Lake Wildwood

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Lake Wildwood is a private, gated community located within the Sierra Nevada Foothills. It is comprised of over 3,000 homes, situated on the lake that is its namesake alongside an 18-hole championship golf course. Other amenities include a clubhouse, pro shop, private lake for boating, swimming, fishing, and even water-skiing, as well as 24/7 security staff, lighted tennis and pickleball courts, and an indoor swimming complex.

Lake Wildwood is located just a little over an hour from the Lake Tahoe area. Lake Tahoe offers many casinos and an exciting night life with renown entertainers year-round. In addition, during the winter, Tahoe’s ski resorts are second to none. During summer, Lake Tahoe has wonderful sandy beaches, as well as bike trails, parasailing, camping and white water rafting. It is a great vacation area known for many interesting shops and restaurants. It’s always a great day trip, or more! osemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Redwood National Park (on the coast) are not far away and are well worth the trip. The Napa and Sonoma Valley wine country is only a two-hour drive away, and offer many health spas and four-star restaurants to enhance your visit. San  Francisco is also a short drive away. This world class city with it’s unique skyline and waterways always offers an exciting visit. Ride the cable cars, take a ferry, and visit Chinatown for a great day in the city. We are about one hour from Sacramento International Airport and two hours from San Francisco International and the other Bay Area Airports.

The historic tourist destination towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are minutes away, with many interesting shops, restaurants, inns, and local wineries offering daily tours and tastings. This area is also popular for its large and varied performing and visual arts community, along with many opportunities to visit some of California’s most beautiful state parks, hiking trails, and local lakes. Bicycling is a popular pastime, and our county hosts both the Tour of Nevada City and Amgen Bike Races.

We are in the heart of the historic Gold Country, where the great California gold rush began in 1849. Many interesting sites remain from that time, such as Bridgeport State Park and Empire Mine State Park. Just around the corner is the 87-acre Western Gateway Park with wonderful facilities including bocce and pickleball courts, disc golf course, covered and open picnic areas and a 3,500 sq. foot stage pavilion used for concerts and other gatherings. There are play structures for children, a swimming creek and many other wonderful facilities.

The area provides excellent health care facilities. Grass Valley offers Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Auburn offers Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.
Lake Wildwood is a proud member of the local Chambers of Commerce. Read all about us in the latest Destination Nevada County publication.

There are a number of state parks in the area for Penn Valley residents to visit. These include the South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins Site Historic Park, Empire Mine State Historic Park and the Donner Memorial State Park. Many of these parks reflect the history and impact miners have had on the Nevada County community.

You can learn more about these state parks by clicking here.

Lake Wildwood


Located within the gates of Lake Wildwood, a private 300-acre man-made lake is available to Members and their guests. Nestled within the lush Sierra foothill terrain and surrounded by oak and pine trees, Lake Wildwood sits at an elevation of 1,200 feet. Although fed by alpine streams, it is a comfortable and useable temperature throughout the summer season. 

Swim, boat and enjoy an experience that is yours as a member of the Association. Framed around the perimeter are five beautiful parks, each with its own beach, assuring ample lake access for the entire community. Members are encouraged to bring a picnic and come to just relax, or play the many sports offered including tennis, volleyball, bocce ball, baseball, and soccer.

Boating opportunities for Members abound, include sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, pontoon boating, kayaking and fishing. Lake Wildwood is considered one of the best bass fishing lakes in California.

A day on the water is always a great experience and is frequently capped off with a sunset or cocktail cruise.

Lake Wildwood is a private lake where property owners can enjoy their sailboats, powerboats, kayaks, canoes, water skiing, wake boarding, and more! Lake Wildwood property owners also have the opportunity to store their boats in our Marina or boat storage facilities.

Swimmers have a choice of 5 beaches on beautiful Lake Wildwood, or our pool with a new locker rooms and showers, as well as a children’s water play feature. Beaches include picnic tables, barbeques and umbrellas. Two of the beaches have large picnic pavillions which may be reserved in advance.

Members can enjoy a quite, peaceful, exploration on the Lake in their kayak or canoe. Kayak storage is available for a nominal yearly fee.

Our beautiful marina is located next to the Community Center and features a self-serve gas pump. Property owners can store their boat  in our marina, dry storage facilities, or at your own lakefront home dock for easy access to the Lake anytime!

Water ski or Wake Board on our lake to your heart’s content. The Water Ski Club works to have fun and promote water sports and safety on beautiful Lake Wildwood. The Club maintains a regulation six-ball slalom course. Beginners to expert, all skiers are encouraged to hit the water and give it a try! Lake Wildwood hosts an annual 4th of July Water Ski Show as part of our holiday festivities.

Lake Wildwood Members enjoy the benefits of having their own beautiful, private lake to fish. There is also a well-established Fishing Club that hosts an annual Bass Tournament, monthly Fishing Derbies, and other local community events.

Located nearby are several other popular fishing attractions such as Lake EnglebrightCollins LakeBullards BarRollins Lakeand many more!

Members may elect to sign up for paid Amenity memberships including: Golf, Tennis/Pickleball, Pool, and Boat Registration (for property owners).

Other amenity-use privileges include Paddle Boat and Stand Up Paddle Board rentals, Pool, Picnic and Pavillion rentals; Storage Space rentals (Marina, Meadow Park Dry-Dock, RV Storage, Kayak Racks, and Motorcycle Parking Spaces); and of course, rental of various rooms at The Oaks Clubhouse and the Community Center.

There are also plenty of ways to get exercise in the fresh outdoor air, including a Hiking Trail, Bocce Ball Courts, Disc Golf Course, Beaches and Parks.

Our Clubs, Committees and Recreation Department host a wide variety of events, classes and activities, including: Aerobics, Ballroom and Line Dancing, Book Club, Card Games, Dominoes, Flick ‘N Float (Movies at the Pool), Flower Arranging, Free Adult Education Classes, Hikes, Jazzercise, Lifeguard Courses, Music & Movie Appreciation Classes, Painting Classes, Self Defense Classes, Walking Groups, Water Aerobics, Wildwood Literary Review, Writer’s Workshop, Yoga, Zumba, Ping Pong, and more!

As you can see, there is never a shortage of things to do at Lake Wildwood!

During the year we celebrate many holidays and events at Lake Wildwood. Our Holiday tree lighting ceremony in late November is a favorite, and we also hold several dinner dances throughout the year. Our Fourth of July Boat Parade is one of the most exciting events of the year. During June, we host an Ice Cream Social outside by the Community Pool with local music groups providing the entertainment. Our Music Concerts are very well attended, as is our Picnic and Pops orchestra concert around Labor Day. Our fireworks display is widely regarded as the very best in the foothills!
Some of our most popular events:

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Easter Egg Hunt
Summer Swimming Lessons
Competitive Swim Team
Day Camp for Kids
Ice Cream Social with Live Music
Annual Home & Garden Tour
Fourth of July Picnic, BBQ, Games, Boat Parade, and Professional Fireworks
Annual Member’s Meeting & Picnic, with a BBQ and installation of new Board Members
Labor Day Picnic and Pops Orchestra
Theater Productions
Special Holiday Feasts and Dining Events
Caroling on the Green

The Lake Wildwood Recreation Department is located at the Community Center, provides and maintains a full range of recreational activities and park facilities for the community. Tots to seniors can find an array of classes including but not limited to:  Tennis/Pickleball,  Cultural Arts,  Sports,  Fitness Classes,  Leisure Activities throughout the year, and more.  The Aquatic Center is open May through September and features: Lifeguard Courses, Swim Lessons,  Specialty Classes, and  Events. There is never a shortage of things to do in Lake Wildwood.

The Lake Wildwood Community Association charters and supports over 40 different Member Clubs. Examples include Tennis, Pickleball, Bocce Ball, Bingo, Bridge, Collectabelles, Computers (Mac & PC), Dog, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Fishing, Fine Arts, Gardening, Motorcycle, Music, Photography, Ping Pong, Pinochle, Sewing Knitting & Quilting, Singles, Sons in Retirement (SIR), Theater, TV Production, Water-Ski, and Women’s Chorus. Many other Clubs and groups also exist at Lake Wildwood.


Best of Nevada County


Lake Wildwood Golf Course is one of Northern California’s finest golf facilities. It is the best value in Northern California, with annual fee for Memberships’ for unlimited play; moreover, there are other Membership options to suit most every Member. Our course was voted “Best Golf Course in Nevada County” by readers of The Union newspaper.

Ideally located above the valley fog and below the Sierra snow in California’s “Gold Country,” the par 72 championship course, originally designed in 1968 by William F. “Billy” Bell, has six sets of tees and yardage ranging from 6,518 to 5,024 yards, it provides a round full of enjoyment for all skill levels. Meandering through the oaks, pines, and homes of Lake Wildwood, the 168-acre course imparts a feeling of openness and beauty and provides year-round golf at the best value in the Sierra foothills. The most common refrain after completing play is “I didn’t want the round to end.” The Course is available to community members and their guests. 

In addition to the Course itself, the complex has an extensive Practice Facility, Golf Pro Shop, and Learning Center.  The Learning Center is staffed by two PGA Golf Professionals. Not far from the 18th Green is the 19th Hole Bar to accommodate settling bets and quenching thirst.

Lake Wildwood has several Golf Clubs for Association Members, offering a group to fit the needs of any golfer.

Lake Wildwood has extensive practice facilities for member use. Its 20-station driving range is suitable for hitting drivers to short irons onto target greens. A 5,000 sq ft practice putting green and a 3,000 sq ft chipping/putting green are available to hone short game skills. A regulation green-side bunker is available for working on sand shots and ten station pitching range with numerous flags to zero-in wedge play. 

On staff are two PGA professionals who operate a fully equipped learning Center with video capability offering adult lessons, an active junior program and clinics on all aspects of the game.


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