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  Campgrounds around Donner Summit

Camping West of Donner Summit

Rollins Lake Camping

Greenhorn Campground,
Long Ravine Campground
Orchard Springs Campground
Peninsula Family Camping

Highway 20 Camping

Inn Town Campground
Scotts Flat Lake Campgrounds
Skillman Horse Campground
White Cloud Campground

Sugar Pine Reservoir Camping

Big Reservoir Campground
Forbes Group Campground
Giant Gap Campground
Robinson Flat Campground
Shirttail Campground

Bowman Road - Grouse Ridge Camping

Bear Valley Group Campground
Bowman Lake Campground
Canyon Creek Campground
Carr Lake Campground
Faucherie Group Campgroun
Grouse Ridge Campground
Jackson Creek Campground
Lake Spaulding Campground
Lindsey Lake Campground

Jackson Meadows Reservoir Camping

Aspen Group Campground
East Meadow Campground
Findley Campground
Fir Top Campground
Jackson Point Campground
Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp
Pass Creek Campground
Silver Tip Group Campground
Woodcamp Campground

North Fork Camping

North Fork Campground,
Tunnel Mills Group Campground

Lake Valley Reservoir Camping

Lodgepole Campground

Cisco Grove Area Camping

Big Bend Campground
Grove Campground & RV Park
Hampshire Rocks Campground
Indian Springs Campground
Kidd Lake Group Campground
Sterling Lake
Woodchuck Campground

Camping East of Donner Summit

Donner Memorial State Park Camping

Little Truckee River Camping

Bear Valley Campground,
Cold Creek Campground,
Cottonwood Creek Campground,
Independence Lake Campground (closed),
Lower Little Truckee River Campground,
Meadow Lake Campground,
Sagehen Campground,
Upper Little Truckee River Campground,
Webber Lake Campground,
White Rock Lake Campground

Truckee River Camping

Goose Meadow Campground,
Granite Flat Campground,
Silver Creek Campground

Prosser, Boca, & Stampede Reservoir Camping

Boca Campground,
Boca Rest Campground
Boca Spring Campground
Boyington Mill Campground
Davies Creek Campground,
Emigrant Group Campground
Lakeside Campground,
Logger Campground
Prosser Campground
Prosser Ranch Group Campground
Tahoe Donner's Alder Creek Campground

Campground Map

Our campground map showing all the campgrounds listed here is too large for small screen viewing. You can view it on our desktop site: Campgrounds.


General Camping Information

Camping in the Tahoe National Forest is limited to 14 days per year within each family campground, except for the Truckee river corridor which has a 7 day limit. Campgrounds fill quickly during the peak season from May through early September. Whenever possible make reservations or plan on alternative sites for camping.

Dispersed Camping

Consider camping in the National Forest in undeveloped areas. This is known as Dispersed Camping. Visitors are asked to choose a fire safe camping spot and leave a minimal impact on the site. There is no fee for dispersed camping on Forest Service land.

Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation has specific areas designated for dispersed camping on PG&E land. These are more like undeveloped campgrounds, perhaps with a few amenities and sometimes requiring a fee. You'll find a list of PG&E Dispersed Campsites below.

Dispersed Camping is allowed on most National Forest land. There are developed areas where dispersed camping is not allowed, such as along the Truckee River south of Truckee, around Jackson Meadows Lake and Stampede and Boca reservoirs. In those areas signs indicate that camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds. Popular dispersed camping sites on the Donner Summit - Interstate 80 Corridor are up toward Grouse Ridge and Bowman Lake, along the Little Truckee River, and out Foresthill Divide Road.

Campfire Permits

A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Permits are now available online at California Campfire Permits. Permits can also be picked up at any Forest Service Ranger Station such as in Nevada City, Foresthill, or Truckee. Local restrictions regarding campfires or use of stoves may be in effect, so check with your local ranger station.

RV and Trailer Space in Campgrounds

Campsites accommodate varying sizes of RVs or trailers. In places the maximum trailer size available in each campground, but many sites within the campground can only accommodate smaller trailers. Check with the link to for information on specific campsites within a campground.

Campground Reservations through

Reservations can be made for a majority of the National Forest campgrounds through Reservations can generally be made up to six months in advance of your arrival date. when making a reservation on the internet you pay by credit card. You may also make reservations by phone by calling 1-877-444-6777


Camping Supplies

Mountain Recreation

491 East Main Street
Grass Valley, CA
(530) 477-8006
Mountain Recreation
Outdoor gear and apparel, camping, backpacking, and more


8650 Boomtown Road
Verdi, NV 89439
(775) 829-4100
Huge modern store with everything for outdoor recreation


1148 Galleria Blvd
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 724-6750
REI - Roseville, CA
2225 Harvard Way
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 828-9090
REI - Reno, NV
The best in camping gear.

Mountain Hardware and Sports

11320 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA
(530) 587-4844
Mountain Hardware and Sports

Books and Maps of Interest