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 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.

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.

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: 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
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
Nearby attractions: 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, 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, CA

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