Lodging in northern California

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Motels

Itīs fairly easy to find a motel in the larger communities in northern California. And easier still in cities.And itīs
a lot cheaper than cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. But donīt expect to find even
a third of the motels on the internet since most are small family owned businesses. It can be good idea to check
out the locations of the large chains such as Motel6, Super 8, Travelodge and Econolodge on the web in advance
(or more upscaled an expensive if you prefer that), and just drive around and have the smaller off-the-web
establishments as complementary alternatives. I usually prefer the smaller, more personal, motels, which arenīt
equipped with the same kinds of beds, soaps and furniture. But the large chains are good too, and itīs easy to
spend nights for only 40-50 US dollars.

Iīve never bothered to make a reservation since I travel after a broad plan but make constant improvisations and
changes (and mostly camp in a tent). When I want to stay in a motel to load the camera batteries and rinse the
neck a little after a few nights in a tent, I just check in at a motel in the afternoon at 4-5 PM and I have
always got a room.

Camping

Redwood area
Campground Sites Max/Ft
RV
Trailer
Location / Comment
Jedediah Smith Redwoods 106 36
31
Open all year. Highway 199 at Hiouchi in an old-growth redwood forest.
Restrooms, showers, dump station, bearproof lockers, and fire pits. Campfire programs, guided walks, and junior ranger programs offered.
Mill Creek 145 31
27
Open 01 Apr - 30 Sep. 6 miles south of Crescent City on U.S. 101 in a second-growth redwood forest.Restrooms, showers, dump station, bearproof lockers, and fire pits. Campfire programs, guided walks, and junior ranger programs offered.
Elk Prairie 75 27
24
Open all year. Off Highway 101 and on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in an old-growth redwood forest. Restrooms, showers, dump station, bearproof lockers, and fire pits. Campfire programs, guided walks, and junior ranger programs offered.
Gold Bluffs Beach 25RV
29tent
24 long
8 wide
Open all year. Located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park at the end of Davison Road (off Highway 101). Restrooms, solar showers, and fire pits. Campfire programs offered. No reservations. First come - first served.
Freshwater Lagoon Spit Overnight Use Area

Open all year. Located one mile south of Orick, CA on Highway 101. This is an extended gravel pullout area. Restrooms, solar showers, and fire pits. Campfire programs offered. No reservations. First come - first served. Fire pits, chemical toilets, and picnic area with grills provided. Check at the Redwood Information Center just north of this area for interpretive programs. Vehicles are $10.00 per night; bicyclists and hikers are $3.00 per person per night. No reservations. First come - first served.


Lassen Volcanic National Park

Campground Open Close Sites Toilets Firepits & Tables Water Fees Notes
Butte Lake May Sep 42 Pit Yes Yes $10.00 Note: drinking water will not be available until mid-August. 6100' in elevation. Located 6 miles south on dirt road via Highway 44 East, and 17 miles from Old Station. Accomodates trailers to 35'.
Crags Jun Sep 45 Pit Yes Yes $8.00 Elev 5700 ft, located 5.0 mi from Manzanita Lake, accommodates trailers to 35 ft
Juniper Lake Jun Oct 18 Pit Yes Purify or bring your own $10.00 Elev 6792 ft, located on east shore of Juniper Lake via rough dirt road leading 13.0 mi No. of Chester. Trailers not recommended
Juniper Lake Group Site Jun Sep 2 Pit Yes Purify or bring your own $30.00 There are two sites which can accomodate groups of 10-15 people each. Parking is available for no more than 3 vehicles. Tents only are allowed. By Reservation only 530-595-4444 ext. 5184
Juniper Lake Stock Correl Jun Sep 1 Pit Yes For Stock only $6.00 Cost is $4 per animal. By Reservation only 530-595-4444 ext. 5184
Lost Creek Jun Sep Group



$45
Reservations for the group campgrounds are required and must be made in advance. Please contact 530-595-4444 ext 5184 for information on group camping.
Manzanita Lake May Sep 179 Flush Yes Yes $14.00 Elev 5890 ft, located adjacent to and so. of Manzanita Lake, showers, dump station, motorless boats, trailers to 35 ft
Southwest May Sep 21 Flush Yes Yes $12.00 Elev 6700 ft, walk-in campsites, located east side of Lassen Chalet parking area, near Southwest Entrance Station
Summit Lake North Jun Sep 46 Flush Yes
$14.00 Elev 6695 ft, located 12.0 mi from Manzanita Lake, 17.5 mi from Southwest Entrance Station
Summit Lake South Jun Sep 48 Flush Yes
$12.00 Elev 6695 ft, located 12.0 mi from Manzanita Lake, 17.5 mi from Southwest Entrance Station
Summit Lake Stock Correl Jun Sep 1


$6.00 Stock parties must camp at the corral campsite. Water is available for stock only. Cost is $4 per animal, and $6 per campsite per night.By Reservation only 530-595-4444 ext. 5184
Warner Valley Jun Oct 18 Pit Yes Yes $12.00 Elev 5650 ft, located 1.0 mi west of Warner Ranger Station, via dirt road 17.0 mi out of Chester. Trailers not recommended

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