Camping and Lodging near our California Rivers

Most camping facilities charge a fee, but there is some free camping available near most of our California Rivers.

Free Camping is generally found in more rustic, less developed but nevertheless, beautiful campgrounds on public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Pay or Fee Camping, which is found on Park Service and private land as well as on Forest Service and BLM land, generally offers more amenities such as toilets, potable water, trailer pads and often hot showers.

 

Information about Free Camping with GOOGLE MAPS:
Kern | Kaweah | Kings | Merced | Tuolumne | American | Yuba

 

As a service to our clients, we have negotiated discounted rates with some of the motel, bed & breakfas, and lodging providers. Make sure to request the discount for Whitewater Voyages when you call.

 

Information about LODGING DISCOUNTS:
Kern | Kings | Merced | Tuolumne | American | Yuba

 

 

  • American
  • Kaweah
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Merced
  • Tuolumne
  • Yuba
American River - Northern California

South, Middle, North American Forks:

...The ultimate FREE CAMPING opportunity...

Whitewater Voyages guests who raft the South, Middle or North Forks of the American River are invited to enjoy free camping with us the night before and/or after their rafting trip.

Our 7-acre, amenity-filled River Park Adventure Campground borders the South Fork American River just off Hwy 49 in Coloma (just 40 minutes east of Sacramento).

Please note:  Fires are restricted most of the summer season...please bring only propane cooking equipment if you plan to cook while in camp. 

Regretfully... pets are not allowed in camp

Find out more about our Deluxe River Park Adventure Campground

Click for more information about other Free Camping Options

Other South Fork Options: Free and Fee Camping
Camp | Location Details | Contacts
American River Resort 530-622-6700
Coloma Resort 530-621-2267 or Campgrounds - Coloma
Camp Lotus 530-622-8672

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about FREE Campgrounds near the American River South Fork, visit: FREE South Fork Campgrounds with Google Maps

Other Middle, North Fork Options: Free and Fee Camping
Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Morning Star Resort

Reservations Required. Private Lake.

530-367-2129

Auburn KOA

Just outside of Auburn.

530-885-0990 or koa.com

Auburn State Recreation Area

Several large, primitive campgrounds.

530-885-4527 or 800-444-7275 or visit the Auburn State Recreation Area web site.

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about FREE Campgrounds near the American River Middle & North Fork, visit: FREE Middle & North Fork Campgrounds with Google Maps

Local Accommodations

Please check the motel's cancellation policy prior to securing your reservation. Some properties may require a minimum two-night stay on weekends. Sacramento is an alternative and is close to an assortment of restaurants.
Auburn Chamber of Commerce (530) 885-5616

American – Lodging Discounts
South, Middle & North Forks

Special Discounts on Accommodations for WWV Rafters
Discount Lodging Discounts | Contacts | Location
American River Inn
Bed & Breakfast

Will Collins, Owner
Main & Orleans—

Box 43
Georgetown, CA 95634
800 245 6566
ARIInnKeepers@aol.com
www.americanriverinn.com

20% off any two-day stay (min.) including holidays and weekends.

Auburn Holiday Inn 120 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn, CA 95603
530 887 8787
kkoons@reneson.com
www.auburnhi.com

10% weekend and weekday discount.

Best Western
Placerville Inn
6850 Greenleaf Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
530 622 9100
bbestwestern@hotmail.com
www.bwPlacervilleInn.com

10% weekend discount.
20% weekday discount.

Foothills Motel Manager: Tami Wescott
13431 Bowman Road
Auburn, CA 95603
530 885 8444 or 1 800 292 5694
foothillsmotel@live.com
www.foothillsmotel.ws

10% off one night stays.
Rent 2 nights and get the third night 75% off.

Gold Country Inn 1332 Broadway
Placerville, CA 95667
530 622 3124
welcome@goldcountryinnplacerville.com
www.goldcountryinnplacerville.com

$10 off per room per night.

Quality Inn 13490 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
530 885 7025
mineshshah63@yahoo.com
www.QualityInnAuburn.com

15% off the rack rate.

Quality Inn & Suites 3361 Coach Lane
Cameron Park, CA 95682
530 677 2203 or 916 933 114
QualityInn958@gmail.com
www.QualityInn.com

10% year-round discount when you mention you are with Whitewater Voyages.

South Fork
Placerville
National 9 Motel (530) 622-3884
Cameron Inn & Suites (530) 622-9100
Hangtown Motel (530) 622-0637
Gold Country Inn (530) 622-3124
South Fork
Cameron Park / Georgetown
Best Western (530) 677-2203
Motel 6 (530) 677-7177
Hilltop Motel (530) 333-4141
South Fork
Bed & Breakfast Inns
The Coloma Country Inn (530) 622-6919
American River Inn (Georgetown) (800) 245-6566
Middle & North Fork
Motels & Inns
Best Inn (530) 885-1800
Foothills Motel (530) 885-8444
Sleep Inn (530) 888-7666
Travelodge (530) 885-7025
Super 8 Motel (530) 888-8808
Holiday Inn (530) 887-8787
Forest House (530) 367-2840
Power's Mansion House (530) 885-1166

 

South Fork Fun Run | Middle Fork Blaster | North Fork Thriller | American Combos

Kaweah River - Southern Central California

Kaweah: Camping

Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Kaweah Park Resort 559-561-4424
Sequoia National Park 800-365-2267 or Campgrounds - Coloma
Lake Kaweah Just west of our run on the Kaweah; camping managed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers 559-597-2301
Three Rivers Hideaway 559-561-4413 or info@threerivershideaway.com ( We recommend camping at the Three Rivers Hideaway which is where our trips meet).

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about Campgrounds near the Kaweah River, visit: Kaweah Campgrounds with Google Maps

Local Motels and B & B

Note: Many of the facilities listed below have strict cancellation policies and require two-night minimum stays. If planning a motel stay, early booking is recommended.
Kaweah and Area Buckeye Tree Lodge (559) 561-5900
River Inn (cabins available) (559) 561-4367
Best Western (559) 561-4119
Comfort Inn (800) 331-2140
Lazy J Ranch (559) 561-4449
Fairfield Inn (559) 636-7600
Kaweah Motel (559) 592-2961
Shoshone Inn (559) 561-1600
Lemon Cove Camp & RV Park (559) 597-2346
Bed & Breakfast Inns Cort Cottage (559) 561-4671

 

Sequoia Shooter | Sequoia Gateway

Kern River - Southern Central California

Kern River: Camping

Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Lower Kern Two of the prettiest Sequoia National Forest campgrounds are Hobo and Sandy Flat, both off highway 178 on the Old Canyon Road.
Upper Kern Campgrounds in the Sequoia National Forest.  We like Goldledge and Limestone campgrounds.
Lake Isabella

Try Main Dam, Hungry Gulch, Camp 9, and Pioneer Point. Pick up an informational brochure at Lake Isabella Visitor Center

(760-379-5646)

Sequoia National Forest
Sequoia National Monument

For those of you venturing into the high country of Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument, don't miss Lower Peppermint campground on the Lloyd Meadow Road just north of Johnsondale. The creek has carved out granite tubs and hollows that fill with icy water and are perfect on a hot summer day! And the incredible giant sequoias are close by.

Pick up an informational brochure at the Sequoia National Forest Cannell Meadow Ranger District Office in Kernville

(760-376-3781)

National Forest Campgrounds

Many of the National Forest Campgrounds are first-come-first-serve. However, if you wish to try to reserve a campsite, call the National Recreation Reservation service at

877-444-6777 or visit their websites www.ReserveUSA.com and www.fs.fed.us

Lodging See your Upper Kern Class III-IV, Class V Thunder Run, Lower Kern, or Forks of the Kern travel information for local motels (Please note: all of our Kern trips meet in Kernville and lodging information is the same on all travel information sheets.) Kernville Chamber of Commerce web site is a mountain of information as well.

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about FREE Campgrounds near the Kern River, visit: FREE Kern Campgrounds with Google Maps

Lodge, Motel and B & B Accommodation

Note: On weekends many of the facilities below require a two-night minimum stay and have strict cancellation policies... if this is a problem you might consider a Bakersfield motel. If planning a motel stay, early booking is recommended!

Kern – Lodging Discounts

Special Discounts on Accommodations for WWV Rafters
Discount Lodging Discounts | Contacts | Location
The Kern Lodge 67 Valley View
Kernville, CA 93238
760 376 2223
info@thekernlodge.com
www.thekernlodge.com

10% off anytime!
(Must show proof of Whitewater Voyages reservation.)

Kernville Inn 11042 Kernville Road
Kernville, CA 93238
Toll Free 877 393 7900 or 760 376 2206
info@kernvilleinn
www.KernvilleInn.com

8 rooms or more receive a 10% discount.

Local Motels

Kern River Golden Trout Resort

        (760) 376-6033
McCambridge Lodge (760) 376-2288
Kernville Inn (760) 376-2206
Kern Lodge Motel (760) 376-2224
Sequoia Motor Lodge (760) 376-2535
Pine Cone Inn (760) 376-6669
River View Lodge (877) 885-6333

Bed & Breakfast Inns Kern River Inn (800) 986-4382
Whispering Pines Lodge (760) 376-3733

 

Southern Sierra Escape | Jungle Run | Big Water Run | Dazzler | Snap, Crackle & Pop | Thunder Run | Forks of the Kern Wilderness Juggernaut

Kings River - Southern Central California

Kings River: Camping

Though Fresno is the nearest city to our meeting area it is still about 1 ½ hours from our base camp located in Sierra and Sequoia National Forests above the Pine Flat Reservoir.

Guests on our Mega 1-day trips and Mega 2-day trips are welcome to camp with us in our Kings River Pivate Base Camp the night before your trip (breakfast included).

For those attending our 2-day, 1-day Regular and Express trips, due to limited space, pre and post-trip camping is not available in our campground but there is plenty of free camping available nearby.

Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Sierra National Forest
Sequoia National Forest

Developed Family Campgrounds

Developed family campgrounds available in the area include: Kirch Flat (very close to our meeting point), Mill Flat, Camp 4, and Camp 4 1/2. 

These campgrounds have tables and vault toilets, but NO drinking water. There are no fees and no reservations.

(Kirch Flat group campground is also available for groups from 25 to 50 people for a fee.)

Contact the High Sierra Ranger at 559-855-5355 for details.

Dispersed Camping Camping outside developed campgrounds is permitted at numerous rustic and scenic sites along the Kings River. These can be reached via a rough dirt road that runs along the river (fire permits required - 559-855-5355).
Sierra National Forest
Sequoia National Forest

Reservable Group Camping
Primitive, designated reservable group camping areas along the Kings River in Sierra and Sequoia National Forests: Green Cabin Flat, Gravel Flat and Bear Wallow.

There are no fees but a camping permit is required for groups exceeding 25 people. Requests for group camping should be made at least 30 days in advance of your trip (559-855-5355).
More Info Contact the High Sierra Ranger District in Prather at 559-855-5355 for additional campground information.

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about FREE Campgrounds near the Kings River, visit: FREE Kings Campgrounds with Google Maps

Motels / Hotels

Please inquire with the properties directly. Prior to booking room please check cancellation policy.

Kings – Lodging Discounts

Special Discounts on Accommodations for WWV Rafters
Discount Lodging Discounts | Contacts | Location
Piccadilly Inn University 4961 N. Cedar Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
559 224 4200
paula@piccadillyinn.com
www.piccadillyinn.com

For 10 or more sleeping rooms contact sales department at 559 224 3363.

Fresno Best Western Village Inn (800) 722-8878
Courtyard Marriott (559) 221-6000
Days Inn Fresno (559) 222-5641
Holiday Inn Express (559) 277-5700
Knights Inn (559) 275-7766
La Quinta Motor Inn (800) 531-5900
Piccadilly Inn (800) 468-3587
Quality Inn 'N Suites (559) 229-5811
Radisson Hotel (559) 268-1000
Ramada Inn (559) 224-4040
Red Roof Inn (559) 431-3557
Sanger Townhouse Motel (559) 875-5531
Pine Flat Pine Flat Lake Resort (559) 787-2207
One-half hour from Whitewater Voyages' base camp. Limited amenities (not a modern or luxurious facility!)

 

Joy Ride | Mega Joy Ride | Ride the Glide | Mega Ride the Glide

Merced River - Central California

Merced River: Camping

Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Yosemite-Mariposa
KOA
Near Midpines Reservations accepted 209-966-2201 or koa.com
Indian Flat Near El Portal No reservations Mariposa Ranger District: 209-683-4665
Yosemite National Park Reservations recommended 800-436-7275
Yosemite Bug Hostel and Campground Near Midpines Reservations recommended 209-966-6666 Visit www.yosemitebug.com and www.yosemite.com
Primitive Campsites

no facilities, some with no reservations needed.
There are several lovely, primitive campsites located on Bureau of Land Management land on the east bank of the Merced River along the Old Yosemite Valley Railroad Grade. These rustic camps can be accessed using Foresta Bridge in El Portal and the bridge in Briceburg, which is located where Hwy 140 first touches the Merced River east of Mariposa.

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about BLM and Forest Service Campgrounds near the Merced River, visit: Merced Campgrounds with Google Maps

Local Motels

Please inquire with the properties directly. When reserving a room, please check cancellation policy of motel...

Merced – Lodging Discounts

Special Discounts on Accommodations for WWV Rafters
Discount Lodging Discounts | Contacts | Location
Merced-Yosemite Travelodge 1260 Yosemite Parkway
Merced, CA 95340
209 722 6224
snsninu@hotmail.com
www.Travelodge.com

10% off Rack Rate.

Miner's Inn 5181 Hwy 49 North
Mariposa, CA 95338
209 742 7777
www.YosemiteMinersInn.com

15% off anytime.
Also group rates available.

Yosemite Inn P.O. Box 339
Mariposa, CA 95338
209 742 6800
yosemiteinn@gmail.com
www.yosemiteinnca.com

5% discount.

Mariposa EC Yosemite Hotel (209) 742-6800
Mariposa Lodge (800) 966-8819
Miners Inn & Restaurant (209) 742-7777
Mother Lode Lodge (209) 966-2521
El Portal Cedar Lodge (209) 379-2681
Yosemite View Lodge (209) 379-2612
Merced Days Inn (209) 722-2726
Holiday Inn Express (800) 345-8082
Ramada (209) 723-3121
Sierra Lodge (209) 722-3926
Travelodge (209) 722-6224

 

Yosemite Wildwater | Foam Dancer

Tuolumne River - Central California

Tuolumne River: Camping

Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Stanislaus National Forest
Lost Claim Campground
Near the river, 11 miles east of Groveland on Hwy 120.
Stanislaus National Forest
Sweetwater Campground
Near the river, 4 miles east of Buck Meadows on Hwy 120.
Yosemite National Park Reservations recommended 800-436-7275
Stanislaus National Forest
Lumsden Campground
Directly on the Tuolumne River. Directions: Go 7.5 miles east of Groveland on Hwy 120 and turn left at the Casa Loma Store on Ferretti Road then go right on Lumsden Road for 6 very rough miles down into the canyon. Allow 45-60 minutes for the drive in and out. Be sure to allow enough time to meet at our rendezvous point at the Casa Loma!
Stanislaus National Forest
Lumsden Bridge Campground
Also directly on the river. Follow the directions to Lumsden Campground above and continue 1.5 miles past Lumsden Campground to reach Lumsden Bridge Campground.
First-come rules apply U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are filled on a first-come basis, contact the Groveland Ranger District for more information: 209-962-7825.

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about FREE Campgrounds near the Tuolumne River, visit: FREE Tuolumne Campgrounds with Google Maps

Local Motels

Some of the properties below have quite strict cancellation policies or minimum stay requirements. Please inquire with the properties directly.

Tuolumne – Lodging Discounts

Special Discounts on Accommodations for WWV Rafters
Discount Lodging Discounts | Contacts | Location
Berkshire Inn
Bed & Breakfast
19950 Hwy 120
Groveland, CA 95321
209 962 6744, 88 225 2064
berkshire_inn@sbcglobal.net
www.berkshireinn.net

10% discount. Except holidays.

Groveland Hotel P.O. Box 289, 18767 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95327
209 962 4000
peggy@groveland.com
www.groveland.com

10% midweek discount and free bottle of wine with the purchase of two dinner entrees per room.

Groveland Motel 18933 Main Street
Groveland, CA 95321
209 962 7865
gmcabins@att.net
info@grovelandmotel.net

10% midweek discount.

Groveland and Area

City Hotel (209) 532-1479
Columbia Inn Motel (209) 533-0446
Evergreen Lodge (800) 935-6343
Groveland Hotel (800) 273-3314
Groveland Motel (budget priced)

     (209) 962-7865
Gunn House Hotel (209) 532-3421
Harlan House (209) 533-4862
Hotel Charlotte (209) 962-6455
Sugar Pine Ranch (209) 962-7823
Alpenglo Bed & Breakfast (209) 962-4541
Berkshire Bed & Breakfast (888) 225-2064

 

Tuolumne Classic 1 Day | Tuolumne Classic 2 Day | Tuolumne Classic 3 Day

Yuba River - Northern California

Yuba River: Camping

There are several Tahoe National Forest campgrounds located in quiet, primitive and lushly forested areas along the North Fork of the Yuba River accessible off Hwy 49.

These campgrounds are filled on a first-come basis. Contact the North Yuba Ranger Station for more information: 530-288-3231
Camp | Location Details | Contacts
Fiddle Creek Campground 100 Yards beyond the Fiddle Creek bridge.
Rocky Rest Campground 1 mile beyond the Fiddle Creek bridge.
Indian Valley Campground 1 mile beyond the Fiddle Creek bridge.
Ramshorn Campground About 6 miles beyond the Fiddle Creek bridge.
Union Flat Campground 6 miles east of Downieville.

Note: For detailed information and Google Maps about FREE Campgrounds near the Yuba River, visit: FREE Yuba Campgrounds with Google Maps

Local Motels

Some of the properties below, while historical or quaint, due to their remote location, have quite strict cancellation policies or minimum stay requirements. Please inquire with the properties directly.

Yuba – Lodging Discounts

Special Discounts on Accommodations for WWV Rafters
Discount Lodging Discounts | Contacts | Location
Carriage House Inn Contact: Liz or John Luster
110 Commercial Street, PO Box 514
Downieville, CA 95936
530 289 3573
Luster@cwo.com
www.downievillecarriagehouse.com

10% off any stay March through June, except for holidays and special events.
Stay 2 nights get 50% off your 3rd night (non-holidays).

Herrington's Sierra Pines PO Box 235, 104 Main Street
Sierra City, CA 96125
530 862 1151
www.herringtonssierrapines.com

10% off Fri-Sat-Sun.
20% off Monday through Thursday.

Riverside Inn 206 Commercial Street
Downieville, CA 95936 - 0176
530 289 1000 or 888 883 5100
riversideinn@downieville.us
www.downieville.us

10% discount to rafters weekdays and weekends.

Downieville Riverside Inn (530) 289-1000
Sierra Shangri-La (530) 289-3455
Carriage House Inn (530) 289-3573
Grass Valley Best Western Gold Country Inn (530) 273-1393
Golden Chain Resort Motel (530) 273-7279
Holiday Lodge** (530) 273-4406
**mention Whitewater Voyages for 10% discount
Nevada City Flume's Castle (530) 265-9665
Red Castle Inn (800) 761-4766
Sierra City Herrington's Sierra Pines (530) 862-1151

 

Maytag Whirl | Shangri-La | Class V Alive | North Yuba Combo

 

To check availability and / or make your reservation, either call our friendly and helpful staff at 800-400-7238,
or use our Online Reservation System

 

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