Sardine Lake Campground is a picturesque site in the Tahoe National Forest near Sardine Lake in Calpine, California. Surrounded by mountains and a beaver pond, and sitting in a forest of tall pine trees, there is certainly no shortage of views at Sardine Lake Campground. There are 29 campsites to choose from, and 15 of them accommodate RVs. Up to six people, including children, are permitted at each site. Pets are also welcome to come along, but they must always be attended and on a leash.
Your spot at Sardine Lake Campground will have a picnic table, a fire ring, and a food storage locker, but there are no hookups. There's no dump site at the campground, but drinking water is available. There's also a firewood vendor, paved parking spots, self-pay stations, and an amphitheater. If you branch out a little further than a mile, there are boat rentals, restaurants, and general stores near the campground.
During your stay at Sardine Lake, you'll have convenient access to several outdoor activities. There are more than 30 miles of trails near the campground, and many of them permit mountain biking and equestrian use. Trek the 3.3-mile Deer Lake Trail for an easy but beautiful hike. You can also pan for gold in the North Yuba River, explore the waterfalls along it, or fish in the Stampede Reservoir. Head to nearby Sand Pond to swim or get some sun on the sandy shore, but dogs are not permitted here. You can also boat, swim, or fish on Sardine Lakes, and the Sardine Lakes Resort has boat rentals.
Be sure to look out for bears during your stay at Sardine Lake, and always store your food and waste appropriately. Reservations are strongly encouraged if you visit during peak season: June to September. You can reserve your spot at this magnificent campground as soon as four days before your visit or up to six months in advance.