May 3, 2018 – Spring is in the air, and that means outdoor fun is just beginning. Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is ready to welcome guests with improvements to its many campgrounds.

Importantly, NID has completed pre-season hazard tree removal and fire fuels reduction work at Scotts Flat, Orchard Springs and Long Ravine campgrounds in focused efforts to protect infrastructure and help safeguard nearby residential communities from wildfire.

In addition to general tidying up in preparation of the summer recreation season, other campground improvements include:

• Scotts Flat: new picnic tables for all campsites
• Orchard Springs: a new camp store is under construction and scheduled to open this summer
• Long Ravine: new bathroom lighting has been installed

Also, new boat slips are ready for use at Long Ravine, Orchard Springs and Peninsula. Plus, there’s a new slide at Long Ravine.

NID provides outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at district reservoirs in the foothills and mountains of the Northern Sierra. In the foothills, Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs are big draws, with a litany of activities including camping, fishing, swimming, sunning, boating, water skiing, sailing, kayaking and more.

Higher in the mountains, NID maintains and operates campgrounds and recreational facilities in the Jackson Meadows-Bowman Lake areas. Jackson Meadows features several campgrounds, picnic day use sites and boat ramps. Other campgrounds are located at Bowman, Canyon Creek, Sawmill and Faucherie lakes in the Bowman corridor. The primary recreation season in the high mountain areas generally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on weather.

Make your camping reservations online for Scotts Flat, Orchard Springs, Peninsula and Long Ravine campground. Click here for reservations.

In other NID recreation news:

Save the date: “No Motor Day” on Scotts Flat is May 20.

Experience the quiet beauty of Scotts Flat Lake. Free admission for non-motorized watercraft, kayaking and paddleboard demos, free sailboat rides and a fundraiser luncheon with Boy Scout Troop No. 4. More information here.

The 5th Annual Kid’s Triathlon at Orchard Springs has been rescheduled from May 19 to Sept. 15 to accommodate for cold reservoir water.

Fish plants: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife planted trout at Scotts Flat Reservoir on Feb 25 and March 18 and at Rollins Reservoir on March 18 and April 15.