Some Tahoe campgrounds dealing with delayed openings due to lingering snowpack
Due to the extreme wet winter, several campgrounds in the Donner Lake and Tahoe Basin are closed or have limited access.
According to a spokesperson at Donner Memorial State Park, Splitrock and Ridge campgrounds are closed due to flooding. Both campgrounds are expected to open mid-June. The only campground open at Donner Lake Memorial Park is Creek campground, which has about 50 sites.
Boca and Stampede campgrounds located off I-80 west of Reno will open on Thursday, May 18.
According to U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Herron, campgrounds in the Lake Tahoe Basin are all open or getting ready to open as of May 12, 2017.
However, she says campgrounds on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe still have a large amount of snow at lake level, which will delay their opening.
Meeks Bay Campground will open on Friday, May 19.
Kaspian and William Kent campgrounds will open on June 2.
In addition, Fallen Leaf Campground is open, but some sites will be closed due to wet conditions.
Weekends and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend are the busiest and are usually full months in advance. Campsites are easier to reserve during the mid-week.
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Also, anyone wanting to make a reservation can do so on Reserve America.
Officials with the Tahoe National Forest also say it's important to be extra vigilant when participating in summer recreation this year. They say some hiking trails could still be covered in snow or ice, and that could put some people in danger of losing the trail.
They add, it's important to pack safety and emergency gear when headed out for a hike and dress appropriately.
For campgrounds in the Tahoe National Forest, campers can call the local ranger station before they arrive to make sure the campground is open and accessible.