Prosser Campgrounds in Truckee, California

by June Farquhar

Truckee, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is just west of Nevada. The town is the gateway to North Lake Tahoe and is surrounded by resort areas. Prosser Campground boasts a natural environment without a lot of upgrades; it is more primitive and undeveloped than most campgrounds. Despite being secluded, many conveniences are nearby in the town of Truckee.


Prosser Campground is a 29-site facility surrounded by pine and fir trees. It is operated by California Land Management's Tahoe Recreation division and is within walking distance of the Prosser Reservoir where campers may fish from the shore or from boats. Campers may ride off-highway vehicles on the nearby track. Electricity is not provided at any of the sites and the campground is only open seasonally. It provides areas for bike riding, hiking and kayaking. Available services include vault toilets, potable water, dumpsters, picnic tables and fire rings. Firewood may be purchased at the campground. Fishing, swimming, canoeing, windsurfing and boating are within a mile away. ATM machines, restaurants, a convenience store and a hospital are within 10 miles of the campground.

Events and Facilities in Truckee

Truckee has several nearby facilities such as an arts center, a swimming pool, a recreation center, an ice rink and a sports park. Donner Lake is close by and has a boat launch. Information about events taking place in Truckee is available on the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District website. Major ski resorts near Prosser Campgrounds include Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Boreal Ridge and Northstar. Other Forest Service campgrounds and large reservoirs are in the same area.

Bear Warning

The Prosser Campground, like the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is rich with wildlife. Black bears are present and can be dangerous. Bears come around campsits when food is available, and they have come to learn that where humans are, food is too. According to the Save Bears Organization website, it is not advisable to run from bears. Save Bears encourage people through education to behave knowledgeably around bears.

Rules and Access

To reserve a place at Prosser Campground, call three days in advance. There is an additional charge for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend camping. Nighttime noise restrictions are enforced. The camping fee includes one vehicle and one towed vehicle; the charge for additional vehicles is collected at the campground. All sites have limited parking for extra vehicles. No firearms, chainsaws or fireworks are allowed at the campsites.

About the Author

June Farquhar has been writing for newspapers and special publications in California since 1998. She's the recipient of a press club award for organizing and designing a 42-page "Red Ribbon Week" tabloid, which received recognition from the California State Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives. Farquhar studied newspaper journalism at Bakersfield College.

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