French Meadows Campground

Area Status: Closed

French Meadows Campground is located on the south shore of French Meadows Reservoir in a coniferous forest. Campground is in close proximity to the Granite Chief Wilderness.

Late season start up in progress, campers are suggested to bring their own water.

***Mosquito Ridge Road/Forest Road 96 is currently closed and will remain closed for the 2023 summer season. French Meadows may be reached by taking Foresthill Road to Forest Road 43, 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.


The area may also be accessed by Wentworth Springs Rd to 11 Pines Rd from Georgetown.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Delayed 2024 opening due to hazard trees.
Reservations: 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
Fees: $24 per site $5 for extra vehicle
Open Season: June - October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: French Meadows is located within a State Game Refuge.  Firearms or any other implements capable of taking game (including, but not limited to, bows & arrows and slingshots) are prohibited in this area; camping outside designated campground is prohibited in this area.
Closest Towns: Foresthill, Ca
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Foresthill:   Drive 36 miles east on Mosquito Ridge Road (Forest Road 96). Campground is on the south shore of French Meadows Reservoir.

General Notes:

Bear proof food boxes available
Concrete boat launching nearby
Trailer dump station
Western States Trail access

Access is through Foresthill California. This campground is extremely remote and there are no services available. Please be sure to have a full tank of gas before traveling

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 75
Reservation Info 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
No. of Accessible sites Restrooms and several campsites

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Recreation Areas

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