Thousand Trails Ponderosa Good Sam Verified Campground

7291 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651

Good Sam Verified Campground
(5 reviews) 3.6 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
Good Sam Rating
Good Sam Rating
Facility 7
Restrooms 8
Appeal 8
(5 reviews) 3.6 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

MOUNTAIN RV CAMP IN CA

Ideally situated on the South Fork of the American River, the most popular whitewater river in the western US. Rafting, kayaking, fishing, swimming, gold panning and sunbathing are favorite pastimes for customers.

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Address

7291 Hwy 49
Lotus, CA, 95651

Open all year

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Facility

Type: Membership
Cabin/cottage rentals: 6
Control access gate
Dump station
Laundry

 

Policies

Pets welcome
Tents Allowed
Folding Tent Campers Allowed
Road condition: Fair
Road type: Paved/Gravel
Table at site
Spaces available: 101
Site length: 65
Max length: 65
Gravel sites: 51
Pull-thru size: 25 x 65
Pull-thrus: 7
Back-in size: 25 x 55
Room for slideouts: Yes
Shaded sites: Mostly
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Number of full hookups: 44
Number of water: 57
Number of electric: 57
Amps: 30 Amp/50 Amp
Max Amps: 50

On-site rentals

RV Park Model Rentals:

Rentals available: 4

Cabin/Cottage Rentals:

Rentals available: 6

Restrooms
Ice
Laundry
Snack bar
Laundry
Snack bar
Table at site
Fire rings
Firewood
LP gas: metered
Fire rings
Firewood
LP gas: metered

Swimming
Body of water: South Fork American River
Nature trails
Outdoor games
Playground
Outdoor games
Playground
Enclosed game room
Horseshoes
Planned activities
Heated pool
Horseshoes
Planned activities
Heated pool

(within 10 miles)

Hiking
Fishing
Kayaking / canoeing
ATV riding
ATV riding

(within 20 miles)

Hunting season: Fall, Winter

3.6 (5 reviews) 3.6 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
Facility
3.6
Restroom
4.6
Appeal
3.8
What is being rated?
4 4 out of 5 stars 06/25/2021

Super easy check-in and we lucked into finding back-in full hookup site #B5. Great tree shade and relatively level. Our only minor complaint was that the sewer hookup was really far away so I had to use 2 hoses. This park is located on the south fork of the American river, which makes it great for river rafting. We met 2 guides during our 1 week stay so it is definitely big business in the area. Section H sites are next to the river. They are full hookup 50 amp and cost an extra $5.00 per day.... Read More

Super easy check-in and we lucked into finding back-in full hookup site #B5. Great tree shade and relatively level. Our only minor complaint was that the sewer hookup was really far away so I had to use 2 hoses. This park is located on the south fork of the American river, which makes it great for river rafting. We met 2 guides during our 1 week stay so it is definitely big business in the area. Section H sites are next to the river. They are full hookup 50 amp and cost an extra $5.00 per day. Good luck finding one though as they are quite popular. We ordered a priority mail package and it arrived with no issues. Pool is small and it is overrun with loud children at all hours. Staff members Ron and Jeannette were really kind and helpful. Jeannette went out of her way to tell us about local places of interest. Bathrooms and showers are located inside small mobile home-looking structures. They were new and very clean. Sadly we couldn't program any over-the-air TV channels. My AT&T phone had 2 bars and my wife's Verizon phone had 3 bars. Paid for 1 day of campground wifi and it was blazingly fast. All types of recycling are available.
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4 4 out of 5 stars 09/21/2019

Somehow we got one of the few sites that are right on the river. Kayaks and rafts go by all day Its pretty cool. You make a reservation but its first come first serve to what is available. So drive through and pick the one that suits you. Has a small beach that's good for wading, a pool and little food spots near by if you prefer.

3 3 out of 5 stars 12/21/2015

Excellent location. Really scenic. Located on the American River. A really spectacular view of a mountain range close by. However this is a small campground. Sites are close together. Too many permanent rental sites. Therefore putting a serious lack of nice sites.

4 4 out of 5 stars 11/23/2015

Nice Park, a bit spread out with very friendly staff

3 3 out of 5 stars 09/15/2015

When we first arrived, staff was a little rude. This seemed to be the theme throughout the weekend with other campers. Electrical issues in the park, some boxes worked some didn't. No WiFi or phone service in the park or area. They claim to have WiFi... The area around the facility is pretty with some great views. The American River runs along the back side of the park and makes for a relaxing time. Overall, our experience wasn't bad, I just wish the staff had some customer service skills and... Read More

When we first arrived, staff was a little rude. This seemed to be the theme throughout the weekend with other campers. Electrical issues in the park, some boxes worked some didn't. No WiFi or phone service in the park or area. They claim to have WiFi... The area around the facility is pretty with some great views. The American River runs along the back side of the park and makes for a relaxing time. Overall, our experience wasn't bad, I just wish the staff had some customer service skills and realize everyone isn't as perfect as they are !!!!
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4 4 out of 5 stars 06/25/2021

Super easy check-in and we lucked into finding back-in full hookup site #B5. Great tree shade and relatively level. Our only minor complaint was that the sewer hookup was really far away so I had to use 2 hoses. This park is located on the south fork of the American river, which makes it great for river rafting. We met 2 guides during our 1 week stay so it is definitely big business in the area. Section H sites are next to the river. They are full hookup 50 amp and cost an extra $5.00 per day.... Read More

Super easy check-in and we lucked into finding back-in full hookup site #B5. Great tree shade and relatively level. Our only minor complaint was that the sewer hookup was really far away so I had to use 2 hoses. This park is located on the south fork of the American river, which makes it great for river rafting. We met 2 guides during our 1 week stay so it is definitely big business in the area. Section H sites are next to the river. They are full hookup 50 amp and cost an extra $5.00 per day. Good luck finding one though as they are quite popular. We ordered a priority mail package and it arrived with no issues. Pool is small and it is overrun with loud children at all hours. Staff members Ron and Jeannette were really kind and helpful. Jeannette went out of her way to tell us about local places of interest. Bathrooms and showers are located inside small mobile home-looking structures. They were new and very clean. Sadly we couldn't program any over-the-air TV channels. My AT&T phone had 2 bars and my wife's Verizon phone had 3 bars. Paid for 1 day of campground wifi and it was blazingly fast. All types of recycling are available.
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4 4 out of 5 stars 09/21/2019

Somehow we got one of the few sites that are right on the river. Kayaks and rafts go by all day Its pretty cool. You make a reservation but its first come first serve to what is available. So drive through and pick the one that suits you. Has a small beach that's good for wading, a pool and little food spots near by if you prefer.

3 3 out of 5 stars 12/21/2015

Excellent location. Really scenic. Located on the American River. A really spectacular view of a mountain range close by. However this is a small campground. Sites are close together. Too many permanent rental sites. Therefore putting a serious lack of nice sites.

4 4 out of 5 stars 11/23/2015

Nice Park, a bit spread out with very friendly staff

7291 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651
Coordinates: 38.808680, -120.903791
Elevation:

Directions
From Jct of Hwy 50 & Exit 37 (Shingle Rd), N 0.2 mi on exit rd to Shingle Rd, NE 11.3 mi on Shingle Rd (becomes Lotus Rd) to CA-49, N 0.1 mi (R)

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