The Scotts Flat Lower Connector Trail Project is to enhance public safety and recreational opportunities on NID lands by constructing a 1.4-mile trail that will provide hikers and bikers with a means to safely cross over the Scotts Flat Powerhouse discharge channel and Deer Creek, downstream of Scotts Flat Dam Spillway. The trail will also provide a connection to the existing Scotts Flat Reservoir Trail and Scotts Flat Trail, located on the north side of the Reservoir.
The need for a trail providing public access over Deer Creek was first realized in 2017 when NID temporarily fenced the spillway, which had previously been used by hikers and bikers to cross from one side of the lake to the other.
The District has worked with several community groups, including the Bear Yuba Land Trust, the Sierra Express Bike Team, and the Bicyclists of Nevada County, to develop and evaluate trail alternatives. The resulting trail alignment begins at the end of the existing Scotts Flat Reservoir Trail, just south of Scotts Flat Campground, descends approximately 0.6 miles to the proposed crossings over the discharge channel and Deer Creek, and then ascends approximately 0.8 miles to a proposed new parking lot located off an unimproved road off the Dam Road on the southern side of the reservoir. The trail will not be open to equestrian or motorized vehicle use.