An Exciting RV Trip to Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest holds some of the best nature elements here in Southern California!  Right now while the weather holds, there is nothing better than an RV trip to this marvelous forest.  Only 30 miles from Los Angeles, the Angeles National Forest not only lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of the workaday world, but allows you to relax within the natural landscapes and enjoy wildlife and outdoor recreation as well.

Little-Jimmy Campground on Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest

Little-Jimmy Campground on Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest

Camping in an RV provides convenience and comfort for the short weekenders and for the longer excursion-type RVer!  Right in Acton, CA, you will find an RV campground that will give you all the amenities you desire.  At Soledad Canyon RV Resort, you are sitting in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains and among the pines, palms and elms.  You will be centrally located so you can take off in the morning to the sights and activities surrounding you, and return in the evening without a lot of driving.  Of course, right in this RV campground you will have so much to do, such as fishing, hiking, basketball and volleyball games, and much more.

Naturally, you’ll want to make your way to Angeles National Forest while in Acton.  You are so close, and this is why you came in the first place.  There is so much to do here, and right now the weather should be cooperative.  Bring a plant-guide book or download an app to your smartphone before you leave home.  You’ll want to be able to identify the many plants that abound in this forest.  Be on constant alert for wildlife, such as bears, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, or bobcats.  With so many scenic stops overlooking valleys and forests, you will want to bring along all your camera gear so you can catch some incredible shots.  The hiking trails offer plenty of choices for all skill levels.  There are more than 500 miles of trails in this forest!

Pyramid Lake, California, Angeles National Forest

Pyramid Lake, California, Angeles National Forest

On another day you can head west out of Acton and catch I-5 north to get to Pyramid Lake.  This lake is an ideal place to find water activities of all kinds.  It might be a bit too chilly for swimming, but it is warm enough that you will have access to many areas of these Southern California forest areas.  Fishing is wonderful here, picnicking is a pleasure for the whole family and beachcombing is fun along the shores.

Try a picnic at Emigrant Landing Picnic Site.  Discover more fishing here with a wide variety of fish to catch.  There is a boat launch so you can get out on the water and soak up the sun.  Be sure to call ahead as the hours vary by season and can change from time to time.  Another place you may want to throw in a line is at Vaquero Day Use Area and Vaquero Beach.

Yes, Acton, California, is a perfect home base for an adventure in the forests of southern California.  Enjoy a little time away this winter on a fun RV vacation.  And if you wish to extend your RV camping pleasures, check out several other campgrounds from which to choose that service the Angeles National Forest.  California is a favorite choice for many winter-time RV campers!

For information on renting an RV in Los Angeles, California – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of California – CLICK HERE

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Picture credits:  Top photo of Little Jimmy Trail by Eeekster and is licensed under Wikimedia Commons.  The photo of Pyramid Lake by Neil Kremer found on Flickr is licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license.


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Sierra Nevada Trout Fishing RV Vacation

Fishing for trout in the shining rivers of the Sierra Nevada is an immensely satisfying way to spend an RV vacation. From late April to November, these rivers are open and ready to satisfy your fly fishing addiction. To get started planning your Sierra Nevada trout fishing RV vacation, take a look at four major rivers fishermen flock to in this California region.

Merced River – Yosemite Valley
Combine the outrageous beauty of Yosemite National Park with an abundance of trout, and you’ve got the famous Merced River which runs through the Yosemite Valley. Both rainbow and brown trout can be found here, making this Valley a fishing paradise.

A beautifully scenic RV campground, Yosemite Pines, is located outside Yosemite’s west gate. Bring your favorite fly fishing gear and pack your RV for an extended stay!

Main Tuolumne River – Western Sierra
Imagine fly fishing for rainbow, brown, golden and brook trout in this river that starts high in the summits of Yosemite. Nowhere else will you find a fishing playground this rich, so why not plan to camp and play for several days?

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort near Groveland is close to all the action and a pleasant place to return to at the end of a long day of fishing. All along the Tuolumne, you and your fellow trout fishing fans will find plenty of action.

Kern River – Southern Sierra
The Kern River runs for more than one hundred miles in the Southern Sierra. The clear waters of the Upper Kern River are home to trophy-size native Kern River Rainbows. If you’re in the mood to fish for golden trout, move down to the South Fork Kern.

Rivernook Campground near Kernville is the perfect landing spot for your RV. It’s close to the river, where you’ll be surrounded by lush forests. This is another Sierra Nevada river that should be on the RV camping itinerary of any avid trout fisherman.

Walker River – Eastern Sierra
How does fishing in a picturesque river stocked annually with thousands of rainbow trout sound to you? The West, East and Little Walker Rivers, all located in the Eastern Sierra, each offer their own special fishing possibilities.

This region northeast of Yosemite isn’t as crowded as some other trout fishing venues, and all three rivers can be easily reached from a base RV camp at Meadowcliff Resort near Coleville.

We’d be careless if we didn’t mention that the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe also lies within the Sierra Nevada range. For more information on Tahoe area trout fishing, try websites like this – Lake Tahoe Fishing Guide.

Ready for some serious trout fishing? We’re here to help you make all the arrangements. El Monte RV has the right RV rental to keep your fishing trip comfortable in our Reno RV Rental, and Sacramento RV Rental locations. The fish are restless and trout season will be here before you know it. Why not start planning your Sierra Nevada trout fishing RV vacation now?

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Fishing New Melones Lake, California

We’re hearing great reports from RV campers who have discovered New Melones Lake in California’s gold rush Country. Nestled in Calaveras County, New Melones Lake is a fisherman’s dream come true. With one hundred miles of shoreline, this scenic lake is home to trout, catfish and bass fishing year-round.

Recent fishing reports from the lake boast of rainbow trout over three pounds. Bass, which are strictly catch and release, are giving fishermen plenty of action. There are also monster catfish at the lake that guarantee some great fish stories back home.

Don’t have a boat? No worries, if you make your RV vacation trip during cooler months. Plenty of fish are caught right off the bank from November to late spring.

The uncrowded shores of New Melones Lake also make it the perfect place to spend an RV camping vacation. Hundreds of campsites managed by the Bureau of Reclamation are located around the lake in scenic campgrounds. Call for reservations before you head for New Melones, to insure the perfect campsite for your stay.

Hundreds of miles of wooded trails make biking and hiking great alternatives for the non-anglers in your party. The abundance of wildlife in the area, including osprey, deer and bald eagles, keep nature photographers busy year-round, as well.

When you’re ready to take a break from fishing, visit Angels Camp nearby. This historic town has preserved the look and feel of a gold rush mining town and makes a great day trip for the fishing party.

A nearby El Monte RV Rental locations for a New Melones Lake fishing vacation includes our Sacramento RV Rentals location.

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California’s Top Freshwater Fishing Spots

If memories of your favorite vacation include fishing gear and long hours on a lake, why not share that legacy with your family? Everyone should know the thrill of pulling in a huge lake trout or swapping fish stories over a campfire! Give your kids the fishing vacation of a lifetime by exploring the freshwater fishing spots of California.

Southern California Freshwater Fishing
Whether you’re a shore fisherman or an avid boater, you’ll find the perfect vacation spot in Southern California. Fly into Los Angeles and make the two hour drive to Lake Isabella. There you’ll find every kind of fishing, from Largemouth Bass to Crappie. While you’re there, fish the adjacent Kern River for its famous Rainbow Trout.

Also north of Los Angeles, you’ll find Castaic Lake, a bass angler’s dream. Fish, swim, hike and camp at this scenic gem in Southern California. For a chance at a monster-bass, check out Lake Dixon, a small lake near Escondido. It’s produced record-breaking bass in recent years, and offers numerous inexpensive campsites.

Before heading north, stop by San Vicente Reservoir. Fish from the island, in a boat or on the shore, and take home your limit of catfish, bass or trout. You could also enjoy the gorgeous scenery at Lake Perris, near Riverside, and fish for Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie and catfish.

Northern & Central California Freshwater Fishing
If you venture into Northern California on your vacation, make a stop at Lake Berryessa, about halfway between Sacramento and Santa Rosa. With 165 miles of shoreline, there’s lots of room to fish and camp. Watch for eagles as you enjoy trout, bass and bluegill fishing.

If you’re in the Sacramento area, why not vacation at Clear Lake? At the largest natural lake in California, Clear Lake fishermen regularly catch bass over ten pounds. In fact, professional bass fishermen flock to the lake from all over the nation! Why not treat the family to world-class bass fishing, then take the kids on a hike to the site of a Native American village?

If you’re after King Salmon, plan to stay at Lake Shasta, just north of Redding. This enormous lake is home to two species of trout and bass, as well as catfish and bluegill. Fed by four rivers, Shasta Lake sits at the edge of Shasta Trinity National Forest and offers your entire family the opportunity for an unforgettable vacation.

South of Sacramento, Lake Amador is nestled in the foothills of the Sierras. Here, the fishermen in your family will find bass up to fifteen pounds, as well as the Lake’s own “Cutbow” hybrid trout. Let the kids catch their first trout in this well-stocked lake, and try their hand at snagging one of the forty-pound catfish!

And no fishing trip in Northern California would be complete without stopping by the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, which is north of Sacramento near the town of Truckee. Actually made up of fifty lakes and streams, LBRA offers excellent Rainbow and Eastern Brook Trout fishing.

You’re going to love fishing in California! Bring the whole family and plan to camp and stay at one of the Golden State’s prime fishing lakes. You’ll go home with your minds full of memories and plans already started for next year’s trip! A note to all of the RV campers out there – many of these California fishing locations are near RV campgrounds.

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