The Absolute Best Camping Near Sacramento

Written by Cindy Rasmussen
Published: October 5, 2022
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If you are visiting the capitol of California and you want to stay close to Sacramento but you also want to camp, there are plenty of amazing campgrounds in and near Sacramento. You can stay at a riverside campground or find some amazing fishing at Folsom Lake. A little further out is the bay area where there are several campgrounds in marshland where the rivers meet the bay. You can also camp right in Sacramento so you can be close to the Railroad Museum, Sutter’s Fort (the oldest restored fort in the US) and the Sacramento Zoo. Read on to find out about the absolute best camping near Sacramento.

1) Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Folsom Lake is a 11,500 acre lake NE of downtown Sacramento and a popular place for locals and visitors to go swimming, boating, sailing, fishing and camping. There are three different campgrounds in the park with Beal’s Point being the modern campground for tents and RV’s. It is located north of the Folsom Dam (a great fishing spot for largemouth bass) and has 69 campsites with 20 of those having full hookups. Restrooms, showers and drinking water are all centrally located.

For a more secluded campground you might want to stay at Peninsula where there are 85 primitive sites for smaller trailers and motor homes as well as tent campers. There are no hookups but there are restrooms and a dump station. If you are camping with a large group for a family reunion or celebration there are three sites that can accommodate groups from 25 to 50 people. So spend the day swimming at one of the beaches, biking on the American River Bike Trail or paddle boarding around the coves of the lake, then head back to your campsite for an evening around the campfire. You can see why this is one of the absolute best places to camp near Sacramento!

LocationNE of downtown
Distance from downtown Sacramento30 min (25 miles)
Beal’s Point69 sites, 20 with full hookups, trailers and motor homes up to 31’, restrooms and showers
Peninsula (secluded)85 sites, no hookups, trailers up to 18 feet, motor homes up to 24 feet, restrooms, no showers
Black Miner’s Bar3 group campsites, one for a group of 25 and two more for groups of 50
Picnic Tables at each siteYes, most sites
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms (Beal’s point has showers)
Pet FriendlyYes
What makes it one of the bestPeaceful lakeside camping less than a half-hour from Sacramento.
Cycling, Bicycle, Footpath, Hiking, Mountain Bike
The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational activities, including biking on the American River Bike Trail.


2) Sherwood Harbor Marina and RV Park

Just 6 miles from the downtown area of Sacramento is the Sherwood Harbor Marina and RV Park. It is located on the west shore of the Sacramento River, in fact it is the only RV park in Sacramento that is right on the river. With a marina that has 130 boat slips you can dock your boat just steps from the campground. Take the river down to the Delta where you can fish for salmon, striped bass and steelheads!

Some urban RV parks are more like a large parking lot with a couple of trees, but not Sherwood Harbor. There are large riverside campsites with cottonwood trees lining the banks. Choose from one of the 14 sites with full hookups or 30 sites with water and electric. Restrooms, laundry and a pump out station are all conveniently located right at the campground. You will forget you are so close to the city at this lovely riverside campground.

LocationSE of the downtown area, right on the River
Distance from downtown Sacramento15 minutes (6 miles)
RV sitesYes, 14 with full hookups, 30 with water/electric
Tent sitesNo, not available
Picnic Tables at each siteSome sites
Fire Pit at each siteNo
AmenitiesRestrooms, boat ramp
Pet FriendlyYes
What makes it one of the bestRiverside camping with a marina!

3) Tradewinds RV Park

This next one would make for an amazing home base for exploring Sacramento, San Francisco, Nappa Valley and the whole bay area. It is centrally located to the Bay Area, just 58 miles from Sacramento. It makes for a great weekend getaway to explore the San Pablo Bay and Grizzly Bays where you can catch good-sized striped bass and white sturgeon, or take a charter out past the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific for an all-day deep sea fishing trip. Can you imagine reeling in a trophy-sized leopard shark? Now that would be quite a fish tale!

The RV Park does have a more urban feel with sites close together, but the park is well maintained and offers full hookups, picnic tables at each site, free Wi-Fi and cable and a BBQ area. You are close to restaurants and shops for easy dining options or to grab a bite and bring back to your site to enjoy in the great outdoors. With so much to do in the surrounding area it is unlikely that you will spend much time at your campsite anyway so this makes a great home base!

LocationSE of Sacramento, near the San Pablo Bay
Distance from downtown Sacramento1 hr 15 min – 1 hr 30 min depending on traffic, (58 miles)
RV sitesYes, with full hookups
Tent sitesNo, not available
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteNo
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, guest lounge
Pet FriendlyYes, dog park on-site
What makes it one of the bestCentrally located to Sacramento and San Francisco.
Leopard Shark isolated on black background.
If you charter a boat in the Pacific past the Golden Gate Bridge, you may catch a leopard shark.


4) Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: Lodi, CA

One of the absolute best places to camp near Sacramento is the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Lodi, CA. At Tradewinds you might not spend much time at the campground but Jellystone is the opposite where you might spend all of your time right at the campground! The main attraction is the large water park with waterslides, water playground, splash pad and lazy river. You can also check out the Laser Tag, Mini-Golf and scheduled hay rides. Planned activities occur at the park regularly so check their website for all the fun activities.

There are tent sites, RV sites and cabin rentals available with a variety of pull-thru, back-in and hookups. The onsite Marina on the Delta offers boat rentals if you want to take the family out for the afternoon or try your hand at some fishing. Boat over to the San Joaquin River and drop a line, or dock and try some fly fishing, for good-sized trout!

LocationSouth of Sacramento
Distance from downtown45 min (40 miles)
RV SitesYes, some with full hookups
Tent sitesYes, with water and electric
CabinsYes, with private baths and kitchenettes
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, water park, playground, boat rentals
Pet FriendlyYes, dog park onsite
What makes it one of the bestSo much to do right at the campground!
The San Joaquin River is a great place to go fly fishing for trout.

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5) Pleasure Cove Marina and Camping on Lake Berryessa

Another great lakeside camping experience is at the Pleasure Cove Marina and Campground on Lake Berryessa. Enjoy lake view campsites for RV’s and tents with a choice of full or partial hookups. Another great option (while not technically “camping” it is really cool!) is renting a houseboat for the weekend or week. Each houseboat has first class accommodations with beds, a kitchen, private bath and waterslide off the back of the boat! A great option for exploring the Putah Creek and Lake Berryessa area.

If you want to take a kayak or canoe out you can explore the coves around the lake and look for white pelicans, flickers, bobcats, or maybe a deer family coming down to the banks of the river for a drink. For fishing, anglers love to fish for rainbow trout, channel catfish and black crappie. Definitely one of the best places to camp near Sacramento!

LocationWest of downtown
Distance from downtown Sacramento45 minutes (35 miles)
RV/Tent sites140 sites, full hookup and partial hookup
HouseboatsYes! From 59’ to luxury 70’
Picnic Tables at each siteYes (not on the houseboats…of course)
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, marina, boat rentals
Pet FriendlyYes
What makes it one of the bestGreat options for tent camping, RV’s and houseboats!
Pair of Bobcats in their Den
Bobcats are elusive, so you probably won’t spot one, much less two, even though they call Lake Berryessa home.

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