The Paradise Shores RV Park is a small, well-maintained, privately owned park on the scenic shores of Bridgeport Reservoir. Nestled in sagebrush and grass-covered hills, the park has a breathtaking view of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Not far from historic Bodie ghost town and surreal Mono Lake, Paradise Shores is a great base from which to explore the area.
Paradise Shores RV Park
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone: (760) 932-7735
Latitude: 38.288408 N, Longitude: -119.215682 W, Elevation: 6,500 ft (1981.2 m)
We stayed at the Paradise Shores RV Park for one week in mid-October, 2016. This is an older park originally built to handle smaller RVs. The park has sites that will accommodate up to 42 ft rigs with 30 amp service. The park was busy during our stay, but generally peaceful and quiet. We had a 30 amp full hookup back-in site and enjoyed our stay here. A young husband & wife team own and operate the park – we found the couple very personable, friendly and helpful during our stay.
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Our seven night stay cost about $39/night, including Mono County 12% TOT Tax. There were no extra vehicle or pet fees.
Amenities On Site or Nearby
The campground has basic amenities, including full hookups with 30 amp service, propane, restrooms and showers, laundry room, outdoors social fire ring and social deck/lounge area. The park offers full hookup 30 amp RV sites, dry tent and small RV sites, and rental trailers. The park has a small camp store with fishing & camping supplies, tourist info and books about local recreation and activities. Few amenities are available close to the park – a market, gas stations, restaurants, and sporting goods are available in Bridgeport. A wider range of shopping and services are available in Carson City, Nevada (85 miles), or Bishop, California (92 miles).
Accessibility – 3/5
The campground is easily accessible from Highway CA-182, but the park entrance drives are narrow and are on a slope. Exercise caution when turning back on the highway as there is limited visibility. Once past the paved entrance area, the park lanes are well-maintained gravel. The road through the park will accommodate large rigs, but may be tight in places. The campground facilities have few provisions for Universal access.
The park only has back-in sites. Since this is an older park, sites are small and may prove a tight fit for larger rigs. The park states that it will accommodate up to 42 ft rigs.
Facilities/Amenities – 3/5
As noted, the campground offers basic amenities, including full or partial-hookups, restrooms and showers, laundry room, swimming pool and indoor spa. The grounds and facilities are clean and well maintained. The park offers full hookup 30 amp RV sites, dry tent and small RV sites, and rental trailers.
Site quality – 3/5
RV sites have full hookups with water, septic and 30/20 amp electric service. Dry tent and small RV sites are also available. Sites are gravel with a picnic table and little separation between sites. There are some trees in the campground, but most sites are not shaded.
Scenic Value – 5/5
Set on the shores of the Bridgeport Reservoir, nestled in grass and sage-covered hills and with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the campground is quite scenic.
Location/Isolation – 4/5
As noted, the campground is set along a lovely lake shore with mountain views. The park feels quite isolated since it is several miles outside of Bridgeport and busy Highway US-395. Highway CA-182 has little traffic to dispel the peace and quiet. The RV sites are, however, quite close together, with little separation between sites. For us, this is the biggest detraction of the park – this is a personal preference, it is still a nice park we wouldn’t mind visiting again.
Paws Friendliness – 4/5
The campground is pet friendly, but does not provide cleanup-bags or any enclosed pet run. The campground is small for walking your pet, but there is easy access to the lake shore for much longer walks. There are many places in the surrounding area where you could take your pet off leash. Depending on season, lake levels could be quite low and the lake shores muddy. Water in the lake tends to be alkaline – your pet may not enjoy the smell or feel of the water, nor should they drink the lake water. The park has a nice pet wash station to hose down a muddy mutt.
Overall Rating – 3/5
This is a nice basic campground which we can recommend. We would certainly stay here on another trip.
We received a weak to moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We deployed our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access. The campground offers free WiFi, but we did not try this service.
The water at this campground tested moderately hard– we did added our water softener to the water filtration stack.
There are many things to see and do in the area around the park. Here are some suggestions:
- Historic buildings & vintage neon signs in Bridgeport
- Sonora Pass
- Twin Lakes, Lundy Lake, Green Creek
- Mono Lake
- Tioga Pass & Tuolumne Meadows
- Travertine & Buckeye Hot Springs
- Historic Bodie ghost town
- Historic ghost mine ruins – Masonic and Chemung Mines
- Hiking, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, horseback riding and OHV
Here are just a few photos of the campground, as well as some of the area attractions. Most of the campground photos were lost when I damaged my cell phone. For more campground photos, see the photo gallery on the park website.