Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest


Upper Blue Lake


Upper Blue Lake Damsite Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Attractions

While staying at Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on the east side of Carson Pass, you will find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • 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
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • 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.

Key Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground Regulations

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

Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground

Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground is along the shore of the southern end of Upper Blue Lake, near the boat launch ramp and the dam. Its companion, Dam Site Expansion Campground, is across the road, providing additional campsites among the trees a little farther back from the lake.

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. Unimproved boat ramps are found at both of the Blue Lakes.

Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground's 10 sites and the Expansion Campground's 16 sites can all accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The camps are among the trees, well shaded and nicely separated. Most of those in main campground are lakefront. Reservations can be made online as late as 3 days prior to arrival. A 2-night stay is required for those making reservations.

Campground Basics
Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground Location: 15 miles off Highway 88 at Hope Valley
Elevation: 8,200 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 125 miles
Campground Open: Early July through late September
Opening date is heavily dependent on snow removal along Blue Lakes Rd. -
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Number of Sites: 26
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 for extra vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended, $2 per night
American Land & Leisure (916) 386-5164

Reservations for Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground
Reservations available Early to mid-July through late September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated; wheelchair accessible toilets
Favorite Campsites: Main campground: #59, 61, 65, 66, 67
Expansion campground: #70, 71, 75, 76, 80
Fees: $23 per night
Reservations: Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2;00 PM, 11:00 AM

Upper Blue Lake Dam Site 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 Maps: - Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground Map
- Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Expansion Campground Map
Attractions near Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground: Visit Tamarack Lake, Indian Valley and the Pacific Crest Trail. Enjoy Swimming, fishing and boating on Blue Lakes and Twin Lake. Set out for OHV adventures, hiking trails, or horseback riding. For more about recreation around Carson Pass see Up and Over Carson Pass.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning April 2, 2018, 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 April 16, 2018, 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.

Upper  Blue Lakes Damsite Expansion Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Upper Blue Lake Dam Site 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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