Come camp under the Oaks. Located 5 miles from where gold was discovered. Rise and shine with the crow of the roosters and know that farm fresh eggs are available for sale. We also have organic produce from the garden. There is an outdoor shower for you to enjoy a short walk down the hill.
While we have a large property, we keep the number of sites/people low so you have privacy. We do not allow open flame at the camp sites, but do offer a pavilion where you can cook, meet other guests, hang out and enjoy human interaction. Cell phones don't work well up here! We are looking to bring people back to a sense of community, not the insulated, everyday life of most cell phone watchers!
We only have 2 large group sites, camp #1 & camp #7. Otherwise it is two car max per site. We ask that you respect that for the other campers that are around you.
Enjoy whitewater rafting, some great restaurants, live music or pan for gold in the nearby town of Coloma. Also there are 90 wineries in the area, or stay on the property enjoying the peace and quiet of our 100 acre farm. Great place to make home base if you want to take a day trip to Lake Tahoe also.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Columbia Flat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Angela and Jeff's property is truly a hidden gem! It’s tucked away in the mountains but with so much to do in the area. Hiking, kayaking, tubing, biking, wine tasting, farm trails, etc. There is a lot of history to the property and area that Jeff was kind enough to lend me a book about during my stay. The tent sites are a just a walk up the hill and has a stunning panoramic view of the property and the rest of the hills. The property extends quite a bit and there are trails all over to explore. The site is well kept and has a lot of trees to set up under on the hot summer days. There is also access to water as well. I’d highly recommend staying here!
Angela and Jeff were incredible hosts! They greeted us upon arrival and offered to guide us directly to our site, but it was super easy to find. They came up the next morning to say hi, gave us tips on where to go swimming, and even gifted us some tomatoes from their garden.
We were in site 4, which might be the most private spot (and has a lovely view). They provide water, but we ended up buying our own for drinking and cooking. One of our favorite things about staying on their land was meeting their dog, Fred, a super sweet and friendly black lab.
We will definitely be back!!!
Please consider that we're a family of five, parents and three kids, and we camp more or less frequently. This was our first Hipcamp experience though.
Overall, we thought that Columbia Flat is a good last-minute campsite and can be considered a good plan B.
- Jeff (the owner) is very nice and spent some good time chatting and helping us to make our pizzas (more on that below)
- Fred (the dog) is very nice as well, always happy around and with good manners.
- Mamma pig and the 8 piglets. My kids had a blast seeing them and Jeff was nice enough to let them pick up the piglets.
- Communal area: nice to cook and hangout. Has a pizza oven and I recommend you to bring some dough, flour, etc to cook your own pizza.
- Location: 15 minutes from the river where you can hangout or do some rafting.
- Shower: Warm water and spacious.
- Shower: far from our spot, it was in front of one of the owners window.
- Our spot was the #5 and here's the biggest problem of Columbia Flat: it was in a slope! There was not leveled area for us to set up our tent! Can you imagine sleeping in an inclined terrain with everyone falling over the other during the night? That's what happened! Owners should definitely level minimally the areas.
- Porta potty: Per se, this is a suboptimal solution. But worse than that, it was under the sun. We had temperatures above 100F and the smell was really bad. Owners should at least add some cover to the porta potty.
- Water: we were far from the water source. The faucet close to spot #1 was fed by a hose, therefore was warm and had a strong taste of plastic/rubber due to the heat (~100F). The other water source was close to the entrance, by the communal area more than 5 minutes down from spot #5. Owners should upgrade the hose to a pipe and bring water closer to campsites 5.
- Garbage: We left on Sunday with a half filled garbage bag and tried to dispose it into the trash can at the communal area. It was full (by other campers that left earlier). Angela (Jeff's wife and owner) told us that we couldn't leave the garbage there because there was no place. Ok, but when we asked if she knew where we could dispose it she said "no, we have just a single trash can" and turned her back to us. We thought that if the owners intend to make money by offering campsites to people, they should either offer a bigger trash can to accommodate trash from their clients or at least have instructions for where to dispose it.
We don't intend to go back to Columbia Flat, unless we fail to plan ahead a better option again.
Great place to stay!
Beautiful area and great hosts. I plan on returning. Don't let the fact that campfires are not currently permitted at your site stop you from staying here. There is a communal fire pit area very close to the sites that is really nice.
Hidden gem! Very good for last minute camping plans.
We stayed for one night and Angela was extremely nice and accommodating. The site itself was quiet and spacious for 5 people, with a picnic table that came in very handy.
A bit closer to the house there is an outdoor roofed bar/grill/dining table. This was definitely a cool and unique offering of the camp site. I think the hosts should showcase better pictures of that feature. Had a blast playing card games and telling stories!
Columbia Flat was great. The hosts were so welcoming and made some delicious food on the BBQ and in the wood fire pizza oven on the first night. They also gave us great recommendations on what to do and where to visit during our stay. We loved the communal pavilion with the BBQ, fire pit and big table, it was great to chat with the other campers. The property is beautiful, mostly rolling hills of oaks and grasses, with pigs, chickens and gardens close to the host house. We stayed at site 4 and would recommend it. Sites 1-4 are pretty close together but 3 and 4 seem to be the most private of the bunch. If we were to come back with a bigger group, I'd definitely researve both 3 and 4 together to create a nice big mostly private camp. Our tent in site 4 stayed in the shade of a giant oak all day which was great because it was so hot. Site 3 is the most tucked away of the four, has a great view but maybe slightly less shade. Site 2 is closest to the water spigot and has great shade but doesn't have much privacy. Site 1 is closest to the portopotty but is also less private for that reason. We didn't have a chance to visit sites 5-7 which were on a different hill and slightly farther from the communal area. The only drawback of the property is that the car noise from the road is audible in the quiet hours of night and early morning. It is not enough to be loud, annoying or disruptive at all, it's just not the silent country feel that you might anticipate on 110 acres. This was a GREAT place to camp with my five month old and we will definitely be back.
Our hosts were friendly and thoughtful - it was a cold night when we visited, so they had set aside some firewood for us next to the fire ring (which our dog happily interpreted as a pile of sticks to pilfer). Andrea even brought us farm-fresh eggs in the morning. The property has a good amount of space to roam. The campsites are fairly close together on a hill overlooking the hosts' home, but we were the only campers when we visited, so we felt like we had plenty of privacy.
The house is easy to find right off the road and the 4 campsites sit on the top of a grassy hill down a well marked path. Angela came up to meet us and was incredibly friendly and welcoming. It is relatively quiet and easy to find solitude or socialize with some of the other campers at the communal fire pit. There's a portable bathroom just a short walk from the campsites and a water spigot close by. We had a wonderful time and would suggest this to anyone passing through the area.