Caples Lake California Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Caples Lake

The 600-acre Caples Lake, only 15 miles from Lake Tahoe, offers scenery of rugged peaks, dense forests to explore and many popular water activities for the whole family.

  • Enjoy a number of family activities at Caples Lake
  • Only 15 miles from Lake Tahoe
  • Visit in the spring through the autumn
  • Hike to Emigrant Lake through the beautiful Sierras
  • Fish for trout from the dam or spillway
  • Bring your RV or tent to camp out by the lake


Caples Lake CA lies in the Carson Pass area at 7,806 feet elevation. Panoramic views, excellent fishing, boating and other outdoor recreation await you. Not far from Lake Tahoe, this lovely alpine lake in the Sierras is worth a side trip to take in the peaceful location in the Eldorado National Forest, isolated from the crowds.

Location & Information

Caples Lake California is located along Highway 88, only 15 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.

The lake is not accessible in the winter, so you should visit from spring through the fall seasons.

Contact information: 209-295-4251 or Website


  • Hiking
    With a number of trails in the area, you’ll find hiking is great fun. Take the Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Trail on an easy trek of 9 miles. This out-and-back hike provides views along the south shore of Caples Lake and traces Emigrant Creek to the beautiful Emigrant Lake.
  • Fishing
    Caples Lake fishing is an enticing activity when you know you can catch four types of trout here, including Mackinaw, rainbow and brook. Fish from the dam, spillway or creek inlet for the best catches. Along Highway 88, you have a number of places to access the lake.
  • Camping
    Find Caples Lake camping at the campground by the lake. All sites are first-come, first-served, so no reservations are needed. There are 34 campsites, and some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. The campground is open from 1 June to 15 October, depending on the weather.

Fun Facts

The lake was named for Dr. James Caples, a pioneer to the gold country, who moved here in 1849, establishing a ranch and trading post on the north side of the lake, which he ran for 30 years.