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Camping and Fishing California at a Glance

Purpose: To share information, ideas, hints and tips in hopes to inspire and encourage people to give this a try and begin experiencing the excitement and enjoyment of camping and fishing here in California and across this great land we call America.



About the Author…

My name is Randy and quite a few years back my wife and I decided to get back into camping. Previous camping in younger days had all been done in tents but we decided we were going to start all over. Our first RV or camping unit was a pop-up tent trailer. A few years later we upgraded to one of the best hybrid camping trailers, an Antigua 215SSO. For the most part this was a normal travel trailer with the exception of either end which was similar to a pop-up trailer’s bunk ends. A few years ago we upgraded again to our present unit which is a 26 foot Salem travel trailer.

This website is about our experiences camping and fishing in California and it’s packed with tons of information that will hopefully help and encourage you to begin enjoying the great outdoors. Please fill free to contact me if I can be of any service…

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  1. D

    HELP. Can anyone give me a “GREAT” place to take my kid and wife camping? My desire is not too close to other campsites, tent camping allowed, fish I can keep and cook at my campsite (not catch and release). Beautiful and easy hikes. We live in the Bay Area. I thought it would be easy, but we are from SoCal and I have not had any luck figuring out where to go. It is all new and I don’t want our week to be disappointing. Please help.

    • D

      Oh, in October fyi

    • Randy

      Actually, I believe that Barton Flats is still open in October and you can fish the Santa Ana which is about 2 or 3 miles north of the campground at South Fork campground and the 38. If you’ll get off of the 38 there at South Fork on the west side of the road and then just follow the creek west, there are quite a few great spots for trout. Also if you just take … I think it’s Glass Creek Rd…. down past Seven Oaks campground, about a quarter mile past, on the left there’s a dirt road and if you follow it to the creek, there’s usually some good fishing in that area!

      Hope this helps!

      You can always camp down at Pinezanita Campground 4 miles south of Julian and fish down at Lake Cuyamaca and fish for a few different kinds of fish. Pinezanita is awesome and one of our favorites… can’t go wrong hanging out in Julian for a day or two… love that Gold mine!

      Best of luck… let me know if ya’ need anything else!

      Randy…. (from high in the Sierras!!!)

  2. Maricar Berry

    Hi Randy,
    I saw your video on youtube and would like some info on the USMC campsite in SoCal–looks like a great beach. Is it at Camp Pendleton? Thanks so much!

    • Randy

      Hi there Maricar,
      Your information is on the way. Thank you very much for checking out our Youtube channel and be sure and checkout for even more info. Thanks again!!!

  3. Gary


    What a great site.
    You really spent time getting great & useful content.
    The layout is great very professional & easy to get around.
    Keep up the great work.


  4. Ryan McCracken

    I was going to share some of your posts but I didn’t see Social Share buttons on the individual pages

    • Randy

      Thank you for checking up on me Ryan. I’ll take a look at the post pages real quick. I may have neglected to follow through on them. Thank ya’ Ryan, I sure do appreciate it!

  5. Debora

    Wow Randy, I love your site! I really like the way you have gone into great detail on your trips. We have a travel trailer and go all over the country, for work. I wish it was used for camping and having fun.

    I will have to bookmark your site or site, so I can keep up with you and your wife’s newest adventures. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Randy

      Thank you for your kind words Deborah! Ahhh, the life of the travel trailer, huh? We have a little 26′ Salem that we do all of our camping in now and it’s just big enough to provide the things we need for a 4 to 5 week trip when that rarely comes around. The things we’ll do for a few nice Trout! I sure do appreciate you taking the time to look at my site, Deb!!!

  6. Randy

    Hey there Mike, thank you for the comment. I would love it if you would tell us a little about fishing over in your part of the world. That would be totally interesting! Thanks again Mike, great hearing from ya’!

  7. khoom

    Although I don’t live in California, your tips and hints should be a good source of information for me when I need to go camping or fishing over here in Singapore, or maybe Malaysia.

  8. Randy

    I may have to wrangle you off that bike and get you up in the hills doing a little stream fishing for trout one day, Nathaniell! We may knock it down from decades to months!!! Thanks for looking, partner!

  9. Nathaniell

    California is a great place for camping and fishing. I haven’t been for years, but used to go as a kid. I have a feeling I’ll start again in another couple of decades.

  10. Randy

    Yup, me too Tommy. I wonder if there’s any trout left up there in the Santa Ana down by the Seven Oaks campground? Thanks for stopping by Tommy!

  11. Tommy

    This is great makes me want to just pack up and go fishing right now. Thanks for the great read


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