Ever romanticized about being a gold miner in the wild west, but then became overwhelmed with sadness because those times are long gone? Don’t be sad! You can still swing a pick axe at Union Flat Campground, just like in the good old days. This campground is the only place on the North Yuba River for recreational mining. Yes, you heard us, recreational mining! It is in fact a thing that people still do. So buck up, partner, and go strike yourself some gold!
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
11 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers will find Tahoe to be a mountain biking paradise, with rough roads and unforgettable views. The Downieville ranger distr...Read more


There are hundreds of lakes and many reservoirs within this forest, making motorized and non-motorized boating a go-to acti...Read more


There are huge reservoirs, alpine lakes, rushing rivers, small pools, and everything in between, making this an excellent place...Read more


Hikers searching for incredible views won’t leave disappointed: there are over 500 miles of trails, including the PCT. You can ...Read more

Horseback riding

If you have a horse, bring that fella over to these trails , and if you don’t, there are many local outfitters who can set you...Read more


Kayakers and canoers have plenty of opportunities to row their little boats in the lakes, reservoirs, and streams of this nat...Read more

Wind sports

Nothing beats that fresh mountain air blowing through your hair! Boca Reservoir, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Stampede Reservoir, ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to take a spin in your off highway vehicle? The Little Truckee Summit trail has gentle slopes and Prosser Hill is an ea...Read more


There isn’t much information about climbing, but Donner Summer has traditional and sport climbing areas to challenge all skill ...Read more

Snow sports

What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to go to Tahoe? Tahoe National Forest offers backcountry wilderness for you to exp...Read more


There’s no shortage of swimming here: you’re welcome to splash in lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, and swimming holes under ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If motor boats aren’t your thing, step up your game with a whitewater trip. The Yuba River and the American River offer amazing...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watchers won’t be disappointed with Tahoe National Forest. The wetland areas are great places for birding, especially ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Union Flat Campground.

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Hipcamper Roland
Roland K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 1st, 2023

My favorite of the North Yuba campgrounds. Surrounded by the cleaned boulders of the tailing piles. It’s amazing how much work was done by the miners (mostly the Chinese) during the gold rush. Still very obvious after over 100 years! Just a unique experience to behold. Whomever the USFS hired to keep the sites and bathrooms clean, they sure have pride in their work. Very impressive to say the least. Thank you for the obvious dedication and continued hard work.

Hipcamper Le Anne D.
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August 21st, 2018
Hipcamper Matt B.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2018
Hipcamper Heidi S.
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June 6th, 2017
Tahoe National Forest
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39.568° N, 120.745° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 7 Sites
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