Caples Lake Area Campgrounds

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Caples Lake Area Campgrounds

Three National Forest campgrounds are located near Caples Lake. Caples Lake Campground is the only one of the three recommended for RVs or trailers. It is located directly across the highway from the lake and Caples Lake Resort, making it a favorite location for those who want to fish, swim, boat, or hike. A 5 MPH speed limit is imposed on the lake.

The other two campgrounds - at Kirkwood Lake and Woods Lake - are recommended for tent camping only. Motorized boats are not allowed on those lakes. None of the campgrounds take reservations.

map of Caples Lake area campgrounds on Carson Pass, CA

Caples Lake Campground

Located at an elevation of 7,800 feet, 59 miles east of Jackson on Highway 88, just across the highway from Caples Lake. Usually open from June 1 to mid-October.

Campground Amenities

  • 34 camp sites for tents, trailers and RVs up to 40 feet
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings
  • Walking distance from Caples Lake for swimming, fishing, boating (5 MPH limit), hiking


Reservations: None
Fees: $24 per night for 6 people and 1 vehicle
Caples Lake Campground Map

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Kirkwood Lake Campground

Located at an elevation of 7,700 feet, 57 miles east of Jackson ½ mile off Highway 88, next to Kirkwood Lake. Usually open from mid-June to mid-October.

Kirkwood Lake near Carson Pass, CA

Campground Amenities

  • 12 camp sites for tents
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking
  • Non-motorized boating on Kirkwood Lake


Reservations: None
Fees: $22 per night for 6 people and 1 vehicle
Kirkwood Lake Campground Map

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Woods Lake Campground

Located at an elevation of 8,200 feet, 63.5 miles east of Jackson and 2 miles off Highway 88, near Carson Pass. Usually open from July 1 to mid-October.

Woods Lake near Carson Pass, CA

Campground Amenities

  • 25 camp sites for tents
  • Vault toilets, piped water, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, bear boxes
  • Swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking
  • Non-motorized boating on Woods Lake


Reservations: None
Fees: $24 per night for 6 people and 1 vehicle
Woods Lake Campground Map

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