Meadow Lake Campground contains 15 rustic campsites with tables, grills and vault toilets. Small trailers and campers can be accomodated. Access to the Fordyce Jeep Trail is nearby. There are an additional 10 campsites at the Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground.
At a Glance
Campground services closed for winter. Re-opens in the spring of 2015.
No reservations available. For more information contact PG&E's recreation program through www.pge.com/recreation. Phone information by (916) 386-5164 or (800) 743-5000.
$10 per site
$3 for extra vehicle
$1 for pets
From Truckee: Travel north on Hwy 89 for 17 miles to Forest Road 7. Turn left and travel west to the Meadow Lake turnoff. Turn left on Forest Service Road 86 which becomes Nevada County Road 843 traveling south for approximately 10 miles. Most of the route is paved, but the last few miles are unpaved and becomes very rough.
From Sierraville: Travel south on Hwy 89 for 11 miles to Forest Road 7. Turn right and travel west to the Meadow Lake turnoff. Turn left on Forest Road 86 which becomes Nevada County Road 843 traveling south for approximately 10 miles. Most of the route is paved, but the last few miles are unpaved and becomes very rough.
Informal boat launch
Operated By: PG&E
Number of sites: 15
Camping & Cabins
No. of Sites
10 single site(s), 10 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sites
OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Trail Riding
Boating - Motorized
Meadow Lake is operated by PG&E. Water levels may vary as flows are released from this reservoir. There is one small, informal boat launch area for this reservoir. There is no marina or re-fueling services at this lake. Summer temperatures can reach in the mid-80's with nighttime lows dropping into the 40's. It is not unusual for strong, afternoon winds to blow up on the lake making navigation difficult for small vessels and kayaks.
For those that want to travel by snowmobile to Meadow Lake, allow at least for a 4 hour ride. Most users start the route on the East side of the lake. The West side of the lake can be very challenging and not recommended for the beginner if the trail is not groomed. This route provides outstanding views of Fordyce Lake, Signal Peak and views of the Sierras.
Easy to Difficult
The Eagle Ridge Snowmobilee Outfitters operate with a US Forest Service Permit at the Little Truckee Summit during the winter months. Contact by phone (530) 546-8667 or see their website at email@example.com.