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Boca Spring Campground

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Boca Spring Campground sits in a mountainous shady grove.- Boca Spring Campground
  • Informational sign at Boca Spring Campground.- Boca Spring Campground
  • The extent of the amenities at the campground.- Boca Spring Campground
  • The campground is only accessible via a very rocky road.- Boca Spring Campground
  • Picnic table and fire pits at each campsite. - Boca Spring Campground
  • Typical site at Boca Spring Campground.- Boca Spring Campground
  • The outflow from Boca Spring is popular for locals to gather water.- Boca Spring Campground
  • The campground contains a group site that must be reserved in advance.- Boca Spring Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Freshwater spring. Scenic location.
Cons: 
Seasonal closures. Rough road required to access the campground.
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Alerts: 
As of 2016, water available at the campground was found unfit for drinking. Pack in all of your drinking water.
Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Boca Spring Campground is a more secluded and more tent-friendly alternative to the much more popular Boca Rest Campground located at the edge of Boca Reservoir.

Boca Spring, on the other hand, is accessible only by a rough mile-long gravel road that climbs away from the shadless reservoir area and up to a shady grove at the edge of a meadow created by the constantly-flowing Boca Spring, a freshwater spring that is also a popular source of drinking water. (Ironically, the water available in the single spigot at the campground was found in 2016 to be unfit for drinking.) The road to the campground is passable by all vehicles, though the large rocks in the road may mean that smaller passenger cars will want to drive slowly. Any vehicle larger than a medium-size RV will have a very hard time accessing the campground.

Boca Spring Campground has 16 campsites, including one large group site. One of these sites is also not available for reservation and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites each sit amidst the trees, which provide a small bit of seclusion from neighboring sites. 

Campsites have a wooden picnic table and a firepit with grill. One building containing two vault toilets serves the campground. A camp host is also available.

Due to snowy conditions in the Sierra, Boca Spring is open from May until mid-October each year, though additional closures are possible due to snowfall.

A camping limit of 14 days applies to the site. This campground is also an access point for horses and off-highway vehicles to the network of trails climbing around Boca Ridge and Verdi Peak.

For visitors wanting slightly more seclusion, a good option would be to turn left after the entrance to access either of the two sites past the group campground if there are no groups present.

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