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NID Offers Recreation in the Foothills and Sierras

The Nevada Irrigation District offers recreation at its reservoirs in the foothills and mountains of the Northern Sierra providing opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and swimming.

In the foothills at Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs, NID provides public parks, trails, campgrounds and beaches for the community’s enjoyment. Higher up in the mountains, NID maintains and operates campgrounds in the Jackson Meadows and Bowman Lake areas.

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Scotts Flat

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 NID and in some cases, by private operators, under contract with NID.

Scotts Flat 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 Reservoir, 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.


Faucherie Lake

Sierra Mountain Recreation

At higher elevations in the Sierras, 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. 

At Bowman Lakes area, campgrounds are located at Bowman, Canyon Creek, Sawmill and Faucherie Lakes.

The 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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We Partner for Trails

Trails help to cultivate a healthy community. NID partners with the Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County (YBONC) and the Bear Yuba Land Trust to provide multiuse trails for recreation. The trails we provide at Scotts Flat Lake and Rollins Lake attract hikers and bicyclists from throughout the region. 



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