Little Truckee River Campgrounds

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Little Truckee River Campgrounds

The Little Truckee River flows from Webber Lake eastward into Stampede Reservoir. Nearby Independence Lake feeds its water into the Little Truckee. A number of campgrounds are scattered about the area, most of them operated by the Tahoe National Forest.

Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation campgrounds are found at remote Meadow Lake and White Rock Lake. Webber Lake Campground is privately owned, as is the lake.

map of campgrounds along the Little Truckee River, CA

Bear Valley Campground

Located near an OHV staging area on Cottonwood Creek Road off Highway 89, about 20 miles north of Truckee. The remote campground is best suited for RVs. It is popular with OHV users. The campground is at an elevation of 6,700 feet. There is sparse vegetation in the area.

Campground Amenities

  • 10 campsites, vault toilets, piped water

Reservations: None
Fees: None

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Cold Creek Campground

Cold Creek, Tahoe National Forest, CA

Located immediately off Highway 89 north of Truckee on Cold Creek. The campground is at 5,800 feet and has a mature pine trees and riparian creek setting. The campground is usually open from late April through late October.

Campground Amenities

  • 6 sites, vault toilets, piped water
  • Picnic tables, fire rings, grills
  • Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail and Overlook Trail both begin at nearby Cottonwood Creek Campground.

Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Cold Creek Campground
Fees: $16 per site, $5 for extra vehicle

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Cottonwood Creek Campground

Cottonwood Campground, Tahoe National Forest, CA

Located on Highway 89, four miles south of Sierraville and 20 miles north of Truckee. The campground is at 5,800 feet and is usually open from late April through late October. Cottonwood Creek Campground is situated in a pine and fir forest with plenty of shade and privacy between campsites.

Campground Amenities

  • 57 campsites, vault toilets, piped water
  • Picnic tables, fire rings, grills
  • Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail and Overlook Trail both begin in the campground.

Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Cottonwood Creek Campground
Fees: $20 per site, $5 for extra vehicle

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Independence Lake Campground - closed

The Sierra Pacific Power Company sold the land around Independence Lake to the Nature Conservancy in 2010. Since then, the campground has been closed, although day use of the lake is still allowed. For information about visiting the lake, see Nature Conservancy.

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Lower Little Truckee River Campground

Lower little Truckee Campground, Tahoe National Forest, CA

Located beside the Little Truckee River amid aspens, firs, and pines at an elevation of 6,100 feet. The campground is usually open from late April through late October.

Campground Amenities

  • 14 campsites (12 for RVs up to 40' or tents, 2 walk-in sites), vault toilets, piped water
  • Picnic tables, fire rings

Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Lower Little Truckee Campground
Fees: $20 per site, $5 for extra vehicle

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Meadow Lake and Meadow Knolls Group Campgrounds

Located on the west shore of Meadow Lake. The rustic campground is operated by PG&E. To reach the campground drive north from Truckee on Highway 89 about 15 miles and then left on Forest Road 7 toward Webber and Independence lakes. After 9.5 miles turn left on forest Service Road 86, a dirt road, and follow it 9.4 miles to Meadow Lake. The lake is at 7,300 feet and is usually open from early July to the end of September.

Campground Amenities

  • 15 dispersed, rustic sites, 10 more dispersed shoreline sites, and 2 group areas for up to 25 people each
  • Vault toilets, no piped water
  • Picnic tables, fire rings
  • Fishing, swimming, informal boat launch, handicapped accessible
  • OHV staging area at north end of lake

Reservations: None
Fees: $10 per site at Meadow Lake Campground, $25 for Meadow Knolls Group Camp

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Sagehen Campground

Located in a meadow on Sagehen Road 2 miles off Highway 89. The Sagehen turnoff is 9 miles north of Truckee. The remote campground is at 6,500 feet

Campground Amenities

  • 10 campsites, vault toilets, no piped water
  • Picnic tables, fire rings

Reservations: None
Fees: None

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Upper Little Truckee Campground

Upper Little Truckee Campground, Tahoe National Forest, CA

Located along the Little Truckee River 13½ miles north of Truckee on Highway 89. The campground is at an elevation of 6,300 feet amidst aspen, firs, and pines. There is one group site within the campground that accommodates from 20 to 50 people. The campground is usually open from late April through late October.

Campground Amenities

  • 18 campsites, vault toilets, piped water
  • Picnic tables, fire rings

Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Upper Little Truckee Campground
Fees: $20 per site, $5 per extra vehicle

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Webber Lake Ranch

Webber Lake Ranch was a private resort beside once privately held Webber Lake. They maintrained a private campground near the lake. In the fall of 2012 Webber Lake and nearby Lacey Meadows were acquired by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land. The property also includes the Webber Lake Hotel built in the 1860s. In the spring of 2013 parts of the new acquisition will be open to the public with hiking trails. According to the Trust for Public Land, the campground will continue to be leased to the current operators for another four years. After that the lake will be open to the public.
Trust for Public Land.

The campground is currently managed by Ken and Joan Bretthauer.
Reservations: kbretthauer@att.net or 530-993-0300 or
Webber Lake Ranch, P.O. Box 398, Loyalton CA 96118

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White Rock Lake Campground

Located at White Rock Lake. This PG&E campground has rustic, dispersed campsites. The last ½ mile of the access road is for 4-wheel vehicles only. To reach the campground drive north from Truckee on Highway 89 about 15 miles and then left on Forest Road 7 toward Webber and Independence lakes. After 9.5 miles turn left on forest Service Road 86, following it for 6.7 miles. Then at a Y turn left, going 5 miles to White Rock Lake. It is usually open from mid-June to the end of October.

Campground Amenities

  • 6 primitive campsites, no piped water
  • Fire rings
  • Fishing, swimming

Reservations: None
Fees: None

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