Scotts Flat Lake is located in the Tahoe National Forest, 6.5 miles east of Nevada City, California. The lake is at an elevation of 3,100 feet with a surface area of 850 acres and 7.5 miles of shoreline dotted with pine trees. The lake has a marina and two launch ramps. Other amenities include campsites, a picnic area, sandy beaches, and a general store.

Gold Country Yacht Club has their clubhouse located near the launch ramp on the Northern side of the lake. Many GCYC members keep their boats moored to one of the NID moorings adjacent to the launch ramp.

Every June, Scotts Flat Lake is the home of the Gold For The Gold Regatta, a weekend of racing that attracts sailors from around the country.