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Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates


Emigrant Group Campground is located alongside the beautiful Stampede Reservoir within the Tahoe National Forest. It is about 30 minutes from the town of Truckee, Calif. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, fishing and abundant hiking and off-road trails.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the south side of Stampede Reservoir, which is located on the Little Truckee River, immediately below the mouth of Davies Creek, and approximately eight miles above the confluence of the Little Truckee and Truckee Rivers.

A forest of ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine and fir trees covers the area. Sagebrush dots the forest floor.


Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are popular activities on the reservoir. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout and kokanee salmon. A boat ramp is located on-site.

Many miles of hiking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross through the surrounding area. The 1.5-mile Commemorative Emigrant Trail stretches along the historic Emigrant Trail, and is open to hiking.


The campground offers four group sites, the largest of which are called the Woodsman and Prospector sites. They each can accommodate up to 50 people. The Rancher and Trapper sites can accommodate up to 25 people.

Each group site has a central cooking and picnic area, equipped with a campfire circle. Approximately six tables and four grills are provided at each site as well. Horseshoe pits are located at the Woodsman site.

A camp store is located near the entrance to Logger Campground, about a half-mile away. A variety of camping and fishing supplies, ice, groceries and souvenirs are available there.

Nearby Attractions:

Lake Tahoe is located 45 minutes from the campground. Tahoe offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities, as well as dining, shopping and lodging options.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Spigot
Less Than 1 Mile
  • General Store
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground
  • 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
  • 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 Truckee Ranger District (530) 587-3558 (voice), (530) 587-6907 (TDD).
  • 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):
39.47056, -120.11639
39°28'14"N, 120°6'59"W

From Truckee, travel east on Highway 80 for 10 miles, to the Hirschdale Road exit. Follow Hirschdale Road north for 8 miles, to Stampede Reservoir. Take a left on the Stampede Dam Road and cross over the dam. An overlook is on the right and the campground is one mile further.

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Information: (530)587-9281