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Yuba Sutter Camping: Explore. Relax. Eat S’mores!

by Emily Lee

    The weather is warm. The nights are cool. Camping season is officially here! 

    Yuba Sutter features some of the best camp spots in the Sacramento Valley! With our beautiful lakes, pristine rivers and dense forests, it’s no wonder Yuba and Sutter Counties are a popular getaway for any happy camper. Whether you’re looking for a unique tent spot along the lakeshore or perhaps a more traditional campground to park your RV, you’ll find it in Yuba Sutter. 

    But it’s tough to know where to camp if you’ve never been here before. It’s a lot different then just booking a hotel. As avid campers ourselves, we get it: Will the camp spots be long enough for your trailer? Are there hookups? Will the spots be too close to each other? What amenities are available for campers? Is there a store nearby? Are boats allowed on the water? Is a reservation required? 

    Every camper is different! And choosing the right campground for you and your family is important. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Yuba Sutter campgrounds, along with the website for each location and contact information. 

    Happy camping! 

    Collins Lake

    A 1600 acre lake and recreation area with 12 miles of shoreline, nestled in the beautiful California gold country foothills, Collins Lake opens at sunrise all year for lakefront RV hookups, tent camping, fishing, boating, picnics or just enjoying the beach. They’re famous for their big bass, trophy trout and monstrous ice cream cones! For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (530) 692-1600

    Sycamore Ranch 

    Located near the banks of the Yuba River under a canopy of sycamore trees, the Sycamore Ranch Campground houses fifty-six individual campsites-some of which can be reserved as large group-campsites. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (530) 749-5430; Email: parks@co.yuba.ca.us

    Camp Far West 

    There are 70 campsites on the North Shore and 8 RV hookups. There are 67 campsites on the South Shore and no RV hookups. Camping facilities and a store are available at the lake. Activities include swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (916) 408-5037 or (530) 633-0803

    Englebright Lake, California

    Lake Minden 

    Located on the grassy plains of the Sacramento Valley, the 41-acre private lake provides endless recreation and adventure. The popular Lake Minden RV Camping Resort offers fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking, as well as local festivals. Its central location close to major cities makes for a convenient weekend getaway or a week-long retreat. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (888) 481-6348 or (530) 656-2700

    Lake Francis Resort

    Perfectly situated at the edge of Tahoe National Forest, the tranquil grounds of Lake Franics offer a wide range of options for vacationers from deluxe cabins with complete amenities to RV spots with full hookups. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (888) 993-7344 or (530) 692-1700

    Englebright Lake

    This lake is unique in that it offers boat-in camping only and the spots are spread along its 24 miles winding shoreline in the foothills of Nevada and Yuba counties. Visitors often start their day at Skippers Cove Marina where there are boat rentals, a launch ramp, and other facilities. Popular activities on the lake include fishing, water skiing, and boating. Englebright Lake is nestled in the scenic Sierra foothills on Highway 20 between the cities of Marysville and Grass Valley. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (530) 432-6427

    Lake Francis, California

    Lake of the Springs

    Breathtaking views of the California wilderness await you at Lake of the Springs. Situated on 950 acres in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, Lake of the Springs RV Camping Resort is known for being one of the top RV campgrounds in California. Go fishing, swimming or boating (rentals are available!) on the 120-acre private lake. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (888) 481-6348 or (530) 692-1852

    Bullards Bar 

    One of the tallest dams in the United States, Bullards Bar is renowned for its luxury house boating vacations, water sports, scenic hiking, and bike trails. There are several campgrounds at Bullards Bar Reservoir which is located on the North Yuba River at an elevation of 2000 feet. It is located approximately 21 miles north of Nevada City, California. It has a maximum surface area of 4,760 acres and a length of over 16 miles and shoreline of more than 60 miles. For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (877) 444-6777

    Willow Creek Campground

    USDA Forest Service has called Willow Creek Campground the “best kept secret in northern California”. This small campground (8 sites) is easy to find, easy to navigate in and out with small trailers and RVs, and is rarely full. A tiny creek runs between the campground and the day use picnic area. Lots of shade trees muffle the sounds of the highway. Water system is non-potable and posted “boil use only.” For more details and reservations, click HERE. Phone: (530) 299-3215

    Lake Francis, California

    Ready to start making unforgettable memories at a Yuba Sutter campground? 

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