Description - French Meadows Reservoir provides camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, horseback riding and hiking in the Foresthill Ranger District. Located in the eastern region of the District, approximately 19 miles east of Foresthill, this Reservoir provides access to much of the Districts OHV trails.
- French Meadows Reservoir provides opportunities for boating, fishing and camping along its shores. This Reservoir offers a staging area for OHV use in the area. To the east is Granite Chief Wilderness Area and to the south is the American River. The Western States Trail passes within a mile to the southwest shoreline.
Recreation - French Meadows Reservoir offers mountain biking, camping, fishing, hiking, OHV trails, picnicking and horseback riding in the eastern region of the Foresthill Ranger District.
Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
French Meadows Reservoir is located 19 miles east of Foresthill and approximately 14 miles west of Tahoe City. Travel on Mosquito Ridge Road east for approximately 26 miles to reach the Reservoir. This reservoir is located in the Foresthill Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest.