FAQs

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED CAMPING QUESTIONS:

Morro Bay, Big Sur, Monterey Campgrounds:

Is there camping on roads?
There is no camping on Roads in Big Sur. You will be ticketed by USFS.


Do you have information on dispersed camping?
We do not manage any of those areas – you can check with the USFS PV Station or online at: www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/

Do we need a campfire permit?
Not if you are camping in one of the facilities that we manage.
Outside of the facilities that we manage you must have a campfire permit at all times in the Los Padres Forest. Those can be obtained online or at the Pacific Valley or Nacimiento Stations Forest Service Fire Stations.
  • Due to ongoing wildfires, extremely dry vegetation and very high fire danger, the Los Padres National Forest officials today announced Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 23, 2016.  For full details on this fire ban see Forest Service Webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD515967

Can we have a fire?
Yes, in one of the facilities that we manage.
If out side one of the facilities that we manage a Level 3 Fire Restrictions will be going into affect on Tuesday, June 14th 2016 -MEANING NO CAMPFIRES OR BBQ’S outside of designated Campgrounds. CAMPSTOVES ONLY and MUST HAVE A Campfire Permit – You can get those at Pacific Valley Station, Nacimiento Station, or on Website.
  • Due to ongoing wildfires, extremely dry vegetation and very high fire danger, the Los Padres National Forest officials today announced Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 23, 2016.  For full details on this fire ban see Forest Service Webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD515967

Do you take reservations?
Yes, all reservations for our campgrounds located from Morro Bay, Big Sur and Monterey need to be made at lease 8 days in advance. You can check online at www.reservation.gov or call 877-444-6777.  For reservations at Limekiln State Park reservations need to be made at least 48 hours in advance at www.reserveamerica.com or call 800-444-7275.

Do you have any First-Come-First-Serve sites?

Cerro Alto and Ponderosa campgrounds are half first come first serve sites and half reservable.  Nacimiento and Bottchers Gap campgrounds are all  first come first serve sites.


 

What if I have a big group?
Plaskett Creek Campground has 3 group sites that are good for up to 40 people and can be reserved at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Parking is available at group sites. A group BBQ and Fire Ring and Picnic Tables are at each group site. Vault toilets are located next to group sites. You can make reservations up to 1 year in advance.



What if I get there and Kirk Creek and Plaskett Creek are full?

There are 5 campgrounds within 13 miles. Kirk Creek fills up first, then Plaskett Creek and Limekiln. If those three are full, then just head up Nacimiento/Ferguson Road to Nacimiento Campground (11 miles up) or Ponderosa Campground (13 miles up). Bottchers Gap Campground is located about an hour north in Monterey and Cerro Alto Campground is located about an hour south halfway between Morro Bay and Atascadero off the 41 hwy.



Do you have cabins?
No. All sites from Morro Bay, Big Sur and Monterey have Picnic Tables, Fire Ring and BBQ’s. Tents, Rv’s and all Campers are welcome.



How do I get there?

All Campgrounds are on Google Maps and can be found by putting in their name and their city.



Do you Sell Firewood?

Yes. Firewood is sold at: Kirk Creek, Plaskett Creek and Limekiln State Park. Gorda and Lucia also sell firewood.

  • Due to ongoing wildfires, extremely dry vegetation and very high fire danger, the Los Padres National Forest officials today announced Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 23, 2016.  For full details on this fire ban see Forest Service Webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD515967

 



Are campfires allowed?

Yes, unless we are under Fire Restriction. Contact United States Forest Service Office if you are not sure.

  • Due to ongoing wildfires, extremely dry vegetation and very high fire danger, the Los Padres National Forest officials today announced Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 23, 2016.  For full details on this fire ban see Forest Service Webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD515967


Are there showers?

No, you may bring camp showers



Do you have Restrooms?

Yes. Plaskett Creek and Limekiln State Park have flush toilets and sinks with running water. Group sites at Plaskett Creek have Vault toilets (do not flush). Kirk Creek Campground and Ponderosa Campground have vault toilets only.



Do you have electricity?

Not at Morro Bay, Big Sur, Monterey, or Pyramid Lake Campgrounds but Lake Isabella KOA does have electricity as well as many more amenities.


 

 

Do you have Full Hook-ups?

Not at Morro Bay, Big Sur, Monterey , or Pyramid Lake Campgrounds, but Lake Isabella KOA does have full hookups as well as many more amenities.



Will my cell phone work?

Probably not. There is a pay phone located at Sand Dollar Beach (Across from Plaskett Creek Campground) and at Gorda (south of campgrounds) or Lucia (north of campgrounds)



Is there a dump station?

No. Check online for dump stations open to public in area. They are always changing.



Do you allow dogs?

Yes. All dogs must be kept on a leash, and we ask that you pick up after them :) . Limekiln State Park allows dogs in your campsite, but not on hiking trails.



How many people for each site?

We allow 8 people per site and 2 cars.



What if I have more than 2 cars per site?

At Plaskett Creek there is a parking area at front of campground and there is a $5.00 charge. At Kirk Creek you would have to park your extra vehicle on Hwy 1. Limekiln is very tight on space and only 2 vehicles in the facility per site and some sites will only accommodate one at your site.



What time do you open /close?

Campgrounds are open 24 hours, and there are no gates. We recommend you arrive before quiet hours at 10pm and if you do arrive late, please be respectful of sleeping campers.



How Far are campgrounds from Big Sur Village?

About 45 minutes.



Are there any stores?

Gorda has a small store as well as Lucia. Both have restaurants. We love Lucia for dinner!



Are there bears?

No, but raccoons and squirrels like to camp. Keep your food locked up or covered tightly.




If we have not answered your question here, please give us a call at 805 434 1996 and we will be happy to help you.