USFS upgrades facilities at Stampede Reservoir |

USFS upgrades facilities at Stampede Reservoir

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) began significant improvements that will continue into the fall at Logger Campground next to Stampede Reservoir, the largest campground in Tahoe National Forest.

With a grant from the Forest Service Capital Improvements Funds, the Forest Service plans to upgrade 55 of 252 campsites to wheelchair accessible, and add new picnic tables and grills.

In addition, the USFS also removed the old vault chemical toilets and replaced them with new “Sweet Smelling Toilets” (SST), an undertaking that began mid May and is expected to conclude in the next few weeks.

The toilets, which were fully functional over the holiday weekend, are a prefabricated design with a unique venting system.

According to surveys collected by the USFS, foul smelling toilets have been the most common source of dissatisfaction among campground users in National Forests.

Not only are the smells odious with some of the older facilities, say Forest Service officials, some are also dangerous. Chemical toilets use cleaning agents that are suspected carcinogens.

“The safety of the people servicing the toilets was a major reason we had so much support for the new bathrooms,” said Diane Minutilli, Public Affairs Technician with Truckee’s USFS branch.

Sierra County, Nevada County, the Town of Truckee and the Truckee River Water Basin Group supported the decision to replace the existing facilities, and wrote letters to help secure the grant.

“The new units are easy to maintain,” said Minutilli in a Forest Service press release, “and they are all wheelchair accessible.”

Reservations for all campsites need to be made at least 10 days in advance through the National Reservation System at 877-444-6777 or through the web site

Boca-Stampede Reservoir

All the USFS campsites along Boca and Stampede Reservoir are open, and offer campsites along the water.

The area affords a number of recreational opportunities such as water skiing, fishing, swimming, hiking and many more.

Be cautious on the north side of Boca Reservoir; motorized vehicles, including boats, are not permitted.

In addition, fires are allowed in all Forest Service campsites in designated fire pits, unless otherwise noted. Check with local Forest Service Rangers upon arrival.


The 20, $10 per night campgrounds at Boca Reservoir are currently open and use vault toilets.

Boca Rest

At $8 per night, the 25 campgrounds at Boca Rest are the least expensive of the Boca-Stampede Reservoir campsites. They are currently open, offer water, and use vault toilets.

Boca Spring

The 17 campsites at Boca Spring are open, they allow horses, they cost $10 per night and offer drinking water and vault toilets.

Boyington Mill

Like the Boca campgrounds, the 12 sites at Boyington Mill are open, they cost $10 per night, and use vault toilets.


This loop of of 252 sites features new toilets, water, and costs $13 per night.

Davies Creek

The seven free sites at Davies Creek are currently open and have vault facilities.

Emigrant Group

The four Emigrant Group sites, two at 25 persons and two at 50 persons, cost $55 and $110 respectively, and feature drinking water and vault toilets.

Highway 89 North

Campsites on Highway 89 North of Interstate 80 offer campsites along the water and nearby streams.

There is a 10 mph speed limit restriction on Prosser, meaning that water skiing and jet skis are not allowed.

There are fishing restrictions on Sagehen Creek. Check California fishing regulations before you fish in the area.


The 10 campsites at Sagehen are currently closed. They are scheduled to reopen when the snow melts.


For $8 per night, the 30 campsites at Lakeside are open and available.


There are 29 campsites at Prosser that are open and cost $10 per night.

Prosser Ranch Group

The one, 50-person group site at Prosser is open, and available for reservation at $75 per night.

Highway 89 South

Only a few minutes from Lake Tahoe, the campsites located south of Interstate 80 along Highway 89 reside along the Truckee River, and offer a number of recreational opportunities.

Granite Flat

The 75 sites at Granite Flat are open, and feature drinking water and vault toilets. The cost is $12 per night.

Goose Meadow and Silver Creek

Both sites have roughly 25 campsites with drinking water and vault toilets for $10 per night.

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