Hike-in Required
Potable water
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Blessed with the scenery of Lower Sardine Lake and the craggy peaks of Sierra Buttes towering above, Sardine Lake Resort offers quaint cabin accommodations set within a picturesque northern Sierra retreat. In operation since 1941, the seasonal resort offers nine cabins for rent, lakeside drinks and dining, and a small boat fleet provides access to the Lake’s renowned trout fishing.

Cabins range in size from studios to two bedrooms. All come equipped with kitchens, and some contain private baths. Weekly rentals are common during the peak summer months, and nightly rentals are easier to attain during spring and early fall periods. 

Sardine Lake Resort is well known for its lakeside dining deck and gazebo bar, which is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are encouraged for dinner in the main lodge dining room with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The gazebo bar, which boasts some of the best views in all of the Lakes Basin, is located adjacent to the marina and opens at 5 p.m.

The County of Sierra designates Lower Sardine Lake a premium fishing lake, and it is well stocked with rainbow trout annually. In keeping with this designation, and to keep the fishing productive, swimming is prohibited in the lake. Swimming is readily available at Sand Pond, however, just a stone’s throw from the resort. Electrically powered fishing boats are available for rent. A primitive boat ramp is also available.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round


Open from

May 29 to October 15

Price per night



Lakeside retreat. Fishing. Boat Rental. Outside dining and bar.


Open seasonally.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Sardine Lake Resort


Wood stove
Potable water


Nearby Adventures

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California


Sardine Lake is a wonderful spot. The fishing is excellent and the lake is beautiful--the closest large lake to the Sierra Buttes. Dinner at the Sardine Lake Lodge is not to be missed and reservations are a must in summer.
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