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Cole Ranch

· Waterford, Stanislaus, California
7 acres hosted by Barry C.
5 RV/tent sites · 4 tent sites
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"I firmly believe that Nature brings solace in all troubles." -Anne Frank- Serene, quiet acreage on the Tuolumne River, with views of the snow capped Sierra Nevadas on a clear day. Scores of wildlife sightings, including river otters, eagles, wild turkeys, beavers, and many more. Perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or just relaxing. Like to fish? Fishing at Cole Ranch is a Love/Hate thing. If you Love to Fish, you will Hate to leave. Gateway to Yosemite National Park, the Mother Lode region, hiking trails, and spelunking opportunities. All sites have access to our community outdoor kitchen, which has a refrigerator, coffee bar, sink, BBQ's, and stoves. Also available are our bathrooms, quite possibly the cleanest campground bathrooms in the 13 western states, which include flushable toilets, two sinks, and warm showers. Book your visit now. (Group bookings must be approved by host. Group bookings that have not been pre-approved may be cancelled.) (Cole Ranch is a working ranch. Occasional noise from common ranching activities may be heard. Landscaping activities like mowing, watering, etc. generally occur Mondays-Wednesdays) Check back here periodically for advisories on river conditions. ###EXCITING NEWS### We are working hard to open at least THREE new campsites. These new sites will be more secluded and private than current sites, each with its own path to the river. Contact Barry, coleranch23@icloud.com, for more information. NEW ADDITION We have added two picnic tables with benches to our inventory. These tables are available like our other equipment, First come First served. All we ask is you return any of or stuff to its place after use. **ADVISORY** 6/20/24 River is currently running at normal levels. 4/18/24 River is currently running about 3' above normal. Except for Fisherman's Hideout, all sites remain open. Fisherman's Hideout is currently under water, but should be open some time in May. Fishing is great right now, but water activities will be limited. Will update as changes occur.
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174 ratings · 134 reviews
Duncan C.recommends
July 11, 2024
River's Edge Premium RV Site 5
10/10 stay and going back the first minute I can! Great fishing and great hosts. Quite honestly, this was the best Hipcamp experience I’ve had in terms of hospitality and fishing.
Kiki W.recommends
July 11, 2024
Fisherman's Hideout
We really enjoyed our stay! It was super hot during the day and being able to play in the river was a huge bonus! The hosts were kind and accommodating and have thought of everything campers may need!
Kate M.recommends
July 9, 2024
Fisherman's Hideout
Not only were Barry and his wife very welcoming and helpful, the campsite and amenities made camping in 100 degree weather tolerable and even fun! I will happily stay here again-the river was pristine and ice cold, the other camp sites were well spaced out, other campers were kind, and the ambiance was exactly what I was hoping for.
Christiann H.recommends
July 9, 2024
River's Edge Premium RV Site 5
Beautiful area, fantastic hosts!
Barry and Chrissy's space is fantastic! Secluded river front property with more amenities than you could think to ask for: full kitchen set up, water toys/shade tents, and stocked clean bathrooms. Will definitely be back!
Michelle B.recommends
July 8, 2024
River’s Edge Campsites
Kayak and Camp!
We loved our stay at Cole Ranch. The sheer size of the land, the other visitors you get to meet, the golden trees along the river in the evening; we were pleasantly surprised by a fully stocked kitchen and every type of cooking setup, the free kayaks/canoes/paddleboards, and how easy it was to quickly relax into the space. Barry and his wife were so welcoming, and gave us a lovely tour of the property. It was hot when we visited but being by the river really helped to cool us down. I'd highly recommend this place to friends traveling to Yosemite, or even a quick getaway.
Mingmei W.recommends
July 8, 2024
River’s Edge Campsites
Great place for camping
We enjoyed camping at this site. It is not far from Bay area and less than 2 hours away from Yosemite National Park. The kitchen is very clean and spacious with everything needed. Boating on the river is super fun and kids really enjoyed playing water the entire day at the shallow area even with a temperature as high as 105F. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Definitely will come back again sometime later.
Waterford, Stanislaus, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Miwok and Yokuts First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Barry C.

Joined in November 2022
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