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Attention: Water conservation measures are in effect in this facility. Please do not fill RV water tanks and use water wisely. Thank you.


Status: Closed through Thu Apr 24 2014   Season Dates


Tunnel Mills Group Campground is located near the East Fork American River in the Tahoe National Forest. It can be accessed just off of Interstate 80, at the Emigrant Gap exit. Visitors enjoy fishing, hiking and hunting in this scenic area.

Natural Features:

The campground is near the creek-sized East Fork American River, in a remote location of north central California. A forest of cedar, pine and fir trees shades the campground.


Rainbow trout fishing is a popular activity on the river. Hiking trails and hunting opportunities are found in the surrounding area.


The campground offers two group sites that can accommodate up to 30 people and six vehicles each. Site 1 is for tent and RV camping, while site 2 is designated for tent camping only. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Parking Area
  • RV sites
  • River Access
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • 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).
  • Water taken from the creek must be purified before drinking; drinking water is available at the North Fork Campground, a mile north
  • 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.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.25278, -120.65167
39°15'10"N, 120°39'6"W

From Interstate 80 West, take exit 158B to Laing Road, and from Interstate 80 East, take Exit 158 to Emigrant Gap Road. Turn south on Emigrant Gap Road and continue less than a mile, to where the road turns into Texas Hill Road. Follow the road for approximately 7 miles, using caution, as it is narrow. Proceed to the campground.

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Information: (530)478-0248