Camping In Camp Far West: All You Need To Know

The Camp Far West Reservoir is a great place to unwind with family and friends. This large lake can be great for fall parties, romantic dates, or spring adventures.

If you haven’t tried camping in Camp Far West, you should definitely try doing it soon. This place will offer you a variety of activities to try that will surely make for a memorable experience.

If you have no idea what things you could do in Camp Far West, do read on. Because for this article, I will be sharing with you a couple of information about the things you can try at Camp Far West.


Knowing Camp Far West


Camp Far West is also known as Camp Far West Lake. It got its name from a gold rush era immigrant camp that was placed near the site back then before the 49ers reached the Sacramento Valley from the east. This reservoir can be found in the middle of Placer, Nevada, and Yuba county.

You can easily access the reservoir through Nevada City, Grass Valley and Western Nevada County along with Sacramento, Roseville or the Yuba City/Marysville area.

The camp is placed at an elevation of 280-feet, and has a large lake that contains about 104,500 acre feet of water with a surface area of 2000 acres and 29 miles of shoreline when at full capacity.

The camp has a 185-foot high dam that was built back in 1963 for the Central Valley Water Project. The dam was originally built to impound water from Bear River and Rock Creek for flood control and irrigation.

Though today, the dam has provided fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational boaters with a nice place to practice their craft.

When Is The Best Time To Go


The Camp Far West Reservoir in the north shore is open all year round. The south shore on the other hand, is only accessible to visitors during the month of May until September.

The best time to visit the camp is probably during spring and fall. During the spring season in the month of March, the lake in the spring tends to get full, and with it comes green hills filled with oak trees.

The scenes during spring just makes the lake look beautiful. It will surely leave you in awe as you walk along the shoreline with budding leaves. It is surely a great time to unwind in peace and to take nice photographs of nature.

The fall season on the other hand, is not at visually appealing as the spring season. During the month of September, the grass tends to be parched and the leaves will have fallen from the trees.

Though it might not be a beautiful as it is during spring, the reservoir makes for a great place to camp, especially since there aren’t much people staying in the grounds during fall.

Camp Operating Hours


Knowing the Camp’s hours can be very essential when planning your trip. To avoid reaching the camp with closed gates, you should know that from April until September, you can enter the camp from 6:30 a.m. up until 11:00 p.m.

If you are planning on visiting the camp from October until March, the camp will have its gates open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. During Fridays and Saturdays on the other hand, the camp opens an hour early, so its gates will be open from 6:30 a.m. up until 11:00 p.m.

Things To Do In Camp Far West

1. Camping


Camp Far West offers 8 RV sites, 120 Tent Sites, 8 Full Hookup, 120 No Hookup, and 30 Amps. Camping at the reservoir can cost you about $13 up to $37.

You can choose to set camp near the lake or near the woods. There are also rest rooms you can go to as well as mini shops where you can buy basic necessities.

2. Boat Launching (Speed Boat And Jet Skis)


If you are seeking adrenaline, you may want to try launching a speed boat or a jet ski off a ramp. Both the northern and southern shore in Camp Far West have boat launch ramps that you can use to propel your chosen water vehicle up in the air.

However, when trying to do so, do practice extra safety precautions such as wearing a life vest to avoid unnecessary accidents.

3. Fishing


Camp Far West offers a large quiet and peaceful place for anglers.

If you are into fishing, get ready and bring some fishing gear because the lake at Camp Far West is home to a variety of fishes you can catch.

Be sure to bring baits for largemouth and smallmouth bass, black bass, crappie, catfish, brown trout, and striped bass.

If you don’t have any bait, don’t worry, there’s a bait shop in near the lake where you can buy all sorts of fish bait as well as other fishing necessities.

4. Swimming


You can swim pretty much anywhere around the lake. Just avoid the parts where other people are driving speed boats and jet skis. The water at the camp’s lake is pretty cool, and can get freezing during the night.

5. Boating (Speed Boating, Canoeing, And Kayaking)


The camp’s lake contains about 3 square miles of surface area and 29 miles of shoreline. You can easily navigate the lake with a boat for only $20.

If you plan on driving a speed boat through the camp’s lake, you must know that there is a speed limit of 5 miles per hour when you are at least 200 feet away from a shoreline or a swimmer.

6. Jet Skiing And Water Skiing


If you are going to Camp Far West with your lover or a couple of friends, you may want to try renting a Jet Ski for a day for some speedy fun through the lake. You can rent two Jet Skis for $20 a day, and you can take it pretty much anywhere around the lake.

However, even though you may want to speed through the lake really quick, you must practice a 5-mile per hour speed limit when you are within 200-feet of a swimmer or a shoreline.

7. Hiking And Trekking


With the camp’s very large grounds, you may want to do some exploring on foot and try trekking through the woods or hiking to forests and meadows. One route you may want to try is the route to the Upper and Lower Fairy Falls on Dry Creek.

Also known as Beale Falls or Shingle Falls, the waterfall can be reached through a moderately easy trail through green forests and rocky hills.

If you are new to trekking, the trail to the waterfall may take you a few hours, but the view will certainly be worth it.

You may even want to try cooling off the waterfall. As an added safety precaution, you may want to look for a guide to avoid getting lost on the trail.

8. Cycling


Camp Far West is a great place to practice some off-road cycling. Just imagine the thrill of cycling through the woods where a breeze with the scent of trees and leaves will greet your face as you go downhill.

There are lots of cycling routes you can take if you do decide to go cycling around Camp Far West. If you don’t have any idea where to go, you may want to ride your bike through Ridge Road for a great downhill ride.

9. Horseback Riding


Whether you are a beginner or a pro, Camp Far West can be a great place for you to ride a horse.

The camp offers scenic trails that are mostly flat and wide through tree-filled woods and along cliffs with awesome views.

Since the horseback trails in the camp are fairly wide, it makes for a good place to trot and canter.

If you are an experience rider, you may even ride along the cliffs even when there are a lot of people in the camp that can distract your horse.

However, if you are new to riding a horse, going through the camp on horseback may not be a great idea, especially if there are a lot of people in the camp, and if you are riding an unexperienced horse.

But if you do want to try horseback riding, you may want to get a guide that will ride a horse with you through the trails.

Final Thought

Camp Far West is a great place for all sorts of recreational activities including horseback riding, cycling, hiking, boating, camping, fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and more.

It’s also a great place to unwind especially during the fall season where there aren’t as much people coming into the camp.

But if you want to see the camp in its full glory, you should remember to go during the spring season when the lake is full and the trees and grass are green.

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