Trinity Alps Cabin Adventure

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Trinity County California. With a county area of 3,200 square miles and not a single stoplight to slow you down, there is plenty to keep you busy and always something new around the next turn in Trinity County.
You will discover amazing landscapes ranging from granite peaks of the Trinity Alps to the wide open spaces in parts of Southern Trinity. Enjoy your all-time favorite activity or try a new one for the first time:Serene Trinity Lake, the rushing Trinity River and the magnificent Trinity Alps are the main attractions in the area. Trinity Lake and Lewiston Lake are popular for houseboating, camping, recreational boating and fishing. The Trinity River is a unique destination for river rafting, kayaking, camping and fishing. The Trinity Alps invites you to hike on the many trails, camp in pristine natural settings or fish in cold, clear alpine lakes. Photography is an essential way to send your time in the Trinities, whatever the season.

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Coffee Creek

Campgrounds abound in Trinity National Forest — whether they are established camps near the lakes and rivers, private campgrounds with amenities, or a flat open area in the wilderness overlooking an alpine lake.
Many of the developed campgrounds have campground hosts who will help make your stay pleasant and answer any questions you may have. In the Trinity Center (North Trinity) area, there’s a KOA Campground.
The only free campground is Rush Creek Campground, which is on Hwy 3 north out of Weaverville (as you head toward Trinity Lake).

Popular campgrounds:
1. Alpine View
2. Ackerman
3. Bushytail
4. Clark Springs
5. Eagle Creek- Located on the northside of Trinity Lake along State Highway 3 approximately five miles north of the Coffee Creek area. Surrounded by the Trinity River on one side and Eagle Creek on the other. It mostly attracts the tent camping population, but has several trailer length spurs. There are 7 sites with picnic table, fire rings and a vault toilet. The sites can accomodate a trailer up to 35′.
6. Hayward Flat
7. Jackass Springs
8. Mary Smith- Mary Smith campground is located off of County Road 105, two miles north of the town of Lewiston. This campground offers excellent fishing and tent camping. Mary Smith was picked as one of California’s prettiest lake campgrounds. Except for a large cluster of sites at campground entrance (sites 2-9), all campsites are walk-in and clustered in small groups. The campsites are tucked into a lush riparian environment of conifers and deciduous trees, a thick middlestory, and ample wildflowers. Privacy between campsites ranges from fair to outstanding. Each site has a view of the lake and Trinity Alps. There are 17 walk-in camp sites, with a fireplace and table. No trailers allowed. There are both flush and vault restrooms.
9. Minersville
10. Preacher Meadows
11. Trinity Center K.O.A.- Koa Trinity lake
12. Trinity River- The Trinity River campground is located two miles north of the Coffee Creek area on Highway 3, and lies on the banks of the Trinity River. It is approximately 36 miles from Weaverville. It is very popular with travelers as an overnight campground as it is located on Highway 3. This facility has a paved road and spurs, accommodating both trailers and tent campers. Each site has a concrete table and fireplace.
13. Tunnel Rock
The campgrounds I discussed are the ones I recommend . We stayed at a cabin at Bonanza King Resort in which later I will discuss how wonderful this place is.

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Upper Trinity River

Fishing

This is  where you can fish all year-long in a temperate climate and a beautiful and pristine environment; where anglers have easy access to excellent fishing and yet do not feel crowded. The watershed of Northern California’s Trinity River is such a place.
The vast watershed of the Trinity River drains out of the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. For those who take the time to learn about the nature of the ecosystem it offers a diverse year round fishery. It is a place where all kinds of fishermen can pursue up to eleven different species of game fish: Black Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Catfish, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Brown and Eastern Brook trout. Trinity Lake holds the state record for Inland Chinook salmon.
The superstars of the Trinity system are the Chinook (King) salmon, Coho (Silver) salmon, and Steelhead. An angler’s quarry can decide the season and locations of their visit.
Springtime fishing in Trinity is well-known by northern California locals – particularly Bass fishermen. Rainbow trout are found throughout the year. And, as summer warms the waters, large schools of rainbows have been known to frequent the lake’s major tributaries—Stuart Fork on Swift Creek and the Trinity main stem and East Fork on the Trinity River
The traditional opening of the trout season, on the last weekend of April, is an ideal starting point to chronicle the seasonality of the Trinity watershed. Each season brings a change in environmental conditions that in turn determine the fisheries.
In May, the lakes at the lowest elevations of the Trinity Alps, the headwaters of the watershed, start to unfreeze, and snow melt begins to swell all the tributary streams with spring runoff. Trout begin to feed heavily, lining up at the mouths of all the streams entering Trinity Lake.

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Coffee Creek Rainbow

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By early summer in the Trinity Alps alpine lake’s and streams ice-out has occurred at even the highest elevations. This is the time to be in the Alps because Brown trout and Brook trout begin a non-selective feeding spree that will continue until the waters begin to warm. Some of the largest trout of the year comes out of these waters at this time. Brown trout to 18″ and Brook trout to 14″ are available. Catchable Rainbow trout are planted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in lakes that do not have self-sustaining populations.
For best fishing on the Alpine lakes timing is critical. Anglers should stay in touch with local information sources and must be prepared to hike. Just after run off occurs, usually by mid-June, fishing for Brookies, Brown and Rainbow trout really kicks into high gear.
Rainbows from the two to three-pound range begin their spawning migrations up most of the sizable streams feeding Trinity Lake. These free stone streams have good populations of aquatic and terrestrial insects. Major Mayfly, Stonefly and Caddis fly hatches occur during this period and dry fly fishing can be superb.
Good fishing in mountain streams extends from June through August. Some of the best trout fishing is found on the Upper Trinity River, the Stuart’s Fork and East Fork of the Trinity River, Swift Creek, and Coffee Creek. This creek, Coffee Creek was my favorite to fish.

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My son fishing for wild Brook Trout

Lengthening daylight and warm May weather stimulate prolific Callibaetis Mayfly hatches on Lewiston Lake that is actually the forebay of Trinity Lake. Lewiston Lake is about five miles long and quite narrow making it perfect for anglers with float tubes, canoes and small skiffs. It is a shallow lake with cold clear water, and it sustains a huge trout population. In recent years Lewiston Lake has developed the well-deserved reputation of being one of California’s premiere trout fishing lakes. Rainbows and Browns to 5 lbs. on a size #16 dry fly are not uncommon.Lewiston Lake info.
On the main stem of the Trinity River during May, June and July most anglers are catching pre migrant salmon and Steelhead juveniles. These trout are abundant and range in size from 6 – 14 inches. But it is the migration of spring run Chinook salmon moving into the system that attracts the most attention. Here are a list of local guides if you need one.

Trinity River Guide Association, (530) 359-TRGA
“D” Fishing Guide, Trinity County Chamber Member (530) 629-3554
Fish Rivers Guide Service (530) 410-9620
Maverick Outfitters, Trinity County Chamber Member 530-949-1136
Old Bridge Rafting and Guide Service Trinity County Chamber Member(530) 778-0509
Steve Huber Guide Service, (530) 623-1918
Sweet Trinity Guide Service, 530-623-4695
Trinity Fly Shop (530) 623-6757
Trinity Lake: The “Maine” Guide, (530) 623-4352

Hiking the Trinity Alps
The Granite Creek and Stuart Fork trails are two of the more popular trails into the Trinity Alps, offering scenic panoramas and within easy walking distance of the trailheads.
The South Fork Trinity River National Recreation Trail follows the South Fork of the Trinity River for 21 miles, from Scott Flat Campground near Forest Glen to Wildwood Road, and for four miles from a trailhead near Hyampom to Forest Glen.
The Pacific Crest Trail goes through some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. With enough time, you can visit and fish at many lakes along the way or on a short side trip.

Weaver Basin Trail System

At the center of mountain biking is the Weaver Basin Trail System. These community managed trails, which are open for hiking, biking and horseback riding, follow the gold mining ditch lines as they traverse the mountain sides surrounding Weaverville, making for multiple easy access points from town. You won’t find a terrain park here, but there is plenty of technical single track to keep you focused and in the zone.
Stuarts Fork Trail

The Stuart Fork hike starts by driving though the Trinity Alps Resort Trinity County Chamber Member to Bridge Camp. The road is dirt after leaving the resort, but easily passable. This trail does not vary much in elevation. Good fishing is found along the creek on this trip. The trail is well marked and an easy trip to take in a day. The hiker is treated to views of high mountain ridges and rushing mountain waters.

Granite Peak Trail

This trip starts with a drive up the Granite Peak Road, off of Highway 3, just before the Mule Creek guard station. At the end of the road the trail starts and climbs quickly. This is an extremely steep hike and only those in good physical condition should attempt this climb. At the end of the trail you will find yourself on the top of a mountain with magnificent views. It is 4.6 miles from the trailhead to the top of Granite Peak.

Bowerman/Long Canyon Trail

This trail divides with Long Canyon to the north and Bowerman to the south. Both contain high country meadows surrounded by towers of bare rock. Long Canyon is for the strong hiker, but Bowerman offers more gentle grades.

Swift Creek Trail

The trail is reached by taking Swift Creek Road out of Trinity Center. From here a good trail with easy grades heads into the primitive area. One passes through timber and meadows, sees the Swift Creek Gorge and is surrounded by towering mountains. You can take the Granite Creek trail turnoff (just a mile in on Swift Creek) which leads to a wonderful day hike experience to Granite Lake. The distance from the trailhead to Granite Lake is 5 miles.

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Eleanor/Shimmey Lake Trails

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The trail starts by traveling to the end of the Lake Eleanor Road off of Swift Creek Road. Here one begins the trip and within one mile reaches Lake Eleanor. Past this picturesque mountain lake you continue until you finally reach Shimmey Lake, and observe towering Ycatapom Peak. The trip is relatively easy and will be enjoyed by the less experienced hiker. Shimmey Lake is just 3.6 miles from the trailhead. Lake Eleanor pictured below.

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Big/Little Boulder Lake Trails

Boulder Lake Hike

The majority of the travel to the Boulders is spent on Carr Road, just past Trinity Center. It is only a mile or so from the end of Carr Road into the lakes. The two lakes sit a mile apart from each other surrounded by forest and granite. Little Boulder is a deeper, rockier lake than the lilypad covered Big Boulder. The trail was harder than discussed with others.  My wife got startled and lost somehow walking behind me , finally she made it to the lake just as I was about to go looking for her. We caught small hand sized Brook Trout and enjoyed lunch at the Lake. Me fishing Big Boulder Lake below.

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Stoddard/McDonald Lake Trails

The trail to these double lakes makes for an excellent day in the woods. You get to the trailhead by taking a gravel road off of Highway 3, just 3 miles past Coffee Creek Ranger Station. The hike itself is only 3 miles through meadows and thick forest. This trail is enjoyed by all, as it provides a comfortable walk and exquisite scenery.

The PCT
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You have a choice of trailheads from which to start. The recommended route begins at the Scott Mountain Campground just off Highway 3 at Scott Mountain Summit. This route is 4 miles longer than the alternative, but it is all on the well-graded Pacific Crest Trail. The other choice is to begin at the Mosquito Lake/Marshy Lake road and hike one-and-a-half miles from the wilderness boundary along the dusty road to an intersection with the PCT. The terminus of your trip as described is at Carter Meadows Summit on Forest Highway 93.Scott Mountain Campground Trailhead: The Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 3 at the very top of Scott Summit, and continues west just north of Scott Mountain Campground. Park well off the highway, but not in the campground, and look for signs and emblems marking the trail where it crosses old roads between the campground and Forest Road 40N63 on the north side of the summit. This is where we started and enjoyed a day hike with lunch on the trail.

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4×4 Fire lookout adventure

We took our 2016 2-wheel drive Nissan Rogue up a mountain to a fire lookout and pushed it to the limits and made it. The forest service road was rocky, bumpy and narrow. We almost got stuck a few times, but with my skilled driving we made it to the top to visit the staff and learn about the area. The name of the lookout is called the Bonanza King Fire lookout. The name Bonanza King is obviously derived from the extensive gold mining activities that still persist to this day in the area. I couldn’t see any active mining sites on the mountain, but there is gold in the area.

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There was still snow on the ground and it’s July 1st. There is a manned fire lookout on Bonanza King, but it is not on the highpoint which is about ¾ of a mile north along the ridgeline.  The people who man/woman the fire lookouts bring a special dedication to their work and I am thankful that they are there doing their part to protect us from forest fires. They were very welcoming and gave my kids some badges and toys. When we got there the ranger was surprised we didn’t come in a 4-wheel drive. The views from the summit of Bonanza King are fantastic looking east to Mt Shasta and Castle Crags, west into the Trinity Alps , and south to Trinity Lake. My wife and kids enjoyed looking out with the binoculars. After a brief stay we headed off down the mountain.

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Winery day trip

We headed out to a mountain road and decided to bring our lunch and wine taste at one of the few wineries in the Trinity Alps. We had met some of the winery’s family the day before and the trip was recommended by our hosts at Bonanza King Resort.  The road there was peaceful to the Mountain Farm. We were delighted to be there, the wine was delicious. I preferred the Pinot Noir and the Pinot Blanc.
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ALPEN CELLARS, ESTABLISHED ON A FAMILY RANCH in the spring of 1984, is situated in a picturesque mountain valley at the foot of towering craggy peaks in the rugged Trinity Lake region of Trinity County, California.
IT SEEMS AN UNLIKELY LOCATION to attempt to grow wine grapes. But the notion, a product of a young enology student’s vision, turned out to be notably rewarding. The combination of high elevation and favorable microclimate proved to be the ideal conditions for growing early maturing vinifera grapes such as White Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Lemberger / Blaufrankisch, the five varieties to which the ranch vineyard is planted.

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A night out at Trailhead Pizza

We had dinner one night out the week we were there.  We decided to go to Trailhead Pizza. I had already studied up on the place before we left on our trip and I was excited to check it out. Their menu was great and had a lot to choose from. The house salad was so good. The pizza were out of this world,cooked in an oven over wood. The toppings and combinations were different and delicious.  I had some Alpen Cellars Pinot and talked to the staff which were very welcoming and friendly.  My wife and kids also enjoyed their meal. Besides having a nice bar they have an outdoor dining area near the creek which has a cool ambiance throughout the place.  I truly recommend stopping by here if you are up in the Trinity Alps.Trailhead pizza, Coffee Creek ca.

trailhead pizza

Now here is the best part of my article. Telling everyone how wonderful our stay was, on Coffee Creek, at the Bonanza King Resort.  First off i have never stayed at a cabin retreat before. I have only rented cabins in the past.  Second is my wife and I wanted to try something new because we were concerned last year when we were tent camping with our 1yr old in bear country,Bears were coming into several sites near us each night. We didn’t relax much that trip. So I stumbled onto this great place off a website directory of cabins throughout California. Most of the cabins statewide ran $200 plus a night. I found Bonanza King at $120 a night, what a bargain. I looked through their webpage www.bonanzakingresort.com and contacted the owners Brian and Mary. They answered any questions I had and were very friendly. I booked a trip way in advance since most return guests book 6 months to a year in advance. I lucked out and got a beautiful cabin named “Cedar”.cedarThe Cedar cabin was perfect and had a loft, full kitchen, and appealing bathroom. The cabin was clean and smelled good inside.  All the linens,bedding and towels were furnished. The kitchen was well stocked with a toaster, coffee maker, and microwave.  The best thing about our cabin besides being affordable was that it had a roof vent fan in the loft that would suck out all the hot air and flow in new air, this cooled off the cabin and made it so comfortable since we were there when it was in the high 90’s that week. That really did seal the deal for me ,that fan. Brian and Mary go out of their way to make sure your happy and have whatever you need. They gave us advice on hikes and day trips in the area. They have movie nights and a pancake breakfast for guests during the week.bonanza

We barbecued meats on our Weber Brian provides. They have a Teepee that kids can sign up to sleep in at night. They also have a playground and lots of toys kids can play with. We felt relaxed letting the kids play across from our cabin at the playground.  There are places to wander off and read a book in a hammock by the creek.  The resort also got wifi but no cell service, I was able to communicate back home via text. And I got internet. With no TV at night which was a good thing I played some radio shows to listen to.bonanza 2

The Creek was the most beautiful attribute to the property. It has a huge, deep swimming hole under trees to cool off in. There are plenty of chairs and chase lounges creekside to sun bathe or sit in the shade. Coffee Creek along the resort also holds large Rainbow Trout. I caught plenty while I was there. The Trout seemed to like lures over bait. Below are the three best lures, I used on the trip, that were most productive. By far the bumble bee Rooster Tail lure worked the best, it’s what I caught my big one on.trinity lures

If you want to plan a trip to the Trinity Alps, and your thinking about a cabin, Then make reservations at Bonanza King Resort, you won’t be sorry. Once again thats www.bonanzakingresort.com and tell them Camping and fishing.org sent you.

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Kern River Camping

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The “Kern” as ongoing campers call it, is a beautiful place to camp, fish, and raft. There are numerous campgrounds along the upper river and several designated free areas to camp along the river. The lower river also has a few campgrounds as well, but I prefer to talk about the upper section above the town of Kernville, California. As far as campgrounds along the Kern, I like limestone, Fairview, and Hospital flat campgrounds. They have the best shoreline and some shade at these places. When your talking about designated free areas I am disappointed to discuss it because several years ago you could camp anywhere along the river. The park service got tired of cleaning up all the trash left behind along the river. A group and the rangers imposed a law restricting camping to the campgrounds and 8 free small areas along the river. Now people are overly congested, camping on top of each other in these areas and they now can be policed by the Sheriff, Ranger, and Game warden . So much for a peaceful weekend along the Kern. Basically idiots have ruined it for everybody.

Camping reservations for the kern campgrounds can be made at http://www.reserveamerica.com

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The Kern River is a river in the U.S. state of California, approximately 165 miles (270 km) long. It drains an area of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of Bakersfield. Fed by snowmelt near Mount Whitney, the river passes through scenic canyons in the mountains and is a popular destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking. It is the only major river in the Sierra Nevada mountain range that drains in a southerly direction.The river was named by John C. Frémont in honor of Edward M. Kern in 1845 who, as the story goes, nearly drowned in the turbulent waters. Kern was the topographer of Fremont’s third expedition through the American West. Before this, the Kern River was known as the “Rio de San Felipe” as named by Spanish missionary explorer Fr. Francisco Garcés when he explored the Bakersfield area on May 1, 1776. On August 2, 1806, Padre Zavidea renamed the river La Porciuncula for the day of the Porciuncula Indulgence. It was locally known as Po-sun-co-la until its renaming by Fremont.

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Calkins Flat designated camping area,Upper Kern River.

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Ozark Trail 4-Person Dome Tent

This is one of my tents I take when camping solo or just two of us. It’s inexpensive and well made. It has lasted me many years so far. Ozark Trail is Walmart’s brand and it provides well made gear at affordable prices.

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Limestone Campground, Upper Kern River.

Kern Canyon, the deep canyon of the river northeast of Bakersfield, is a popular location  for fishing . Of particular interest to fisherman are the Kern River rainbow trout, the Little Kern golden trout and the California golden trout. The Kern Canyon is popular for camping, hiking, and picnicking. There are developed campgrounds maintained by the US Forest . All of the campgrounds are open in the summer months while only a few remain open year round. There are also some undeveloped areas off Mountain Highway 99 available for camping. I myself am a fishing addict, so I can’t wait to fish most of the time I’m there. Over the years I have caught plenty of fish.

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Fall Kern Rainbow Trout

I like to shore fish or wade in the water wearing waders when the river level and flow is low. Baits I use are nightcrawlers, and green powerbait. I also use rooster tail and Rapala lures.  I like to fish with the current or in deep holes found along the river. The biggest trout I ever caught on the Kern was a 4.5lb Alper trout that was stocked ,back in 2006 from a hatchery near Mammoth ,California that had a program with the state. I haven’t seen one that big since ,but I know they have big Brown Trout in the upper wild section of the river above the Johnsondale bridge. This area is accessible only by foot and has heavy fishing regulations to follow.

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Another Summer Rainbow

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Ready 2 Fish Trout Spin Medium Combo with Kit

If your new to fishing or just want to grab something quick to up there, get this trout fishing set up and some small treble hooks and green powerbait . This will do you fine and it’s not expensive. I always get my gear at Walmart or Big 5 and they have what I need. It also doesn’t cost a fortune to get started. I’ve caught huge fish on a cheap 30 dollar setup and the guy next to me with a 300 dollar rod and reel hasn’t got anything.

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Fresh Trout Dinner

Make sure to bring plenty of food, snacks and water. Don’t forget the beer, but as of this year the Kern river district has banned all glass containers making it a glass free zone, so bring cans or you may get a ticket. Here is the official Ruling.

Glass Ban: As of May 16th, 2016, the areas around the Kern River and Lake Isabella are subject to a glass prohibition by the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. It bans glass food and beverage containers along the Upper Kern, the Lower Kern, all of Isabella Lake’s shorelines (to surrounding roadways), and for a circumference of 500 feet around the Johnsondale Bridge.
The new glass ban is another way the Kern River Ranger District will continue to improve the recreation experience for visitors to our beautiful Wild and Scenic Kern River and the shorelines of Lake Isabella.
The Forest Order with maps and specific descriptions of areas included in the glass ban can be found at any of the Sequoia National Forest’s offices.
For more information, or if you have questions about the ban, please call Tricia Maki, Kern River Recreation Officer, at 760-376-3781 extension 630. The Forest Order with maps and specific descriptions of areas included in the glass ban can be found here, or at any of the Sequoia National Forest’s offices.

I like to grill meats and fish when I camp. Hotdogs on the fire are great too. I bought this grill I love at Walmart and not only do I grill on it , but I put my skillet on there and cook a variety of things for breakfast and dinner.

Texsport Heavy-Duty Camp Grills

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Fairview Campground site 15, Upper Kern River.

RAFTING ON THE KERN

An award-winning outfitter known for exceptional service and running carefully structured, exhilarating rafting trips with a crew of well-trained guides. Their goal is simple: Provide you with a whitewater rafting experience that is so much fun that you will return for another trip with Kern River Outfitters.  http://www.kernrafting.com
One of the primary outdoor activities to the Kern river valley is whitewater rafting. Short trips, one and two day are available on the Upper and Lower Kern river. The Upper Kern rafting season is generally from late April through early July and the Lower Kern rafting season is from Memorial Day weekend through early September. Flows change on a year to year basis depending on the California snowpack.

Two day rafting trips
The Lower Kern river offers a 20 mile, two day rafting trip, starting below Lake Isabella dam. Kern rafters enjoy miles and miles of fun class II, III, and IV whitewater.

One day rafting trips
Full day Kern river rafting trips are available on both the Upper and Lower Kern sections of the river. The advantage of a Lower Kern one day trip is that the rafting is uninterrupted, meaning you get on and off the bus just once. The advantage of the Upper Kern full day is that there is plenty of road access, meaning you can pick and choose the most ideal sections of river to raft on.

Short rafting trips
For those tight on time, shorter Kern rafting trips are available. These include a half day and a 2 hour trip.

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Check out the Kern, you may fall in love. With so much to do and see, the Kern is a special place to my family for many years and many years to come. Until next time here on campingandfishing.org

 

Quick Fly Fishing Tips

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Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike (bite at the fly).

Scientific Anglers Starter Fly Fishing Outfit

Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between cold-water species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warm-water species, notably bass. In Britain, where natural water temperatures vary less, the distinction is between game fishing for trout and salmon versus coarse fishing for other species. Techniques for fly fishing differ with habitat (lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuaries, and open ocean.

Access Mid-arbor Fly Reels, Titanium, I
Get a good pair of waders they keep you dry and you can get in the river or stream and really get in on the action.

Redington Sonic-Pro Ultra Packable Waders – Stockingfoot (For Men)

Encounter Waders / Only Regular
Many credit the first recorded use of an artificial fly to the Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century. He described the practice of Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus River:…they have planned a snare for the fish, and get the better of them by their fisherman’s craft. . . . They fasten red wool. . . round a hook, and fit on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock’s wattles, and which in color are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and their line is the same length. Then they throw their snare, and the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it, thinking from the pretty sight to gain a dainty mouthful; when, however, it opens its jaws, it is caught by the hook, and enjoys a bitter repast, a captive.

Quarrow Elite Trout Fly Fishing Combo Kit
Fly fishing today has become more popular in recent years. Beginner Anglers can be taught by guides or take classes. Nothing beats being taught by an experienced relative. I have some recommended  gear to provide at low prices from some of my sponsors. This Crystal River set up is probably the cheapest you’ll find for around 30 dollars. It’s cheap but great for beginners  and for kids to learn on before you buy an expensive set up.

Gone Fishing Crystal River Fly Fishing Combo Kit
Watch the video, take a class or look up a local guide and begin enjoying the art of fly fishing. Get out there and experience the great outdoors, until next time here at campingandfishing.org .

Camping: Dutch Oven Cobbler


Dutch Ovens are the way to go when camping and you want to make delicious desserts. They can also be used to make incredible meals anywhere from meats to a pizza.During the late 17th century, the Dutch system of producing these cast metal cooking vessels was more advanced than the English system. The Dutch used dry sand to make their molds, giving their pots a smoother surface. Consequently, metal cooking vessels produced in the Netherlands were imported into Britain. In 1704, an Englishman named Abraham Darby decided to go to the Netherlands to observe the Dutch system for making these cooking vessels. Four years later, back in England, Darby patented a casting procedure similar to the Dutch process and began to produce cast-metal cooking vessels for Britain and her new American colonies. Thus the term “Dutch oven” has endured for over 300 years, since at least 1710.
Dutch ovens are well suited for long, slow cooking, such as in making roasts, stews, and casseroles. Virtually any recipe that can be cooked in a conventional oven can be cooked in a Dutch Oven.When cooking over a campfire, it is possible to use old-style lipped cast iron Dutch ovens as true baking ovens, to prepare biscuits, cakes, breads, pizzas, and even pies. A smaller baking pan can be placed inside the ovens, used and replaced with another as the first batch is completed. It is also possible to stack Dutch ovens on top of each other, conserving the heat that would normally rise from the hot coals on the top. These stacks can be as high as 5 or 6 pots.A camping, cowboy, or chuckwagon Dutch oven has three legs, a wire bail handle, and a slightly concave, rimmed lid so that coals from the cooking fire can be placed on top as well as below. This provides more uniform internal heat and lets the inside act as an oven. These ovens are typically made of bare cast iron, although some are aluminum. Dutch ovens are often used in Scouting outdoor activities.


Camp Chef 12″ Deep Dutch Oven
This is the Dutch Oven I own. I love it and it has stood up to many camp outings.People traditionally season their iron Dutch ovens like other cast-iron cookware.After I use the Dutch oven they are typically cleaned like other cast iron cookware: with boiling water and a brush, and no or minimal soap. After the oven has been dried, it should be given a thin coating of cooking oil to prevent rusting. Whether that should be a vegetable fat.I use cooking spray,it”s easy to apply and works fine. Saturated fats are more stable than polyunsaturated fats, which tend to go rancid more quickly.I then place it on my coleman stove and I heat it up to soak in the oils and season it.
Where possible, a cleaned and freshly oiled Dutch oven should be stored in a clean, dry location with the lid ajar or off to promote air circulation and to avoid the smell and taste of rancid oil. If the Dutch oven must be stored with the lid on, a paper towel or piece of newspaper should be placed inside the oven to absorb any moisture.With care, after much use the surfaces of the Dutch oven will become dark black, very smooth, shiny and non-stick. With proper care, a Dutch oven will provide long service.

Camp Chef 12″ Dutch Oven Carry Bag
I have this carrying bag that keeps it together and protects it from banging around and getting dirty or wet.

Camp Chef Dutch Oven Lifter
You can use this lid lifter to check on your meal and move the unit around when its hot from being on the coals. I recommend it.

Camp Chef Heat Resistant Dutch Oven Gloves
Another way to handle the Dutch oven around the fire is to use these fire resistant gloves to keep from burning your hands.

Lodge Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking Cookbook
Another Dutch Oven company Lodge makes a nice in the field cooking guide. Here are a few cookbooks to check out that are great. I recommend you get one to study up on your Dutch oven cooking.

Camp Cooking: 100 Years


The Scout’s Dutch Oven Cookbook


Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky

Thank you to the sponsor Sierra Trading Post for the wonderful video. So when your planning an outdoor trip, bring a Dutch Oven with you and cook some amazing meals. There is nothing like a fesh cooked meal over the fire after a long day in the outdoors. until next time here on campingandfishing.org

Tent care tips

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Besides buying a good quality tent,follow some basic guidelines to keep your tent in good lasting condition. Thanks to our sponsors from Sierra Trading Post, this video will help discuss these key points.

Depending on the amount of people or extra space you need, determines the size of the tent you want to have. I like to get one a little bigger than my head count to provide extra room for storing stuff and to be able to move around a little more. I have four people that sleep in my tent, so i get a six person tent. I prefer Coleman tents. Coleman is a trusted  brand and has been used by my family ever since I was a kid. There are other good brands as well but prices vary.

Sundome 6 Person Tent
This Coleman 6 person Sundome tent is the tent I have. It is really durable and has held up in rainy weather. Other Coleman dome tents are also a great choice. There are some newer ones that are of just the same great quality.

Coleman Cimmaron 8-Person Modified Dome Tent
The Cimmaron is a larger 8 person domestyle tent that is roomier and longer. This tent looks sharp too in it’s bright red color.You have room to stand up in this tent and it has a weather tech system like most coleman tents to keep out the bad weather.

Coleman 8-Person Double Hub Instant Tent
This Coleman 8 person Instant tent is a breeze to set up. My parents have one and they love it. It is really roomy inside and you can also stand up in it. It also has a weather guard system and is made of poly guard fabric to stand up in the elements.
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ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Person Backpacking Tent
If you don’t need a big tent,get a backpacking tent. They are small rugged and lightweight. Alps Mountaineering makes high quality backpacking tents. Backpacking tents usually are going to cost a little more money based on the materials and alloys they use to make the frames lightweight. Walmart and Target do have 2 person tents for around $30 that will do the job, but these tents will last longer and can be used if your hiking.

ALPS Mountaineering, Taurus Tent, 4 Person
Another Alps Mountaineering tent the Taurus 4 person tent is really rugged with special flys and zippered doors. It also has a weather system to survive the storm.

Ozark Trail Heavy-Duty Tarp, Silver/Brown
The video refers to using a footprint to put under the tent to add protection to the tents floor. Unless you are backpacking and need a layer exactly the shape of your tent for weight purposes, Get a tarp. Tarps are cheap and can be placed under the tents floor for great protection and it won’t kill the pocket book.

Follow these  basic guidelines and your tent should last a long time. So get that tent out of the garage and check it out. You may to clean it up,repair it, or you may need a new one.  Remember to have the right gear you need to enjoy the outdoors. Until next time ,here on campingandfishing.org

Sleeping Guide to the Outdoors

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Getting better sleep requires great gear. Here are some options in both sleeping bags,  pads, and mattresses to achieve that goal. Whether its a pad, or mattress you want something that will get you off the bare ground and provide insulation and comfort.


Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4 Sleeping Pad – Regular
This Thermarest pad is a four season pad that is very light and folds up very small for backpacking.

ALPS Mountaineering Dual Foam Sleeping Pad – Large
Alps Mountaineering makes this pad that is an egg crate like foam design and provides good insulation.

COLEMAN COMPANY Rest Easy Camp Pad
Coleman has a very inexpensive foam mat that gets the job done.

Coleman Single-High QuickBed with 4D Pump Combo
Coleman makes quality air mattresses in several sizes. So if its just you or the entire family, they got you covered.

Outdoor Products 30°F Sleeping Bag – Mummy, Synthetic (For Kids)
Outdoor products is a quality company,makes this great kids bag at a steal of a price.

Coleman Big Basin 0- to 20-Degree Adult Sleeping Bag
Coleman ,an icon in the outdoors world, makes a great low temp. bag at a low price.

Kelty Coromell 40-Degree Down Adult Sleeping Bag
Kelty is a leader in hiking gear, and their bags are warm and of superior quality.  This bag is a 40 degree bag for warmer temps.

Outdoor Products Women’s Rec Sleeping Bag
This Outdoor Products women bag is also a great bag for the milder weather.


The Coleman Palmetto is a great bag for cool climates and is very affordable.


Wenzel has been around for years. That’s because they make quality gear. This Grande 0 degree bag is perfect for the cold weather conditions for those that don’t want a mummy bag.

Anyone heard of Slumberjack ? I don’t know why. They are a leading high end brand for hiking bags. This Timberjack 40 degree bag is perfect for the badk yard campout or milder climates.

Stansport Outdoor 508 10″ X 20″ Portable Camp Pillow
Stansport makes really good camp pillows that are durable for the campout. Texsport is another brand that has pillows for the outdoors.

Give a thanks for the video from one of our sponsors, Sierra Trading Post.  Stay dry and stay warm,then you will have a better nights rest in the outdoors. Until next time here on Campingandfishing .org.

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Camping Apparel with style

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When your going camping or hiking you still got to look good right? Not only dress with style but dress in comfort and according to the weather conditions. Bring warm clothes for at night or if the weather changes even in the summer. Bring rain gear for that unexpected downpour . Good socks and footwear go hand and hand. So in this article I’ll show quality outdoor clothing with style and at a low price.
A beanie isn’t a bad idea,it keeps your head warm and looks cool on both men and women alike. Mountain Beanie makes a nice Nepal style wool beanie.

Mountain Beanie (Nepal) Sage
Tru-Spec makes a nice stylish breathable boonie for kayaking or fishing and more.


Tru-Spec Military Boonie, TRU GEN 2 OD Green, OSFM
And for the ladies ,this Mountain Hardwear raffia bucket hat, this looks cool and keeps the sun off.

Mountain Hardwear Raffia Bucket Hat (For Women)
Flannel shirts always look tough while in the outdoors. Like this affordable one I found.

Red Extra Heavyweight Brawny Flannel Shirt – 2X-Large

For ladies this Mountain Hardwear ,”Sona Lake”, flannel shirt looks good in the woods.

Mountain Hardwear SonaLake Flannel Shirt – Long Sleeve (For Women)
Columbia makes stylish clothing for the outdoors. Heres a Columbia trail shirt thats perfect for exploring in.

Columbia Sportswear Declination Trail II Shirt – UPF 25, Short Sleeve (For Men)
This retro looking Columbia shirt looks cool for kicking it in camp.

Columbia Sportswear Innisfree Polo Shirt – UFP 50, Sleeveless (For Women)
This mens sweater from Azzuro is nice all year round,not just in the snowy season.

Azzuro Men’s Round Neck Long Sleeve Floral Pattern Pullover Casual Sweater (Size S / 36)
Here is a great women rain jacket by Mossi. Look good and go dance in the rain.

Mossi Adrenaline Turquoise/ Black Jacket Mossi Adrenaline Jacket Turquoise/Black Large
Carhartt makes this ladies beautiful sweater to enjoy your surroundings.

Carhartt Dutton Sweater – Cowl Neck (For Women)
Condor makes the jacket that is warm since it’s filled with down and this is way affordable compared to other big brands.

Condor Zephyr Lightweight Down Jacket, Black, XX-Large

Tactical is all good in the outdoors, with this Summit zero jacket by Condor. Plenty of pockets and weather protection included.

Condor Summit Zero Lightweight Soft Shell Jacket, OD – M

Women enjoy these stretch denim Capris by Carhartt ,match them with a flannel shirt and your set.

Carhartt Curvy Fit Tomboy Capris – Stretch Denim (For Women)
This pair of rugged women’s convertible pants are perfect for hiking trails in style.

ExOfficio Super Nio Amphi Convertible Pants (For Women)
These cute camping shorts go perfect with whatever top or sweater you choose.They are fast drying and moisture wicking.

ExOfficio Super Nomad Shorts (For Women)
Men enjoy these Mountain Hardwear durable upf 50 hiking shorts.

Mountain Hardwear Portino Shorts – UPF 50 (For Men)
And here is some matching shorts for women.Mountain Hardwear makes awesome gear.

Mountain Hardwear Mirada Cargo Shorts (For Women)
Yes wool socks work great in the summer too,and they do keep your feet cool in the day and warm at night.

Bridgedale Hiker Socks – Lightweight, Wool Blend, 2-Pack (For Men and Women)

Columbia Sportswear Merino Wool Hiking Socks – Lightweight, Crew (For Men)

Merrell Siren Sport Socks – Wool Blend, Ankle (For Women)
Gloves sometimes aren’t a bad idea these cool gloves from Grand Sierra have you looking like a star.

Grand Sierra Microfleece Gloves – Touch-Screen Compatible
Hi tec makes top quality hiking boots and shoes. Look cool wherever you go in the outdoors with these “Skamania” mid hiking boots.

Hi-Tec Skamania Mid Hiking Boots – Waterproof (For Men)
Women look fancy in these Asolo rugged hiking shoes.Made out of tough Goretex and a waterproof membrane.

Asolo Bionic Gore-Tex(R) Approach Shoes – Waterproof (For Women)
Merrell also has great quality hiking shoes that look good on your feet.

Merrell Oakbrook Ventilator Hiking Shoes (For Women)

These Columbia outdoor sandals rock. I have a pair and I love them, and they hold up to the abuse. Not to mention they look styling on me.

Columbia Watershot Men US 13 Black Open Toe Sport Sandal
Whether your sitting around camp or hiking to the peak,you’ve got to look good. I hope you’ve enjoyed the selections I chose. Remember to be cool,and stay warm on your next visit to the outdoors. Until next time,here on Campingandfishing.org

Opening Season Trout Gear

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Trout Season is here for most waters in the U.S. It’s a good time to check your inventory and see what you have,what you need ,and what needs replacing. Figure out when your going fishing and how your going to fish. Are you fishing streams or rivers. Maybe a lake or two,are you shore fishing or in a boat or float tube.
With many decisions to make, it’s time to organize.

Start off by checking your poles. A good Fly fishing pole is always kept ready to go. Superfly makes a great combo set for the beginning angler.

SuperFly 4pc Performance Combo 8’6″ Rod
The makers at Quarrow also put out a good ready to go combo set up.This set comes with a nice case to protect your gear.

Quarrow Elite Trout Fly Fishing Combo Kit
If its just reels your after, Ross makes a great affordable reel.The “Flystart” reel by Ross has well built gearing and is just as good as higher end brands.

3M Ross Reels Flystart #3, Black
Another great reel is by a company named Okuma. I bought my dad an Okuma reel that he really enjoys.This “Sierra” model has a smooth roller bearing action.

Okuma Sierra Fly Fishing Reel
Lamson is a higher end reel but here we are able to get closeout prices.The”guru” is for smooth precision fishing.

Lamson Guru 2 Fly Fishing Reel – 5/6wt
Waders are something that get beat up and someday need replacing. I like dry waders rather than neoprene ones. Walmart has a great pair at a low price and the brand Caddis is a great brand as well and is reliable.

Caddis Men’s Northern Guide Breathable Chest Waders
Now Patagonia is probably the most high end brand you can get.We are able to get these at a discounted price.Patagonia is a leader in clothing and fishing gear.

Patagonia Skeena River Chest Waders – Stockingfoot (For Men)
Wading boots vary with people.I like felt boots.These Patagonia boots once again are top of the line at an incredible bargain.

Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots – Felt Bottom (For Men and Women)
Is that vest looking ratty and time to go or did you just outgrow it.Crystal River makes a low cost vest that does the job. I had one for years.

Crystal River Fly Fishing Vest
If it’s top end you like than we got. The Umpqua vest is supreme out there in the water.It has 11 pockets and is comfortable to wear.

Umpqua Feather Merchants Toketee Fly Fishing Vest (For Men)
For the guys that can’t stay on shore Walmart has a variety of kayaks and float tubes to fish from. You do not have to spend big money to get set up.A float tube is a way I enjoy fishing out on the lake. Classic accessories makes a great tube at an unbelievable price. The “Teton” is awesome.

Classic Accessories Teton Float Tube
Another great tube is the Caddis “Navigator” at another good price and caddis is a quality brand.

Caddis Sports Navigator IV
If you want an angling kayak but don’t want to pay $600 what do you do? You look right here yes Walmart comes through with several reputable models.

Lifetime 1-Man Redfin Angler Kayak, Sandstone
Lifetime makes nice kayaks at lower prices.This “redfin angler” comes with a rod holder and a good storage. All you need is your fishing gear.
The Sun Dolphin “green excursion” is another nice angling kayak that doesn’t tear the pocketbook.It’s a ten foot kayak with plenty of storage and ready for the water.

Sun Dolphin Green Excursion 10′ Sit In Fishing Kayak With Bonus Paddle
For those of you that like a sit on top kayak, I haven’t forgot about you. Emotion kayaks makes this badass “Stealth Angler” .It has storage and two rod holders in the rear.

Emotion Kayaks Stealth Angler Kayak
For the spincast and bait fisherman there are plenty of things you may need before you head out for the season.First let’s look at poles and I’ll give a few recommendations.I usually get a Daiwa or Shakesphere pole. They are of great quality and hold up to the heavy beating. I personally like the Shakespeare “ugly stick” It is pretty much unbreakable while fishing,just don’t slam your car door on it. For the novice or someone that just wants to grab and go fishing,this has all you need to catch trout. And it’s affordable.

Shakespeare Complete Trout Spinning Kit
If your going hiking,or backpacking get a telescopic.It folds up small to attach to your pack.

Shakespeare Durango Telescopic Spinning Rod
I use an “ugly stick” light rod when I fish for trout in creeks,streams,and other wilderness areas I go to.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Lite Casting Rod
Daiwa like I said makes excellent fishing equipment. I have a nice Daiwa for trout fishing.I love their reels too, they are so smooth.

Daiwa D-Shock B Freshwater Spinning Combo
Do you need a net? Wetfly makes a great rubber net that is fish friendly,meaning it is easier on the fish when handling it.

Wetfly Rubber Net with Wooden Handle – Small
Whether your fly-fishing or spin casting in the mountains carry a creel to put your fish in while your walking the river or creek.

Berkley Extra-Large Fishing Creel
How about a great fishing hat. I always wear a boonie. It keeps the sun off me and I can dunk it to stay cool.

Boonie Outdoor Cap Washed Cotton – Khaki
So get out there and enjoy the season,but remember to have everything you need. When you fish a river or sit on the shore of a lake you got to have the right gear to get the job done. Join me again here at campingandfishing.org to cover my experiences of the outdoors and to get recommended quality gear at low prices.You don’t have to get the most expensive gear to have a good time.

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Camping checklist

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It’s that time of year again to get ready for summer camping. Whether your going alone, with friends,or family,you have got to have the right gear you need. What you bring depends on a lot of factors. Location and climate play a roll. Always prepare for rain and cold weather even in the summer while camping. So bring rain gear and cold weather clothes. A tarp isn’t a bad idea either ,it can be used as shade or a rain shelter to cook under etc. The amount of people who are going does affect how much and what you bring. Pets also need gear too. Car camping let’s you bring more gear of course than if you were backpacking your gear into a site via a trail. Any recreational activities being enjoyed also determine what gear to have. A kayak or fishing pole may be on the list to take with you. So I have devised a list of basics and a few cool items to take with you on your next trip into the outdoors.
1. A tent. Pick a tent that fits the number of people you plan on having in your tent with you. I always get one a little bigger than my headcount in my family to have some storage .
This Sundome 6 Person Tent is the one I have for my family and I. We really like it and we are happy with the quality of Coleman tents. Ours has lasted for several years now. If you need a smaller tent they have a Coleman Sundome 2-Person Dome Tent  which is smaller but also works well if your hiking.  For those big families that all want to sleep together you need an 8 to 12 man tent like the Ozark Trail 21′ x 10′ 3-Room Instant Tent with Awning, Sleeps 12, Red


Ozark Trail is Walmart’s brand. It is great quality at a low price. I have a 2 person Ozark Trail tent I use for backpacking that I love.
2. A good sun canopy is great to have. You can use this to cook under if it rains if you have to.  A canopy has saved several of my trips in the past. They are also great to rest at the end of the day under and have a cold drink in the shade. The Trademark Innovations Lightweight and Portable 10’x10′ Canopy Tent Is affordable and available in several colors.
3.Sleeping bags vary on climate and user preferences. Coleman,Tetonsport,and Kelty  make quality bags at reasonable prices compared to other high end bags. My wife uses the Coleman Brazos 75″ x 33″ Rectangle Sleeping Bag Navy/Beige 2000004419 its a 30 degree bag and works well in the mountains in the summer.

Coleman Heritage 84″ x 40″ Rectangle Sleeping Bag Navy 2000008710 This bag is a bigger bag for tall or wider people like me. I really like Coleman bags ,Lanterns and tents. They have been a family tradition for me since I was a kid.
3. A sleeping pad or an air mattress really makes the night more comfortable both in warmth and hardness on the back and neck. The INTEX Pillow Rest Classic Full Bed Inflatable Airbed Air Mattress w/ Pump is a brand I use and is affordable and has lasted me for several years.If your backpacking or just want a pad rather a mattress the ALPS mountaineering pad is great. Pads are expensive and range how light you want one to carry.

ALPS Mountaineering Summit Sleeping Pad – Regular
4. A pillow. Bring one you don’t mind getting abused. I like to use a flannel pillow case.
5. A multitool like the LEATHERMAN 832132 Multi-Tool, Silver, 12 Tools can handle all sorts of projects around camp or on the trail. I even take mine fishing with me.
6. A knife. I usually bring several with me camping for different needs. The Morakniv Clipper 840 Knife – Straight Edge, Fixed Blade

This is a great knife for bushcraft meaning ,doing things around camp. The Mora knife is from sweden and was made as far back as the 1800’s. It is used by their military still today. The carbon steel blade can be used with a flint to start a campfire. I also bring a big survival knife ,which is military issue, for large jobs and protection. K-bar has been making combat knives forever.The United States Marines recognize a superior knife when they see one. The Ka-Bar USMC Serrated Edge Knife 5018

And lastly I bring a good fillet knife for preparing the fish only. Keep your knife sharp at all times. This knife comes with a sharpener which makes it easy.


7. A good axe is needed  to chop kindling for the campfire and do other tasks around camp.This axe really gets the job done. Condor makes excellent knives and axes. Especially primitive bushcraft knives.
8. A backpack. Whether you need a daypack for short walks around the lake or a 55 liter hiking pack,High Sierra has got you covered. They make quality packs at low cost.

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9. A camp chair. I have a nice big guy chair that I love. I was tired of the other chairs I had that were uncomfortable.Coleman in general makes good quality chairs.

10.Headlamps and flashlights. A good headlamp like the Coleman 2000021027 Axis HP LED HeadLampkeeps it bright while you do chores or hikes at night. As far as a flashlight ,I like Cree type lights ,the technology is brighter than LED lights and is compact. Lumintop has a great variety of lights to choose from.

And top of the line 800 lumen super bright cree light from Nitecore,it’s more expensive but superior to all cree lights.

11.Lanterns. By far the Coleman lantern is the best propane lantern out there for camping. It is an icon of the outdoors. The propane lanterns are a lot brighter and last longer than battery powered lanterns. The propane bottles can be interchanged with the Coleman camp stove as well. This one has a nice carrying case. Also bring extra mantles.

12.Water filter and water tablets. The Sawyer water filter is the one I have and I’ve drank river water for a week while hiking and love it. Sawyer makes a great product at inexpensive prices compared to other filter systems.

13.A stove.  A great camping stove like the Coleman 2 Burner Triton Series Stove 2000012034 gets things cooked fast. It has two burners to do the job. A Coleman griddle fits the stove perfect, to make pancakes and other delicacies. The one I’ve had for years has done the job well.Don’t forget extra propane bottles and matches.
14.Camp fire grill. I use the Camp Chef Lumberjack Over the Fire Grill to cook meals in my skillet or grill meat.It folds up easy to take with you. I like to wrap mine in a trash bag so I don’t make a mess in the car while traveling.
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15. A skillet,pots,and pans. My Camp Chef 20″ Lumberjack Skillet really is nice and home cooked meals in camp. An iron skillet lasts forever. Remember to not clean it with soap you can use sand or salt and water to clean it with a scrubber. I also preseason it each time after cleaning with cooking spray and heating it up on the camp stove.
16.A Dutch oven is another great method of camp cooking. It is like a camping crockpot. The Camp Chef 10″ Deep Dutch OvenI have ,I really like and I make all kinds of recipes in it. Cookbooks are available for Dutch oven cooking like this book I have; The Wilderness Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking . Follow the same process to clean and season just as the skillet. And don’t forget your food ,and drinks your going to bring. Put that on a separate list.
17.Kitchen accessories like paper towels ,cutting board,cooking utensils,ziplock bags, aluminum foil,a can opener/corkscrew,pot scrubber and camp soap are good to have in camp.A good coffee pot is absolute like the Stansport STN11230B Enamel 8-cup Coffee Pot With Percolator & Four 12-ounce Mugs . Splurge a little and bring some starbucks ground coffee. Nothing like a cup of joe lakeside.
A cooler is another item necessary on the outing. I bought a Coleman 54-Quart Steel Coolerand I love it.The cooler is made out of steel belted radial tire material and it keeps the ice cold for 5 days. I have had it for 7 years and nothing is broken,The thing is tough. Mine is stainless ,but they come in several colors all steel. All you need is the Ice.
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18.A camping table set is an awesome thing to have. Everything you need to eat with is all there for the entire family. Both Stansport and Coleman make a great set. The enamel stone finish is tough.

19.Personal items like toilet paper,shampoo,toothbrush and paste,lip balm,sunscreen and insect repellant are just a few items to take.Don’t forget any medications you may need.A good first aid kit is essential to any outdoor adventure.

20. A camera or camcorder works ,most people use their phones nowadays.
21.Binoculars come in handy in the outdoors.Get a good pair and you won’t be sorry. They can be used to enjoy the beautiful scenery or view wildlife.

22. Maps,guidebooks,magazines and books are nice to take along.A notebook ,pen and pencil are nice to write memoirs. A sketchpad is a great idea,to draw the surroundings. Don’t leave your camping reservations at home either.
23.Pet needs. Pets have to have things too like toys,pet bed,food,a leash Maybe a stake ,and water.
24.A good radio to listen to music or the weather conditions is a sound idea.
25.If you have kids then you might want to invest in these.I have them and they work great to keep in contact with my son while he plays close to camp.

Motorola MS350R – 35 Mile Range Talkabout 2-Way Radios, PAIR

26. A deck of cards,games,water toys,kites,and a hacky sack bring enjoyment to camp.There is nothing like a good hack and a cold drink at the end of the day.

Hacky Sack – Alie (Colors Will Vary)n

At night a star gaze map,hot cocoa, glowsticks for the kids,and S’mores really are a big hit.Don’t forget a coat hanger or a marshmallow roasting stick.
27.Clothes and footwear. Remember to always bring warm clothes and rain gear to the mountains even in the summer.A good jacket will keep you warm at night.

A good sweater or sweatshirt is also a great idea. Bring pants and shorts,but don’t forget the swimwear. Wool socks are a good choice even in the summer they work fine. I wear Long underwear at night to sleep warm. A good hat is hard to beat. Ballcaps work great. A beanie also keeps you warm at night. I love my boonie,it keeps the sun off me.
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Fishing Hunting Bucket Hat Boonie Outdoor Cap Washed Cotton Military Safari Summer Men – Land Camouflage
Footwear is a personal choice, but I prefer hiking shoes. They protect my feet and give me a good footing on the rugged terrain.  Merrell makes great footwear and is lower in price than other great brands.

I also bring a solid pair of outdoor sandals. They do me just fine. They are great around the water and I’ve even worn them swimming.

28. Recreational items are needed depending on the type of activities your going to enjoy on your trip. I always bring Fishing gear when I go camping.Walmart seems to have the best prices on fishing poles and tackle. I rarely spend over $30 for a rod and reel and I catch just as much fish as the guy next to me with the $200 set up. Don’t forget the powerbait and lures.

Daiwa D-Shock 2-Piece Spinning Combo 7′ DSK30-2B/F702M

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29. Kayaks and Canoes are a great way to explore the water while on a trip. Walmart has nice kayaks at low prices that won’t cost $800 plus out of your wallet.Remember to always wear a life jacket.
Lifetime, 9’8″, 1-Man Boyd Sit-Inside Kayak, Yellow, with Bonus Padded Seat Back

30. Mountain bikes are also popular in the outdoors. There is nothing like zipping around the trails on a bike in the woods. Take a backpack along and a water bottle. Don’t forget to wear a helmet.

26″ Mongoose Men’s Maxim Mountain Bike, Green
So whether your going a week ,or going a weekend you have to make a checklist to see what you have and what you need. Don’t be unprepared in the outdoors. Put things together early and you’ll be glad you did. Your next journey outdoors awaits. Until next time here at Campingandfishing.org.

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