Nevada City stands at the gateway to Tahoe National Forest which offers numerous camping and backpacking opportunities. Campers wishing to stay close to town should check with the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Scotts Flat Lake or Rollins Lake. Fishing abounds in the Nevada City area. Anglers still reel in big brown trout from Deer Creek in downtown Nevada City. Good fishing is found at Scotts Flat, Rollins, along local rivers and in the mountain areas east of town.
Inn Town Campground
Erin & Dan Thiem, owners of the Outside Inn, are excited to offer downtown Nevada City a fully serviced campground, complete with pitch your own tent sites, RV hook ups and glamping tents. The 15 acre property, next door the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum, offers a forested camping experience, with close proximity to downtown Nevada City. So whether you’re looking for a staycation or have friends from out of the area, the Inn Town Campground is excited to offer an alternative accommodation options to visitors to Nevada City. Prices from range from $45-$175/night. Communal building, camp store, living room and community kitchen, bathrooms with showers, laundry room, outdoor communal fire pit, swimming pool, RV Hook-ups and more. Bring the kids, the dogs and come camping.
Scotts Flat Lake
Located off Highway 20 east of Nevada City, Scotts Flat (elev. 3100 ft.) offers a beaufitul setting amid thickly forested mountains. The 850-acre lake has a 7.5-mile shoreline with nearly 200 camp sites, two boat launch areas and a marina. Camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, sailing, hiking, biking.
23333 Scotts Flat Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Reservations: (530) 265-5302
Marina: (530) 265-0413.
Rollins Lake Resorts
Located off Highway 174 between Grass Valley and Colfax, Rollins Lake (elev. 2100 ft.) has a 900-acre surface area and 26-mile shoreline. Rollins offers great camping, fishing, boating and a variety of water sports. Campers may choose among more than 250 camp sites at four separate campgrounds on the shores of both Nevada and Placer counties.
Orchard Springs Campground
Located off Orchard Springs Road on the west shore of Rollins, Orchard Springs features a bar and grill, boat launch, group barbecue area and 60 camp sites nestled in the pines and cedars, with with18 full hookups.
19085 Larsen Road
Chicago Park, CA 95712
Greenhorn Park Campground
Located off Greenhorn Road on the north shore of Rollins. Greenhorn offers fishing, water sports, , boat launch, large swimming beach, store, arcade, 84 camp sites.
1500 Greenhorn Access Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Reservations: (530) 272-6100
Store: (530) 272-4038
Long Ravine Campground
Located off Rollins Lake Road on Rollins’ south shore, Long Ravine has 58 pine and oak-studded camp sites, restaurant, store, marina, boat launch.
26909 Rollins Lake Road
Chicago Park, CA 95712
Located off You Bet Road on Rollins central peninsula, the Peninsula Campground features shaded lakeside and wooded camp sites with spacious lake views. Fishing, water sports, boat launch, swimming beach. 78 sites
21597 You Bet Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Located on the western edge of Grass Valley, just minutes from downtown shops and restaurants, “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgounds” offers 95 RV/Trailer sites under the pines, 15 with full hookups, 80 with water and electric. Pets welcome.
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Tahoe National Forest
Nevada City is the gateway to the Tahoe National Forest where the U.S. Forest Service offers wide-ranging opportunities in more than 100 camp and picnic grounds.
For information on camping in the Nevada City area, contact the Nevada City Ranger District at (530) 265-4531, for Downieville and Sierra County camping, check with the North Yuba Ranger District at (530) 2883231, for Truckee/Tahoe area camping, call the Truckee Ranger District at (530) 587-3558.
Most Forest Service campgrounds are available on a first come, first served basis. Some of the most popular sites can be reserved through Recreation.GOV at (877) 444-6777 or www.recreation.gov/.
Wilderness Camping on the South Fork Yuba River
The South Fork Yuba River is one of the 13 free-flowing rivers protected by the California Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, possessing extraordinary scenic, historic,and recreation value. Wilderness camping is permitted near Nevada City along a 4.4 mile section of the South Yuba Trail as it follows the shadier south side of the river from Edwards Crossing down to Purdon Crossing. This section begins and ends on State Park land, but is mostly situated in the Tahoe National Forest, where you can camp anywhere. Bureau of Land Management: South Fork Yuba
Little Town of Washington
Located on the banks of the South Yuba River, Washington is 16 miles from Nevada City, via eastbound Highway 20 and Washington Road.
Gene’s Pine Aire Campground
River Rest Resort/Campground
Englebright Lake – Skippers Cove Marina
Located off Highway 20 and Mooney Flat Road about 20 miles west of Nevada City, Englebright offers boat-in-only camping. Swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing. 100 camp sites, water, showers.
13104 Marina Drive
Smartville, CA 95977
Bullards Bar Reservoir – Emerald Cove Marina
Located off of Highway 49 about 20 miles north of Nevada City, Bullards Bar (elev. 2000 ft.) offers a large 4700-acre surface with a 56-mile shoreline. Vehicle and boat access camping, marina, houseboat rental, fishing, water skiing, water sports.
12571 Marysville Road
Dobbins, CA 95935
Harmony Ridge Resort
90 full hook-up sites, club houses, pool & spa, wi-fi internet, kitchen, and other amenities. Reservations required. 3 miles from downtown Nevada City.