Our first camping trip of the season was at Spanish Flat in Napa County to celebrate Jesse’s 35th birthday. We celebrated Jesse’s special day on the water with friends and beer in hand.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Location: Located in Napa County about 9 miles south of Berryessa Peak.
Amenities: Porta Potties
Pets: Allowed with additional charge
Sites: 42 and 43
Pros: Lake Berryessa is a short drive from Sacramento (about 45 minutes from our house) so it’s a great place to escape to without traveling far. Our sites were in a great location that allowed us to easily get to the beach and were a nice size with lots of flat areas for tents. Lake Berryessa offers visitors calm waters to float on, swim in, and even fish. The lake is also a great spot to partake in water sports and to go on a boat cruise. The campground is fairly new so the fire pits were nice. We actually used the grill to cook corn! Another great plus…no bees or mosquitoes!!
Cons: Although the sites are close to the beach, you have to walk through dried weeds to get there. We ended up getting lots of burrs stuck in our shoes, which would be a nuisance for the fur kids (especially ours…those burrs are nasty and get wrapped in her fur and stuck in between her paws). The sites are pretty close to each other and there is no privacy between them. The campground has no running water so you have to bring in your own cooking/cleaning water. Toilets are porta potties but at least they were the cleanest we’ve seen. The sanitation crew were pretty good about cleaning it out every day…but…we were also there on a slow weekend. It’s probably a different story when there are more campers using the facilities. Sites are pretty reasonable at around $30/night but they charge extra per person or car ($5/night).