Nevada Irrigation District believes the great outdoors is an excellent place for families and friends to spend quality time together and create memories to last a lifetime. Our mission is to provide safe and stunning campgrounds combined with great customer service, amenities and activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy. Everyone will find fun and adventure. Whatever your preference, our campgrounds, lakes and trails have something for you.
***We are incredibly disappointed to announce that both the Barbara Schmidt Millar Women's Triathlon, 9/18/2022, and NID's Orchard Springs Kid's Triathlon, 9/17/2022, have been canceled due to ongoing air quality issues***
Effective Tuesday, June 7th, fire restrictions will be in effect for Scotts Flat, Peninsula, Orchard Springs, Long Ravine and Greenhorn Campgrounds. NO WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRES will be allowed, propane is still allowed at this time.
Reservations for Scotts Flat Campground can be made by phone (530) 265-5302 or in-person at our Scotts Flat Office located at 23333 Scotts Flat Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Reservations can also be made online at the Scotts Flat webpage.
Reservations for Faucherie, Aspen, and Silvertip Groups can be made by phone (530) 265-5302 or in-person at our Scotts Flat Office located at 23333 Scotts Flat Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Reservations for Orchard Springs Campground can be made by phone (530) 346-0073 or in person at our Orchard Springs Gate House located at 19085 Larsen Road, Grass Valley. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Reservations for Long Ravine Campground can be made by phone at (530) 346-6166 or in-person at our Long Ravine Gate House located at 26909 Rollins lake Road, Colfax. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Reservations for Peninsula Campground can be by phone (530) 477-9413 or online on our Peninsula webpage.
******EARLY 2023 RESERVATIONS*******
Reservations of 6+ sites open on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Reservations can be made in person or over the phone at each campground. Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
NID provides outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at District reservoirs in the foothills and mountains of the Northern Sierra.
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 Lake 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 lake, 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.
Sierra Mountain Upper Division 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 snow levels and weather.
Recreation Office Information
We are located at the Scotts Flat Lake Campground
23333 Scotts Flat Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Administration: (530) 265-8861
- NID Easter Egg Hunt Orchard Springs - April 16, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
- No Motor Day Scott’s Flat Lake– May 15, 2022
- 6th Annual NID Kids’ Triathlon Orchard Springs – September 17, 2022 (CANCELED)
- BSM (Barbara Schmidt Millar) Triathlon Cascade Shores – September 18, 2022 (CANCELED)
PLEASE NOTE: Fire restrictions may be imposed due to weather conditions, PSPS events, power outages or poor air quality, at which time, campfires and charcoal fires will not be permitted. In severe cases, propane use may be restricted as well.*
Please see our COVID19 guidelines for camping, boating and day-use:
- If you are sick please stay home
- Only one household should occupy each campsite.
- Do not congregate in other campsites
- Visitors should keep their face masks nearby, especially in bathroom areas
- Maintain 6ft of distance from non-household members
- Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day
- Bring hand sanitizer