Even if school has already started, our perfect Bay Area weather means that you can keep the summertime vibes going well into the fall. Book an RV rental with Mighway, pick the perfect spot at nearby Lake Camanche and set out on your late summer adventure. Grab the last of your sunscreen and tell the kids to pack their frayed swimsuits because a last-minute camping adventure just got easier.
Camp In Style
If summer has you yawning and the thought of packing all your camping gear has you breaking into a sweat (or maybe you don’t own any camping gear), keep your sanity intact and let Mighway RV rentals do all the work for you. Labeled the “Airbnb of RVs”, you can select your rental and even include extra amenities such as a personal Convenience Kit that includes towels, linens and dinnerware and/or the Kitchen Kit that includes everything you need to cook and clean up afterwards.
To rent an RV for your next camping adventure it’s as easy as booking an Airbnb or hotel room. Simply peruse their rentals listed on the website in the city you’d like to pick-up the rental and use filters to find your dream RV rental.
Want three TVs for indoor and outdoor movie watching—there’s an RV that has that! Want air conditioning—there’s an RV that has that. Maybe you prefer dry camping verses wet camping—there’s an RV option for that, too! A 32-foot RV with walls that pop out allows for lots of room for a family of four to spread out. Mealtime is made easy with a kitchen outfitted with all the amenities used at home including a microwave, stove and an oven. The kids will soon be calling it your “home on wheels.”
PRO Tip: No need to buy and pre-pack your groceries ahead of time. Instead, drive the RV to the nearest grocery store and stock-up there. Easy-peasy.
Help if You Need It
One of the best perks of renting from Mighway is their roadside service. If anything at all happens to the vehicle give them a ring and they’ll help you get back on the road or will ensure the rest of your trip goes smoothly.
Family Fun At Lake Camanche
Lake Camanche is a jump, skip and a hop outside of the Bay Area in San Joaquin Valley—about 30 minutes east of Lodi. Its 7,700 surface acres of water and 54 miles of shoreline will make you feel like you have all the space in the world to dip in the water, fish, play games at camp or rent a boat for water fun.
Lake Boat Rentals
For lake boating, book a boat of your choice and head out to explore. There are many mini islands/sand bars that pop-up all over the lake. Dock the boat and climb around an island or anchor in the water for swimming fun. Don’t forget to boat to the dam so you can see it up close and personal. You may even spot cows lounging near the shoreline cooling off!
A hidden nook to be sure to check out on the lake is to take the boat down the Narrows. The Narrows has a unique scenery of jagged rocks, tall canyons and you might even see huge hawks flying around. Grab a map at the marina and ask for directions before setting off.
Other Water Activities
If you’re more of a kayak or paddle boarder they have those available for rent, too. Make it a day on the lake and pack lunches and beverages. No need to rush, they even have floating port-a-potties on the lake!
Have a boat already? Great! They have docking at both shores for you to take your boat onto the lake.
Campsite and Camp Activities
Each campsite has a fire pit and grill which makes cooking your catch of the day easy. There are many locations you can fish: on the lake or one of the many dedicated fishing ponds, which are non-swimming, around the campsite.
If you forget to pack s’mores essentials, not to worry, the marina store has you covered with everything you’ll need. Lake Camanche knows how to keep the fun going with games available to rent. Everything from tennis rackets and balls to corn hole, you’ll be booking another trip to the lake before even setting off for home.
Another bonus is that the lake personnel are attentive and they drive through the campsite regularly to check on guests or to help with hook-ups. You can even call the front desk to request help with anything at your campsite and they will arrive promptly.
PRO Tip: Pick a campsite near one of the large non-swimming ponds for extra shade. Or if you prefer shore-side camping, there are lots of spaces to choose from for that, too.
In the Bay Area summertime isn’t over until the ghouls scream at Halloween—we still have our Indian summer approaching in September and October after all! So keep the summertime vibes going and enjoy a break from city life and head to the lake for some RV camping adventures.
North Shore Address: 2000 Camanche Road, Ione, CA
South Shore Address: 11700 Wade Lane, Valley Springs, CA
Gate Hours: 5 a.m.-11 p.m.
Day Use: 5 a.m. to one hour after sunset
Phone: (866) 763-5121
—photos and story by Tarah Beaven
This trip was paid for by Mighway and Lake Camanche/CA Parks Co. but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer.