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A Community to Meet Many Needs
Cameron Park is a community located in the Northern California Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada foothills, approximately 30 miles east of Sacramento and 70 miles west of South Lake Tahoe.Where the Niesnan branch of the Maidu Indians once lived is now home to over 18,000 Cameron Park residents. Nearby Shingle Springs, founded in the 1850's with gold mines, lime mines and agriculture as the draw, is now home to 7,500. The two areas offer a rural atmosphere with the amenities found in cities close at hand. Cameron Park is a relatively new community in a county where gold was discovered in 1848 to set the stage for the California Gold Rush. Modern development accelerated in the area when Larry Cameron purchased 5,000 acres of foothill land in the 1950's for ranching purposes. In the years since then, the land has slowly been divided into lots of varying sizes, including ranch-sized properties and medium and high density residential neighborhoods. Cameron Park reflects a wide scope of interests, with shopping areas, a championship country club, and a recreational lake.Cameron Airpark Estates provides a unique opportunity for pilots to commute from home to destination without ever leaving the plane. Wide streets double as taxiways between homes and the airstrip. A blending of old and new typifies the community. Adjacent to the Airpark Estates sits man-made Cameron Park Lake. Covering approximately ten acres, the area contains a trail encircling the lake, picnic areas, boat rentals, tennis courts, playgrounds, as well as a sandy beach and swimming area separated from the main lake by an earthen dam. Turtles and aquatic fowl can be seen at the lake, and the Community Services District regularly stocks the lake with fish including bluegill, black bass, and black crappie fish.
Now, clean air, rolling uncluttered landscapes and a country-paced lifestyle are responsible for the influx of new settlers to the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park area. Recreational opportunities center around the seasonal climate found in the Mother Lode. Although the area is below the snow, a short drive of 70 miles puts the traveler in the heart of the best winter sports setting found in the United States; Lake Tahoe. The crystal waters also serve the summer outdoor enthusiast. The American and Consumnes Rivers offer a wonderland of activities year round and the spacious El Dorado National Forest features many pleasant experiences. Historical monuments sit proudly proclaiming a colorful Gold Rush past, next to a new era of construction.Some glimpses of the past can also be found; grinding rocks and burial mounds of the Niesnan branch of the Maidu Indians are still visible. For another look at past endeavors, some structures of the Skinner Winery from 1865 can be seen at the corner of Green Valley Road and Cameron Park Drive. Cameron Park was conceived as a community to meet many needs and continues to strive for that goal.