Most forest campgrounds open for Memorial Day weekend |

Most forest campgrounds open for Memorial Day weekend

Full campgrounds are expected over Memorial Day weekend in the Tahoe National Forest. Most campgrounds will be open, although a few at higher elevations still are closed due to snow.

Campers must be wary of fire dangers and getting in streams that are still running fast and cold, according to Forest Supervisor Steve Eubanks. He urged campers without reservations to get to their sites by Friday night to ensure themselves a spot.

Here is a list of what is open and closed on the TNF.

Truckee and Sierraville

– Reservoirs east of Truckee – Boca, Stampede and Prosser, campgrounds and boat ramps open.

– Jackson Meadow Reservoir, all campgrounds and boat ramps open.

– Highway 89 north and south, all campgrounds open.

– Road to Meadow Lake and White Rock Lake, closed due to snowy patches.


– French Meadows, Big and Sugar Pine Reservoirs, all campgrounds and boat ramps open.

– Big Trees Picnic Area and Grouse Falls Trail, open but with no restroom facilities.

– Robinson Flat Campground – closed due to snow.


– Bullards Bar Reservoir, all campgrounds and boat ramps open.

Downieville and Sierra City

– Along North Yuba River, most campgrounds open with full services.

– Yuba Pass, campground closed due to snow.

– Sierra Buttes area, most campgrounds open, some with a few snow drifts.

– Road 93 past Packer Lake has been plowed to Packer Saddle and down to Butcher Ranch Meadow.

Nevada City

– Along Highway 20, campgrounds open.

– Along Interstate 80, all campgrounds open except for Big Bend Campground.

Bowman Lake Area

– Bowman Road open to Jackson Meadow Reservoir

– Bowman Lake, Jackson Creek, Canyon Creek and Rucker Lake Campgrounds are open with no water.

– Road to Grouse Ridge is only open 2/3 way to the campground-trailhead.

– Road to Carr Lake is open to the trailhead-campground.

“We advise anyone wanting to find a campsite for the Memorial Day weekend to arrive by Friday night if they don’t have reservations. Most non-reserved sites fill up quickly,” Eubanks said.

Those driving up to the campgrounds can get themReservations can still be made for some campgrounds and the following numbers can be called:

– National reservation system, (877) 444-6777

– Emerald Cove Marina for sites at Bullards Bar Reservoir in Yuba County – (530) 692-3200

Trails at the highest elevations are still snow-covered and closed or partially closed with the exception of those along the North Fork of the American River.

Campfire permits are required for campfires or stoves outside of designated campgrounds in what is shaping up to be a bad fire season. Campers are urged to put all fires completely out before leaving them.

For more information: see the TNF Web site at, or call:

– Forest Headquarters (530) 265-4531.

– Yuba River Ranger Station (530) 288-3231.

– American River Ranger Station (530) 367-2224.

– Truckee Ranger Station (530) 587-3558.

– Sierraville Ranger Station (530) 994-3401.

– Big Bend Visitor Center (530) 426-3609.

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