California Campin'
It's time for the last summer hurrah!!
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Celebrate the best of summer with a camping trip and BBQ! Whether you go 25 or 200 miles ... to the mountains, or the beach .... get in your RV or tent, and take a deep breath of fresh air and relaxation before fall takes over.

Some of your family's favorite memories will center around their summer vacation. Late summer is the perfect time to sneak in one more memorable summer trip. Use our search to find a park within 25 to 150 miles of your chosen destination.

Celebrate Labor Day with Camp-California! As of publication time, these 48 parks across California still had space available for Labor Day. Use the "Reserve a Campsite" search to get up-to-the-minute campsite availability for participating parks.


In this Issue:

- Parks that have space for Labor Day

- 1st Winner Announced (August)
- Where in California is this?

- Go Camping for $50 for the weekend!

- State Parks to Raise Fees

- Event Calendar: Aug/Sept

- Featured Region:
- Los Angeles

"Must Visit" Parks!!
Carmel River
Now that the Concords and all the nice and fancy cars have gone home and school has started …. Things have slowed down and you won’t have to fight the crowds …. You will find that it a lot easier to see the fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or walk the white sands of Carmel, and no more waiting outside your favorite restaurant to get a table. This is your chance to relax, and visit the stunning California coast. Stay here while you attend the Jazz Festival in Monterey! Call 831-624-9329 for reservations now.
anaheim rv village

Welcome to Anaheim RV Village, the newest RV Park in Anaheim! Formerly known as Traveler’s World RV Park, we are under new ownership and we’re VERY busy renovating the entire park! Make your reservations now -- you just have to stay with us to see our new look!
SPECIAL OFFER! 3rd Night Free - when you pay for 2! OR, 20% off your entire stay. Expires December 15, 2009. Must present copy of this email for discount.
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Rancho Seco Rec Area

Approx. 1,200 acres were set aside for a nature preserve. You can fish from six fishing piers, and launch an electric motor boat, rowboat or sailboat from either of two boat ramps. Pedal boat and kayaks are available for rent thru Labor Day weekend. Swim at our sandy beach with lifeguard. The park is a winter refuge for a variety of migratory birds. Come with your group and take advantage of our rec room. General store open thru September. Dogs are allowed on leash. Reservations: 209-748-2318.

Olema Ranch

Come for a peaceful retreat, or an outdoor adventure. Olema RV Resort and Campground nestled in the stunningly beautiful wilderness surrounded by Point Reyes National Seashore just north of San Francisco, is the ideal place for a respite from the chaos of daily living, or for outdoor adventures along that world-renowned stretch of coastline. Just one hour from San Francisco or the Napa Valley and minutes from one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere, Olema RV Resort and Campground provides access to sixty-five thousand acres of unspoiled wilderness, from grassy meadows to coastal forests, rife with wildlife and heart-stopping vistas. Whether you travel with a motorhome or a tent, with a good book or good hiking boots, Olema RV Resort and Campground is a one-of-a-kind outdoor family destination sure to create memories that will last a lifetime..

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1st "Where in California is this" Winner announced

Camper RickHi. Camper Rick here!

What a difference a month makes. We had 198 entrees to the July “Where in CA is this?” and 93 were correct!

The first picture is of Hearst Castle outdoor swimming pool; the second picture is of the San Diego Zoo gondola (including my son & grandson!). There were zero correct answers in June; I guess I went from too difficult in June to too easy in July.

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We can have only one winner, and this month it is: Wendi Harris (shown here with her husband of 19 years, her son, and KISS – that’s a story all to itself!). Wendi works in the medical field as an Ophthalmic Technician. As a girl, her family use to go to Pismo Beach and Glamis and ride the dunes in a dune buggy or on her 3-wheeler. She states, “What a blast that was!” Now that she is married, she makes camping a very important part of their lives. They camp a lot near Redding, CA at Hat Creek. They also like Yosemite. When they stay close to home they gather friends and camp at Dillons Beach with the free roaming cows. Her second job involves photo shoots and interviews with famous musicians. Hmmmm?!? Wendi has won a 3 day-2 night stay at Frandy Park in Kernville. This prize includes white water rafting tickets. Congratulations Wendi, and happy camping!

Our other finalists were Marta Klass (San Diego), Carol Crabtree (Hacienda Heights), Ted Molter (San Diego), and Tom Earlywine (location unknown). Thanks for your participation and best of luck in future months.

Go to the bottom of this email to see photos for this month's contest!

Fun things to do in August & Sept. ... many near your home!

There are many fun events happening around the state in the next few months ... don't miss them! Check out the Calendar of Events and use the Search Events tool to find the event in which you're interested!

  • Fairs!!! Nevada County (Grass Valley), Plumas County (Quincy) and the fair-of-all-fairs ... the California State Fair (Sacramento)
  • Blues by the Bay Festival in Eureka
  • Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair in Lodi
  • Route Sixty-Six Rendezvous in San Bernardino
  • Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair in Grass Valley
  • Big Bear Lake Film Festival
  • San Diego Bayfair with powerboat racing on Mission Bay
  • and more ... and that's just some of the options for August & September!
Click here to check out these events and many more for the summer & fall! Be sure to use the location, event category, and month dropdowns to narrow your search.
Go Camping for $50 for a weekend!

Would you like to go camping somewhere new but wonder how much it will cost? Now you don't have to wonder! On October 2-4 you can go camping at any one of our participating parks around the state for just $50*.

Early October is a great time of year to go camping. The kids are back in school, so the crowds are down. Families that have children in school are back in the swing of things and are ready for a get-away. And, the weather is usually great all across the state ... days are warm and nights are cool. Perfect weather for hanging outdoors with friends and family.

50 weekendSo, make your reservations now to go to a campground that is an old favorite, or try somewhere new!

*Offer subject to space availability, and not available in conjunction with other discounts. Taxes and specific fees may apply.

See list of participating parks, details and restrictions.

Featured Regions: the Greater Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles ... City of Angels & Stars!

hollywood_starAs the region where glamour was perfected and hip trends developed, the Los Angeles area dazzles. With its film stars, world-class museums, to-die-for shopping, and miles of parks, recreation areas, and sunny coastal fun spots, this area is one of the planet's great vacation destinations.

There is much to see and do, so be prepared to take your time to explore the amazing Los Angeles area. More info>>

State Park Fees to Increase

California State Parks day-use and camping fees will increase and begin to help offset recent budget reductions and help keep more parks open. The fee increase will help keep some parks open, but not all.

Beginning August 17, day-use parking fees will increase by $2 to $5, and camping fees will increase by $10 - $21 a night. Camping reservations made prior to that date will be honored at the lower price..

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Where in California is this?

Here’s more California locations to consider. Get your answers to me via email by September 8 or you’ll be too late. We will post the answers and announce the winner in next month’s California Campin’. If there is more than one correct answer, then we will select the one winner from those that got the tiebreaker picture correct. Happy camping!!

beach 1 contest pic 2 contest 3
Picture 1: This is one of our beach campgrounds listed in the Central Coast section of the Camp-California guide. You should be able to find it at The only drawback is the jet noise.
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Picture 2: The total population of these animals at this location, at the turn of the 21st century, was estimated to be around 8000.
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Tiebreaker Picture: There’s only one lodge in California that requires boarding a boat from a dock on one side and taking the boat to the lodge (you can’t get there by car). The lodge and the lake share this name.
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