Nevada Irrigation District believes the great outdoors is an excellent place for families and friends to spend quality time together and create memories to last a lifetime. Our mission is to provide safe and stunning campgrounds combined with great customer service, amenities and activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy. Everyone will find fun and adventure. Whatever your preference, our campgrounds, lakes and trails have something for you.
This time of year is considered our "off-season." Scotts Flat, Orchard Springs and Long Ravine Campgrounds are still open for day use, boating and camping. Camping is on a drop-in basis, we do not take reservations. Our gatehouses are not staffed every day so please bring cash and pay at the gatehouse in a payment envelope. Enjoy your time with us!
PLEASE NOTE: Effective Wednesday, November 1, 2023, NID will be lifting its fire restrictions. Please be aware that if the County or Cal Fire has a "Fire Watch Day" we will follow their restrictions, so please be prepared with propane just in case we need to make a quick change to our fire restrictions.
Please remember while camping with us, you are in BEAR COUNTRY! Bears have always been in our area but due to this year's heavy and low snow, the bears have been quite active in the lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada.
- NEVER feed bears or leave food out.
- Keep a clean campsite.
- Clean up all dirty dishes, garbage, food and beverage containers (especially before bedtime).
- Keep clothing and sleeping bags free from food odors or heavy scents.
- Do not store your food in your tents.
- Dispose of your trash in our trash cans, we collect the garbage several times throughout the day and our security does late-night trash runs, to help keep the bears away.
***Please keep in mind, fire restrictions may be imposed due to weather conditions, PSPS events, power outages or poor air quality, at which time, campfires and charcoal fires will not be permitted. In severe cases, propane use may be restricted as well***
2024 Reservations Open on January 2, 2024, at 12:01 a.m...
**When leaving a message, to keep it quick and easy, ONLY leave your name and phone number and we will get back to you in the order received. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND... This time of year we get inundated with in-person and phone message reservation requests, so it may take a few days for us to return your message. Please see below on how reservations can be made at specific campgrounds.
Reservations for Scotts Flat Campground can be made by phone (530) 265-5302 or in person at our Scotts Flat Office located at 23333 Scotts Flat Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Reservations can also be made online at the Scotts Flat webpage.
Reservations for Faucherie, Aspen, and Silvertip Groups can be made by phone (530) 265-5302 or in person at our Scotts Flat Office located at 23333 Scotts Flat Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. When leaving a message please tell us the campground you would like to book.
Reservations for Orchard Springs Campground can be made by phone (530) 346-0073 or in person at our Orchard Springs Gate House located at 19085 Larsen Road, Grass Valley. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Reservations for Long Ravine Campground can be made by phone at (530) 346-6166 or in person at our Long Ravine Gate House located at 26909 Rollins Lake Road, Colfax. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Reservations for Peninsula Campground can be by phone (530) 477-9413 or online on our Peninsula webpage.
******EARLY 2024 RESERVATIONS*******
Reservations of 6+ sites open on Monday, December 18, 2023. Reservations can be made in person or over the phone at each campground. Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
NID provides outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at District reservoirs in the foothills and mountains of the Northern Sierra.
Sierra Foothill Recreation
Camping, fishing, swimming, sunning, boating, water skiing, sailing, kayaking and other activities are popular at both Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs in the Sierra foothills. Day-use parks, campgrounds and beaches are operated by the District and in some cases by private operators under contract with NID.
Scotts Flat Lake is situated among the tall pines at the 3100-foot elevation nine miles east of Nevada City via Highway 20 and Scotts Flat Road. It offers 169 campsites at two large campgrounds, plus a group camp. Across the lake, accessible via Red Dog and Quaker Hill Roads from Nevada City, is the Cascade Shores Day Use Area.
Scotts Flat is a popular spot for swimming, boating and water skiing
Rollins lake, located at the 2100-foot elevation off Highway 174 between Grass Valley and Colfax, has four independently operated campgrounds. Long Ravine, Greenhorn, Orchard Springs and Peninsula offer a combined 250 campsites and a complete range of services including stores, restaurants, fuel sales and rentals.
User fees at the public recreation areas are set by the NID Board of Directors and must be approved by the state departments of Water Resources and Fish & Game.
Sierra Mountain Upper Division Campgrounds
In the mountains, NID maintains and operates campgrounds and recreational facilities in the Jackson Meadows – Bowman lake areas. Jackson Meadows features several campgrounds, picnic day-use sites and boat ramps. Other campgrounds are located at Bowman, Sawmill and Faucherie Lakes in the Bowman corridor.
The primary recreation season in the high mountain areas generally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on snow levels and weather.
Recreation Office Information
We are located at the Scotts Flat Lake Campground
23333 Scotts Flat Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Administration: (530) 265-8861
- No Motor Day Scott’s Flat Lake - May 7, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm
- 6th Annual NID Kids’ Triathlon Orchard Springs – Discontinued
- BSM (Barbara Schmidt Millar) Triathlon Cascade Shores – Discontinued
PLEASE NOTE: Fire restrictions may be imposed due to weather conditions, PSPS events, power outages or poor air quality, at which time, campfires and charcoal fires will not be permitted. In severe cases, propane use may be restricted as well.*
Please see our COVID-19 guidelines for camping, boating and day use:
- If you are sick please stay home
- Only one household should occupy each campsite.
- Do not congregate in other campsites
- Visitors should keep their face masks nearby, especially in bathroom areas
- Maintain 6ft of distance from non-household members
- Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day
- Bring hand sanitizer