COVID 19 Update

Camp Pollock remains open daily between sunrise and sunset for active recreation. Restrooms, water, and electricity are ONLY available to PAID renters. We are still accepting all public and private event reservations, but as of July 3rd are only able to host small, outdoor religious or cultural gatherings. Upcoming reservations that do not meet these parameters (Camp Pollock Event Rentals During COVID-19) may be transferred to a future date for no added cost. Please email info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org for assistance.

Camp Pollock is located in the heart of the Lower American River Parkway, just north of downtown Sacramento. The Sacramento Valley Conservancy has been managing and maintaining the 11-acre riverfront site since 2013. The beautiful property is open to the general public every day* from sunrise to sunset, with free parking. Donations are essential for the upkeep of Camp Pollock. Unlike government-managed parks, SVC does not receive any dedicated funding to manage the space. Private rental fees also help, so please consider booking Camp Pollock for your next event. Thank you for investing in Sacramento’s open spaces.

Location

1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815

Our sign is frequently blocked by vegetation. Look for the colorful Riverdale sign for the turn off Northgate Blvd, near the intersection with Del Paso Blvd and Hwy 160 on ramp.

Hours

Camp Pollock is open to the public everyday* from sunrise to sunset. To stay past sunset, visitors must be part of a private rental.

Questions

Please review the information on our website first, and then send an email to info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org detailing any additional questions or issues. We can usually respond quickly. Please do not call unless absolutely necessary. Our resources are limited and we can respond to multiple emails in the time it takes to return one phone call. Also, because reservations are contracts, we prefer to communicate in writing to ensure all information given is clear, consistent and accurate. Thank you for understanding and for your interest in Camp Pollock.

DAY USE

Camp Pollock is open to the general public everyday* from sunrise to sunset with free parking. If an area of the property is reserved for a private event, please give the group their privacy. Usually a portion of the lawn is available for picnicking or exploring the riverwalk trail. At this time, due to a lack of funding, the restrooms, electricity, and indoor facilities are only available to paid renters.

A reservation is also required if you would like to have alcohol, amplified sound (speakers), charge guests to attend your outing, sell goods/services, camp overnight, or advertise an outing for the general public to attend.

Dogs are welcome but must be on leash at all times. Please be sure to pick up after your pet. To keep the park safe for visitors and the wildlife who call Camp Pollock home, please do not allow your dog to dig or chase wildlife.

RIVER ACCESS

Camp Pollock sits on the northbank of the American River, between Cal Expo and the confluence with the Sacramento River at Discovery Park. Visitors may launch or haul out kayaks, canoes, standup paddle boards and other small non-motorized vessels. Waterway use is at your own risk. It is a natural river access with no dock or launch ramp. Use of Personal Flotation Devices is required. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY. CAUTION: strong currents, cold water, submerged debris, and uneven bottom.

FISHING

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy does not have any jurisdiction over the American River. Camp Pollock visitors may fish from the shore, but are responsible for knowing and following all applicable laws, regulations, gear restrictions and species catch limits. Visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Sacramento County Regional Parks websites for more information. Please practice Leave No Trace principles and clean up all equipment, fishing line and hooks. Cleaning fish in the river or on the Camp Pollock property are strictly prohibited.

SVC’s management of Camp Pollock is in alignment with the American River Parkway Plan. As such, overnight camping on the property is limited to organized groups and youth groups, who have an educational or interpretive interest in the parkway and its resources (pg 94, ARPP). A group is defined as at least 11 people. No individual or family camping, and no car/RV/vehicular camping. Camping area is primitive, meaning tents only, and no electricity available. Amenities include: showers, toilets, sink, picnic table, river access, and a fire ring. All camping reservations must be made online and at least two weeks in advance.

Rental Rate: $4.00 per camper, per night. Minimum 11 campers ($44), maximum 250 campers. Plus $25 booking fee and a $400 refundable security/cleaning deposit. Additional port-a-let charges may apply, depending upon the size of your group. Camping is limited to youth groups and organized groups with an outdoor education focused mission ONLY.

Submit the Camping Application

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Additional Rules for Camping:

1. Carry camping equipment to campsite. No vehicles on grass.

2. Burn Permits are required for all open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves. Campfires are only permitted in designated fire rings. You will need to acquire a burn permit from CAL FIRE www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit. Campfires will only be allowed if also authorized by Sacramento County Regional Parks. Please read American River Parkway Campfire and Smoking ORDINANCE UPDATE: S.C.O. 936.058 (C,D) and visit Sac Metro Air Quality Management District’s Check Before You Burn status.

3. Water available, but not at individual sites. Please provide the ability to transport water.

4. Showers available at this time.

5. Restrooms available, depending on group size, renter may be responsible for purchasing additional units.

6. Picnic tables available in select camp sites. First come, first served.

7. No electricity access for campsites.

8. Limited parking; car pooling encouraged for large groups.

9. No RV or vehicular camping. No camping in Parking Lot. No people in the lodge overnight.

10. No alcohol permitted in campsites.

11. Pack It In, Pack It Out & Leave No Trace ethics practiced. REMOVE YOUR OWN GARBAGE and RECYCLING FROM THE PROPERTY. Trash left on the property will result in a forfeiture of deposit, minimum $200 fee.

12. Adults must be present to chaperone youth group camping.

13. Camping check-in is 3pm. Check-out at Noon.

14. Minimum 1 night stay, max 7 days camping.

15. Campers and lodge events must register and pay online. NO WALK-INS, except for day users.

16. No driving or parking on the lawn. Irrigation lines are shallow. Access road may be used to drop items closer to camp sites, but all vehicles must stay on roads and in the parking lot. Vehicles parked in the designated open space area may lose their deposit.

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MYRTLE JOHNSTON LODGE

Built in 1923, this rustic building takes guests back with nostalgic architecture, sprawling porch, wood-beamed grand hall, and magnificent two-story stone fireplace. SVC recently completed a million dollar improvement project on the Myrtle Johnston Lodge, which includes improved restrooms, ADA access, air conditioning, new wrap around porch, stairs, hardwood floor and ramps. The grand hall is roughly 40′ x 60′.

The Myrtle Johnston Lodge is not staffed or open to the general public daily, but is available to rent. This large space can accommodate up to 160 people for parties, gatherings, meetings, and special events. Lodge rental is available seven days a week 8AM-10PM. Camping overnight in the lodge is not allowed, but groups may be approved to tent camp on the lawn.

Lodge rental includes ten rectangular 6-foot tables and 75 folding chairs, wifi, access to attached indoor restrooms and use of the prep kitchen. The food prep space is not a permitted commercial kitchen, and only includes a small household-size refrigerator with freezer, countertops, coffee maker, sink and microwave. There is no stove, oven, or built-in BBQ on the property. Barbecuing with your own equipment is only allowed in the parking lot or court yard on the decomposed granite. For hot food, we recommend warming trays, crockpots, BBQ’ing outside, or supporting a local food truck by booking them for your event.

Rental Rates: $6.00 per head, per day. Minimum $150 covers the first 25 people, maximum 160 people. Plus $25 booking fee and a $400 refundable security/cleaning deposit. Select up to 12 hours between 8am and 10pm for your special event, retreat, networking meeting, family gathering or neighborhood get-together. Email for info about nonprofit rates or discounts by booking recurring events. Need more space? Add on the River Deck for $175 (25 person credit), Court Yard for a flat $125 and/or Camp Lawn to accommodate more guests.

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RIVER DECK

The River Deck is located on the back of the main lodge and overlooks the American River. The River Deck is a fully covered area, made of beautiful redwood and features bark-on logs, ceiling fans, lighting, and electricity. Rental of the River Deck can accommodate up to 75 guests and can be included when renting the main lodge or available to rent on its own. Renting the River Deck includes access to newly remodeled indoor restrooms, and use of 12 benches and 5 tables when available (please inquire in advance). Standing heaters may be added to the rental of the River Deck to increase comfort of your guests in the cooler months. Barbecuing is not permitted on the deck, and only allowed on the decomposed granite in the Courtyard.

Rental Rate: $6.00 per head, per day. Minimum $150 covers first 25 people, maximum 75 people. Plus $25 booking fee and a refundable $400 security/cleaning deposit. Select up to 12 hours between 8am and 10pm for your special event, retreat, networking meeting, family gathering or neighborhood get-together. Add on the Lodge for $175 (25 person credit), Court Yard for $125 and/or Camp Lawn to accommodate more guests.

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COURT YARD

The Court Yard is available to rent, by both the general public and youth organizations. Court Yard rental is available seven days a week from 8AM-10PM. Camp Pollock’s Court Yard features decomposed granite, 10 picnic tables, a summer stage, and an interpretive native plant garden in front of the Lodge. This shady and relaxing, one-acre space is a great location for outdoor education. Visitors can read interpretive signage to learn about the riparian forest that surrounds Camp Pollock. The stage is available from April-October (removed during the winter).

Rental Rate: $4.00 per head, per day. Minimum $100 covers first 25 people if not part of a lodge or deck reservation. Maximum 80 people. Plus $25 booking fee and a refundable $400 security/cleaning deposit. Add-on flat rate of $125 for lodge or deck reservations. Select up to 12 hours between 8am and 10pm for your special event, retreat, networking meeting, family gathering or neighborhood get-together. Add on the Lodge for $175 (25 person credit), River Deck for $175 (25 person credit) and/or Camp Lawn to accommodate more guests.

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LAWN

NOTICE:

The Camp Pollock lawn will be undergoing a major renovation during the Summer of 2020. The improvements include restoration of over an acre of native plants, adding more than a mile of trails, educational signs, parking lot improvements, and enhanced public access. Construction June-September will limit the number of campers the property can accommodate, as well as our ability to host weddings on the lawn. Please email our team for more information.

YOUTH + EDUCATIONAL CAMPING

Group Camp sites are offered at Camp Pollock for a variety of group sizes, but must have at least 11 participants to qualify. Sites can accommodate 11 to 250 campers! Potable water, restrooms, showers, a campfire ring and river access are included. Group overnight camping is limited to organized educational groups and/or youth groups, who have an educational or interpretive interest in the parkway and its resources. (pg 94, ARPP) Sorry, no exceptions. An application is required for all overnight uses. Please complete the Camping Application.

Rental Rate: $4.00 per camper, per night. Minimum 11 campers ($44), maximum 250 campers. Plus $25 booking fee and a $400 refundable security/cleaning deposit. Additional port-a-let charges may apply, depending upon the size of your group. Camping is limited to youth groups and groups with an outdoor education focused mission only.

LAWN DAYTIME ADD-ON RATES

The Lawn can be added onto a lodge, deck, or courtyard reservation for $250-$1,000 depending on how much space is needed and the type of event. The lawn is great for rustic wedding ceremonies, large company picnics, and youth festivals. Due to the amount of staff time and resources it takes to prep the lawn space, please email us well in advance if you are interested in renting the lawn for your event. At this time, the reservation system is set up to only book the lawn for youth and educational camping. To add the Lawn to a Lodge, Deck, or Courtyard reservation, please email us. A staff member will add on the Lawn to your reservation for you.

The Myrtle Johnston Lodge, River Deck, Courtyard and Lawn are rentable for private and public events. See the Features tab for photos and additional information. Insurance is required for all rentals. Reserve up to 12 hours per day between 8am and 10pm, or bring a youth education group for an overnight campout. All reservations must be booked online at least two weeks prior to use. For larger rentals (250+ people), full property rentals (all 11-acres closed to the public), multiple event uses, or events that will be advertised to the general public, a Special Event Application must be submitted at least 90 days in advance.

RENTAL FAQ

Thank you for your interest in renting Camp Pollock. Please read through the information available on our website in the adjacent tabs, and the various topics below. If you still have unanswered questions afterward, please email info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org. We can usually respond quickly. Please do not call unless absolutely necessary. Our resources are limited and we can respond to multiple emails in the time it takes to return one phone call. Also, because reservations are contracts, we prefer to communicate in writing to ensure all information given is clear, consistent and accurate. Thank you for understanding.

TOURS

SVC manages this rustic and natural 11-acre property with no public funding. It is one of more than fifty properties (and 18,000 acres) SVC manages. As such, Camp Pollock is a no-host site and we do not provide an event coordinator. We pass along the savings to our renters and appreciate you reading through the information on our website before emailing us with questions.

The first thing we recommend is to stop by and get a feel for the space. Camp Pollock is open to the public every day of the week from sunrise to sunset with free parking. The Myrtle Johnston Lodge at Camp Pollock is not staffed and is only open during select days and times. Lodge open house takes place every first Thursday of the month from 5:30pm-6:30pm (January-November). Or, you are welcome to come by on an SVC volunteer Saturday from 9am-1pm to walk through the lodge. See our Events Calendar to confirm open house and volunteer Saturday schedules. If there is a private reservation (see calendar online) booked on that day, we ask that you please be discrete and give the group their privacy. Otherwise, you are welcome to pop in to take a look around during volunteer days. The rest of the property does remain open to the public during most reservations. Please remember reservations can only be booked online, and must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance.

We do not have the capacity to give individual site visits. If you require access to the lodge to plan for an event (take measurements and photographs), with enough notice we can sometimes accommodate, and charge $50 per hour to have a staff member on site to open and re-secure the lodge for you. For larger events that need to test sound, lighting and other equipment beforehand, we recommend adding an extra day to your reservation for planning and setup.

PRICES / BOOKING OVERVIEW

What does it cost to rent Camp Pollock?

All reservations must be booked online. Rates are charged per person rather than per hour. Select up to 12 hours per day between 8am and 10pm, and be sure to account for set up and cleanup in this timeframe. Our current rates are:

  • $6 per person, per day (including guests, vendors, caterers, photographers, and anyone else associated with your event on the property).
  • $75 fee for a compliance review from the County (includes amplified sound, alcohol, camping, open to the public, charge to attend or sale of goods), our staff will obtain this permit for you
  • $600 wedding fee (ceremonies and/or receptions)
  • $25 non-refundable booking fee per space reserved
  • $250-1,000 to add on the lawn (optional)
  • $175 for each additional consecutive day in the lodge (optional – for set up, rehearsal, clean up, etc) with 25 or fewer people.
  • $400 cleaning deposit (held per space, refunded within two weeks after the event if the space is left clean and undamaged)

To get a more accurate quote, we recommend going through the process of booking a reservation. Add all items and days to your cart, select yes/no to the supplementary questions, and then stop when you get to the point of entering a credit card until you are ready to book.

When compatible with SVC’s event schedule, renters may have the option to book out the property in its entirety and add on exclusive access (closed to the general public) of Camp Pollock for the day, for $4,000. Otherwise, like community parks, the general public can still access the parking lot, the river, and any non-reserved outdoor areas of the property.

Please review the Terms & Conditions and check the Reservation Calendar for more information about available dates and pricing. Remember to check days before or after (rehearsal, set-up, clean-up) are also available, if you have an interest to use the space on additional days. All reservations must be made online, but additional questions can be emailed to info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org for assistance.

How can we book and what are payment options?

All reservations and payments must be made online. We accept credit card payments only; no cash or checks. No walk-in reservations allowed, and no payment is exchanged on site. All reservations, including the cleaning deposit, must be paid in full 2 weeks in advance of use. If you are planning a large event and do not yet have the final headcount, you can book the reservation now to hold the date and use your best guess for the headcount. Contact us 30 days before the event to make any edits. We can add the additional people or refund if you overestimated. Less than 2 weeks before a reservation it is harder to get approval for edits. We do not refund after events for no-shows or areas of the property that were reserved but not used.

Can we book now and pay later?

Web Reserv will not hold the date of an event until the reservation payment has been made. The cleaning deposit is not due at the time of booking, and will be charged 2 weeks before your event to the card on file. Contact us if you want to put the deposit on another credit card. We cannot accept checks, cash or other forms of payment off line. NO cash, checks, or other forms of payment are collected on site. We will not honor a reservation if the full cost of the rental and deposit are not paid by 2 weeks prior to the event date. Reservation should be marked “confirmed” by SVC before you begin promoting, inviting, or selling tickets for your event.

What is the security/cleaning deposit?

Renters must provide a $400 security deposit per space rented. This can be paid when booking the reservation, or you can opt to have it automatically charged to the card on file 2 weeks before the rental. The property will be inspected at time of checkout, and security deposit will be returned within two weeks if rental is left clear of trash, clean, floors mopped, and no damages are identified. If the property is not left clean, and free of articles, including rented items, or trash, a cleaning/trash removal fee of $200 (minimum) will be charged. If damages are present, Renter will be notified in writing within 30 days. We will complete repairs as soon as possible and provide a reconciliation of the cost of repairs against your deposit. Due to weather, scheduled rentals, and owner availability, repairs may take longer than 30 days to complete. See the Terms & Conditions section for more information.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations are accepted up to 30 days prior to check-in to receive a partial refund, (less $25 booking fees and 25% rental fee) otherwise refunds will not be offered. Some of these charges can be waived if the rental is rescheduled rather than canceled. Refunds will be credited within 2 weeks of cancellation. If flooding should close Camp Pollock, you will be notified and can either reschedule for free, or have a full refund issued back onto your credit card. Your insurance may compensate you for other out-of-pocket expenses if Camp Pollock is closed or your reservation is canceled due to no fault of your own.  To reschedule or cancel a reservation, contact info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or log onto WebReserv.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer 50% off our per person rate for 501c3 nonprofit organizations. A 990 may be required to verify eligibility before receiving the discount code. Please confirm your group’s nonprofit status by sending an email with your nonprofit ID number or IRS determination letter to: info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org

If you are a nonprofit or your reservation is youth or outdoor educational-focused, SVC may sponsor the cost of your Compliance Review from the County ($75). Include event information in the comments section of your reservation to have our staff review for consideration. You may also email us for more info. For-profit companies and private rentals may be eligible for a $25 per space discount if booking multiple events at the same time (such as monthly potlucks or quarterly meetings). All days must be booked in the same transaction and the insurance documents must cover all dates reserved. Essentially, if you are able to save time and effort for our staff, we will try to pass along the savings to you. Email us before booking for more information.

INSURANCE

Can we rent without insurance? 

No. Insurance is an important part of your event because it can cover you, your guests and the venue. We are required by the property owner, California State Lands Commission, and the parking lot owner, Sacramento County Regional Parks, to collect the listed insurance. In the case of a natural disaster, sickness, or any other unfortunate situation, which would cause for the cancelation of your event, you want to be covered. The exact language that must be included in the insurance documents is listed in the Terms & Conditions. Please copy, paste, and forward it to your provider.

Where can we get insurance?

If you have homeowner’s insurance, you may be able to obtain an extension of coverage to meet the rental requirements. All renters must submit insurance in the form of an Acord Form and Endorsement. Some online companies renters have used in the past include The Event Helper, WedSure.com or WedSafe.com. You may use any company you like as long as the coverage meets our minimum requirements. Insurance documents must be received and approved by SVC staff 2 weeks prior to your event. Please submit as early as possible to ensure plenty of time to resolve any issues.

What are the insurance requirements to rent Camp Pollock?

All licensees must meet the following insurance requirements at the licensee’s sole cost and expense. Individual licensees who are homeowners may want to consult with their homeowner’s insurance provider to arrange for appropriate endorsements to their existing policy.

Special Event Insurance From TheEventHelper.com is an option most Camp Pollock renters use, and this shortcut link will pre-fill most of the required information for Camp Pollock coverage. You may use any insurance provider, as along as the minimum coverage requirements are met.

Licensees must submit insurance coverage in the format of an Acord and Endorsement Form: Acord insurance certificate with all required coverages and limits; Endorsement listing SVC, State Lands Commission, State Parks, and Sacramento County Regional Parks as additional insured. SAMPLE ACORD and ENDORSEMENT FORMS. All required certificates and endorsements must be received and approved by SVC a minimum of 2 weeks prior to any event. Host Liquor Liability coverage is required for all rentals with the presence of alcohol

A. General Liability and Property Damage. Licensees shall maintain occurrence-based commercial general liability and property damage liability insurance for the duration of the use of Camp Pollock in coverage amounts of not less than $1,000,000 for each occurrence of injury and $200,000 for each occurrence of property loss or damage, with a replacement cost endorsement, and with a general aggregate limit of $3,000,000, with all standard extended coverages, including medical expenses, vandalism and malicious mischief.

B. Worker’s Compensation. Licensees shall maintain worker’s compensation insurance as required by the State of California for each employee of the licensee involved in the use of Camp Pollock, and shall cause all agents and independent contractors supporting licensee’s use of Camp Pollock also to maintain such worker’s compensation insurance.

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 as additional insureds: (i) Sacramento Valley Conservancy and its directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents; (ii) State of California, State Lands Commission, and its officers, employees and agents; (iii) Sacramento County Regional Parks, and its officers, employees and agents. Licensee shall provide SVC with a certificate of the required insurance coverages at the following addresses:

Sacramento Valley Conservancy
PO Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816

California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202

Sacramento County Regional Parks
10361 Rockingham Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95827

Download Insurance Requirements for easier forwarding to your insurance provider.

ARRIVAL / SETUP / DEPARTURE

Will you have the site set­up for us?

We are able to keep our rental fees low because we rent the space as a “no host” site and pass on the savings to you. We do not provide set-up, break down or cleaning services. We will mow the lawn for camp reservations, as well as water and fill in holes for weddings that rent lawn space. Outdoor spaces are regularly blown to remove leaves and debris, and swept for cobwebs.

How do we check in for our reservation?

You will be emailed access instructions the week before your reservation. It will include a lockbox combination to retrieve keys the day of your event, important reminders, emergency contacts, and gate codes (if applicable). If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder and then email us for additional assistance.

Upon arrival, if you have reserved the lodge, be sure to review the renter binder in the kitchen. We may have staff on the property, but they are not paid to assist rentals and we do not provide a host or event coordinator. Staff assistance may be available for $50 per hour, but should be coordinated in advance.

Can we come in a day early to set up or a day after to clean up?

Yes. Renters will need to book the day before and/or after to ensure another group does not rent the space. You will only have access during the times you reserve. The property must be clean and all items removed by the end of your reservation. The Special Event Insurance documents MUST cover all days included in the reservation.

Can we check-in early or pay extra to check-out late?

As the renter you choose the time you want to arrive and depart when you book your reservation online. No day-of extensions are allowed. For the lodge, deck and courtyard the earliest check-in is 8:00am. Latest check-out is 10:00pm. All guests MUST be off of the property and the building MUST be clean and locked by 10pm. Camp check-in is 3:00pm and check-out is noon. Leaving after the designated rental time may result in the loss of renter’s deposit and additional charges for staff time. We do our best to work with your group, but all arrival/departure times MUST be arranged a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Violating the 10pm noise ordinance and complaints from our neighbors can jeopardize our ability to allow renters to use Camp Pollock in the future. Thank you for being considerate and leaving the property on time.

How do we check-out?

After removing all your items and completing the cleaning checklist, do a final walk-through to ensure the site is ready for the next user. Lock all doors and windows, and then return keys to the lockbox. If you are departing after sunset and there are no other rentals on the property, please close and lock the frontgate behind you. Report any issues to our team. Our staff will inspect the property and begin the process of refunding your deposit. If there are no damages, trash, or items that need to be removed, your deposit will be fully refunded within 2 weeks.

AMENITIES / DECORATING / WHAT'S ALLOWED

Are tables and chairs available?

There are 10 rectangular six-foot-long folding tables in the lodge. They are plastic Lifetime brand. We also have approximately 75 folding chairs that can also be used inside the lodge. Please do NOT take the tables and chairs into the courtyard. If used, they must be restacked at the end of your reservation. The deck has 10 benches and there are 10 picnic tables in the courtyard for use in those areas.

Is there Wifi or AV equipment available?

The lodge has wifi and renters will be given the login information. It works in areas of the deck and courtyard, but is better the closer you are to the fireplace-side of the lodge. Unfortunately, we do not have any AV equipment (speakers, microphones, projector, screens, etc.). We would love to have these items donated to Camp Pollock in the future. Until then, renters hosting presentations will need to supply their own AV equipment.

Can we have speakers or a band?

Yes. Amplified sound is allowed in the lodge, deck, and court yard areas of the property. You will need to bring in all the equipment and extension cords. Camp Pollock has a stage set up in the court yard during the summer months. You will need to disclose “amplified sound” during booking since SVC will have to process a County Compliance Review.

What vendors can we use?

Camp Pollock currently does not have a list of preferred vendors, nor the capacity to provide assistance with event coordination, decorating, or catering services. Renters will need to bring in their own supplies or contract with vendors. All drop-offs and pick-ups must happen during the reservation, and with the renter (or someone named on the reservation) present. The renter is responsible for ensuring vendors follow property rules and do not damage the site.

What about heaters and air conditioning?

The Lodge has central heat and air. Keep the doors closed for maximum climate control. The Deck has multiple ceiling fans, and two propane space heaters can be added on to a reservation for $75 each.

Can we have alcohol?

Yes. Renters must disclose the presence of alcohol at time of booking, whether you are allowing guests to BYO, serving, or selling alcohol. ALL rentals with alcohol MUST also have “Liquor Liability” in their insurance. If selling alcohol, or serving to the general public, additional permits are required. Renter is solely responsible for obtaining those necessary permits. Contact your local ABC office for more information. Security is HIGHLY recommended for all events with the presence of alcohol.

Can we bring our own food and cook in the kitchen?

The lodge kitchen is a prep space only and is not permitted as a commercial cooking space. The kitchen has a small household-sized refrigerator with freezer, counter space, microwave, coffeemaker and sink. There is no stove, oven, BBQ, dishwasher or disposal on site. Currently no hot water heater. Renters are allowed to bring in their own food. Most caterers can accommodate with warming trays or crockpots if they are aware it is a “prep space” only. No Styrofoam/polystyrene foam containers. BBQs and propane cooktops are allowed on the decomposed granite in the courtyard and in the parking lot. No cooking on the deck or near wooden surfaces. A CalFire Burn Permit is required for all open flame.

Can we decorate the space?

Yes, however you may not use any nails, tacks, screws, staples or any other device that would damage or alter the space. The lodge was built in the 1920’s and MUCH of the woodwork is original. We ask that you do your best to leave ZERO impact on the space. Please do not hang items from trees. If you hang lights or decorations from the rafters, please use a material that will leave no trace. Typically rope, string, and twine are non-issues. DO NOT use clear tape. Painter’s tape can be used if pre- approved with Camp Pollock staff. DO NOT hang signage over any SVC, Camp Pollock, or neighboring signs. If you put up directional signs, you must remove them. Any remaining signage left after your event reservation concludes will result in a loss of the deposit.

Can we move the picnic tables out of the courtyard?

No, we ask renters to NOT move tables OUT of the courtyard. Please keep all picnic tables on the decomposed granite area. If your group moves the tables within the courtyard for your event, please be careful because they are heavy, and move them back before checking out. Renter will be charged for any tables that have to be moved back to the center of the courtyard.

Can we have a fire in the courtyard?

Yes, we have a raised fire pit available to courtyard renters. If you have rented the lodge and/or deck and you would like to rent the courtyard, there is a flat add-on fee of $125. We will provide a wheelbarrow, which you can use to move pre-chopped wood back to the courtyard area. We do ask that renters bring their own source of fire starter. S’mores are encouraged, with adult supervision. Renter is responsible for extinguishing all coals, cleaning out the firepit, and securing it inside the building at the end of the night.

Can we have candles, sparklers, rice, glitter or confetti?

No, we ask that you please not use candles in or around the lodge. Battery powered candles are recommended for use on the grounds. No rice, confetti or glitter is allowed inside or outside the facility. NO sparklers. NO fireworks.

Piñatas, bounce houses, mechanical bulls, and any other event or activity allowed?

Renter must inform SVC of activities prior to booking and must provide proof of insurance for such activity rentals/uses, no less than 2 weeks prior to arrival. Piñatas are NOT to be hung from trees. Bounce houses require a $25 permit processing fee and must be covered by insurance. Water inflatables are not allowed in our area of the parkway.

Is the property lit before sunrise or after sunset?

No. In an effort to keep Camp Pollock as nature-friendly as possible, the property has very limited unnatural light. The lights around the lodge on the deck are on a sensor. If your party plans to be on site before sunrise or after sunset, please arrange your own lighting and carry headlamps/flashlights.

Are Drones, photography or commercial filming allowed?

Flying/drone type cameras and objects are prohibited within the American River Parkway. All model plane, model helicopters, arrows, javelins, throwing of rocks or sticks are also prohibited, unless with written approval from the Director of Sacramento County Regional Parks, who oversees the implementation of the American River Parkway Plan. A filming permit may be required when filming on the American River Parkway. In addition to the permit, all productions filmed in unincorporated Sacramento County must obtain a Film Permit from the County. For more information, visit the county Filming Opportunities page.

CLEANING REQUIREMENTS

June 2020 – Cleaning requirements, fees, and policies are currently under review and will likely change moving forward due to COVID 19. SVC strives to make Camp Pollock available to our community as an affordable, clean, and safe place to enjoy the Lower American River Parkway. Reservations must follow the cleaning requirements in place during the time of their reservation.

Camp Pollock users are expected to leave no trace. And when possible, please help us maintain the historic property by leaving it better than you found it. Unlike other rental facilities, we do not charge any upfront fees for cleaning, restocking, or staff time. If you leave the place as you found it and ready for the next user, there are no charges. Otherwise we will deduct for staff time spent cleaning. The most common deductions are for failure to mop, not wiping down the bathrooms, and leaving trash. There is no dumpster service at Camp Pollock so renters are responsible for bagging and hauling all garbage and recycling off site. We do provide cleaning supplies, trash cans and extra trash bags.

Cleaning Checklist

  • All garbage cans emptied and new bags inserted
  • All garbage removed from the property
  • Plastic Tables in lodge wiped down and put away
  • Plastic Chairs stored and stacked in lodge
  • Main Lodge and Kitchen floors swept then mopped (mopping mandatory for all rentals)
  • Kitchen clean and free of trash, food, prep items. Refrigerator/freezer empty and clean
  • Kitchen counters and sink clean, cleaning supplies returned to the storage closet
  • Restrooms wiped down (toilet seats, urinal, mirrors, sinks) and cleaned
  • Restroom floors mopped and all trash removed, new bags inserted in trash cans
  • All personal belongings removed from the property
  • Décor removed from buildings, posts and property
  • Directional signage removed from frontage road
  • Grass area free and clean of all trash and debris
  • All walkways and parking lot free of trash and debris
  • Courtyard free of debris and trash, includes picnic tables
  • Courtyard picnic tables moved back to original rows
  • BBQ left in ready to use condition, coals and debris removed/wiped down
  • All coal and debris removed from Lodge fireplace
  • Any smudges on windows and doors, interior and exterior, wiped off
  • Windows closed and locked, and all doors secured (including foot locks in Lodge)
  • AC/Heater thermostat, lights and fans all turned off
  • Keys returned to lockbox or SVC Staff by the end of reservation time
  • Notify any facility repairs needed to SVC Staff

SVC is not responsible for personal items left on the property. Failure to complete the cleaning requirements (including mopping) or leaving any items (personal, trash, or otherwise) on the property will result in the loss of deposit. $200 minimum deduction.

Can we pay to have the lodge cleaned for us?

Yes. It is the renter’s responsibility to ensure the lodge is cleaned and free of all trash and articles of the event when the reservation ends. If you wish to bring in a cleaning company, remember they must be done cleaning by the time your reservation has ended. We recommend you double check they have completed the Camp Pollock Renter Checkout List since anything they overlook will come out of your deposit. Please try to leave the space cleaner than you found it since we are a nonprofit with limited resources.

LAWN / CAMPING

Can we rent the grass field behind the lodge?

Yes. For weddings and large events where the lawn needs to be watered, mowed, and holes filled in prior to use, due to the amount of staff time this takes, we charge $1,000. If you only want to block out the space directly behind the lodge to prevent others from using it (no mowing needed, simply a privacy buffer), the minimum rate is $250. To block out the entire lawn space and prevent campers from using the property, the fee is $1,000. Or, for $500 a small portion of the Lawn can be added onto a Lodge, Deck or Courtyard reservation and we will be sure it is mowed for your use. At this time, the reservation system is set up to only book the lawn for youth and educational camping. To add the Lawn to a Lodge, Deck, or Courtyard reservation, email us and include a description of the type of activity that will take place on the lawn. A staff member will add on the Lawn to your existing reservation.

Can we camp overnight?

SVC manages Camp Pollock in accordance with the American River Parkway Plan. Overnight primitive camping is limited to organized educational groups and youth groups, who have an educational or interpretive interest in the parkway and its resources. Application REQUIRED for all overnight uses. RV and vehicular camping is not allowed in our area of the parkway. Individual camping is also prohibited. Qualifying youth/outdoor educational groups must have at least 11 participants. No camping in the lodge or parking lot.

SHARED SPACES / EXCLUSIVE USE / PRIVACY

How do we ensure our group is the only group parking in the parking lot?

Camp Pollock is open to the public every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. If your group is renting a space (lodge, courtyard or deck) you have exclusive use of that space for the time that you book, however the rest of the property, including the parking lot, remains open to the public. The restrooms attached to the lodge are also shared by lodge, deck, and courtyard renters. For a $250 privacy fee, you can have exclusive use of the restrooms and we will notify our regular user groups to shift their activities away from the space(s) you have reserved. The only way to have exclusive use of the entire property—closing the 11-acre park to the public—is to rent each space at its max capacity and pay the “closed to the public” fee for a total of $4,000. If you choose to go this route, SVC will post signage that the property is closed to the public for the day. It is recommended that the renter hire security to communicate this to day-users who may try to access the space. Our goal is to keep this special place accessible and open to the public. We will allow a maximum of 5 “closed to the public” events per year.

If I only rent the lodge, how can I keep other people off the deck?

Camp Pollock is open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. Only the specific areas you rent will be reserved for your use. If you want to prevent day-users or another renter from occupying a space, you will need to reserve it and pay the minimum rental fee. Lodge, deck and courtyard renters all have access to the indoor restrooms. Those not part of a lodge rental will access the restrooms through the exterior doors on the backside of the lodge.

Please read this section carefully. By making a reservation for use of Camp Pollock you are agreeing to all of the following terms, conditions and property rules. You must also abide by any posted signage on the property, and written or verbal instructions given to you by SVC Staff.

Renting space at Camp Pollock does not give renter exclusive use of property.

Authorization. The authorization to use space at Camp Pollock is a revocable license. Unless special arrangements are made for the exclusive use of space and/or facilities at Camp Pollock, the license is nonexclusive. You must contact SVC via email at least 3 months in advance of any of the following proposed uses of Camp Pollock to make appropriate arrangements: Exclusive uses; event uses that will be open to the public; multiple event uses; and large group uses (250 or more persons). The submission of a written application and the execution of a written license agreement will be required to authorize any such uses of Camp Pollock.

Vehicle Access. Sacramento county rangers lock the gates to Camp Pollock at sunset and unlock the gates at sunrise. If vehicle access to or from the Camp Pollock parking lot is required before or after daylight hours, special arrangements with SVC must be made in advance. DRIVING ON LAWN IS PROHIBITED.

Insurance Requirements. All licensees must meet the following insurance requirements at the licensee’s sole cost and expense. Individual licensees who are homeowners may want to consult with their homeowner’s insurance provider to arrange for appropriate endorsements to their existing policy.

Special Event Insurance From TheEventHelper.com is an option most Camp Pollock renters use, and this shortcut link will pre-fill most of the required information for Camp Pollock coverage. You may use any insurance provider, as along as the minimum coverage requirements are met.

Licensees must submit insurance coverage in the format of an Acord and Endorsement Form: Acord insurance certificate with all required coverages and limits; Endorsement listing SVC, State Lands Commission, State Parks, and Sacramento County Regional Parks as additional insured. SAMPLE ACORD and ENDORSEMENT FORMS. All required certificates and endorsements must be received and approved by SVC a minimum of 2 weeks prior to any event. Host Liquor Liability coverage is required for all rentals with the presence of alcohol

A. General Liability and Property Damage. Licensees shall maintain occurrence-based commercial general liability and property damage liability insurance for the duration of the use of Camp Pollock in coverage amounts of not less than $1,000,000 for each occurrence of injury and $200,000 for each occurrence of property loss or damage, with a replacement cost endorsement, and with a general aggregate limit of $3,000,000, with all standard extended coverages, including medical expenses, vandalism and malicious mischief.

B. Worker’s Compensation. Licensees shall maintain worker’s compensation insurance as required by the State of California for each employee of the licensee involved in the use of Camp Pollock, and shall cause all agents and independent contractors supporting licensee’s use of Camp Pollock also to maintain such worker’s compensation insurance.

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 as additional insureds: (i) Sacramento Valley Conservancy and its directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents; (ii) State of California, State Lands Commission, and its officers, employees and agents; (iii) Sacramento County Regional Parks, and its officers, employees and agents. Licensee shall provide SVC with a certificate of the required insurance coverages at the following addresses:

Sacramento Valley Conservancy
PO Box 163351
Sacramento, CA 95816

California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100 South
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202

Sacramento County Regional Parks
10361 Rockingham Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95827

Download Insurance Requirements for easier forwarding to your insurance provider.

Assumption of Risk. Licensee fully assumes all risks associated with entry onto Camp Pollock by the Licensee Parties (as defined below). Sacramento Valley Conservancy ( “SVC”) assumes no responsibility for any conditions existing or occurring at Camp Pollock or for the actions or inactions of the general public at Camp Pollock. SVC shall not be responsible to the Licensee Parties Licensees for warning of any hazards, known or unknown, associated with Camp Pollock, including, without limitations, any hazards associated with weather or floodwaters. As used herein the term “Licensee Parties” means licensee and every person or entity entering Camp Pollock at the direction, request or invitation of licensee.

Indemnification Requirements. Licensee agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless SVC, and its directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents; and the State of California, State Lands Commission, and its officers, employees and agents from and against any loss, damage, injury, accident, fire or other casualty, liability, claim, cost or expense (including but not limited to attorneys’ and expert fees) of any kind or character occurring to any person or property arising from or caused by (i) any uses of Camp Pollock by any of the Licensee Parties, (ii) any act or omission of any of the Licensee Parties, (iii) any bodily injury, property damage, accident, fire or other casualty on the Licensed Property caused by any act or omission of any of the Licensee Parties, (iv) any violation or alleged violation by any of the Licensee Parties of any law, ordinance, or regulation now or hereafter enacted, and any enforcement action taken by any governmental authority with respect any such violation or alleged violation; (v) any loss or theft whatsoever of any property or anything placed or stored by any of the Licensee Parties on or about Camp Pollock, and (vi) any costs of duly removing Licensee from Camp Pollock; provided, however, that Licensee shall not be obligated to indemnify SVC for any such matter to the extent caused by the gross negligence or intentional misconduct of SVC or any person acting on behalf of SVC.

Permits Generally. With the exception of the Parkway Plan Compliance Review that SVC will arranged with the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks (“County Parks”)(further addressed below), a licensee shall be responsible, at the licensee’s sole cost and expense, for obtaining any and all necessary and required government permits or permissions for licensee’s use(s) of Camp Pollock and shall comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. Examples of activities that may require specific authorizations from one or more regulatory authorities include: amplified sound (e.g., Sacramento City Code Chapter 8.68); the consumption of alcoholic beverages; the sale any goods, services, liquids or edibles for human consumption; commercial filming; the operation of a bounce house; and the conduct of an event open to the general public. Licensee must have a copy of each required permit onsite during licensee’s use of Camp Pollock. Licensee will not be allowed to conduct or engage in any activity at Camp Pollock for which a required permit has not been obtained.

Parkway Plan Compliance Review. After receiving from licensee the required certificate(s) of insurance coverage(s), SVC will arrange for County Parks’ Parkway Plan Compliance Review on the basis of the information provided by licensee in the reservation details comment box. Licensee will be solely responsible for the payment of any fee charged by County Parks for such review. SVC will provide licensee with the County Parks review documentation when issued. It is licensee’s responsibility to provide accurate and complete information about licensee’s intended activities at Camp Pollock. Intentionally providing false information may result in the cancellation of licensee’s reservation and/or additional charges.

Cancelations. Cancelations are accepted up to 30 days prior to check-in to receive a partial refund, (less $25 booking fee and 25% rental fee) 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. Refunds will be processed to the credit card used when reserving. Refunds will be credited within 2 weeks of cancelation. To cancel a reservation and to receive a refund, contact info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or log onto WebReserv.

Reservations and Payments. All reservations and payments must be made online. Credit card payments only; no cash or checks. No walk-ins allowed. No payment exchanged on site. All reservations, including cleaning deposit, must be paid in full 2 weeks in advance of use.

Processing Fees. A $25 processing fee is charged to each site at time of booking and is non-refundable.

Staff Assistance. Camp Pollock is a no-host site. Renters are responsible for checking themselves in and out, as well as all setup and cleaning. A $50/hour meeting fee will be charged for all on site visits with SVC Staff. This includes interrupting staff who may be on the property working on other projects. While we want your event to be a success, we simply cannot afford to pay a staff member to help you for free. We are able to keep our prices low by not charging renters upfront for on site help. If you’d like to schedule a meeting, please contact us with a few date/time options that you are available. Keep in mind, there is no charge to chat with a staff member at our monthly open house. And for additional free assistance, you can always email info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org. Questions should be emailed at least 72 hours before a reservation, but we can usually respond the same day. There is no fee for email assistance. If you have questions or concerns, please email our team.

Special Event and Wedding Fee. A $75 American River Parkway Plan Compliance fee for any event requesting alcohol, amplified sound, charge to attend/vend, open to the public, or camping overnight. An additional $600 is charged for all wedding events. Intentionally providing false information may result in the cancelation of licensee’s reservation and/or additional charges.

Security Recommended. Security is recommended for large events, private parties with alcohol, and any event that is open to the general public. Security is required for all events with hard alcohol. Security is required for all events that will sell alcohol, or will provide free alcohol to guests who have paid to attend. Contact your local ABC Office for more information.

Security, Cleaning & Damage Deposit. Renters must provide a $400 security deposit per space rented. The property will be inspected at time of checkout, and security deposit will be returned within two weeks if rental is left clear of trash, clean, floors mopped, and no damages are identified. If the property is not left clean, and free of articles, including rented items, or trash, a cleaning/trash removal fee of $200 (minimum) will be charged.

If damages are present, Renter will be notified in writing within 30 days. We will complete repairs as soon as possible and provide a reconciliation of the cost of repairs against your deposit. Due to weather, scheduled rentals, and owner availability, repairs may take longer than 30 days to complete.

The balance of your deposit, minus any charges for the costs of repairs, replacement, extra cleaning, breakage or loss resulting from Renter’s use of the property will be returned after all repairs are completed. Renters agree to pay for all costs of repairs, replacement, extra cleaning, breakage and/or loss resulting from Renter’s use of the property, as well as all of SVC’s collection costs, lost rent, attorney fees, court fees, owner’s time and expenses for travel, inspections, bids and repairs. In cases where such costs exceed the amount of the security deposit, SVC shall provide Renter with a written accounting of the amount of such difference and remit payment to SVC within ten (10) days after SVC’s delivery of such notice. Renter’s failure to make such payment to SVC within ten (10) days of SVC’s notice shall constitute a default by Renter under this rental agreement without the necessity of further notice. SVC’s use of any part of the security deposit for the cost of repairs, replacement, extra cleaning, breakage or loss resulting from Renter’s use of the property shall not constitute a bar or defense of any other of SVC’s remedies under this rental agreement.

June 2020 – Cleaning requirements, fees, and policies are currently under review and will likely change moving forward due to COVID 19. SVC strives to make Camp Pollock available to our community as an affordable, clean, and safe place to enjoy the Lower American River Parkway. Reservations must follow the cleaning requirements in place during the time of their reservation.

Grounds Rules:

1. Limited parking; car-pooling encouraged for large groups. Suggested donation for parking is $5 per vehicle. Gates will be locked sunset-sunrise.

2. No RV or vehicular camping allowed. No individual camping, pre-approved groups only.

3. No loitering. No dumping. Visitors on the property after hours who are not part of an approved reservation are trespassing.

4. Restroom use and private events are allowed only when reserved in advance. Reservations must be booked online. No walk-ins.

5. Help protect our Native Plant Garden. No people or pets in the garden.

6. Automobiles in parking lot only. NO DRIVING ON THE LAWN. Keep walkways clear.

7. Smoking is allowed on paved surfaces only. Please be considerate of non-smokers and properly dispose of butts.

8. BBQ’s are permitted on gravel surfaces only (courtyard and parking lot). No BBQs in the lodge, on the deck, or on the lawn. Permit required.

9. Burn Permits are required for all open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves. Campfires are only permitted in designated fire rings. Burn Permit from CalFire: www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit. Campfires will only be allowed if also authorized by Sacramento County Regional Parks. Please read American River Parkway Campfire and Smoking ORDINANCE UPDATE: S.C.O. 936.058 (C,D).

10. REMOVE YOUR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING FROM THE PROPERTY. No dumpster on site. Minimum $200 charged for any trash left on the property. Practice Leave No Trace ethics and clean up after others who are less considerate.

11. Children must be supervised at all times.

12. Pets must be leashed at all times. You must supply your own resources to clean up after your pet and practice Leave No Trace. Only service animals required because of a disability are allowed in the Lodge.

13. Waterway use is at your own risk. Natural river access. No dock or launch ramp. Use of Personal Flotation Devices required. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY. CAUTION: strong currents, cold water, submerged debris, and uneven bottom.

Additional Rules for Lodge, Deck & Courtyard Uses:

1. DO NOT use nails, tacks, screws, pins or affix any objects on or to the woodwork, railing, or beams. String or twine is recommended for hanging lights. If tape is used, it must be painters tape or No damage/3M products.

2. After your event the property and access road must be left clean and free of all articles from your event. See the Cleaning Check-out List for more information about cleaning the lodge.

3. All garbage removed from the property and trash cans, and new liners placed in the cans for the next user. Trash left on the property will result in a forfeiture of deposit, minimum $200 fee.

4. BBQ’s, candles and other open flames are not allowed on the deck or inside the lodge. The barbecue pit area shall be left free of food & debris. All coals to be fully extinguished.

5. The property shall be free of trash, and any hanging decor (banners, balloons, directional signs, etc) at the time of check-out.

6. Set up and breakdown times must fall within the total rental time period. It is the responsibility of the renter to move equipment within the facility or on the grounds during event.

7. All activities including your rental check-out list must be completed by the end of the reservation and never later than 10:00 p.m. It is recommended that at least two hours be allowed for event breakdown and clean-up.

8. The primary reservation contact person will be the only person given access to the site, and must be present to check in and out.

9. ALL event trash on the grounds, courtyard, deck, sidewalks (including cigarette butts and candy wrappers) must be removed from site. If signs or balloons were placed near entrance or along frontage roads, they must also be removed. DO NOT place your signs on or attach to the existing Camp Pollock or neighbor signs.

10. No sparklers, fireworks, styrofoam/polystyrene packaging, confetti, glitter or throwing rice are allowed at Camp Pollock.

11. Adirondack chairs and picnic tables are to remain in the courtyard area. Tables must be returned to their original placement in rows at the end of your event.

Additional Rules for Camping:

1. Carry camping equipment to campsite. No vehicles on grass.

2. Burn Permits are required for all open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves. Campfires are only permitted in designated fire rings. You will need to acquire a burn permit from CAL FIRE www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit. Campfires will only be allowed if also authorized by Sacramento County Regional Parks. Please read American River Parkway Campfire and Smoking ORDINANCE UPDATE: S.C.O. 936.058 (C,D)

3. Water available, but not at individual sites. Please provide the ability to transport water.

4. Showers available at this time.

5. Restrooms available, depending on group size, renter may be responsible for purchasing additional units.

6. Picnic tables available in select camp sites. First come, first served.

7. No electricity access for campsites.

8. Limited parking; car pooling encouraged for large groups.

9. No RV or vehicular camping. No camping in Parking Lot. No people in the lodge overnight.

10. No alcohol permitted in campsites.

11. Pack It In, Pack It Out & Leave No Trace ethics practiced. REMOVE YOUR OWN GARBAGE and RECYCLING FROM THE PROPERTY. Trash left on the property will result in a forfeiture of deposit, minimum $200 fee.

12. Adults must be present to chaperone youth group camping.

13. Camping check-in is 3pm. Check-out at Noon.

14. Minimum 1 night stay, max 7 days camping.

15. Campers and lodge events must register and pay online. NO WALK-INS, except for day users.

16. No driving or parking on the lawn. Irrigation lines are shallow. Access road may be used to drop items closer to camp sites, but all vehicles must stay on roads and in the parking lot. Vehicles parked in the designated open space area may lose their deposit.

Anyone who violates any of the rules will be directed to leave Camp Pollock. No refunds.
Acceptance of Terms and Conditions. By making a reservation for use of Camp Pollock you are agreeing to all of the foregoing terms and conditions.
myrtle lodge in black and white

Sacramento’s population in the 1920s numbered some sixty-six thousand and was experiencing a new vitality following WWI and the 1918 flu epidemic. It was at the beginning of that decade that local residents formed the Sacramento Lions Club. In 1922, as the City approached it’s 73rd anniversary, one of the Lions Club board members, Fred Johns, proposed a project creating a camp and lodge for the use of the Boy Scouts. In that same year, the City planned to hold an event celebrating the Gold Rush days called “Days of ‘49” to encourage business and tourism and to unite various political factions. The Lions took advantage of this event, held from May 23-28, 1922 by constructing a re-creation of an old time gambling casino they named “Slippery Gulch.” The fundraiser netted $4,942, donated to the Boy Scouts fund for the lodge construction; the Lions collected additional “assessments” from their members and raised an additional $5,000 so that the lodge could be turned over the Boy Scouts free of charge.

To further the establishment of a Boy Scout Lodge and camp, Carl E. Johnston, Lions Club member and son of North Sacramento Land Company (NSLC) founder D.W. Johnston donated one acre of property on the American River, near it’s confluence with the Sacramento River. The land was deeded to the Boy Scouts on May 4th, 1922. Once the land and initial funding were secured, the Lions Club continued to raise funds and worked with various labor and business interests in the community to complete the project

A local architect designed the building, drawing up plans and specifications. A contractor worked on site free of charge, and materials, including rocks for the fireplace, collected in nearby Folsom, and lumber, nails, cement and fixtures were either donated or provided at very low cost. The official dedication of the completed debt free site and lodge took place in June, 1923.

In 1937, George G. Pollock, an active leader of the Golden Empire Council of Boy Scouts donated 10 acres of land adjacent to the existing lodge property. The site was subsequently renamed in his honor.

 

collage of historic photos

From 1953-1971, Myrtle Johnston was president of the North Sacramento Land Company and helped bring youth from the community to experience hands-on learning at Camp Pollock and what would later become the American River Parkway. Myrtle was the first private landowner to help establish the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail. She provided the vision, the leadership, and the land for the heart of the Parkway–the undisputed jewel of Sacramento.

Myrtle Johnston’s November 1961 letter about the American River Parkway

Myrtle Johnston’s grandson, Robert Slobe, was a founder and the first president of the Sacramento Valley Open Space Conservancy in 1990. The land trust was established to preserve, protect, and/or enhance open space in the Sacramento Valley area. Slobe remains an active and outspoken advocate for conserving the American River Parkway and North Sacramento. He became president of the North Sacramento Land Company in 2009 when his mother retired. Slobe served on the board of SVC from 1990-2017.

The Boy Scouts of America managed Camp Pollock until 2013 when it was sold to the California State Lands Commission. The North Sacramento Land Company and the Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) facilitated the transfer. SVC holds a long-term lease to manage the historic site until 2048. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation approved a low interest loan for $500,000 to SVC to renovate the lodge while maintaining much of its original look and feel. Visitors can now enjoy a remodeled lodge with ADA-access, wraparound porch, covered river deck, community courtyard with native plant garden, and camp lawn. Support from local donors and thousands of hours of volunteer community service allow SVC to maintain and improve the 11-acre site.

On October 22, 2015, the lodge was dedicated to one of the original founders of the American River Parkway and renamed the Myrtle Johnston Interpretive Center. Additional site improvements are scheduled to begin in summer 2020 that will add over a mile of trails, an acre of native plants, educational signs, enhanced public access, and water-efficient landscaping. Future projects include an improved caretaker living space and having the Myrtle Johnston Interpretive Center incorporated into the Sacramento County American River Parkway Plan.

SVC is proud to continue the Johnston, Pollock, and Boy Scout traditions by managing the property for public use, conservation, education, and outdoor recreation.

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy manages Camp Pollock with no dedicated public funding and relies heavily on donated goods and services. Thank you for your interest in helping support the historic site.

DONATE

Donations are essential for maintaining and improving Camp Pollock. You can financially support the property by making a secure credit card donation online, leaving money in the iron ranger next to the kiosk when you visit, contributing to the caretaker tiny house fund, or by sponsoring an honorary picnic table. If you would like your donation to go towards a specific project, please contact us to discuss your ideas. We’re all ears!

VOLUNTEER

Your free time is valuable to us! Camp Pollock’s 11-acres require a lot of maintenance and we need volunteers to help us stay on top of upkeep and repair projects. Join us for volunteer service projects on select Saturdays each month from 9am-1pm. Volunteers team up with staff and docents to rake leaves, mow, sweep cobwebs, pull weeds, paint, mop, and more. Volunteers interested in doing more are encouraged to join our Docent team of dedicated recurring volunteers who help tackle larger projects.

We also welcome volunteer groups, Eagle Scout projects, students needing community service hours, internship programs, garden clubs, and other partnership opportunities.

If you would like to coordinate a group service day or have questions about volunteering, please contact Camp Pollock Manager Tim Fiock at camppollock@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org

collage of volunteer photos

NEEDS / WISH LIST

Yard Tools: weed wackers, hand tools, garden supplies, locking tool storage unit, backpack blower, garden wagon, and gloves.

Professional Services: plumbing, septic, water pump/well, electrical, general contractor, mower repair, and landscaping.

Lodge Supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, new spray bottles, Simple Green, hand soap, trash bags, gloves, etc.

Gift Cards: HomeDepot, Lowes, gas stations, Costco, REI, Amazon, Big5, Staples, Target, etc.

SITE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

In May 2019 the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved a $176,000 grant for site improvements at Camp Pollock. The WCB-funded renovations include restoration of over an acre of native plants, installation of educational signs, water-efficient landscaping, parking lot improvements, and enhanced public access. SVC has contracted with landscape architects at ICF to design the site plans and with the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps Education and Workforce Training Program to complete a portion of the site improvements.

You can help contribute to this exciting project. Sign up to volunteer for native garden plantings, dedicate a new picnic table, or even sponsor the Natural Playscape Installment. Renovations are tentatively scheduled to begin in June 2020, but help is needed in the meantime to prep and maintain the property.

The Lower American River Conservancy Program is administered by WCB, and was created by AB1716 to provide a state partner to work cooperatively with local agencies and nonprofit organizations. The goal of the Program is to help fund projects and provide grants to restore, enhance, interpret, protect and improve public access to the Parkway’s natural, recreational, educational and cultural resources.

people relaxing on a beaach
chairs around a firepit

*Seasonal flooding on Northgate Boulevard or occasional special events (~5 days per year) may close the property to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience. Visit the Events Calendar for dates Camp Pollock will be closed.

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