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Camp Watanda at Lake Vera

· Nevada City, Nevada, California
10 acres hosted by Kathryn M.
1 lodging site · 1 RV site · 4 tent sites
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at some sites.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Kathryn is a Star Host
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Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
FYI: WE ARE EXPERIENCING LOW LAKE LEVELS THIS JULY (2024) AND IS UNLIKELY TO IMPROVE IN AUIGUST. Camp Watanda is a retired resident camp that we have converted to a vacation rental. We have 10 acres of wooded property, with the 4 camping kiosks close to the waterfront and 1 RV site on the waterfront. The camping kiosk all have 8-10 mattresses, grilling table, picnic table, cooler, smoke alarms, rake, broom and fire extinguishers. We are pet friendly with 1 dog per kiosk. Tents can be pitched on the elevated decks. Our waterfront has a large fire ring, 2-covered pergolas, canoes, kayaks, life jackets and charcoal grill. Lots of fish in the lake, since this is a private lake, no license is required. There is also a bathhouse (very primitive and in serious need of remodel) close by with 3 showers, 3 toilets and 3 sinks. Up by the lodge is a cell phone charging station and Wi-Fi, while we do have Wi-Fi, is not guaranteed, we are in the mountains with inconsistent connection. Lodge is not available to campers as this is rented separately. NOTE: Lake levels begin to drop in August and can be quite low in drought years. RV CAMPING: Because of the steep driveway and blind curve, we limit the vehicle length to 25 overall length. Our driveway is more suitable for RV's and Camper Vans and not Travel Trailers being towed. If you rent a kiosk, all campers must be on the same kiosk unless you rent a second kiosk. If you have a camping van and plan on using the van and the kiosk, then that is a second site. You cannot tailgate on a reservation just because the party only has 2 people on the kiosk, and you have 2 in the Van to make 4 people. These are tents sites on a Kiosk, there is parking for cars or trucks at the kiosk, not suitable for RV or Travel Trailers. Those vehicles will have to park at the waterfront parking lot. There are no refunds for cancellations within 72 hours of arrival. Camp Watanda is private property, campers assume all liability for being on site. There is no lifeguard present. This is a natural habitat for woodland animals, there is an associated risk for camping in their home. Slips, trips and falls can occur on trails, camping structures and waterfront.
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91 ratings · 46 reviews
Tex D.recommends
July 12, 2024
GREAT place for families to camp
My daughter and I absolutely adored staying at their place. I would highly recommend staying here to other families. A great mix of roughing it but having enough home amenities to be comfy. The kiosks are big and super cool...feels like a giant outdoor fort. We set our tent up between the bunkbeds for our bedroom. We brought umbrellas that attach to the picnic table for shade (our dining room). And used a camp stove on the handy cooking station. (our kitchen). The extra cooler they provide was very handy. We really loved taking the rowboat out for a sunset boat ride. And listening to the frogs at night. And admiring the friendly lizard and chill young buck who rested near our kiosk one of the days. For us--the sounds of nearby camps added to the festive summer kid vibes. On top of it all, I made a booking mistake and booked one less night than I thought. Kathryn, her local helper person, (and the guests who'd booked the entire place were all very understanding and human and helped us out by letting us stay an extra night to spare us what would've been a really big bummer of having to pack up at dusk. For which I am eternally grateful. I loved that it was not too far from the Yuba River and town so we could river swim and get treats in town without having to drive too far. I'd love to come here again with some other families and share this wonderful place with more folks. It's a rare find at a beyond reasonable price.
Jennifer L.recommends
June 24, 2024
Beautiful, private, serene
I really enjoyed my time at Camp Watanda. I set up my tent in a kioske and found it private, quiet, and super serene. Whether I was hanging out in the kioske or down on the grassy beach with my dogs, it was lovely. I took a SUP and kayak out for a paddle on the lake and built a nice camp fire in the fire pit at night. I also loved having access to the hot water in the showers and sinks of the community bathrooms since I had just come from a dusty camping trip in the desert. Overall, perfect place to rejuvenate my body and soul.
Jackie J.recommends
June 23, 2024
Book now!!!
Camp Watanda was everything we expected and more. We were in kiosk 2 closest to the water . There is not one bad site. The bathrooms and showers were clean. Loved that they had a giant fire pit down by the water and provided all the wood. So much fun on the lake. I love to Kayak and didn’t have to bring my own. They had plenty to use. They also had row boats, canoes, paddle boards and lots of water floating stuff too. I have been wanting to paddle board for a while now and got the opportunity this weekend while I was here. I look forward to going back. Incredible weekend and wonderful place.
Izza ś.recommends
June 10, 2024
We had a great time at Camp Watanda! I grew up going to one of the camps across the lake so it was a nice little stroll through memory lane. Gallup is nice because it is the most secluded kiosk, but also be ready to get your steps in. It didn't bother as at all, but definitely something to consider when selecting your kiosk, it's a hill to get to the bathroom, then a second to get down to the lake/charcoal grill/campfire. We finally got a system down of packing everything we might need when going down to avoid the extra trips. I loved that there were lots of different water crafts to use- rose boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboard, and a whole shed full of floats and life vests. Everything was clean and pleasant.
Clay K.recommends
June 9, 2024
#5/Waterfront RV site
Fun Camp Vibes
What a great spot! Our camp site (#5) was just a few steps from the lake. The provided kayaks and canoes made were super fun, and whole place had great classic summer camp vibes. Shade was limited, so maybe bring a tarp if you’re not in one of the cabins
Ryan S.recommends
June 9, 2024
This place is great! The attendants and fellow campers were all wonderful and the lake was a treat. Highly recommend staying here!
Nevada City, Nevada, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla and Nisenan First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Kathryn M.

Joined in March 2021
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