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French Meadows Campground

Tahoe National Forest

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Mosquito Ridge Rd. Placer, CA 530-367-2224 530-265-4531 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 39.1138, -120.4214

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Overview of French Meadows Campground

Temporarily closed due to the Mosquito Fire.

Some campsites can accommodate RVs and vehicles with a combined length of 40 ft. Large single-unit RVs (ex: 40 ft. long rigs) are not suitable for the campground roads.

Driving from Soda Springs is not recommended for passenger vehicles without four-wheel drive or high clearance.

This is bear country! Please follow bear safety and food storage requirements.

Number of Sites 75

Pad Type asphalt

Reservations yes

Elevation 5,314 ft / 1,619 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 40 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of French Meadows Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
Site Quality
5 reviews
“Beautiful, shady sites”

Reviewed 7/30/2020

Nightly rate: $24
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 43
Overall Rating

The road into the campground is a wee bit narrow, so I wouldn't recommend trailer/RVs longer than 30ft. The pads are all paved, the sites are shaded. The campground has both flush and vault toilets - when we camped in June 2020 there was no running water. Our site allowed us beautiful lake views, with a short scramble down a slope to the lake. During the day, the lake became very windy, so it was uncomfortable to sit on the shore, we retreated back to our site. We did discover that if you leave the campground, turn left, and drive a couple of miles you cross a creek (Middle Fork of the American River), park your vehicle on the side of the road and you will find a beautiful, sheltered beach area on the creek where we ended up spending an entire day swimming.

Site Quality

Rivets Run Thru' It. would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

1 review
“Beautiful and secluded”

Reviewed 4/23/2019

Nightly rate: $24
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 30
Overall Rating

Beautiful and quiet campground! Nestled in Tahoe National Forest, I’ve never seen more than half the campsites used at once. Most of the campsites are really shaded and large, several restrooms available, and the reservoir is right there for swimming and fishing (though we’ve been 3+ times and never caught a fish here). Only thing to be aware of is there is no cell service and you are in active bear territory so you need to make sure you lock up your food/personal items in the provided bear boxes.

Site Quality

Ash would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • ADA Accessible
  • restrooms: onsite
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets
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