Bear River Campgrounds in Colfax CA

The Bear River Campgrounds is located in Colfax California and is a great place to go gold panning, hiking, swimming, fishing, whitewater paddling and hiking.

Location: 2500 Campground Rd. Colfax, California 95713
Contact Info: 530-346-8891


Directions: Exit West Weimar Crossroads from Interstate 80 and drive north 1 1/2 miles. Then turn right on Placer Hills Road to Plum Tree Road 2 1/2 miles. Turn left on Plum Tree Road and follow it until you reach the Bear River Campground.

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3 thoughts on “Bear River Campgrounds in Colfax CA

  1. Sandy

    In all the places I’ve camped, Bear River has, by far, the best view of the stars. They are breathtaking! I would say this is a good place to camp if you are okay with noise – if you’re looking for a quiet campground, I don’t think this is it. It is a secluded campground, but seems to be a popular hangout for highschool or college age type parties, with pretty loud music being played. Even with the noise, I’ve gone there about 4 times the past 6 years because it’s a great little spot close to other day adventures. It must be a good spot for finding gold because there’s usually been at least one camper who has a gold mining type operation there, with a sluice box and dredging equipment.

  2. Rockhound Reggie

    I can get some gold in practically every pan full at bear river. The trick is to dig down deep and get to the good stuff…. It’s a lot of work but that’s why they call it gold mining 🙂 I will agree with the above poster that bear river campground gets a rowdy bunch of campers at times. If you want peace and quiet I’d recommend going somewhere else, but if you are like me and looking for gold dust, this is a great spot to go especially during spring.


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