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FORBES CREEK, CA

part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FORBES CREEK (CA)
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Forbes Creek Group Campground is located on the southeast shore of Sugar Pine Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, canoeing and hiking opportunities.

Natural Features:

The 160-acre Sugar Pine Reservoir sits at an elevation of 3,600 feet. A forest of cedar and ponderosa pine covers the campground, which overlooks the reservoir. Summertime temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night.

Recreation:

Fishing, canoeing, swimming and boating are popular activities on the reservoir. A trail system for walking and non-motorized biking connects the two group sites at the campground, to the lake and nearby boat ramp.

The North Fork of the American River is nearby, offering opportunities for additional fishing and swimming. Many miles of hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails are in the surrounding area.

Facilities:

The campground offers two group campsites, Madrone and Rocky Ridge. Each site can accommodate up to 50 people and 18 vehicles. Both sites are equipped with a central cooking and picnic area, with a large campfire circle and multiple tables.

RVs, trailers and tents are allowed within the campground. An unloading area and accessible parking are available within the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Trails
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Trails
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • 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 American River Ranger District (530) 367-2224 (voice), (530) 367-2226 (TDD).
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the Sugar Pine Complex, except for in the staging area at the turnoff to Big Reservoir
  • For off season information email mwilkerson@clm-services.com
  • 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):
39.13111, -120.78194
39°7'52"N, 120°46'55"W

Take Interstate 80 to the Foresthill/Auburn exit, near Auburn. Continue east for 17 miles to Foresthill. Travel through town, about 9 miles, to Forest Road 10/Sugar Pine Road. Turn left and continue about 9 miles. Look for the Sugar Pine Recreation Area sign and turn right on the first road after the sign. Continue about a half-mile to the Rocky Ridge Group Campground, on the right, and to the Madrone Group Campground, at the end of the circle.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FORBES CREEK

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)478-0248
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