Your own creek-side campground for your exclusive use, just out of town. Three large, safari-style tents accommodate up to nine guests on comfortable beds and linens. This is a rustic, unplugged site that includes camp kitchen, picnic tables, fire ring, composting toilet, outdoor shower & bathtub, performance stage and Deer Creek beaches and swim holes. Less than 1.5 miles to downtown Nevada City, on private land, yet links with the Tribute Trail (walking/biking), pedestrian bridges and town.
"Dipper Camp" is on 25 private acres owned by river conservationists and has hosted many community celebrations and happenings over the years. The camp ground--an ongoing collaborative restoration project among friends and neighbors--is opening its gates to welcome guests to relax under the cedars and beside Deer Creek...just a short drive, bike ride or walk from downtown Nevada City.
We offer guests three large tents on deck platforms, adorned with items and artwork from your hosts' experiences living and working in southern Africa.
The Okavango is a 10' x12' high-walled canvas tent from Botswana. Outfitted with a queen bed and bunk beds it's perfect for a family of 4, or for all the kids.
The Zambezi is a 9 x 12 canvas tent that's bright and airy--the queen bed is perfect for a couple.
The Limpopo is a "6-person" REI camping tent that is furnished with a double bed and also has a slide out floor mattress--good for a couple; or great for the older kids.
All beds--up to 9 people maximum--will be made up with fresh linens and blankets...you can leave your sleeping bag and camp pad at home (unless you're like me, and like to keep the option to just pitch out on the ground under the stars!). The "Camp Kitchen," comprises a storage pantry with a full assortment of prepping, cooking, serving, dining, and drinking wares; we aim to have everything you might need on hand. We have a large propane BBQ grill; a separate 3-burner propane camp stove; and a sink with hot and cold water. There is no electricity and no refrigeration, so bring your ice and ice chests. There is a modern composting toilet in a rustic "outhouse" with plenty of privacy and a creek view. We also have an outdoor shower and outdoor bath (with privacy screening) with hot and cold water.
In addition, Dipper camp has a stage (get the kids to create a performance or dance!), horseshoe pits, a swank ping pong table, picnic tables, a slack line, a campfire ring (with some seasonal closures of fire), plenty of camp chairs, and hammocks.
The camp hosts live elsewhere on the 25 acre parcel, and the primary house and gardens and some other areas are off-limits to guests. However, public lands adjoin the parcel and the private camp road links up to hiking trails that lead to commemorative historical sites, new pedestrian bridges crossing Deer Creek, and a trail network that leads into downtown Nevada City and to awesome mountain biking trails.
About Deer Creek: There are lots of "Deer Creeks" in California; this is the one that has the "Scotts Flat" reservoirs in the headwaters, then flows through Nevada City, past Dipper Camp, then down through Lake Wildwood and ultimately it flows in the Yuba River a bit downstream of Englebright Dam. Prospective guests have asked about flows: Deer Creek flows refreshingly cool and steady and predictable throughout the summer, because the flow is both augmented by South Yuba water and the releases from upper Scotts Flat reservoir, there's really no risk that Deer Creek (at Dipper Camp) will experience low flows. Your hosts have all spent careers advocating for free-flowing natural rivers--here and internationally--but are contentedly resigned to the fact that Deer Creek water management results in the Dipper swim hole refreshingly cool and deep all year long.
A final note: While we hope that you'll notice and appreciate our attention to care and comfort in our tents and sleeping arrangements, please clearly understand: this is a rough and rustic campsite, in nature, and therefore has its natural risks and inconveniences. Tripping hazards, pokey branches, splinters and insects exist here. And any body of water--even the often gentle Deer Creek--has inherent risks that require precautions. (We do have a couple of kid and toddler sized flotation jackets for your use.) Best to come prepared to care for yourselves in the outdoors, and be pleasantly surprised at some of the conveniences we provide.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 10AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Dipper Camp, outside of NC
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Jason and Steve created a little paradise directly by the creek with everything you need -hot and cold running water, an idyllic shower, toilet with a view, fireplace and a lot of hammocks. The tents are in a good distance to get some privacy and the beds are comfortable. It’s camping on the highest standard and the hosts are super nice and helpful! We would definitely come back!
Dipper camp was everything I thought it would be and more! The space was beautiful, the tents are spaced out generously, the beds were comfortable and it honestly felt like having a hotel room. I live in the city and have a tiny apartment and though I'd love to keep all of my own camping and other outdoor gear, I literally have no place to store it. Renting this campsite was the perfect solution and also made the whole weekend a lot more relaxing, not having to pack up and set up and take down everything and pack up again, we just had to bring food, that's it! The creek was wonderful, only like a 10 foot walk from the main camp area, cold water which was great because it was hot out, we had fun swimming and fishing for trout, floating down river on tubes provided by Jason, also chilling watermelons and beer in the cold water! The outhouse has an opening top half of the front wall so that you can look out at the water while you use it, it feels like you are outside while using the convenience of composting plumbing!
We really had a spectacular time and will be back soon. Next time I want to camp in this area I will not be looking elsewhere!! Thank you, Jason!!
Wow, this place is a gem. My friends and I had the most incredible time here. Jason was amazing and showed us around the campsite when we arrived. And it was beyond any of our expectations. The site is huge, private, and right next to the Deer Creek (so you get to fall asleep to the sound of the river). Even though it is a campsite, it felt luxurious and had everything we needed. There were so many thoughtful details (beautiful rugs, bath towels, lanterns in each tent, comfortable bedding, solar-powered lights that went on at night, etc) and it is obvious how much they care about the campers' experience. I loved the private bath area (with a shower and a tub!) and the toilet with a view. This campsite is perfect for larger groups. There are lots of activities and so many different spaces for relaxing. It's also a 5-minute walk to a bridge and swimming hole, as well as a 20-minute drive to some of my favorite Yuba River swimming holes. I will most definitely be coming back!