Cottonwood Creek Campground is located on Highway 89, four miles south of Sierraville. Its location makes it a great base camp for a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, hiking and biking. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.
Cottonwood Creek Botanical Trail and Overlook Trail are both short, foot trails that begin in the campground. The surrounding area offers additional trails and fishing opportunities.
The campground offers several single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.
The campground sits along Cottonwood Creek, in a stand of Jeffrey pine, and red and white fir trees. The forest provides shade and privacy between sites, but noise from the highway can be heard within the campground.
Lake Tahoe is located about 40 minutes from the campground. Scenic Tahoe offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities.
Sardine Lakes, within the beautiful Lakes Basin, is a 35-minute drive northwest of the campground, via the Golden Chain/Highway 49. Stampede Reservoir is a 45-minute drive southeast.
ADA Access: N
This campground was just another quick layover for me.
Sites were well maintained, picnic tables, fire rings and bear boxes.
Running water, flush toilets and at every spigot there was a gallon jug filled for you to use to extinguish your fires.
Bathrooms were clean and well stocked, the camp host walked around to check the sites and be sure everyone had paid.
Was a nice quite site but I was toward the back part of the campground. I'm sure if you were toward the front part there would be road noise.
Very heavily wooded campground in a beautiful area. Vault toilets are available along with potable water spigots within a short walk from each site.
Large rigs will not fit in this campground. We reserved a spot that said it would fit a 30’ camper but we could not get our 29’ 5th wheel into the space because of the angle and posts along the loop. I would say that only a handful of spaces could fit a larger rig (10, 20 and 44 had better angles). There are 6”x6” posts buried along the loop that prevent tow vehicles from turning out past the asphalt.
The campground hosts were absolutely wonderful and kept the place immaculate.