Spicer Reservoir

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Spicer Meadow Reservoir

Spicer Meadows, Spicer Reservoir, Rd #7N01
Spicer Lake, Stanislaus National Forest

lake elevation 6418′
227 surface acres

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Ebbetts Pass Sierra Hwy 4

Ancient volcanic peaks mix with Sierra Nevada granite rock, pine forests and fresh, clear, clean mountain water! California, of course.

Stanislaus Forest Road #7N01 leads down from Highway 4 to this popular series of alpine lakes and reservoirs. Camping, fishing, hiking and mountain biking. Sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, floating and fishing are also popular water activities.

Rules of the Reservoir:
10 mph speed limit on Western Arm.
No motorized boating in Eastern Arm.
Camp only in developed Campgrounds.

NFS
2 NFS Campgrounds at west end of lake:

  • Spicer Campground (60 sites)
  • Spicer Group Camp (75 people max)
  • Campgrounds only open June-September. Some campsites at the campground are wheelchair accessible.

    Additionally, Stanislaus River Campground w/ only 8 sites, is located just off the main access road #7N01, right near the river.

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    Spicer #7N01

    Numerous smaller lakes in the region make this a hot spot for summer vacations. Union and Utica Reservoirs (both with dirt road access) are good for kayaking and canoes, while power or sail boats prefer the larger Spicer Lake. Summit Lake and Elephant Rock Lake are perfect for quite picnics and day hikes. Trails (many unmarked) connect the lakes to each other. Area gets buried with snow in winter, so these roads are generally only open half the year.

    More reservoirs and lakes nearby:
    Highland Lakes
    Mosquito Lakes
    Lake Alpine, CA
    (all along Hwy 4)

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    Stanislaus National Forest Map USDA

    Nearby mountain towns:
    ARNOLD, CA
    BEAR VALLEY, CA
    Lake Alpine, CA

    California Camping River

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    California River Maps

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    There are many gorgeous rivers in California that are perfect for camping and fishing, but none are located in Southern California. None! Yep, you read that right. If you think about it, the golden state is about half desert! The majority of our natural water in our state is coming from the north – so take this as a warning: you might need to drive a few hours to find your ideal river camp.

    The easy-to-access waterways are found mostly along highways in the Sierra Nevada – or way up in NorCal. Deep granite gorges carved out by glaciers, surrounded by forested peaks is only half the appeal. High elevation lakes, waterfalls, big trees, abundant wildlife, and the alpine villages are all part of the Sierra Nevada experience.  Raft, kayak, fly fish, hike, bike or just camp out next to a big, rushing, flowing river. Our selection of California maps will get you narrowed down to a specific region, so you can find that perfect river campground, or explore and discover the back roads – for the most seclusion.

    NorCal Rivers:

    EEL RIVER
    KLAMATH RIVER – Klamath NF Map
    MAD RIVER – NFS Campground
    MATTOLE RIVER
    McCLOUD RIVER
    NAVARRO RIVER
    NEW RIVER
    NOYO RIVER
    PIT RIVER
    RUSSIAN RIVER
    SACRAMENTO RIVER CAMPING
    SALMON RIVER
    6 RIVERS NATIONAL FOREST
    SMITH RIVER
    TRINITY RIVER
    VAN DUZEN RIVER

    Sierra Rivers:

    AMERICAN RIVER – El Dorado NF Map
    CONSUMNES RIVER – Stanislaus NF Map
    FEATHER RIVER Recreation Map
    FEATHER RIVER – Plumas NF Map
    KERN RIVER – Sequoia NF Map
    KAWEAH RIVER – Sequoia
    KINGS RIVER
    KINGS RIVER – Sequoia Kings Canyon Map
    KINGS Cyn NP
    MERCED RIVER – Sierra
    MERCED RIVER – Yosemite Map
    MOKELUMNE RIVER – El Dorado NF Map
    OWENS RIVER – Inyo NF Map
    SAN JOAQUIN RIVER – Sierra NF
    SOUTH YUBA RIVER Recreation Map
    STANISLAUS RIVER – Sonora Pass
    STANISLAUS RIVER – Stanislaus NF Map
    TULE RIVER – Sequoia
    YUBA RIVER – Tahoe NF Map

    LOCAL TIPS for RIVER DESTINATIONS

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    KERN RIVER: The Kern River is one of the most popular of all the Sierra rivers due to its proximity to SoCal. Hurried, stressed-out, Angelinos (LA) can be at this destination in under 3 hours which makes it a very busy place most warm months. So, let it be told, that summer is not the best time to enjoy the Kern. If you do plan a summer outting, make sure you head for the Upper Kern (10+ mi N of Kernville & Lake Isabella) or the North Fork of the Kern (out in Monache Meadows) where 4×4 is often needed.

    The Lower Kern River has only 2 developed campgrounds: Hobo (closed for winter) and Sandy Flat (open all year). Numerous primitive camp spots are available along Old Kern Canyon Rd, which parallels the Hwy 178 on the south side. None of which are located at the rivers edges. Fire danger is great in this area, so pay extra close attention to signs and fire restrictions.

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    YOSEMITE RIVER: Take note, this is the most popular park in the whole state. The majority of campers want to stay right on the river when they visit Yosemite National Park, but that is just plain old impossible, since reservations go fast and there is only so much room for everyone in this enclosed, narrow, precious valley. This particular park has some major floods (1997 & 2005) that wipe out bridges, the road ways, all the old wooden cabins (at Yosemite Lodge) are gone and only half of the campgrounds are still available. Yosemite has had 11 winter floods since 1916 that have caused substantial damage to property. Reservations are taken for camping and cabins – far in advance; like one year. No joke!

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    3 Yosemite Campgrounds are located next to the Merced River (inside spectacular Yosemite Valley)

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    Way up in the Yosemite high country which is only open a few months outta the year, the beautiful Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located next to lush meadows and the scenic Tuolumne River. All Yosemite campsites must be reserved well in advance, so click the links above – if you are serious about a Yosemite camping trip.

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    STANISLAUS RIVER: The Sonora Pass, the fishing is very decent way back in this granite gorge. The highway 108 is only open a few months outta the year, due to snow & rock slides – so time is of the essence. Summer time that is. Several campgrounds are located right on the river, or on the major feeder streams. Or you can opt for secluded primitive camping on the back roads. Find Sonora camping in Stanislaus National Forest.

    YUBA RIVER: The biggest play time river in the northern Gold Country, this runs along Hwy 49 near Downieville and also has a major South Fork for the best swimming holes and primitive camping in this region. Tubing, rafting, kayaking, fishing, camping, gold panning, you name it, Yuba has it. Look for more on the South Yuba Recreation map, or Plumas National Forest map.

    FEATHER RIVER: The top fishing river in the Lassen – Lake Oville area. Chester and Lake Almanor in the upper reaches. High Bridge Campground is nice paved-camp-site camping; a forested spot where you can fish 2 rivers on the same day. A Plumas NF or Lassen NF map would be quite helpful for this region. Lower down the mountain, lower Feather Rivers which include all 4 forks which feed Lake Oroville – West Fork, North Fork, Middle Fork Feather, and the South Fork. Lots of waterways to explore in between Chico and Quincy.

    KINGS RIVER: This one particular river is the longest in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, pulling snow melt from the upper reaches of the High Country and Mount Whitney. The river area just to the West of the National Park, over to Pine Flat Reservoir, is all prime for outdoor recreation. Several river rafting companies work this stretch of river.

    CAMP FOUR & A HALF CABIN RENTAL
    NFS KINGS RIVER
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    Kings River Rafters

    Tahoe Camping

    Lake Tahoe Campgrounds

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    Lake Tahoe California
    Lake Tahoe campgrounds – located right near the lake. Most of which accept campground reservations in advance online. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Bayview Campground 6000′ 10 pines vault Emerald Bay, SLT
    Camp Richardson Tahoe 6500′ 330 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe
    Campground by the Lake 6000′ 157 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe
    D.L. Bliss State Park 6000′ 168 pines flush piped Westshore, Lake Tahoe
    Eagle Point Tahoe 6100′ 100 pines flush piped California State Park
    Emerald Bay State Park 6000′ 16 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    Fallen Leaf Lake Campground 6737′ 205 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    General Creek Campground 6000′ 175 pines flush piped Westshore, Lake Tahoe
    Kaspian Campground 5800′ 20 pines flush piped Westshore, Homewood CA
    Lake Forest Campground 6300′ 21 pines flush piped Northshore, Tahoe Vista CA
    Meeks Bay Campground 6000′ 17 pines flush piped Westshore, Tahoma CA
    Mount Rose Campground 8500′ 24 pines flush piped in Nevada @ Tahoe
    Nevada Beach Campground 6200′ 54 pines flush piped Nevada Lake Tahoe
    Pope Beach Campground 6000′ 49 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    Sandy Beach Campground 6300′ 44 pines flush piped Northshore, Tahoe Vista CA
    Silver Creek Campground 5800′ 26 pines vault piped Truckee River fishing
    Sugar Pine Point SP 6200′ 30 pines flush piped Westshore, Tahoma CA
    Tahoe Pines Campground 6000′ 49 pines flush piped Meyers California
    Tahoe Valley Campground 6000′ 413 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    Tahoe Campground SRA 6200′ 16 pines flush piped West shore, Tahoe City
    William Kent State Park 6300′ 95 pines flush piped Westshore, Tahoe City
    Zephyr Cove Campground 6200′ 170 pines flush piped boat rentals Tahoe NV

    All Tahoe Campgrounds charge a fee; Many require advanced reservations. Nightly rates vary per park. Most campgrounds are closed during the winter due to snow. Check with the ranger districts listed here.

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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    Tahoe National Forest encompasses a large region of the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding the north portion of Lake Tahoe. American River, Yuba River, Northern Gold Country; Plus many small lakes with excellent forests, including Lakes Basin Recreation Area.

    Below are Tahoe Campgrounds located away from the Lake Tahoe Basin; Most small camps are on a first come, first serve basis. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

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    Ahart Campground 5300′ 12 pines vault American River
    Alpine Meadows 5900′ 25 pines vault Martis Creek
    Bear Valley Campground 6600 10 pines vault piped OHV trails, Sierraville
    Berger Campground 5900 7 pines vault lake Packer Lake, fishing
    Big Reservoir Campground 4000 18 pines vault piped non motor lake, Foresthill
    Boca Campground 5605′ 26 pines vault boat launch
    Boca Rest Campground 5605′ 25 pines vault piped on Boca Reservoir
    Boca Spring Campground 5800′ 17 pines vault piped horses
    Bowman Lake 5585 7 pines vault lake Donner area
    Boyington Mill Campground 5680′ 12 pines vault Boca Reservoir
    Cal-Ida Campground 2000′ 21 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Canyon Creek Campground 6000′ 20 pines vault creek Donner area
    Carlton Flat Campground 2200′ 21 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Carr Lake Campground 5900′ 5 pines vault lake Carr Feeley Lake
    Chapman Creek Campground 6000′ 29 pines vault piped Yuba River
    Chute Hill Campground 3400′ 30 pines flush piped Malakoff Diggins SP
    Cold Creek Campground 5800′ 13 pines vault piped Sierraville
    Cottonwood Campground 5600′ 24 pines vault piped Sierraville
    Dark Day Campground 2200′ 16 oaks vault piped Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Diablo Campground 5800′ 20 pines vault  Yuba River
    Donner State Park Campground 5850′ 154 pines flush Donner Lake
    East Meadow Campground 6100′ 46 pines flush piped Jackson Meadows Reservoir
    Fiddle Creek Campground 2200′ 15 oaks vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Findley Campground 6100′ 14 pines flush piped Jackson Mdws Res
    Fir Top Campground 6100′ 12 pines vault flush Jackson Mdws Res
    French Meadows Campground 5300′ 75 pines vault flush French Meadows Reservoir
    Garden Point Campground 2000′ 19 variety vault fishing boats
    Giant Gap Campground 3700′ 30 pines vault fishing boats
    Goose Meadow Campground 5800′ 24 pines vault piped fish Donner
    Grouse Ridge Campground 7400′ 9 pines vault Bowman Lake
    Hampshire Rocks Campground 5800′ 31 pines vault piped fishing camp
    Independence Lake Campground 6900′ 20 pines vault piped fishing, Sagehen Forest
    Indian Springs Campground 5600′ 35 pines vault piped fishing, Yuba River OHV
    Indian Valley Campground 2200′ 17 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Jackson Creek Campground 5600′ 14 pines vault creek
    Jackson Point Campground 6100′ 8 vault boat access Jackson Mdws Res
    Lakeside Campground 5700′ 41 vault boat ramp Prosser Reservoir
    Lake Spaulding Campground 5000′ 24 vault boat ramp PG&E Campground
    Laiser Meadow Horse Camping 6200′ 11 vault piped High Sierra PCT access
    Lewis Campground 5300′ 40 pines flush piped French Meadows Reservoir
    Lindsey Lake Campground 5900′ 7 vault lake
    Lodgepole Camping 5800′ 18 vault Lake Valley Reservoir
    Loganville Campground 6000′ 29 vault piped Yuba River, Sierra City
    Logger Campground 6000′ 252 pines flush piped Stampede Reservoir
    Long Ravine Campground 2300′ 28 pines flush piped Rollins Reservoir
    Lower Little Truckee 6000′ 15 vault piped Truckee River fishing
    Madrone Cove Campground 2000′ 11 vault Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Meadow Lake Campground 7200′ 15 vault Sierra fishing camp
    Meadow Lake Shoreline 7200′ 10 vault High Sierra Nevada
    Mumford Bar Campground 5300′ 5 vault Foresthill Road
    North Fork Campground 4400′ 17 vault piped American River
    Onion Valley Campground 2300′ 5 oaks vault Sierra fishing camp
    Orchard Springs Campground 2300′ 15 oaks flush piped Rollins Reservoir, Colfax
    Pack Saddle Campground 6000′ 15 pines vault pump Packer Lake
    Parker Flat OHV Camping 3900′ 7 pines vault off roading trails
    Pass Creek Campground 6100′ 30 pines flush piped Jackson Mdws Res
    Peninsula Campground 2300′ 58 pines flush piped Rollins Reservoir
    Pine Aire Campground 2700′ 75 pines flush piped South Yuba River Camp
    Poppy Campground 5300′ 12 pines vault French Meadows Reservoir
    Prosser Campground 5800′ 29 pines vault Prosser Res.
    Ramshorn Campground 2600′ 16 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    River Rest Campground 2700′ 105 pines flush piped South Yuba River Camp
    Robinson Flat Campground 6800′ 5 pines vault well
    Rocky Rest Campground 2300′ pines vault Yuba River, Downieville
    Rucker Campground 5800′ 10 pines vault Rucker Lake fishing
    Sagenhen Campground 6480′ 10 pines vault
    Salmon Creek Campground 5800′ 32 pines vault fishing Lakes Basin Recr
    Sardine Campground 5800′ 29 pines vault Sardine Lake fishing
    Schoolhouse Campground 2200′ 56 oaks flush piped Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Scott’s Flat Campground 3200′ 86 oaks flush piped Scotts Flat Reservoir
    Shirttail Creek Campground 3700′ 30 pines vault Sugar Pine Reservoir
    Sierra Campground 5600′ 16 pines vault Yuba River, Sierra City
    Silver Creek Campground 5800′ 27 pines vault Truckee River fishing
    Snag Lake Campground 6000′ 12 pines vault Gold Lake California
    South Yuba Campground 2700′ 16 pines vault South Yuba River Camp
    Sterling Lake Campground 6500′ 6 pines vault lake
    Talbot Campground 5600′ 5 pines vault American River
    Union Flat Campground 3400′ 11 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Upper Little Truckee Camp 6100′ 26 pines vault Truckee River fishing
    Webber Lake Campground 6800′ 60 pines vault lake Sierra fishing
    White Cloud Campground 4200′ 46 pines flush piped biking, Nevada City
    White Rock Lake Camp 7800′ 8 pines none High Sierra Nevada
    Wild Plum Campground 4400′ 47 pines vault piped waterfalls, Sierra City
    Woodcamp Campground 6100′ 20 pines flush piped
    Woodchuck Campground 6300′ 8 pines vault creek
    Yuba Pass Campground 6700′ 12 pines vault piped Yuba Pass, Hwy 49

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    California Lakes A-Z

    alphabetically listed; cross reference by lake or campground name. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

    All Reservable Lake Campgrounds inside California

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    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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    ACORN CAMPGROUND
    New Hogan Lake, Valley Springs, Stockton CA

    ALMANOR CAMPGROUND
    Lake Almanor, Westwood, Chester, California

    ANTELOPE LAKE – Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    Anthony Chabot Park
    Lake Chabot Campground

    East Bay San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, CA

    ANTLERS CAMPGROUND
    Lake Shasta, Lakehead, O’Brien CA, Interstate 5

    ASPEN GROUP CAMP
    Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

    ASPEN GROVE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Eagle Lake, Lassen NF, Susanville, California

    ASPEN HOLLOW GROUP CAMP NFS
    Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park, Hume Lake

    AUBURN SRA BOAT-IN CAMPING State Park
    Auburn State Recreation Area, Gold Country, Folsom Lake, American Arm, Auburn, CA

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    BAILEY COVE CAMPGROUND
    Lake Shasta, California

    BASS LAKE – Sierra National Forest, South of Yosemite NP NFS

    BEAR RIVER GROUP CAMP
    Lower Bear Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest

    BENBOW LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
    Mendocino Benbow Lake, NorCal Redwoods US 101

    BERGER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Packer Lake @ Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Yuba River, North Gold Country California; Sierra City, Downieville CA

    BIG COVE CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Feather River, Plumas NF, Portola CA

    BIG SILVER GROUP CAMP
    Union Valley Reservoir, US Hwy 50, Placerville, Gold Country

    BLACK BUTTE LAKE – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    • BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND

    BLACK OAK CAMPGROUND (closed due to fire 2016)
    Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    BOCA RESERVOIR – Tahoe NF, Truckee, California NFS

    BOULDER GULCH CAMPGROUND NFS
    Kern Canyon, Lake Isabella, California

    BRANNAN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
    Sacramento River @ California Delta, Lodi CA

    BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND
    Black Butte Lake, Sacramento Valley, Orland, CA

    Indian Rock Beach, Bucks Lake California

    BUCKS LAKE – North Sierra, Plumas National Forest

    BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUND State Park
    Lake Britton SRA, Burney, California

    BU-SHAY CAMPGROUND
    Lake Mendocino, California

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    BUTT VALLEY Reservoir – PG&E Campgrounds
    West of Lake Almanor

    BUTTE LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

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    Castaic Lake RV Park
    North Los Angeles County, Castiac, CA Interstate 5

    CHEKAKA CAMPGROUND
    Lake Mendocino, Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

    CHILCOOT CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest, Feather River, Portola CA

    Chowchilla Recreation Area
    Eastman Lake, Central Valley, Fresno CA

    CHRISTIE CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake, south shore; Plumas NF, Susanville, California

    CLEAR LAKE SP – Wine Country, California State Park

    CODORNIZ RECREATION AREA
    Eastman Lake, San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley

    COLLEGE CAMPGROUND
    Huntington Lake, Western Sierra Nevada

    CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND
    Eastern Sierra, US Hwy 395, Mammoth Lakes

    COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Feather River

    CRYSTAL LAKE (no longer taking reservations)
    Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA

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    D.L. BLISS SP State Park
    DL BLISS CAMPGROUND
    DL Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe, California

    DIMOND O CAMPGROUND
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

    DINKEY CREEK
    Dinkey Creek CA; Sierra NF, south of Shaver Lake CA

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    EAGLE LAKE – Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

    EASTMAN LAKE – California Central Valley, Fresno CA

    CAMP EDISON @ SHAVER
    EDISON CAMPGROUND
    California Edison Campground
    @ Shaver Lake, CA, Western Sierra

    ELLERY CREEK
    McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, California

    EMERALD BAY SP State Park
    South Lake Tahoe California

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    FALLEN LEAF CAMPGROUND 
    South Lake Tahoe California

    FASHODA CAMPGROUND NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, ElDorado NF

    FAUCHERIE GROUP CAMP NFS
    Faucherie Lake, Donner Pass Area, Tahoe NF,  Truckee, California

    FAWN CAMPGROUND
    Trinity Highway 3, Trinity Lake CA

    FIR COVE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Ruth Lake, Mad River CA Hwy 36, Six River NF

    FISH LAKE CAMPGROUND
    Hwy 96, Six River National Forest, Orleans CA

    FOLSOM LAKE SRA State Park
    Folsom State Recreation Area, Sacramento CA

    FORKS CAMPGROUND
    Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

    FREMONT CAMPGROUND
    Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Camping

    FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR – American River

    FRENCHMAN LAKE – Plumas NF, Feather River, Portola CA

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    GLORY HOLE RECREATION AREA
    GLORY HOLE CAMPGROUND

    New Melones Reservoir
    Angels Camp, California Gold Country

    GREEN VALLEY CAMPGROUND NFS
    Green Valley Lake, Big Bear Lake Area, San Bernardino NF

    GRIZZLY CAMPGROUND
    Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Portola CA

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    HAYWARD FLAT
    Trinity Lake, NorCal Highway 3, Weaverville CA

    HORSE CREEK
    Lake Kaweah, South Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers CA

    HUME LAKE – Kings Canyon & Sequoia NP, Hume Lake

    HUNGRY GULCH NFS
    Lake Isabella, Kern River, Kernville CA

    HUNTINGTON LAKE – Western Sierra Nevada NFS

    HUTCHINS CAMPGROUND
    Bucks Lake, CA, Plumas National Forest

    Bucks Lake Campgrounds

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    ICE HOUSE CAMPGROUND
    Ice House Reservoir, US Hwy 50, El Dorado NF

    ISLAND PARK
    Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra NF

    JACKSON FLAT GROUP CAMP
    Jackson Lake, Angeles NF, Wrightwood CA

    JACKSON MEADOWS Reservoir – Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA

    JUANITA LAKE GROUP CAMP
    near Butte Valley Wildlife Area, Klamath NF, Weed CA

    JUNE LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, June Lake, CA Eastern Sierra

    JUNIPER LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

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    KASPIAN CAMPGROUND
    hiking trail to Barker Peak @ Lake Tahoe CA

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    LAKE ALMANOR – Northern Sierra Nevada

    LAKE BERRYESSA – Wine Country California

    LAKE BRITTON –  Burney Falls Park State Park

    LAKE CACHUMA – Santa Barbara Mountains

    LAKE DAVIS – Plumas National Forest

    LAKE EDISON – Sierra National Forest

    LAKE ISABELLA – Kern River, South Sierra NFS

    LAKE MENDOCINO – Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

    LAKE OROVILLE SRA State Park
    Oroville Lake State Recreation Area
    Loafer Creek, Equestrian Camp, Feather River Oroville CA

    LAKE PERRIS SRA State Park
    Inland Empire, Southern California

    LAKE PILLSBURY, Trout Creek Campground (currently closed)

    LAKE SONOMA – Wine Country California, Geyserville

    LAKE SPAULDING, PG&E Campground, Interstate 80

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    The Gem of the Sierra Nevada – Lake Tahoe

    LAKE TAHOE – Sierra Nevada Mountains State Park NFS

    LAKES BASIN CAMPGROUND NFS
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

    LAKESHORE EAST
    Shasta Lake, Northern California

    LAKESIDE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Prosser Reservoir, OHV Camping, Truckee, California

    LEWIS CAMPGROUND
    French Meadows Reservoir, American River, W of Lake Tahoe

    LIBERTY GLEN CAMPGROUND
    Lake Sonoma, Wine Country California

    Lake Davis Trails

    Lake Davis Trails – hike, bike, horseback

    LIGHTNING TREE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

    LOGGER CAMPGROUND
    Hume Lake, Sequoia Kings National Parks

    LONE ROCK NFS
    Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    LONG POINT NFS
    Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    LOON LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

    LOON LAKE CHALET NFS
    ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

    LOS ALAMOS CAMPGROUND
    Pyramid Lake, North Los Angeles, Interstate 5

    LOWER TWIN LAKES NFS
    Twin Lakes CA, BRIDGEPORT, Eastern Sierra

    LUPINE
    Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

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    MAMMOTH POOL – Sierra NF, South of Yosemite NP

    MANZANITA LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

    MARY SMITH CAMPGROUND
    Lewsiton Lake, Trinity River, Lewiston CA

    MEEKS BAY
    Lake Tahoe California, west shore

    LAKE MENDOCINO
    Lake Campground Mendocino, Ukiah CA, US Hwy 101

    MERRILL CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake, Susanville CA

    MESA CAMPGROUND
    Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Cajon Pass L.A.

    MILLERTON LAKE SRA State Park
    Millerton Lake Campground, Fresno CA

    MODESTO RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
    Western Sierra Foothills, Modesto, Merced, Central Valley

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    NELSON POINT
    Shasta Lake, Northern California

    NEVADA BEACH CAMPGROUND
    Lake Tahoe, south shore @ Nevada state line, US Hwy 50

    NEW HOGAN LAKE – Valley Springs, Gold Country

    NEW MELONES Reservoir – Angels Camp, Gold Country

    NORTH FORK CAMPGROUND
    Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, Yosemite South

    NORTH SHORE
    Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest

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    OAK KNOLL CAMPGROUND
    New Hogan Reservoir, San Andreas, Gold Country

    OAK SHORES
    Lake Berryessa, RV Camping in Wine Country

    OH RIDGE
    June Lake, California, Eastern Sierra

    June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

    June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

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    PAHA CAMPGROUND
    Twin Lakes, Bridgeport CA, Eastern Sierra

    PARADISE COVE
    Lake Isabella, Kern River California

    PINECREST LAKE
    Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, Stanislaus National Forest

    PINE FLAT Reservoir – Kings River, Sierra NF

    PINE POINT
    Shasta Lake, Shasta National Forest

    PINES GROUP SITE
    Stony Gorge Reservoir, Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    PIONEER POINT
    Lake Isabella, Kern River, South Sierra

    PROSSER Reservoir – Truckee OHV Camping

    PYRAMID LAKE – North Los Angeles, Interstate 5
    (no campground on lakeshore)

    RUTH LAKE –  Mad River, Six River NF NFS

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    SAGE HILL
    Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Mountains

    SALTON SEA SRA State Park
    Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Imperial Valley Desert

    SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA State Park
    Central California, Interstate 5 @ Hwy 152

    SARDINE LAKE
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

    SHASTA LAKE – Northern California NFS

    SILVER LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

    SILVER LAKE EAST
    El Dorado National Forest, Markleeville CA

    SILVERWOOD LAKE SRA State Park
    Cajon Pass, San Bernardino NF, Southern California

    SOUTH SHORE CAMPGROUND
    Lower Bear Reservoir, El Dorado National Forest

    STONY GORGE Reservoir – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    SUGAR PINE POINT SP State Park
    Lake Tahoe California, west shore

    SUGARLOAF RIDGE SP State Park
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Santa Rosa, Wine Country

    SUMMIT LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

    SUNSET CAMPGROUND NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, El Dorado NF, US Hwy 50

    SWEETWATER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Sierra NF, North Fork CA

    Mammoth Pool Reservoir

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    TAHOE SRA Campground State Park
    Tahoe State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe California

    Tahoe Valley Campground
    large private campground, South Lake Tahoe, CA

    TANNERY GULCH NFS
    Trinity Lake, Shasta Trinity NF

    TRIMMER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra National Forest

    Trinity KOA Kampground
    Trinity Lake, Hwy 3, Northern California

    TRINITY LAKE – Shasta Trinity NF, Weaverville CA NFS

    TROUT CREEK CAMPGROUND (currently closed)
    Lake Pillsbury, Mendocino National Forest

    TRUMBULL LAKE
    Virginia Lakes, US Hwy 395, Eastern Sierra

    TURLOCK LAKE SRA State Park
    Turlock Lake State Recreation Area, Central Valley

    TUTTLETOWN RECREATION AREA
    New Melones Reservoir, Angels Camp, Gold Country

    TWIN LAKES – Eastern Sierra, Bridgeport CA NFS

    Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

    Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

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    Union Valley Reservoir – El Dorado National Forest NFS

    UPPER STONY CREEK NFS
    Hume Lake, Sequoia NF, Sequoia Kings Canyon NP

    VERMILLION NFS
    Lake Edison @ John Muir Wilderness,
    Sierra National Forest, beyond Huntington Lake CA

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    WARM SPRINGS PICNIC & RECREATION AREA
    Lake Sonoma, Wine Country, Geyserville CA

    WENCH CREEK NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, Desolation Wilderness;
    ElDorado NF. Placerville, Gold Country

    WEST EAGLE CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake Recreation Area, Susanville CA

    Oak Bottom Campground

    Oak Bottom Campground, Whiskeytown

    Whiskeytown NRA
    Whiskey Creek Group Area, Oak Bottom Campground
    Whiskeytown Lake, Redding, Old Shasta

    WHITEHORSE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Bucks Lake, Plumas National Forest

    Wilderness Lakes RV Resort
    Inland Empire, Temecula, Menifee, Southern California

    WILLIAM KENT CAMPGROUND
    Lake Tahoe CA, west shore @ Tahoe City CA

    WISHON @ BASS LAKE NFS
    Bass Lake Campground, Sierra National Forest, South Yosemite

    WOLF CREEK
    Union Valley Reservoir, Eldorado NF, Placerville CA

    WOODCAMP NFS
    Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

    WOODWARD RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
    Stanislaus County Park, Modesto, Stockton

    WRIGHTS LAKE NFS
    near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    WRIGHTS LAKE EQUESTRIAN CAMP
    near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    WYANDOTTE CAMPGROUND
    LGVR, Little Grass Valley Reservoir, La Porte Road

    Little Grass Valley Reservoir

    Tioga

    Tioga Lake Tent Camping, E Yosemite

    lake campgrounds

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Lake Campgrounds

    Rancheria Falls

    Rancheria Falls, Huntington Lake, CA

    California Lake Campgrounds

    Wanna Camp at the Lake?
    (you’re not the only one)

    lakes  fishing boating mountains backroad horseback trails picnic mountain bike camps hikesnight skies

    Nothing beats fresh, cold, clean water from the California mountains, in the summertime. Find time to exit the urban rat race, soon. Escape the smoggy city life and the triple-digit heat for a road trip to the higher elevations.

    View East from Davis

    Crocker Mountain @ Lake Davis, California

    Lake Campgrounds are abundant in California, where man-made reservoirs and recreation abound. Alpine lakes in pine forests are also numerous in the west, although only accessible for a portion of the year, they draw in the campers all summer long. A majority of the small lakes are located inside the California National Forests.
    USDA / USFS / NFS

    NFS State Parks

    Larger reservoirs can often be managed by California State Park system. State Parks, SRA, State Recreation Area. Suburban lake locations can be local County Parks. A few locations listed could even be desert lakes.

    Many ideal secluded lakes are only accessible with a 4WD vehicle, by foot or horseback. Super scenic, backcountry lakes are so far out – that a day hike is usually required.

    tent camp developed campground

    primitive camping primitive campsites

    RV camper trailers allowed RV campground

    hikes wilderness access

    Spicer

    No motorized boats, camping on west shoreline only, no fishing from the dam, catch & release?

    No access for trailers? Individual rules for each lake are different. Learn the basic before you get out there.

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS tent camp

    Lake Campgrounds are so popular in California that many require reservations during summer. Many locations accept reservations online and we have links for those too. Other lakes are so small and remote, that only the fishermen, hikers and 4×4 gear-heads know of them.

    outdoor recreation found at or near lakes

    • backpacking
    • boating
    • camping
    • canoeing
    • creeks
    • fishing
    • floating
    • four-wheelin
    • hiking
    • horseback riding
    • house boating
    • jetski
    • kayaking
    • mountain biking
    • OHV trails
    • picnicking
    • rivers
    • river rafting
    • swimming
    • water skiing
    • waterfalls

    Silver Lake from Above

    Lake destinations listed here have some sort of campground facilities. Some may be mini resorts with boat launch, marina or bait shop/general store. RV hook-ups, maybe. Dump station, it will cost you. Usually these bigger lakes are busy centers of tourists activity with boat rentals, RV camping and certain locales are even walking distance from ‘town’.

    Fine dining is a rare find on the lakes, but some lake side restaurants (open seasonally & with limited hours) can be found. Most will require reservations, especially on the weekends.

    Other lake camps listed are literally on the edge of wilderness – with trails to the high country. The best little lakes will have one dirt road access. Below is a wide variety of lake destinations within California.

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    Floating Flyfishing Tube

    Red Lake, 4×4 access (primitive, no facilities)

    and let’s not forget the ever-popular California Lake List

    Grassy Picnic Faucherie Lake