Lewis Campground is located on French Meadows Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest, 40 miles east Foresthill. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, boating and trail opportunities.
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.
Road access is by Hwy 80 to Foresthill Rd to Mosquito Ridge Rd only.
Do not attempt to access this campground from Soda Springs. GPS maps sometimes direct guests this way, but it is a narrow 4-wheel drive trail.
Due to fire, this campground is closed under Forest Order No. 17-22-09. The order is in effect from September 7, 2022, to December 31st 2022. Existing reservations will be canceled and refunded in two-week blocks until the forest order is lifted. Please check Recreation.gov two weeks before your arrival date for additional updates.
Water systems are on and water is potable. Water Systems at remote recreation sites can be unreliable, it is highly recommended to bring additional drinking water for your stay. If water system fails the closest services are in Foresthill, 40 miles away.
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).
There is no cell phone service in this area!
The campground sits on the north shore of French Meadows Reservoir in a coniferous forest. The reservoir is on the Middle Fork of the American River and is the western gateway to the Granite Chief Wilderness.
Lewis Campground is a recreation site within the French Meadows Recreation Area which includes many other recreation facilities. The Granite Chief Wilderness can be accessed nearby at Talbot Trailhead and access to the Western States Trail and Tevis Cup Trail also can be accessed nearby. Other recreation opportunities include many hiking, equestrian, mountain biking, and motorcycle singletrack trails, Duncan Canyon, Duncan Peak Lookout, Robinson Flat historic ranger station, Placer County Big Tree Grove Botanical Area, and Grouse Falls Scenic Area.
Popular activities on the reservoir include boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming. McGuire boat ramp is located within a mile of the campground. The Middle 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 the Western States Trail, Tevis Cup Trail, and some that provide access to the nearby Granite Chief Wilderness.
22830 Foresthill Road Foresthill CA 75631
For campground inquiries, please call: 530-367-2224
From either east bound or west bound Interstate 80 take exit 121 to Foresthill. Travel 17 miles east to Foresthill. Turn right on Mosquito Ridge Road and travel 35 miles east to French Meadows Reservoir. After crossing the French Meadows dam turn left and continue driving about 6 miles around the lake to the north shore, Lewis Campground will be on the right.