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Places to Camp near Calpine, CA

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Best Camping Sites Near Calpine, CA (312)

    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Lake 4x4 Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Lake 4x4 Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Lake 4x4 Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Lake 4x4 Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Lake 4x4 Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

    1.

    Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

    10 Reviews
    23 Photos
    158 Saves
    Graeagle, California

    Overview

    Gold Lake 4x4 campground in northeast Plumas County, CA lies at 6,400 feet in elevation within the Plumas National Forest. The mountains, forest and lake setting provide a picturesque landscape for relaxation, adventure and exploration. A popular location with access to the backcountry, visitors should carefully review what this facility provides. This campground is not a luxury destination and may not meet your comfort level. This is a rustic campground with no utilities, water, hookups, trash service, or restroom facilities. Campers must pack out all their sanitation and trash. Families may decide one of the other campgrounds nearby is better suited to meet their needs and expectations. Visitors staying at the 4x4 campground will be within the Lakes Basin Recreation Area that requires camping within developed campsites. For those seeking a more dispersed experience, campers must ensure they are well outside the boundaries of the recreation area. The Lakes Basin & Sierra Buttes Map illustrates where boundaries and forest roads are found. These maps are available at the USGS Store online or from Plumas National Forest Offices.

    Recreation

    Visitors often use this campground as a home base to enjoy water sports, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and a host of other activities.____ The OHV access road continues beyond the campground and onto the adjacent Tahoe National Forest. From here, other roads lead north toward "A-Tree", LaPorte and Plumas Eureka State Park, southwest towards Downieville and Sierra City and south toward Packer Lake and Sardine Lakes. Make sure to take a suitable vehicle, a map, and extra food and water.

    Facilities

    Visitors often use this campground as a home base to enjoy water sports, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and a host of other activities.____ The OHV access road continues beyond the campground and onto the adjacent Tahoe National Forest. From here, other roads lead north toward "A-Tree", LaPorte and Plumas Eureka State Park, southwest towards Downieville and Sierra City and south toward Packer Lake and Sardine Lakes. Make sure to take a suitable vehicle, a map, and extra food and water.

    Natural Features

    As the Lakes Basin Recreation Area name implies, the region has many crystal clear alpine lakes to explore. Glacial carved granite peaks and ridges, sunrises and sunsets reflected in the waters over Gold Lake, the whisper of pines rustling in the wind or a glimpse of a shy doe will leave an indelible memory and entice you to return again and again. The region is rich in history that includes Native American use, gold discovery, westward migration, forestry, railroads, grazing, and agriculture. You may even find evidence of those that travelled here decades or centuries before you.

    Nearby Attractions

    Though in a remote location, Gold Lake 4X4 Campground is near several attractions worth visiting. Mills Peak Fire Lookout is manned during fire season and welcomes visitors.__ Mills Peak Trail, a premier mountain bike trail, descends from the lookout towards the community of Graeagle. Pan for gold and explore the hard rock mining history or attend one of the other interpretive activities at Plumas Eureka State Park.__ Try not to miss the spectacular views of and from the Sierra Buttes and its lookout. All aboard! Take a ride on the rails while checking out the Railroad Museum in Portola. The Reid Cattle Company can offer cowboys and cowgirls trail rides at the outlet of Gold Lake or from their Graeagle location.

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Sardine Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Sardine Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Sardine Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Sardine Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Sardine Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Sardine Lake

    2.

    Sardine Lake

    9 Reviews
    32 Photos
    170 Saves
    Sierra City, California

    Overview

    Sardine Lake Campground is located in the North Yuba River area, near the beautiful Sardine Lakes. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the area, including hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and gold panning. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.

    Recreation

    Boating, fishing and swimming are available at nearby Sardine Lakes and Sand Pond. Sardine Lakes Resort offers boat rentals, lodging, and a restaurant. A large network of trails is available in the area, including Deer Lake and Tamarack Lakes Trails and the Pacific Crest Trail.

    Facilities

    Boating, fishing and swimming are available at nearby Sardine Lakes and Sand Pond. Sardine Lakes Resort offers boat rentals, lodging, and a restaurant. A large network of trails is available in the area, including Deer Lake and Tamarack Lakes Trails and the Pacific Crest Trail.

    Natural Features

    The campground stretches along a wet meadow at the base of the scenic Sierra Buttes. A forest of lodgepole pine offers partial shade. Beautiful high mountain lakes and rugged peaks can be found throughout the surrounding area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Lakes Basin offers many opportunities for boating, fishing and hiking. Boating, fishing and swimming are available at nearby Sardine Lakes, less than a mile to the west. Sardine Lakes Resort offers boat rentals. Anglers will find rainbow and brook trout in many of the lakes, streams, and rivers throughout the basin. A more developed boat ramp is located at Gold Lake and accomodates launching of larger boats. Over 30 miles of maintained trails for hiking, mountain biking, and motorcycle singletrack branch out across the area and the Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed at a few spots in the Lakes Basin area. The historic towns of Sierra City and Downieville offer historic and cultural attractions, restaurants, shops, churches, and vistor information.

    Charges & Cancellations

    No Show Policy A no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date (or for day-use facilities, by check-in time the day of arrival).__ * No-show customers are only recorded at staffed facilities. At most remote facilities, all customers are noted as automatically checked-in on the date of arrival. * It is recommended that staffed facilities hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. * It is recommended that staffed facilities hold group day-use facilities until check-in time on the arrival date. There is no change fee if a customer extends or shortens a reservation if the change includes dates from the original reservation. If they choose to depart early, they may forfeit some or all of the recreation fees.__ There is no change fee if the customer changes campsites that are the same price and on the same reservation dates in the same campground. If the campsite the customer is changing to has a price difference, the customer will be responsible for any additional fees or be provided with a refund, based on the price difference.__ Where recorded, no-show customers are assessed a $20.00 no-show fee and forfeit the first night's recreation fee for a campsite or forfeit the entire day-use recreation fee for a day-use facility. We recommend customers contact the facility if they are en route to their reservation but cannot make it by the check-in date. In these cases, no refund will be issued, but the facility can ensure that a "no-show" fee is not assessed.

    • Pets
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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Donner Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Donner Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Donner Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Donner Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Donner Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Donner Memorial State Park Campground

    3.

    Donner Memorial State Park Campground

    16 Reviews
    37 Photos
    219 Saves
    Truckee, California

    Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for Donner Lake camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season's beauty. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800's. The Visitor Center features compelling new exhibits that tell the stories of the Emigrant Experience, the Donner Party, the Land of the Washoe, Chinese construction of the railroad, and early motoring adventures over Donner Pass.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park

    4.

    Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park

    7 Reviews
    9 Photos
    59 Saves
    Clio, California
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Logger Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Logger Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Logger Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Logger Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Logger Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Logger Campground

    5.

    Logger Campground

    12 Reviews
    30 Photos
    176 Saves
    Floriston, California

    Overview

    Logger Campground sits on beautiful Stampede Reservoir on the Tahoe National Forest, 30 minutes from Truckee, Calif. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, fishing and abundant hiking and off-road trails. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.

    Recreation

    Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are popular activities on the reservoir. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout and kokanee salmon. A boat ramp is located on-site. Many miles of hiking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area. The nearby Commemorative Emigrant Trail is open to hiking and mountain biking.

    Facilities

    Boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing are popular activities on the reservoir. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout and kokanee salmon. A boat ramp is located on-site. Many miles of hiking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area. The nearby Commemorative Emigrant Trail is open to hiking and mountain biking.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the south side of Stampede Reservoir, which is located on the Little Truckee River, approximately eight miles above the confluence of the Little Truckee and Truckee Rivers. A forest of ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine and fir trees covers the area. Sagebrush dots the forest floor.

    Nearby Attractions

    Boca Reservoir is 10 minutes south of the campground, offering additional boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing opportunities. Truckee, 30 minutes south, offers all the amenities of a year round recreational mountain town including Interstate highway connectivitiy, top notch restaraunts, resorts and hotels, grocery stores, gas stations, shopping, and historic sites. Lake Tahoe is located about an hour south and offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities, as well as dining, shopping and lodging options. Other recreational opportunities include Boca Townsite Interpretive Trail, Donner Camp Interpretive Trail, Overland Emigrant Commemorative Trail, Prosser Reservoir Recreation Area, Prosser Pits OHV area, and numerous hiking, mountain biking, and OHV trails.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from East Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from East Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from East Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from East Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from East Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from East Meadow Campground

    6.

    East Meadow Campground

    7 Reviews
    22 Photos
    150 Saves
    Sierra City, California

    Overview

    East Meadow Campground is located alongside the scenic Jackson Meadow Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest. Its location provides for a great base camp, allowing visitors to enjoy a wide range of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, hiking and hunting. East Meadow Campground is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.

    Recreation

    The adjacent 1,000-acre lake offers excellent opportunities for boating, canoeing, water skiing, swimming and fishing. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout. A boat ramp is located at Pass Creek Campground. A designated swim beach is nearby. The lake is an irrigation source, meaning its level will drop as the season progresses. A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail meanders along the east side of the lake. It is open to hiking and horseback riding and provides opportunities for viewing wildlife. Hunting and biking are popular activities in the surrounding area.

    Facilities

    The adjacent 1,000-acre lake offers excellent opportunities for boating, canoeing, water skiing, swimming and fishing. Anglers will find rainbow and brown trout. A boat ramp is located at Pass Creek Campground. A designated swim beach is nearby. The lake is an irrigation source, meaning its level will drop as the season progresses. A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail meanders along the east side of the lake. It is open to hiking and horseback riding and provides opportunities for viewing wildlife. Hunting and biking are popular activities in the surrounding area.

    Natural Features

    Jackson Meadow Reservoir is situated in a rolling forested valley, where visitors are awarded beautiful views of the Sierra Crest and English Mountain. The campground lies on the northeastern shore of the lake, in a forest of pine and fir trees. Some sites have a view of the lake, and boats can be moored nearby.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (530) 994-3401.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Cabins

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Grasshopper Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Grasshopper Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Grasshopper Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Grasshopper Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Grasshopper Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Grasshopper Flat

    7.

    Grasshopper Flat

    8 Reviews
    14 Photos
    73 Saves
    Portola, California

    Overview

    Grasshopper Flat Campground (5,886 feet) is one of three family campgrounds located in the Lake Davis Recreation Area. Campground loops around in the hills overlooking the lake providing most campsites with sweeping views of the lake's crystal blue water. Pine forest gives most campsites plenty of afternoon shade. A boat ramp and RV dump station are nearby. A trailhead for 7 mile long Lake Davis Trail is less than half a mile away.

    Recreation

    In addition to camping, the area offers a wide variety of popular water-related activities, including fishing, boating and swimming. Numerous fishing access points are located around the perimeter of the lake. Free trout fishing days are hosted by state agencies in June and September. Mountain biking, hunting and wildlife viewing are also available in the area. During winter months visitors enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

    Facilities

    In addition to camping, the area offers a wide variety of popular water-related activities, including fishing, boating and swimming. Numerous fishing access points are located around the perimeter of the lake. Free trout fishing days are hosted by state agencies in June and September. Mountain biking, hunting and wildlife viewing are also available in the area. During winter months visitors enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

    Natural Features

    The 4,000-acre Lake Davis was created in 1967 for recreational opportunities, as well as to rejuvenate fish populations in nearby rivers and supply water to the town of Portola. The lake offers 32 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by tall pine trees. A variety of wildlife make its home near the campground. Tall mountain peaks offer backdrop to lake views.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (530) 836-2575.

    Nearby Attractions

    The closest town is Portola, California, which is home to one of the largest railroad museums in the western United States. A state game refuge borders the lake to the east and the south.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $100 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park

    8.

    Upper Jamison Creek Campground — Plumas-Eureka State Park

    7 Reviews
    15 Photos
    79 Saves
    Graeagle, California

    Jamison Creek Campground (sites 1-70)

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Granite Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Granite Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Granite Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Granite Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Granite Flat
    Camper-submitted photo from Granite Flat

    9.

    Granite Flat

    17 Reviews
    34 Photos
    143 Saves
    Truckee, California

    Overview

    Granite Flat Campground is located between the Truckee River and Highway 89, just one mile from Truckee and a short distance from Tahoe City. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing and hiking opportunities, as well as its proximity to Lake Tahoe. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.

    Recreation

    Fly-fishing for rainbow trout on the Truckee River is a popular activity enjoyed by visitors to the area. Campers also enjoy swimming and tubing on the river. The surrounding area offers numerous hiking and biking trails, including the Western States Trail, Five Lakes Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail.__

    Facilities

    The campground offers several single-family and a few double campsites, some of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and bearproof food storage locker.__Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Seven campsites are walk-in tent sites with parking provided outside the campsite:__ #69, #70, #71, #72, #73, #74, and #75. Please be aware that the following campsites are located adjacent to busy Highway 89 and more subject to motor vehicle noise: #7, #9, #11, #13, #15, #17, #19, #21, #23, #47, #49, #51, #53, #67, and #68.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the banks of the Truckee River. A scenic forest of Jeffrey and lodgepole pine trees covers the area.

    Nearby Attractions

    Granite Flat is centrally located between the town of Truckee and__Prosser, Boca and Stampede reservoirs to the north, as well as__Lake Tahoe and Olympic Valley to the south. A variety of outdoor recreational activities are available at each location.Truckee, 1 mile north, offers all the amenities of a year round recreational mountain town including interstate highway connectivity, top notch restaurants, resorts and hotels, grocery stores, gas stations, shopping, and historic sites. Lake Tahoe is located 15 minutes south and offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities, as well as dining, shopping and lodging options. Other recreational opportunities include Donner Camp Interpretive Trail, Overland Emigrant Commemorative Trail, Stampede Reservoir Recreation Area, Prosser Pits OHV area, and numerous hiking, mountain biking, and OHV trails.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Boca Rest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boca Rest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boca Rest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boca Rest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boca Rest Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Boca Rest Campground

    10.

    Boca Rest Campground

    12 Reviews
    47 Photos
    128 Saves
    Floriston, California

    Overview

    Boca Rest Campground is located along the shores of__Boca Reservoir, 20 minutes from Truckee, California.__Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, swimming, fishing and abundant hiking opportunities. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National__Forest.

    Recreation

    Boca Reservoir spans over 900 acres and is a popular location for boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing. A boat ramp is located on the west shore of Boca Reservoir, and an unimproved__boat launching area is due south of the campground. The Little Truckee River is nearby and offers some of Northern California's best catch-and-release fly-fishing. The surrounding area offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails.Boca Townsite Interpretive Trail showcases the boom and bust of the historic town of Boca as it transitioned from a construction camp for the Central Pacific Railroad to the Boca Mill and Ice Company and later to the Boca Brewery. PLEASE HELP KEEP YOUR PUBLIC LANDS HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE, AND BEAUTIFUL Off-Highway Vehicle enthusiasts have been utilizing the Tahoe National Forest in uncharacteristically high numbers. Unfortunately, resource damage is occurring. Pease remember the following: Not all closed routes are blocked with gates or posted with ___closed___ signs. Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use map to learn more about seasonal operation dates.__ Do not operate Motorized Vehicles outside of established routes. The reckless riding of a few can cause resource damage that lasts for years and leads to further restrictions for all riders.

    Facilities

    Boca Reservoir spans over 900 acres and is a popular location for boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing. A boat ramp is located on the west shore of Boca Reservoir, and an unimproved__boat launching area is due south of the campground. The Little Truckee River is nearby and offers some of Northern California's best catch-and-release fly-fishing. The surrounding area offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails.Boca Townsite Interpretive Trail showcases the boom and bust of the historic town of Boca as it transitioned from a construction camp for the Central Pacific Railroad to the Boca Mill and Ice Company and later to the Boca Brewery. PLEASE HELP KEEP YOUR PUBLIC LANDS HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE, AND BEAUTIFUL Off-Highway Vehicle enthusiasts have been utilizing the Tahoe National Forest in uncharacteristically high numbers. Unfortunately, resource damage is occurring. Pease remember the following: Not all closed routes are blocked with gates or posted with ___closed___ signs. Please consult the Motor Vehicle Use map to learn more about seasonal operation dates.__ Do not operate Motorized Vehicles outside of established routes. The reckless riding of a few can cause resource damage that lasts for years and leads to further restrictions for all riders.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the northeastern shores of the Boca Reservoir, near where the reservoir meets the Little Truckee River. The campground is characterized by open areas dotted with sagebrush. A few pines are scattered throughout the site but shade is very__limited.

    Nearby Attractions

    Stampede Reservoir is located 9 miles north of the campground, where boating, water skiing, fishing, and swimming are popular activities. Truckee, 20 minutes away, offers all the amenities of a year round recreational mountain town including interstate highway connectivity, top notch restaurants, resorts and hotels, grocery stores, gas stations, shopping, and historic sites. Lake Tahoe is conveniently located only 30 minutes away. Tahoe offers excellent boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities, as well as dining, shopping and lodging options. Other recreational opportunities include Donner Camp Interpretive Trail, Overland Emigrant Commemorative Trail, Stampede Reservoir Recreation Area, Prosser Pits OHV area, and numerous hiking, mountain biking, and OHV trails.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

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