Bear River Park and Campground

EFFECTIVE JULY 1ST 2018 - DUE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER

All open fires and charcoal BQQ’s will be prohibited at the Bear River Campgrounds.  Use of portable Colman type gas stoves and lanterns is allowed.

NEW Updated Reservation System

Beginning in the 2018 camping season, all reservations for group and family camp sites will be made online.

Group camp sites: Beginning January 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM, online reservations for group camp sites will be available at the link below.  Reservations may be made for the 2018 season that begins April 1 and ends October 31.  Phone and walk-in reservations will no longer be available.

Family Camp Sites: In previous years, family camp sites were reserved on a first-come-first-served walk-in basis.  Beginning in 2018, all family camp sites will be reserved through the new online reservation system.  Reservations may be made beginning March 1 for the 2018 camping season.


Location Map
Site Map
Fee Schedule

Natural History

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

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. The fishing regulations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife apply here in the campground.

Hiking Trails

Bear River offers a wonderful hike through nature with 3 miles of natural surface trails to help you explore the park and enjoy nature. Some trails are narrow and caution is advised.

Camping

23 Family and 2 Group Camp sites are available.

Gold Panning

Gold panning is permitted. It is unlawful to operate motorized mining equipment. Excavating or removing soil from above the water line (high-banking) is prohibited.

Photography

The natural beauty of the canyon and river are ideal settings for nature photography.

Swimming

Refreshing swimming holes can be found along the Bear River. Beware of swift and cold water conditions, particularly early in the season. There is no lifeguard on duty.

Rafting / Tubing

Cruising along the riffles of the Bear River on a raft or inner tube can be a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Rafters can use the section of river from the upper to the lower portion of the campground, or shuttle to the Dog Bar Road Bridge about XX miles downstream of the campground. Be aware of swift and cold water conditions that can change rapidly.

Amenities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Gold Panning
  • Photography
  • Swimming
  • Rafting/Tubing

Location

2500 Campground Road, Colfax, CA 95713

Hours

Camping season is April 1st through October 31st. The Day-Use area hours are ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. There is no charge for parking in the Day-Use area.

Fees and Use

About Bear River Campground

Reservations
Reservations for group campgrounds will be taken beginning @ 8 am the first working day of January each year.
Campers are required to register online @ http://www.placer.ca.gov/parks
No phone or walk-in reservations accepted.

Amenities
Day-Use area, 23 family campsites & 2 group campsites.
Facilities include; four pit restrooms, picnic tables, fire pit rings and barbeques. 
No Potable Water is available, bring your own water. 

Capacity

  • Group Camp Sites
    Guests, maximum of 50 in each group campsite.
    Vehicles, maximum of 18 in each group campsite.
    Dogs, maximum of 4 in each group campsite.
  • Family Camp Sites
    Guests, Maximum of 8 people in each family camp site.
    Vehicles, maximum of 2 vehicles in each family camp site.
    Dogs, maximum of 2 in each family campsite.

Length Of Stay

Maximum 7 consecutive days, with a limit of 14 days in any one calendar year.

RVs and Tents Allowed with no guarantee spaces are large enough to accommodate RVs. 
No hook-ups available.

Narrow Road Access Motor homes and travel trailers over 30' are not recommended due to narrow and steep road conditions.

Day Use Area

The Day-Use area is open year round free of charge; hours are ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
 
Camp Site Fees

  • Family Site Rates
    $10 per night
    Additional Vehicle (maximum 2 vehicles) $2 per night
    Dog Charge $1 per night for each dog – maximum two dogs per Family Site
  • Group Site Rates
    $5 Application Fee plus:
    Upper Group Site $40 per night
    Lower Group Site $40 per night
    Both Group Sites $75 per night
    Dog Charge $1 per night for each dog – maximum four dogs per Group Site
    Deposit for Cleaning/Damage/Security $250

Insurance

The following insurance requirements apply to group campsite reservations only:

Minimum $1,000,000 Certificate of Insurance and Additional Insured Endorsement naming “Placer County” as additional insured is required if the following conditions exist:
When renting Bear River Group Campsites;
Alcohol may be present however; the Applicant must include liquor liability on their insurance coverage.

Alcohol may be sold however; a one-day Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) liquor license must be obtained from the State of California and attached to the Application.

A Host Liquor License must be attached to the Application if the alcohol is being sold by a Licensed Business.

Please review our website for more details on insurance requirements, or call Placer County Risk Management at 530-886-2600.

Arrival/Departure

Check in after 2:00 PM the first day of your reservation.
Check out by 12:00 PM the last day of your stay.

Public Safety

For emergencies call 911. 
Routine patrols of the Bear River Park & Campground by Placer County Sheriff Deputies and Park Rangers who can assist guests.

Fires are only allowed in County established fire ring/barbeque structures, provided the land around such camp or cooking fire, cooking grill or barbecue device is cleared of all flammable material within a radius of at least ten (10) feet.  There shall be at least one able-bodied person in actual attendance of such fire at all times.  All fires and open flames must be fully extinguished prior to departing the campsite.  Burning wood pallets or trash is prohibited.

From July 1 through October, no open fires are permitted including camp fires within designated fire rings and bar-b-q’s.  Cooking food with cook type propane stoves and use of lanterns is allowed during the high fire danger periods.  The beginning date for no open fires is subject to change depending on fire risk.  For information on permissible fires during your stay, contact http://www.placer.ca.gov/parks

Sound Amplification & Quiet Hours.  Bear River Campground observes Quiet Hours between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM, during which time no amplified sound is permitted.  No person shall operate any sound amplification device in such manner that the volume is unreasonably loud, raucous, jarring, disturbing, or a nuisance to persons or domestic animals within any area of audibility.  Generators are not allowed to operate during quiet hours.

No Lifeguard On Duty, Swim At Your Own Risk.  A responsible adult must supervise children while around the water.  River levels can change quickly without notice due to water releases upstream.

Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times, or on a retractable leash secured to a position no longer than six feet when in the presence of other users.  Dog feces must be cleaned up and properly disposed into a trash receptacle.  Service dogs are exempted from leash requirements if a leash would interfere with the animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents use of a leash; however, off-leash service dogs must be controlled at all times through voice, signal, or other effective controls. 

Littering Prohibited No person shall leave or deposit rubbish, litter or trash of any kind, except in receptacles provided for said purposes.

Weapons No person shall possess a weapon unless possession is authorized under the California Penal Code.  No person may or shoot, discharge, or fire any bullet, arrow, or other projectile into, over, or on any PRA

Mining No person shall operate any motorized mining equipment.  Excavating or removing soil from above the waterline (high-banking) is prohibited.

Fishing is permitted pursuant to relevant regulations of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Damage No person shall damage or remove any artifacts or items from the premises or cultivate, remove, damage or kill vegetation.  No person shall willfully destroy, damage, vandalize, steal, or misuse any improvements or natural features.

Wildlife No person shall feed, disturb, harm, or kill any wildlife.

Motorized Vehicles No person shall operate a motorized vehicle of any type outside designated roadways or parking areas.  No motorized vehicles allowed on the beaches or in the water.

Designated Travelways and Access Visitors or users of any designated Public Recreation Area (PRA) may only travel upon areas that are open to the public.  No person shall create unauthorized trails, enter trails that have been closed, cut switchbacks, damage vegetation, or cause erosion by traveling on foot, horseback or bicycle in areas outside of established trails in any PRA.

Group Campsite Gate Access Gate shall remain locked at all times using the County’s combination lock only.  Gate code will be provided to you by email or phone a maximum of 5 days prior to your reservation.  If you have a large group arriving at different times you may wish to give the combination to your group, and remind them to keep the gate closed and locked. 

RESERVATION POLICIES, DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION:

Family Sites: A completed reservation application may be made up to the first day of your stay for any available sites.

Cancellation requests for a family camp site must be received no later than 7 days prior to the first day of your reservation.  Refunds are not available for inclement weather, smoke, or open fire restrictions.  Cancellation request must be sent to PlacerCountyParks@placer.ca.gov.  Please include your reservation number.

If the reservation request is canceled and the Applicant requests to reinstate the application, providing the date is still available, there will be a $10 reactivation fee added to the Application Fee.

The Placer County Parks Division reserves the right to cancel any reservation if unsafe conditions exist.

Group Sites: A completed reservation application must be received no less than 10 working days prior to the first requested date of your stay.

Once an application is requested, the requested date(s) will be placed as a Hold in the reservation system with the Applicant’s last name and/or the name of the User Group.  If insurance has not been received within 10 working days of the application request, the Hold will be removed and the reservation request canceled.  Reservation Holds are not a confirmed reservation until insurance certificates are received and approved.

The Applicant’s acknowledgment on the Reservation Application is an agreement with Placer County that all guests are aware of the rules and will abide by them.

A $250 deposit for Cleaning/Damage/Security is required for each reservation.  Deposit fees are designed to cover additional costs associated with leftover trash, damage, repairs, and security issues.  Any interest accrued from Use Fees or Deposits will be retained by the County.  Placer County reserves the right to bill the Applicant to recover expenses that exceeded the initial deposit.  Following a review of the condition of the group camp site and the correction of any repairs, any remaining portions of your deposit will be returned approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the last day of your camping stay.

Cancellation requests for a group camp site must be received no later than 30 days prior to the first day of your reservation.  Refunds are not available for inclement weather, smoke, or open fire restrictions.  Cancellation request must be sent to PlacerCountyParks@placer.ca.gov.  Please include your reservation number.
If the reservation request is canceled and the Applicant requests to reinstate the application, providing the date is still available and complies with the Ten-Working-Day Policy, there will be a $10 reactivation fee added to the Application Fee.

The Placer County Parks Division reserves the right to cancel any reservation if unsafe conditions exist.

RULES The Bear River Campground is governed by the Placer County Public Recreation Area (PRA) Ordinance that may be found in Section 12.24 of the Placer County Code

THANK YOU FOR VISITING

The Bear River Park and Campground is owned and operated by the County of Placer, Parks Division; 2855 2nd Street, Auburn CA, 95603. Contact number (530) 886-4901.