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Islay Creek Campground

Montana de Oro State Park

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

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  • Entrance to Islay Creek Campground.- Islay Creek Campground
  • Main campground road.- Islay Creek Campground
  • Main campground road.- Islay Creek Campground
  • A beautiful setting.- Islay Creek Campground
  • Not a lot of privacy at this campground.- Islay Creek Campground
  • Campground amphitheater.- Islay Creek Campground
  • Islay Creek Campground.- Islay Creek Campground
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Pros: 
Very close to the beach and hiking. Beautiful setting.
Cons: 
Little privacy between sites.
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Region:
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, CA
Managed by: 
California State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Montana de Oro State Park is a hidden gem south of Morro Bay on California's central coast that offers wonderful beaches, hiking and various camping options. There are a few environmental campsites that offer walk-in tent camping, a few group sites, and some horse camping sites, but Islay Creek is the main developed campground in the park. Located just behind the tiny visitors center and store and a short walk from the lovely Spooner's Cove, Islay Creek is a great choice for tent campers and smaller RVs (27 feet is the recommended maximum size).

This is a primitive campground with pit toilets and no hookups. There is little vegetation aside from some large trees, so privacy between sites is at a minimum. But making up for these limitations is the wealth of hiking and coastal exploring just outside the campground, including the spectacular Bluffs Trail. 

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