French Meadows Reservoir

Area Status: Open

A CDF&W target fishery for hatchery catchables.  Good boat launching facilities and campgrounds.  5,000 lbs of catchable rainbow trout were planted in 2014.  25,000 Eagle Lake trout fingerlings have also been stocked historically.  Large rainbow and brown trout can be found in the lake and in the river above and below the dam.  The area around the lake is a State Game Refuge and no firearms are permitted.  Be aware that many areas around the reservoir and into Duncan Canyon burned in the 2001 Star Fire.  Use caution in burned areas due to safety hazards from dead trees.

***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

Current Conditions: Access only from Foresthill Rd or 11 Pines, Mosquito Ridge Rd closed
Restrictions: French Meadows Reservoir is inside a State Game Refuge. Guns and hunting are prohibited.
Closest Towns: Foresthill, CA


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