A stay at French Meadows Campground makes for a top-notch Tahoe National Forest experience, and if you’re looking for accommodation in the Foresthill, CA area, you’d be barking mad not to check it out! There aren’t any shower stations, electricity, or RV hookups at the campground, but the location is well worth sacrificing the mod cons for. Sat on the shores of the gorgeous French Meadow Reservoir, which features a sandy beach, the sites are well-shaded by stately, mature pines. You’re also close by to some of the best outdoor recreation options the area has to offer. Even the drive up is spectacularly scenic -- expect fine views of the valleys. Magnifique! French Meadows is nowhere near as pawpular as it should be, but reservations are still recommended, particularly if you’ll need to stay at one of the several accessible campsites. The nightly rate for non-electric sites is $20.
French Meadows Reservoir doesn’t offer nearly as much to anglers as the nearby Middle Fork River, but it’s still a lovely place to chill as you cast your line. Not only that, but you and your doggo should feel free to take a dip -- French Meadows is one of the few lakes in the area that allow fur-balls in the water. Hound-dog hikers and nature-loving pups will be delighted to know that French Meadows Reservoir is considered the western gate to the stunning Granite Chief Wilderness! You’ll find a trail in this pawesome preserve for every age and ability, and most of them boast stunning views. Careful, though -- the wilderness is home to a significant deer population, and pooches aren’t allowed in the fawning areas from May to July.
French Meadows doesn’t have any wifi, and cellular coverage varies, so check with your network before you leave if you need to stay in constant contact. Fires are permitted, but only within designated rings, and regulations can change with the weather. Water is also available on-site. Remember to bring bags for your furry friend, and have a furrific vacation!