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Mother Lode Field Office


General Information

The Mother Lode Field Office manages several developed campgrounds: the South Yuba River Trail and Campground (Nevada County), and the Merced River Trail and Campground  which  includes McCabe Flat, Willow Placer, and Railroad Flat (Merced County).  Select the site below for more detailed information.

Most of the public lands administered by the Mother Lode Field Office are available for casual camping, which means you can set up camp outside a developed campground. If you do, you will be expected to set up a fire-safe camp, with adequate sanitary arrangements. Casual campers should also bring their own drinking water; the water available in many rivers, streams or lakes is not suitable for human consumption without treatment.

Campground sites are on a first come, first serve basis and no reservations are available. They usually sell out each Friday and Saturday night from June-August. Camping is only permitted in designated sites in the campgrounds.

There is a 14-day camping limit on BLM public lands within a 90 day period.

Image of a tent set up in a campground


  Developed Campground Sites:

  Merced River Trail and Campgrounds - OPEN Year Round

  South Yuba River Trail and Campground - CLOSED


Bureau of Land Management
Mother Lode Field Office
5152 Hillsdale Circle
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: (916) 941-3101
Fax: (916) 941-3199
Office Hours:
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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