Goose Meadows Campground

Along the Truckee River


Lake Tahoe


Goose Meadows Campground, Tahoe National Forest

Goose Meadows Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe enjoy an almost endless variety of activities and places to visit. Those who camp at Goose Meadows Campground along the Truckee River are less than 10 miles from the lake.

  • Visit Squaw Valley for summer fun at the Base Area or take the gondola up to High Camp.
  • Try rafting on the Truckee River with Truckee River Rafting.
  • Drive up to historic Truckee for restaurants, shopping, and more.
  • Visit nearby Tallac Historic Site and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
  • Visit Emerald Bay and tour the Vikingsholm mansion. Sign up for an Emerald Bay cruise.
  • Set out on the Eagle Falls trail to beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Rent a boat for a day on the water, or sign up for a lake tours.
  • Try fishing from shore or a boat.
  • From Echo Lakes hike (or take their water taxi) across the lakes and into the Desolation Wilderness./li>
  • Take everyone to Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley for a scenic gondola ride.

Key Goose Meadows Campground Regulations

  1. Avoid problems with bears by storing food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.

Goose Meadows Campground

Goose Meadows Campground is situated along the bank of the Truckee River, 9½ miles north of Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe. The campground is popular with anglers who enjoy fly-fishing the famous Truckee River and with rafters who take advantage of the usually easy current along the valley during the summer. Others find Goose Meadows Campground a convenient alternative to Tahoe campgrounds. A paved bike trail that follows the river can be accessed just a few miles south at Squaw Valley.

Goose Meadows Campground has 24 well-shaded campsites. With the campground's proximity to Highway 89, traffic noise is a consideration.

Goose Meadows Campground Basics
Goose Meadows Campground Location: Highway 89, 9½ miles north of Tahoe City, 4 miles south of Truckee
Elevation: 5,970 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 108 miles, 1:55
Number of Sites: 24
Open - Closed: mid-May to early October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Truckee Ranger District: (530) 587-3558

Reservations at Goose Meadows Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 50 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #8, 9, 18, 19
Fees: $22 per night
Reservations: Goose Meadows Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Goose Meadows Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, pedestal grill, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Goose Meadows Campground: Find excellent fishing in the Truckee River. Enjoy a nearby paved bike trail Visit Squaw Valley. Spend the day in Truckee. Head down to Lake Tahoe.

Goose Meadows Campground map, Tahoe National Forest, CA

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 reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

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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