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The campsites are spread out nicely so you have a lot of privacy. Some of the sites are huge! We staying in one for 7 days with a large group of 12-14 people- it never felt crowed. There are various footpaths that lead down to the water and you can easily set up your typical boat beach camps. Review the site map for access.
A great place to stay if you love to paddle board, swim, kayak, canoe, jet ski, etc.
Great views at the campground and lots of hiking trails nearby- including one that leads to a waterfall.
Located in The Sierra Nevada Mountains of highway 20. The raid in can be a bit challenging at times. This campground is very remote with no cell service. The majority of the summer, campfires are not allowed. This is one of the first lakes the leads to many in this area. Good fishing, no restrooms, running water or electricity.
Snowflower sits just off I-80, it’s owned by Thousand Trails. With the popularity of RV camping, this campground can get busy in the summer months. It is closed in the winter due to snow. There is a small lake that is good for kayaking and paddle boarding. There are sites with partial hookups (electric and water). Lake Tahoe is just 30 minutes west.
Right by kidd lake. More amenities than Long Lake sites, but not quite as remote/pretty
There are several primitive campgrounds to choose from. Some right near the lake. There is a pit toilet, but no water or fire rings. The drive is long and fairly rough. Having a vehicle with some clearance helps. It is possible to get a smaller trailer there but not recommended. The lake is beautiful and try to hike to the waterfalls at the creek at the end of the lake if you can. We’ve never had issues with animals or bugs at Bowman Lake.
Pretty standard campground. My site was a short walk to the lake, which was huge! The campsites themselves were fairly large. The sites could accommodate anywhere from 6 people up to 20. The camp host was great. She was very friendly and would stop and chat when she came around. Firewood was available for purchase from the host. This campground is ideal for larger groups of people.
It was packed over Labor Day weekend, but the spots are spread out enough. Get a spot closer to the water since there is more shade and the river can drown out some of the noise of the highway. I don't recall any showers, and the bathrooms are pretty basic pit toilets. You're just down the street from groceries and Truckee though.
Be sure to bring tubes or something to float down the river! The water was cool and the best way to beat the heat.