WELCOME TO BEAR RIVER CAMPGROUND
The Park encompasses approximately 200 acres and is located along the Bear River, which divides Nevada and Placer Counties in Northern California, near the city of Colfax. The River and surrounding Sierra Foothills offer a variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including picnicking, camping, fishing, and hiking trails. During the summer months floating down the river is also a popular activity.
The Bear River is part of a large network of streams draining the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. It was to these streams and rivers that the pioneers of the 1800’s came to seek their fortunes. Although the “Gold Rush” is over, the Bear River is still a valuable mining resource. However, today it is aggregate, not gold, which is taken from the river bed.
At the park’s average elevation of 1800 feet, there exists a diversity of plant life, from willows and alders at the river’s edge, to towering Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs along the hiking trails. Beneath these largest members of the plant community can be found a variety of grasses, wildflowers and shrubs, such as Manzanita, Ceanothus, Poison Oak California Buckeye, Elderberry, Toyon, bleeding heart, Trillium and Mountain Misery. Wildlife is also abundant although most are wary of people and are not often seen. Animals such as black-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, porcupines, foxes, and even a few bobcats are among the many animals living in the park. And of course, always be careful of rattlesnakes which are native to this area.
Fishing is permitted on the Bear River. In addition to the Rainbow Trout, most frequently caught, German Brown, Smallmouth Bass, and Blue Gill are also common. All state laws regarding fishing apply here in the park, so please observe them.
Bear River offers a wonderful hike through nature. With many trails provided to help you explore the park. Some trails are narrow and caution is advised.
Family (23 family) and Group Camp sites (up to 100 people) are available. Call Parks at 530-886-4901 for more information.
In addition to Park Facility Reservation Procedures and Use Policies the following pertains specifically to the Bear River Park. Bear River Park consists of a day use area, 23 family campsites & 2 group campsites.
Location, Camping Season and Hours
· 2500 Campground Road, Colfax CA 95713
· Bear River Campground season is April through October.
· Day-Use park hours are ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
No water is available at Bear River Park so please be sure to bring your own water.
Thank you for keeping our park clean for everyone to enjoy. Deposit trash in the receptacles provided.
Swim At Your Own Risk Never swim alone. No lifeguards are on duty.
A responsible adult must supervise children swimming. Please use caution during periods of high water, portions of the river may flow rapidly.Fishing is Allowed
All Fish and Game regulations apply.
Motor vehicles are limited to the maintained roads and parking lots only. Off-road vehicle activity is prohibited anywhere in the park. The State of California Vehicle Code shall be enforced within the park.
Wildlife and Plants
Wildlife and plants including fallen trees are protected within the park and shall be left undisturbed. Please do not collect wood for fires or damage plant growth by cutting, picking, or trampling.
Firearms, BB, pellet and paintball guns, bows and arrows, sling shots, and other weapons or projectiles are not permitted in the park.
Gold panning is permitted. It is unlawful to operate motorized mining equipment in any County Park.
Most sites have upright B-B-Q grills and ground fire pits. There is a picnic table at every site. Vault restrooms are available. There are two community ground fire pits in the group camping area.
Fires are allowed ONLY in established B-B-Q grills and ground fire pits. Fires are subject to the California Department of Forestry restrictions. Bring your own firewood. Burning wood pallets and trash is prohibited.
Quiet hours are strictly enforced between 10 PM and 7 AM. Amplified music is never allowed.
Check-In Check-Out Times
Check In: after 2:00 PM (day of the first date on Use Permit)
Check Out: by 12:00 PM (day following the last date on Use Permit)
Maximum Stay at any campground site is fourteen (14) days in any thirty (30) day period and thirty (30) days in any one calendar year.
Recreational Vehicles and Tents
RVs and tents are allowed; however, no guarantee if space is large enough to accommodate. No hook-ups are available. Motor homes and travel trailers over 30' are not recommended due to narrow and steep road conditions.
Family Campsites are Available
Family campsites are available on first come, first served basis*. No reservations are accepted. Most campsites are on the river; some are on a tributary creek that feeds into the river. Camping is permitted only in designated areas.
*Please note: Popular holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day usually fill up 3 or 4 days before the actual date.
Fees per family campsite
· $10.00 per night. It is unlawful to occupy a campsite without having paid the required camping fee. The County shall have the authority to evict or issue a citation to anyone occupying a campsite that has not paid the required fee.
· $2.00 per night for the second vehicle.
· $1.00 per night for each dog.
Maximum per family campsite
· 8 people
· 2 vehicles
· 2 dogs
Applications are required for reserving the Bear River Group Campsites. The Placer County Facility Services Parks Division reservation phone number is (530) 886-4901. Please be advised that your reservation will not be confirmed until evidence of acceptable insurance coverage and all documents have been submitted and approved by the County.
1ST Business Day after New Year
Reservations will be accepted only between the hours of 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on the first business day after January 1st. If the phone is busy, please keep trying. Walk-In reservations are not allowed the first week in January. Due to popularity of the Bear River Campgrounds, we suggest that you consider alternate dates. Reserved dates will be updated as they occur online at www.placer.ca.gov/parkscalendar.
A $1,000,000 Liability Insurance Policy naming Placer County as Additionally Insured and Insurance Endorsement are required.
Fees per group campsite
· $75 per day for the entire group campground site
· $40 per day for half of the group campground site
· In addition to the fees above, an Application & Deposit fee apply.
· Whole site: 100 people and 35 vehicles
· Half site: up to 50 people 18 vehicles
The campground will be inspected after your stay. If it is determined, that the campsite was left clean and undamaged and there were no incidents, a Deposit Claim Form will be sent to the address imprinted on the check within approximately 4-6 weeks after your reservation. Upon receipt of the signed Deposit Claim Form, your deposit will be returned within two to four weeks.
The gate must be kept closed and locked at all times. If you are having a large group arriving at different times, you may wish to bring a combination lock for the gate and “chain link” it to the County lock. Be sure to give the combination to your group. Direct or indirect costs incurred to replace the lock will be taken out of the deposit.