Pass Creek Campground

Jackson Meadows Reservoir

Jackson Meadows Reservoir

Pass Creek Campground, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, Tahoe National Forest

Pass Creek Campground

Jackson Meadows
Attractions and Activities

Jackson Meadows Reservoir north of Truckee is a favorite camping and boating destination for many. Visitors who camp at Pass Creek Campground are close to Aspen Creek Day-use Area and other amenities.

  • Use the nearby boat launch ramp into Jackson Meadows Reservoir for hours of enjoyable fishing and cruising.
  • Gather up your binoculars and set out 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.
  • Head 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).
  • Discover more about the history of Henness Pass crossed by emigrants during the Gold Rush - Oregon-California Trails Association - Henness Pass.

Key Pass Creek Campground Regulations

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

Pass Creek Campground

Pass Creek Campground is on the northeast shore of Jackson Meadows Reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest, north of Truckee. Nearby, visitors will find a dedicated swim beach at Aspen Creek Day-use area, the Pacific Crest Trail, and a boat launch ramp adjacent to the campground. Jackson Meadows Reservoir is a favorite for waterskiing, boating, and fishing.

Pass Creek Campground has 25 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. All sites can be reserved. The campground is set in a dense pine and fir forest.

The popular Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed only a few hundred yards east of the campground. Hikers on the PCT sometimes stop overnight at Pass Creek Campground. Read more about the trail passing Jackson Meadows Reservoir at East Meadow Campground.

Pass Creek Campground Basics
Pass Creek Campground 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: 25
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 Pass Creek Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some are accessible
Fees: $24 per night ($2 more on major holiday weekends)
Reservations: Pass Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Pass Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, grill, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Campground Sketch Map: Pass Creek Campground Map
Showers: No
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Pass Creek Campground: Enjoy the swim beach at the Aspen Creek Day-use Area. Hike along the half-mile interpretive nature trail at the south end of the lake. 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, obtain 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.

Aspen Day use area boat launch ramop, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, Tahoe National Forest

Aspen Picnic Area Boat Launch Ramp

map of campgrounds at Jackson Meadows Reservoir, including Pass Creek Campground, CA

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