State: Northern California
Address 1: 11989 Martis Dam Road
Open: May 15 - October 15
Number of Sites: 25
Tents Allowed: Yes
About: Martis Creek Lake, Nestled in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, was created upon the completion of Martis Creek Dam in 1972. The lake is normally maintained at minimum pool covering 70 acres. The dam and lake provide flood protection for Reno, NV. The lake, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a ideal for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding or catch and release fishing in your float tube. No motorized boats are allowed.
Martis Creek Lake is a great spot for viewing a wide variety of waterfowl and birds, including great white pelicans, osprey, and mountain bluebirds. Hiking is available at the neighboring Waddle Ranch conservation easement and on the west side of Highway 267 at the Martis Creek Wildlife Area.
The scenic, well maintained campground has quiet, shaded, well spaced campsites and is close to the large variety of activities offered by the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area during the summer. There is no vehicle size limit. Campsites are first come first serve. Handicapped sites may be reserved through the park ranger by calling the park. Contact numbers: Summer: 530-587-8113, Winter: 530-432-6427 (Englebright Lake).
Directions: From Interstate 80 in Truckee, take exit 188B, go south toward Lake Tahoe, 2.3 miles look for the sign for Martis Creek Lake Recreation Area.