This week’s campground review is of Plasse’s Resort, located in Pioneer, CA, on beautiful Silver Lake. Just a little west of Kirkwood Mountain; this is a great camping area that has lots to offer. We have visited this place on several occasions and have always had a great camping experience. We even have our reservations all set for this summer!
Located off Highway 88, you will see a sign shortly after the Silver Lake campground area, directing you to turn on Plasse Rd to the Resort. After descending way down to the valley floor, you enter the resort area. Upon check-in, you will be directed to your camp area, where you have water hook-ups, tables and fire rings. It is important to note that this is not a full hook-up site as they don’t have electric or sewer hook-ups. They do have a dump station on site OR you can arrange for them to come to your site and empty your sewer. This is a very nice feature so you don’t have to pack everything up to go dump your tank. There are fees associated with each option. The camp facilites are all in good condition and the sites are adequate. The staff overall are pretty nice and can answer most of your questions. Booking a reservation is fairly easy by calling the phone number on their website. Please note that when you call to make a reservation in the off-season, you are directed to an insurance company. Don’t worry, they take the reservations there!
Once you are all set up at camp, you can venture off to the many amenities that Plasse’s has to offer. There is a general store, propane station, laundry facility, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball areas, a small arcade and canoe or kayak rentals. There is also a restaurant called Plasse’s Thunder Mountain Restaurant. On big holiday weekends, they have BBQ specials, horseshoe tournaments, chili cook-offs and live music. We camped there in the summer of 2014 and we were lucky enough to experience an “Elvis in the Meadows” concert! Who knew we would get a concert while camping? Let alone an Elvis impersonator! Needless to say, it was quite entertaining and a blast!
In my opinion, some of the prettiest features that Plasse’s has to offer (besides the lake and surrounding nature) are the chapel on the lake and the horse camp. I haven’t been to too many campgrounds that have a chapel, especially ones that are situated right on the lake. I can imagine a beautiful wedding being held here! It is such a neat, picturesque chapel. The second feature that I think is cool is that on one side of the resort there is a horse camp. It’s always packed with horse trailers and you see the horses and riders all along the lake and it’s a neat experience to camp with these animals nearby. We would always enjoy an after dinner stroll around the campground and would enjoy seeing these beautiful horses in this gorgeous setting.
In addition to the canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating that you can do at Plasse’s, our favorite place to visit is a short 5 minute drive to an area called Potholes. This is a fun little excursion to take where you can swim in beautiful, naturally carved swimming holes. Located in the Silver Lake West campground area, you actually park along the Highway and hike in through the campground. All you have to do is follow the Pot Holes feet!
I have really enjoyed my camp adventures at Plasse’s Resort and think you should check it out! Take a look at their website and schedule a visit! I know I have!