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FRENCH MEADOWS, CA

part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FRENCH MEADOWS
Status: Open through Sat Oct 11 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

French Meadows Campground is located on the French Meadows Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest. It is about 40 miles from the nearby town of Foresthill. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, boating and trail opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on the southern shore of French Meadows Reservoir, in a coniferous forest. Summer days can be hot, but evenings are usually cool.

Recreation:

Popular activities on the reservoir include boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming. A boat ramp is located within the campground. The North Fork American River can be accessed nearby and provides additional opportunities for fishing and swimming.

A variety of hiking and biking trails are found in the surrounding area, including some that provide access to the nearby Granite Chief Wilderness.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Flush and vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fee Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Dump Station
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.
  • 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).
  • Campground is 40 miles from Foresthill and not on Lake Tahoe
  • This is bear country; food must be stored in approved containers
  • Last minute gas, ice and supplies should be purchased at Foresthill
  • 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):
39.11389, -120.42389
39°6'50"N, 120°25'26"W

Take Highway 80 to the Foresthill Road, travel 17 miles east to Foresthill. Turn right on Mosquito Ridge Road and travel 34 miles east to French Meadow Reservoir. The campground is on the south shore.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FRENCH MEADOWS

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)478-0248
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