Silver Creek Campground

Along the Truckee River

Lake Tahoe

Silver Creek Campground, Tahoe National Forest

Silver Creek Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe enjoy an almost endless variety of activities and places to visit.

  • Emerald Bay, Vikingsholm mansion, Emerald Bay cruises
  • Eagle Falls trail
  • South Lake Tahoe beaches and Stateline, Nevada, casinos
  • Boat rentals, lake tours
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Fishing, hiking, sight-seeing
  • Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley gondola ride
  • Tallac Historic Site

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.

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. 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 Silver Creek a convenient alternative to Tahoe campgrounds.

Of the 28 sites in the 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 the campground's proximity to Highway 89, traffic noise is a consideration. check with campground host for the best

Campground Basics
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 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
Nearby attractions: Paved bike trail beginning at Squaw Valley and extending along the Truckee River connecting to Tahoe City and the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Truckee, Truckee River 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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