Camping

Auburn SRA - North Fork of the American River

Four primitive campgrounds are available in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days, with a 30 day total camping limit per year.

Reservations for Lake Clementine Boat-In Campground are only taken through www.ReserveCalifornia.com (call 800-444-7275). Mineral Bar Campground and Ruck-A-Chucky Campground are operated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 
Auburn State Recreation Area Fire Restrictions
Due to dry conditions, remote terrain and increased fire danger, Auburn State Recreation Area will implement fire restrictions effective July 1, 2019 for the entire Auburn State Recreation Area. All fires including those in provided campfire rings and “Tiki Torches” will be prohibited. Additionally, portable cooking devices fueled by wood, gas, charcoal, pressurized liquid fuel or jellied petroleum are also prohibited in all day use areas of the State Recreation Area. Portable cooking devices and lanterns fueled by gas, petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted in designated campsites. For additional information about these restrictions, please contact the Auburn Sector Office 
SPECIAL EVENT ALERT
Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run will travel on the Western States Trail through Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) from Foresthill to Auburn on Saturday June 29th 1:00 pm until Sunday 11:00 am with approx. 369 runners.
Ruck A Chucky campground will be closed from Friday June 28th at 11 pm to Sunday June 30th at noon.
 

Camping is only allowed in the following designated areas:

MINERAL BAR
(off Iowa Hill Road)
On the east side of the North Fork American River, where the Colfax Iowa Hill Road crosses the river. There are 16 designated campsites with tables, firepits, and dry toilets. No drinking water is available. A narrow paved road serves the campground. There is a 14 day camping limit. Dogs are allowed.
Directions:  From Hwy 80 in Colfax exit at Canyon Way, head north on Canyon way turn right onto Iowa Hil Rd. 3 mile paved road to sites and river. 
Fees: $28.00 year-round per night. One extra vehicle allowed per campsite is $10.00 per night.

RUCK-A-CHUCKY
(Drivers Flat Rd. off Foresthill Rd.)

Five primitive campsites are located on the north side of the river on the Placer County side. Toilets and trash cans are provided. No drinking water is available. The campground is at the end of a 2.5 mile gravel/dirt road. Vehicles with high clearance are strongly recommended.  The road can be closed during inclement weather. Dogs are allowed.
Directions:  From Hwy 80 exit at Foresthill Rd. Going towards Foresthill turn right onto Drivers Flat Road,  a 2.5 mile dirt road down to the site and river. 
Fees: $28.00 per night. One extra vehicle allowed per campsite is $10.00 per night.
Note:  Ruck-A-Chucky campground is closed in the winter.

*For a map of the Ruck-A-Chucky and Mineral Bar campgrounds, please see the Campground Rules and Regulations.


BOAT-IN CAMPING AT LAKE CLEMENTINE
(Lake Clementine Rd. off Foresthill Rd.)
Boat-in camping in 15 primitive sites with pit-toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.  Open May 1st - September 30th.  Campgrounds are shortly operated on a first-come-first-serve basis from May 1-14. Starting May 15th through September 15th the campground will be done by reservation only through ReserveCalifornia. From September 16th - September 30th the campground is operated on a first-come first-served before closing for the winter.  No drinking water is available and dogs are not allowed. There is a 7 day camping limit.
Directions: From Hwy 80 exit at Foresthill. Follow Foresthill Rd. 3.5 miles , then turn left at Lake Clementine Rd. Follow 2 miles down to the boat ramp. There is no vehicle access to the camp areas, which are accesible only by boat.
Fees: $38.00 per night, $10.00 boat launch, $10.00 for extra vehicle.
Note:  Lake Clementine campground is closed in the winter.

RIVER-TRAIL CAMPS
Permits are available for camping in some areas outside of the designated campgrounds for those rafting the American River only from October 16th to June 31st. River Permit camping is prohibited July 1st- Oct. 15, due to high fire danger.  Information and permits are available at the Auburn SRA Ranger Station, 501 El Dorado Street in Auburn.