Scotts Flat Lake, Nevada City, CA

This post was written by jd on March 22, 2009
Posted Under: Lakes in nevada county,Recreation
Scotts Flat Lake picture from my deck March 21, 2009

Scotts Flat Lake picture from my deck March 21, 2009

My house overlooks Scotts Flat Lake and as you can see in the picture above, I get a really beautiful view of the lake . It’s a wonderful experience living above such a body of water, which is constantly changing appearance, either due to wind or other forces of nature. At times I can look out and see fog completely covering the lake, at other times; wind plays with the water and makes designs that are captivating to the eye and imagination. The lake is large enough for fairly large sail boats (my daughter had a 25 foot long sail boat that she sailed on the lake and there are  larger sail boats that use the lake), along with ski boats, canoes and small boats for fishing.

Scotts Flat Lake is at 3,100 feet in elevation and has a surface area of 850 acres with 7.5 miles of shoreline lined with a forest of pine trees. There are two launch ramps, a marina, campsites, a picnic area, sandy beaches and a general store. (My house is at 3,700 foot elevation.)

Looking at far side of Scotts Flat Lake, boat ramp and camp ground area. Notice the wind patterns

Looking at far side of Scotts Flat Lake, boat ramp and camp ground area. Notice the wind patterns

The fish in the lake are German Brown Trout, Massachusetts Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Bullhead Catfish and Channel Catfish. There are sites that are available for camping at Gate 1 with nightly single sites, and (1) one hundred person group site, Gate 2 has seventy five single sites and three group sites, one hosts twenty, one hosts thirty and  the third one hosts forty people.

Showers and flush toilets are available, along with multiple RV sites, but no RV hookupsare available. However, they do have dumping facilities for RV’s. You can bring pets, however they must be leashed at all times and they are not allowed along the beach or swim areas.

Below Scotts Flat Lake is Lower Scotts Flat, also called Deer Creek Reservoir which is much smaller than the upper lake. The only water craft I’ve seen here are mainly canoes and a few small boats for fishing.

For more information and to make reservations for camping follow this link Scotts Flat Lake Reservations

For a map of the lake follow this link Map of Scotts Flat Lake

Reader Comments

Is there ever ice on the lake in winter?

Written By David Pinegar on March 22nd, 2009 @ 10:39 AM

I’ve never seen ice on the lake. It never gets cold enough to have ice form on the lake.

Written By jd on March 23rd, 2009 @ 10:34 AM

I plan to go camping @ scotts flat next week. Is the water line high this year? Alot of lakes are low in California.

Written By Josh on May 27th, 2009 @ 3:56 PM

is there catfish in lowerr scotts flat?

Written By winbaby on June 28th, 2009 @ 10:54 AM

Yes, the last time I fished there were a lot of catfish in Scotts Flat Lake

Written By jd on June 28th, 2009 @ 4:05 PM

Do you get snow in the winter and is there snow around the lake?

Written By Anonymous on July 7th, 2009 @ 7:35 AM

We get a quite a bit of snow around the lake. At an elevation of 3,100 feet, it is above the snow level and I would say that based on my experience living by the lake (although I’m higher at 3,700 feet) you get two to three feet or more of snow fall several times during the winter.

However, it usually does not last longer then a couple of weeks and then most of the snow is gone.

Written By jd on July 7th, 2009 @ 9:34 AM

Are dogs allowed in certain areas for swimming?

Written By Anonymous on July 14th, 2009 @ 10:20 AM

I take my dog to the lake all the time. I don’t know of any restrictions for dogs swimming in Scotts Flat Lake.

Written By jd on July 14th, 2009 @ 4:58 PM

Are boat slips available to rent?

Written By Anonymous on September 19th, 2009 @ 11:21 AM

Yes, Look at the website it will give you sll the info your needing.. We rented a 14′ 125.00 night.

Written By Anonymous on June 29th, 2010 @ 4:19 PM

how cold is this lake

Written By Anonymous on July 31st, 2010 @ 12:15 PM

when is it windy there? would it be windy enough for windsurfing or kiteboarding? 10 – 30mph

Written By Anonymous on August 4th, 2010 @ 8:53 PM

Yes, it’s windy enough. There are many small and fairly large sail boats on the lake through out the spring, summer and fall.

Written By jd on August 5th, 2010 @ 7:05 AM

Warm enough to swim and water ski.

Written By jd on August 5th, 2010 @ 7:06 AM

Are there many bear sitings in the campgrounds there?

Written By Anonymous on September 9th, 2010 @ 11:45 PM

Scotts Flat Lake is home to many bear, not problems unless people leave their food out – which is what they are afte. There are daily moorings offered for campers, at $15/night. Otherwise, moorings are offered Apr 15-Sept 15 for $500. Gate II is open year round, subject to road accessibility.

Written By Anonymous on October 5th, 2010 @ 8:07 AM

Are there any easy trails around the lake? If so, where?

Written By Anonymous on August 6th, 2011 @ 11:30 PM

One trail you can take is to go down to Pasquale Road until you come to Dam Road. There is a dirt parking lot. (for about three to four cars. Park there and you can walk down to the dam and over it. Easy going down, a little hard coming back up.

Written By jd on October 28th, 2011 @ 10:42 AM
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