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part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Sep 12 2015   Season Dates


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

Natural Features:

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


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


The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a grill. Flush and vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fee booth
  • Firewood
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Information Board
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • River Access
  • Trailheads
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).
  • Campground is 40 miles from Foresthill and not on Lake Tahoe
  • This is bear country; food must be stored in provided food storage lockers
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available
  • Last minute gas, ice and supplies should be purchased at Foresthill
  • 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):
39.13028, -120.41694
39°7'49"N, 120°25'1"W

Take Highway 80 to Foresthill Road. Travel 17 miles east to Foresthill. Turn right on Mosquito Ridge Road and travel 34 miles east to French Meadows Reservoir. Lewis is beyond French Meadows Campground on the north shore of the reservoir.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

22830 Foresthill Road
Foresthill  CA  75631

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)265-4531
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