Log In
Join Now

Camping at Salmon Creek Campground

Scan for Cancellations
All campsites booked in Salmon Creek Campground? Create a scan and we’ll notify you when somebody cancels.
Scan for Cancellations

Salmon Creek Campground Overview

Salmon Creek Campground in the Tahoe National Forest is a scenic campground that offers visitors a wilderness camping experience along the shores of the Salmon Creek. Nestled within the forest, it provides access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. Below is important information to consider when planning your camping trip to Salmon Creek Campground.

Location and Access

  • Salmon Creek Campground is located in the Tahoe National Forest in California, not far from the town of Truckee.
  • Access to the campground is typically via local highways and forest roads, so ensure that your vehicle can handle the necessary terrain.
  • The exact location and driving directions can be found on the USDA Forest Service website or by contacting the Tahoe National Forest ranger district office.

Facilities and Amenities

  • The campground usually provides basic amenities such as designated campsites, fire rings, picnic tables, vault toilets, and a potable water supply.
  • Campsites can vary in size and may accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs; however, keep in mind there might not be electric, water, or sewer hookups for RVs.
  • Trash collection services are typically provided, but it’s always best to practice "Leave No Trace" principles and pack out what you pack in.

Reservations and Fees

  • Some campsites at the Salmon Creek Campground may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others might require reservations, which can be made through the Recreation.gov website.
  • Fees for camping will apply. Check the Tahoe National Forest website or the Recreation.gov listing for the most current rate information.


  • Fishing: Salmon Creek is a popular spot for trout fishing, so don’t forget your fishing gear and California fishing license.
  • Hiking: Numerous trails can be found within proximity to the campground, offering the opportunity to explore the surrounding Sierra Nevada landscape.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Tahoe National Forest is home to a variety of wildlife; it’s possible to see birds, deer, and other animals.
  • Swimming: Depending on the water level and conditions, you can enjoy swimming in Salmon Creek.
  • Boating: While there may not be boating facilities at the campground, nearby lakes might offer boating activities.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire restrictions may be in effect, especially during the dry summer months, to prevent wildfires. Always check the current fire regulations before lighting a campfire.
  • Bear activity can be common in the area, so proper food storage and handling are crucial. Many campgrounds require the use of bear-proof containers.
  • Ensure you carry a paper map and a compass, as cell service can be unreliable or non-existent in remote forest areas.

Season and Weather

  • The camping season at Salmon Creek Campground often runs from late spring through early fall, but these dates can fluctuate depending on weather conditions and snow levels.
  • Weather in the Sierra Nevada can be unpredictable, with warm days and chilly nights even in the summer. Always pack appropriate clothing and check the forecast before embarking on your trip.

Contact Information

  • For the most accurate and current information regarding Salmon Creek Campground, directly contact the Tahoe National Forest district office or visit the official USDA Forest Service website for the Tahoe National Forest.

Be sure to plan your trip accordingly and always follow the rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

Location of Salmon Creek Campground
National Parks Badges

Get The Campsite Reservations You Want

Create a scan to get notified once a reservation opens at a campground you're interested in.