Recreation & Campground Information

NID provides outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at district reservoirs in the foothills and mountains of the Northern 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 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 Lake

Scotts Flat is a Popular Spot for Swimming, Boating and Water Skiing

Rollins, 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.

Mountain 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 weather.


Recreation Office Information

The Recreation Division office is located at the Scotts Flat Lake Campgrounds

23333 Scotts Flat Road
Nevada City, CA 95959

Administration: (530) 265-8861

Recreation Information

Lake/Reservoir Recreation Information & Campground Reservation
Scotts Flat
(530) 265-5302
Lake Level Forecast
Jackson Meadows
(530) 265-5302
Lake Level ForecastEast Meadow Reservations
Faucherie, Silvertip and Aspen Group Campgrounds

(530) 265-5302
Rollins Lake
(530) 265-8861
Lake Level ForecastLong Ravine Campground
(530) 346-6166Orchard Springs Campground
(530) 346-0073Peninsula Resort
(530) 477-9413
Bowman Reservoir
Lake Level Forecast
Combie Reservoir
(530) 265-8861
Lake Level Forecast