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Rent Camp Gold Hollow

colorful sunset over lake with pine trees

Camp Gold Hollow is available for rent when it is not in use for Camp Fire programs. Nestled in a Ponderosa pine forest on the shore of a private lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills, it has facilities for swimming, boating, crafts, archery, hiking and more. At 2500 feet of elevation, the camp has four distinct seasons – warm, sunny T-shirt and shorts weather during the summer months, beautiful golden leaves in fall, a light dusting of snow in winter, and new green leaves in spring.

During the late spring, summer and early fall, a group of 120 can enjoy roasting marshmallows around an evening camp fire, sleeping under the stars on camp cots, taking hot showers in our bathhouses, and eating meals in the rustic lodge equipped with a full commercial kitchen.

canoes on Lake Vera

In the late fall, winter and early spring, the cozy lodge is a perfect place for groups of up to 75 to hold an all-day retreat, taking a break from time to time for a walk in the woods to enjoy the scenery. The nurse’s cabin is available for indoor sleeping.

Gold Hollow lodge in winter


Frequently Asked Questions

Climate. Camp Gold Hollow is in the Sierra Nevada foothills at an elevation of 2500 feet above sea level, with a moderate climate. Late spring, summer and early fall at Camp Gold Hollow feature warm days that are great for swimming and cool nights that are great for gathering around a campfire and cozying into a sleeping bag under the stars. Average daytime high temperatures are 79 in June, 87 in July and August, and 81 in September. Average nighttime low temperatures are 53 in June, 59 in July and August, and 54 in September.

Lodge and Dining Facilities. In the center of camp is a 90-year-old wooden lodge with a wide porch and comfortable chairs for socializing while making homemade ice cream. Double doors lead to a cozy and rustic room with an enormous stone hearth with a wood stove, comfortable sofas, and tables for crafts, board games and puzzles. Through a second set of doors is the dining room, with long tables and benches seating 120 and screened windows looking out on the surrounding woods and lake. A fully-equipped commercial kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator and commercial dishwashing area are at the far end of the dining room, leading out to a new back porch overlooking the lake.

Barbecues. An outdoor barbecue and a set of picnic tables under canopies outside the lodge provide an informal outdoor dining option.

Swimming and Boating. Camp Gold Hollow’s meadow sits along the shore of Lake Vera, a private lake shared with three other summer camps. A roped-off swimming area permits a cool, refreshing dip on warm summer days, while expert swimmers can organize a group for the challenging swim to Turtle Rock, a collection of granite boulders in the middle of the lake. Canoes, paddles and life jackets are available at our dock so that renters can explore the whole of Lake Vera.

Lake Vera is seasonal. In late summer and early fall, the water level can drop – particularly in drought years. In late fall, the spillway of the dam is opened and the lake is emptied, making way for fresh mountain water to fill it the following spring.

Meadow Area. Below the lodge, at the edge of Lake Vera, is a flat, grassy area nestled in the trees, suitable for active games such as volleyball and relay races, or for relaxing in a lawn chair or on a beach blanket. In late summer one can sometimes find blackberries at the water’s edge. At one end of the meadow is the archery range; at the other end is the fire circle, with rings of benches surrounding a central fire pit for roasting marshmallows, and a small stage suitable for presenting skits or assembling s’mores. Sheltered in the woods behind the fire circle is an arts and crafts area, with tables, benches, cupboards for storing supplies, and electricity.

Sleeping Areas and Bathroom Facilities. The camp has 14 sleeping platforms among the Ponderosa pine trees on the hillsides above the lodge, each of which has room for 8 sleeping cots. Each sleeping platform is connected to a small rustic cabin with eight bunks, which serves as a changing room, a place to keep duffel bags and suitcases, and an emergency shelter in the event of a rare summer rainstorm. Camp cots and mattresses are provided. Campers bring their own sleeping bags and pillows. The cabins and sleeping platforms have no electricity or running water. There are two bath houses adjacent to the sleeping platforms, with electricity, flush toilets and hot showers. Two additional bathrooms with multiple sinks, flush toilets and hot showers are located in the lodge.

Hiking and Mountain Biking. The South Fork of the Yuba River is a four-mile hike down a partially paved, partially dirt and gravel road. Serious runners can enjoy an early morning run to the river and back. For an all-day group hike to the Yuba River, a day pack with sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel will be useful. Serious mountain bikers can continue across the Yuba River on back roads to Malakoff Diggins and the historic gold mining village of North Bloomfield.

Field Trips. Camp Gold Hollow, as the name suggests, is in the heart of California’s historic mother lode. Nevada City, four miles from camp, is a well-preserved historic town with a theater, shops, fine dining and a narrow-gauge railroad museum. The Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, seven miles from camp, offers tours of one of the oldest, deepest and richest gold mines in the country. The Rock Creek Nature Trail, eight miles east of Nevada City on Highway 20, offers a .8-mile loop trail describing the local ecosystem.

Electronic Devices. Camp Gold Hollow does not have internet or cellular service. Come to the mountains to unplug and get away from it all! A land line telephone is available for emergency calls.
Camp Gold Hollow is located on a private lake in the Sierra Nevada foothills, four miles from Nevada City, California. It is approximately a 90-minute drive from downtown Sacramento via Interstate 80 and Highway 49. It is about a 2-1/2-hour drive from the Bay Area.
The camp has beds for 120 overnight guests. The dining hall will hold 120. There is an overall limit of 120 people on site.
Rental rates for 2021 and 2022 are:
• $1000 per day for non-profit organizations* and public schools
• $1200 per day for all others
• $600 per day for groups of up to 30, booking otherwise unsold dates. (Larger groups paying the full rental rate will be given priority in booking dates. Smaller groups are given access to enough sleeping platforms and rest rooms to accommodate the size of their group.)

For day use, the rate is for the calendar day.
For overnight use, the rate is for each 24-hour period or portion thereof. Rental periods generally start at 2:00 p.m. on the arrival day and end at 12:00 noon on the departure day.

*Organizations that qualify under IRS rules to receive deductible contributions, such as those holding a current 501(c)(3) status and tax-exempt public education organizations.
Use of the site, including the lodge, kitchen, nurse’s cottage, bathhouses, sleeping platforms, boathouse, swimming dock, meadow, archery range, fire circle and crafts shack.

It includes institutional-sized cooking pots and pans, utensils, serving ware and tableware; and the use of canoes, paddles, life jackets, and waterfront safety equipment.

A single dumpster is made available for the rental period. To encourage recycling and the use of washable tableware, there will be a charge for a second or subsequent dumpster.
Staff, including kitchen, program, first aid and waterfront staff; food; paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper; plastic products such as garbage bags, tin foil, paper plates, dish soap, cleaning supplies; craft supplies; archery equipment.
If there is damage to the site during the rental period, or if it is not left clean at the time of departure, the renter will be charged for the repairs and/or cleanup. Renters will also be charged for violations of any Camp Gold Hollow Rental Rules. New renters will be asked to provide a $1000 refundable deposit toward any such expenses.
Generally, the renter’s Responsible Individual and Backup/Alternate will arrive shortly before the rental start time for a site walk-through with the camp caretaker, staff arrival and food deliveries follow, and program participants will arrive after 4:00 p.m.

On the departure day, packing up and cleaning generally begins after breakfast or brunch, with program participants departing in the late morning.

The Responsible Individual and/or Backup/Alternative will conduct a check-out walk-through with the camp caretaker at the end of the rental period.
Please call Roberta at 707-643-4573 or send her an e-mail at [email protected].
Complete the Inquiry for Site Rental form and email it to [email protected]. Roberta will contact you to discuss further details.

If we can accommodate your group, we will send you a Camp Gold Hollow Rental Agreement to sign. A deposit of 1/3 of the cost of the rental will be due at the time of signing. The balance will be due 45 days prior to the start of the rental period.

For more information contact Roberta at 707-643-4573.



Camp Gold Hollow’s  Rental availability  for 2024

Dates highlighted in Green are not available.

I’m interested in renting! What’s the next step?

Complete the Inquiry for Site Rental form and email it to [email protected]. Roberta will contact you to discuss further details.

If we can accommodate your group, we will send you a Camp Gold Hollow Rental Agreement to sign. A deposit of 1/3 of the cost of the rental will be due at the time of signing. The balance will be due 45 days prior to the start of the rental period.

For more information contact Roberta at 707-643-4573.

Camp Gold Hollow Rental Rules [PDF]

Lake Vera All-Lake Rules [PDF]

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