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Bridgeport Car Park now a Fee Area

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Confirmed by a visit on Memorial Day, the South Yuba River State Park, Bridgeport parking area is now a fee area. $5 per car, and parking on the road is no longer permitted.

The car park next to the visitor center was full at about noon, but it felt like there were fewer people on the beach downstream from the bridge. In past years lots of people have parked on the road and the beach has been packed!

Remember, if you are heading down to Bridgeport, you’ll need $5!

Bridgeport parking fees imminent

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The sign is up, loosely hidden with a black plastic bag, and the metal box for posting payment envelopes has been installed.

The sign itself is incomplete with some details missing, like how much it will be to park at Bridgeport, in the South Yuba River State Park.

No parking signs have been erected all along the road, so the advent of parking fees at this popular tourist attraction and swimming hole are imminent.

Don’t be surprised if next time you go to Bridgeport you find that parking is not as easy as it used to be (cars used to line the road when the parking lot was full) and that if you find a parking space, you have to pay for your visit.

South Yuba River State Park to close

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Due to budget cuts approved by the California legislature, 70 state parks will close, starting in September 2011. The South Yuba River state park is one of the 70 parks that will be closed.

news release

Valentine’s Day in Nevada County

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day in Nevada County? This year Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday, so that makes for a fun full day or weekend! These are some of my ideas:

Go wine tasting. Tour our local vineyards dotted around the foothills for a tasty day and lovely scenery. Many of them are open to the public for wine tasting on weekends. Visit Northern Sierra Wine Country for information and maps.  Or, like the sound of wine tasting, but wishing to stay in town? The Lucchesi Winery tasting room in downtown Grass Valley is putting on a Valentine’s Day event. There will be wine tasting, music, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and flowers! Visit for details about this event.

For a romantic outdoor dining adventure, pack a creative picnic and head to the South Yuba River. Or if you prefer to go out to eat… In downtown Nevada City, try the fondue at Friar Tuck’s, Thai at Sopa Thai, or everything is good at the New Moon. In downtown Grass Valley, Italian always has a romantic flair, so go to Villa Venezia.

Whatever you plan to do on Valentine’s Day, there are many local shops with the Valentine’s Day gifts and treats you need. In downtown Grass Valley, stop in Dorado’s for chocolate, Foothill Flowers of course, Sierra Starr Winery for champagne, and Aimee Taylor’s on Mill Street has some unique jewelry, prints, and other gifts.

Seasons at Bridgeport

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Yuba River at Bridgeport

Yuba River at Bridgeport

This week we had a nice stroll on the Buttermilk Bend Trail at Bridgeport, part of the South Yuba State Park system. Each season is different at Bridgeport. In a couple of months, the Buttermilk Bend trail will be the most beautiful place to find wildflowers in Nevada County, and the flowers will bloom in waves throughout the Spring. In Summer, there’s nowhere more relaxing to spend a Summer day than at one of the swimming holes along the South Yuba River. For now, Winter at Bridgeport has its own charm. It is quiet with fewer visitors, and all you hear is the sound of the river flowing by and the gentle sound of the wind. The pools in the river are deep emerald green in the Winter light. And if you’re a dog person, you are only allowed to take dogs to Bridgeport October-April, so now is the time. Our dog loves to walk there and take a dip in the water.

So, if you’re looking for a nice place for a Winter hike, hed down to Bridgeport. It’s at a much lower elevation, so you won’t have to worry about snow making the trekking difficult! See more photographs of Bridgeport at