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Bell tents near Reno, Nevada with fishing

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2 sites · Lodging40 acres · Nevada City, Nevada
I’ve had the pleasure to be the “caretaker” of this special land once inhabited by the Maidu Indians for the past 43 years. This is SPECIAL ground here and I’m sure you will feel the MAGIC!!! This 40 acres sits on the Yuba River Ridgetop. At the "Platform of Pleasure" you will enjoy 100,000+ acre views of protected land looking North to the High Sierra, minutes away from downtown Nevada City and 8-10 miles from Yuba River Trailheads. Firewood bundles are $15 per bundle (2+ hours of campfire when campfires 🔥 are allowed). There is a $5.00 dog fee per dog/per stay. On our property like anywhere in the woods there are mosquitos, so you should bring bug spray. We offer a tent platform, as well as a canvas tent listing. Guests love staying here: "From the moment we arrived Chris was nothing but amazing. He helped us get settled in and even recommended some beautiful spots to hike/sight see. They are both so generous! The campsite beautiful and they did a very nice job supplying us with any materials we may need. Definitely coming back during the summer!"
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Camp Nauvoo

24 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents86 acres · Placerville, El Dorado
Camp Nauvoo was originally bought by the LDS church in the 1960's for a girl's camp. The camp was owned by the Boy Scouts from 2011-2015. The Rose family bought the property in 2016 with the intent to continue the tradition of tent camping as well as creating opportunities for exclusive events i.e., group/family reunions, weddings and corporate events. We are a small privately owned small campground (20 sites only) located on the outskirts of Placerville. The property features 86.5 secluded Tahoe like acres with beautiful year-round Weber Creek. The camp sites are placed along the creek or the bluff overlooking the creek. We have traditional dirt camping, canvas tents on platforms, teepees and glamping tents for those that want the comforts of home. We are tent camping only with only one site that allows a small travel trailer or van. (#14) . We are dog friendly and allow dogs in all but 5 glamping sites. We do enforce camp rules especially our quiet time between 10 PM and 7 AM (please review). We’ve been told that we have a “family camp” vibe. We are a great place for families wanting a safe environment for their kids but also several group sites for those that want to hang out together with multiple families. We are also a great base site for those wilderness enthusiasts with access to all the El Dorado National Forest including Desolation but want a hot shower at the end of the day. We have a lodge that is stocked with games and a ping pong table. The lodge has a microwave, Keurig machine and a hot water kettle for those hot drinks (BYO Cups).We have several tables set up for those that want to eat inside as well as multiple picnic tables along the side of the lodge with overhead protection. We have electricity at the at the lodge for small appliances and charging phones. We have a compressor on site to blow up your air mattresses or float toys. We’ve been told that our bathrooms are the “cleanest” ever and have changing tables and diaper pails. We offer nice flushing toilets and hot showers! For outdoor activities we have basketball, volleyball, pickleball and cornhole not to mention the playground with swing sets, seesaw and tractor play. We have hiking trails throughout the property. Our highlight is a camp fire bowl with bench seating with a stage to display camper talent which is perfect for the evening fire and roasting s’mores (bring the fixings). The creek starts out in spring looking like a rushing river featuring many fishing and swimming holes. As the summer progresses the water level falls but is still great for water play and fishing. We have propane BBQs (we provide the propane for BBQs) located throughout the property. We also have a propane grill and charcoal BBQ located in the common area for all to use. There is a dutch oven pit also in the fire bowl area. We do not allow wood fires at the individual sites but each site has a propane firepit for ambiance (not cooking) that requires you to purchase a 20 lb. propane cannister on site (add in extras) or pay cash on site. No internet service. There is limited internet only available for purchases at the setore. We require a 3 night minimum for the major holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. We do not do checkins on Sunday but do allow camping over Sunday night. We do exclusive events so you may need to explore multiple weekends to find the right reservation. We are located in the foothills so we are a short hop to many local attractions that include river rafting, gold mines, wineries and historical towns with great eating establishments. Tahoe is less than an hour away and there a many hiking trails within 20-30 minutes. We have a limited number of items to rent i.e, tents, cots, camp stoves, etc. We also have a small store on site for those items you forgot and a good selection of ice cream. We take venmo or cash. CHECKIN IS BETWEEN 4 AND 8. IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE BAY ALLOW 4 HOURS - YOU MUST LEAVE BY 3:00 IN ORDER TO ARRIVE DURING CHECKIN. IF YOU GET DELAYED, FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE OTHER CAMPERS YOU MAY CONSIDER WAITING AND ARRIVING THE NEXT MORNING. THERE ARE NO CHECKINS AFTER 9:00.
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Madrone Village

5 sites · Lodging44 acres · Nevada City, Nevada
Enjoy the serenity of nature within the foothills at Madrone Village. Our glamping accommodations are nestled amongst one of the largest madrone groves in California, here you find yourself immersed in the essence of nature. Just a short hike up the road, you'll find trails to Scott's Flat Lake (20 min total), a serene place perfect for enjoying the sun. Whether you love paddleboarding, kayaking or just love a great spot for a picnic! Beautiful gardens. Outdoor picnic area. This is your place to relax. Enjoy the beauty this area has to offer at Madrone. Bell tents lifted onto solid wood platforms each outfitted with comfortable bedding and chairs for relaxing. Tents are shaded and just a short walk from parking! Outdoor showers and portapotty (compost toilets coming soon) on site. Please note the tents do not have their own power yet. And don't miss the opportunity to explore the beautiful historical town of Nevada City, with its preserved Victorian architecture, charming streets, and delightful shops and eateries.
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Camp Wayward

1 site · Lodging33 acres · Grass Valley, Nevada
Wayward Farm is a 33 acre cooperative farm community in its fledgling phases. We are working toward raising our own food and creating space for connections and learning. We started with milk cows and chickens and added a couple of pasture pigs. We have a trio of goofy nubian goats for keeping up with grazing and there are two gentle horses who live here. There are meandering trails throughout the back side of the property and a creek that flows from the small pond. There is plenty of wildlife on the back side of the property which includes deer, turkey, woodpeckers, mourning doves, coyote, fox, blue heron, and much, much more. We are a 15 minute drive from the Nevada County fairgrounds.
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GaiaTree Sanctuary

4 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Mountain Ranch, Calaveras
Welcome to GaiaTree Sanctuary. We are a small organic farm and retreat center on 10 acres in the beautiful foothills of the Sierras. Enjoy a personal retreat in nature, a farm and garden tour, a dip in the swimming pond, or listen to the birds from our yoga deck. We have lovely outdoor showers, elegant composting toilets, 2 cute treehouses, rustic camping and Glamping options to choose from. There’s also a short hike to a 360 view accessible from our land!
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Within one hour of Reno

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Bell tents near Reno with fishing guide

Set in the high desert at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the northwest corner of Nevada, Reno offers campers the best of both worlds, from city amenities spanning casinos to culture, to easy access to outdoor adventures year-round, whether it’s whitewater rafting the Truckee River in downtown Reno, mountain biking park or desert trails, getting out on the clear waters of Lake Tahoe, or hitting the slopes of the many nearby ski resorts in the winter. Diverse camping options abound, from urban RV parks with full hookups and amenities to quiet campsites in the high desert, near lakes and mountains, and within national forests.

Where to Go

Washoe Valley and High Desert

South of Reno, Washoe Lake State Park offers two shallow lakes, along with wetlands, dunes, fantastic mountain views, and open range where wild horses sometimes roam. Enjoy year-round camping at Washoe Lake Campground on the southern shores of Washoe Lake or Davis Creek Regional Park along the northern shore. Further east, plenty of history and year-round campgrounds can be found at Dayton State Park and Fort Churchill State Park.

Lake Tahoe

Reno is just 40 miles northeast of Lake Tahoe, which offers 72 miles of shoreline and dozens of beaches, parks, and scenic campgrounds. In Nevada, enjoy RV or tent camping near the lake at Nevada Beach or Zephyr Cove. On the California side, spend the night overlooking Emerald Bay State Park at Eagle Point or camp by the beach at Tahoe State Recreation Area or at D.L. Bliss State Park. For easy access to the lake amenities, stay at historic Camp Richardson or the Campground by the Lake on the south shore.

Humboldt-Toiyabe and other National Forests

Several national forests can be found near Reno, including the surrounding Humboldt-Toiyabe, Tahoe to the west, and Plumas to the northwest, offering plenty of wilderness, rugged terrain, trails, lakes, rivers, and opportunities for outdoor adventures. Choose from a wide variety of developed campgrounds, or head into the wilderness for backcountry camping, including the Mt. Rose Wilderness nearby.

When to Go

Summer is a popular time for visitors to Reno, who come for the many lively events and festivals, or flock to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Winter is another popular time for visitors to the area ski resorts. In the winter, tent and RV camping options are limited to RV parks and campgrounds in the high desert, though cabins are plentiful around Lake Tahoe and the mountains. Visit in the spring and fall for pleasant temperatures and smaller crowds.

Know Before You Go

  • Although there’s public transportation in Reno, you’ll need a vehicle to explore further afield. In the winter, chains are a good idea if you head into the mountains.
  • Campfire permits are required outside of developed campgrounds. Fire restrictions may limit or prohibit fires entirely.
  • Bears are common in the area. Secure food and other attractants, especially when camping.
  • Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 or over in California and 18 and over in Nevada.

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