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part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Wild Plum Campground is located on Haypress Creek in the North Yuba River area. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the area, including hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and gold panning.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the banks of Haypress Creek. A forest of hardwood and pine trees covers the area, offering pleasant shade. Many rocks, from early gold dredging activity, cover the forest floor. Several sites overlook the creek.


Wild Plum Loop can be accessed from the campground. The 2.5-mile trail is open to hiking and horseback riding and provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail and Haypress Trail.

The scenic and historic town of Sierra City is just one mile from the campground. A variety of lodging and dining options are available.


The campground offers several single-family sites, many of which are designated for tent camping only. Each site has a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

The campground's two smaller loops have paved roads and parking spurs; the larger upper loop has a gravel road and spurs.

Nearby Attractions:

Boating, fishing and swimming are available at the nearby Sardine Lakes, about eight miles from the campground. Sardine Lakes Resort offers boat rentals.

The Lakes Basin area offers boating, fishing and hiking, and more than 30 miles of maintained trails branch. Many of the trails are also open to biking and horseback riding.

On the water, visitors enjoy boating and fishing. Anglers will find rainbow and brook trout in many of the lakes throughout the basin. A boat ramp is located at Gold Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Canoeing
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Gold Panning
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • General Store
  • Lodging
  • Restaurant
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boating
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Tahoe Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • An additional $2 per day fee is charged for reservations during Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends
  • Utility hookups and showers are not available
  • This facility is operated by Tahoe Recreation, doing business as California Land Management and comments are welcome; forms are available from campground hosts or online
  • Click here for more information on the Tahoe National Forest
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Yuba River Ranger District (530) 288-3231 or 478-6253 (voice), (530) 288-3656 (TDD).
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.56639, -120.59917
    39°33'59"N, 120°35'57"W

    From Sierraville, travel south on Highway 49 for 35 miles. Turn left at Wild Plum and travel just over a mile to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:


    SIERRA CITY  CA  96125

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (530)862-1368
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