Orchard Springs Campground

Rollins Lake


Orchard Springs at Rollins Lake


Orchard Springs Campground, Rollins Lake, CA

Orchard Springs Campground

Rollins Lake Area
Attractions and Activities

Visitors at Orchard Springs Campground find most campsites set back from the lake. Area points of interest are only a short drive away.

  • Drive to the top of Donner Summit along old Highway 40 for spectacular views of Donner Lake.
  • Stop in at the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop for all your cycling needs and suggestions for the best area rides.
  • Drive over to nearby New Bullards Bar Lake for boating, waterskiing, and fishing.
  • Spend some time at historic Nevada City with restaurants, shops, and theater. See InnSide Nevada City.
  • Head over to nearby Colfax for shops, restaurants, and services.
  • Discover all the great recreation opportunities in the Donner Summit area at Around Donner Summit.
  • Visit the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
  • Hike or mountain bike the popular Pioneer Trail which parallels Highway 20.
  • For a back-country adventure on easy trails, explore the trails and lakes in the Grouse Ridge Recreation Area.

Key Orchard Springs Campground Regulations

  1. Entrance Gates close at 10:00 PM (midnight Friday and Saturday) and reopen at 6:00 AM during the summer.
  2. There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim in the designated swim area.
  3. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
  4. Generators may not be used at this campground.
  5. Fires are only permitted in the established fire pits and BBQ grills.
  6. Pets must be on leash and attended at all times. Pets are not allowed in the swim areas. No horses are allowed in the campground.

Orchard Springs Campground

Orchard Springs Campground is on the southwest shore of Rollins Lake, 15 miles from Colfax. Rollins Lake is operated by the Nevada Irrigation District. Campers at Rollins Lake enjoy all kinds of water sports, including swimming, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. Jet skis are permitted on the lake. Fishing is good for trout, Kokanee, catfish, and bass. The campground has a boat launch ramp, boat rentals, a swim beach, and volleyball.

Orchard Springs Campground offers 91 campsites for RVs, trailers, or tents. Fourteen of the campsites are classified as Premium RV sites with full hook-ups (30 amp). A handful of sites are designated as prime, water-view sites. The remainder are set farther back from the lake on a hillside. Sites 250 - 253A on a rounded hilltop not far from the beach are among the most popular campsites. There is a $6.50 per night fee for watercraft. There is a 2-night minimum stay for any reservation and 3-nights on holiday weekends. One-night stays are allowed for drop-in campers.

Orchard Springs Campground Basics
Orchard Springs Campground Location: 15900 Orchard Springs Rd., off Highway 174 about 4 miles from Colfax
Elevation: 2,300 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Sacramento - 54 miles
Reno, NV - 86 miles
Number of Sites: 91
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle per site, $10 for extra vehicle
Pets: on leash, always attended, maximum 2, $3 per night
Information: (530) 346-0073

Reservations for Orchard Springs Campground
Reservations available Each year, beginning the first business day in January
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: none designated, but some facilities accessible
Fees: Standard tent sites $32
Water view tent sites - $37
Premium RV Sites with full hook-ups - $45
Reservations: (530) 346-0073
(+ $9 reservation fee)
Check-in, check-out: 3:00 PM, check-out 1:00 PM

Orchard Springs Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire rings, some sites with full hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump station: Yes, fee
Campgrounds Map: Orchard Springs Campground Map
Attractions nears Orchard Springs Campground: Head down to Rollins Lake for fishing, boating, and waterskiing. Orchard Springs has docks and a boat ramp. For most boat rentals see Rollins Lake Boat Rentals. Enjoy movie night in the meadow. Splash around in the designated swim area. Stop by the marina store for bait and tackle. You can rent a rent little fishing boat or paddle boat there. Play Volleyball.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Orchard Springs Campground, Rollins Lake, CA

Orchard Springs Campground

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