Silver Creek Campground

Along the Truckee River


Lake Tahoe


Silver Creek Campground, Tahoe National Forest

Silver Creek Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Lake Tahoe visitors find wonder places to visit all along the shore. Those who camp at Silver Creek Campground are along the Truckee River only 7 miles from Lake Tahoe.

  • Head over to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area with a sandy beach and covered picnic area.
  • Spend a day at Squaw Valley for summer fun at the Base Area or take the gondola up to High Camp.
  • Enjoy rafting on the Truckee River with Truckee River Rafting.
  • Spend a day in historic Truckee for restaurants, shopping, and more.
  • Tour 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.
  • Hike up 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 Silver Creek Campground Regulations

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

Silver Creek Campground

Silver Creek Campground is situated along the bank of the Truckee River, 7 miles north of Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe. Some sites are shaded by conifers, others are out in the open. Silver Creek 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 Silver Creek a convenient alternative to Tahoe campgrounds.

Of the 28 sites in Silver Creek Campground, 7 are walk-in, tent-only sites. Another 12 are designated tent-only. The remaining campsites can accommodate tents, RVs, or trailers. Most tent sites are close to the river and farthest from the highway. Those sites do mean that campers have to carry their gear a short distance to their site. The majority of the campsites are available for reservations, but a few are kept for first-come, first-served visitors. With Silver Creek Campground's proximity to Highway 89, traffic noise is a consideration.

Silver Creek Campground Basics
Silver Creek Campground Location: Highway 89, 7 miles north of Tahoe City, 7½ miles south of Truckee
Elevation: 5,970 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 110 miles, 2:01
Number of Sites: 23
Open - Closed: mid-May through early October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Truckee Ranger District: (530) 587-3558

Reservations at Silver Creek 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: #3, 22-28
Fees: $20 per night
Reservations: Silver Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Silver Creek 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 Silver Creek Campground: Cycle on a paved bike trail beginning at Squaw Valley and extending along the Truckee River connecting to Tahoe City and the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Visit Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Tour historic Truckee. Take advantage of the Truckee River for fly-fishing and rafting.

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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