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Fishing


Upper Truckee River
The main tributary to Lake Tahoe, and the best part about the Truckee River you can walk from the campground. A little exploring and you'll find a deep water pool that’s the perfect spot to make memories. We've seen rainbow and trout float by on occasion.

Directions from Campground:
Walk down Highway 50 about 300 yards. You’re there!
Distance from Campground: 0.06 miles

Sawmill Pond
Here’s a nice bonus… the forestry department has provided a stocked pond for children under 15 years of age to get hooked on fishing. Seriously! No license is required since they are under the age of 16, and parents are welcome to help the children fish but are not allowed to fish themselves.

Directions from Campground:
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 50 and go about two miles, turn LEFT on Sawmill Road and go to the end. Bring a picnic, it’s a lovely scenic spot.

Distance from Campground: 4 miles

Echo Lake
Located three miles from the campground, a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by the Sierra Mountains is the perfect place to spend some time gazing at the surreal blue sky and waiting for that perfect bite. Fisher folk can throw their line from along the dam at the end of the lake, rent a boat and troll along the water, or hike along the shore. There’s a quaint little market and lodge where you can learn about the history of Echo Lakes Resort, pick up some snacks, and the necessary bait. This is also one of my favorite hiking spots, as the trail is a part of the Pacific Crest Trail. A boat taxi is available if you’d like a quick ride to Upper Echo Lake and then take the trail back.

Directions from Campground:
Turn LEFT up Highway 50 and go three miles. Look for “Little Norway” and turn RIGHT just past it. Follow the road in ½ mile and take the first LEFT.
Distance from Campground: 4 miles

Lake Tahoe
Truly the only way to catch a fish in Lake Tahoe is to take a Fishing Charter Boat. The Lake is just too big to find the perfect spot on your own. These folks have all the latest in electronic equipment and supply bait, tackle, coffee and a light breakfast, and they'll even clean your catch!
Distance from Campground: 4 miles

Tahoe Trout Farm
Great place to take the kids, and you'll be certain to catch a fish or two! With free admission, bait & tackle provided, you don’t need a license, and there’s no limit, how can you go wrong?

Directions from Campground:
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 50, turn RIGHT on Pioneer Trail, Turn LEFT on Al Tahoe, Turn LEFT on Hwy 50 then watch for the big American Flag on the LEFT (just across from Meek’s Lumber) Turn LEFT on Blue Lake Avenue and go about a block.
Distance from Campground: 6 miles

Fallen Leaf Lake
Remember the scene in “The Bodyguard” when Kevin Costner jumps into the lake to save the little boy when the boat exploded? This is Fallen Leaf Lake. I'm not sure how the fishing is, but the scenery is breathtaking. What I have heard is the lake is actually managed as a fish hatchery for kokanee. There are lots of private homes along the road and not that many places to stop, so it gets a bit crowded in the summer. If you park at the end of the road you can hike up to Glen Alpine Falls, which is breathtaking in the springtime. Be sure to bring a picnic and a camera!

Directions from Campground:
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 50 and go straight through two lights. Past Camp Richardson, turn LEFT on Fallen Leaf Lake Road and go to the end of the road.
Distance from Campground: 6 miles

East Carson River
This is where I see some of the more serious fisher folk. Stream fishing at its finest located in an incredibly beautiful valley. My son caught a whopper one year when he was about five years old… perhaps the thrill of his young life.

Directions from Campground:
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 50 and go 1/8 mile to Hwy 89 South towards Markleeville. Follow the road 12 miles to the intersection of Hwy 88. You’re there!
Distance from Campground: 12 miles

Blue Lakes
For the little bit more adventurous… although a jeep isn't a prerequisite, it wouldn't be a bad idea. We’re talking really serious fisher folk now, as you gotta be serious if you want to bounce along a bumpy dirt and gravel road for about 12 miles. This is a gem of an alpine lake, at 8,000 feet, and the reward is the two lakes are heavily planted by the forestry. Odds are in your favor that you really will catch fish here.
Directions from Campground:
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 50 and go 1/8 mile to Hwy 89 South towards Markleeville. Follow the road 12 miles to the intersection of Hwy 88. (This is where the fun begins) GO STRAIGHT through the intersection onto the dirt road for 12 miles. Hold onto your hats!
Distance from Campground: 17 miles

Caples Lake
Now, this is what I call fishing…. A lovely 600-acre lake surrounded by spectacular volcanic peaks at 7,800 feet in elevation, right off the highway, with boat rentals, and an exquisite restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. California Dept of Fish and Game & Alpine County plant plenty in Caples… something like 65,000 fish annually. They say you don’t even have to be up early; those fish are so hungry they'll bite all day. We’re talking about fisher folk paradise!

Directions from Campground:
Turn RIGHT on Hwy 50 and go 1/8 mile to Hwy 89 South towards Markleeville. Follow the road 12 miles to the intersection of Hwy 88. Turn LEFT on 88 and follow the signs to Kirkwood. You can’t miss it.
Distance from Campground: 26 miles