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Great October stay here. Scenic spot nestled in the woods and yet conveniently close to town. It’s a big campground though and many of the sites seem to be tightly spaced. Seems the outer rim sites are more spacious than inner. Suspect our experience would have felt differently on that inner rim.
Access to the lake is convenient and super scenic to mention nothing of canoeing and kayaking and swimming opportunities.
Be careful!!! Almost got stuck in the sand while trying to find a spot level enough to park. Many people had dug out around their trailer to get the slides out. Several people used construction generators to power their rigs. Stayed for a weekend. Had a hard time leaving the trailer due to sand in the wind flying at high rates of speed. No hook ups, they do have a dump station and community water faucets. Vault toilets in many locations, no designated camping spaces. Just find a spot where you fit.
To get to French Meadows you have to take some winding roads along the mountain side. I went during all the fires, and it was very smoky, which made it seem like I was driving out there at dusk. It was a little unnerving on some parts! But once I got to there, it was definitely worth the drive! There was not a lot of people there, which made it seem like a very private campground. The site I stayed was pretty big with lots of options for setting up the tent. It was easy to get to the water from my site. The downside for me, was that my site was by the toilets, and people could not figure how to not slam the door in the middle of the night. The camp host was good, he stopped by each day to do a check in and kept me updated on weather (lightening storms!), fire conditions and possible evacuations.
This is a really nice looking campground. I was lucky it wasn’t too crowed and the people staying were all respectful. There is a cool lake right there on site just a short walk to it. They have bathrooms and showers. No cell service, but close to a main road where service can be found.
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.
Really neat sites run next to the Truckee River. The sites are clean and well kept. Bathrooms do not have sinks, showers or any running water, only port-a-potties. We went in October 2020 and the early mornings can be quite cold. The temp dropped down into the 30’s between 4-9am, so be prepared, however it warms up quite quick, by 11am it was around 70 degrees. The traffic off the freeway is pretty loud, but the river drowns it out.
The site volunteer manager “Steve” was not very friendly, so be sure to check for updated information on the message board when you arrive, because he will call the rangers on you.
This state park has enough sites that are spread apart enough to give some distance. Not all of them but enough if you choose wisely. We also loved the fact that there was a creek that goes through the area with a nicely maintained path and foot bridges alongside. Conveniently located a few minutes from Truckee which has everything you would need from gas, restaurants, hardware store and even a DMV. The lake itself is also a nice touch to be able to swim or fish.
Great campground, lots of space for the kids to run around and great hiking trails. Lake Tahoe is just across the street and the firework show across the lake was incredible, but get to the beach early to reserve your spot.