We were in the area on an EXTREMELY hot day, around 105 degrees. We drove past the lake on our way into town, and it looked nice. So we doubled back late in the day, around 5pm. It was a Sunday, so the campground had pretty much emptied out by this time. We went to one of the public access areas to wade and swim in the lake. There was a family of four there, and that was it. We were easily able to stay distant from them, and it felt so good to go into the lake. It was beautiful and peaceful there, and we watched as the sun set. I can't speak for the campgrounds, although we could see the sites across the lake. But we enjoyed our time there.
Booked online and when we arrived someone took our site. He claimed he paid for it and showed a receipt. There were no campground hosts or rangers around anywhere. We put up a tent in the day use area, and we thought maybe it won’t be so bad. After seeing how jam packed the campsites were we didn’t really want to be around so many people. It looked like a COVID breading ground. Unfortunately or new location was terrible also, music was blasting from multiple sites until ~ 1am. We could not sleep.
We camped among the cotton wood trees within feet of the lake. The outhouses were clean. Water was not potable, and there are no hookups. It was a great place to camp off grid. A family with a tent right next to the lake were having luck with fishing.
Nice spots overlooking the lake, very basic, very cheap, however not really well kept up. We camped with a motor-home - no hook up. Toilets and showers were run down and dirty, luckily we had our own, I really felt for the campers in tents. We stayed 2 nights and made the most of it, but if it were up to me I would have moved on after 1 night. It was nice and quiet. Only one morning campers close by had a speed boat who went out on the lake fairly early in the morning. There were a lot of little mosquitoes or tiny flies that were bothersome during dinner, luckily once the winds started blowing they left as well. Lone Pine was a sweet little city just 3 miles north. Extra plus point was that they had a restaurant with gluten free cooking!
First time camping here. We chose the best camping spot with shad in the daytime, near the lake for fishing, 2 picnic tables, and a firepit. It was beautiful and peaceful. The swim location was great too!