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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Our Opinion: Recommend. A few miles west of Hwy 99, this Elks Lodge is a green oasis in a quiet residential area. Private; you must be an Elk or traveling with an Elk to stay here.

Date of Stay: March 30 and 31, 2009.
Weather During Stay: Springtime: lows in the 40’s, highs in the upper 60’s.

Sites: Of the 12 W/E (30 amp) sites available, 7 are suitable for big rigs, 4 are suitable for shorter rigs (under 30‘ or so) and one is occupied by a host‘s rig. Sites are reasonably wide (room for slides and awnings) and fairly level, on asphalt and gravel, with picnic tables here and there. No pull-throughs. Utility hookups for the big-rig sites (at the back of the parking lot) are placed to allow backing in or nosing in, so motorhomes can face the small green park adjacent to the RV sites - very nice.

All sites are located along the perimeter of a fairly small, quite busy parking lot - it could be difficult to maneuver into a space if the lodge is busy. Dry camping does not seem feasible due to the heavy use of the small parking lot.

A host is in the site next to the dump station. Dump station access is a bit awkward, but possible for all sizes of rigs. Two washers and two dryers (coin operated) are available in the laundry room on the first floor of the lodge (the bar and dining area is upstairs).

Rate: $16 for W/E. Dump included in camping fee.

Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon phones and aircard signal. No obstructions to block TV satellite. Several TV stations using the TV antenna. Local NPR on 91.3.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat, level parking with grass and trees around the perimeter. Elevation is near sea level. Views of grass, trees, the lodge and parking lot, and nearby homes.

Lighting/Noise: The lodge parking area is quite lit up at night, somewhat obtrusive. Very quiet at night.

Favorite Sites: We like the longer sites at the back of the lodge parking lot, where we pull in front forward facing the park. No reservations here, so take your choice when you arrive.

Hiking/Walking: Lodi Lake Park has a few miles of nice walking trails a short drive away, or walk there: head south from the lodge less than 1/2 miles to the cemetary. Between the cemetary and the railroad tracks (don't cross the tracks), turn east (left) and follow the wide concrete path to the park. Nice "natural area" loop and paved roads.

Comments: This lodge is in the tiny community of Woodbridge, just north of Lodi - a medium sized town with a pleasant, well-maintained downtown. The Lodi post office, right around the corner, might be a good spot to receive General Delivery mail. Nice big, new Raley‘s grocery store and Safeway further south on N. Lower Sacramento Road. Golfing at Micke Grove Park, south of town. There is a Cummins repair/service facility nearby, on Woodbridge Road just off (west) of Highway 99

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