Indian Creek Campground Update

Indian Creek Reservoir - Markleeville, CA (Alpine County)

by Doug Busey

I received this information from the BLM office in Regards to the campground area. The BLM, Sierra Front Field Office announces the Indian Creek Campground in Alpine County will remain closed until further notice. “The Campground closure is due to damages caused by the 2021 Tamarack Fire, and significant flooding in 2022,” said Jonathan Palma, Acting Sierra Front Field Manager. “The campground will remain fully closed to public access until further notice.” In July of 2021, the Tamarack Fire burned through Indian Creek Campground and destroyed the RV /tent main loop, group camp site and restroom. Wildfire impacts to site facilities, hazardous materials abatement, and risks associated with wildfire-affected “hazard” trees necessitated this closure. In August of 2022, the area received heavy rains that flooded the campground, resulting in significant sediment loading and debris fields in the campground, compounding the BLM's timeframe for re-opening the facilities. The site will remain closed to the public, including vehicles, while staff work on public safety and infrastructure restoration tasks. Hazard tree falling within the campground concluded in March, with over 80 truckloads of timber being removed. With the different contractors using the day use area for storage and staging, no date has been set to open the day use area to the public at this time. The BLM appreciates your patience and your cooperation in staying out of the campground during the closure. Because a re-opening date may extend well into the future, camping reservations are not available at this time". The fishing has been very productive. This may be due to the CDFW planting the lake this week with 800 lbs of rainbow trout. The weeds are starting to get thick. But that can work to your advantage. Target the areas in between the weeds and adjust your height on your leader. I have used anywhere from  a 12 to 48 inch leader. Salmon peach or green powerbait is most productive. But inflating a night crawler with scent, is a close second. Both roads are open.

Good luck on your next fishing adventure. If you have a question. a report in our local fishing area or have a photo of your catch, send it to [email protected]. Hope to see you on the waters. Good fishin' and tight lines.

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