Area Status: Open
Emigrant Group Campground is located above the shoreline of Stampede Reservoir within the Tahoe National Forest. It is about 30 minutes from Truckee, Calif. The campground offers four group sites. The larger group sites are Woodsman and Prospector. They each accommodate up to 50 people. The Rancher and Trapper sites 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. Horseshoe pits are located at the Woodsman site. Sites have filtered views of the reservoir. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water. All sites are within walking distance to the reservoir. Firewood is available for purchase from the host. 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. Roads within campground are paved. Boat ramp within one mile of group sites with trailer parking available. Firewood available at campground. Fee for boat ramp use, Friday through Sunday. Dump station adjacent to campground.
Most single family sites and group campgrounds can be reserved at www.recreation.govor (877) 444-6777.
Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are popular activities on the reservoir. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout and kokanee salmon. The Little Truckee River is nearby and offers some of Northern California's best fly-fishing. Special restrictions apply.
Many miles of hiking/biking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area. Very popular Commemorative Overland Emigrant bike riding/hiking trail can be accessed by riding from campground.This trail stretches over 15 miles to the west, ending near Donner Picnic area where you can take a short walk on the interpretative trail learning about the trials of the early pioneers. This trail can be very busy on weekends.
OHV Trail Access: Non-street legal OHVs must be trailered from the campground to the OHV trails.
No camping or campfires allowed outside of developed campgrounds.
At a Glance
|| ALERT ! As of 06/26/14, water level at Stampede reservoir is low. Due to severe drought conditions several of our boat launching facilities may not be operable this year due to low water levels. Currently at Boca, Stampede, and Prosser the paved ramps are exposed above the water level. It is still possible to launch using a four wheel drive vehicle, but be prepared to back into the mud. Courtesy docks were not placed in the water this year due to low water levels.
||This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777), or on-line at www.recreation.gov
||Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||There are two-25 person group sites for $97.00/site/night and two-50 person group sites for $201.00/site/night
||OHV Trail Access: Non-street legal OHVs must be trailered from the campground to the OHV trails. No camping or campfires allowed outside of developed campgrounds.
||ALERT ! Black bears have been frequenting the area. For your safety, keep a clean campsite, store food in a secure container, and dispose of trash properly.
Generally normal services available: Memorial Day Weekend through September. May open sooner or stay open longer – weather dependent.
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