There are three campgrounds very close to historic Colfax. Shown above is Bear River.

Colfax is very close to three campgrounds:  Orchard Springs Campground at Rollins Lake, Mineral Bar Campground, and Bear River Campground—each is by water and offers a nice slice of the outdoors.


Mineral Bar Campground is located on the east side of the North Fork American River, off Iowa Hill Road, where the Colfax Iowa Hill Road crosses the river.

Enjoy the river and views of the historic old Iowa Hill Bridge just a few minutes from downtown Colfax, but a world away. Mineral Bar is California State Park with 15 designated campsites with picnic tables, garbage receptacles, pit toilets, and fire rings. Seasonal fire restrictions may apply. No drinking water is available. Dogs are allowed. Reservation and information at (call 800-444-7275), or visit Springs Campground is 4.5 miles from downtown Colfax off Highway 174 westbound. At Rollins Lake, Orchard Springs has 91 campsites, including RV sites, and is managed by Nevada Irrigation District. (Pets ok with fee).


Rollins Lake has over 13 miles of shoreline and is known for year-round fishing as well as boating. Fishing includes German Brown Trout, Massachusetts Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bullhead Catfish, and Channel Catfish.

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Bear River Campground is managed by Placer County in partnership with California Land Management (CLM) which maintains, operates, and assists with the Bear River Campground site. Bear River Campground, directly adjacent to the Bear River,  is open for day use just 3 miles from downtown Colfax.

This 200-acre park includes opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing, and gold panning. Leashed dogs are welcome. Get back to nature with over 5 miles of trails. Check the website for current camping status at