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NID Campground Information

  2022 reservations open January 4, 2022

Reservations for Scotts Flat Lake can be made by phone (530) 265-5302 or online January 4th starting at 12:00 a.m. or in person at our Scott’s Flat office located at 23333 Scotts Flat Lake Road, Nevada City. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday

Reservations for Faucherie, Aspen and Silvertip Groups can be made by phone (530) 265-5302 starting January 4th at 12:00 a.m. or in person at our Scott’s Flat office located at 23333 Scotts Flat Lake Road, Nevada City. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Monday - Friday

Reservations for Orchard Springs can be made by phone (530) 346-0073 starting January 4th at 12:00 a.m. 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 can be made by phone (530) 346-6166 starting January 4th at 12:00 a.m. 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 can be made by phone (530) 477-9413 or online starting January 4th at 12:00 a.m.

******EARLY 2022 RESERVATIONS*******

Reservations of 6+ sites open on December 9, 2021.  Reservations can be made in person or over the phone at each campground.  Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 


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 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, Canyon Creek, 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.

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Recreation Office Information

We are located at the Scotts Flat Lake Campgrounds

23333 Scotts Flat Road
Nevada City, CA 95959

Administration: (530) 265-8861

Annual Events:

  • NID Easter Egg Hunt Orchard Springs - April 2022
  • No Motor Day Scott’s Flat Lake– May 15, 2022
  • 6th Annual NID Kids’ Triathlon Orchard Springs –  September 2022
  • BSM (Barbara Schmidt Millar) Triathlon Cascade Shores – September 2022
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 new COVID19 guidelines for camping 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
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