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Gold Country Camping - Willow Creek Campground

17548 Highway 49         Camptonville, CA 95922        530.288.0646        877.901.7191


(TUE-THUR space avail.)





  • Retreats
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Reunions
  • Other Small Groups


Bring bedding & towels for the cabins! 


Check In 3 p.m - 8 pm or 1 hour before dark.

Check out 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Late checkins $25 service fee.


Stay a few days, a week or a month in cabins, RVs and Tents in the beautiful

Tahoe National Forest!

Residents for the fall and winter season are being accepted. Give us a call!



Willow Creek Campground is enjoying the 2016-17 season, sunny days and big starry skied nights.


The Campground is open year round for RV, Cabin and Tent Camping guests. 


Check our Activities link page for swimming, canoeing, fishing  kayaking, hiking, water skiing, gold panning, exploring and so much more!


We’re in the middle of Gold Country where there’s just as much gold to be found as there was in 1849 and the Gold Rush!




Welcome to

Willow Creek Campground 

Open Year-Round!

To make a reservation call


checkin 2-7 pm 



We are located in the Sierra foothills and the Tahoe National Forest on historic Highway 49 next to a bubbling year-round creek, 2.4 miles northeast of Camptonville, 35 minutes from Nevada City & Downieville, and ten minutes from the North and Middle forks of the Yuba River.


Bullard’s Bar Reservoir-boating, kayaking, river rafting, swimming, fishing and water skiing are just around the corner 20 minutes away


Activities and services in the campground include hiking, outdoor games, Gold Panning creek wallowing, live music, barbeques, pool table, video games, showers, laundry, RV dump and full hookups.


We cater to families, outdoor adventurers, young adults, nature lovers, writers  and seniors who use small to medium-sized RVs (up to 38 feet), camper vans, pickup campers and tent campers.


Want to have a family reunion or company retreat in The National Forest? There are also furnished cabins with bathrooms, kitchenettes, decks, and picnic tables overlooking the creek. Bring bedding and towels for the cabins.


WEEKLY  & MONTHLY RV SITES available fall through spring. Ask about our monthly rates $395 - $595 plus utilities.

       Learn how and where

to Pan for Gold!


Willow guests staying at the campground can learn the intricacies of gold panning on Saturday mornings between 10 and 12 noon ($10 adults & teens). Call 530-288-0646 to make arrangements. There’s gold in Willow Creek not to mention the branches of the River! No charge for kids tagging along with adults.


Willow Creek Campground - Video Tour






* Swimming

* Hiking

* Mountain Biking

* Water skiing

* Gold Panning

* Bass Fishing 

* Kayaking

* White Water Rafting

* Bird Watching

* Exploring Historic Gold Country 

* Taking in the Scenic Vistas 

* Rock Climbing

* Driving in the Sierras

* Stoking the BBQ

* Hanging around the campfire

* Star Gazing

* Sun Bathing

* Breathing Fresh Mountain Air




Come to Gold Country


     The history of the California Gold Rush is rich in folklore and interesting places, many of which are in hiking and driving distance from Willow Creek Campground.

     It is not uncommon to find people panning for gold alongside the creeks and streams of the area, or to stumble upon an abandoned gold mine, some of which is easy to imagine the flurry of activity that was taking place back in 1849.

     A great source for information before your trip is The California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited, by author Elliott H. Koeppel. While the book is temporarily out of print, sections of it can be found online on the author’s website.

     Nearest to the campground are the towns of Camptonville, Nevada City, and Downieville. The people may have changed, but each of the towns has maintained it’s unique Gold Country identity for more than 150 years!

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