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Discover Lake Success, CA
Lake Success is a man-made lake created in 1961 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Success Dam. Although the dam was created primarily to control flooding downriver, it also serves as a recreational spot and a source of water for local farms. Indeed, much of the wide, arid valley west of Sequoia National Park and National Forest could be described as a commercial-agriculture region. Most of the orchards, farms, and ranches in this area serve as suppliers to major food companies found in many major grocery store companies.
Under the sunny California sky, glistening Lake Success is a welcome respite to the dry, flat farmlands rimmed by low rolling swells dotted by hardy scrubby bushes. The closest large town is Porterville, CA, just under 10 miles west. Start an adventure with the family and search for an RV in Tulare County, CA.
With a surface area of roughly 82,000 acres, there’s plenty of room for recreational activities even during the high season. Low, dusty-brown hills ring the dark blue lake, holding the vast volume of water. Though these hills might seem plain and bare in the distance, when the winter rains roll in, the arid land transforms like magic. Brown shrubs and bushes sprout green leaves dotted by tiny flowers. Though not quite as a verdant green as the eastern counterpart, the lands turn into a muted, soft green dappled by splotches of colors.
Nearly every boat is allowed on this lake, and there are three boat ramps available. Jet-ski, water-ski, sail, or canoe, whatever floats your boat. The quieter spots are up on the northern ends of the “fingers,” in the small coves and inlets that shape the shorelines. Fishermen and anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout, which is stocked, and largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie, and a few other species. Catfish is especially abundant, particularly near the bridge.
On the northwest end of the lake is a small wildlife refuge. It protects the habitats of many migratory birds like American Pelicans, kingfishers, and Canada Geese. The hunting grounds of several raptor birds, high above, bald eagles, falcons, and hawks soar on thermal updrafts.
There are a few miles of hiking trails shared with horseback riders. The trails encircle the perimeter of the lake, ascending and falling at various points. Hikers should keep a sharp eye out. Rattlesnakes and many other nonvenomous snakes are common.
Camping at Lake Success
When you rent an RV, be sure to find a safe place to park it while you embark on an adventure. Tule Campground at Lake Success is a convenient option. Open year-round, the campground has over 100 sites, many of which include electric hookups. Restrooms and showers are a short walk from most sites. This far out, the light pollution is quite minimal. On an especially clear night, RV campers can view the Milky Way with the naked eye.
During the high season, it’s not uncommon to run out of space at this campground. There are other RV campgrounds and parks in the area that will do in a pinch. Deer Creek RV Park near Ducor, CA, has water and electric hookups. The property is dog-friendly, which is a plus.
Colonel Allensworth State Park campground in Earlimart may be an option, too. Located on a historic property, the RV campground is small private, offers full hookups, and some sites have shade trees, too.
Exploring the Area
Though the region is focused on commercial agriculture, the neighboring small towns have plenty of things to do and places to see. Touring the countryside is made all the easier with a rental motorhome. In many towns, there are museums highlighting the history of their towns, some dating back to the Gold Rush era in the 19th century.
In Visalia, the ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum is geared toward families with children from two years old to sixteen. The hands-on exhibits give the kiddos opportunities to exercise their imagination as well as learn about the environment, conservation, and even art.
Halfway in between Lake Success and Wheatons, CA, is Eagle Mountain Casino. Operated by Tule Native Americans, the casino boasts over 1,200 slots, an array of table games, and regular games of poker. The entertainment venue regularly hosts top-notch acts, comics, concerts, and musicians. Past events have included the Price Is Right shows, too.
Several towns host festivals and fairs at various times throughout the year. The Apple Festival in Springville draws in tens of thousands of visitors. There’s nothing like a crisp, perfectly ripe apple. Dozens of vendors sell goods ranging from homemade apple jams to hand-carved furniture. A food court is lined by booths and food trucks dishing out their delicious creations. Springville has held this event since 1980.
Held since 1919, the County Fair in Tulare is likewise a popular event. Typically held in mid-September, the events traditionally include a dog show, tractor pulls, super-sized statues carved out of butter, livestock auctions, and rodeos. There are several other events and entertainment acts, which can change from year to year. The Fairgrounds has a small RV camping spot with full hookups. Reserve well in advance.
Load up the family and head out on an incredible fun-filled adventure as you make new memories with an RV rental in sunny California!
RV Rentals in Lake Success, CA
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Recommendations for Lake Success, CA from Outdoorsy Owners
We stayed at Liberty Harbor RV Park (basically just a parking lot for RV's) and took the ferry into New York City. Great place to stay if your looking to RV and want to head into NYC.