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Old 08-08-2015, 08:49 AM   #1
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Fresno, CA camping

Has anyone stayed at Millerton Lake St Rec Area near Fresno? We have a 32' 5th wheel. We are going out to CA from IN and thought that might be a nice place to stay and use as a "central" point to do day trips into Kings Canyon/ Sequoia and Yosemite. It would be end of September. Thank you for any advice.

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Old 08-08-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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Can’t say I have ever been there but kind of know the area, dry
Can get pretty hot anywhere near Fresno in September but it looks like the CG has hook ups, not many Ca. Parks have hook ups. The further away from the central valley you get the more mild the temps are(Mountains or Coast) If you really want a lake, you might look at water level and/or predicted level come that time; Ca. has almost no water and what we do have is going down fast.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:11 PM   #3
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Another negative about the San Joaquin Valley that time of year is the harvesting of almonds. They shake the trees, then sweep the almonds off the ground. Results: Dust, and lots of it. Check Bass Lake, a little higher from the valley and the temps should be better the end of September. If you are Coast to Coast, there is a CG there that is a member, check your book. It is on the south end of Hywy 49, and near the south entrance to Yosemite.

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Old 08-16-2015, 07:09 AM   #4
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Thanks. For the replies I am going to look closer to Kongs Canyons or Yosemite for camping
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:08 AM   #5
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Have gone to Oakhurst California a few times and there are a few rv parks in that area. I can't recommend any because I've never investigated them when I was there. Oakhurst and Coarse Gold are in the mountains and not far from Yosemite. Really like the Bass Lake area, too (even though the water is down and they recently had a fire not too far from there)'s so pretty. This trip is on our bucket list because I'd love for DH to see Yosemite and spend some time with my friends there, so please post details and pics of your trip!
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:23 AM   #6
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With the lack of water everywhere, I would do the coast, of coarse if you can get into Yosemite then yes, but even the higher lake and reservoirs are really really low, pismo, and the area south, and scotts valley area central, and san francisco area, up north I am not too familiar with, this area in the hills and mountains is very hot and dry, sacramento area has some good areas near the delta, make sure to have reservations to some of the more popular areas though
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:00 PM   #7
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Count on the sequoias being 20 degrees cooler than the valley floor.
It's about an hr from Fresno and a little closer from Visalia if your on Hwy 99 north.
Stay a few days and see the big redwoods. Their awesome. Great day hikes. Peaceful.

Get a $10 pass for federal parks and half off camping. Avail at entry point.

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Old 08-18-2015, 04:16 PM   #8
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We go up to Yosemite 5-8 times a year from LA. There is free overnight parking at the Tachi Casino in Lemoore if you need a stop over, between the I-5 and Hwy 99 on hwy 41. Also there is the South Yosemite KOA with hookups in CourseGold and the Elks lodge in Oakhurst. Millerton Lake SP is shadeless and hot if I recall. Also there is Bass Lake just past Oakhurst.
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