Camped Out in Nevada County
by Mark Winkler
Photo by Ashley Hill
You can camp by a river, you can camp by a lake,
You can camp between both, for goodness sake.
You can pitch a small tent or park a big motorhome,
Stay put for three weeks or get out and roam.
You can sit under pines, you can sit under cedars,
For a few it’s first time but most are repeaters.
We’ve got nice fire rings and wide, level spaces,
So you pick the spot and say what the pace is.
WESTERN NEVADA COUNTY (Scroll down for Truckee area.) Tahoe National Forest & Private Campgrounds. Nevada City Ranger District
(530) 265-4531; 631 Coyote St., P.O. Box 6003, Nevada City, CA 95959-6003
LONG RAVINE CAMPGROUND AT LONG RAVINE RESORT
Escape to the country. (530)346-6166. Just off 1-80, 2 miles from Colfax. Cafe and Market, Campground, Dock, Water Craft Rentals, Beach, Swimming, Floating Slide. www.longravineresorts.com/
MALAKOFF DIGGINS STATE PARK
50 minutes from Nevada City. Developed campsites. No hookups, no showers. Flush toilets. Swimming, hiking and fishing. RV's up to 24 feet, max; trailer length, 18 feet. Call Mistix (800) 444-7275. Reservations can be made no sooner than 8 weeks in advance. If Mistix tells you there are no more sites available, call the park directly at (530) 265-2740.
14050 Moonshine Rd. 25 sites. No showers. RV's to 28'. Private campground at the middle Yuba off of Hwy 49 about 30 minutes North from Nevada City. (530)288-3585
NEVADA COUNTY FAIR RV PARK
11228 McCourtney Rd. Grass Valley (530) 273-6217. Seven minutes from Nevada City. Highway 20 exit, off Hwy 49, follow signs to Fairgrounds.
RIVER REST CAMPGROUND
13 miles East on Hwy 20, 6 miles on Washington Rd (530) 265-4306
SCOTT'S FLAT LAKE CAMPGROUND
State Hwy. 20, 4 miles East of Nevada City at Scotts Flat Rd. (530) 265-5302
SOUTH YUBA CAMPGROUND
On North Bloomfield Rd., about 45 minutes from Nevada City. BLM managed campground. First come, first serve. 16 sites, 8 of these can accommodate RV's (up to 27'). No hookups. Pit toilets. Running water. Barbecue grill, tables. Rough road.
15 miles East of Nevada City on Hwy 20.
UNITED TRAILS RV RESORT
Hirschdale Rd. exit off I-80, 7 mi East of Truckee. 530-587-8282
WILLOW CREEK CAMPGROUND/RV PARK
WHITE CLOUD CAMPGROUND
Hwy 20, 12 miles East of Nevada City.
EASTERN NEVADA COUNTY
Tahoe National Forest & Private Campgrounds. Truckee Ranger District. (530) 587-3558. 10342 Hwy. 89 North, Truckee, CA 96161.
BIG BEN CAMPGROUND
Near Big Bend Exit off I-80.
CANYON CREEK CAMPGROUND
3 miles South of Jackson Creek on Forest Rd. 122-80<
DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
At Donner Lake, two miles west of I-80. Take exit 184. 140 campsites, 60 picnic sites and frontage on Donner Lake. There is a half-mile interpretive nature trail, and year-round planned activities. For campground reservations call: Reserve America (800) 444-7275. Park and museum information: (530) 582-7892.
LAKESIDE CAMPGROUND - PROSSER RESERVOIR
Hwy. 89, 1 1/2 miles North of Truckee
GRANITE FLAT CAMPGROUND
Off Hwy. 89, 4 miles North of Truckee.
LOGGER CAMPGROUND - STAMPEDE RESERVOIR
Boca/Hirschdale I-80 exit.
HAMPSHIRE ROCKS CAMPGROUND
I-80 Rainbow Rd. exit to frontage road 5, South of freeway.
INDIAN SPRINGS CAMPGROUND
1/2 mile North of Eagle Lakes exit I-80.
MARTIS LAKE CAMPGROUND
Open May 15 - Oct 15. Twenty-five campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Alpine Meadows Campground. All campsites contain a RV parking space (maximum 30 feet), picnic table, tent pad(s), fire ring and a barbecue grill. Water faucets and vault restrooms with running water are also provided. No electricity is available. Public pay telephones are available. Two campsites are universally accessible and are available for reservation by calling the park office. (530) 587-8113.
NORTH FORK CAMPGROUND
6 miles Southeast of I-80, Emigrant Gap exit on Texas Hill Rd.
PROSSER CAMPGROUND - PROSSER RESERVOIR
3 miles North of Truckee off Hwy 89.
I-80, 7 miles East of Truckee, Boca/Hirschdale exit.
BOCA REST CAMPGROUND
Hwy 89, 4 miles South of Truckee.
CAMPING RELATED BUSINESSES
ALL OUTDOORS CALIFORNIA WHITEWATER RAFTING
Offering whitewater rafting trips on 10 of California's best rivers, including the three forks of the American River, the Merced, Tuolumne and more. All-Outdoors has more than 40 years of experience offering rafting trips for all ability levels.
Camping, Mining, Tarps, Boots, Raingear, Military Surplus, Paintball, Knives. Workclothes Headquarters.
105 West Main Street, Grass Valley. (530) 273-7315. www.swensonsoutdoors.com
TRIBUTARY WHITEWATER TOURS
Nevada County based outfitter, offering great rafting on the nearby American, Yuba and Truckee Rivers. For all levels, with trips suitable for kids as young as 4-yrs to expert only
adventures on Class 5 runs. More than 30 years of safe trips.
(530) 346-6812; (800) 672-3846.
Sierra Skies RV Park
"The best little RV park in the west." Located in historic Sierra City, CA. 100 Carrier Circle, Sierra City, CA (530) 862-1166 Open May 1st thru October 31st. www.sierraskiesrvpark.com