Meadow Lake Preserve

196 Acres, Established 2016.

Public access allowed.

Conservation Values:  Forest habitat, headwater protection, recreational uses.

The 196 acres which surrounds and encompasses parts of Meadow Lake is an exciting conservation acquisition for BYLT due to its location in the Upper Yuba Watershed near the headwaters of the Middle Yuba River and its variety of plant and animal communities. The northern hillsides have unique soil complexes which result in limited timber productivity and a very high diversity of native wildflowers. In July and August these slopes are bursting with color.

Flora and Fauna:  Two interesting wildlife species which have been observed here are the Sooty grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) and the yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris).  Deltoid balsam root (Balsamorhiza deltoidea) and giant paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) cover the hillsides near the campgrounds in summer months.

What to do there:  Camping, hiking and water activities are all allowed at Meadow Lake.

How to get there:   From Truckee, head north on CA-89, turn left onto Jackson Meadows Road, turn left toward Henness Pass Rd (FS-86) and continue to Meadow Lake Road. Continue to drive approximately ten miles until you reach Meadow Lake. Road is passable with two-wheel-drive vehicle.

Rules, regulations:  Developed camping is located on the north side of the lake and is managed by USFS.

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