Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Less than an hour north of the hustle and bustle of Lake Tahoe, the serene Webber Lake Campground is open to the public for the first time in many years. Quietly sitting unnoticed for a century, spectacular forests, meadows and wildlife thrive, and surrounding peaks and ridges give the small lake a secluded feel. Home to threatened and endangered species, bird migration corridors, and a lake stocked with fish, the 3,000-acre property has only been visited by a select few because it was a private campground for generations. The 45-site campground, now owned and operated by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, offers access to hiking, fishing, paddling and cycling to those looking for a unique escape.

Calls from sandhill cranes, coyotes and other animals echo over the lake at dusk as sunset paints the surrounding peaks orange and purple. At dawn, mist rises from the lake’s crystal-clear water. It’s the perfect base camp to explore nearby Perazzo Meadows, Mount Lola, Independence Lake, the Pacific Crest Trail, Webber Falls, and Sierra Valley to the north. And while few today are familiar with the campground, lake, and adjoining Lacey Meadow, it was once a mainstay on the overland route to California during the Gold Rush. The last hotel along the historic Henness Pass wagon train route still stands on the property.

In 2012 The Truckee Donner Land Trust and its partner, the Trust for Public Land, with support from the California Wildlife Conservation Board, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Natural Resources Agency, and the Northern Sierra Partnership, purchased the property for $8 million from the Johnson family, which had owned the property since 1870.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall
Spring

Congestion

Rarely full

Parking Pass

None

Open from

May 25 to October 15

Price per night (basic site)

30.00 $ (25.19 €)

Pros

Beautiful location. Serene setting. Historic. Multiple recreation opportunities.

Cons

Remote setting not very close to services. Limited to no cell service.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

Truckee Donner Land Trust

Reservation phone number

1 (530) 587-2267

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Big vistas
Wildlife
Fishing
Family friendly
Historically significant
Wildflowers
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Lakefront
Old-growth forest

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

45

Maximum trailer length

60.00 ft (18.29 m)

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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