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Head to Putah Creek for camping adventure

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Flowing 85 miles from Prospect Slough into Lake Berryessa, Putah Creek is a favorite of anglers looking for trout. It also appeals to kayakers, rafters, swimmers and hikers. Adventure campers will rejoice in the primitive spots right next to Putah Creek while others might be drawn to more developed options, including luxury cabins on Lake Berryessa (an ideal spot for a single girl retreat).

Primitive Camping
In response to the popularity of Putah Creek among fisherman and other outdoorsmen, Yolo County opened a new primitive camping site, Putah Creek Campground, on 150 acres of land alongside Putah Creek, near State Highway 128, seven miles west of Winters. Open on weekends by reservation only, Access Site One has four individual sites and one group site available. Access Site Four is an open location with room for 15 campers. The site does offer picnic and restroom facilities, but there are no water or electricity hook-ups. The location is ideal for those hoping to spend extended time on the creek.

Wildlife Preserve
The rushing waters of Putah Creek flow by the Lake Solano County Park Campground, also located in Winters, California. This county-run campground has 58 sites, many with electric and water hook-ups. Waterfront sites are premium locations, and many of those are pull-throughs. Tent camping is also permitted. Restrooms include flush toilets and showers. In addition to the watersports such as kayaking, swimming, boating and fishing, nature lovers will find miles of trail to explore. Self-guided tours of the Shoreline trail, alongside the creek, will take visitors around the entire wildlife preserve. Free public hikes guided by docents are also offered in the Spring and Summer, though guests don’t have to go on the hikes in order to find nature; wild peacocks are friendly and freely roam the campground greeting travelers as they arrive.

Private Camping
The Canyon Creek Resort is a private, membership-based campground boasting large, level sites with full hook-ups and great views for those traveling by RV. While most of the 124 sites are back-in sites, some pull-through sites are available. Rental units are also available on-site for those without necessary equipment who still wish to camp. Two swimming pools and a spa welcome guests,and a creek-side, brick pizza oven offers a special treat. Guests can enjoy trout fishing in Putah Creek, as well as swimming, hiking and on-site clubhouse activities such as karaoke and bingo. Laundry facilities, a convenience store and café are on the premises.

On-the-Lake Basics
Steele Canyon campground -- formerly Lupine Shores -- is on the southwest section of Lake Berryessa, offering 59 RV or tent sites, 19 tent-only sites and 6 RV-only sites by the lagoon. The amenities include picnic tables and barbecue fire rings at each site, as well as a hand-washing station and portable toilets. Boaters flock to this campground because of its direct access to the lake and the boat launch ramp. Swimmers enjoy the clean, cool waters. Dogs are allowed at this campground for a small extra charge, but they must be leashed at all times.

Luxury Cabins
Markley Cove Resort takes a different approach to camping, combining rustic charm with luxury. This is a cabin-only retreat featuring stunning views of Lake Berryessa and modern amenities such as in-cabin kitchenettes and gas barbecues on the large exterior decks. Just outside Winters, and located on the south side of the lake, Markley Cove offers year-round recreation and relaxation. Guests can choose cabins that sleep four or six people and have a choice of lake or mountain views. Each cabin can reserve access to private covered boat slips, and some of the cabins do allow pets. The resort store sells snack items, clothing, safety equipment and bait for fishing.

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