Located on the east side of the North Fork American River, Mineral Bar offers up 18 campsites with tables, firepits and dry toilets. It does not have access to drinking water, so be sure to bring in plenty.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
36 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water


Offered near the campground.


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Lake Clementine offers up some good quality boating. It’s a couple miles from Auburn up Foresthill Road. It features a seasonal...Read more


This area has quite a few different fishing options. The Middle Fork is a good place to catch trout and bass. Lake Clementine a...Read more


If hiking is your thing, then you are in luck my friend! Auburn State Recreation Area has more than 100 miles of mountain bikin...Read more

Horseback riding

There are miles of horseback riding trails here. So, you can enjoy a journey with your larger, hairier, 4-legged friend! Just m...Read more


While Auburn is known more for its white-knuckle whitewater adventures, there is also some more chill paddling to be had. Lake ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

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There is some great limestone quarry rock climbing to be had inside Auburn State Recreation Area. People have been experimentin...Read more


There are a variety of swimming holes for you to splash around in. It is especially nice after a long hike, strenuous mountain ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

A wide variety of solid whitewater options are available on the North and Middle Forks. The river and canyon scenery is gorgeou...Read more

Wildlife watching

Auburn is a big place and there are some pretty big animals. This may just be the spot to see that black bear, mountain lion, o...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Mineral Bar Campground.

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Hipcamper Kathleen
Kathleen M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 6th, 2021

Terrible! Terrible! These pictures aren’t true to what you get once you’re there. None of the campsites are on the water, you have to hike up and down a big hill to unload your car at some sites( like the one I had) and campsites are wall to wall there’s absolutely no room in between they are all super teeny. Also the reservation America got my site switched and the site they gave me wasn’t big enough for a 10 man tent I tried to switch with the people coming in next to me and that lady was rude and awful. I tried to get my money back, but the lady ranger at the front( I think her name was Suzi) already decided she didn’t like me said:”F-you, it’s your problem “.
So no I don’t think this place is good at all for camping or day use.

Hipcamper Natalie
Natalie V.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2020

Gorgeous spot at the bed of the North Fork of the American River flanked by forested hills. There's easy access from the grounds to the clean river bed with a beautiful hike extending down the river. Colfax gas stations and grocery stores are a easy drive away. A great home base for trips out to Auburn Quarry or Lake Tahoe.

Rangers aren't stationed throughout the day but visit frequently (Kate was a gem and a half). Bring cash! Use the bear box (especially when the campground is a bit quieter).

Campers, beware the weekend. Day users may hover and enter your campsite to sit at the picnic tables even when you're standing right there beside your tents.

Hipcamper Tyler
Tyler J.
recommends this listing.
January 2nd, 2019

Very active camp employees, and first come first serve. Best experience when the water is higher earlier in the season.

Hipcamper Evan
Evan C.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2018

The river is gorgeous!

Hipcamper David
David L.
recommends this listing.
December 13th, 2017

nice spot in terms of access to the river... but very loud in the first couple spots.

Hipcamper Chas
Chas A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 20th, 2015

Hipcamper Chas
Chas A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 20th, 2015

Mineral Bar Campground is 1 hour from Sacramento (no traffic), and about 10 minutes off the 80 freeway when it goes through Colfax. Great campground, though we had to drive a bit to find hiking. But, Stevens Trail made up for that:

Hipcamper Chas
Chas A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 20th, 2015

Sites 1-7 are closer to the water but also closer together and offer less shade. Sites 8-18 offer much more shade.

Hipcamper Jacqueline  O.
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July 18th, 2018
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May 31st, 2018
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August 20th, 2017
Hipcamper Brandi M.
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April 22nd, 2017
Auburn State Recreation Area
United States
Phone Number
(530) 885-4527
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39.1° N, 120.925° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 18 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Tent / Van: 18 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)