (Clear Lake). Boasting nearly 800' of shoreline, we have some of the most incredible views of nature's beauty, with a dormant volcano, phenomenal bird life (such as grebes, coots, ducks, pelicans, egrets, geese, swans, osprey, and occasional bald eagles), and episodi


We are an RV park with camping sites located right on the north shore of California's largest freshwater lake (Clear Lake). Boasting nearly 800' of shoreline, we have some of the most incredible views of nature's beauty, with a dormant volcano, phenomenal bird life (such as grebes, coots, ducks, pelicans, egrets, geese, swans, osprey, and occasional bald eagles), and episodic mammalian visitors as well (e.g., otters, deer and opossum). 

Clear Lake is world-renowned for fishing, and now - since July 2020 - holds the title of THE #1 bass-fishing lake in all of North America FOR THE PAST DECADE!!! Lake County has also been rated #1 (multiple times) by the American Lung Association in terms of being the county with the lowest particulate matter in the entire United States. Thus, we have incredibly clean air ... wait until you see our night skies! 

In terms of technology, we provide free WiFi access throughout our park so that our guests can take full advantage of their time with us. Also offered totally free is the use of our canoes, kayaks and paddle boats. Except for our spectacular views, that is probably the perk our guests rave about the most.  

Our restrooms (with two spacious hot showers in each) are newly remodeled, and likely to be THE nicest you have ever seen in a campground or RV park. 

For campers, we also have a "club room" with games, sofas, a prep sink, a refrigerator, a microwave oven a coffee-maker, etc. Fire pits are plentiful, and we will even (safely) set up one specially for you if necessary. In short, we offer a gorgeous location with full amenities and a great value. We hope you give us a try so that you can do as our website suggests: "EnjoyOurPark."


We are the Aurora RV Park, originally built with a focus on serving guests traveling in their own recreational vehicles. Each site has a municipal water connection, a municipal sewer connection, and electricity (with 15, 30 and 50 amp service). With our location on the north end of California's largest lake (Clear Lake), we have added camping sites (as well as our own travel trailers and converted airport shuttle buses, which we rent out as well).  

With a generally very quiet road that divides our park into a "North Campus" and a "South Campus," our camping sites come in categories that are based on that division. Those camping in the North Campus are situated in unused RV sites. As one can imagine, these sites are plenty large enough for a car and a tent, and the campers have direct access to the site's water and electricity, as well as the park's high-speed Internet (which is accessible throughout the park.) These North Campus sites come in two sub-categories: "Non-lakefront" camp sites and a "Lake View" camp site. The latter is a bit more spacious and (as the name implies) has better views of the lake, which is right across that quiet road. Although most people enjoy that site (and often specifically request it), some have preferred other sites since it is next to the road (albeit separated by a wrought iron fence). 

At the South Campus is the other main category of tent sites: our "Lakeside" tent sites, such as the one that is the subject of this listing (i.e., "Lakeside Tent Site A"). These are not RV sites. Rather, they are situated in a separate area that is right on the water. We generally have two 8-person tents already set up there, and - because of their location - these sites are our most desirable. In addition to offering extraordinary views of the lake whenever you step out of your tent, this camping area is also adjacent to our activities room (with its prep sink, large refrigerator, microwave oven, etc.), is maybe 30 feet from our small beach area (where the canoes and kayaks are situated and launched), and is on the other side of the building that houses the park's very impressive restrooms. As one can imagine, these sites are the most in demand, so we recommend that you book early if you wish to stay at one of these. [Please note that we can rent the entire lakefront camping area to those (especially in larger parties) who desire that option.]

Please note also that the lake, laundry, rest rooms, canoe & kayaks, fish tank, etc., are all at the South Campus, and will take generally 40-60 seconds to reach from the North Campus sites. Fire pits and barbecues are on both sides of the road.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
Have a question? Send Aurora a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 0%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lakeside Tent Site A in California.


There is a small beach from which kayaks and canoes may enter and exit the lake.


Known as the Bass Capital of the West, Clear Lake supports large populations of bass, crappie, bluegill, carp and catfish. Two-...Read more

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Hipcamper Shuya
Shuya L.
recommends this listing.
December 7th, 2021

Mike was a fantastic and attentive host. The campsite was very nice and convenient. It would be right on the water, if not for the drought. Happy we reserved both sites A and B or else it could have been a little too intimate with the neighbors.
Using their kayaks and canoes during the sunset was magical.

Hipcamper Aurora
Response from Aurora , the Host, on December 7th, 2021

Thank you for the kind review, Shuya. It was certainly a pleasure having your group with us. We hope to see you back in the near future so you can experience more of the magic. Meanwhile, I'm turning on a hose so that the lake will be full when you arrive. Warmest regards, - Mike

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Hipcamper Heather

Not a swimming lake, toxic algae

Heather Z.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 8th, 2021

The good: Clean bathrooms with hot water in showers. A full size refrigerator with freezer shared communally. I rented a tent site which had a large tent already set up, clean and ready to use. They have kayaks and life jackets there which are free to use.
The bad: The tent sites are next to the road and each other, no privacy. The lake is filled with algae, and makes paddling a kayak difficult.
The ugly: The algae has a bacteria that is toxic! This is Not a swimming lake. There are warning signs permanently posted in the playground next to the RV Park but this information was not disclosed at check in.

Hipcamper Theresa

Right on the lake!

Theresa L.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2021

The campsite was set up so there was no need to bring a tent. Micheal gave us a tour and told us about the lake and it’s history. The bathrooms were spotless and there were kayaks available to cruise the lake. We didn’t hear much noise at night. The other campers nearby were courteous.

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Hipcamper Aurora
Response from Aurora , the Host, on August 5th, 2021

Thank you for your kind review Theresa. It's always nice to see that what we work hard to provide to our guests is noticed and appreciated. It was a pleasure hosting you and we hope we will have future opportunities to do the same. Best wishes, - Mike

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Hipcamper Bob
Bob S.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2021

Nice site with a magnificent view

Hipcamper Kseniia

Beautiful place with comfort

Kseniia B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 24th, 2021

This place has everything you need! Lake view is stunning!
I don’t know if this lake always so muddy, but these days there is a lot of ooze and dead fish;-(

Hipcamper Jenna

Best glamping ever!

Jenna F.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2021

My friends and I loved the site! The host was super helpful getting us set up! He even started our fire, got the grill going, showed us all around and gave us some insight on the lake. He was so helpful and most gracious host! We loved the kitchen so we could prepare our food or store stuff in the fridge. The free kayaks and canoes were our favorite and we used them every day to swim or go fishing. Everyone was super nice including the other rv guests and campers. There were lots of other friendly dogs there. Our dog loved it too and her fave was riding in the canoe. Bathrooms and showers were nicely remodeled and cleaned every morning. We definitely plan to come back! Thank you for the great experience!

Gorgeous viewsFree kayaks and canoes!Gorgeous viewsLots of bass in the lake! Very easy to fish.
Hipcamper Katy

Beautiful site!

Katy L.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2021

Our stay at the site was pretty great.
Good: Can’t beat the view outside the tent each morning. Beautiful lake, view, and what a beautiful backdrop for our campfire. It was also nice having the kayak and canoe access, life jackets available too. The bathrooms were new and clean, convenient. Being right next to the Rec building with a sink and fridge was nice too. We brought my toddler and there was enough space to kick around a soccer ball and space for him to explore.

The good-to-know: -Some other reviews were accurate - the tent site is really two sites so if you are looking for more privacy you should rent both (or neither). We did not have other guests to share the space with but if we did, it may have been a different experience since we would have been in close quarters.
-Not sure if this happens all season but there were mass amounts of mayflies at dawn and dusk. They don’t bite, only swarm for about an hour or so before going away (or dying?), and are vital to the ecosystem but bring some bug spray or citronella candles, and zip up your tent if that will bother you.
-I guess I didn’t realize a tent would already be set up when we got there. Re-reading the post, it does say a tent is available but I didn’t realize it would be pitched. We ended up using the campsite’s tent and it was spacious and all good, but sharing here in case it was missed by anyone doing research.

We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the property, not too far from some swimming beaches. The lake is gorgeous and it’s a nice space for a weekend away.

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Hipcamper Sean

Excellent site, excellent service

Sean C.
recommends this listing.
March 5th, 2021

Beautiful spot. Nice and out of the way. Very attentive staff. Mike even brought be firewood because I forgot to pack any! Sad that I couldn't take the Kayak out, but i had a lot of miles to cover the next day. Thanks, guys!

Hipcamper Isabel

Amazing and fun

Isabel E.
recommends this listing.
February 28th, 2021

Very beautiful! Michael was lovely and came to say hello! We had a great time exploring the area, going canoeing, and watching the sunset.
Absolutely amazing find - we can't wait to come back!

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