Blue Lakes Campgrounds

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Blue Lakes Campgrounds

Blue Lakes, Carson Pass, CA

Blue Lakes are part of a cluster of lakes 12 miles south of Highway 88 at Hope Valley. Operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the lakes serve as water storage for downstream hydro-electric plants. Four main campgrounds, plus an expansion campground are open as soon as the road is plowed free of snow in early summer.

The lakes offer boating, swimming, and fishing. Unimproved boat ramps are available at both Upper and Lower Blue lakes. Small boats are allowed on the lakes. Anglers have great success in both the upper and lower lakes as well as in some of the nearby lakes. Hikers are rewarded with fields of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife.

Reservations - New for 2015

Many Blue Lakes campgrounds are now on a PG&E reservation system. Sites may be reserved from 3 days prior to arrival. A 2-night minimum is required if arriving on a Friday or Saturday. Campgrounds are still available for first-come, first served camping in sites that have not been reserved. During seasonal shoulder periods campgrounds may be open, but may not be accepting reservations. Their typical reservation season starts the Monday before Memorial weekend and closes a week after Labor Day weekend.

map of Blue Lakes area campgrounds on Carson Pass, CA

Lower Blue Lakes Campground

Located at an elevation of 8,100 feet, 69 miles east of Jackson and then 12 miles off Highway 88 on Blue Lakes Road. On the south shore of Lower Blue Lake. Usually open early summer to mid-October, depending on snowfall. Operated by PG&E.

Campground Amenities

  • 16 camp sites for tents, trailers, and RVs.
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Boating, fishing, swimming at Lower Blue Lake


Reservations: Lower Blue Lake Campground Reservations
Fees: $23 per night

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Middle Creek Campground and
Middle Creek Expansion Campground

Located at an elevation of 8,100 feet, 69 miles east of Jackson and then 13 miles off Highway 88 on Blue Lakes Road. Between Upper and Lower Blue lakes. Usually open early summer to mid-October, depending on snowfall. Operated by PG&E.

Campground Amenities

Middle Creek Campground at Blue Lakes, Carson Pass, CA
  • 5 camp sites for tents, trailers and RVs along Middle Creek, 34 sites across the road at the Expansion Campground
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking


Reservations: Middle Creek Campground Reservations
Fees: $23 per night

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Upper Blue Lake Expansion Campground

Located at an elevation of 8,100 feet, 69 miles east of Jackson and then 13 miles off Highway 88 on Blue Lakes Road. Usually open early summer to mid-October, depending on snowfall. Operated by PG&E.

Campground Amenities

  • 15 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking


Reservations: Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Expansion Campground Reservations
Fees: $23 per night

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Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Campground

Located at an elevation of 8,100 feet, 69 miles east of Jackson and then 13 miles off Highway 88 on Blue Lakes Road. At Upper Blue Lake. Usually open early summer to mid-October, depending on snowfall. Operated by PG&E.

Campground Amenities

  • 25 camp sites for tents, trailers and RVs
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking


Reservations: Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Reservations
Fees: $23 per night

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Upper Blue Lake Campground

Located at an elevation of 8,200 feet, 69 miles east of Jackson and then 15 miles off Highway 88 on Blue Lakes Road. At north end of Upper Blue Lake. Usually open early summer to mid-October, depending on snowfall. Operated by PG&E.

Campground Amenities

  • 32 camp sites for tents, trailers and RVs
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking


Reservations: Upper Blue Lake Campground Reservations
Fees: $23 per night

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All of the PG&E campgrounds at Blue Lakes are operated by American Land & Leisure