Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Rucker Lake Campground

This is a PG&E lake/campground on the Tahoe National Forest.  Car-top launch for kayaks and boats.  There is no boat ramp at the lake.

Operator
USDA Forest Service
Access
Walk In
Hike In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sewer Hookups
Toilets
Trash Available
Contact
Location
Rucker Lake Campground is located in California
Latitude
39.3577 N
Longitude
-120.6521 W
Get Directions
Directions
From Nevada City: Take Hwy 20 east towards Truckee approximately 20 miles.  Turn left on Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18).  Go approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto road 18-006 (You will see a sign for "Liahona").  Stay to the right until you reach the parking area. From I-80: Take the Hwy 20 cutoff on I-80 and head west toward Nevada City for approximately 5 miles.  Turn right on Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18).  Go approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto road 18-006 (You will see a sign for "Liahona"). Stay to the right until you reach the parking area.  
2 Reviews of Rucker Lake Campground
Nice spots with warm lake

Definitely a gorgeous view all the way around! Lake was very warm and had a epic rope swing if you can find it. The camp spots were a good size and with fire pits and bench tables BUT there isn’t a road to actually drive around the spots, you have to park and walk all your stuff down to your spot. Kinda sucked to do that, but other than that it was great!

First to Review
First come, first serve

This place is great for swimming in the summer as the lake gets really warm. Across the lake is an amazing rope swing not for the faint of heart (its big). You need a floatation device like a blow up with oars to get there. 300 foot walk from cars to campground so bring a dolly/wagon. $15 a night fee. Bring a lot of drinking/dishes water (no spigots, no sinks). No RV sites/hookups. Short drive back down Bowman Lake rd to the yuba river. Cold water but beautiful hiking and something called the emerald pools. Rucker lake rd is a dirt road! AWD recommended but not totally needed