The names of our resorts and campgrounds in the Southwest say it all – Yosemite Lakes, Russian River, Lake Minden! There’s a water feature wherever you choose to stay in this Zone. In Northern California enjoy the natural beauty of the Russian River Preserve and the Russian River! Try Lake Minden, down Sacramento way, and see if you can reel something in from the 41-acre lake stocked with bluegill, catfish and bass. And then there’s Yosemite Lakes, which features the South Fork of the Tuolumne River running right through it and is just a short drive from Lake Don Pedro, another favorite for fishing boating and water skiing.

The area is great for water fun. People tube down the Merced River in the valley, fish the South fork of the Toulumne River or for the daredevil at heart travel just 5 miles west and jump off the rocks into Rainbow Pool, a spot to swim or enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. – William Duke, Manager Yosemite Lakes

Looking Ahead to August?

There’s some great onsite and local events at our preserves. Here’s a few to plan for in your Zone:


August 11: James Slack Band plays country favorites at the Family Dance/Lake of the Springs

August 11: Pio Pico: Hula Hula Weekend: Hula crafts, pineapple scavenger hunt, Luau dinner and entertainment. Call (619) 216-6900 for dinner reservations.

August 11: Luau!/San Benito

If you have never been, this a must to see and enjoy. We have a beautiful Polynesian troop performing all day long. From 1 to 3 p.m. a small band will play outside on our patio. Luau dinner served at 3 p.m. At dusk, the Polynesian troop will be performing pool side with hula girls, fire dancers and wonderful island music. You don’t want to miss this event.

August 11: Casino Night/Wilderness Lakes

Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

August 12: Chula Vista Lemon Festival/Pio Pico
Chula Vista, once known as the Lemon Capital of the world, celebrates its heritage with food, craft booths, and entertainment. Event is held in downtown Chula Vista, just 20 miles from the preserve, and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call (619) 422-1982.

August 18: Michael Chapdelaine in Concert/Ponderosa
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm and blues. Event is held at David Girard Vineyards, in Placerville, just 5 miles from the preserve. For information visit

August 25-26: 19th Annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines/Idyllwild Preserve
This event was the vision of two music lovers who wanted to find a way to promote America’s original art form – jazz, as well as raise money for scholarships for the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Two days of live jazz, entertainments, good food and vendors. Held at the Idyllwild Arts Academy campus, just 7 miles from the preserve. Events hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ticket information call (951) 500-4090.

August 24-27: Lake Minden: End of Summer Block Party/RC Boat Races