French Meadows Boat Ramp

Area Status: Open

Located within a State Game Refuge on the south shore of French Meadows Reservoir.

***Mosquito Ridge Road/Forest Road 96 and 11 Pines Road accessing this campground are currently closed and will remain closed for the 2023 summer season. French Meadows may be reached by taking Foresthill Road to Forest Road 43, snow conditions permitting, likely melting off late June. However, trailers and motor homes are not recommended on this route.

Caution: have a full fuel tank before leaving Foresthill. There are no services beyond that point and extremely limited cell phone coverage.


From Foresthill, continue to drive northeast on Foresthill Road through town to Robinson Flat campground. Approximately 29.9 miles (58 min drive).

At the Robinson flat road intersection make a right hand turn onto Forest Service Road #43 (FS43)

Follow FS43 until it intersects with Mosquito Ridge Road and turn left onto mosquito Ridge Road. 10.4 miles (22 min drive)

Continue on Mosquito Ridge Road until you reach the tee intersection on the far side of French Meadows Dam. 15.2 miles (32 min).

At the intersection of Mosquito Ridge Road and French Meadows Road turn left and drive 3 miles to French Meadows Campground.


At a Glance

Fees: $5.00 per vehicle
Open Season: May
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: French Meadows is located in a State Game Refuge. Firearms or any other implements capable of taking game (including, but not limited to, bows and arrows) are prohibited in the area. Camping outside of designated campgrounds is prohibited in the area.
Closest Towns: Foresthill, Ca
Restroom: 1 vault restroom
Operated By: Forest Service


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