Juanita Lake Campground is a public campground located by the 55-acre Juanita Lake approximately ten miles away from Macdoel, California. The 23-site campground also offers a single group site that can accommodate up to 50 people at a time. The campground is open to both tents and trailers and needs to be reserved a few days in advance. Daily rates start at $15 for a single campsite.
This cozy, partially shaded campground features everything you would need for a good weekend camping trip. There are two drinking water spigots, eight picnic tables, a common fire ring, several grills, and lantern hangers. There are also fire trash receptacles that are bear-protected, please make sure to use them if you visit this campground as leaving food around can attract wildlife that roams around nearby. The campground is equipped with two vault toilets that are well-maintained and stocked on toilet paper. Plus, there are four parking lots that can hold up to 15 vehicles.
The campground is situated by a scenic lake and surrounded by beautiful, fragrant ponderosa pines. It is the ideal location for fishing, wildlife watching, or both. There is even a fish cleaning station which enables the camp’s patrons to have a true camping experience, which includes cooking what was caught over the fire for dinner. There is a paved two-mile trail that loops around the lake, and since the lake is stocked with everything from trout to bass, it is also a good spot for fishing beginners.
For those who prefer swimming or boating, there are two paved boat ramps available that are suitable for canoes, rafts or other non-motorized boats. Lastly, for those who prefer to stay on land, there are various scenic hiking trails nearby, including the six-mile trail that leads up to the Ball Mountain Lookout. However, since the trail is quite steep, be prepared to sweat a little before you reach the picture-perfect viewpoints.