Location: Columbia, CA
Sites: 10 tent sites and 68 sites w/hookups
Nightly Fee: Tent sites start at $25… $30 for peak season. RV sites start at $40… $52 for peak season. 5 cabins are also available starting at $49 with 6 person cabin ranging to $166 in season. Extended stay rates available (please call)
Amenities: Full hook ups (20 amp, 30 amp, 50 amp…24 sites), fire pits upon request, horseshoes, pool, dump station, free WiFi, groceries/RV supplies and gift shop, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, television lounge, swimming pool, lawn area with horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, tetherball, playground, hiking trails with a 10 minute trail to Columbia, L.P. gas, meeting rooms, secure RV and boat storage and much more…
Topography: Foothills of the Central Valley Sierras… awesome shade trees
Miles One-Way: 410
Directions: From So Cal area I-5 N to CA 99 N to S. Golden State Blvd. (Turlock) to Geer Rd. (N) to Albers Rd. Turn right on CA-108 in Oakdale to Jamestown Rd. N/E to Broadway St./Parrotts Ferry Rd. in Columbia, right on Yankee Hill Rd./Jackson St. approx 1/4 mile to Marble Quarry RV Park on right.
Website: Marble Quarry RV Park
As we headed northeast for some of the best camping in the Sierras, this leg of our journey found us comfortably parked under huge shade trees. Hooked up to full amenities we were within 5 to 7 minutes walk from the quaint little gold rush town once a site considered for the capitol of California.
Here at Marble Quarry RV Park you will instantly notice the family atmosphere as you get checked in. Most likely you will be talking to Joan or Gail who is Terry the owner’s, mom. Often you’ll see Terry go by on a tractor or maybe an ATV as he works at the upkeep on this amazing property!
As you stroll through the premises you’ll notice several folks that are there for a bit more of an extended stay. I met a sweet lady who’s husband was working close to Columbia temporarily for a few months. I also met some ‘full timers’ who were there until the weather turned a little warmer for the next leg of their journey.
One of the greatest perks for me was being able to walk into town in just a few minutes to get a tasty latte at Columbia Kate’s Bakery on the east edge of town. Having grown up just 38 miles west of Columbia, this little town has always had a huge place in my heart and I have had many a meal at the Columbia House Restaurant and many a Sarsaparilla at the St. Charles Saloon.
Needless to say, the Columbia House provided another amazing breakfast for us and the Sarsaparilla was every bit as cold and satisfying as the last time we sat in those old chairs. Everything about this historically rich town was as I remembered from our last trip several years ago.
Another great little tidbit is that if you’re a pilot, Columbia airport is right on the outskirts of town and provides a short little 10 to 15 minute walking trail into town. Fortunately for me my brother has flown us up there a few times for breakfast from Oakdale when I’ve visited home.
One of the things that I most appreciated about arriving at Marble Quarry RV Park was that Gail allowed us to go through the park and find a site that we liked better than our reserved site and she switched us over without blinking an eye. Terry also came out a time or two to our site to help us with something when we called the office… an absolutely delightful staff of folks, indeed!
From this great ‘base of operations’, the Mother Lode is amazingly accessible. North on Hwy 49 you’ll find Mark Twain’s Angels Camp and Calaveras County. East you’ll find Twain Heart, Strawberry, and Pinecrest’s Lake and Campground.
Farther east on Hwy 108 you’ll find the infamous Kennedy Meadows where you can rent horses and mules and pack in for the day or two or three if you’d like. And during the summer months when Sonora Pass is open you can take it down to Hwy 395 and explore the east side of the Sierras where you’ll find the Walker River, Bridgeport, Robinson Creek, the historical gold rush town of Bodie and much, much more!
And let’s not forget Yosemite Nat’l Park just an hour or so south east of Columbia and Sonora on Hwy 120. This year the water was so high that the falls and creeks were spilling over into the numerous meadows throughout Yosemite Valley’s floor.
Another incredible drive is Hwy 49 south where you can find your way to Hwy 41 and enter Yosemite through the south entrance at Fish Camp!
For you anglers, here at Marble Quarry you are surrounded by incredible fishing. The New Malones, Lake Tulloch, Don Pedro and numerous other lakes and streams are minutes from this campground. The best part though is that Terry the owner, is an angler too and after a little prodding can point you in the right direction for a day of nice action on the water.
There is so much more to discover when you visit this area so don’t be a stranger. Call Joan or Gail today and get your reservations. Get all the information you need from their website at Marble Quarry RV Park.
By R.C. Stude