After leaving Scott Lake dispersed camping area, we made our way over to Indian Creek Reservoir. Now, while there is a campground there ($20/night for RV… no thanks). We were after FREE camping. 🙂
To get here, you will take Airport Rd off of HWY 89 that goes to Markleeville, CA. Head toward Indian Creek Reservoir. Right before you get to the “airport” (really just a landing strip – there are no outbuildings, etc), on the right there is a small little turn off with a little area that’s cleared off. Keep an eye out, it’s easy to miss!
There is a small road that continues up the mountain that you could easily tent camp at but unless you have a little tiny RV there isn’t room for a rig there. Great views tho!
There were a ton of deer in this area and we were graced with them nearly every day. Lots of does with older fawns but we did see a few bucks as well.
We spent our limit of 14 days here. There was water to be had for free in the day use area of Indian Creek Reservoir and there is a dump station there as well ($10). With our composting toilet and only grey water tanks we were able to stay the whole time with no trouble at all.
We had great parking for our solar and still plenty of shade in the afternoon. The temps ranged about 80-85 during the day and high 40’s to low 50’s at night. Perfect!
We were all by ourselves the entire time we stayed here. We did have some people stop by who were curious, obviously, but mostly we had the place to ourselves. There is a bit of road noise from the small amount of traffic that goes to the reservoir but all in all it was a very peaceful place! We would certainly return. And it’s FREE. Did I mention that?? 🙂
This spot is located about 5 miles from Markleeville, CA (no cell service there but wifi to be had) and about 30 minutes from Carson City, NV and Lake Tahoe, CA.
We DID manage to get 1-2 bars Verizon 4g with our Wilson 4g booster. I think if we could have raised the antenna higher we would have had even better signal. No AT&T service though if we went to the top of the hill we could get one bar 4g.
All in all a really nice boondock! Where are we headed next? Well, our general plan is to make it down to New Mexico as we are going to the Balloon Fiesta! But as we have a few weeks until then we are going to meander our way down 395. Possibly go to Mono Lake! But as our plans are set in jello only time will tell.