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COTTONWOOD CREEK, CA

part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: COTTONWOOD CREEK (CA)
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 24 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cottonwood Creek Campground is located on Highway 89, four miles south of Sierraville. Its location makes it a great base camp for a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, hiking and biking.

Natural Features:

The campground sits along Cottonwood Creek, in a stand of Jeffrey pine, and red and white fir trees. The forest provides shade and privacy between sites, but noise from the highway can be heard within the campground.

Recreation:

Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail and Overlook Trail are both short, foot trails that begin in the campground. The surrounding area offers additional trails and fishing opportunities.

Facilities:

The campground offers several single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Lake Tahoe is located about 40 minutes from the campground. Scenic Tahoe offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities.

Sardine Lakes, within the beautiful Lakes Basin, is a 35-minute drive northwest of the campground, via the Golden Chain/Highway 49. Stampede Reservoir is a 45-minute drive southeast.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Pay Phone
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Tahoe Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • An additional $2 per day fee is charged for reservations during Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Sierraville Ranger District (530) 994-3401 (voice), (530) 994-3521 (TDD).
  • This facility is operated by Tahoe Recreation, doing business as California Land Management and comments are welcome; forms are available from campground hosts or online
  • Click here for more information on the Tahoe National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.54944, -120.31639
39°32'58"N, 120°18'59"W

From Truckee, travel north on Highway 80 to Highway 89. Continue north on Highway 89 for 20 miles, to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COTTONWOOD CREEK
TAHOE
CA 96162

Phone Number:

Information: (000)000-0000
jreed@clm-services.com
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