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Now open to the general public, Camp Pollock can be enjoyed along the Lower American River Parkway. Hours: dawn to dusk. Directions
Previously run by the Boy Scouts of America since the early 1920's, Camp Pollock is available for GROUP CAMPING and more.
SVC facilitated the acquisition of Camp Pollock by the State Lands Commission in January 2013 and is managing the site in accordance with the American River Parkway Plan.
A glorious feature to Camp Pollock is the historic 1924 lodge that can be rented by the general public for special events, office retreats or other private occasions. The Lodge can hold up to 250 guests. Outdoor barbeque pit and lawn area available when renting the historic Lodge.
Unique to Sacramento, one of the few locations to camp along the American River Parkway is the Group Camp Ground for Scout Troops, clubs and other groups. Camp Pollock offers group camping, hosting up to 200 campers on its vast property. Yes, both group camping and the Lodge can be rented simultaneously for an unforgettable experience!
Found very close to Camp Pollock is the Jedediah Smith Trail, also known as the American River Parkway, stretching 32 miles upstream to Nimbus and Folsom Dam. The trail is considered one of the longest paved purpose-built bike trails in the country. Cyclist, joggers, walkers, bird watchers, plein air artists, hikers, photographers and equestrians use the multipurpose trails. The American River Parkway can lead you to the Fish Hatchery, Sacramento State University, State Fairgrounds, Effie Yeaw Nature Center and many public recreational areas. Wildlife is abundant and can be spotted when traveling through the major metropolitan area. How will you use the trails near Camp Pollock?
Less than 10 minutes from downtown Sacramento, Camp Pollock is nearby many attractions including the State Capitol, underground tours of Sacramento, historic Old Town, the Crocker Art Museum, Discovery Park, Sutter's Landing Park, the Railroad Museum and the California Auto Museum. The Gold Rush history influences much of Sacramento's history. Gold was discovered along the American River in 1849, just 50 miles up-river from Camp Pollock!
The American River supplies a watery migration almost year round. Steelhead (Nov-May), Shad (May) Striped Bass (Jun-Jul) Chinook Salmon (Oct). Camp Pollock fish trail will take you to the water's edge. Depending upon the fish species, a fish can weigh 16-59 pounds! Try your luck at landing a big fish at Camp Pollock!
Camp Pollock offers an interpretive Native Plant Garden in front of the Historic Lodge, educating visitors to the Riparian forest that surrounds Camp Pollock. On the 11 acres of Camp Pollock, oaks, willows, California Buckeyes, Alders, Firs, Pines and Cottonwoods enclose the group campgrounds, creating a shading environment. Blackberry bushes can be found in riparian areas too. Ripe berries are ready for picking in mid-Summer!
Camp Pollock is home to the Wild Turkey, that can be found grazing through the grounds. While squirrels, chipmunks and a variety of birds call the tree tops home. River otters, beavers, turtles and the raccoon can be found living in their natural habitat. The American River attracts the distinguished Blue Heron, the water diving Cormorant and the graceful Great Egret, just to name a few. Mule Deer will occasionally be sighted at Camp Pollock too. Remember to pack your binoculars and camera!
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Group Campsites are offered at Camp Pollock for a variety of group sizes.
Sites can accommodate up to 200 campers! Simply reserve primitive campsites to accommodate your group size; 25, 87, 163 or 200 campers! Wide-open grassy fields provide a level, campsites at historic Camp Pollock.
Potable water, hot showers, campfire rings, and river access are available.
Don't forget, youth groups can rent the Lodge when camping at Camp Pollock, creating an ideal experience to an outing or special event. Simply rent the historic Lodge and reserve Group Campsites to make your event a success. Rates are very affordable and serves as a great meeting place for your event! Remember to rent and pay for the historic Lodge separately.
Rate: $3.00 per camper, per day. Minimum 10 campers, maximum 200 campers. Additional port-a-let charges may apply, depending upon the size of your youth group.
Camp Pollock Lodge is available to rent, by both the general public and youth organizations. The Lodge can accommodate up to 250 people for special events. Lodge rental is available seven days a week 8AM-10PM.
Rates: $5.00 per head, per event. Minimum 25 people, maximum 250 people. Select up to 12 hours for your special event, retreat, networking meeting, family gathering or neighborhood get-together.
Youth groups can rent the Lodge when camping at Camp Pollock, creating an ideal experience to an outing or special event..
The rustic Lodge built in 1924, takes guests back with it's nostalgic architecture, sprawling porch, wood-beamed grand hall, and magnificent two-story stone fireplace.
Camp Pollock Court Yard is available to rent, by both the general public and youth organizations. Court Yard rental is available seven days a week.
Rates: $3.00 per head, per event. Minimum 25 people, maximum 80 people. Simply select up to 10 hours for your special event, networking meeting, family gathering or neighborhood get-together.
Pollock Event Tent A 30'x40' tent that can be set up anywhere on the property for your event!
This tent can be rented as an addition to your per person rental of another venue on the property. It cannot be rented on it's own!
If alcohol is being served in the Courtyard and/ or Lodge, you must speak to Camp Pollock Caretaker, Matt Gaylord. A $400 deposit is required for all groups and additional insurance may be required for serving alcohol. . A $25 processing fee is charged to each reservation at time of booking and is non-refundable. Deposit refunds will be credited within 2 weeks after the event.
Camp Pollock is open to the public from Sunrise to Sunset every day of the week.
Renting space at Camp Pollock does not give renter exclusive use of property. Sacramento county rangers lock the gates at sunset. If access to parking lot is required before or after hours special arrangements must be made in advance.
Camp Pollock is open to the public from Sunrise to Sunset every day of the week.
Authorization. The authorization to use space at Camp Pollock is a revocable license. Unless special arrangements are made for the exclusive use of space and/or facilities at Camp Pollock, the license is nonexclusive. You must contact SVC at 916-731-8798 at least 3 months in advance of any of the following proposed uses of Camp Pollock to make appropriate arrangements: Exclusive uses; event uses that will be open to the public; multiple event uses; and large group uses (500 or more persons). The submission of a written application and the execution of a written license agreement will be required to authorize any such uses of Camp Pollock.
Vehicle Access. Sacramento county rangers lock the gates to Camp Pollock at sunset and unlock the gates at sunrise. If vehicle access to or from the Camp Pollock parking lot is required before or after daylight hours, special arrangements with SVC must be made in advance.
Insurance Requirements. All licensees must meet the following insurance requirements at the licensee’s sole cost and expense. Individual licensees who are homeowners may want to consult with their homeowner’s insurance provider to arrange for appropriate endorsements to their existing policy.
A. General Liability and Property Damage. Licensees shall maintain occurrence-based commercial general liability and property damage liability insurance for the duration of the use of Camp Pollock in coverage amounts of not less than $1,000,000 for each occurrence of injury and $200,000 for each occurrence of property loss or damage, with a replacement cost endorsement, and with a general aggregate limit of $3,000,000, with all standard extended coverages, including medical expenses, vandalism and malicious mischief.
B. Worker’s Compensation. Licensees shall maintain worker’s compensation insurance as required by the State of California for each employee of the licensee involved in the use of Camp Pollock, and shall cause all agents and independent contractors supporting licensee’s use of Camp Pollock also to maintain such worker’s compensation insurance.
C. General Requirements. Each policy of insurance required to be maintained by licensee shall be issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in California with a current A.M Best’s rating of no less than A-VII. Required insurance protection may be carried under a blanket policy. Each such policy shall include as additional insureds: (i) Sacramento Valley Conservancy and its directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents; and (ii) State of California, State Lands Commission, and its officers, employees and agents. Licensee shall provide SVC with a certificate of the required insurance coverages at the following address.
Sacramento Valley Conservancy
P.O. Box 163351 Sacramento, CA 95816
Assumption of Risk. Licensee fully assumes all risks associated with entry onto Camp Pollock by the Licensee Parties (as defined below). Sacramento Valley Conservancy (“SVC”) assumes no responsibility for any conditions existing or occurring on the Camp Pollock or for the actions or inactions of the general public at Camp Pollock. SVC shall not be responsible to the Licensee Parties Licensees for warning of any hazards, known or unknown, associated with Camp Pollock. As used herein the term “Licensee Parties” means licensee and every person or entity entering Camp Pollock at the direction, request or invitation of licensee.
Indemnification Requirements. Licensee agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SVC, and its directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents; and the State of California, State Lands Commission, and its officers, employees and agents from and against any loss, damage, injury, accident, fire or other casualty, liability, claim, cost or expense (including but not limited to attorneys’ and expert fees) of any kind or character occurring to any person or property arising from or caused by (i) any uses of Camp Pollock by any of the Licensee Parties, (ii) any act or omission of any of the Licensee Parties, (iii) any bodily injury, property damage, accident, fire or other casualty on the Licensed Property caused by any act or omission of any of the Licensee Parties, (iv) any violation or alleged violation by any of the Licensee Parties of any law, ordinance, or regulation now or hereafter enacted, and any enforcement action taken by any governmental authority with respect any such violation or alleged violation; (v) any loss or theft whatsoever of any property or anything placed or stored by any of the Licensee Parties on or about Camp Pollock, and (vi) any costs of duly removing Licensee from Camp Pollock; provided, however, that Licensee shall not be obligated to indemnify SVC for any such matter to the extent caused by the gross negligence or intentional misconduct of SVC or any person acting on behalf of SVC.
Permits Generally. With the exception of the Parkway Plan Compliance Review that SVC will arranged with the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks (“County Parks”) (further addressed below), a licensee shall be responsible, at the licensee’s sole cost and expense, for obtaining any and all necessary and required government permits or permissions for licensee’s use(s) of Camp Pollock and shall comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. Examples of activities that may require specific authorizations from one or more regulatory authorities include: amplified sound (e.g., Sacramento City Code Chapter 8.68); the consumption of alcoholic beverages; the sale any goods, services, liquids or edibles for human consumption; commercial filming; the operation of a bounce house; and the conduct of an event open to the general public. Licensee must have a copy of each required permit onsite during licensee’s use of Camp Pollock. Licensee will not be allowed to conduct or engage in any activity at Camp Pollock for which a required permit has not been obtained.
Parkway Plan Compliance Review. After receiving from licensee the required certificate(s) of insurance coverage(s), SVC will arrange for County Parks’ Parkway Plan Compliance Review on the basis of the information provided by licensee in the reservation details comment box. Licensee will be solely responsible for the payment of any fee charged by County Parks for such review. SVC will provide licensee with the County Parks review documentation when issued. It is licensee’s responsibility to provide accurate and complete information about licensee’s intended activities at Camp Pollock.
Additional Rules for Camping.
- Automobiles in parking lot only. NO DRIVING ON THE LAWN.
- Carry camping equipment to campsite.
- Campfires in pre-designated areas for groups only. Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves. To acquire a fire permit from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department call: (916) 566-4000.
- Water available, but not at individual sites. Please provide the ability to transport water.
- Showers available at this time.
- Restrooms and/or Port-a-lets available, depending on group size
- Picnic tables available. First come, first served.
- Propane stoves okay.
- No electricity access for campsites.
- Community barbeque pit available. Must provide your own briquettes. First come, first served.
- Limited parking; car pooling encouraged for large groups.
- No RV Camping;. no camping in Parking Lot.
- No alcohol permitted in campsites.
- Pack It In, Pack It Out & Leave No Trace ethics practiced. REMOVE YOUR OWN GARBAGE FROM THE PROPERTY.
- Adults must be present to chaperone youth group camping.
- Check-in at 3pm. Check-out at Noon.
- Minimum 1 night stay, max 7 days camping.
- Campers and lodge events must register and pay on-line. NO WALK-INS, except for day users.
- Pets must be leashed at all times. You must supply your own resources to clean-up after your pet and practice Leave No Trace. Take all trash with you.
- Launching your own canoes and kayaks allowed, but no improved facility--AT OWN RISK. All water users MUST wear life vests at all times. NO LIFE GUARD ON DUTY.
- Swimming allowed, BUT all water users MUST wear life vests at all times, including swimmers. NO LIFE GUARD ON DUTY.
- MUST PROVIDE OWN LIFE VESTS. NO LIFE GUARD ON DUTY.
Anyone who violates any of the rules for camping will be directed to leave Camp Pollock. No refunds.
Additional Rules for Lodge & Courtyard Uses.
- After your event the Lodge must be left in clean and free of any articles of your event.
- Clean-up includes; sweep and mop all floors, tables cleaned/folded and chairs stacked.
- All garbage removed from hall, kitchen & bathrooms, fireplace hearth shall be swept and fires be fully extinguished. Ash and wet coals removed.
- The barbeque pit area shall be free of food & debris. All coals to be fully extinguished.
- The porch and parking lot shall be free of trash, hanging banners/balloons/directional signs and the courtyard also free of debris.
Cancelations. Cancelations are accepted up to 30 days prior to check-in to receive a partial refund, otherwise refunds will not be offered. If flooding should close Camp Pollock to camping, you will be notified and a full refund will be made. A refund will be processed to the credit card used when reserving group campsite/s. Refunds will be credited within 2 weeks of cancelation. To cancel a reservation and to receive a refund, contact the SVC/Camp Pollock by email or by phone.
Reservations and Payments. All reservations and payments must be made on-line. Credit card payments only; no cash or checks. No walk-ins allowed to camp.
Acceptance of Terms and Conditions. By making a reservation for use of Camp Pollock you are agreeing to all of the foregoing terms and conditions.
Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95815
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From American River Bike Trail traveling West - Take the American River Bike Trail West towards the down town area. After passing Mile 3 North Turn left onto Del Paso Blvd for 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Northgate Blvd for 374 ft. Turn Left at Pollock / Riverdale signs and follow paved road to Riverdale. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From American River Bike Trail traveling North/East - Take the American River Bike Trail through Discovery Park. After Mile 2 look for exit sign on Trail and Turn right toward Northgate Blvd. Turn right onto Northgate Blvd. Make first Right Turn at Pollock / Riverdale signs and follow paved road to Riverdale. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From Downtown Sacramento - Travel on 16th Street /CA-160 North through downtown Sacramento. Cross over the American River and exit Right to Northgate Blvd. Turn Left onto Northgate Blvd. Travel under freeway, make the second Left and follow paved road to Riverdale. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From Woodland - Travel I-5 South toward Sacramento. Take Richard Blvd exit. Turn left onto Richards Blvd. Travel through industrial area for a couple of miles. Turn Left onto Hwy 160 and merge to Right lane. Cross over the American River and exit Right towards Northgate Blvd. Turn Left onto Northgate Blvd. Travel under freeway and make the second Left and follow paved road to Riverdale entrance. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From Roseville - Take I-80/BUS-80 West toward Sacramento. Exit Arden Way. Turn Right onto Arden Way, merges into Arden-Garden. Turn Left onto Northgate Blvd. 1501 Northgate Blvd is on the Right before passing under Hwy 160. Turn Right and follow paved road to Riverdale entrance. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From Folsom - Travel Hwy 50 West toward Sacramento. Take I-5 North toward Redding. Exit Richards Blvd. Turn Right onto Richards Blvd and travel through an industrial area for a couple of miles. Turn Left onto Hwy 160 and merge to Right lane. Cross over the American River and exit Northgate Blvd. Turn Left onto Northgate Blvd. Travel under freeway and make the second Left and follow paved road to Riverdale entrance. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From Elk Grove - Take I-5 North toward Redding. Exit Richards Blvd. Turn Right onto Richards Blvd. Travel through industrial area for a couple of miles. Turn Left onto Hwy 160 and merge to Right lane. Cross over the American River and exit Northgate Blvd. Turn left onto Northgate Blvd. Travel under freeway and make the second Left and follow paved road to Riverdale entrance. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
From Davis - Take I-80 East toward Sacramento. Merge onto I-5 North toward Redding. Exit Richards Blvd. Turn right onto Richards Blvd. Travel through industrial area for a couple miles. Turn Left onto Hwy 160, merge to the Right lane. Cross over the American River and exit Northgate Blvd. Turn Left onto Northgate Blvd. Travel under freeway and make the second Left and follow paved road to Riverdale entrance. Make Right onto a dirt road, prior to entering Riverdale. Camp Pollock entrance is 500 feet ahead at end of road.
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Please excuse our dust. We are excited to announce that the Lodge at Camp Pollock will be undergoing renovations in 2015. The property will be available to rent throughout construction, however all reservations made during renovation periods are subject to renovation conditions. If you choose to make a lodge reservation during one of our remodel phases we will offer a 40% discount using code ‘Renovation!’ Please be aware that spaces within the lodge may be temporarily unavailable, including lodge restrooms and kitchen space. Thank you for our understanding during this time. We anticipate the renovations will be complete by June 30, 2015.