Along the New Hogan Lake, the Oak Knoll Campground is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As you turn on Hogan Dam Road from Highway 26, drive for a mile and you can reach the campground by following the signs. If you are looking for a traditional camping experience with Fido, Oak Knoll is the place to be.
The New Hogan Lake (stretching over 4,400 acres) was created half a decade ago in line with the completion of the New Hogan Dam. Fifty miles of shoreline run across the lake (when it’s full) and stretches 8 miles upstream, where the north and south forks of the Calaveras River converge. Oak Knoll also allows you to experience a variety of wildlife up close. This includes rattlesnakes, mountain lion, coyote, mule deer, grey fox, and bobcat etc. In the winters, New Hogan is also home to bald eagles.
The Oak Knoll Campground has 49 campsites and offers a simple, traditional camping experience. It is pretty spacious and ideal for large groups as well. While facilities are modest, you do get drinking water on-site. The sites don’t have hook-ups, while a fire ring with grill, picnic table, and lantern hook are provided with each site.
You can enjoy plenty of activities like boating, water skiing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. If you like fishing, the lake has a wide variety of fish year-round, such as catfish, crappie, bluegill, striper, and bass. Larger fish can be found in deeper waters. There is a hiking trail, biking trail, and an 8-mile equestrian trail. If you’re taking Fido along, be sure to carry poop bags and do your part to keep the campground clean. Nearby sites include Carson Hill and Black Bart Inn, both of which have an interesting history. All in all, Oak Knoll Campground offers a great camping experience for you and Fido.