Indian Creek-E. Fork Carson River Recreation Management Area

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Indian Creek-E. Fork Carson River Recreation Management Area

Nevada

(775) 885-6000

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Overview

Indian Creek Recreation Area is located in a pine forest at an elevation of 6,000 feet. The area lies at the edge of the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains, approximately 20 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. The surrounding area ranges from high mountains, rivers and streams in the west, to Great Basin Desert with pinion pine and sagebrush in the east. Recreational facilities include a 160-acre reservoir, a developed recreation site, and hiking trails. Improvements at Indian Creek include a fully-developed campground with restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers, a dump station, boat ramp, an environmental study area and a system of hiking trails.The campground is scheduled to close for the winter season on October 11, 2010. Many recreational opportunities are available at Indian Creek including camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, fishing, sailing, mountain biking, nature study, rock collecting, sightseeing and photography. During your visit to the Indian Creek Recreation Area, you may see some of the animals that live here, such as black bears, coyotes, porcupines, squirrels and chipmunks. Mule deer are frequently sighted. Please note that All of the campsites at Indian Creek Campground have "Bear Boxes" to store your food. Please use them and keep the bears wild!

Map of Indian Creek-E. Fork Carson River Rec. Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 38.732661, -119.768658

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Activities

  • Boating

    If you're boating, remember that the maximum speed on Indian Creek Reservoir is 10 mph.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is available.

  • Camping

    The Campground at Indian Creek

    The 160-acre campground is located on the west shore of Indian Creek Reservoir, elevation 5,600 feet, situated in a forest of ponderosa, Jeffrey and pinyon pine.

    Campsite fees are used to help maintain the recreation area. Persons 62 and older with Golden Age Passports are entitled to a 50-percent reduction in camping fees.

    A first-come, first-served campground with 19 sites and paved loops and spaces is situated just west of Indian Creek Reservoir. These sites are suitable for recreational vehicles up to 30' in length or tents. The restroom has flush toilets and hot showers. Drinking water and a sanitary dump station are provided.

    The day-use area has 10 picnic sites, a boat ramp, large parking lot, and restrooms with flush toilets.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is by far the most popular activity. Trout are stocked in the reservoir. The nearby Carson River is managed as a trophy fishery (catch and release those big ones!)

    Be sure to check with the California Department of Fish and Game for current information concerning hunting and fishing seasons and limits.

  • Hiking

    Trails at Indian Creek Recreation Area

    (A) INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR TO SUMMIT LAKE: A little steep at first, this one-mile hiking trail segment affords the hiker a scenic overlook of the Indian Creek area on the way to little Summit Lake.

    (B) SUMMIT LAKE TO CURTZ LAKE: This old jeep trail is closed to motor vehicle use and is now used as a hiking trail. About a mile long, it provides access between these two small lakes.

    (C) CURTZ LAKE TO CARSON RIVER: It's all downhill along this two-mile trail segment, leading to the beautiful East Fork of the Carson River. A second portion of this trail, about a mile long, parallels the river. Remember, it's all uphill when you return from the river.

    (D) INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR TO CARSON RIVER: This faint, two and three-quarter mile trail offers some spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains. This trail descends to the East Fork of the Carson River by a series of switch-backs, is steep in places and meets the river at a pleasant little clearing. The trail is seldom maintained, so use caution on rough segments.

    When in the back country please remember... No motor vehicles on the trails. Carry out your own trash. Be careful with all fires. California campfire permits are required for fires outside of a developed campground. Stay on the trails - don't cut across switchbacks. For safety, let someone know where you will be hiking and if possible, don't hike alone.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Be sure to check with the California Department of Fish and Game for current information concerning hunting and fishing seasons and limits.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic sites are available.

  • Water Sports

    White-water rafting is also available at the park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    During your visit to the Indian Creek Recreation Area, you may see some of the animals that live here, such as black bears, coyotes, porcupines, squirrels and chipmunks. Mule deer are frequently sighted.

    The most common reptile in the area is the garter snake; it is quite harmless. Several types of lizards also can be seen. The rattlesnake is the only venomous reptile in the area, but it is rather shy and rarely seen.

    Birds of many different varieties, such as golden and bald eagles, and several types of hawks and owls, are common in this area. Smaller birds, such as woodpeckers, jays, blackbirds and sparrows, also live here. In spring and fall, ducks and geese frequent the area.

    Keep your food stored at all times in one of the provided bear boxes if you are camping in the Indian Creek Campground. This can help prevent damage to your vehicle (a bear will make quick work of a car door or window) and is a safety must-do!

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact park services for more information.

Seasonality/Weather

Summers are generally warm and dry with daytime temperatures occasionally reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while evenings are cool and comfortable. Winter brings heavy snow at times, and temperatures can drop well below freezing. When this occurs, the reservoir freezes over.

Directions

Driving

From Carson City, NV, take US Highway 395 south for 12 miles to State Highway 88. Go south 15 miles on State Highway 88 to Woodfords, CA. At Woodfords, turn south onto State Highway 89 towards, Markleeville, and go approximately 5 miles to the directional sign for Indian Creek Reservoir.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(775) 885-6000

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