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Attention: Water conservation measures are in effect in this facility. Please do not fill RV water tanks and use water wisely. Thank you.
ATTENTION: If you have any questions or concerns about the 2015 camping season, please contact the Tahoe National Forest Supervisor's Office at (530) 265-4531.

INDIAN SPRINGS, CA

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

Overview

Indian Springs Campground is located in the Tahoe National Forest along Interstate 80. It is about three miles from Big Bend and 22 miles west of Truckee. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing and trail opportunities, as well as its historic significance along the California Emigrant Trail.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the banks of the South Yuba River in a scenic forest of mature cedar and pine trees, which offer ample shade. The elevation is 5,600 feet.

Recreation:

The South Yuba River offers rainbow trout fishing. A popular swimming hole is located alongside the campground.

The historic California Emigrant Trail and Loch Leven Trail pass nearby. Many additional hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails are in the surrounding area, including the Indian Springs OHV Trailhead.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which are designated as walk-to sites for tent camping only. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Donner Lake is located 19 miles east via Interstate 80 and historic Route 40, which is also known as the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first transcontinental highway. Many points of interest lie along Route 40, including China Wall, Rainbow Bridge, Sugar Bowl, Lake Van Norden and Ice Lakes.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • River Access
  • Self-Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Scenic Drive
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).
  • Freeway noise can be heard from campground
  • 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):
39.32934, -120.56943
39°19'46"N, 120°34'10"W

From either Highway 20 or Interstate 80, take exit 164 at Cisco Grove. Turn north onto Eagle Lakes Road. Follow the road as it turns west. Continue just over a mile to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

INDIAN SPRINGS

EMIGRANT GAP  CA  95715

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)389-2236
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