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Most Recently Reviewed
Ponderosa RV Resort
Latest Review Submited On
2014-08-23 19:51:45
1 Park(s) Reviewed Near
Lotus, California
Camp Information
Date of Stay
August 2014
Latest Rate

Wireless Internet
Cable TV
Pull-Thru Sites
Big Rig Access
Waterfront Access
yes (River)
Shade Trees
Pool Access
Pets Allowed
Tents Allowed
Family Friendly
Latest Review Information
Ratings (Last 10 Newest/Oldest)
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[ 9 / 10 ]
August 2014
Paid a $5 member rate plus $3 for 50 amps. This is a scenic campground right on the American River. The campground is about a mile downriver from Sutter’s Mill – the place where the initial California gold rush find took place. We were happy to find a vacant spot right on the river. These prime spots fill early so no one should come to Ponderosa expecting to have one of them. If you get one, though, you’ll have a great view. There are other nice campsites – some with limited views of the river, many just a short walk from it. However, this is a crowded campground. The sites are generally small and without grass. Some have nice shade but those along the river don’t and can be hot in the afternoon summer sun. Many of the favored spots have seasonal residents who may or may not even be there. The full hookup area isn’t on the river and the RVs are really packed in with hardly room to put an awning out. They are, though, close to the small pool and the activity center. The route into the campground might challenge some. No one recommends arriving via highway 49 from the north. A few hardy souls might be okay driving in on 49 from the south, but it has many twists and turns and fairly steep grades. The best route in is via the highway 50, Shingle Springs, Green Valley Rd., Lotus Rd. route. Even that approach includes a bit over a mile of 10% grade. Then, once you arrive at the park there are some tight turns on narrow roads on steep hills. In addition to watching the rafters we were entertained by paragliders who launched from the mountain just across the river from us and glided on the air currents for nearly an hour and also by fellow campers panning for gold in the cold water. One fellow showed me a small vial with several flecks of gold he had found that day. Others fished for trout and reported some limited success on that front. Satellite TV was reasonably easy to get and my Verizon 4G had a decent 3 bars of signal strength. We enjoyed our relaxing spot on the river and hope to return someday. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
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[ 1 / 10 ]
July 2014
When I made the reservation at this park I was told we had a pull-through with w/e/sewer. When we arrived we were told to drive through the park and pick a sight (a few back-ins were available) and that all sites with sewers were taken. We have a 35' with a tow. The roads were so narrow, filled with huge holes, steep hills and sharp turns that we drove through and left this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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[ 10 / 10 ]
July 2013
Loved this campground and have recommended it to many. We stayed in the D section and had a short walk to the river beach area. The water was so beautiful and we enjoyed our time playing in the water. The spots had a lot of room in our section. It was clean and well patrolled. We are looking forward to staying again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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