Oh la la—French Meadows Campground is simply magnifique! This campground offers the best of both worlds; there’s plenty of shade to be found at campsites nestled within a coniferous forest, but if you’re looking to catch some sun chill out on the sandy banks of the French Meadows Reservoir, just a few feet away. Boating, canoeing, and swimming are popular activities on the reservoir, and lots of hiking can be found in the nearby Granite Chief Wilderness. Trust us, this spot is the crème de la crème.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
75 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers will find Tahoe to be a mountain biking paradise, with rough roads and unforgettable views. The Downieville ranger distr...Read more


There are hundreds of lakes and many reservoirs within this forest, making motorized and non-motorized boating a go-to acti...Read more


There are huge reservoirs, alpine lakes, rushing rivers, small pools, and everything in between, making this an excellent place...Read more


Hikers searching for incredible views won’t leave disappointed: there are over 500 miles of trails, including the PCT. You can ...Read more

Horseback riding

If you have a horse, bring that fella over to these trails , and if you don’t, there are many local outfitters who can set you...Read more


Kayakers and canoers have plenty of opportunities to row their little boats in the lakes, reservoirs, and streams of this nat...Read more

Wind sports

Nothing beats that fresh mountain air blowing through your hair! Boca Reservoir, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Stampede Reservoir, ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to take a spin in your off highway vehicle? The Little Truckee Summit trail has gentle slopes and Prosser Hill is an ea...Read more


There isn’t much information about climbing, but Donner Summer has traditional and sport climbing areas to challenge all skill ...Read more

Snow sports

What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to go to Tahoe? Tahoe National Forest offers backcountry wilderness for you to exp...Read more


There’s no shortage of swimming here: you’re welcome to splash in lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, and swimming holes under ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If motor boats aren’t your thing, step up your game with a whitewater trip. The Yuba River and the American River offer amazing...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watchers won’t be disappointed with Tahoe National Forest. The wetland areas are great places for birding, especially ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at French Meadows Campground.

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Hipcamper Sydney
Sydney S.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2017

Bring fun water gear!

Hipcamper Danielle
Danielle W.
recommends this listing.
February 2nd, 2018

Lovely, but close together. Try to get a space near the water and nowhere near the bathrooms or people will walk through your site. It's a thing.

Hipcamper Karen
Karen C.
recommends this listing.
November 14th, 2020

I camped at Campsite 23 at French Meadows, and it was AMAZING. Plenty of space and didn't feel too close to the other camps, and I was right behind the reservoir. Put my hammock up in the trees near the water, and had coffee on a big piece of driftwood and looked at the water in the morning. Highly recommend booking in advance to pick a waterfront spot.

Plenty of trees along the edge of the reservoir for hammocks!Campsite, with water gleaming behind.
recommends this listing.
January 14th, 2019
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 31st, 2018
recommends this listing.
May 19th, 2018
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 8th, 2017
doesn't recommend this listing.
April 19th, 2017
Tahoe National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 994-3401
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39.114° N, 120.426° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 75 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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