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GATES GROUP, CA

part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: GATES GROUP
Status: Open through Sat Sep 13 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Gates Group Campground is located on the North Fork American River, at the north end of the French Meadows Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest. It is 40 miles from the town of Foresthill. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, boating and trail opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated along the river, just north of French Meadows Reservoir. A coniferous forest covers the area. At an elevation of 5200 feet, summertime temperatures are warm in the day and cool at night.

Recreation:

The North Fork American River provides fishing and swimming. The reservoir can be accessed nearby. Popular activities include boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming. Two boat ramps are located within three miles of the campground.

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 three group campsites. Two sites can accommodate up to 25 people and eight vehicles each. Another group site can accommodates up to 75 people and 25 vehicles.

Picnic tables, campfire circles and grills are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Garbage Dumpster
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Potable Water
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Faucets
  • Water Spigot
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Lake Access
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).
  • The campground is 40 miles from Foresthill and not on Lake Tahoe
  • This is bear country; all 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):
39.14139, -120.40917
39°8'29"N, 120°24'33"W

From Auburn, Calif., take Highway 80 to the Foresthill Road and travel 20 miles east to Foresthill. Turn right onto Mosquito Ridge Road and travel 42 miles east to French Meadow Reservoir. Follow the signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GATES GROUP

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)478-0248
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