Mountain recreation facilities temporarily closed due to fire risk

September 9, 2020

Due to dangerous fire conditions, all developed campgrounds and day-use sites in the Tahoe National Forest have been temporarily closed.

These closures also include Nevada Irrigation District (NID) recreation facilities in the Jackson Meadows – Bowman Lake areas.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced the temporary closures and additional fire restrictions across most National Forests within California to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts.

The following closures and prohibitions apply within the Tahoe National Forest:

  • A closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites. Trails and trailheads remain open.
  • No fires. This includes campfires and all gas stoves, propane barbeques, etc.
  • A closure of “dispersed camping” sites outside designated, developed campgrounds.

The TNF closures and prohibitions went into effect on Sept. 7, and will be re-evaluated daily by federal agents as conditions change.

In the TNF, 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, Jackson Creek, Sawmill and Faucherie Lakes in the Bowman corridor.

In NID’s foothill division, campgrounds around Scotts Flat Reservoir and Rollins Reservoir remain open, although campfires and open fires fueled by wood or charcoal are prohibited.

“The wildfire danger in our forested recreational areas is heightened with the hot, dry conditions,” said NID Recreation Manager Monica Reyes. “Our focus is on public safety. Thank you for understanding this extreme fire threat, and respecting the temporary restrictions being placed on our recreation facilities.”

Learn more about NID recreation, click here.

NID restricts campfires in campgrounds to reduce wildfire risk

August 27, 2020

Because of hot weather and dry conditions, campfires are now prohibited on recreational facilities owned and operated by the Nevada Irrigation District (NID).

The ban includes developed campgrounds around Scotts Flat Reservoir and Rollins Reservoir, as well as dispersed camping and recreational facilities in the higher elevations around the Jackson Meadows – Bowman Lake areas.

Under the new rules, campfires and open fires fueled by wood or charcoal are prohibited. Portable cooking stoves, lanterns that use liquefied or bottled fuel and propane-fueled portable fires are permitted because they can be instantly switched off.

“NID thanks the community, campers and recreationists for understanding the need for these restrictions,” said NID Recreation Manager Monica Reyes. “With the current dry, hot conditions fires caused by abandoned or escaped campfires pose a greater threat to our community, firefighters and the forest.”

Please note: campfires are still allowed in campgrounds at East Meadows, Pass Creek, Woodcamp and Fir Top up at Jackson Meadows, which are operated by Nevada Irrigation District in cooperation with the Tahoe National Forest.

Learn more about NID recreation, click here.

Peninsula Campground closes for the season

July 24, 2020

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has announced that Peninsula Campground, located on Rollins Reservoir, will be closing for camping effective July 24 due to COVID-19.

Day use and boating will remain open through the end of the season at the Peninsula facility.

As a precaution to avoid the spread of COVID-19, new guidelines have been implemented for day use:

  • Anyone coming on to our facilities will have to fill out a Release of Liability form
  • If you are sick please stay home; you will receive a full refund
  • Boating and day use are with household members only
  • Visitors should keep their face masks nearby, especially in the day use areas
  • Maintain six feet of distance from non-household members
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day
  • Bring hand sanitizer.

Peninsula Campground is on the north shore of Rollins Lake, 15 miles from Colfax at 21597 You Bet Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Learn more about NID recreation here.

Peninsula Campground and facility information is here.

NID to open camping and day-use recreation on July 1

June 26, 2020

NID has announced it will open most of its recreation facilities starting July 1, 2020.

Campgrounds, picnic day-use sites and boat ramps will re-open at Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs in the foothills, as well as at Jackson Meadows Complex and the Bowman Corridor.

There are exceptions: group campsites will remain closed at all facilities. Also, Fir Top and Findley campgrounds in the Jackson Meadows area will remain closed, as well as Aspen Group and Faucherie.

“We are pleased to announce the opening of our recreation season, but do ask for the public’s help as we work to reopen safely,” said Monica Reyes, NID Recreation Manager.

Re-opening will have certain special regulations: to limit the transmission of COVID19, guests should recreate only with individuals from their own household. There is to be no congregating with other visitors. Also, guests should have a mask on hand to use when six feet of distance can’t be maintained with others.

“We also ask that people who are sick to stay home. Rest assured, you will receive a full refund if you do. We are trying to create an environment where people can feel safe and enjoy NID’s great recreation areas,” Reyes said.

The District will take extra precautions with the public restrooms by conducting a deep cleaning every morning and sanitizing them throughout the day. Other congregation areas, such as the store and playground areas, will remain closed as a precaution. Ice and wood will be sold at gatehouses, and fueling stations will be open at the Long Ravine and Scotts Flat facilities.

Upon arrival, all guests will be required to sign a liability release holding NID harmless from anyone catching COVID19.

Please note that all camping reservations for the July 4th weekend are booked.

NID proceeds with a plan to re-open campgrounds by July 1

June 12, 2020

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is proceeding with its plan to re-open its camping and day-use recreation areas by July 1, 2020.

The District has been working closely with Nevada County health officials on its re-opening plan. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued new guidance that allowed county health officers to enter the Stage 3 COVID-19 reopening plan, which includes campgrounds, as well as gyms, bars, hotels, and other businesses, all with health safety conditions and restrictions.

NID looks forward to welcoming the community to recreate in our campgrounds and picnic areas. The aim is to be able to re-open by July 1. Public health and safety is paramount, and the District will continue to coordinate with and take direction from County health officials to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Above all, the District’s plan supports a clean, safe environment for the public and NID workers. This includes thorough cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and adaptations to provide access to recreation opportunities and activities while protecting public health and safety.

In response to statewide and local county restrictions, NID closed its recreational facilities and campgrounds on March 20 to reduce the transmission risk of the coronavirus COVID-19. On May 29, the District re-opened its boat launches to local residents at Scotts Flat Reservoir and Rollins reservoirs.

Summer recreation employment available

June 12, 2020

Nevada Irrigation District is seeking to fill a number of seasonal positions as it gears up to open more recreation options at Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs.

These temporary positions are seasonal jobs working outdoors at our recreational facilities and campgrounds.

In addition, the District is looking for a camp host for the Woodcamp Campground on the scenic Jackson Meadow Reservoir.

Interested applicants must be 18 years of age and may be required to work weekends and/or holidays.

For more information, contact Blue Ribbon Personnel Services at (530) 823-0556.

Update: Fire fuel work continues on Friday at Scotts Flat – trail closed

June 12, 2020

The trail between the Gate 1 and Gate 2 campgrounds at Scotts Flat Reservoir will be closed on Friday, June 12 for vegetation removal to reduce wildfire risk.

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) must close the trail between the two campgrounds for the safety of the public. Work crews will be using chainsaws and other equipment to cut ladder fuels and to remove hazard trees, and then to carry this material into areas where it can be accessed for cleanup.

The public will encounter “trail closed” and “area closed” signs at the silver gate off Scotts Flat Road, between the two campgrounds, and also on the trail if they walk or bike in from the boat ramp area at Gate 2 or from the Gate 1 side.

This work will improve forest health and reduce catastrophic fire risk on forested lands adjacent to the reservoir and to nearby residential communities.

NID thanks the public for patience and understanding while we work to reduce wildfire risk.

TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE – Fire Fuel Reduction Work at Scotts Flat Reservoir Trail on Wednesday, June 10

June 10, 2020

The trail between the Gate 1 and Gate 2 campgrounds at Scotts Flat Reservoir will be closed on Wednesday, June 10 for vegetation removal to reduce wildfire risk.

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) must close the trail between the two campgrounds for the safety of the public. Work crews will be using chainsaws and other equipment to cut ladder fuels and to remove hazard trees, and then to carry this material into areas where it can be accessed for cleanup.

The public will encounter “trail closed” and “area closed” signs at the silver gate off Scotts Flat Road, between the two campgrounds, and also on the trail if they walk or bike in from the boat ramp area at Gate 2 or from the Gate 1 side.

This work will improve forest health and reduce catastrophic fire risk on forested lands adjacent to the reservoir and to nearby residential communities.

NID thanks the public for patience and understanding while we work to reduce wildfire risk.

NID to Open Scotts Flat and Rollins Lake Boat Launches to Locals on May 29 – Day Use Areas Remains Closed Until Further Notice

May 27, 2020

Working closely with Nevada County Health Departments, the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) will open its boat launches at Scotts Flat and Rollin’s Lakes to local residents  on Friday, May 29 with County prescribed, COVID-19 restrictions.

Boaters will be allowed to launch with the requirement that they live in Nevada or Placer Counties, be members of the same household, and follow other conditions posted at the entrance. All boaters should have a personal facemask to use in keeping with CDC guidelines, and will be required to sign a release of liability form. Nevada County Public Health officials have determined that locals are defined as residents of Nevada and Placer Counties.

The boat launches will be open every day with non-motorized boating starting at 7:30 a.m. for those who want to enjoy a quieter setting using their kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, etc. The lakes will open to all boaters starting at 9:30 a.m. Gates close promptly at 7:00 pm. Marina fuel sales will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The one exception is the Cascade Shores boat launch is closed to the public Monday-Tuesday.

“We recognize everyone is excited to get out on the water but the community is still in the early stages of COVID-19 reopening. NID is working with the Nevada County Health Department to create a safe boating experience that minimizes the risks of transmission of COVID-19 and still allows boaters to get out and enjoy our beautiful lakes,” stated Monica Reyes, NID Recreation Manager.

To reduce congestion at the boat launches, NID will allow Scotts Flat and Rollins Lake boat slip and mooring ball holders to drop their boats on Wednesday, May 27 from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, although recreational boating will not be allowed until Friday, May 29, 2020.

NID has developed an enhanced cleaning protocol that includes a deep disinfecting of bathrooms in the boat launch areas every morning, with additional cleaning throughout the day. Camping, day use picnic, and play areas will remain closed, as will the bathrooms in those areas. According to the Nevada County Health Department, areas that cause people to congregate (picnic and camping areas) or those with high touch surfaces (playground equipment) must remain closed as they pose a risk for transmission of COVID-19.

NID trails and the boat launches at Bowman and Jackson Meadows remain open subject to weather and road conditions. In addition, public access to reservoirs may be available via the following alternative options: Rollins Reservoir – Greenhorn Campground access, Lower Scotts Flat Reservoir, Bowman Reservoir via the walk-in boat ramp, Jackson Meadows Reservoir – via the Pass Creek boat launch, and Combie Reservoir – resident access only.

NID continues to coordinate with the Nevada County Health Department to determine when we can safely re-open the remainder of our recreational facilities to everyone. We appreciate the public’s continued patience and cooperation during this time, and we will keep you updated on any further changes at nidwater.com.