Meadow Lake CampgroundMeadow Lake Campground Meadow Lake is a beautiful high elevation lake in the Tahoe National Forest. Activities here include boating (small craft only), swimming or riding the nearby (OHV) trails. There is no garbage service provided, so please make sure that what you pack in, you pack out. There is no water available here either so, pack enough for cooking, dish-washing and drinking. If you have any questions or concerns, a campground host is onsite to assist you. Each site has a table, food locker and fire pit/grill combo.
Meadow Lake is also a popular spot for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts as there are nearby trails to access. The Fordyce Jeep Trail and the annual Sierra Trek event in early August. At that time, CA4WDC arranges with Pacific Gas & Electric to restrict water flow in Fordyce Creek to passable levels. Expert spotters and winches are provided at five critical points and no vehicle is ever left behind. The Fordyce Jeep Trail is 11.9 miles long. It begins at 12e45 Pierce OHV Trail and ends at Meadow Lake Forest Road 0843-017. The trail is open to all Off Highway Vehicles (OHV). Recommended for experts only.
An informal boat launch provides access to Meadow Lake.
Frequently Asked Questions!
What FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in place because of wildfire risk? NOT ALLOWED at any time or under any Fire Index Rating - Use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices  - Use of chainsaws &bull Use of firearms, air rifles, or gas guns - Use of explosives &bull Any open flame outside of designated fire rings or BBQs (e.g. non-designated fire rings, tiki torches, etc.)  - Driving vehicles off designated roads - Parking vehicles outside designated parking areas
Wildfire risk mitigation measures for allowed activities (subject to applicable fire index rating)
The following must have at least 10 feet of clearance from vegetation and flammable materials: - Fires (allowed in designated structures only, must be supervised at all times and be fully extinguished prior to leaving the site) - Charcoal grills and generators
The following must have at least 3 feet of clearance from vegetation and flammable materials: - Petroleum and liquid petroleum gas devices - Battery powered devices, cord powered devices and power cords - Smoking (must have a butt receptacle and a bucket of water) - Citronella candles (no other types of candles are allowed)
Fire Index Rating based restrictions
When the Fire Index Rating is R4 (Very High): Use of charcoal grills will be prohibited.
When the Fire Index Rating is R5 (Extreme): all fires will be prohibited with the exception of LPG with a shut-off valve. (Smoking will only be allowed within vehicles/RVs)
When the Fire Index Rating isR5-PLUS (Extreme Plus): all fires and flames will be prohibited, including petroleum and LPG devices
The following activities will be restricted to within vehicles/RVs: smoking, use of generators, use of battery powered devices with motors, extension cords and devices with power cords
2022 Fee increase. PG&E has not increased fees for most of its managed campsites in over 10 years. To continue to provide clean and well-maintained facilities and customer-based services, PG&E will be increasing its campsite fees in 2022. The increases are based on market assessment of similar types of federal, state, and private campsites located within California.
2022 campsite fees can be found via this link or by clicking the Open & Close Dated and fee schedule link in the uper right corner of this screen.  Fee changes are only occurring at developed recreation sites and not at primitive/dispersed camping areas campsites where operation and maintenance fees are not collected.
How do I make a reservation? All Reservations are made online through this website.  Click on the name or icon for the desired campground and select a date range to check for availability. Reservations can be made for a minimum of two nights and a maximum of 14 nights. Reservations cannot be made within 3 days of your desired arrival date.
First-Come First-Served campsites are non-reservable.
How do I cancel my reservation? You can cancel by e-mailing Recinfo@pge.com or call (916)386-5164.
What is the cancellation / change policy? Cancellation Policy: Please note that reservations made between April 18th and April 25th cannot be modified and cancellation will result in forfeiture of 100% of the associated fees. The cancellation fee is $15.00 per site. Reservations that are cancelled within 7 days of the scheduled check-in are non-refundable (except for applicable taxes and point of sale items).
Change Policy: Changes to the reservation are not allowed within 3 business days of the scheduled check-in date and are subject to a minimum $10 change fee.
Reservations and their associated fees are non-transferable to other campsites within the campground or to other recreational facilities.
If an emergency or natural disaster forces the closure of a campground, we will attempt to notify you as early as possible and refund all camping fees. If you leave early, stay reductions do not qualify for a refund.
To make changes please e-mail email@example.comWhat does FCFS mean? FCFS stands for First Come First Served. FCFS sites cannot be reserved, but are available on a first come first served basis.
Can I reserve a First-Come First-Served campsite? No, First-Come First-Served sites are non-reservable and cannot be secured prior to your arrival at the campground.
It is suggested that you arrive early in the day to secure your campsite, as there are no guarantees of availability. Can I bring my pet? Yes, dogs and other pets are welcome! Dogs and other pets must be under owners' physical control at all times and must not disturb other campers.  It is the owner's responsibility to clean up after your pet and properly dispose of waste in trash receptacle.  Campers with unreasonably noisy dogs/pets may be asked to leave, to ensure an enjoyable experience for all campers.  Furthermore, pets may not be left alone at the campsite or in any vehicles. Can we show up for our reservation late? Campsites need to be occupied, by at least one person, the first night and may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours without permission from the campground host.
What is the 14 day maximum stay rule? The maximum stay in any campground is 14 days.  The campsite must be vacated by the 11:00 a.m. check-out time.What are the RULES for the PG&E campgrounds? Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) facility rules provide a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone while protecting natural resources. This recreational facility is a benefit of PG&E’s hydroelectric system. Click Here to download the PDF What are the RULES for the PG&E Day Use Areas? Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) facility rules provide a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone while protecting natural resources. This recreational facility is a benefit of PG&E’s hydroelectric system. Click Here to download the PDFWhat if I don't have an account?
Create an account for easy access to your reservations.  Go to "My Account" at the top/right of the page to set up an account using your email address and password.
Recreation Facility Closures
The Grizzly Forebay parking area, restrooms, fishing access, and campground will be closed for the remainder of the year beginning July 08, 2022, due to construction.
Due to damage caused by wildfire the following facilities will be closed for the 2022 recreation season:
Camp Conery Group Campground Last Chance Creek Campground Last Chance Creek Group Campground