Fir Top Campground

Jackson Meadows Reservoir


Jackson Meadows Reservoir


Fir Top Campground, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, Tahoe National Forest

Fir Top Campground

Jackson Meadows
Attractions and Activities

Jackson Meadows Reservoir north of Truckee is an attractive camping and boating destination. Visitors to Fir Top Campground are close to the lake and other popular destinations.

  • Spend pleasant hours boating and fishing on Jackson Meadows Reservoir.
  • Enjoy a day of Birding in Sierra County. Spot ducks, geese, and teal at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. Bald eagles are appearing more and more frequently. For even more birds, visit Kyburz Marsh.
  • Set out on horseback or on foot along the famous Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Drive down to Independence Lake for hiking, bird watching and kayaking or motor boating with rentals from The Nature Conservancy (no outside boats).
  • Learn more about the history of Henness Pass crossed by emigrants during the Gold Rush - Oregon-California Trails Association - Henness Pass.

Key Fir Top Campground Regulations

  1. Obtain firewood locally to avoid the spread of invasive insects.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Keep food and all scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  4. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.

Fir Top Campground

Fir Top Campground is one of several campgrounds on the southwest shore of Jackson Meadows Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest. Nearby is Woodcamp Recreation Area with a boat launch ramp and a swim beach. Jackson Meadows Reservoir is a favorite for waterskiing, boating, and fishing.

Fir Top Campground's 10 campsites are located above the lake near Woodcamp Creek. Fir and pine trees provide plenty of shade at the campground. Campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.

Fir Top Campground Basics
Fir Top Campground Location: 34 miles north of Truckee on Henness Pass Road, then south 3 miles on Meadow Lake Rd.
Elevation: 6,030 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 137 miles, 2:48
Number of Sites: 10
Open - Closed: June through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Sierraville Ranger District: (530) 994-3401

Reservations at Fir Top Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $24 per night ($2 more on major holiday weekends)
Reservations: Fir Top Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Fir Top Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Nearby
Attractions near Fir Top Campground: Hike along the half-mile interpretive nature trail. Head to Jackson Meadows Reservoir for boating, waterskiing, fishing, and swimming. Hike or horseback ride on the Pacific Crest Trail. Find other nearby horseback riding trails. Set out mountain biking. Go 4-wheeling at area OHV routes.

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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