Mountainous camping near Willows

A Sacramento Valley town near wildlife, lakes, and rugged wilderness.

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Lake Concow Campground

99 sites · RVs, TentsOroville, CA
Ancestors of Maidu people lived here long ago. European settlers arrived and took control of the area. In recent history, a multi-cultural group of community members formed the Konkow Partnership to attempt to hold, steward, and preserve the wilderness that survives here. We look forward to your post fire visit.Learn more about this land:Congratulations Campers!  The campground is reopened after the last couple of years of wild fires and tough winters. We are reopened even as repairs and upgrades are being made. Thank you to all visitors who love this place for your patience as we continue to improve the features of the Campground. Stay tuned for progress reports. We hope to see you real soon. Visit, fish, or camp in a rare jewel forest, hidden in the Sierra/Cascade foothills, less than an hour's drive to Chico, Oroville, or Paradise. Surviving forests of mature cedars, pines, oaks, and madrones provide shady camping, fishing along the lake shore, or picnicing along the banks of the creek that runs through a recovering creekside area. Stargaze or fly kites in our Great Meadow or admire copious wildflowers and other native plants on over 80 acres of wilderness. We provide a variety of recovering wilderness areas near water faucets, pit toilets and an RV dump station. Our site features mature forests, grassy meadows, a year-round creek in a fire recovery zone. The site also features lakefront shoreline access for bank fishing, a central fire pit and lots of space for group camping. Fires are permitted in the central pit when weather allows. The Lake Concow/Konkow Campground is a wilderness sanctuary and houses many variety of rare and endangered plants, animals, and insects. Please be aware of and give respectful space to all of the residents of the park. The list of year round residents may include poison oak, thorny berry vines, mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, deer, eagles, osprey, owls, squirrels, skunks, foxes, bears, mountain lions, snakes, bats, and more. Please be responsible for personal camp supplies and trash. The Campground is a Pack In/Pack Out location and garbage cans are supplied near the office house near the entrance. Good hiking shoes, protective clothing, and hats are recommended. All Campground faucets supply delicious, potable water tested regularly. The modern listings spell the name Concow, Ancestors spelled it Konkow. Both are correct, though may give different search results. There is plenty of room for parking large vehicles and for turning around. TOW VEHICLES MUST STAY THE DURATION OF THE CAMPING VISIT. Sorry, we DO NOT allow towed-in-and-dropped-off campers or 5th wheel trailers at this time. This may change as clean up work progresses through the year. Stay tuned for updates. Thank you.
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Ravens Landing

15 sites · Lodging, Tents20 acres · Clearlake Oaks, CA
Come celebrate nature with us! Ravens Landing is a unique piece of property. We are an off-grid forever building artist community. Saddled in between two big mountains, it sits on top of a valley with breathtaking views. Ravens Landing burnt down in 2015 and since then, I and many friends and artists have been rebuilding using recycled lumber and various objects that survived the fires. Today I am so humbly proud to facilitate a space for artists, musicians, nature lovers, off the grid fanatics and more! We love being inspired and inspiring so please come for a visit and leave some of your own inspiration behind. Come explore the beautiful oak and manzanita forests. Relax and take in the fresh air. Spend quality time with our animals, drive off to the cold running creek, take a workshop or relax in a sound journey. This is our Home, so please visit with an open mind, open heart, and most of all Respect. Everyone is always welcome here. Please remember Kids are considered guests here so please include them when you reserve the number of people in your party. KID POLICY: **Must keep an eye on your children at all times. You are responsible for them! **Children must be comfortable and respectful around animals. We have a lot here, they are amazing and kid friendly. **Kids fill this space with their amazing energy so please make sure you account for them in your reservation. If your kids are walking they are considered little people and are charged at regular price. Please inform during booking there will be kids in your party, that way we can possibly reserve a site closer to amenities. MORE INFO: Please bring your own tent. All campers get all access to our hand built cob kitchen which and access to our epic dining hall deck. It’s a very sunny property so please bring a canopy for shade if you want it over your campsite. But remember to bring stakes, it can be windy here. There is limited water due to the drought. Here we make every drop count so please come with water conservation in mind. Also for big groups, we love celebrating but please please avoid bringing balloons, styrofoam, plastic banners, plastic cups, streamers or anything else that can blow away in the wind. We are off-grid with no amenities from the city so please be mindful of how much trash you’ll leave behind. If drinking alcoholic beverages we ask that campers take their empties. Ask for a bag if you need it. It’s always a journey finding the magical places so just a sweet heads up our mountain dirt road is a bit bumpy. Cars make it up all the time. Be sure to drive at a steady pace (lowest gear is good) on the way up and don’t stop till you see the Welcome sign! You will be greeted by one of our wonderful residents.... Or myself! ARRIVAL: We ask campers to arrive between 1pm at 8pm. If possible a general ETA helps as well. DOGS: We have an amazing dog with a wonderful disposition that roams freely here. You will be most definitely greeted at the entrance by Arco wearing a beautiful tuxedo. Arco will check in with you throughout your stay. *Please keep your dog on a leash at all times. Our animals roam freely. * WATER: Please bring your own Drinking Water. We do have potable water here as well. We have a shower for those staying more than one night. *We ask that people take _very_ efficient showers. Water is tremendously valuable here.*
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Tambo Ranch Tiny House Village

3 sites · Lodging14 acres · Paradise, CA
Welcome to our rustic retreat in rural Butte County, a haven we've called home since 1997. Nestled on 14 acres, our family farm offers a unique camping experience where you and your children can embrace the freedom to run and explore. Walk the property and connect with nature while visiting our alpaca, sheep, kittens, dog, and chickens. Take a leisurely stroll down a country road or stargaze under the clear night sky from the open circle of Adirondack chairs. Bask in the tranquility of this quiet country space, where fresh air abounds. Our location is a gateway to numerous outdoor adventures such as the Feather River, Lake Oroville, Lassen Volcanic Park and Table Mountain, and is just 22 minutes from downtown Chico and Cal State University, Chico. Discover local gems like the Bidwell Mansion, Bidwell Park, Lime Saddle Marina, Butte Creek Canyon, and the Honey Run Covered Bridge, all within a short drive. Paradise is known for its antiquing, mountain biking, and kayaking, and many enjoy its historic biking and walking trail along the old railroad line. Visit the Paradise Depot Museum, or the Gold Nugget Museum for a trip back in time. While you're surrounded by nature, enjoy the convenience of great cell service and Wi-Fi, perfect for streaming on our smart TVs with our fiber optic service. Should you need anything during your stay – be it a Band-Aid, needle and thread, or kitchen essentials – simply let us know. Our property is home to playful kittens and our friendly border collie, Caspian, who roams freely. If preferred, Caspian can be kenneled upon request. Escape to our farm stay and experience the best of rural living with modern comforts. Your adventure awaits!
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Hull Mt. Cabins

2 sites · Lodging30 acres · Potter Valley, CA
Hull Mt. Cabins is settled back on 30 acres of a Coniferous forested hillside. Overlooking 7,000 ft. Hull Mountain to the North East. There are about 8 buildings, 5 cabins that share the space and are within eye and earshot of each other but not too close. Each cabin has its own deck and seating with access to a fire pit and communal BBQ. This is the spot for adventurous people who would like a step up from tent camping. It offers all the creature comforts of home with nature and adventure, right outside your door. The cabins are spotless, cozy and updated with modern amenities. Nice linens and comfortable beds provided. An amazing place to unwind and have a bit of digital detox. The property is full of pines, Madrone and Oak trees. Nice horseshoe pit, hammock and decks to chill on. Woodpeckers, deer, squirrels and jack rabbits all in their daily grind surrounding. Below cabins we offer an open field for fetch with dog, frisbee or kite flying. Bonus, enclosed area for complete light pollution free star gazing at night. It's wide open and one of the best spots in the country -you can drive to. Attn- Wi-Fi is limited not for streaming in cabin or long term use just checkin stuff on far end of property not inside personal cabin. DIGITAL DETOX Lots of Hollywood History that goes along with the property that Heather will be available to offer legendary lodge tour for $20 fee- if interested.
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Morning Star Ranch

11 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Stonyford, CA
Learn more about this land: $27.50 per person per night, which works out to $55 for a couple (two people who are together).  Kids 11 and under stay free.  Morning Star Ranch is a working Thoroughbred horse farm nestled in the shadow of the majestic 7,000 foot Snow Mountain, located within the Mendocino National Forest boundary. Catch a small glimpse into ranch life. Reconnect with nature while relaxing by ponds and appreciating the rugged beauty which surrounds you.  In clear weather, the star gazing is amazing!   Take a guided tour of the horse barn and small petting zoo (goat and chickens) for the kids, if interested ask to make arrangements. . Your well behaved dogs are welcome here, although they must stay on a leash at all times. Camp fire wood is available for sale at the ranch when fires are allowed.  A friendly note to light sleepers, since this is a working horse farm, there may be horses whinnying to each other occasionally during the night, and often the bullfrogs around the pond can't resist singing a few songs after dark. We also need to make mention that, like most of California, this is rattlesnake country so paying attention to where you put your hands and feet are important. Looking forward to meeting you soon!  Area attractions: The Stonyford OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) for motorcycles, buggies, etc. is just under 2 miles west of the ranch on Forest Road M10.  Take a hike or practice your rock hounding in the Mendocino National Forest, which yields some beautiful jasper rocks.  Consult the Mendocino National Forest website for trails and details. Close proximity (about 4 miles) to the historic Eastpark Reservoir (closed in Winter) for all your water sports, fishing and swimming.
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Little House in the Big Woods

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Forest Ranch, CA
The cabin shares the property with our home but a large portion of the yard is maintained solely for the use of cabin guests. The space feels private with no obligation to interact with the main house residents. Enjoy cooking on the BBQ or sitting by the firepit while taking in the woodland scenery. The area features a plethora of nearby hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, and swimming. Or enjoy the simplicity of reading a book, sitting by the fire, and letting the forest share its splendor with you. This house is also only about an hour drive to beautiful Lake Almanor and the amazing gem of Lassen National Park. It is very easy to go up for a day to go boating, fishing, a hike to the hot springs and hydrothermal areas, or have a picnic. The drive between here and there is on well maintained roads and the scenery is absolutely stunning. While Chico may look a bit far away on the map, the highway gets you there in 20 short minutes. This university town is well known for its mixture of vibrance, the arts, and small town rural living. The area boasts truly amazing restaurants, bars, shopping and modern amenities. Our property is very close to access points for the famous Upper Bidwell park. We will share a guidebook full of our personal recommendations of things to do in the area.
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Hatchet Mountain Horse Ranch

1 site · Lodging30 acres · Covelo, CA
Rugger terrain zone B hunting. Modern style cabin with one private bedroom, and loft for sleeping areas. Granite countertops in itchen and bathroom, Wood heat, propane gas cooking stove. Tile double head shower in bathroom. Very Private, beautiful views. Covered enrance porch, and back deck overlooking fishing pond (stocked with trout) below cabin. Sliding glass doors and remote control skylight. Solar power and back up generator. Also extra building, sleeps 2, (not connected to cabin) with outhouse available, and outdoor kitchen coming soon. We will be offering horseback riding, and pack trips, fabulous river swimming for special reservations.
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The Park at Crystal Cove

3 sites · Lodging1 acre · Lower Lake, CA
Epic lakefront compound with private trails and many hidden treasures! Like many of the cozy cottages in this community, the house dates to the 1950s or possibly earlier, during Jago Bay's heyday as a vacation destination in the first half of the 20th century. Now this region is coming to life again, with the burgeoning local wine industry providing numerous nearby tasting rooms featuring wines made with grapes from the Red Hills appellation (which the property is located within). Adjacent Clear Lake needs no re-invention, remaining as beautiful as ever, as the largest, oldest, natural freshwater lake in California. This is truly a unique slice of heaven, located on a sunny knoll steps from the shores of the lake, with one of the County's best views of dramatic volcano Mount Konocti. The majestic presence of the mountain rising from the lake makes clear why this geology is imbued with deep significance in the culture and lore of the Pomo people who have stewarded this land for over 14,000 years.
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Private Property - Ishi Wilderness

4 sites · Tents200 acres · Cohasset, CA
Experience the “wild” native culture of the Sierra Nevada foothills at this private remote property. Camp under the stars and enjoy the stunning canyon views. Discover hidden gems, swimming holes, fishing, and wild animals see the only wild horse heard on the wester slope of the Sierra Nevada's. as well as bears, ring tailed cats, ouzels, and more. View the Sacramento Valley from Mt. Diablo to Oregon, including Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. Pitch a tent on a deck with scenic view of Mt Lassen to your right and the Majestic Mt Shasta to your left. Hike to a nearby Native American Cave where the inside polished to marble from natives inhabiting the space for thousands of years and camp on the creek nearby. This is on 280 acres of private property, with base camp nearby Transportation into the canyon and hiking guides are included. any designated campsites available at the ranch, some on a raised wood deck overlooking the canyon, or you can camp in a hidden cave or by the water. You will also enjoy nature hikes and learn the rich history of the Yahi Indian tribe. The last of the Yahi people were discovered living in this remote area in 1908. Over the years, we have guided book author Richard Burrill on journeys to collect information for his book on Ishi. Our guides will tour you through this remote canyon and show you caves and areas that were used by the tribe for shelter and ceremonies. You will also learn a variety of skills such as preparing camp, building a fire from scratch (seasonally), and preparing safe drinking water. Remember this is very rugged and remote territory . Sleep under the stars and spend time outdoors learning lifelong lessons. This is a one-of-a-kind experience you will never forget. Tours are offered for all levels of adventures depending on your physical strength, condition, and type of challenge you want to experience. For more information, please visit www.butteadventures.com There is a good reason that the last documented “wild” Native American (in the lower 48) was found living here. In 1908, Ishi, the last of the Yahi people were discovered living in the Sierra Foothills northeast of Chico, CA. If you have a 4x4 you can follow us in, if not we will 4x4 you in our Adventure Vehicle. Experience the “wild” native culture of the Sierra Nevada foothills at this private remote property. Camp under the stars, enjoy stunning canyon views, and discover hidden gems, swimming holes, fishing, and wild animals. Maybe you will get lucky and see the only herd of wild horses on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. View the Sacramento Valley from Mt. Diablo to Oregon, including Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. Transportation into the canyon and hiking guides are included. There are many designated campsites available on this 280 acre private property. Camp on a raised wood deck overlooking the canyon, or in a hidden cave, near water. Enjoy nature hikes and learn the rich history of the Yahi Indians and where the last of the Yahi tribe were discovered in 1908. Over the years, we have guided archeologist and many more. Including book author Richard Burrill on journeys to collect information for his books. . Our guides will tour you through this remote canyon, and show you caves and areas that were used by the tribe for shelter and ceremonies. You will also learn a variety of skills such as preparing camp, building a fire from scratch (seasonally), and preparing safe drinking water. Remember, this is very rugged and remote territory. Hike to a nearby Native American Cave where the inside had been polished to marble from natives inhabiting the space for thousands of years. Sleep under the Galaxy of stars and spend time outdoors learning lifelong lessons. This is a one-of-a-kind experience you will never forget. Tours are offered for all levels of adventures depending on your physical strength, condition, and type of challenge you want to experience. There is a good reason the last documented “wild” Native American (in the lower 48) was found living here. In 1908, Ishi, the last of the Yahi people were discovered living in the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of Chico, CA. If you have a 4x4 you can follow us in. Otherwise, transportation will be provided.
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Cohasset Pines Glamping Pad

1 site · RV, Tent25 acres · Chico, CA
Quiet, secluded glamping spot with water and electricity. Hike or ride the historical Ponderosa Way. Explore beautiful Cohasset. Go offroading, find a swimming hole to cool off, then come.back to camp and sleep to the sounds of nature. 15 miles from Chico. 2500 ft elevation. Usually about 10 degrees cooler than Chico. Come enjoy the great outdoors!
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Berry Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Lucerne, CA
Beautiful location to forget about the cities in addition to the fresh air, no comparison, this location is excellent for a weekend get away. This gem is totally outta the headache world time to relax enjoy mother nature as we should in the real Way. I figured out people need nature everynow n then.
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Campbellville

4 sites · Lodging50 acres · Chico, CA
This property will have your group absolutely raving! It's built in the 60s and was restored about 10 years ago. There's plenty to do and many creeks and roads to go off roading on.Learn more about this land:With 40 plus acres it's one of the best campgrounds in town! Just 30 min from beautiful downtown Chico. Home of Chico State University. This property has so much life and beauty all around. Surrounded by tall pines, manzanita trees, ferns, lavender and much mor. All to enjoy in complete privacy. In front of the cabin there's a fire pit. So relax under the stars and breathe in the fresh mountain air. About 4,000 feet in elevation in the Sierra Nevada mountains so theirs snow at times. The property is perfect for anyone looking to relax and get away from it all. Ride your off road vehicles or enjoy hiking the property and surrounding roads. There's a studio cabin w fridge, bathroom and a shower. A outhouse toilet as well and a 30x40 enclosed storage house with a pool table that can be used for family activities and storage. Hunters with proper licensing are welcome. Theirs wood burning stoves in both just bring dry lumber. The people in the surrounding areas are super nice and very friendly. Take a trip with the entire family or your best buds! Bring your own generator for power please.
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Mountainous camping near Willows guide

Overview

Between Sacramento and Redding, Willows was once a watering hole for cattle farmers. Today, it’s still an agricultural hub, with services for travelers along Interstate 5 and access to several nearby lakes and reservoirs for water recreation. Willows camping options include RV parks, campsites in Mendocino National Forest prime for hiking, and tent sites at additional nearby recreation areas, lakes, and forests.

Where to go

Near Willows

West of Willows, the Stony Gorge Reservoir offers fishing, boating, swimming, and camping, while Black Butte Lake is known for fishing and two US Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds. For easy access to the Sacramento River and boat-in camping (plus tent and RV camping), head to the Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area. South of Willows, the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area is home to fishing, wildlife viewing, and one campground.

Lake Oroville

East of Willows, Lake Oroville is the largest reservoir in Northern California with numerous ways to enjoy the outdoors, including boating, sailing, swimming, water sports, and lake fishing, along with surrounding trails. More than 20 campgrounds circle the lake, including tent, RV, and equestrian sites, boat-in campsites, and floating campsites.

Mendocino National Forest

Head west to the Mendocino National Forest for rugged and wild adventures, with hundreds of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, or off-roading, with a choice of developed and primitive camps. Several campgrounds can be found near water, including on Plaskett Lakes, Letts Lake, Mill Creek, and Bear Creek. For solitude, head into the backcountry in the Snow Mountain Wilderness.

When to go

Summer is the best time for water and outdoor recreation around Willows, including at Lake Oroville. It’s also the most popular time for camping. Shad fishing in the Sacramento River is best in the Sacramento River in June, while salmon fishing starts in August. Many campgrounds in the Mendocino National Forest are also seasonal. The waterfowl hunting season in the Sacramento NWR Complex runs from October to January.

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