Camp amongst beautiful pine trees and learn about wine making from our own vineyards. We are situated in the "gold country" with a lot of history. We are close to Lake Frances for swimming, boating and fishing and Bullards Bar Dam is just 9 miles away for fishing and water skiing. Hike amongst the pine trees, play on the swings and play in the tree house. Historical towns


Camp amongst beautiful pine trees and learn about wine making from our own vineyards. We are situated in the "gold country" with a lot of history. We are close to Lake Frances for swimming, boating and fishing and Bullards Bar Dam is just 9 miles away for fishing and water skiing. Hike amongst the pine trees, play on the swings and play in the tree house. Historical towns of Downieville, Grass Valley and Nevada City are just an hours drive away.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.



Natural features you'll find at Squirrel Acres in California.

Swimming hole

The vibe at Squirrel Acres

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Hipcamper Jay
Jay K.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2016

I had a great stay at Squirrel Acres. Although I did not get to meet Dan and Marion personally, they left me in good care with their tenant, Laurie, who gave me a tour of the property. The property is gorgeous and has a lot of space to roam. The vineyards in particular are beautiful to wander through and look at from the the winery tasting room area. You get a glimpse of the mountains too from the vineyard. The tent site is in a big open meadow with lots of tree coverage to pitch a tent or hammock under. I highly recommend staying here if you're looking for a tranquil getaway in the mountains with a winery on site as an added plus!

Collins lake crossing on the way.Setting up under the trees was a good idea. Gotta keep the sun away in those early hours.A little French Press for the morning.Time to really wake up.
Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff L.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2016

Squirrel Acres is located in the city of Dobbins, CA on the property of the Lucero family vineyard. The lot itself is an open field surrounded by trees, leading up to the main house about a quarter of a mile away.

Plenty of room to pitch a tent (or 10) with room to spare. At night, the sky is clear for star-gazing. You are pitching up on private property of course, so on a weekend, you may here residents nearby playing music or otherwise enjoying themselves. But that speaks more to how open and quiet the area is otherwise, with sound traveling quite easily.

Dan & Marian Lucero are the kindest most gracious hosts campers could ask for. They greeted us upon our (late) arrival at around 9PM, driving 2 golf cart ('putt-putts') down from the main house. They informed us of the nice outdoor bathroom available up the road, the various spots to fill up on water on the campground, and also offered up one of the putt-putts for us to drive at our convenience.

The property is a vineyard, so they also let us know we could visit the grapes if we wanted and would be happy to do a wine-tasting if we had time the next day. What an awesome perk.

We also visited Lake Francis (5 minute drive) nearby. Really nice lake. The city itself has a lot of history, which was fun to explore before our drive back.

For folks looking to escape the city noise, look at the stars, and maybe have some wine during their visit, Squirrel Acres is highly recommended.

Thanks Dan & Marian for being such kind hosts!!

Hipcamper Mamiko
Mamiko I.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2017

Enjoyed our stay here. We booked the campground late morning and arrived early evening the same day. I called the number provided to let the host know when we were on our way.

When arriving, look for the Lucero Vineyard sign followed by the Hipcamp sign. There is plenty of space to hitch a tent with many water spigots. There was a porta-potty, picnic table, trash can and a small side table in the camping area. It's a great space to have a bunch of tents if you have a lot of people in your party.

I believe Marion was the one who greeted us in her golf cart. She was the sweetest. She offered the use of a normal bathroom closer to the house and let us know that we can take our time to check out whenever we want the next day.

I wish we had the chance to explore the property, but it ended up being a short and sweet stay. In the morning, a couple of the hosts' dogs chilled with us. They were very friendly and did not bother us for food. After we cooked our breakfast, we packed and headed out to Yuba River to explore.

One of the hosts' dogs joining us in the morning. The picnic table was provided.Squirrel AcresThis side table was provided. Perfect for our stove.
Hipcamper alex
Alex J.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2018

This site was really great for accessing Lake Francis and Lake Collins. We stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed really relaxed mornings and days full of lake swimming. Lake Francis is free of motor boats which I loved. Our hosts were really sweet and gifted us a great cab from their vineyard which we thoroughly enjoyed. Other than a quick meet and greet they said they wanted to give us our privacy and didn’t come by the campsite again. The site is pretty close to the main road, but things quiet down at night. We enjoyed the stars at night and the crickets. The portapotty was clean and convenient. And the tap fed by their well was really nice to have and the water was really good. There is a picnic table we used for food prep and cooking and some great hammock trees. A great home base in the Sierra foothills for a couple days!

Hipcamper Derek
Derek S.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2020

Loved staying at Dan and Marian’s place. Everyone was so nice including the neighbors. The vineyard and land are lovey. Can’t go wrong!

Hipcamper Grace
Grace R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 3rd, 2017

Look for the Lucero Winery sign

Hipcamper Jenny
Jenny L.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2017

My friend and I stayed in Marian's land over 4th of July weekend and it was a wonderfully quiet experience away from the crowds. About 40 minutes from the Yuba River, our main destination. There is plentiful space, a nice table, water, and toilet. Would recommend for an easy car camping experience.

Hipcamper George
George L.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2017

Nice camping spot in an open field. Quiet and well located for exploring the area. I would say it's a bit overpriced for the amenities that are there. The owner was not there, and we were unsure where to get drinking water from. We walked up to the house and used an outdoor sink that is there. Owner is a nice man.

Hipcamper Phil
Phil S.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2017

Secluded large open space that's all yours. Toilet and picnic table nearby. The hosts are very laid-back, and very kind. Happy to show you around, or leave you to yourself. The property and vineyards are gorgeous.

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