Emigrant Group Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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. Firewood available from the nearby Logger Campground hosts. All sites are within walking distance to the reservoir. Roads within campground are paved. Boat ramp within one mile of group sites with trailer parking available. 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

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 at www.recreation.gov
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees There are two 25 person group sites for $97.00/site/night and two 50 person group sites for $201.00/site/night.
Open Season: May 28 - October 11
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Truckee, CA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: 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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Camping trailer Yes
Picnic tables Yes
Tent camping Yes
Parking Yes
Toilets Vault
Fee charged for some activities Camping. Boat ramp use Friday through Sunday.
Accessible Vault toilets. Paved group area and parking. Several campsites are native surface, level terrain.
Boat ramp Located nearby at Logger Campground
Drinking water Potable
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