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Plaskett Creek Campground (California)

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69345 CA-1
Big Sur, California 93920
805 434-1996
35.91722, -121.465

Plaskett Creek Campground is located in Big Sur and has 44 campsites in a beautiful park-like setting.  The sites are scattered among many mature Monterey pine and Cypress trees which offer nice shade. Each campsite has a paved parking pad, table, fire ring and pedestal barbeque.  Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (from 35 to 50 feet).

The campground has drinking water and flush toilets, but there are no hookups or dump station. There also are 3 group sites that can be reserved.

Plaskett Creek is just south of San Dollar Beach, which is the largest sandy beach in the Big Sur area. Outdoor recreation includes biking, hiking, beach combing, surf fishing, swimming, body surfing, sunbathing, ocean kayaking, picnicking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing.

If you’re heading north, you may also want to check out Limekiln State Park campground. It’s about 15 miles north via Highway 1.

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Plaskett Creek Comments & Reviews

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16 Replies to “Plaskett Creek”

  1. Sandy says:

    Can our fifth wheel 30 ft fit into campsites 20 or 21?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Sandy,

      Campsite 20 can accommodate an RV/trailer up to 50 feet and campsite 21 – up to 45 feet.

  2. The rules state two vehicles per campsite. Does this include a pop trailer? Do you have overflow parking for another car? It also states Maximum 8 people but a 10.00 fee for after six people. Does this include children?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Rebecca,
      The two vehicles include a trailer / pop-up trailer. So if you had a car/truck and trailer – that would be 2 vehicles.

      Limit of 2 vehicles per site; additional vehicles are not permitted.
      Reservations can be made three days in advance. All single campsite reservations are good for 6 people and 1 vehicle.
      Maximum number of people per single site is 8 ($10.00 additional charge per person per night after 6 people). Maximum number of vehicles per single site is 2 ($10.00 additional charge for 2nd vehicle per night). Extra vehicle and person fees will be charged at the facility.

  3. Donna Matzenbacher says:

    Do you have full hookups

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Donna,

      There are no hookups (partial or full) at Plaskett Creek State Park.

  4. Megan says:

    It is supposed to rain this weekend. Does site #27 have any trees to hook up tarps for cover?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Megan,
      From the photo it looks like there are a few big trees next to campsite 27, but not sure if they are close enough to rig a tarp/cover. You can view the photo HERE. You may also double check with the campground to see if rigging tarps are allowed: 805 434-1996.

  5. Mark says:

    Are there any sites on the creek? Hard to tell from the photos.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Mark,

      Not really. Campsites 6 and 8 are closest to ‘Plaskett Creek’, but still about 20-30 yards away. There’s another seasonal creek that flows through the campground (but heavily overgrown). Campsites 35, 36, 38 and 40 are really close to it.

  6. Jai says:

    Is it ok to arrive the next day of the day of start of reservation? For example, if my reservation starts Friday, is it ok to check-in on Saturday? Memorial Day weekend needed reservations to start on Friday, but we can only arrive on Saturday.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Jai,
      Per the Recreation.gov camping reservation policy:
      Change and Cancellation Policies:
      To ensure fairness, reservation arrival or departure dates may not be changed outside the 6 or 12 month booking window until 18 days after booking the reservation.
      Camping/Day Use: A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation (including campsites, cabins, lookouts, group facilities, etc.). The $10.00 service fee will be deducted from the refund amount.
      Cancel or change reservations through Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
      Late Cancellations:
      Late cancellations are in most cases, those cancelled after 12:00 midnight (Eastern Time) two days before arrival.
      Individual Campsites: A $10.00 service fee plus the first night’s use fee will be charged (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation) when a reservation is cancelled the day before or the day of arrival, except when the reservation is for a single night, then no service fee applies.
      Cabins/Lookouts: A $10.00 service fee plus the first night’s cabin or lookout use fee will be charged when a reservation for a cabin or lookout is cancelled within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations for single night’s use will not be assessed a service fee.
      Group Overnight and Day Use Facility: A $10.00 service will be charged plus the first night’s use fee when a reservation for a group overnight facility is cancelled within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date. Cancellations for a single night’s use will not be assessed a service fee.
      Customers cancelling a group day use facility reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date will forfeit the total day use fee (but will not pay a service fee).

      No Shows:
      Reserved campsites and group overnight facilities will be held until check-out time on the day following your scheduled arrival. Group day use facilities will be held until check-in time on your scheduled arrival date.

      Cabins, Lookouts, and Group Day Use Facilities: No shows, early departures, or cancellations after the scheduled arrival date are not entitled to a refund.

      Campsites and Group Overnight Facilities: If you do not arrive at the campground or group overnight facility and do not cancel your reservation by check out time on the day after your scheduled arrival date, you are considered a no show. A $20.00 service fee applies and you will forfeit the first night’s use fee.

      You can click HERE for more information.

  7. Perla & Ernesto says:

    We’re thinking of reserving for Nov 11-13, 2018. Here are our questions:
    1 Which sites are big doenough for our vintage trailer that’s about 14ft?
    2. Are any sites electric?
    3. How long is the fire restriction on for? We usually take wood.
    Perla & Ernesto

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Perla and Ernesto,
      Plaskett Creek campground does not have any hookups (electric, water or sewage). The campsites can accommodate RVs and trailers from 35 to 50 feet, so you’re 14 foot vintage trailer should fit fine. You can view the Plaskett Creek campground page and photos of each campsite to double check on the site you have reserved. We’re not sure about the fire restrictions, but most campgrounds now require you purchase wood at the campground (if available). You can call the campground directly at 805-434-1996.

  8. John says:

    I’d like to stay at Plaskett one night on Friday, November 16th. Currently all reservable sites are taken. I have a tent and can either do a walk in or drive in. What is the likelihood of my being able to get a spot?


    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi John,
      CampsitePhotos.com is not affiliated with the campgrounds listed on our site. We provide the photos of each campsite, campground info and link to make reservations. Plaskett Creek campground is popular in the summer and weekends, so chances are slim you can get a walk-in site during those times. However, if you do decide to try we recommend getting there by 7:30AM to get in line for cancelations. Best of luck!

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From San Luis Obispo take Hwy. 1 north aprox. 60 miles to Plaskett Creek Campground. You will pass through Morro Bay, Cayucas, Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point and Gorda (4 miles north of Gorda). From Monterey take Hwy. 1 south aprox. 55 miles to Plaskett Creek Campground. You will pass through Carmel, the town of Big Sur and Lucia (8 miles south of Lucia).

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets, Vault Toilets)
  • Wood
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Body Surfing
  • Creek
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Ocean
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Surf Fish
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
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