Campgrounds, Family Activities

Lake Amador Resort Review

Lake Amador Resort is located in Ione, Ca. It sits in the Oak tree lined foothills of the Sierras, about an hour from Sacramento. This is our real life Lake Amador Resort review.

A brief video of our stay at Lake Amador Resort.

About Lake Amador Resort

It’s been a Family owned business since 1972. The resort is 1,300 acres with a 400 acre lake with a boat launch and fishing dock. The campground has showers and flush toilets, as well as a full hookup RV Park. Activities include two 18 hole disc golf courses, sand beach swim pond with a waterslide and kids playground.

The resort has a clubhouse with a beer bar, cafe, free wifi, billards, horse shoes, foosball and televsion.

Lake Amador has a 50,000 lb yearly trout planting program from October through May. Per the resort website, they plant more pounds of trout per acre of water than any other lake in California. Other fish species at the lake are Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Blue Gill, Brim, Carp, and shad minnows.

For more information about Lake Amador Resort, visit their website, click here.

Our stay at Lake Amador Resort

We have a travel trailer and booked a site via phone prior to our stay. We stayed there for three days. Pets are allowed, so we brought our dogs. It’s a very beautiful resort in terms of the scenic views. See pics below.

We checked in at the clubhouse, the staff was nice and welcoming. We purchased firewood at the clubhouse, then we proceeded to our campsite. The roads are mostly dirt, so there is a lot of dust. When we arrived at our campsite, there was a car and people at our site. We called the clubhouse and they said they would remove them if we requested or we could find another campsite that had an “open” sign.

So, we drove around and ended up at a very large group campsite (campsite I, see picture below) that could probably accommodate 3-4 trailers or families. We had the campsite all to ourselves. The site overlooked the campground (see pictures above), it was very pretty. So, everything worked out in the end.

The group site had water hook up. We used our generators for electricity (see my A-iPower SUA2000i Portable Inverter Generator review). Upon arrival, we noticed there were a lot of bugs, more than we’ve experienced at other campgrounds. We assumed it was due to the indigenous vegetation and trees. So, bring lots of bug spray and fly swatters!

The campsite had a rock fire pit. We set up our Stromberg Carlson Stake and Grille (for more info and review of the grill, click here). Kids enjoyed cooking hot dogs and my wife cooked sausage and veggies.

During the day we went fishing at the boat docks. We didn’t catch anything, but there were a lot of birds that built mud nests in the boat dock overhangs, so the kids enjoyed watching the birds. We didn’t know about the beach, waterslide or kids playground, otherwise we probably would have checked them out. But, my brother was with us so my kids enjoyed hanging out with uncle.


The resort was very scenic and the staff was very nice, so we may stay again in the future. But, the bugs, dirt roads and occupied campsite makes the resort a little less desirable (compared to other campgrounds) for us to want to stay often.

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