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Watanda Lodge at Lake Vera

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lodge, 1 Bedroom + Bunk Area, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8 in beds).

LAKE: Dam has been opened 11-1-17. lake is empty to about April 1.

PETS: Please read the entire pet policy below.

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 large 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, additional guests use the camping Kiosks. Day guest use is 30 maximum.

The large dorm style bedroom contains one king bed, (linens provided for king bed only), two twin bunk beds and one twin bunk bed in the great room, only bottom sheets are provided for bunks Additionally, there are 12 pillows and 4 sleeping bags, Portable crib/playpen & high chair available upon request. Toiletries and towels are provided for groups of 4 only, larger groups will need to bring own towels. Cabin rents separately from the lodge.

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 mid April; 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 that do not create a disturbance.

Minimum stay is 3 days. Kiosks and waterfront use included in rental. 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 buses 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 antique 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.

WINTER USE: Nevada City and Grass Valley both have weekly Christmas Fairs in December offering many local artisans. Great location for Tahoe skiers who do not want to pay resort prices. Cross country skiing 45 minutes away on Hwy 20, snow play less than 20 minutes up Hwy 20. Cabin at 2500 ft elevation and is located off main road which is plowed but has long driveway that is not plowed. There is parking at the road entrance if snow is a problem, but rarely is. Saucer sleds available.

PETS: Well behaved owners with good citizen dogs are welcome, however dogs are not allowed in the kitchen or on furniture. Please help us to remain pet friendly by observing this. Dogs must have current rabies vaccination. It is recommended that dogs be treated 3 days before your arrival with a topical flea and tick medication such as 'Advantix'. Dogs are not allowed to roam the property and must be under the direct control of the owner. Any dog showing aggressive behavior or interferes with guest enjoyment will be asked to board the dog(s) off site.

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

More Details

Kathryn McNitt
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Kathryn McNitt

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.

Kathryn McNitt purchased this lodge in 2002

Why Kathryn McNitt chose Nevada City

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.

What makes this lodge unique

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.


Nevada City Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 36 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Bath house 3 toilets, 3 showers
    Bathroom 1 - Lodge has full bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 24
  • 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. Sleeps a total of 8 in the lodge.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Watanda Lodge at Lake Vera
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

amazing lodge and property

  • 5 of 5

We've been coming to Watanda for ten years now! It's the highlight of our summer. Kathyrn has the most amazing place in an incredible setting. It's the perfect mix for those that want to sleep outside and those that prefer inside. The deck is an amazing gathering spot and has ample room for us all to have dinner together at the tables. The most gracious and thoughtful host. I can't recommend this spot more highly.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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For my daughter's birthda...

  • 5 of 5

For my daughter's birthday in September, I reserved the cabin at Camp Watanda. I actually made the reservations way back in March and was pleased with the wonderful communication from the owners. There were no surprises when we arrived, and since it was "self check in"..we were able to arrive on our own schedule. Even though my daughter had broken her foot days before the trip and was in a cast, we had a wonderful time. The cabin was so clean and well stocked and especially cozy! The lake was low, but there was plenty of wildlife and my grandson thoroughly enjoyed himself. The whole experience was amazing.. restful and peaceful. I highly recommend this location to anyone who needs to get away, without really being that far off the grid. I can't wait for our next trip to paradise.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2010
  • Stayed: February 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfield, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Our family held a HUGE family reunion here, we rented the entire camp to include the lodge, cabin and kiosks for 4 beautiful days June 6-9th 2008. On Sunday we had over 60 people up for the day, though that many did not sleep there. The kitchen was adequate...more than prepare a meal big enough to feed all these people!! The shed down by the water was packed full (and sooo organized) of watervests, and the canoes and such down by the water made playing in the water ALOT of fun!! The large lodge living space provided ample room for our karaoke singoffs each night and the bonfire ring was a huge hit with all the kids as we roasted marshmallows, sang songs, and told stories of yester-year. The highlight "area" for everyone was probably the beautiful HUGE deck that is attached to the lodge...all the meals were eaten here each day...and lots of hugs and tears of joy were shed on that patio as new arrivals showed up to the reunion!! We took it upon ourselves to plug in the wonderful rope lights each night that provided wonderful ambiance for everyone around the deck!! The kiosks were great, very spacious...and even without a front on them, sleeping was quite comfortable and peaceful!! The bath-house was awesome and was more than enough to handle the job!! I can't give you much feedback about the cabin, as I didn't spend much time other family member is wonderful inside there and was the place everyone "wanted" to sleep!! :) The Camp Watanda property was a dream come true for my family!! We will definately be back!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pleasant Hill, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cabin in April. As others have mentioned, it is well equipped with all you need. We enjoyed it! I hope to come back later in the year when there is WATER in the lake so we can paddle around.

Sleeping arrangements include the comfy bed in the bedroom, & bunks in living room. The composting toilet is NEAT, clean ...and appropriate. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lorna. These folks stayed in March when the dam is usually open. Dam closes about Mid April.
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Suisun City, Ca

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the lodge and we enjoyed it both times. Good accomidations, it's a great place to relax after working long hours. We love the whole Nevada City area.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2007
  • Stayed: March 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alameda, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for such a wonderful place to relax and feel comfortable! Our family and 2 dogs had a great time swimming and playing. Camp Watanda is well taken care of and had plenty to do or just simply relax by the lake. We look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2006
  • Stayed: August 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Highway 49, 2 miles, Interstate 80, 20 miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Garbage Removal $75
Tax Rate 10.0%

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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