Indian Creek Recreation Area

Situated in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Indian Creek Recreation Area offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities highlighted by Indian Creek Reservoir, Indian Creek Campground and the East Fork of the Carson River. Elevation in the area ranges from 5,600 feet at the reservoir to 6,400 feet in the surrounding foothills. Pine trees and sagebrush dot the landscape.

Summers are generally warm and dry with daytime temperatures occasionally reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while evenings are cool and comfortable. Sunny and dry days prevail, interspersed with periods of spectacular thunderstorms in the mid-summer months. Winter brings heavy snow at times, and temperatures can drop well below freezing. It is not unusual for the reservoir to freeze over in the winter.

Paved access is provided by Airport Road off California State Route 89 midway between Woodfords and Markleeville, California.

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Geographic Coordinates

38.74007, -119.77785


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.