Silver Creek Campground is located on the banks of the Truckee River in Tahoe National Forest, and it’s a furrific spot for a Fido-friendly outdoor getaway. The facilities at Silver Creek are pretty standard for a US Forest Service managed campground -- that is to say, they’re pretty primitive. You certainly won’t find any showers, electricity, or RV hookups.
However, some campers and their canines might think that Silver Creek’s location is worth its weight in gold! Each site has a waterfront view, and the campground is located just eight miles from the charming town of Truckee, not to mention just a bone’s throw away from all kinds of outdoor recreation options. Not only that, but you and your pooch will be just a ten-minute drive from Lake Tahoe! Silver Creek is understandably paw-pular with visitors to the area, so it’s best to make your reservation early. This goes double for RV campers -- seven of the campground’s twenty-eight sites are walk-in and have no space for vehicles, and a further twelve are set aside for tent-camping only. Sites start at $20, and there's no entrance fee to the area.
You and your buddy certainly won’t be bored during your stay! Silver Creek’s main selling point is undoubtedly its proximity to Lake Tahoe, but you’ll also find some entertainment options a little closer to home. Avid anglers might be interested to know that the Truckee River is something of a hotspot for fly fishing. There’s also a swimming hole close to camp. Hound-dog hikers looking to escape the Tahoe crowds might enjoy some of the trails in the less-frequented but ruggedly beautiful Granite Wilderness Area. Just be sure to pick up a wilderness permit before you go! Looking for something a little different to do? You and your pup might enjoy a trip on the Northstar gondola, a cable car based in Truckee that offers free lifts to the mountains for hikers and their doggos during the summer months.
Wifi isn’t available at Silver Creek, but most networks should receive at least some coverage. Fires are permitted, but as with most campgrounds in California, regulations can change with the weather. You’ll also find drinking water available on-site. One further note -- Highway 89 is close by, so expect some noise at night. Remember to bring waste bags for your furry friend, and have a pawesome trip!