Watanda at Lake Vera - for Couples or Family Groups

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Last updated: 10/14/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

THE FINE PRINT: Because of the drought in California and the severe effect it has had in Nevada County, we do not anticipate a healthy lake in 2016. Please keep this in mind as you make your reservations as we are not offering refunds if you decide upon your arrival that the lake is not suitable for your use. NB: DAM HAS BEEN OPENED DUE TO POOR LAKE QUALITY.

MORE FINE PRINT: This is a nonsmoking lodge, smoking is permitted at the fire ring on the waterfront. The use of "medical cannabis" is not permitted. We are not a fit for you if you plan on using this product on our property. If discovered you will be charged an additional $250 cleaning fee, the remainder of your reservation will be canceled and you will be asked to leave.


Looking for a romantic weekend for 2 or family vacation? Watanda Lodge, located 2 miles from downtown Nevada City is the perfect get-away for families or friends who vacation together. Our 40 acre site is a retired resident camp renovated for family enjoyment. Watanda Lodge alone can be rented by your family or a couple for a romantic weekend or both lodge and cabin (VRBO #33191). Watanda Lodge sits on Lake Vera whose ownership is shared by 3 seasonal working camps.

The non-smoking lodge contains a large stocked, gourmet kitchen for meal preparation for up to 30 persons. The lodge bathroom one toilet and one tub/shower. Adjacent bath house has 3 toilets and 3 showers. The Great Room has a large ten foot fireplace with wood burning insert for chasing away the winter chill. Heat and A/C throughout lodge. Direct-TV/VCR/DVD & wireless DSL, phone for local calls. Large video/DVD collection, books & puzzles for your enjoyment. Maximum in the lodge is 8 for overnight sleeping. With lodge and cabin, we can host about 24-30 guests.

The large dorm style bedroom contains one king bed (linens provided with electric mattress pad, (towels are not), two twin bunkbeds and one twin bunkbed in the great room, only bottom sheets are provided for bunks Additionally, there are 3 extra cots with mattresses & 12 pillows. Portable crib/playpen & high chair available.

LAKE VERA is a small private lake, there are a variety of water craft for your use including 6 canoes and 3 kayaks. Life jackets are provided and required for all boaters. No fishing license is needed. A picnic area, large fire ring and stage are located on the waterfront, accommodating 40. The lake is drained from about November 1 (depending on rainy season) to April and water level begins to drop in August and can be quite low in dry summers. There is an ALL-Lake quiet from 9:30 pm-7:00 am in which only quiet activities may occur.

The site can be rented various ways either weekend or weekly. Minimum stay is 3 days. Whatever you decide, it all comes with waterfront use. Small cabin on the property may be also rented at the same time if the entire site is not rented by your group. Motor Homes and school busses can navigate our entrance, but not large Coaches. We do not have RV hook-ups or the capacity to run extension cords.

NEVADA CITY: Nevada City has many year-round events and the Fall colors and weather are not to be missed. December has Victorian Christmas and Grass Valley has Celtic Christmas, both are weekly events thru December. The fairgrounds are close by with many antitque and quilt shows. There are also several wineries in the area and many fine restaurants and antique stores. Grocery stores, consumer services and hospital, are less than 5 miles away.

SUMMER USE: Great for families large or small, or friends who vacation together. The Yuba River is 3 miles away. Equestrian trails and staging areas along Hwy 20. Many developed bike trails in the area, we permit non-motorized biking only, safety gear applies.


PETS: Well behaved owners with good citizen dogs are welcome, however the lodge has all new furniture and newly remodel kitchen, dogs are not allowed in the kitchen or on furniture. Please help us to remain pet friendly by observing this and using pet gate. Dogs must have current rabies vacination. It is recommended that dogs be treated 3 days before your arrival with a topical flea and tick medication such as 'Advantix'.

Check out our web site for addtional pictures and information. On line calendar is kept up to date daily.

** Directions and 'What to bring list' are on our web site.

Keywords: Lodge, large groups, reunions, vacation rental

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Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 21 to ren and remain on property for check in and check out....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking outside at camp fire ring only...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 24, Beds for 8-24

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bunk Area


  • King size bed (1), 3-bunkbeds, bottom sheet only provided for bunks, Child Beds (1) Infant Port-a-crib for up to 35 pounds, Baby Cribs, Crib is stored, ask with reservation if needed....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV, wireless DSL Internet...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Rafting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Outdoor covered deck with picnic tables to seat 36...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 36 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens provided for King bed only. Bottom sheet for all others. Bring own linens or sleeping bags. We have 4 sleeping bags available. 12 pillows...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Great Room...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Telephone for local calls...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Fireplace insert. Duraflame or Eco logs...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    For meal preparation and serving large groups...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    1 range with 5 burner cook top and second built in oven/convection oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Minimal spices available...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large walk-in chill box Comercial Freezer 1 domestic refrigerator...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    16 X 54 foot dinning deck, faces the lake canapy over dining area...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    6 canoes, 3 kayaks, 50 life jackets...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill on waterfront, gas grill at the lodge...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$450 $550
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$250 $350
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $150
  • Garbage Removal $75
  • Tax Rate 10%


Lake is drained from November 1 to April 1 and can be quite low in dry/drought summers.

Lodge can be rented for less, please indicate this in your quiry so that we can send you a quote.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/14/2016
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 49, 2 miles, Interstate 80, 20 miles
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Boreal and Sugar Bowl

Car: Necessary

Canoeing, Antique stores, Gold Mines, Tahoe, one hour away, Nevada County Fairgrounds has many weekend events from quilt shows to horse shows.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: John and I love the sierras and could not be happier as caretakers of this wonderful piece of property. As our grandbabies come along they have enjoyed at great outdoor experience at grandma and grandpa's lake.

Why the Owner Chose Nevada City, CA, USA:
After working at the summer camp next door for 20 years, I knew this is where I wanted to retire to, so when the opportunity to purchase Camp Watanda became available, we bought it! We restored the site with modern amenities making it suitable for family use.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
The abundant wildlife and quiet elements of nature after all the kids have gone home after the summer. We have 40 acres for you to prowl around in.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:



  • Watanda Lodge

    Watanda Lodge

  • View of lake from lodge

    View of lake from lodge

  • Remodel gourmet kitchen w/residential commercial oven.

    Remodel gourmet kitchen w/residential commercial oven.

  • King Bed

    King Bed

  • Lodge Interior, Great Room with 10' Fireplace

    Lodge Interior, Great Room with 10' Fireplace

  • Deck


  • Indoor dining area

    Indoor dining area

  • Waterfront view from dock

    Waterfront view from dock

  • Snow at Watanda

    Snow at Watanda

  • Deer our on the front lawn

    Deer our on the front lawn

  • Bear munching at the dumpster

    Bear munching at the dumpster

  • Watanda Lodge at Lake Vera/ Sleeps 2-10, Waterfront view

    Watanda Lodge at Lake Vera/ Sleeps 2-10, Waterfront view

  • Waterfront picnic

    Waterfront picnic

  • Bedroom with king bed and 2 bunks

    Bedroom with king bed and 2 bunks

  • In addition to central heat, a cozy fireplace

    In addition to central heat, a cozy fireplace

  • View of Great Room from front door

    View of Great Room from front door

  • Dining Deck  faces the lake, seats up to 60 guests.

    Dining Deck faces the lake, seats up to 60 guests.

  • Bathroom


  • Winter playtime at Watanda

    Winter playtime at Watanda

  • Welcome to Watanda Lodge

    Welcome to Watanda Lodge

VRBO #33190

This listing was first published here in 2004.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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