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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. 

The spectacular Camp Pollock property is located along the north bank Lower American River, just upstream from the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River, near downtown Sacramento, CA.

Previously run by the Boy Scouts of America since the early 1920's, Camp Pollock is available for PRIMITIVE YOUTH 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.

Camp Pollock lodge

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. Only pre-prepared food and cold food can be served from the kitchen at this time. 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 Youth Group Camp Ground for Scout Troops, youth clubs and other youth groups. Camp Pollock offers primitive group camping for youth only, hosting up to 200 campers on its vast property. Yes, both youth 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 will soon offer 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!

Click here to book your Youth Group reservation to camp at Camp Pollock!

PRIMITIVE YOUTH GROUP CAMPGROUND FEATURES:

Primitive Youth Group Campsites are offered at Camp Pollock for a variety of group sizes.

Sites can accommodate up to 200 youth campers! Simply reserve primitive campsites to accommodate your group size; 25, 87, 163 or 200 campers! Wide-open grassy fields provide level, primitive campsites at historic Camp Pollock.

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 5 campers, maximum 200 campers. Additional port-a-let charges may apply, depending upon the size of your youth group. Please Contact Camp Pollock Caretaker, Matt Gaylord matthew.gaylord.951@gmail.com or 530/321-2063 with your group size.

Youth Groups will be asked to leave Camp Pollock if abusing and breaking the Primitive Youth Group rules. No refunds given.

PRIMITIVE YOUTH GROUP CAMPING RULES:

1. Automobiles in parking lot only.
2. Carry camping equipment to campsite.
3. Campfires in pre-designated areas for youth groups only.
4. Water available, but not at individual sites. Please provide the ability to transport water.
5. No showers available at this time.
6. Restrooms and/or Port-a-lets available, depending on group size
7. Picnic tables available.
8. Propane stoves okay.
8. No electricity access for campsites.
9. Community barbeque pit available. Must provide your own briquettes. First come, first served.
10. Limited parking, car pooling encouraged for large groups.
11. No RV Camping.
12. No alcohol permitted in campsites.
13. Pack It In, Pack It Out & Leave No Trace ethics practiced.
14. Adults must be present to chaperone youth group camping.
15. Check-in 3pm. Check-out Noon.
16. Minimum 1 night stay, max 7 days camping.
17. Campers and lodge events must register and pay on-line. NO WALK-INS, except for day users.
18. Pets must be leashed at all times. You must supply your own resources to clean-up after your pet.
19. Launching your own canoes and kayaks allowed, but no improved facility--AT OWN RISK.  MUST wear life vests at all times.
20. Swimming allowed, BUT All water users MUST wear life vests at all times, including swimmers.
21. MUST PROVIDE OWN LIFE VESTS. NO LIFE GUARD ON DUTY.
22. Youth Groups will be asked to leave Camp Pollock if abusing and breaking the above rules. No refunds.

LODGE RENTAL:

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.

Rates: $1.00 per head, per event. Minimum 5 people, maximum 250 people. Simply select 2 hour block of time for your special event, 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 to a nostalgic architecture with its sprawling porch, wood-beamed grand hall and magnificent two-story stone fireplace.

Only pre-prepared food and cold food can be served from the kitchen at this time. Outdoor barbeque pit and lawn area available when renting the historic Lodge. Central heat and ceiling fans available. Sorry, no air conditioning.

LODGE RULES & COURT YARD RULES:
If alcohol is being served in the Lodge, you must speak to Camp Pollock Caretaker, Matt Gaylord. A $250 deposit is required and additional insurance may be required for serving alcohol. Deposit refunds will be credited within 2 weeks after the event.

Contact;
Matt Gaylord
SVC Program Assistant & Camp Pollock Caretaker
530/321-2063
matthew.gaylord.951@gmail.com

After your event, the Lodge must be left 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.

Users must meet the following insurance requirements, and submit a certificate of insurance to SVC prior to your event with SVC endorsed under your policy as an additional insured for the event.  If you have a lower insurance level, please call SVC to inquire about use.

Insurance information must be submitted two weeks in advance of the check-in date.

A. General Liability and Property Damage. Users (organizations or companies) shall maintain, at your sole cost and expense, commercial general liability and property damage liability insurance for the Property in the amount of not less than $1,000,000 for injury to any one person, $3,000,000 for injury arising from any one such accident or occurrence, with all standard extended coverage, including vandalism and malicious mischief, in an amount equal to their full insurable values, with a replacement cost endorsement. 
B. Worker’s Compensation. Licensee shall maintain, at its sole cost and expense, proper and adequate worker’s compensation insurance for all its employees and shall provide SVC with a certificate of worker’s compensation insurance.  Licensee shall further cause all agents and contractors employed or invited by it onto the Property to carry worker’s compensation insurance upon all persons employed by said agents or contractors.
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 SVC as an additional insured and shall be endorsed to provide 30 days advanced written notice to SVC of cancellation, non-renewal or reduction in coverage, mailed to SVC at the address specified below. 
Sacramento Valley Conservancy
P.O. Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816
916/731-8798

If you are an individual, you may get insurance for the day of the event--we have a reference to a company that will sell you a policy (call Matthew Gaylord at 530-321-2063) or you can ask your homeowner's insurance carrier to provide a "rider" or endorsement for the day of the event--you must provide at least $1 million in coverage.

If your youth group is larger than 25, please contact Camp Pollock Caretaker.

If serving alcohol in the Lodge, speak to Matt Gaylord, Camp Pollock Caretaker.  Sorry no alcohol at campsites. A $250 deposit is required when serving alcohol in the historical Lodge. Additional insurance may be required. 

Matt Gaylord
Camp Pollock Caretaker
530/321-2063
matthew.gaylord.951@gmail.com.

All reservations and payments are made on-line.  No deposits required for group camping. Credit card payment only, no cash or checks.  No walk-ins allowed to camp.

Cancellations are accepted up to 3 days prior to check-in to receive a full 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 granted to credit card used when reserving group campsite/s.  Refunds will be credited within 2 weeks of cancellation.  To cancel a reservation and to receive a full refund, contact the SVC/Camp Pollock by email or by phone;
Matt Gaylord
SVC Program Assistant & Camp Pollock Caretaker
530/321-2063
matthew.gaylord.951@gmail.com.

Youth Groups will be asked to leave Camp Pollock if abusing and breaking the Primitive Youth Group rules.  No refunds given.
PRIMITIVE YOUTH GROUP CAMPING RULES:
1. Automobiles in parking lot only.
2. Carry camping equipment to campsite.
3. Campfires in pre-designated areas for youth groups only.
4. Water available, but not at individual sites. Please provide the ability to transport water.
5. No showers available at this time. 
6. Restrooms and/or Port-a-lets available, depending on group size
7. Picnic tables available.
8. Propane stoves okay.
8. No electricity access for campsites.
9. Community barbeque pit available. Must provide your own briquettes.  First come, first served.
10. Limited parking, car pooling encouraged for large groups.
11. No RV Camping.
12. No alcohol permitted in campsites.
13. Pack It In, Pack It Out & Leave No Trace ethics practiced.
14. Adults must be present to chaperone youth group camping.
15. Check-in 3pm.  Check-out Noon.
16. Minimum 1 night stay, max 7 days camping.
17. Campers and lodge events must register and pay on-line.  NO WALK-INS, except for day users.
18. Pets must be leashed at all times.  You must supply your own resources to clean-up after your pet.
19. Launching your own canoes and kayaks allowed, but no improved facility--AT OWN RISK.
20. Swimming allowed, BUT All water users MUST wear life vests at all times, including swimmers.
21. MUST PROVIDE OWN LIFE VESTS.   NO LIFE GUARD ON DUTY.
22.  Youth Groups will be asked to leave Camp Pollock if abusing and breaking the above rules.  No refunds.

LODGE RULES & COURT YARD RULES:
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.

1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95815

 

From Downtown Sacramento –
Travel on 16th Street /CA 160 N.
Continue to follow CA-160 North through downtown Sacramento
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 a trailer park. 
Make a right-hand turn onto a dirt road, prior to entering the trailer park.
Dirt road will lead to Camp Pollock's gateway. 
The parking lot and historic Lodge will be before you.

From Woodland -
Travel Interstate 5 South toward Sacramento. 
Take Richard Blvd exit. 
Turn left onto Richards Blvd and travel through an industrial area for a couple of miles. 
Turn left onto Hwy 160 and be in 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 a trailer park. 
Make a right-hand turn onto a dirt road, prior to entering the trailer park.
Dirt road will lead to Camp Pollock's gateway. 
The parking lot and historic Lodge will be before you.

From Roseville -
Take Interstate 80 West toward Sacramento. 
Exit Arden Way.
Turn Right onto Arden Way. 
Arden Way becomes Arden-Garden Conn. 
Turn Left onto Northgate Blvd. 
1501 Northgate Blvd is on the right before passing under Hwy 160.
Turn right and follow paved road to a trailer park. 
Make a right-hand turn onto a dirt road, prior to entering the trailer park.
Dirt road will lead to Camp Pollock's gateway. 
The parking lot and historic Lodge will be before you.

From Folsom -
Travel Hwy 50 West toward Sacramento. 
Take Interstate 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 be in 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 a trailer park. 
Make a right-hand turn onto a dirt road, prior to entering the trailer park.
Dirt road will lead to Camp Pollock's gateway. 
The parking lot and historic Lodge will be before you.

From Elk Grove -
Take Interstate 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 be in 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 a trailer park. 
Make a right-hand turn onto a dirt road, prior to entering the trailer park.
Dirt road will lead to Camp Pollock's gateway. 
The parking lot and historic Lodge will be before you.

From Davis -
Travel Interstate 80 East toward Sacramento. 
Take Interstate 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 be in 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 a trailer park. 
Make a right-hand turn onto a dirt road, prior to entering the trailer park.
Dirt road will lead to Camp Pollock's gateway. 
The parking lot and historic Lodge will be before you.

P.O. Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816
info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org