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Dog Friendly ~ New Hogan Lake Camping @ Acorn Campground

UPDATE:  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US FOR THIS TRIP, PLEASE JUMP ON THE WAIT LIST!  I will move you up to the YES list once payment is received. 

Acorn Campground is a sunny campground in the brush-covered hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The area is generally characterized by a warm, dry climate with summer temperatures regularly soaring above 90 degrees. With sites just a short walk from the shores of the popular New Hogan Lake, visitors will have no problem finding relief in the comfortable clear waters.

The 4,400 surface-acre lake was created in 1964 with the completion of New Hogan Dam. When full, the lake has 50 miles of shoreline and extends nearly eight miles upstream to the confluence of the north and south forks of the Calaveras River.  The dam was built to provide flood protection to the city of Stockton and water for irrigation, drinking and hydroelectric power, and it now offers recreation opportunities for thousands of visitors each year. The New Hogan area supports a wide variety of wildlife. The foothills location is home to grey fox, mule deer, coyote, turkey, mountain lion, bobcat and rattlesnakes. New Hogan is also a wintering home for bald eagles. The south shore of the lake has been designated as a wildlife viewing area.


Boating is a popular pastime, with boat ramps conveniently located around the lake. The large surface area allows for plenty of water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing and more.  Year-round fishing for stripers, bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish is perfect for experts and beginners alike. Some of the largest fish are found in less than 25 feet of water.  The "River of Skulls" hiking trail is located below the dam at the Monte Vista Recreation Area. There is also a staging area for an eight mile equestrian trail on a scenic loop that winds along the lake and through the foothill chaparral. Trail guides are available at the park office.
Bicycle trails suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced rider are found on the west side of the lake and next to the group camping area. An easy 3-mile trail connects the park office with Acorn Campground.
Hunting with bow or shotgun during the open season is permitted in certain areas of the lake. Upland game such as turkey, quail and dove is available and waterfowl includes a variety of duck and geese.


Acorn Campground has coin-operated showers and accessible flush toilets, as well as drinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

A number of historic sites are located nearby, including Carson Hill, the discovery site of the largest gold nugget ever found, and The Black Bart Inn, located in San Andreas, where the famous outlaw Black Bart was captured.

Groceries, gas, camping supplies and more can be found in the nearby town of Valley Springs, California.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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38°10'35"N, 120°47'59"W

From Stockton California, take Highway 26 east for 30 miles. Turn right on Hogan Dam Road and continue for a mile, then follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Acorn Campground:

2693 South Petersburg Road

Valley Springs, CA 95252

Phone Number: Information: [masked]


Check-in Time: 5:00 pm  - Checkout Time: 2:00 pm

Max Num of People: 8      Pets Allowed: 2       Max Num of Vehicles: 2

Shade: Partial  BBQ: Y        Campfire Allowed: Y  Fire Pit: Y  Picnic Table: Y

IMPORTANT ~ LATE ARRIVALS:  Park Entrance Security Gate will close at 11:00PM AND WILL RE-OPEN AT 8:00AM.

POTLUCK WEEKEND: We know how everyone likes to share, so this will be a full weekend of "Bring it on!".  Bring a bit for you and a bit to share! Potluck Sign-Up 

Group Camping Supplies:  W E will have on hand additional basic kitchen/cooking/cleaning/utensils etc.,  If you run out of something or are running low, please feel free to ask.  We probably have it! Not required, but if you have a cooking stove it's always great to bring it! 

CARPOOLS:  Carpool Sign-Up  There is always a limited amount of parking spots so we really encourage you all to carpool!  We will be holding any parking spaces at the site for the first people who show up in a carpools.  EVERYONE else will be taken to the overflow parking area. 

PARKING: There are only 2 spots at this site, but there is plenty of FREE overflow parking!    I'll be bringing my little trailer that only takes one spot so we will have 3 spaces available for those who carpool. 

BOATING:  If you have a boat and would like to bring it, please shoot me an email so we can discuss the details/costs/reimbursements to you etc.!  

WATER TOYS:  I have 2 inflatable Kayaks and a few other floaties, so be sure to bring your water toys! 

FISHING:  If you plan to fish, be sure to get your license! 

FIREWOOD:   Acorn does NOT sell firewood, so be sure that you bring a box!  We  expect EVERYONE to donate to the fire for 2 nights.  There is often FREE firewood listed on Craigslist. 

DOGS/PETS: We can only have 2 dogs at each site and we have already have 3.  If you would like to bring your dog, please email me prior to your RSVP to be sure we still have room for your pet!

CHILDREN:  Sorry, no children for this trip.....Adults 21+ only

PRICE:  $15.00 per person.   Full payment is due when you RSVP.   Your spot is not guaranteed unless you have paid in advance.

PAYMENT:  Full payment is due when you RSVP. You are not guaranteed a spot unless  you pay now. If you RSVP yes but do not make payment you will be moved to the wait list to allow others a chance to go on this trip.

HOW TO PAY:  The PayPal account to make payment is: [masked]  I do not accept any other payment option for this trip.

REFUNDS:  We do not issue refunds or honor exchanges or transfers.  What that means:  If you pay for this trip and do not go, you forfeit the costs.  No matter the reason, there will be no refunds and you cannot buy, sell or exchange trips. 


Participating in this event is entirely voluntary and you are responsible for your own safety. When you RSVP "yes" for this event, you are confirming that you understand and accept the risks, dangers and hazards of any outdoor activity and you are releasing and discharging any organizers & event hosts of the meetup group against any liability that arises from your participation in our group or its activities. Our guides are volunteers with no special training or qualifications. They are friends/members showing you around a place that they enjoy. They are not responsible for your safety or actions or anyone else’s.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a lot of fun, met some nice campers. Thank you Krikkit for organizing.

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • Krikkit

      Teresa - Vanessa has your sunscreens. I'll try to get them over this weekend.

      July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      no problem, I will be in San Rafael Wend. and Fri. and Pams the 6th.

      July 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Chris for bringing your boat ! loved being out on the water

    June 30, 2014

  • tony v

    had a really good time camping

    June 30, 2014

    • Krikkit

      It was great to see you again Tony! Thanks for all the firewood!

      June 30, 2014

  • Krikkit

    Good times with Great People! Thank you all so much for a wonderful weekend of camping, boating, eating, drinking, laughing, swimming, giggling, crying...HEY WHO WAS CRYING...Tears of joy! LOL Thank you Thank you Thank you! Special shout out to Kris for bringing out the boat. That was super fun! Great to meet the new members and re-connect with others! Thanks for the excellent potato salad Teresa! It made for a great side dish at last nights dinner! Yumm..
    Hugs to you all! As promised, here are a few of my other camping groups:
    1. WorkEnds...Camping Begins:
    2. California Weekends:­
    2. California Camping and Trips Small Groups:­
    3. Family Camping Meetup:­

    June 30, 2014

  • tony v

    had a really good time camping

    June 30, 2014

  • tony v

    all the pets were well behaved

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Krikkit

    FYI - I removed the PotLuck Signup sheet and ask that we all bring enough food for yourself and a "LITTLE" to share. That should work for all!

    June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Krikkit, I am on the wait list. When will I know use paypal ? hope I make the list :)

    1 · June 7, 2014

    • Krikkit

      Teresa - The PayPal account to make payment is: [masked] I do not accept any other payment option for this trip. Once payment is received I will move you to the Yes list as your confirmation.

      June 9, 2014

  • Krikkit

    For those of you who have signed up but not paid, you must make your payment to stay on the YES list. This is confirmation that you are going and it saves you a spot. The PayPal account to make payment is: [masked] I do not accept any other payment option for this trip. Tony V, your payment has been received! Thank you!

    May 30, 2014

  • Krikkit

    I still currently have 1 spot for someone with a dog!

    May 29, 2014

  • Krikkit

    Thank you Tony! I received your PayPal payment! It will be great to see you again!

    1 · May 29, 2014

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