Cottonwood Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
Camp host site with 5th wheel in campsite

Cottonwood Creek Campground is located on the seasonal Cottonwood Creek along Highway 89, four miles south of Sierraville.  Its location makes it a great base camp for a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, hiking and biking.  The campground sits back from the highway in a serene setting in a stand of Jeffrey pine, red and white fir trees.  The forest provides shade and privacy between sites, but occasional noise from the highway may be heard within the campground.  This facility is maintained and operated by the Sierraville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

The Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail and Overlook Trail are both short, foot trails that begin in the campground.  The surrounding area offers additional trails and fishing opportunities.

Lake Tahoe is located about 40 minutes south from the campground. Tahoe offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities. Stampede Reservoir is a 45 minute drive southeast.   To the north, Sardine Lakes, within the beautiful Lakes Basin Area is a 35-minute drive of the campground.

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
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: $20.00 per site
$5 for extra vehicle
Open Season: May 28 - October 11
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping outside designated campground is prohibited in this area.   Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground.  Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal files may not be allowed.  Bears frequent the area; all food must be stored in approved containers.
Closest Towns: Sierraville is 4 1/2 miles north on Hwy 89 and the closest source of supplies.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Federal Recreational Lands Passes are honored on all applicable fees.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Sierraville Ranger District, 317 South Lincoln Street, PO Box 95, Sierraville, CA  96126   (530) 994-3401 Monday - Friday  8:00 am to 4:30 pm

General Information


From Sierraville: Drive 4 1/2 miles south on Hwy 89. Campground is on Cottonwood Creek.

From Truckee: Drive 20 miles north on Hwy 89. Campground is on Cottonwood Creek.



Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

The campground offers several single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring.  Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

No. of Sites 48 single site(s)
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 None

RV Camping

River and Stream Fishing

A small number of rainbow trout inhabit limited reaches of this creek. There is a low seasonal flow of water by late summer.  Anglers that follow the fisherman's trail may find some nice spots to try their luck off the beaten path.

Day Hiking

The Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail is a 1/2 mile trail that identifies common trees and plants identified using a brochure and the numbered trail markers.   This is an easy, family friendly trail that everyone can enjoy.  Additional brochures for this trail are available from the Sierraville Ranger District.

Big Game Hunting


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Recreation Areas

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