Sardine Campground

Tahoe National Forest

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990 Sardine Lake Road Sierra City, CA 96125 530-288-3231 530-265-4531 Reservations: 1877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 39.62, -120.615

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Overview of Sardine Campground

Number of Sites 27

Pad Type asphalt

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally June-October

Elevation 5,708 ft / 1,739 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 30 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Traveling Artist
Traveling Artist
Cedarville, CA
4 reviews
“Nice little Forest Service campground in beautiful area”

Reviewed 7/6/2019

Nightly rate: $24
Days stayed: 3
RV Length: 12'
Overall Rating

This little campground is typical Forest Service— fire ring, picnic table, and bear box— in a mixed conifer forest. No hookups. It was immaculately clean when I was there in early June. The campground loop road is paved, but sites are all dirt, and some leveling might be necessary. No flush toilets, but one has outside sinks for dishwashing. The sites are generally not crowded together, but the ones on the inside of the loop are rather open to view to others; find more privacy in the few on the outside. You have the choice of sunny or shaded sites. A nice little self-guided nature trail leaves from the south end of the campground and loops around a marsh or meadow (depending on what season you are there). Nearby, there is a short, about 5 min. or so, walk to a pretty little lake, Sand Pond, where I saw people fishing, kayaking, canoeing. Another 5 min walk around Sand Pond leads to Lower Sardine Lake with the dramatic Sierra Buttes as a backdrop. A plus is the little rustic resort on the shores of the lake. Here there is a pay phone, which came in handy since there is zero cell service in this area. Also you can buy ice, drinks, snacks, and rent boats from the store. It has a charming log cabin dining room and offers dinner to the public. A VERY rough 4x4 road leads from the resort parking lot up to Upper Sardine Lake, even more beautiful than the lower one. Most people use the road to walk to the lake, which only takes about 30 min. or so. Not recommended for anyone but the most experienced 4x4’ers to do in a vehicle! (As the resort store employee put it, “it’s basically a no-wheel road”— be forewarned!) The only reason I didn't give this campground a 5 star rating was that the beautiful Sierra Buttes were hidden by the trees, & most of the sites were open to a view of each other.

Site Quality

Traveling Artist would stay here again

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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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