Aspen Group Campground

Jackson Meadows Reservoir

Jackson Meadows Reservoir

Aspen Group Campground, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, Tahoe National Forest

Aspen Group Campground

Jackson Meadows
Attractions and Activities

Jackson Meadows Reservoir north of Truckee is a popular camping and boating destination. Visitors to the area find a variety of activities and interesting places to explore.

  • Boating and fishing on Jackson Meadows Reservoir
  • Hike or horseback ride on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Visit Independence Lake for hiking, bird watching and kayaking or motor boating with rentals from The Nature Conservancy (no outside boats).
  • Explore the history of Henness Pass crossed by emigrants during the Gold Rush - Oregon-California Trails Association - Henness Pass
  • Set out for a day of Birding in Sierra County. Spot ducks, geese, and teal at Jackson Meadows Reservoir; watch for bald eagles, visit Kyburz Marsh for everything from eagles to osprey.

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.

Aspen Group Campground

Aspen Group Campground is on the north shore of Jackson Meadows Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest, north of Truckee. Nearby is a dedicated swim beach, the Pacific Crest Trail, and a boat launch ramp at Pass Creek Campground. Jackson Meadows Reservoir is a favorite for waterskiing, boating, and fishing. A camp store is located on the west side of the reservoir, in the Woodcamp Recreation Area.

Aspen Group Campground has 3 group sites. The Spring unit will accommodate up to 50 people, while the Hill and Ridge units will each accept up to 25 people. All 3 units can accommodate RVs, trailers and tents. Campsites have plenty of shade.

Campground Basics
Location: 34 miles north of Truckee on Henness Pass Road
Elevation: 6,100 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 134 miles, 2:42
Number of Sites: 3
Open - Closed: June through October
Max. People per Site: Spring Unit - 50
Hill and Ridge Units - 25 each
Vehicles per Site: Spring Unit: 16 vehicles 10'x15' or 10 RVS or trailers 10'x30'
Hill Unit: 12 vehicles 10'x15' or 8 RVS or trailers 10'x30'
Ridge Unit: 12 vehicles 10'x15' or 7 RVS or trailers 10'x30'
Pets: on leash, always attended
Sierraville Ranger District: (530) 994-3401

Reservations available: whenever campground is open, up to 12 months in advance
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, but some are accessible
Fees: Spring Unit - $132 per night
Ridge and Hill Units - $80 per night
Reservations: Aspen Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Aspen Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: Jackson Meadows Reservoir for boating, waterskiing, fishing, and swimming; Pacific Crest Trail, horseback riding trails, mountain biking, OHV routes

map of campgrounds at Jackson Meadows Reservoir, 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 website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, purchase 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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