Sardine Lake Campground sounds like it might smell...interesting, but we promise your olfactory will only be overwhelmed by fresh pine and crisp mountain air! There are sites for tents and RVs, but with all the mountain lakes and trails in the area to explore, we know that site is just a crash pad. You’ve got access to water and restrooms to change into your suit for a swim in Sardine Lake and when you come back you can share your best belly flop stories over the campfire. What are you waiting for? Pack your friends in a tin can and get outta town!
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.


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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 Sardine Lake Campground.

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Hipcamper Troy
Troy N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 10th, 2016

Yuba Pass campground is located very close to Sardine Lake and has 20 campsites among large pine trees. Only a handful of sites would accommodate very large rigs, however, most will take your average trailer or camper.

Amenities & Services include:
Bird Watching
Comfort Station
Cross Country Skiing
Firewood Available
Restrooms (vault)
Wildlife Watching
Season: Reservations: July through Sep 6.

Yuba Pass Campground Best Campsites: 6 and 12.

Yuba Pass Campground
Sierraville CA 96126
530 862-1368

11 miles south of Sierraville on HWY 49. Turn left at snow park entrance. Campground located approximately mile on right hand side.

Hipcamper Melinda
Melinda M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 12th, 2017

Highly recommend this campground, make a reservation!! Don't miss Upper Sardine Lake or the hike to the Fire Lookout for incredible views.

Highly recommend taking your paddle board to Upper Sardine LakeClimbing the stairs at the Fire LookoutView from the top of the Fire Lookout
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Tahoe National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 994-3401
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39.62° N, 120.615° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 27 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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