French Meadows Reservoir

Popular activities on the reservoir include boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming.

Soak in the beautiful scenery of this lake while relaxing on the beach or hiking around the perimeter. Bring your family and spend the night in one of its many campgrounds and, in the crisp morning air, take the canoe out for a relaxing ride. With two day-use areas, the reservoir is also the perfect place to sit down and have a picnic or just spend the afternoon swimming.

  • Address Mosquito Ridge Road 96, Foresthill, CA 95631
  • Phone 530-367-2224
  • Website French Meadows Reservoir
  • Best Feature Open to all boats
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Elevation: 5,200 Feet

From Foresthill:   Drive 36 miles east on Mosquito Ridge Road (Forest Road 96).


  • Big Meadows Campground

    Big Meadows Campground

    Georgetown, CA

    Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking

    Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634
  • Windy Point Trail

    Windy Point Trail

    Colfax, CA

    This short but challenging trail affords some spectacular views of the North Fork Canyon and when timing is right a spectacular wildflower display.

    Iowa Hill Road, Colfax, CA 95713
  • Confluence Interpretive Trail

    Confluence Interpretive Trail

    Auburn, CA

    The confluence of the North and Middle Forks American River affords a marvelous opportunity to view the natural wonders of this river canyon environment and to glimpse the past via the remains of its historic bridges.

    Highway 49 S, across from ASRA Park HQ, Auburn, CA 95603