10 Reasons Families LOVE Camping at American River Resort
1) Clean, generously sized campsites. 2) Clean bathrooms. 3) Free hot showers. 4) Picnic tables and firepits in every site. 5) Riverside campsites. 6) River access. 7) Open play areas. 8) Catch-and-release fishing pond. 9) Swimming pool. 10) 10pm quiet time and controlled entrance gate.
American River Resort Family Camping Story
To your family's relief, you finally spot the American River Resort sign signaling the end of a 3-hour drive. You pull into the lot and head to the registration office for a fast and easy sign-in. You get directions for finding your family's campsite and return to the car where excitement is running high.
Entering the campgrounds you notice it's beautiful here! You're camping in one of the region's most beautiful oak-forested valleys.
Driving to your site for unpacking, you hear the sound of rushing water. It's the American River flowing past the resort. As soon as the kids glimpse it through the trees, they want out. "After we set up camp," you promise.
Keeping your promise (as if you had a choice), you take the kids on the short walk to the river's edge. You kick off your shoes and sit on a sunny rock while they splash each other and search for little fish to annoy.
Some kayakers arrive from upstream. They experly traverse the famous Trouble Maker rapid just yards from where you sit and continue on downstream. This keeps the kids mesmerized for a time, and you notice little fish making a run for it.
Later, you all play some frisbee in one of the resort's grassy play areas. The kids notice some campers enjoying the swimming pool on the other side of the fishing pond. "Maybe tomorrow," you repeat half a dozen times.
Everyone's hungry by now, and you've decided to "rough-it" for your first dinner at camp. You build a fire and teach the kids how to roast sausages and biscuits on sticks. Then you flame-broil some marshmallows.
After S’mores, the sun has set and the stars shine down through the trees. The valley grows cool, and it's bedtime. Everyone falls asleep to the calming sound of the American River's flowing water. Eventually.