Jackson Point Boat-in Campground

Jackson Meadows Reservoir


Jackson Meadows Reservoir


Jackson Point Boat-in Campground, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, Tahoe National Forest

Jackson Point Boat-in 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.

Jackson Point Boat-in Campground

Jackson Point Boat-in Campground is at the tip of a long peninsula extending into Jackson Meadows Reservoir. The reservoir is in the Tahoe National Forest, north of Truckee. Jackson Meadows Reservoir is a favorite for waterskiing, boating, and fishing.

To reach Jackson Point, visitors can boat across the reservoir from the launch ramp at Pass Creek Campground, about a ½-mile voyage. The lake can be windy in the afternoons. There are 8 primitive campsites on the point, all first-come, first served. There is no potable water, so campers should be prepared to boil or filter lake water. Garbage must be packed out.

Campground Basics
Location: 34 miles north of Truckee on Henness Pass Road
Elevation: 6,030 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 134 miles, 2:42
Number of Sites: 8
Open - Closed: June through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Sierraville Ranger District: (530) 994-3401

Reservations
No Reservations First come, first served
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: None
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Jackson Point Boat-in Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Half-mile interpretive nature trail, Jackson Meadows Reservoir for boating, waterskiing, fishing, and swimming; Pacific Crest Trail, horseback riding trails, mountain biking, 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.

map of campgrounds at Jackson Meadows Reservoir, CA

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

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