The Heart of the Gold Country

Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing

Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing

Spring is signaled when the bluebirds arrive. These brightly colored birds sometimes raise two groups of young in a season. When the meadowlark sings, summer is on its way. Canada geese can be viewed in our skies and stopping at local ponds and lakes when they make their migration each direction. In the dead of winter, Eagles' nests can be viewed from the water while traveling around Lake Pardee.

Wildlife is part of our daily lives. Most common are the deer, skunks, raccoons, and wild turkeys. Travel on some of the quieter roads, and you may see coyote, bobcat, fox, and an occasional mountain lion. Remember outdoor safety rules while viewing the wildlife. If you are unsure, ask a local ranger at our parks.

Chalet Vigne (The Grapevine Cottage)
14894 Shenandoah Road
River Pines, CA 95675

A multi-use recreational complex including a covered Equestrian multipurose arena, stables & corrals, amphitheater, rodeo arena, picnic grounds, soccer fields.

Complete launching/docking facilities are available on the shoreline for your convenience. Full hook-up RV sites and a 150 site campground, with showers and flush toilets, are nestled along the shoreline of Lake Amador available year round with reservations or just show up, we always have room! (except maybe holidays!)
There is NO WATERSKIING OR JET SKIS ALLOWED, but small motors are allowed. The peaceful adventure on the 400-acre,13 1/2 miles of beautiful Lake Amador shoreline will keep anglers returning again and again!
Lakeside sites at Pennisula Campgroud. Lake and hillside sites at Blue Oaks Campground. Secluded hillside camping at the Eagle Beach "Boat-In" Campcround.  Open shoreline campsites in Primitive Campground.  Four group campsites with amenities including barbecues, tables, water, hot showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Turkey Hill Equestrian/Group Campground adjacent to the Mokelumne Coast to CrestTrail.
Ask about Packages, Specials and the Annual Pass Program.
Eight 1-bedroom and one 2-bedroom Cottages sit on rolling hills with mature trees and lake views.  Three 4-bedroom Triplexes great for family groups of 10-12.  Three single room Motel rooms with deck furniture to enjoy the lake view.
Ask about Packages, Specials and the Annual Pass Program.
Lake Camanche Resort - North Shore
2000 Camanche Road
Ione, CA 95640
(209) 763-5121 or (866) 763-5121
Recreation area open daily year round. Fishing, hiking, and bird watching are a few of the many things to do.
Fishing:  Lake Camanche is one of California premier bass fisheries and structure lakes.   53 miles of shoreline, 1/3 of which is reserved for anglers.  Annual bass plants.  Average of 80,000 pounds of trout planted per year.  Standard and deluxe fishing boat rentals.  The upriver area is protected from watersports and has an enforced speed limit of 20 mph.
A good place for walkers, joggers, canoe and kayakers and those who like to fish. A quiet place for picnicing and bird-watching. Department of Fish and Game plants this lake once or twice a year, beginning mostly in the spring. 
Fish along the banks in this peaceful and quiet setting with shade from surrounding Oaks. Day-use only. Picnic area. Species of fish: rainbow trout, and brown trout.
No motor boats, no swimming or overnite camping.
Open year round.
Located on Tabeaud Road 5 miles south of Highway 88.

Sitting at an elevation of 6,200 feet, the Lumberyard Campground offers close access to Rattlesnake Creek and the Lower Bear River Reservoir. Take Highway 88, thirty-seven 37 miles east. The campground is located adjacent to the Highway on Ellis Road.  209-295-4251

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Northern California, Pardee Lake is among one of the most beautiful settings the Mother Lode landscape has to offer and is an easy drive from valley and bay area locations. The perfect outing for that day or weekend of picnicking, camping, or just fun relaxing time for the entire family.


Pardee Reservoir Recreation Area first opened to the public in 1958 and is open daily from Friday President's Day Weekend in February through the first Sunday in November each season. The many amenities that Pardee Lake Recreation offers includes: Fishing, Boating, Camping, Hiking & picnicking, Boat rentals, ten lane boat launch ramp, new state of the art fish cleaning station, Developed overnight Camping, 2 swimming pools, RV sites with full hook-ups, Laundry & hot showers, WiFi, Flush restrooms, Coffee shop, Store, Gas station, Full service marina and Wildlife galore!

Breathtaking beauty and quiet serenity are the trademarks of Plasse's Resort on Silver Lake in California's High Sierras. This secluded family resort is at the 7,200 foot elevation with the grandeur of mountain peaks, dense forests, cloistered lakes and meadows of wildflowers. Open from June until October each year, Plasse's Resort has something for every nature lover and outdoor enthusiast.

By the night, week, or season- Plasse's vacation getaway offers tent and RV campsites. And for the equestrian, separate camp facilities are available to accommodate guest and guest horses.

Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old goldmining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessibly only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine an can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.

Tiger Creek Reservoir, also known as Tiger Creek Afterbay, is popular for fishing and hiking. The elevation is 2,400 feet. Species of fish, rainbow trout,and brown trout. Picnic areas,swimming, hiking, no boats.
Open year round. The facility is operated by PG&E.