Oak Flat Campground is the largest of the three campgrounds in Richardson Grove State Park, and has with 94 campsites that are placed in an oak grove on the east side of the south fork of the Eel River. The campsites at Oak Flat Campground, unlike Richardson Grove’s other campgrounds, Huckleberry and Madrone, are located in a grassy oak grove, which provides a nice mix of shade and sun. Richardson Grove State Park is the first place on the northbound Highway 101 where you will encounter the old growth, giant redwood trees. The state park is split in half by the south fork of the Eel River and Oak Flat Campground is the only campground on the east side of the river, which is just a short walk from most campsites.
The Oak Flat Campground campsites include a fire ring, picnic table, food locker, and access to bathrooms and showers.
Oak Flat Campground – Richardson Grove State Park – Bottom Line
Oak Flat Campground is our least favorite of the three campgrounds at Richardson Grove State Park. The campground is very wide open, but the campsites have little to no privacy depending on where you camp, largely due to the lack of bushes and large trees in the campground. Oak Flat campground also seems to attract the most density per campsite; in fact the campsites seemed to have more people than they should with multiple families packed into many campsites. This level of density makes what should be larger campsites at Oak Flat feel like the campsites that are smaller and closer together. The upside of Oak Flat Campground is that recreational activities, especially those that are centered around the Eel River are easily accessible.
The best campsites at Oak Flat Campground are 82, 83, 86, 88, 90, 96, 98, 99, 101, 102, 122-134, 141, 142. 144, 146, and 148-159.
Oak Flat Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||93 Campsites|
|RV/Trailer Length:||30 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open end of June – Labor Day weekend.|
|Address:||1600 Highway 101, Garberville, California 95542|
|Nearest City/Town:||Garberville, California|
|Location:||Humboldt County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||7.5 miles to Garberville|
|Directions:||Richardson Grove State Park is located 7 miles south of Garberville on Us Highway 101.|
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Mid Summer – Oak Flat Campground can fill up in mid-summer, however rainfall is common at Richardson Grove and heavy between fall and early summer.
Friday 01/18 90%
High 53° / Low 51°
Periods of rain. High 53F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Saturday 01/19 90%
High 57° / Low 47°
Rain. High 57F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Sunday 01/20 100%
High 50° / Low 40°
Rain. High near 50F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Monday 01/21 20%
High 54° / Low 36°
Cloudy. High 54F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 01/22 10%
High 60° / Low 40°
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High around 60F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 01/23 10%
High 62° / Low 42°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 62F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Temperatures range from lows in the 50s to highs between 70-90’s degrees in the summer.
What To Do
Richardson Grove State Park has lots of activities to offer, especially for families. There are miles of hiking trails and swimming and fishing are available in the south fork of the Eel River which runs through the park.
Richardson Grove State Park was established in 1922 and named after Friend W. Richardson, the 25th governor of California.