Choosing to chill with your crew at Salmon Creek Campground on the North Yuba River is gonna make y’all say “awww ya” with the endless sites and mountain views right outside your tent flap! Whether you roll up in your trusty Winnebago or roll out your tent, you’ll have plenty of shade under the cedar trees, with access to water and restrooms nearby. With dope trails, fishing and even gold panning (what?!) nearby you’ll be in awe ‘til it’s time to go home.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
27 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 Salmon Creek Campground.

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Hipcamper Tara
Tara M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 23rd, 2015

There are so many lakes to explore. We spoke to some regulars up there and they recommended Salmon Lake and Long Lake. This is a great spot for families with kids. Creeks to walk through, lakes to swim in and rocks to climb. Lake Tahoe without the crowds. :)

Salmon Lake. You can swim, walk, kayak out to the island and some fun rocks to jump off. Sand Pond next to Sardine Lake. Great for kids, found some frogs, tadpoles and fish. View just down the road from the campsite.Beautiful Salmon Creek at the campground. Don't mind my kids goofy "cheese!" smile.
Hipcamper Maya
Maya G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 6th, 2017

We rolled into Salmon Creek Campground at 7:30 PM the Sunday before Memorial Day and grabbed the first open site we saw, grateful to find one at all, though it turned out there were more in the other loop. I'd hoped to stay at one of the lakes further up the Gold Lake Highway but even though it was 82 degrees out, they were snowed in!
The campground has two loops. The left loop (sites 1-18?) is more treed and full of the sound of the rushing creek, which helped mute the noises of kids, dogs etc. (NB it looked like at least one site near the creek was damp at this time of year though.) Sites 19+ are more spread out and have stupendous views of the Sierra Buttes, but are further from the creek. There are bear lockers. Can't wait to return.

View of Sierra Butte from near site 24Big log near our site, #4. Campground was well maintained despite all the storms this past winter.
Hipcamper Chell M.
recommends this listing.
January 1st, 2020
Hipcamper Maya G.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2017
Tahoe National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 994-3401
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39.628° N, 120.616° W
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Tent Only: 5 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 22 Sites
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