Hipcamp host Lorna G.,
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Each camp site is next to a year round creek in a meadow surrounded by trees. 

Sites include picnic table, charcoal BBQ pits, individual trail heads to the creek from each site (20 foot trails) access to porta potty, community play ground, very large 16 foot long swing set, volley ball net and tetherball in the meadow. Each site can accommodate up to 10 campers comfort


Each camp site is next to a year round creek in a meadow surrounded by trees. 

Sites include picnic table, charcoal BBQ pits, individual trail heads to the creek from each site (20 foot trails) access to porta potty, community play ground, very large 16 foot long swing set, volley ball net and tetherball in the meadow. Each site can accommodate up to 10 campers comfortably and 2 cars. There is over flow parking up by the entrance to the meadow and camp sites off of the dirt road. 

Lots of wild life including birds, great blue heron, wood peckers, deer, fox, rabbits, bears and so much more! There is direct access to hiking, biking trails and horseback riding trails. Camp sites are 3 miles off of the power grid in the Sierra Mountains, located in a secluded area on private property, backed up to the Stanislaus National Forest.

Unfortunately burning has been suspended in our area for the summer but we do offer tall out door patio heaters that provide for heat in the cool evenings and give a nice ambiance to your camping experience. The heaters are available during check out or you are welcome to bring your own. (Summer 2022 the creek is very low due to record breaking drought in our area. As of June 24th 2022 the creek is still flowing but very low)

Q: How dry is the creek this summer?

A: It is Summer 2022 and the creek is fairly low but there is still water. You can hike up the creek bed to find natural springs and areas to splash around in even during dry summer months. (please note that they are not suitable for filtering water) 

Q: Do cellular phones work?

A: Some do and some don't. AT&T seems to be the clearest service. I have sprint and my phone does not work but my husband has sprint with a different model cell phone and his service works. Emergency 911 calls work from every cellular phone clearly.

Q: Is the meadow green year round?

A: The meadow is green during the spring and full of wildflowers until early summer when it then gets mowed. We are right at 3,100 ft elevation and the snow line! There may or may not be snow in the winter. 

Q: Can I drive right up to the sites and do I need 4 wheel drive?

A: During the summer you can drive right up to the sites. I do not recommend lowered vehicles. Motorcycles are welcome but the meadow is bumpy so we recommend very experienced riders only. During the winter there can be snow and full 4 wheel drive is needed. AWD is not a suitable substitution for full 4 wheel drive. We make these recommendations because we want you to be able to access your site with no problems and enjoy your stay! :-) 

Q: Are all of the camp sites completely level?

A: The meadow is sloped and the campsites are placed in the most level areas of the meadow. We have successfully set up two 10 person tents at each site in level areas. RV's are a little challenging to get perfectly leveled and this is one of the reasons that 24' length RV's are the max that our sites accommodate. We can only accommodate one RV at each site. The sites are large and there is room for one RV plus one vehicle plus tents at each site. 

Q: Are there bears and what do I do?

A: We are very fortunate to have a wide variety of wildlife here at the Lazy G Ranch including racoons, fox and bears. Please remember to secure your food and garbage at all times and never in your tent. Our bears are brown bears and generally just scavenging. We have always been able to scare them off by just making a lot of noise (banging pots and pans) We do not guarantee that you will see a bear but a couple of times a year there have been sightings reported. 

Location: Fort Jones, Calaveras County, CA.

Nearby places to see: 

We HIGHLY recommend Candy Rock Swim Hole! A beautiful scenic 30 minute drive away and you will find yourself on the water with a swim hole that flows through tall wide open caves. The water is clear, mild temperature and just perfect for yourself or the whole family to cool off! We automatically send a link with directions when you book!

Calaveras Big Trees State Park (17 Miles), Columbia State Historic Park (27 miles, 1 hour drive), Indian Grinding Rock, Stanislaus National Forest, San Antonio Creek Falls, White Pines Lake, Candy Rock Swim Hole and Cave, Mercer Caverns and Wine Tasting in the town of Murphys, CA (14 mile drive).

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
4WD Recommended
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Playground available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Lorna a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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Hipcamper brian
Brian B.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

We really enjoyed our stay. Sites were clean and included a fire extinguisher on the charcoal grill. With all the fires blazing now I really appreciated seeing this. The porta potty was just cleaned. We were also surprised by the cool swing set. We will definitely be returning.

Hipcamper Saana

Beautiful area but noisy at night

Saana D.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 29th, 2021

A few pros: the general area is very beautiful and remote, which is what we were looking for. There is a little playground for kids.
However, I would not camp here again, definitely would not recommend for summer camping. The whole area is sloped and so finding a location to pitch your tent is difficult. There is not much afternoon shade, so that limits choices. While we had our choice of sites since we were the only ones there, we camped in Site 2 b/c the other two did not offer enough shade or flat areas for tents. Most importantly, the creek is not perennial (at least not in a drought year, as most years in CA are now) as the posting states, so if you are planning on filtering water for drinking, that's not an option. It appears the posting has been updated in the last day to state that the creek is ‘low’, but it should not state the creek is ‘year round’, and should say the creek is dry by the campground. Their website has not been updated to reflect this. The host was vague about this when I asked after we had booked; she should have been honest and stated that there is no water flowing by the campsite and that we could not rely on it for filtering, or perhaps offer to let campers fill up at the ranch.
While it was quiet in the evenings, it was loud at night. A neighbor runs their generator much of the night. On the first night we were kept up by nearby barking dogs. The family camping with us left after one night because they did not get any sleep due to the noise. The second night, a neighbor started blasting music at midnight. Calling the site a ‘meadow’ is a stretch; the field is largely covered in yellow star thistle, which should be mowed regularly. Note that it is a 45 minute drive to Calaveras Big Trees. Cell service is limited. Overpriced for what you get.

Dry creek by campgroundField of yellow star thistlePlayground for kids
Hipcamper Lorna
Response from Lorna, the Host, on July 29th, 2021

Response from Lorna, the Host, on July 29th, 2021 Thank you for your review, we feel that reviews give future campers additional incite to real experiences at the campsites. As we are continually building and improving upon our campsite your feedback is important to us. We want to thank you for booking 2 out of three sites, there were no other people there because we comped you the 3rd site so that you would be able to enjoy the peacefulness of the entire campgrounds. The dog situation was very unfortunate. I do not believe that any of our neighbors have outdoor dogs but all of the parcels are over 100 acres; as they are so far away, we do not see them regularly. Maybe they had visitors with dogs and a generator that weekend? Either way it was very unfortunate and we'll be reaching out to them about it to find out and make sure that it does not happen again. Yes the creek is lower this year than it has been in over 10 years, normally this time of year the water is flowing freely. There are water gates up the mountain that the state opens and closes throughout the summer allowing or restricting water flow. In between times the natural springs in the creek keep a few area's full of enough water to splash around in but you do have to walk up the creek towards the bridge and they are not directly at the campsites. There is some star thistle in area's that the tractor was unable to get to that Thursday afternoon but has since been taken care of. During the spring the area is full of wild flowers and green. Normally this time of year it would still be full of yellow poppies, again this years unusual drought has effected this. The area is normally very quiet as previous reviews have shown. Due to these irregular circumstances I would like to comp you a weekend stay next spring. We take so much pride in our sites and LOVE sharing where we live. Just send a message at anytime to book your free stay.

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Hipcamper Kathleen

Secluded and peaceful

Kathleen D.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2021

Quiet, clean, roomy

Hipcamper Mike
Mike B.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2021

Great spot especially when visiting Calaveras Big Trees or anything else up and down 4. We camped on a crazy super-hot weekend with pretty much every creek in California dry. Of course that all as nothing to do with the site….just our poor timing. Fall is right around the corner!

Hipcamper Cortney

Beautiful meadow!

Cortney M.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2021

Such a beautiful campsite! There are only 3 sites on this property and when we stayed, we had the place to ourselves. It was perfect. We stayed in campsite #1 which was a little slanted compared to the others, but had a lot of shade and a great view of the meadow. The owners stopped by and said hello and were so friendly!

Hipcamper Trayvon

A place worth returning to!

Trayvon T.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2021

A true beauty off the beaten path. This place is just perfect! Let’s start with the host, Lorna is very accommodating and welcoming. She welcomed us once we arrived, gave us the lay of the land and some cool trivia about the area. She even came to ensure us that we were not in any danger when the fire department drove past responding to incident. Without any service, it’s reassuring to know that we have someone keeping an eye out for us during fire season.

The camp spot is amazing! With tons of vegetation we didn’t have any issue finding shade during the warm day. There are only 3 sites so you get a ton of space and privacy. Each site has its own path to the stream, picnic tables and a bbq grill.

We hung a hammock across the stream and enjoyed a nice relaxing nap in the shade while listening to the trickling water. That being said, whenever there is a body of water expect bugs! Bring plenty of Off!

Lots of history and beauty in the area to go explore. There’s a nice 6 mile loop right off the campsite if you are looking for a leisure hike. Or only a 20 minute drive to the Calaveras State Park if you are looking for a more scenic hike.

Worth the 7 hour drive for us, we will definitely be returning!

Hipcamper Lorna

Very peaceful

Lorna D.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

We booked a last minute camp trip to Creekside Camping Retreat in Calaveras county this last weekend (Memorial Day). This is a private camp ground & only has 3 camp sites. It was very quiet & peaceful. There is a year round stream but very low this year. There is still enough water for the kids and dogs to cool off (areas of the stream are not easily accessible due to overgrown). This property backs up to Forest Land therefore hiking is a possibility to those who like to hike. The host Lorna was very kind and came over to the sites to let us know there was a bear at there home just prior to her visit & to insure us that the emergency vehicle that can through was not a fire. Our overall trip for 3 days was fantastic.

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan O.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 1st, 2021

Great spot if you are planning on staying multiple nights. If you are planning on staying only one night be aware that it is a 30+ min ride down back roads that are very rough. Otherwise, the host was very helpful and the sites were clean. Site 1 is a bit too close to the only porta potty but overall a good experience.

Hipcamper Lorna
Response from Lorna, the Host, on July 29th, 2021

Hi Ryan, Thank you for your review! We believe that reviews offer future campers a real life incite into what the campgrounds have to offer. We are always building and making improvements at our sites and your feedback is important to us! Thank you for letting us know your feelings about the bathrooms, because of this we have had them moved a little further away from campsite # 3 to allow for a little more privacy. Yes there is a scenic route to the sites and we have found that most people's GPS sends them that way! Again thank you for letting us know as we have now set up a system to let all campers know about both routes with specific directions on the quick way in and the scenic route.

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Hipcamper Shannon

Off the beaten track - beautiful

Shannon B.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2021

Beautiful little campground. Nice set up with picnic tables and grills. Heavy mosquito activity; make sure you bring bug spray. Road is very bumpy when coming in from Murphys. Pretty slow-going with trailer. Overall, great spot!

Lazy G Ranch
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