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Jackson Meadows Reservoir - Site # 95
Aspen and lodgepole pine flank the rocky slopes surrounding this high, isolated mountain lake.
SeasonalSeasonal - these sites have high wildlife values during certain seasons, though they may have recreational value year-round.

Background: The lake offers good summer views of broods of Canada geese and mergansers, mallards, green-winged teal, and a handful of shorebird species also visit in summer. More than 50 resident bird species, ranging from brown creepers to American dippers; like the resident mountain quail and blue/dusky grouse, are hard to spot. Several meadows offer good evening views of mule deer. Resident sharp-shinned hawks and Cooper's hawks fly low over the forested slopes; bald eagles visit in the late fall.

Viewing Tips: Lakeshore is rugged with no trails. Many roads and pullouts for car viewing. Fall colors are outstanding; also wildflowers in spring. On the drive to the reservoir, watch wet meadows for deer and other wildlife.

Site Notes: The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the eastern part of the Recreation Area and comes very close to the East Meadows campground. The Lasier Meadows Horse Camp is an ideal location for equestrian enthusiasts. There's even the Jackson Point Boat Camp that is only accessible by boat. A self-guided nature hike is located on the western part of the Recreation Area near Woodcamp campground.

Nearby Viewing Sites: Sand Pond
Kyburz Marsh

Visitor Information: Sierra County Chamber of Commerce - 800-200-4949 - http://www.sierracountychamber.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Everday
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Year Round: No
Seasonal: Due to heavy snow, viewing here is restricted to summer and fall.The Jackson Meadow Recreation Area is accessible year-round, but by different means of transportation. The main summer camping and fishing season is from Memorial Day to late October. While many of the campgrounds close the end of October, camping is still available for the hunting season. During the winter, the entire area becomes a "snow park". The winter season depends on the snow level, but is usually from late November to late May.

Road Information:   Paved. 
Road Hazards: Roads closed in winter. Call ahead.
Some campground roads were severely damaged during 2017.
 Number of Parking Spaces: 20
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Danger: $5 fee for boat launch and day use also $5. Campground fees are additional. Some parking and roads may be closed due to trees hazards and poor road conditions.

Special Tips: 10 boat access only campsites are no charge.

How to Get There: From Truckee, take Highway 89 north for about 15 miles. Turn left on Jackson Meadows Road and continue west for 17 miles to reservoir. A secondary access is by way of the Bowman Lake Road off Hwy #20, but is only recommended for vehicles with high clearance.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service - Sierraville Ranger Distric
Agency Site URL: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=80729
Physical Address: 317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 92126
Agency 2:631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Manager Phone:(530) 994-3401 - Sierraville
Site Phone:(530) 265-4531 - Tahoe
County: Sierra
Addition Website:  http://tinyurl.com/ybzsxdyo