Weekly Recreation Update, May 6 -May 12, 2021

Open Campgrounds & Recreation Sites

Truckee and Sierraville/ Highway 89

  • Upper and Lower Little Truckee campgrounds are open.
  • Bear Valley campground is open first-come, first-serve.
  • Cold Creek campground is open.
  • All campgrounds in Truckee are closed including Granite Flat, Goose Meadows, and Silver Creek.

Prosser/Boca/ Stampede Reservoirs

  • Boca Springs campground is currently open for first-come, first-serve. 
  • Boca Rest campground is currently open.

Donner Summit/Interstate-80

  • All campgrounds are closed. Many summer recreation sites are inaccessible due to snow and other factors.

Foresthill/Sugar Pine Reservoir

  • Giant Gap and Shirttail Creek campgrounds open for first-come, first-serve. 
  • Sugar Pine, Parker Flat and Brimstone OHV Staging Areas are all open. 
  • French Meadows Boat Launch – accessible, however, very low water.
  • Mosquito Ridge Road is plowed to the boat launch. 

French Meadows

  • All campgrounds are closed. Many summer recreation sites are inaccessible due to downed trees and other factors.

Highway 20/ Bowman Lake Road

  • All campgrounds currently closed.
  • Pioneer and Chalk Bluffs trail systems open and accessible.
  • Bowman Road conditions unknown all the way to Bowman Lake.

Bullards Bar Reservoir

  • Dark Day, Schoolhouse, Madrone Cove, and Garden Point boat-in campgrounds are open.

Highway 49/Sierra Buttes

  • Carlton Flat, Fiddle Creek, Indian Valley, Rocky Rest, and Cal-Ida campgrounds are open
  • Downieville trail system accessible on lower half; high elevations still impassable.



  • Yuba River Ranger District - Highway 49/Sierra Buttes
    • Ramshorn
    • Sierra
    • Chapman
    • Yuba Pass
  • PG&E Operated Campgrounds
    • Bear Valley Group Campground 
    • Kidd Lake
    • Meadow Knolls
    • Sterling Lake campground

Recreation Information

  • Forest Access – Forest System lands, roads and trails are open if accessible depending on the weather.

Day Use – Day Use facilities, such as picnic areas and trailheads, are open if accessible except for those facilities that are co-located with a campground that is closed for the season.

Hunting - Allowed with applicable license and tags in accordance with California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Recreational Target Shooting - Allowed on the Tahoe National Forests. Please shoot responsibily; review the Firearms Use guide and be aware of property boundaries.


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