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Nevada County


Nevada County is known for its history, diverse population, the area’s natural beauty, wide variety of outdoor sports and activities as well as quality of life found in the small town atmosphere.

Just Northeast of Sacramento, Nevada County is found nestled in the Northern California Sierra Foothills Region…..the perfect place to visit or live. In 1851, its founder took parts of Yuba County to form the new county, naming it after the mining town of Nevada City from which the term Nevada, in Spanish, means “snow covered”. The county offers approximately 974 square miles, 958 square miles of land and 17 square miles of water, for one to experience and enjoy. The western portion is defined by several river courses and irregular boundaries of adjoining counties. The county boundaries resemble the shape of a Deringer pistol which happened to be a common possession among the refined gold rush period residents.

The western portion of Nevada County is situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, ranging in altitude from approximately 1300 ft. elevation in Penn Valley and Auburn on up to 2400 ft. elevation in Grass Valley and 2500+ ft. in Nevada City. Thus, the climates vary by season and location. Nevada County experiences warmer, dryer California temperatures in the summer to colder weather in the winter with average annual snowfall down to the 2400 ft. elevation and, on rare occasion, snow falling in the lower areas of Auburn, Rough and Ready and Penn Valley


Lake Wildwood

Lake Wildwood is found in the lush-wooded foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the quiet community of Penn Valley. the historic gold towns of Rough and Ready, Grass Valley and Nevada City are only minutes away. It is a gated community with two secured entrances. Lake Wildwood has a 24-hour security team to screen visitors, monitor traffic and patrol streets. Perimeter fencing surrounds the development to prevent unauthorized access.

The 300 acre man-made lake is owned and operated by the Lake Wildwood Association. This beautiful lake is great for water skiing, swimming, fishing and boating. The community also boasts an 18 hole championship Golf Course with a brand new clubhouse, along with 65 acres of parks and greenbelts, a heated pool, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and so much more!

The "Wildwood Center", located directly across from the main gate is a local shopping center with a market, pharmacy, restaurants, professional services and full-service banks.

Lake Wildwood is a world apart from city life, yet only 162 miles from San Francisco, 70 miles Northeast of Sacramento and 82 miles from Lake Tahoe.


Penn Valley

Penn Valley was founded in the 1800's and is thought to derive its name from the many “pens” that were erected to serve as a transportation point for livestock. It still retains its ranch style ambiance in the “town” of Penn Valley. Penn Valley hosts an annual rodeo every spring. There are three local grade schools that serve the community, with Williams Ranch and Pleasant Valley serving the children in Lake Wildwood. Nevada Union High School is located in Grass Valley. 


Lake of the Pines

Lake of the Pines is a gated community located on the Hwy 49 corridor between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, offering an active lifestyle in a gorgeous environment. LOP has four lakes, a 19 hole golf course, tennis courts, 8 parks, a dog park, a club house, sports lounge and much more.

Within the Lake of the Pines Community, four lakes and ponds support a variety of recreational, aesthetic and educational uses by members. Nearly 15-percent (292) of home sites have direct waterfront access to either the main Lake of the Pines, Hazel Lake or Huck Finn Pond. The remaining home sites have lake and pond access through seven-parks with five-beaches, a main beach, a boat launch ramp, other common areas and a marina with 148 boat slips. The Entrance Pond sets a scenic tone for LOP.

The four lakes were created by dams and are technically reservoirs. At 1,500-feet elevation, summer water temperatures exceed 75F and the waters support warm water game fish populations including large mouth and small mouth bass, redear and bluegill sunfish, black crappie and catfish. Wildlife such as river otters, muskrats, snakes, turtles and eagles rely on the waterways. Large numbers of waterfowl and other water-associated birds use the lakes and ponds. Recreational uses include: swimming, fishing, water-skiing, wake boarding, kayaking / canoeing, sailing, sail boarding, cruising and pontoon boating.


Grass Valley

Grass Valley history holds a special place in our nation and the world. Ever since travelers rested their cattle in the grassy fields after their long trek over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, historic downtown Grass Valley, California has been the hub of this quaint community. But not until quartz gold was discovered one hundred and fifty years ago, did the gold industry blossom bringing hundreds of thousands of eager miners to the area from around the world.

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Grass Valley, California is truly a postcard image. Bathed in a wondrous mix of cedar, pine, and an assortment of deciduous trees that burst forth a multitude of Fall colors as the cooler temperatures arrive, this circa 1800 Gold Rush era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has. to offer.


Nevada City

Nevada City is among the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality restaurants, comfortable lodgings and a variety of fine shops, boutiques, galleries and museums, all flavored with old-fashioned       Nevada City hospitality.

Bordering the Tahoe National Forest and located just minutes from many Sierra lakes and rivers, Nevada City is ringed by deep green pine-covered hills. Today, the town has a population is just 2,800 but it wasn’t always so peaceful. In 1850, there were 10,000 boisterous souls living here, and in the general election of 1856, the 2,082 ballots cast in  Nevada City were exceeded in the state only by Sacramento and San Francisco.



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(530) 432-3400
11310 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Penn Valley CA 95946


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Auburn, CA 95602

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