Chapman Creek Campground

North Yuba River

Sierra buttes

Chapman Campground, Tahoe National Forest

Chapman Campground

Tahoe National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Located north of Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe National Forest offers great adventures around its lakes and rivers.

  • Fish for Kokanee in Stampede Reservoir
  • Take the family for a vacation of water skiing, hiking, and fishing at Jackson Meadows Reservoir.
  • Hike along sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Visit beautiful Donner Memorial State Park on the shores of Donner Lake.
  • Camp along the Truckee River and enjoy cycling and rafting.
  • Horseback ride along mountain trails.
  • Explore the miles of OHV routes west of Prosser Reservoir.
  • Find all the waterfalls along the North Yuba River near Sierra City.
  • Walk along the emigrant trail leading over Donner Pass.
  • Pan for gold on the North Yuba River.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Chapman Creek Campground

Chapman Creek Campground is located along Highway 49 at the confluence of Chapman Creek and the North Yuba River in the Tahoe National Forest. Visitors here enjoy hiking on local trails and taking day trips to Sardine Lakes and Lakes Basin.

Chapman Creek Campground has 21 campsites. One is a walk-in site while all the others can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Shade is courtesy of a mature fir and lodgepole forest. The campground is divided into 2 loops with one beside a meadow and the other overlooking Chapman Creek.

Campground Basics
Location: Along Highway 49, 8 miles northeast of Sierra City
Elevation: 5,850
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Nevada City - 63 miles, 1:25
Number of Sites: 21
Open - Closed: May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Yuba River Ranger District: (530) 288-3231

Reservations accepted whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum trailer/RV length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $24 per night ($2 extra on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Chapman Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Chapman Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Campground Map: Sketch Map of Chapman Creek Campground
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Fishing North Yuba River, Lakes Basin, Sierra City, Sierra Buttes Kentucky Mine, Sierra County Historic Park, hiking the 2-mile Chapman Creek Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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