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Last Chance Campground, Chester, CA

Last Chance Campground has one loop that is used for group reservations.  Call PG&E to make reservations.

The other sites are first-come-first-served.

Last Chance Campground is a little more remote than other PG&E campgrounds in the area.  The turn-off is just north of Chester, CA.  Travel 4 miles on a gravel road to get there.

It’s a popular site for hunters…and the more traditional campers.

One workamper (single or couple) has a site with water and sewer hookup.  You have electricity when the generator is running to pump water into the campground tank.

Ponderosa Campground, Butt Lake, Prattville, No Cal

These photos are from 2007/2008.  Butt Valley Reservoir (commonly called Butt Lake), is near Prattville, CA.

Ponderosa Campground is the first campground you come to after the turn off from Hwy 89.

The Ray Adams Boat Launch is about 1 mile past the campground.

2 workamping couples care for Ponderosa Campground.  4th of July campers have a tradition of having a parade through the campground.  Children decorate their bikes and there is a mayor “elected”.  Archie and Vicky managed Ponderosa for years.  Every year Vicky created a more elaborate float.  She loved making the children happy.  She passed away last year after a long battle with breast cancer.  She is greatly missed by many!