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Date Place Comment
August 3rd, 2019 Street next to Island Park

Quiet residential street next to Town’s Island Park. Park closes at 11pm, but street parking is unmarked around the entry to the park itself.

October 29th, 2018 McLean Creek PLUZ

The McClean creek area is easily accessed from highway 66, south of Bragg Creek, but may require a higher clearance or 4x4 vehicle to access a lot of the “easy” camping.

This Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) is not only an OHV area, but also allows free camping at large, but you must be 1km from the main forestry road. Please see the Alberta Environment & Parks website for more information and maps.

This is a beautiful area in the Alberta foothills, and is a sensitive eco system that already suffers from overuse and irresponsible recreational users. It is also a spot just over an hour from Calgary where younger crowds go for loud and sometimes over the top parties. :-(

Please use this area with respect, and of course, Leave no Trace.

July 16th, 2018 Tukaluk Campground

Stayed here overnight after a festival, and found it great for the downtime. The campground is well shaded with nice pads for RV (gravel) and tents (grass) alike. It was quiet in the evening, and the washrooms clean and well maintained. A little pricey for a self sufficient unit, but they do have showers, laundry, water, etc. the creek is refreshing, and the lake is close by.

July 16th, 2018 Tukaluk Campground

Very lovely campground just past the Needles Ferry. Quiet, shaded and has full Amenities including laundry and ice sales. Well kept, and very friendly staff. $42 a night average price for a hookup, $45 for a pull through, $25 for tents.

July 11th, 2018 Lake of the woods rest area

Didn’t stay the night, but just always interested in seeing these stops.

November 30th, 2017 Goose Island Campground

In my opinion, this is the best BLM camp ground in the area. It is in a wide part of the canyon so there is plenty of daylight even late November. Clean pit toilets at both ends of the campground; picnic tables and fire pits at each site. Lovely place to be!

November 28th, 2017 Parking Lot beside Bike Path

After a short sleep near the town park in a quiet side street, we were woken up by the county sheriff asking us to move along.

Note that it is strictly enforced in the townsite of Moab, but the polite and courteous officer was kind enough to inform us of this posted location, that is outside of town, just north of the bridge. The officer mentioned that across the bridge towards arches is not in the town county and that there will be other people there.

The spot is a parking lot for about a dozen vehicles sandwiches between the highway and a bike path. Although the highway sees a fair amount of traffic, it was quiet in the wee hours.

There are no restrooms, so be clean and do not leave any garbage. As always, this is a strict Leave No Trace spot. Also a good reminder to always be polite and courteous to the police themselves if they ever knocked. They appreciate, and care about your safety and may have good alternative suggestions for you.

November 28th, 2017 Hanksville, by the river

Stopped here to cook dinner, but did not stay the night although we would have been perfectly fine doing so. The spot is Quiet, off the main road and secluded. At the end of the road there is a gravel pile that if you drive around, had a lovely flat spot to park. You are also right beside the river as well.

November 25th, 2017 Sites behind municipal garage

Arrived late at night, but the description was great - we found the place no problem!

There is definitely a point where most sane drivers realize that they should not take their vehicles further, but a higher clearance 4 x 4 could make short work of the hill, and go beyond “the tank” (a large object of cylindrical proportions).

Pretty flat spot for a vehicle as well as tent, but on your way up, be sure to read the signage - there is a private drive. A saloon even graces your presence at the bottom of the hill where you turn off the main highway. As always, be sure to leave no trace as you enjoy this spot!

November 4th, 2017 Mission Bay

Mission Bay Park is a beautiful Bay side park that sees a lot of overnight use from the local surf scene as well as some longer term residences. Quiet place to pull over for the night, and pretty obvious at times that people are here longer than a couple days. Probably best to not park your vehicle here and go into town as a couple units along the road had some form of citation on their window (probably from being "too-long-term").

October 23rd, 2017 Harrah's Resort of Southern California

This Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Rincon band of Luiseno Indians, and is a large Resort/Hotel/ casino complex with large flat parking lots.

Be sure to go inside and double check with Security when first arriving to make sure that you are parking overnight in an area that they would prefer. They have two large lots, one on the North and one on the South side.

The Casino has multiple restrooms, restaurants and on the south side, there is also a Shell Gas station, Subway and 7-11. Be sure to abide by their requests, and to keep the area clean while overnighting here. Very nice and courteous staff both on the Casino floor and behind the desks.

October 18th, 2017 RV Resort of America

There are about 260 sites at this campground, and about 240 of them were already taken by long term residence. Will update the description for further information. As others have found, it is not the cleanest place and a little "divey" in areas, but for launderette and showers, and a pool, is it really that expensive for what you get? My personal response is still, yes.

October 18th, 2017 Walmart, Rosedale Hwy

Your typical Walmart parking lot. The lot is a large parking lot with plenty of space, but be sure to abide by the signs on the Home Depot Side that indicate overnight parking is only permitted within the Walmart lot. The washrooms inside were clean, and a couple fast food chains are within close walking distance. The Walmart is part of a larger shopping complex, so it is a decent place to stop and grab supplies. More quiet than some of the other Walmarts visited.

October 15th, 2017 Lapais Road, Marina County

Have been looking into this area for a while and last I have found, were articles from July 2017 indicating that the sheriffs office had put up "no overnight parking" signs closer to the town of Marina.

We had no problems here, nor did we see any sons along the stretch where we parked (the end closer to HWY 1). Will update the description, and add a couple more pictures.

October 13th, 2017 Beach Parking Lot OVERNIGHT FORBIDDEN

Stayed her multiple times in September and October, once for 3 nights in a row. You can park right up next to a boardwalk, which backs onto this surfers beach.

We're always parking at 8pm and up and moving by 8am to abide by the signs and the free parking. Police are known to pull into the lot, but they have never hassled us despite being obviously the only van in the lot. A hit loud at night, but a great place to catch some zzzz's. lot has been reduced by half with construction taking over one half, middle of October.

October 6th, 2017 Larry Combs (Westley) Rest Area

A standard California Rest area with bathrooms and running potable water.

Picnic area, pet walking area and garbages are also available. Snack vending machines may or may not also be available and working.

As per the California "Department of Transportation" Rest Area usage policies, you may stay in this area "parked" for up to a maximum of 8 hours. They post no overnight camping signs to deter people from overnighting, but check the DOT website for more information.

October 6th, 2017 Coalinga-Avenal Rest Area

A standard California Rest area with bathrooms and running potable water.

Picnic area, pet walking area and garbages are also available. Snack vending machines may or may not also be available and working.

As per the California "Department of Transportation" Rest Area usage policies, you may stay in this area "parked" for up to a maximum of 8 hours. They post no overnight camping signs to deter people from overnighting, but check the DOT website for more information.

October 5th, 2017 Buttonwillow Rest Area

A common interstate Rest area that has a washroom, I running potable water and a pet walking area. Nothing too special about it, but you can easily spend a good deal of time here without getting hassled. Technically, you only have a maximum 8 hours of allowable time, but who is going to hassle you? Since it is right beside the interstate, it is loud.

October 4th, 2017 Walmart Parking

No longer able to camp here overnight. See updated description.

October 4th, 2017 Virgin River Casino

The rear parking lot of the Virgin River Casino has been reserved for oversized vehicles, and is free to stay the night.

The I-15 runs right by the Casino, but the parking is on the opposite side, and makes this spot rather quiet. The Casino itself has washrooms, restaurants as well as an arcade, and bowling alley.

When you arrive, first check in with the hotel front reception to let them know you are arriving. They will direct you to where you will need to park, and then a small security pick up truck may come to meet you, and ensure you are in the right stalls or orientation.

Alternatively, the Chevron station across the road also allows overnight parking, but at a cost of $0.75 per hour. This gas station will also provide free wifi (just ask nicely).

October 4th, 2017 Beaver Dam Mountains

Well, we tried this place out and upon stepping out of our van, we found to our horror that much of the flat gravel areas have been over run by GoatHead Thorns. If you are unfamiliar with them, these buggers will not hesitate to puncture through a normal shoe or sandal sole as well as a tent ground sheet. I had about 50 in my shoe (some into the bottom of my foot) before deciding to head to Mesquite to a truck stop. Neat looking area, but definitely a tricky spot with the high volume of thorns EVERYWHERE!

September 28th, 2017 Lone Rock Beach

Pretty rad to find a place to camp on the lake front beach. We were less than 20 feet from the water, and aside from RV generators, it was quite quiet. Please be sure to respect the beach and pick up your trash though, it appears in places some people were trying to hide it in their camp fire pits.

September 24th, 2017 Boxcar Cove Road

As far as free camping goes, it is beautiful. But as far as free camping goes, the area is littered with glass and garbage. It is very dirty and actually seems dangerous without good footwear, but if you are willing to walk a distance off the beaten path, you can still find some decent places to swim that isn't littered with glass. Near the flat areas to camp, fire pit rings old and new are lined with nails and other pieces of metal. Don't get me wrong, beautiful (as you can see in the pictures) but like a lot of accessible free spots, just disrespected. I cannot believe people treat the land like this.

September 21st, 2017 MontBleu Hotel Casino

Another Hotel Casino on the NV/CA border in South Tahoe City. This parking lot is huge, although we chose to park a little away from the main entrances in the NE corner.

It was quiet and dark, with no interruptions all night. The Casino is great to stroll around in, and the Hard Rock Casino is across the street, which also adds another interesting thing to see (lots of neat rock memorabilia in the lobby).

Nothing too special about the lot, but there were some nice picnic tables in the parking lot, right beside where we pulled over for the night. No garbage cans around aside from the entrances, so be sure to LNT (Leave no trace!) remember that these places tolerate us as we don't cause them problems!

September 21st, 2017 Salinas River State Beach "Potrero Lot" Road

Found the location quick and easy, and sure enough also found a couple other LNT campers parked along the road as well. The parking Lot for the State Beach is closed from 8am to Sunset but no signage is visible anywhere on the (wide) road that indicates parking on the road is not alright. Quiet and calm. Lots of wildlife (rabbits, herons, egrets) in the area and the close-by shoreline is in rehabilitation (so be mindful of trails, etc). Two (at the time) clean Porto-potties are located in the parking lot, as well as garbage cans (lets be sure to use them!)

September 21st, 2017 Boron State Rest Area, Eastbound

Decent place to stay, but a bit loud as that train comes every hour.

September 11th, 2017 Walmart

Your typica Walmart parking lot, however, despite being on a "no overnight parking" list, we have yet to be hassled by the security driving around in their cute little ride with the amber on top. We are also not in a motor home and our sprinter van may be less conspicuous (ha!). The Walmart has wifi, as does the McDonalds close by, so you can get fries and internet until midnight.

September 10th, 2017 Saddlebag Lake, Resort Parking Lot

The Resort has closed, but the parking lot and trailhead parking remain open and Free!

The Campground is in the same road up to the lake, but the parking lot showed no signs that indicate overnight parking is prohibited. Spoke with the campground host, and as the camp was full, he was actually the one that suggested it.

The lake is just outside Yosemite Park and is absolutely breathtaking with some fantastic hiking and (cold) swimming. Great place to spend a night or two at 10,000 feet above sea level. Remember to use the garbages and keep this place clean!

September 8th, 2017 Hotel Biltmore Casino

This spot is a Hotel Casino parking lot on the Nevada side of the NV/CA border (between incline village and kings beach).

We may have been out of season as the parking lot was empty, but we also did not see any "No overnight parking" signs. Quiet enough, as the upper Lot is a bit above the roadway and back about 100 meters. Uninterrupted all night.

The Casino is open all night and has clean bathrooms with running water. A couple reasonably priced restaurants are in the area as well.

October 17th, 2014 Trailers Inn RV Park

A Parking Lot filled with RV's inside the general Seattle Area. It is loud beside the I-90, and there is not a lot around in the way of offering beauty. There is a Albertsons grocery store just down the road though, so it is not isolated from everything. A decent enough spot though. They have a clean pool with Hot Tub and Sauna, Laundromat on site, a Playground, community BBQ, and dog walking area. Wifi is sketchy, but works well enough to add this location. We payed the $22 (+tax) = $25 but they gave us a 10% discount cause we were Canadian (??).