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With Memorial Day launching the start of summer in just a few weeks, many families are getting ready to embark on their annual camping trip. To help families plan this year’s trip, Tom Stienstra—award-winning travel writer, outdoor columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and author of the newly released Moon California Camping—is offering his recommendations for California’s top 10 campgrounds for families.

With plenty of breathtaking parks and lakes—including Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe—California is the ideal destination for families looking for a fun outdoor adventure. According to Stienstra, there are many ways to make the camping experience more kid-friendly.

“Remember to take kids to places where they’re guaranteed action. Camp in a park where large numbers of wildlife can be seen, go on a fishing trip, or to a hunting spot. Be enthusiastic, it’s contagious,’’ Stienstra said. “Another tip is to show kids how to do something rather than lecture to them. The biggest tip is to just let kids be kids, and let the adventure happen.”

For the ultimate (and family-friendly) California camping trip, Stienstra recommends the following destinations:
1. Historic Camp Richardson Resort, on Lake Tahoe. With cabins, restaurants, and live music (often nightly in summer) also on the property, this place that offers one big package for the entire family.
2. Lake Siskiyou Camp-Resort, near Mount Shasta. This gem of a lake offers a variety of quality recreation options with great swimming, low-speed boating, and fishing.
3. Lake Alpine Campground, on Lake Alpine in Stanislaus National Forest. Lake Alpine is one of the prettiest lakes that you can drive to, set at 7,303 feet elevation amid pines and Sierra granite. Kids will have fun swimming, fishing and romping in the sun.
4. Convict Lake, in Inyo National Forest. After driving U.S. 395 to get here, it is always astonishing to clear the rise and see Convict Lake and its gemlike waters set in a mountain bowl beneath a back wall of high, jagged wilderness peaks.
5. Summit Lake: in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Summit Lake is the most popular lake for swimming in the park. Evening walks around the lake are perfect for families.
6. MacKerricher State Park, north of Fort Bragg overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The camps are set in a coastal forest, with gorgeous walk-in sites. Nearby is a small beach, great tide pools kids will love to explore, and a rocky point where harbor seals hang out in the sun.
7. Serrano, on Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino National Forest. Big Bear is the jewel of Southern California lakes, the Lake Tahoe of the South, with outstanding trout fishing and waterskiing.
8. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood Empire. This park consists of old-growth coastal redwoods, prairie lands, and 10 miles of scenic open beach perfect for sunbathing or building sand castles with the kids.
9. Gaviota State Park/ El Capitán State Beach, near Santa Barbara. Spectacular and beautiful, Gaviota State Park covers 2,700 acres, providing trails for hiking and horseback riding, as well as a mile-long stretch of stunning beach frontage. El Capitán has a sandy beach and rocky tide pool. The water is warm, and the swimming good.
10. Dorst Creek, on Dorst Creek in Sequoia National Park. Dorst Creek is a favorite for families because the spacious sites are set beneath a forest canopy and the campground itself is huge.

For more information on camping in California, or more detailed travel tips and advice on California travel, visit the Moon Travel Guides website.
About Moon Travel Guides & Moon Travel Guides make independent travel and outdoor exploration fun and accessible. With expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks ensure that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying travel experience. Moon not only guides, Moon inspires.

The next time you’re planning a camping trip, the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon want you to think about protecting your favorite outdoor haunts by not moving firewood. The Buy It Where You Burn It campaign encourages people to obtain their firewood in a place as close as possible to the place where it will be burned.

Firewood is a high-risk vector for wood-boring insects such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, two species responsible for widespread defoliation of forests in Midwest and Eastern states. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho teamed up to spread the word about the potential dangers of transporting firewood carrying live invasive insects and diseases using grant funding from the 2010 Farm Bill. The campaign launched in full force July 15.

The tri-state $481,000 campaign includes billboards and radio spots, firewood exchange programs, biodegradable flying discs and playing cards with “Don’t Move Firewood” messages, and pre- and post-awareness surveys conducted by Oregon State University to determine the effectiveness of outreach.

The Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC) led the development of a grant to launch an outreach and education campaign with Washington and Idaho to inform the public about the many insect and fungal invasive species and diseases that can be spread by moving untreated firewood.

“Just about anyone that goes camping or spends time outdoors enjoys a campfire,” said OISC Chair Sam Chan. “But we need the public’s ass istance to buy and burn firewood locally, not transport firewood beyond local distances, or use heat-treated firewood. Otherwise, the potential exists to introduce species like the emerald ash borer and wood boring insects that have decimated forests in the Eastern United States and threaten millions of forested acres in the West. We recognize that invasive species don’t acknowledge state lines, therefore, we asked Idaho and Washington to partner with us in this campaign to protect the Pacific Northwest.”

People have traditionally moved firewood to favorite camp spots and even new homes without recognizing the threat posed by firewood as a pathway for the movement of invasive species.

What are individual states doing to lessen the threat caused by insects and diseases in firewood? Some states have placed restrictions on out-of-state firewood unless it has been heat treated, while other states discourage people from moving firewood within the state — buy local and burn local. Outreach programs have been launched in most states, and a national website,, provides excellent information on not moving firewood.

“Hopefully, when people plan their next trip, whether it be camping, hunting, fishing, or moving their residence, they’ll make the right choice for Oregon and leave their firewood behind, and then buy and burn local or heat-treated firewood,” said Chan. “This is one invasive species issue where literally everyone can make a difference.”

FTCA, Inc., manufacturer of Coleman® Camping Trailers, announced the lucky winner of the Coleman® Evolution series Cobalt Camping Trailer is Heather Engler from New Braunfels, Texas. Heather learned about the Coleman® Camping Trailer Giveaway while browsing Coleman® Camping Trailers’ website ( in search of a pop-up camper for her and her family to enjoy. Heather entered the contest online and her name was selected, by random drawing, on June 1, 2010 from more than 55,000 entrants.

Wisconsin Pharmacal, also a Coleman® licensee and the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Coleman® Repellents, was a co-sponsor of the promotion. “When we launched the Coleman® Repellents line last year, we actually traveled across the country in a Coleman® Camping Trailer to build awareness and generate excitement about the new products,” said Mike Kermendy, Vice President of Marketing for Coleman® Repellents. “Everyone we met along the way was impressed with the Coleman® Evolution series trailer that served as base camp during our journey, and they were thrilled to learn that they could actually register to win a similar camping trailer. “

Contest winner, Heather Engler was doubly-blessed this month when on July 17th she and her husband Chet picked up their new Coleman® Evolution series Cobalt Camping Trailer from nearby Coleman® Camping Trailer dealer, Crestview RV in Selma, Texas. Then, on July 20th, Heather and Chet welcomed their first child, Jake Christopher.

“We had wanted to purchase a camping trailer for some time, and were thrilled to find out that I won the Cobalt,” said Heather Engler, 2010 Coleman® Camping Trailer Giveaway winner. “We can’t wait to take our son, Jake, on his first camping trip!”

About FTCA, Inc.:
FTCA, Inc., proudly manufacturers Coleman® Camping Trailers in Somerset, PA, under licensee from The Coleman Company®. Coleman® Camping Trailers are the gold standard in the industry. No other brand of folding camping trailer can compare to the quality, structure and comfort offered in every Coleman® Camping Trailer built. For more information about Coleman® Camping Trailers or to find a dealer near you visit

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