Hipcamp host Roy H.,
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Multiple Camp sites available. This area, especially the other side of the river, is a popular day use area. If you are looking for quiet and distance from other campers, My "Private Lower Yuba River Campsite" is a better option. This is a Social site.

Lower Yuba River frontage with world class salmon and steelhead fishing. Check regulations before fishing. Seasons and

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Multiple Camp sites available. This area, especially the other side of the river, is a popular day use area. If you are looking for quiet and distance from other campers, My "Private Lower Yuba River Campsite" is a better option. This is a Social site.

Lower Yuba River frontage with world class salmon and steelhead fishing. Check regulations before fishing. Seasons and catch and release rules apply. Public takeout downstream for boats and kayaks. Access across river for ATV and other activities. 

READ ALL RULES. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE PLUS A MINIMUM $200 FINE FOR BREAKING ANY RULE LISTED.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 20 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Roy a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Swimming

VERY COLD and VERY FAST moving water ALL YEAR. Shallow wading OK. Come prepared with proper gear for anything more serious.

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Natural features you'll find at Lower Yuba River Camping in California.

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VERY COLD and VERY FAST moving water ALL YEAR. Shallow wading OK. Come prepared with proper gear for anything more serious.

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Hipcamper K

Not for wimps

K V.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 23rd, 2020

Roy’s place has nice qualities, but there are real challenges you need to know if you camp here. The gorgeous Instagram-influencer-style photos that are posted with this listing from 2018 don’t convey the reality of staying here in 2020 so I’ve tried to provide an objective and factual overview so you can be mentally prepared.

Pros
- Roy is friendly and warm. I was nervous about heading into a rural area, since we're a queer couple, but Roy made us feel welcome right away.
- He has 100+ acres that feels private. Across the river appears to be a public use area; multiple pickup trucks of folks hung out there at different times of day, but the river is so loud we couldn’t hear any noise from them.
- The river is wide, flat and fast. Sounds like a sound machine with the volume on 10. Colder than the ice in your cooler. We couldn’t handle going in past our ankles.
- If you need handicap-accessible spaces to put your tent right next to your car, there are two campsites right next to the parking area, about 40’ away from ea other. This is down a short & steep hill from Roy’s house and the neighbor’s houses. A few shade trees here that are the *only* shade on the property. There is a horse in a pen right next to these sites. The portapotties are ~ 50’ away.
- This site is adjacent to HWY 20 (you can see it and hear it) so you can get in and out quickly.

Cons/Challenges
- 99.9% of the land here is dried river bed consisting of medium to large rocks. No useful paths or flat land, except for the two campsites described above.
- The parking spots are 250+ steps (yes, I counted) over extremely rocky land to get to the water. If you have mobility issues or weak ankles, this will be a massive challenge. I don’t understand why the host doesn’t just take a full day to clear a walking path to the waterfront campsites. It would improve the experience immensely. There is one path to the water near the parking area, but that small waterfront spot is the “Community Hangout” area for neighbors and friends; not useful in a pandemic. That area is blocked by water from the waterfront campsites.
- The river’s edge is all rocks. No beachy sand. I have no idea how the photos from Summer 2018 show sand; during Summer 2020, there was zero sand to be found (see pics). When Roy said “Set up your tent anywhere you want,” we didn’t realize that meant setting up our tent atop heavy rocks, or moving big rocks to create a “better” bed of lemon-sized pebbles that will still jab your hipbones as you sleep. This also means that you cannot stake your tent to the ground, because the stakes slide right back out. If you get heavy winds like we did on the second night, your tent will blow around like crazy and you’ll wake up at 3am to tie your tent down with twine to big rocks to try to keep your tent stable. Pro tip: Put rocks in the corners of your tent.
- The first available waterfront campsite is small n pebbly. If you camp here, the edge of the water will be ~3’ from the edge of your tent, and you will slide ever so slowly towards the water since the ground is slanted. Roy said people camped there before. He also said that the water’s edge had risen 10 FEET the previous night due to a dam release. We camped in that spot on the first night but had anxiety dreams about the water engulfing the tent, so we moved to another spot the second night.
- The second waterfront campsite—a ~6’x4’ space partially cleared of rocks—was too far away to lug our stuff to. So we created a third campsite for Roy, free of charge, by moving ~100 heavy rocks that were the size of large mangoes or small watermelons, so that we could have a flat-ish space to set up our tent the second night.
- The waterfront area has been treated abysmally by previous campers who either let their dogs poop everywhere, or who themselves pooped everywhere. There were big lumps of desiccated, dried poop about every 5-10 steps we walked by the river. Those brown crumbly rocks ain’t rocks, friend. We scooped sooooo much poop while creating our second campsite. Obviously it’s not the host’s fault if people don’t walk ~300’ to go to the Portapotties. But still. I strongly suggest that the host give people a $20 Luggable Loo, some Hefty bags, and some pet waste bags if they camp by the water. Because previous campers who stayed here clearly didn’t give a shit — they gave many shits, and left ‘em for you to find. We brought our own Luggable Loo since we didn’t want to touch the portapotties or any shared surfaces due to the pandemic. Plan ahead, people—it’s not that hard! Be clean!
- River spiders near the water will climb up your legs, but run away when shooed.
- Wasps and bees expect to get fed here so they will show up to every meal.
- Zero shade. Bring handheld umbrellas.
- We thought we’d be closer to the fun Yuba River spots. Nope. It’s a 45min drive to Hoyt’s. You’ll need to treat visits to the swimmable parts of the river like a day trip if you sleep at this site.

One of the two shaded campsites, far from the water.The least-rocky site by the water is also very close to the water's edge. Tent is a Eureka 6-person tent for scale.Waterfront is all big rocks. No sand. So much dried poop by the waterfront sites. Passed a lump of dry poo about every 5-10 steps we walked :( It's not that hard to go to the portapotty or to bring a Luggable Loo with you. Be clean, people!
Hipcamper Georgiana

Beautiful clear river

Georgiana B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 7th, 2020

Roy has a beautiful property. Very comforting and a perfect area to rest, especially on a chair in front of the river. And he had the cleanest portable bathrooms I’ve ever seen lol

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Hipcamper Tonya
Tonya D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 5th, 2020

Roy is a great host! Most of the areas for setting up there were actually more private and had more shade than I expected. I'm VERY sensitive to noise and the road noise was way louder that I expected and I couldn't sleep without getting some earplugs. Everything else was awesome.

Hipcamper Harry

Beautiful but not quiet or private

Harry C.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 4th, 2020

Roy is super responsive and very nice, even proactively offering to help us out with a tow if we needed one. The river is right there and very beautiful (and cold!!). Still, if you’re looking for a quiet, private retreat in nature this may not be it. The highway runs right next to the site and you can hear the cars. There’s also some sort of ATV/camping spot across the river that tends to get louder at times.

Hipcamper Roy
Response from Roy, the Host, on August 24th, 2020

Since you had good things to say too, not sure why you have to damage my ratings with a thumbs down. The description and other reviews make it clear what to expect. This only happens when people fail to read and prepare.

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Hipcamper Graeme
Graeme P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 29th, 2020

It's a great location on the river, great to hang out and tube down the rapids

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Hipcamper Mieke

Refreshing riverside experience

Mieke J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 28th, 2020

We enjoyed this camp site next to a cold, fast river filled with lovely rocks of all shapes and colors. Roy was prompt in meeting us and getting us to the site with all the details. His horse little foot was my daughters constant companion while at the camp. Lots of cool nature tresses all around. Only negative was the flies (livestock!) and the motorcross noise across the river. Although some people like that stuff so that might be a bonus.

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Hipcamper Roy
Response from Roy, the Host, on August 10th, 2020

Great Pictures!!!

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Hipcamper Natasha

Take a time to swim

Natasha N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 27th, 2020

It’s a nice campsite along along a wide stretch of river. Roy was nice enough to show us the various site choices along the River, and there are great views from all of them. Other Hipcampers at the campsite were very nice and it was very pleasant experience. The entrance to Roy’s property is a little difficult with only the coordinates. So call using a phone....And T-Mobile didn’t have service.

Hipcamper Sneha

Sleep to the sound of yuba river

Sneha S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 20th, 2020

We were given spot in the shade under the tree, however we were free to camp right next to the river, we camped in the beach area right next to the river (this is common area for all the campers to access river), this area has no shade, we waited till evening to pitch tent. We love how private the place is. Sleeping under the starry sky, next to the sound of river is a bliss..Would love to come back soon..

Beautiful sunsetEnjoying cocktail in the river, glass not allowed in this area.. these are plastic cups..Camping in the beach area
Hipcamper Jennifer

Laid back river side camping

Jennifer S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 19th, 2020

This property is right on the river in a fast moving, cold section of the Yuba. It was lovely to spend a weekend outdoors, listening to the river. In addition to the river, you can hear cars on the nearby freeway and there were people across the river shooting guns and making other loud noises throughout the night, so earplugs were helpful. Seems like there are 3 sites on the property with up to 8 guests each, so could get a bit crowded for the COVID-cautious. You can stay apart on the property, but the area of the river that’s good for wading isn’t huge. Dog friendly!

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Property
Lower Yuba Campground
State
California
Country
United States
$55/night
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