Recommended for those who don’t mind getting a little mud on the tires (read: vehicles with high clearance), Ruck-A-Chucky is located at the end of a dirt road on the north side of the river. There are 5 primitive campsites, with toilets and trashcans provided. There is no drinking water provided, and the road is sometimes closed in bad weather.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
10 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


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)

The Mammoth Bar Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, with two MX tracks and 12 miles of motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle trails, i...Read more


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 Ruck-a-Chucky Campground.

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Jennifer M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 23rd, 2017

I'll never return to this campsite while Guy Chrisos is on duty! I had never been here before but I didn’t expect to be disrespected, harassed & ticketed $150 within the first hour of arrival. He had all kinds of lewd names for the men we were with, he ogled another female friend & I while scolding us for several other outrageous claims. Other groups were found with glass bottles but were NOT ticketed and all we did was pull trash out of the river but hadn't thrown it away yet. Plenty of other nice parks in this area where you don't have to put up with this. I'd never recommend this place to someone I liked with Mr. Chrisos on duty. If you decide to risk it be sure to find & read all signage so you don't end up with a court date.

Hipcamper Jesse
Jesse R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 31st, 2016

Fire road entry does not require 4X4, stock truck will be fine. Pay by check in box, about $25 a night. Great river access with no potable water. Sites include fire ring and picnic table. Bring your own firewood. Pit toilets are within walking distance from all campsites. Garbage is onsite which rangers change and clean daily.

Hipcamper Destiny Von Sea L.
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January 1st, 2019
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May 31st, 2018
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July 11th, 2017
Auburn State Recreation Area
United States
Phone Number
(530) 885-4527
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38.964° N, 120.933° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 5 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Tent / Van: 5 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)