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FRENCH MEADOWS, CA

French Meadows Campground is located on the French Meadows Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest. It is about 40 miles from the nearby town of Foresthill. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, boating and trail opportunities.The campground sits on the southern shore of French...
Status: Open through Sat Oct 11 2014   Season Dates

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  • 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).
  • Campground is 40 miles from Foresthill and not on Lake Tahoe
  • This is bear country; food must be stored in approved containers
  • Last minute gas, ice and supplies should be purchased at Foresthill
  • 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.
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AREA FRENCH MEADOWS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 6 25 Back-In
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

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

Natural Features:

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

Recreation:

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

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Flush and vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booking Window
Sat Sep 06 2014 - Mon Mar 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Sat Oct 11 2014
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Sat Oct 10 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fee Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Dump Station
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Oct 11 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $24.00-$26.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Oct 10 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $24.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.11389, -120.42389
39°6'50"N, 120°25'26"W

Take Highway 80 to the Foresthill Road, travel 17 miles east to Foresthill. Turn right on Mosquito Ridge Road and travel 34 miles east to French Meadow Reservoir. The campground is on the south shore.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

FRENCH MEADOWS

  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)478-0248