Indian Valley Outpost

In the heart of the Indian Valley Recreation Area, the Indian Valley Outpost has been a supply point for generations of vacationers to western Sierra County.  Within a mile of four national forest campgrounds (and a short walk to three) and located near the confluence of Fiddle Creek and the North Yuba River, the Outpost is strategically located to provide supplies, food, and meals to those staying or traveling in the area.  The only business for ten miles in either direction, the Outpost caters to the needs of those enjoying the beauty of this scenic area. 

In addition to providing groceries and supplies, the Outpost has a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The business also includes a bar with beer and wine service.

The Outpost also has a rental cabin for overnight accommodations for up to 4 people. This beautiful cabin overlooks Fiddle Creek, with a queen bed and two twin beds.  Rent is $115 per night, with a $10 a night discount if booked more than 4 nights, and an additional $10 discount if booked more than 8 nights.  There is a 14 night maximum booking per year.

The Yuba River widens and slows for much of its journey through Indian Valley, making this a desirable camping, picnicking, and day use area.  In the late spring, the area is host to a number of commercial river rafting outfitters, and the remainder of the summer it is a draw for families wishing to relax in or along this scenic river.  Indian Valley, Rocky Rest, Fiddle Creek, and Carlton Flat Campgrounds all have river frontage.  Rocky Rest Campground is also the southern terminus of the North Yuba Trail that runs from Indian Valley to Downieville, a journey of twelve miles.  Indian Valley is also the starting point for the Brandy City Road, a county road that provides access to the ghost towns of Brandy City, Eureka, Morristown, and Poker Flat. 

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Latitude: 39.5196681 Longitude: -120.998354 Elevation: 2279 ft
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Lee Adams

Hours Open

Friday through Sunday: 8 am to 7:30 pm; Weekdays: 8 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm

Seasons Open

Memorial Day throughLabor Day; otherwise weather permitting.

Price Style for this Establishment

Meals: $6.50 tp $15.00

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Jim and Sheri Nicholson are your hosts.


This is the best place on Earth! This place makes great food!

Jennifer Gilliland, 5/2/2013

When I was a boy I used to go up and stay a few days and fish and swim. My parents were friends with Jim and Sheri. I can't believe they are still running the place after this many years. Some of the best memories are from there.

John Conway/Reid, 1/24/2015

Hope the new owners are as wonderful as the Family who served all the people for so many years!

Kathy De Lasaux, 4/25/2015

My grandmother Elizabeth "Bessie" Schurr ran the stagestop at Indian Valley for many years. I remember going there with her son (my father) and the precious memories we shared.

Marion L. Schurr-Becker, 5/9/2016

I mined gold at the Brown Bear Placer Mine, located on the North YUBA river near the Indian Valley Outpost from 1993 thru 2013. Beautiful country. Good fishing and hunting and met a lot of great folk. Cold beer, bacon, eggs and biscuits. Can’t beat it! Wonderful memories.

Phil Gooch, Brown Bear Placer Mine...., 12/6/2017

Jamie and Louise Voorhies and their kids used to camp at Indian Valley on the Yuba river all the time. I went the first time about 35 or 40 years ago, when the old bridge still went across the river, if you could call it a bridge. We went last year and took our grandkids with their parents. Planning on going back this year but staying at the Outpost. Rod and Gloria Haskins

Rod Haskins, 3/27/2018

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