Hipcamp host Susan J.,
Hosted by
Susan has self-certified that Hipcamp’s COVID-19 Safety Standards have been implemented at this listing. See what’s being done here.

Welcome to our exquisite riverfront property with an emerald green swimming hole! Come stay in one of River Haven's tent cabins. Each cabin has a blue roof and windows, tables, WiFi, rugs, comfortable queen beds and cozy blankets, and incredible views of large maple trees and greenery, the flower garden and the forested hillside.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
4 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
Wheelchair access
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Have a question? Send Susan a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


We have world class premier mountain bike trails accessible from the top of my driveway. The Downieville downhill and cross cou...Read more


Early spring kayaking can be started from the swimming hole in the backyard that’s on the north fork of the Yuba river. A 15 mi...Read more


There’s trout fishing accessible from my private trail in the backyard flyfishing up or down river is very beautiful.


In the lake basin area 15 minutes from town there are extensive hiking trails. As well as in my backyard along the river.

Horseback riding

There is Gold Lake stables in the high country 15 minutes from my house.


There is spring kayaking available in the north Yuba River that flows through my backyard. The Lake Basin area 15 minutes up th...Read more

Wind sports

Many years ago in the wind surfing championships were held on Camp that is 15 minutes from my home.



Natural features you'll find at River Haven Outdoors in California.

Hot spring

Sierra Hot Springs is a half hour drive from here.


There are over 45 lakes in the lake basin area 15 minutes drive from my home.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

9 Reviews

This listing has no reviews yet.
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Hipcamper j

Glamping meets adventure

J N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 12th, 2022

Wow! My daughter and I stayed at Susan's spot and it changed our lives. The spot is mere steps from a beautiful swimming hole, is quiet at night, and is welcoming.
Susan's house is very warm, inviting, and easy to work around. We were able to use the fridge and meet Susan's wonderful family.

Thank you for making our trip enjoyable.

Hipcamper Devan
Devan R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 22nd, 2019

My husband and I stayed at Susan’s for one night and she was such a wonderful host. Our tent where our bed was had an amazing view. Her land is beautiful and it was so peaceful falling asleep to the sound of the river running. Susan made us feel right at home. She gave us use of the kitchen and bathroom and any other amenities we needed. We would definitely stay again!

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on September 26th, 2019

Thank you Devon. It was a delight having you and your wife here adding your good energy to my land.I would always look forward to you staying anytime you’re able.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper ALAN
Alan M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 8th, 2019

We had a great time and Susan was an exceptional host! I would definitely refer my friends and relatives to visit River Haven!

River Haven OutdoorsRiver Haven Outdoors
Hipcamper Christina
Christina T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 2nd, 2019

If you haven't ever experienced sleeping on a gigantic, comfortable bed outside (with all of the comforts of home like plush pillows and cozy blankets), you definitely need to pay a visit to River Haven. Susan has set up a bunch of real beds along the meandering, sloped trail behind her house, that leads down to the most incredible little private swimming hole on the Yuba River. The beds are enclosed by large tents where you can pull back the sides/coverings to let all that sunlight, fresh air, tree views, and river sounds in, or close them for more privacy. All nestled in the lush gardens and foliage lining the bank. I had some of the most restful sleep I've had in awhile here, lulled by the river, birds chirping, and leaves rustling. You're sleeping outside, but in a comfy bed as if you're inside. What more could you want?

As if that's not enough, Susan generously gives you full access to the house, which also has many rooms that can also be rented out. There are multiple shared bathrooms (with showers), a fridge, and a full kitchen you can cook in. We made pad thai for dinner from scratch, if that's any indication of what you can do there. Many PCT hikers come through and post up for a night, making for a fun and warm community of people with plenty of stories.

Okay, but the star of the show is the swimming hole. It's right there, a little short trail walk and you're in your own private river haven (see what I did there?). Trees for hanging hammocks, smooth rocks for prime sunbathing, and apparently deep enough for jumping off the rock on the far end (I did not attempt this, as I was too busy sunbathing, but Annelise did, and you can see she posted a review so she survived to tell the tale).

River Haven is right in the town of Sierra City which has a grocery store, gas station, cafe, and more. Very convenient for getting what you need while still feeling like you have some forest and river space to yourself. Just 20 minutes to world-class mountain biking in Downieville (or not far up to the drop-in on Butcher Ranch Road which opens up miles and miles of more trails), national forest, plenty of pristine and quiet lakes to swim in, and vast, less-mobbed parts of Tahoe. A very sweet and charming part of the Sierras.

No better way to spend a summer afternoon in the Sierras than in your own private swimming hole.This swimming hole is baby-approved!
Hipcamper Megan

An fun communal oasis

Megan P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 2nd, 2019

Susan is an amazing host and this place is a little oasis. As long as you’re cool with friendly community vibes, the house and property are a great place to stay while you venture out and explore Sierra City, the Yuba River, and the surrounding lakes. The private swimming hole is also a plus!

Hipcamper Mark
Mark R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 1st, 2019

Susan was a magical host who added to the experience just through her personality. We felt at home and the accommodations were just right. The swimming hole was exactly what we were looking for. Thanks Susan!

Hipcamper Annelise

River access & national forest!

Annelise P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 26th, 2019

Had a great time here! The property is right on the Yuba River, it is a minute walk to an amazing swimming hole where my friends and I spent an very relaxing afternoon. There are great views of the river from higher up on the property as well, and it was the best falling asleep to the sounds of the water.

Susan is a very kind Host, she introduced us to all of the other guests at River Haven (many PCT hikers - so fun to meet them and hear about their journey). There is a very friendly and communal vibe that she works hard to foster on her property.

It was amazing being able to sleep outside in such a comfy bed. Being able to hit the hay without bringing camping equipment felt pretty luxurious to me!

The surrounding area was also really fun to explore, we had world class mountain biking and lake swimming adventures in Tahoe National Forest - all within a few minutes drive from this Hipcamp. I very highly recommend River Haven!

Hipcamper cyo
Cyo N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 29th, 2019

Susan's River Haven is truly just that— a bonafide slice of heaven! We had such a lovely time and are so thankful to Susan for opening up her home to us. She's a lovely host who is genuinely interested in making your stay a delight. Thank you! We'll be back soon!

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on July 31st, 2019

Thank you – – it was a pleasure having you here. I would love to have you back anytime.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Katie
Katie C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 19th, 2018

I had such a splendid stay here at River Haven! My host, Susan, was a delight to spend time with while I was here. I ventured here by myself and was the only guest during my stay. Susan showed me the property, we sat around and drank tea in the garden, laughed at jokes and enjoyed the scenic river below or would gaze up at the amazing mountain peak that was visible from the property.

There was a kitchen area in the house that I was able to use, in which I made some asparagus, tomatoes, and mushrooms. The windows in the house are kept open during the day and the cool air just flows in and out. It is such a homey and cozy feel to the house, just like being back at home!

Outside, there is a lovely garden area, trails that lead to the river and one lookout point, as well as the tents where you get to sleep in a comfy bed out in nature! I stayed in the Angel tent and it got down to maybe the high 40s that night, but I stayed warm and wasn't cold at all. There was a coffee pot available for use in the kitchen, so the next morning I made coffee and sat down on the couch in the angel tent area just to relax and wake up. Later going down to the river below and listening to the water and watching the world wake up. The water is clear and beautiful and it's a very secluded spot. If it wasn't so cold, I would have gone swimming in it!!

Susan said she gets a lot of hikers coming in to stay from the Pacific Crest Trail - besides the outdoor tents, she has indoor rooms available that are equally as comforting and cozy. There are many spots for sitting and eating or visiting with friends, even a cool spot you can walk to that overlooks the river and has a comfy couch. She has showers and toilets available for both indoor and outdoor staying guests. For a fee, you can also do your laundry here. All in all, this is a wonderful little getaway spot for friends and family alike.

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on September 20th, 2018

Thank you Katie. I enjoyed your presence on my property and from the minute you got here. You are warm, cheerful, sincere and very comfortable to be around. I trusted your intuition on taking quality photos as you are quite professional. May you continue to enjoy your travels as you are being of service to others. You are real asset to Hip camp.

Remove vote :(
River Haven
United States
4 Sites

Lists including River Haven Outdoors

970 camps including Fall Fest + Glamping Tent Plus and The Sanctuary Treehouse