Carr Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

trees in fall foliage with Carr Lake in middle-ground

Carr Lake Campground is a hike in (short hike) campground on a beautiful lake. There are eleven campsites, operated by PG&E. Easy access to many alpine lakes in the Grouse Lakes Area. Easy day hikes. Rough road for last 3 miles.
 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: PG&E website - www.pge.com/recreation
Fees $15.00 per site
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: 10 MPH speed limit for boats
Closest Towns: Nevada City
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: PG&E

General Information

General Notes:

Number of sites: 11

Water: lake water source - purify before drinking

Operated By: PG&E

Elevation: 6663

Pack-in/pack-out (no garbage receptacles)
No boat launching facility


Directions:


From Nevada City: Take Hwy 20 headed east toward Truckee for approximately 20 miles. Make a left on Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18). Stay on that road (windy, with tight corners and narrow spots, but paved) for approximately 6 miles and turn right on Forest Road 17, an unimproved dirt road (not recommended for low vehicles). Stay to the right for 3 miles, until reaching the parking area.

From I-80: Take Hwy 20 exit and follow Hwy 20 headed west for approximately 5 miles. Turn right on Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18). Stay on that road (windy, with tight corners and narrow spots, but paved) for approximately 6 miles and turn right on Forest Road 17, an unimproved dirt road (not recommended for low vehicles). Stay to the right for 3 miles, until reaching the parking area.


Parking:

Parking area becomes very crowded with campers and day users, especially on the weekends. 

There are some pullouts along the road in that can accomodate overflow parking. Be sure not to block the road by parking on shoulders or other undesignated areas. Fire engines must be able to pass through on the road.


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Activities


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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites11 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

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