Middle Creek Campground

Blue Lakes


Upper Blue Lake


Middle Creek Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Middle Creek Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Attractions

For those camping at Middle Creek Campground in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on the east side of Carson Pass, you will find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities from skiing to mountain biking.
  • Follow the emigrant trail up from Hope Valley over Carson Pass
  • Spend a day at Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.
  • Explore OHV routes around Hope Valley
  • Enjoy a meal at Kit Carson Lodge or Caples Lake Resort.
  • Discover the beauty of Hope Valley and visit famous Sorensen's Resort for lodging, meals, and activities.
  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horse back riding.
  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.

Key Middle Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM. No generators are permitted to be used during those hours.
  2. Campfires are only allowed in provided fire structures.
  3. Dogs must be on leash at all times and always attended.
  4. No recreational vehicle riding is allowed in the campground.

Middle Creek Campground

Middle Creek Campground is along the creek between Upper Blue Lake and Lower Blue Lake. Campsites are nestled among the trees and rocks. Middle Creek Campground is 1 mile beyond Lower Blue Lake Campground.

Blue Lakes are owned by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which oversees the campgrounds. Blue Lakes Road leaves Highway 88 in the Hope Valley on the east side of Carson Pass. A 12-mile drive leads to the cluster of lakes which includes Upper and Lower Blue Lakes as well as Twin Lakes, Meadow Lake, and a number of other smaller lakes. An unimproved boat ramp is nearby.

Middle Creek Campground has only 5 campsites, but across the road in the Middle Creek Expansion Area are an additional 35 campsites. The campsites at Middle Creek can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Reservations can be made online as late as 3 days prior to arrival. A 2-night stay is required for those arriving on Friday or Saturday.

Campground Basics
Middle Creek Campground Location: 13 miles off Highway 88 at Hope Valley
Elevation: 8,150 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 123 miles
Campground Open: Early July through mid-October
Opening date is heavily dependent on snow removal along Blue Lakes Rd. -
Alpine County Current Road Conditions
Number of Sites: 5 at Middle Creek
35 campsites in Expansion Area
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 for extra vehicle)
Maximum Length RV/trailer: 30 feet at Middle Creek
45 feet at the Expansion Area
Pets: On leash, always attended. $2 per night
American Land & Leisure (916) 386-5164

Reservations at Middle Creek Campground
Reservations available for Middle Creek and Middle Creek Expansion, July through mid-September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
ADA Accessible Sites: #21, 23, 43, 51
Favorite Campsites: #22 (close to creek)
Expansion area: #29, 31
Fees: $23 per night
Reservations: Middle Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2;00 PM, 11:00 AM

Middle Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills, bear-proof food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Middle Creek Campground Map
Attractions near Middle Creek Campground: Enjoy fishing and boating on Blue Lakes and nearby Twin Lake. Set out for OHV adventures, along popular hiking trails. Horseback riders find many great trails. Visit Tamarack Lake, Indian Valley and the Pacific Crest Trail. For more about recreation around Carson Pass see Up and Over Carson Pass.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Middle Creek Expansion Campground near Blue Lakes, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Middle Creek Expansion Campground

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website.
For campground purposes, a vehicle is any equipment that is required to be licensed/registered. This includes RVs, trailers, cars/trucks, boat/car trailer, motorcycle/atv, etc. Vehicles parked in a truck or on a trailer are not counted separately.

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