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Gold Country Camping

Gold Country Camping Overview

Gold Country

Campgrounds in Gold Country, California number in the hundreds. Find Gold Country camping from Nevada City and Grass Valley to Angels Camp and Coulterville with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, State Forests, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Camping in Gold Country varies from the lush forests of the Sierra Foothills to riverside campsites and a campground by the lake. Gold Country campgrounds of notable interest include the Coloma Resort Campground situated where James Marshall first discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, The sacred ceremonial site of Indian Grinding Rocks State Park, Calaveras Big Trees State Park where you can camp within a Giant Sequoia grove and New Melones Lake for camping by the lake and house boating. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.

BEARS: Metal bear-proof lockers are provided in almost all campsites where bears are a problem. California bears rarely attack people without provocation and should not be feared, but a great deal of space and respect should be given to a bear. Please visit our Tips page for more information on bears and other precautions to consider.

PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.

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Nevada City Camping

Scotts Flat Lake Campground is located north of Nevada City off Highway 20. Activities at Scotts Flat Lake include boating, fishing and swimming. Campground by the lake offers over 150 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Marina, general store, laundromat, RV dump stations and boat rentals on-site.

Scotts Flat Lake Campground
23333 Scotts Flat Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-5302
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Collins Lake Campground is located northeast of Yuba City off Marysville Road from Highway 20. Activities at Collins Lake include boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and volleyball. Campground by the lake offers over 200 campsites for tent and RV camping with hookups. Amenities include a picnic table, barbecue, flush toilets and showers. Marina, general store, laundry room and boat rentals on-site.

Collins Lake Campground
7530 Collins Lake Road
Oregon House, CA 95962
(530) 692-1600
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Bullards Bar Campground is located off Highway 49 north of Grass Valley & Nevada City. Activities at Bullards Bar include fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, sunbathing and hiking. Several campgrounds by the lake offer nearly 100 campsites for tent and RV camping. Only Schoolhouse campground offers flush toilets. Garden Point and Madrone Cove are boat-in campgrounds. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring and bear locker. Marina, general store and boat rentals on-site.

Bullards Bar Campground
Emerald Cove Marina
12571 Marysville Road
Dobbins, CA 95935
(530) 692-3200
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Schoolhouse Campground is located near New Bullards Bar Lake off Highway 49. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, and biking. This campground by the lake has 56 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, barbecue and flush toilets. Call the Emerald Cove Marina (530) 692-3200 for reservations.

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Chute Hill Campground is located off Highway 20 northeast of Nevada City. Situated at Malakoff Diggins State Park, the site of an historic and controversial hydraulic gold mining operation, Malakoff features a Visitor Center & Museum that detail the living conditions in the old mining town of North Bloomfield. Activities include hiking, fishing, gold panning and sightseeing. The campground includes 30 campsites for tent and RV camping and 3 primitive cabins. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Reservations recommended.

Chute Hill Campground
Malakoff Diggins State Park
23579 North Bloomfield Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-2740
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Auburn Camping

Dru Barner Campground is located east of Auburn on Highway 193, off Wentworth Springs Road. Campground is ideal for equestrian use with pull-through spaces and access to trails. The campground has 47 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring and flush toilets. Lake Walton is nearby. First-come first-served.

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Placerville Camping

Coloma Resort Campground is located north of Placerville off Highway 49. The resort is situated directly across the American River from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where gold was discovered that sparked the 1849 gold rush. And yes, gold panning is still performed and productive here. Activities include whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing, swimming, gold panning, ropes challenge course, hiking and mountain biking. Employees are on hand to arrange excursions and teach you how to gold pan. Resort offers cabins, tent cabins, and campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring with barbecue, flush toilets and showers. Groceries and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

Coloma Resort Campground
6921 Mt. Murphy Road
Coloma, California 95613
(800) 238-2298
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Sly Park Resort is located east of Placerville off Highway 50. Situated next to Jenkinson Lake, activities at Sly Park Resort include hiking, boating and fishing. The campground offers a total of 30 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Resort amenities include a general store, bar & grill, beer garden, gas station and full hook-up sites. Reservations recommended.

Sly Park Resort
4782 Sly Park Road Pollock Pines, CA 95726
(530) 409-1328
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Jackson Camping

Indian Grinding Rocks campsite #21

Indian Grinding Rocks Campground is located just outside the town of Volcano off Pine Grove-Volcano Road. This small 23 site campground is nestled in a thick forest of trees with plenty of shade. Flush toilets and very clean, private showers are available. Tents and small RV's only. Short trails lead from the campground to Indian Grinding Rocks State Park and Chaw-se Indian Museum. Nearby attractions include the Masonic Caves, Black Chasm Caverns, Kirkwood Ski Resort and the historic towns of Volcano and Jackson

Indian Grinding Rocks State Park Campground
14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road
Pine Grove, CA 95665
(209) 296-7488
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Roaring Camp Mining Co. Campground is located east of Jackson off Highway 88 in Pine Grove. The resort is situated at the picturesque location of an old gold mining camp next to the Mokelumne River. Visitors are encouraged to pan, sluice, dredge, and dry wash for gold. Activities include hiking, fishing, swimming and gold panning & mining. Employees are on hand to teach you how to find gold. Resort offers cabins and campsites for tent camping only. They are known for their Saturday night steak barbecues. Reservations recommended.

Roaring Camp Mining Co. Campground
Tabeaud Road
Pine Grove, California 95665
(209) 296-4100
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Lake Amador Campground is located west of Jackson off Stony Creek Road. Activities at Lake Amador include boating and fishing. This campground by the lake offers a total of 223 campsites for tent and RV camping some with full hook-ups. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Reservations recommended.

Lake Amador Campground
7500 Lake Amador Drive
Ione, CA 95640
(209) 274-4739
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Pardee Lake Campground is located west of Jackson off Stony Creek Road. Activities at Pardee Lake include boating and fishing. Two campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 141 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Groceries, marina, coffee shop, laundry room, swimming pools and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

Pardee Lake Campground
4900 Stony Creek Road
Ione, California 95640
(209) 772-1472
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San Andreas Camping

New Hogan Lake Campground is located west of San Andreas off Highway 26 at Hogan Dam Road. Activities at New Hogan Lake include boating, water-skiing, hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, picnicking and fishing. New Hogan Lake offers several campgrounds by the lake. Acorn campground offers 128 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Amphitheater and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended. Primitive boat-in campsites are available at Deer Flat on a first-come, first-served basis. Oak Knoll Campground is more primitive and Coyote Point offers group campsites.

New Hogan Lake Campground
2713 Hogan Dam Road
Valley Springs, California 95252
(209) 772-1343
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Angels Camp Camping

Calaveras Giant Sequoia

Calaveras Big Trees Campground is located east of Stockton and four miles northeast of Arnold on highway 4. The main campground is adjacent to a Giant Sequoia forest. Campsites feature picnic tables, bear proof lockers and fire pits. Restrooms have flush toilets, running water and showers. A smaller, less crowded campground is located about a mile further into the park. Nearby attractions include Moaning Cavern, Railtown 1897, Columbia State Historic Park, Bear Valley Ski Resort, wineries and the historic towns of Murphys, Angels Camp, Sonora and Jamestown.

  • North Grove Campground surrounds Big Tree Creek and is situated next to the Giant Sequoia Grove. Campground offers 74 campsites for tent or RV camping (30' max).

  • Oak Hollow Campground is located deeper into the park and offers 42 campsites for tent or small RV.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park Campground
Arnold, California 95223
(209) 795-2334
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New Melones Lake is a large lake located south of Angels Camp and west of Jamestown off Highway 49. Activities at New Melones Lake include boating, water-skiing, hiking, biking, house boating and fishing. Five campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 169 campsites for tent and RV camping.

TIP: The Best Western Cedar Inn & Suites in Angels Camp caters to boaters with a large gravel lot in the rear for guests with boat, truck and trailer.

  • Glory Hole Recreation Area Campground is located out of Angels Camp off Glory Hole Road, on the northeast side of the lake. Two campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 144 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Groceries, marina, amphitheater and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.
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  • Tuttletown Recreation Area Campground is located out of Jamestown off Reynolds Ferry Road, on the eastern side of the lake. Three campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 125 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Groceries, marina, amphitheater and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.
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Coulterville Camping

Don Pedro Lake is located west of Moccasin and Coulterville off Highway 49. Activities at Don Pedro Lake include boating, water-skiing, hiking, biking, house boating and fishing. Three campgrounds by the lake offer a total of 383 campsites for tent and RV camping. Boat-in camping is also allowed throughout the lake. No dogs allowed.

  • Fleming Meadows Campground is located west of Coulterville off Highway 132, on the south side of the lake. This campground by the lake offers 172 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Marina, amphitheater and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (209) 852-2396
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  • Moccasin Point Campground is located just north of Moccasin off Highway 49, on the north side of the lake. This campground by the lake offers 50 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Marina and groceries on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (209) 852-2396
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  • Blue Oaks Campground is located west of Coulterville off Highway 132, on the southwest side of the lake. This campground by the lake offers 161 campsites for tent and RV camping. Large group area available. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch ramp and RV dump station on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (209) 852-2396
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Lake McClure is located southwest of Coulterville off Highways 49 & 132. Activities at Lake McClure include boating, water-skiing, hiking, biking, house boating and fishing. Five campgrounds by the lake offer over 600 campsites for tent and RV camping.

  • Horseshoe Bend Campground is located west of Coulterville off Highway 132, on the north side of the lake. This campground by the lake offers 132 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch, swimming lagoon, groceries and laundry room on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (800) 468-8889
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  • Bagby Campground is located south of Coulterville off Highway 49, on the southeast side of the lake. This campground by the lake offers 30 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (800) 468-8889
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  • Barrett Cove Campground is located west of Coulterville off Highway 132, south on Merced Falls Road on the west side of the lake. This is Lake McClure's largest campground by the lake with 275 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch, boat rentals, marina, swimming lagoon, groceries and laundry room on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (800) 468-8889
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  • McClure Point Campground is located west of Coulterville off Highway 132, south on Merced Falls Road just south of Barrett Cove. This campground by the lake offers 100 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch, boat rentals, marina, swimming lagoon, groceries and laundry room on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (800) 468-8889
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  • Lake McSwain Campground is located east of Merced Falls off Lake McClure Road. This campground by the lake is situated on a small narrow lake below the Lake McClure dam (Exchequer Dam). This campground by the lake offers 99 campsites for tent and RV camping. Amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, flush toilets and showers. Boat launch, boat rentals, marina, swimming lagoon, groceries and laundry room on site. Reservations recommended.

    Reservations: (800) 468-8889
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National Forest Camping

Primitive and developed camping throughout the forest surrounding Lake Tahoe. Most offer a table, fire ring and vault toilets. Many do not have running water.

Tahoe National Forest
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, California 95959
(530) 265-4531
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Primitive and developed camping throughout the forest on the western side of the Sierras, from Highway 4 in the north to Yosemite. Most offer a table, fire ring and vault toilets. Many do not have running water.

Stanislaus National Forest
19777 Greenley Road
Sonora, California 95370
(209) 532-3671
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Primitive and developed camping located throughout the forest on the western side of the Sierras, from Yosemite in the north to Highway 180 to the south. Most offer a table, fire ring and vault toilets. Many do not have running water.

Sierra National Forest
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, California 93611-0532
(559) 297-0706
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