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town.north san juan

North San Juan is NSJ, northern Gold Country, on the North Yuba River. Town is also known as Upper San Juan and no one can tell me if there is actually a South San Juan. Lots of rural residential w/ ranches back in here; private property backing to National Forest lands. Very curvy back roads, half of which are dirt. Snow is possible at this elevation, so take that into account when boondocking in that camper van during winter months.
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South Yuba River Map
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Tahoe Forest Map
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Yuba & American Rivers
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Lakes Basin Map
elevation: 2105' population: 400 zip code: 95960


forested, small mountain community w/ historic buildings, big river nearby

Nevada County
N of Nevada City, CA
on Hwy 49



  • fishing
  • camping
  • farming
  • biking
  • boating
  • backpacking
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • river rafting
  • museums
  • horseback riding
  • hiking
  • stargazing
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • North Yuba River
  • Tahoe National Forest
  • New Bullards Bar Reservoir
  • N Bloomfield - Malakoff Diggins
  • Lakes Basin Recreation Area
  • Gold Lake
  • Alleghany Mine
  • north san juan campgrounds

    New Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Englebright Lake Camping
    Rocky Rest Campground
    Carlton Flat Campground

    tent camping

    Ages ago, blink and you'd miss it. Now a days, crowds form, people picnic, hang out, pedestrians dart out across highway and bikers frequent. Rural river town, near a large reservoir, with farms, organic cafe, pizza shop, post office, small market, and a drinking establishment.

    Locals and tourists mingle about in the park and dirt parking lot, right across the street from the 'business district'. Shady characters, RVers just passing by, hikers, hippies, growers, tribal members, tourists in general. The whole town is maybe a half mile long of activity, so 25 mph, no stoplights; Right on busy historic state route 49.

    nearby towns:
    Nevada City
    Grass Valley
    Sierra City
    Gold Lake
    local links:

    Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
    132 Main St, Nevada City, CA 95959

    Highway 49 Gold Country
    McNeely's Garden Center
    Sweetland Garden Mercantile
    NSJ Ridge Cafe Organic
    Brass Rail Tavern
    NSJ Community Center
    Mama's Pizzeria
    Red Moon Ranch
    North Bloomfield - Malakoff Diggins

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