San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide

California

At the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, you can enjoy a wonderful nature experience. The San Luis Reservoir from which this park takes its name is a man-made lake connected to the San Luis Creek near Los Banos and Merced, making it a popular spot for campers who love the water. Covering almost 13,000 acres, the recreation area has tons of room for you to stretch your legs and soak in the great outdoors.

Temperatures year-round tend to stay fairly warm, peaking in the low 70s and rarely getting below 40 degrees at the coldest. Because of this, it's rarely a bad time to visit the park, especially if you want to take advantage of the four campsites or great boat launch that the park has to offer.

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Weather
Spring 47-67 F
Summer 55-70 F
Fall 50-71 F
Winter 41-62 F
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Nearby Cities
Gustine, CA
Santa Nella, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

If you're planning to visit the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, there are few better ways to experience the wonder and majesty of this park than in an RV rental. Comforting, convenient, economical, and just plain fun, an RV has all the comforts of home without taking away from the great outdoors.

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area Campgrounds

The San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area has a total of four campgrounds you can stay at while you're on your trip, all of which start at around $40 per vehicle per night with electrical hookups included. The park is a pet-friendly environment, too, meaning you can take the whole family with you while you're out enjoying nature. There are restrooms and showers on the premises plus a dump station to take care of your waste tank. Each campground also has various amenities like fire pits and picnic tables to enjoy while you're there. While there is no Wi-Fi connection for the park, there is decent cell reception.

Santa Nella RV Park

Santa Nella RV Park is a great place to stay while you're on vacation thanks to its many comfortable amenities on offer for less than $40 per vehicle per night. Full hookups are available at the large concrete pads, all of which are designed to allow you to pull through when it's time to leave. Showers, laundry, and restroom facilities are available to all campers as is free Wi-Fi. Propane refills and RV parts and repairs are also available on site. Some spaces even have access to 25 channels of cable TV to watch. You can bring your dogs with you.

Casa De Fruta RV Resort

The Casa De Fruta RV Resort is located on the grounds of a gorgeous fruit orchard with 300 spots available to rent. Not only can you camp here, but you can take advantage of the many delicious treats and souvenirs the Casa De Fruta storefront has to offer. Spaces start at $45 per vehicle with full hookups offered. Restrooms are on-site as are various community areas where you can mingle with other campers or those staying at the Casa De Inn on the same premises. Wi-Fi is free. Pets are welcomed for a small additional fee.

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What to Do at
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

Inside San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

You have no shortage of fun things to do when you visit the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, chief among them being the San Luis Reservoir itself. You can boat, fish, swim, and more in this man-made lake as well as the adjacent San Luis Creek. There's also plenty of land to hike in the Recreation Area in addition to picnic areas and other communal spaces you can visit to have fun with the other campers.

Outside San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

If you decide to change things up while on your trip to the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, there are plenty of other things to do in the surrounding towns and cities. You won't have the chance to get bored when you enjoy the many restaurants, stores, and places of interest available to experience while you're here.

Restaurants

Texas Burger

At Texas Burger, you can experience some of the tastiest takes on the classic burger and fries meal with a bit of Texan flair. There are tons of topping options for your juicy meat patties from cheese to bacon to avocado and more, plus delicious desserts like banana splits.

Type: Casual, Burgers

Location: 380 4th St., Gustine, CA 95322

Pizza Factory

Pizza Factory is a delicious take on Italian cuisine. Enjoy pizzas with your choice of toppings, including cauliflower crust options, as well as fantastic, freshly made lasagna and calzones.

Type: Italian

Location: 447 5th St., Gustine, CA 95322

Country Pride Restaurant

At Country Pride Restaurant, you can enjoy classic diner eats that will fuel you up after a long day of camping and excitement. Omelets and pancakes for breakfast, burgers, and fries for lunch, and a thick steak for dinner as well as a soup and salad bar make for one delicious place to eat.

Type: Diner

Location: 12310 S. Hwy 33, Santa Nella, CA 95322

Shopping

Beltran Farms

Beltran Farms is a local farmer's market in the Crows Landing area. While it's not the usual souvenir and trinket place to shop, you can pick up tons of delicious and fresh food here to take home with you or cook up over an open flame at your campsite.

Location: 22601 Davis Road, Crows Landing, CA 95313

San Benito Bene

San Benito Bene is a charming gift shop filled with artistic and practical pieces from local craftspeople. From the functional to the decorative, you'll be able to find something interesting that you'll just have to take home with you once you step inside.

Location: 615 San Benito St., Ste. B, Hollister, CA 9502

Casa De Fruta

In addition to RV camping, Casa De Fruta is a place worth stopping by all on its own. Featuring homemade sweets, candied fruit, nuts and more, the store lets you grab tons of delicious treats while enjoying many fun activities like the merry-go-round and much more.

Location: 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, CA 95023

Sightseeing

Carnegie Arts Center

The Carnegie Arts Center was once the historic Carnegie Library prior to switching focus in 1979. It features some of the finest local art in California with a variety of media and styles on display for visitors to enjoy as well as artistic souvenirs to purchase to support the institution.

Location: 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380

Northern California Renaissance Faire

The Northern California Renaissance Faire is a delightful annual event for Middle Ages enthusiasts and families. Open during September and October, you can dress up in your favorite period clothing to enjoy the many actors, food and drinks, handmade crafts for sale, free rock concerts, and authentic jousting events put on throughout each day of the event.

Location: 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, CA 95023

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How to Get to
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

You can get to the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area fairly easily. Los Banos is one the largest cities near the park, meaning it's a good place to start your journey. To drive there, get on to Highway 152 and travel west for about 7 miles. After that, take a left onto Basalt Road before taking another left onto Gonzaga Road. From there, it's a straight shot to the visitors' center.

Entering San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

The easiest way to enter the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is by the Gonzaga Road visitors' center where you can then drive to any of the four campsites you may be renting. Park hours vary by season though the park always opens at 6 a.m. From November to February, the park closes at 6 p.m. From April to September, it closes at 10 p.m. In October and March, closing time is 7 p.m. Additionally, all boats must come to shore by sunset regardless of whether you're a camper or a day-use visitor.

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A trip to the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is a fantastic way to spend your vacation days. We here at RVshare love the great outdoors and couldn't recommend a place like this enough. If you decide to go, how about letting us get in on some of the fun? Just tag us in your vacation pictures on social media or send them to [email protected] We might use them in one of our upcoming blogs to let everyone else know how much fun you're having.