Truckee Campgrounds

Situated in the region of North Lake Tahoe, Truckee is a beautiful town with ample recreation and sightseeing to be had outdoors—particularly at the campgrounds throughout the area. Read on below to learn more about where to go and what to know when you want to go hiking, fishing, boating, and camping in Truckee, CA!

Where to Go for Camping in Truckee, CA

The town of Truckee is home to a number of exquisite campsites where visitors can partake in a variety of outdoor activities. The Truckee camping season generally lasts from mid-May until early October, with variations between campsites.

Granite Flat Campground is nestled between Truckee and Tahoe City along the Truckee River. People visit this spot for its great hiking and fishing, as well as for its handy distance from Lake Tahoe itself, which opens up opportunities for water-based recreation like swimming, boating, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and more. There are trails for biking and hiking, tubing and swimming on the Truckee River, and fly-fishing spots where rainbow trout is frequently caught. The campground is also located near Squaw Valley, where visitors can go hiking during the summer and skiing during the winter. Picnicking is another popular activity at Granite Flat Campground.

Lakeside Campground is another popular Truckee camping location. Located just a short drive from downtown Truckee along the Prosser Reservoir in Tahoe National Forest, this scenic spot is ideal for boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and off-roading in durable vehicles. At these campsites, you can take in the expansive views of the stark mountain peaks and the reservoir. Power boating is allowed on the reservoir, provided that you stay within the 10mph speed limit. The campground is also just half an hour from Boca Reservoir to the east and Lake Tahoe to the south, where additional water-based activities can be enjoyed.

Rounding off our list is Donner Memorial State Park’s campground. Adjacent to Donner Lake, these campsites offer beautiful lakeside views, in addition to beaches, biking, fishing, lake activities, and hiking. Cross-country skiing is popular in the winter, and the Emigrant Trail Museum is worth a visit year-round.

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