Shirttail Campground is located on the north shore of Sugar Pine Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest, 15 miles from Foresthill. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, boating, OHV, and hiking opportunities. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.
The campground offers single and double family campsites and one triple site; a few of the campsites are accessible. Picnic tables, campfire rings and grills are provided, as well as vault toilets and drinking water. Firewood is available for purchase from the host.
*** Large single unit RVs are not suitable for the campground roads. Even though a site might have a 40 foot parking space, a 40 foot long RV can’t navigate through the campground. Also please remember that site parking length includes trailer and vehicle.***
• While safe to drink, the potable water in the campground has a high iron content and visitors may wish to bring their own drinking water.
• Visitors may not connect hoses to faucets for sanitation concerns.
• Faucets are meant for drinking water only. For sanitation reasons there can be no bathing or cleaning at faucets.
• All grey water must be properly disposed of at the dump station.
• Trash should be placed in dumpsters. If the dumpsters are full then trash must be properly stored in a bear box until the dumpster is emptied, or can be taken to the nearest dumpster. This is to avoid wildlife getting in the trash and dispersing it through the forest.
• Make sure to properly close/lock dumpsters to avoid wildlife getting in the trash.
• Camp only in designated camping areas. Areas beyond the campground could have hazard trees.
• Only park in designated parking spaces. Parking off of pavement in camping areas is prohibited.
• No parking in or blocking road ways.
• Keep food in bear boxes at all times.
• If visitors need to hang things they can use rachets straps or bungees. Using screws, nails, and staples is prohibited.
• Stapling into the preparation tables and/or picnic tables is prohibited due to the damage it causes.
• Cutting or damaging standing trees is prohibited.
• Collecting dead wood is highly encouraged. Visitors must have a wood cutting permit to cut wood on the ground.
• NO Swimming on or around the boat dock/ ramp. Swimmers must stay 100 feet away at all times to keep a safe distance from boat traffic.
• Park in designated parking spots. No parking along painted curbs or by boat ramp.
• All vehicles must pay for day use parking at the Sugar Pine Day Use Area. The $5.00 Day use parking is not included in the camping fee.
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 at the staging area near the turnoff to Big Reservoir, such as Sugarpine OHV and Parker Flat.
Utility hookups and showers are not available
Sugar Pine Reservoir covers 160 acres at an elevation of 3600 feet. The campground lies above the north shoreline, in a forest of manzanita and ponderosa pine. Summertime temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night.
Shirttail Creek Campground is a recreation site within the Sugar Pine Recreation Area which includes an additional family campground, a group campground, a boat ramp, and a day use picnic site, as well as a trail that circles the entire lake. The North Fork American Wild And Scenic River can be accessed near by. Other recreation opportunities include many hiking, equestrian, mountain biking, and OHV trails.
Fishing, swimming and both motorized and non-motorized boating are popular activities on the reservoir. A paved, non-motorized accessible trail connects recreation sites on the north shore with recreation sites on the south shore and has interpretive signs and shaded benches for rest breaks. The North Fork of the American River is nearby, with additional fishing, white water boating, and swimming. Many miles of hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails are in the surrounding area.
22830 Foresthill Road Foresthill CA 95631
For campground inquiries, please call: 530-367-2224
From either east bound or west bound Interstate 80 take exit 121, Auburn Ravine Road to Foresthill. Continue east for 17 miles, to Foresthill. Travel through town, about 9 miles, to Forest Road 10/Sugar Pine Road. Turn left and continue 9 miles to the Sugar Pine Campgrounds road (approximately 1 mile after crossing the Sugar Pine Reservoir dam). Turn right and continue about 1.5 miles, turn left into the campground.