Indian Springs Campground

Tahoe National Forest

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10081 Eagle Lakes Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Reservations: 877-444-6777
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GPS: 39.329, -120.57

Last Price Paid: $18
Number of Sites: 34
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-October
Elevation: 5509 ft
Max Length: 25 ft
Tent Camping: Yes
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Jeneric Ramblings
29 Holiday Rambler Traveler
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD
40 reviews
Nightly rate: $18
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 16

Jeneric Ramblings would stay here again

“Pretty, convenient, & cell coverage”

Reviewed Jul 26, 2017

Overall Rating

If you're in Reno or Sacramento and are looking to escape the summer heat, coming up to the National Forest can be just the ticket! Indian Springs is at about 5500' and brought welcome relief from the 3-digit temps down the hill. If you don't have a reservation there is an iron ranger at the entrance, although they ask you not to pay for more than one night at a time in case someone reserves online (the exceptions are sites 16 and 17 which are non-reservable walk-ups). There were only 2 campers (including us) when we arrived mid-week visit, but every single site was filled by Friday night and through the weekend. Campground is very basic, with vault toilets and water only at spigots spaced throughout the campground. The larger vault toilet near the walk-in tent sites was clean, but the smaller bathrooms weren't clean.

The Forest Service website lists the maximum vehicle length as 25' but we decided to give it a shot anyway (we are 29') since it was late and we needed a spot with cell service. Although several sites are long enough to accommodate longer vehicles, there are 2 issues: 1) most of the sites are not very level and the longer your vehicle the harder it will be to level, and 2) the road through the campground is narrow and has some tight curves. Combine that with trees growing right by the edge of the pavement and some of the sites will be impossible for larger rigs to back into. The left-hand loop sites (1-13) have very short parking areas and are meant to be vehicle parking for tent campers. We managed to get into a site but it wasn't easy. All sites were filled for the weekend and, including us, there were 3 RV/trailers and the remainder were tent campers.

We chose Indian Springs because it was close to the interstate and that's usually where the cell signal is. We had great coverage (25 mbps down and 4 up on Verizon, similar on AT&T) but there is quite a bit of background noise from I80 (you can see cars whizzing by in some places) and there is also a train track on the opposite side of I80 from the campground (although it was far enough away that it wasn't intrusive and the occasional train whistle wasn't bad). Just down Eagle Lakes Road from the campground there is access to an OHV area and to the Fordyce Off-Road Trail, but we didn't see or hear any ATV or UTVs during our stay.

Most sites are extremely shaded so if you need solar you'll have a tough time. A portable panel will make it easier, and the sites that back up to the power line by Eagle Lakes Road are more open than the rest.

We've enjoyed watching the Stellar's jays and squirrels, and the campground is shady and pretty. The South Yuba River is between the campground and the interstate and is very pretty. There is access to the river in south corner of the campground.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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