Tahoe National Forest


Campground Reservation Service
Campground Reservations are now being handled by the new National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS). For campgrounds that are reservable, you can call 877-444-6777, or visit their Web site: reserveusa.com. Check with the Districts to see which campgrounds are reservable.

For reservations at the Big Reservoir/Morning Star Campground, call their office at (530) 367-2129.

Reservations for the Skillman campground along Highway 20 can be made by calling Sierra Recreation Managers at (209) 295-4512 or (530) 478-9664.

For campgrounds at Bullard's Bar reservoir, call Emerald Cove Marina at (530) 692-3200.

Dispersed area camping is permitted on most Tahoe National Forest lands, but a small number of locations are closed, primarily to protect fragile forest resources, or to protect public health and safety. By respecting these closures, you can help protect valuable Forest resources.

Family Camping
The Tahoe National Forest has campsites available for nearly every desire and need, from small, primitive campgrounds, with an outhouse and table, to large, more highly developed sites, with paved roads, handicapped accessibility, and flush toilets. Many sites are reservable by calling the phone numbers shown above. Generally, the more highly developed sites have fees charged on site. Many campgrounds are closed during the winter, due to snow conditions. For specific information, contact the Districts.

Group Camps
Group camps can be found throughout the Forest. These sites have capacities for groups of 25-100 people, making them ideal for groups such as scout troops, religious organizations, social clubs, even family reunions. Some sites are very popular, often booked months in advance. They are available by reservation only, by calling the phone numbers shown above.

Campfire Permits
A California campfire permit is required between May and October if you plan to have a fire or use a stove outside of a developed camp or picnic area. You can pick one up free from any ranger station and most fire stations in California. Many Forest Service employees can issue you a permit right out in the woods!

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the north-central Sierra Nevada Mountains between Reno, Nevada, and Sacramento, California. Interstate 80 bisects the Forest between these two cities, and scheduled airline service is available to either city. State highways 49, 89, 20, and 267 travel through the Forest, as do dozens of county and Forest Service roads. Amtrak trains travel through the Forest, with scheduled stops at Colfax and Truckee, and Greyhound bus service is available to and from towns in and around the Forest.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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