Collins Lake Campground

Nevada County


Collins Lake


Collins Lake Campground, Nevada County, CA

Collins Lake Campground

Collins Lake
Attractions and Activities

Close to Sacramento and Marysville, Collins Lake offers an easy-to-reach camping and recreation destination. The 1000-acre lake is owned by the Browns Valley Irrigation District. The same family has been operating the concessions there since 1972.

  • RV and tent camping
  • Marina with boat rentals and launch ramp
  • Large sandy beach for swimming
  • Picnic area, store, children's playground, beach volleyball, general store, laundry
  • Great fishing for trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.
  • New in 2015 - movies under the stars on the beach
  • Live music on Saturday nights.
  • Excellent water skiing and wakeboarding (May to mid-October)
  • Cabin rentals

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Fires: Only permitted in the barbecue frills provided
  2. Beach: No lifeguards on duty. Dogs and glass are not permitted on the beach.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. At night they must be in a tent or vehicle.
  4. Quiet Hours: 10 PM to 8 AM. No generators during those times.

Collins Lake Campground

Collins Lake is owned and operated by the Browns Valley Irrigation District. The Collins Lake concession offers camping, boating, and other amenities. Collins Lake is located between Marysville and Grass Valley, about 1¼ hour's drive from Sacramento. Fishing, swimming, water skiing and other water activities are popular here. Jet skis are not permitted.

A wide range of campsites are available, some without hook-ups, some lakeside, some with water and electric hook-ups, and others with full hook-ups. First-come, first-served, open camping areas for RVs, trailers, and tents are also available. Rates vary by season and by days of the week, e.g. higher rates on weekends.

Collins Lake also has Group Campsites.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Marysville Road, 10 miles north off Highway 20
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Marysville - 24 miles, 31 minutes
Grass Valley - 32 miles, 38 minutes
Number of Sites: more than 250
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 4 (including children) (fee for extra people up to 8)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (800) 286-0576 or
local (530) 692-160

Reservations
Reservations available Up to 2 years in advance. Reservations open for the entire following year every January 1. For example, on January 1, 2016, reservations are available for all of 2016 and 2017.
Accessible Sites: None designated
2017 Fees:
(March - October)
No hook-ups: $32 - $40
Lakefront no hook-ups: $42 - $50
Electric and water hook-ups: $46 - $54
Lakefront with electric and water: $62
Full hook-ups: $62
Open Camping Area: $30 - $40
Lower fees during off-season
Reservations: Collins Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: Noon

Collins Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, many campsites with full or partial hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water, store, laundry, WiFi at designated places
Showers: Yes (coin operated)
Dump station: Yes
Nearby attractions: Swimming beach, beach volleyball, water skiing (May to mid-October), fishing, boating, marina with boat rentals, launch ramp, playground

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 should be obtained from the local area of the campground.

Accessible Sites

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

Collins Lake Group Campsites

Collins Lake has 4 group sites. Rates vary from off season (November through February except for holiday periods) to high season. Rates are paid per person with a minimum charge per night. Children 12 and under are free.

  • Lakeview can accommodate between 20 to 80 people and offers 12 RV hook-ups. $12 to $18 per person, minimum fees $240 to $360
  • Water's Edge for small RVs or tents can accommodate between 20 to 80 people. $9 to $13 per person, minimum fees $180 to $260
  • Retreat Group tent-only site can accommodate between 20 to 60 people. $9 to $12 per person, minimum fees $180 to $260
  • Upper Meadow for tents and small RVS can accommodate between 20 to 60 people. $9 to $13 per person, minimum fees $180 to $260

See Collins Lake Group Campsites for full details about each site.

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