Campfire programs are presented in the amphitheatre from July through Labor Day. The amphitheatre is located in the center of the campground, parking is available just outside of the campground. Handicapped parking is available at the amphitheatre.
Twenty-five campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Alpine Meadow Campground. Campsites have a paved parking space, picnic table, tent pad(s), fire ring and a barbecue grill. Firewood is available for purchase.
Water faucets and vault restrooms with running water are also provided. No electricity is available. A public pay telephone is available.
Martis Creek Lake is great place to canoe or kayak. No motorized (gas or electric) boats are permitted.
Martis Creek Lake was the first "catch and release trophy trout" lake established in California. Varieties include Rainbow, Brown and Lahonton Cutthroat trout. Anglers must use flies, barbless hooks and artificial lures only. Live bait is not permitted.
Your assistance will help ensure a "lively" experience for all anglers young and old. No fishing is allowed in the streams above the lake.
The Martis Creek Wildlife Area, on the west side of Hwy 267, offers a 4.3 mile hiking and biking trail that loops around the valley. The trail goes along Martis Creek, through conifer forests and open meadows. Spring wildflower displays are spectacular from late June to early July.
The trailhead for the 1400 acre Waddle Ranch Conservation Area is at the end of Martis Dam road. From here you can access miles of forested trails throughout the Conservation area.
Picnicking facilities, fishing access, and portable restrooms are available at the Sierra View Recreation Area. Park facilities are closed during the winter months but cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted. Winter parking space is limited.
The Corps of Engineers is now included in the America the Beautiful interagency pass! For a one time purchase of $80, you have access to all of your favorite Corps parks in addition to all the other federal public lands and national parks for one year after the date of purchase.
Individuals 62 years or older can buy a $10 lifetime senior pass, which does not expire. All other passes and kids 15 years or younger are free of charge at all federal recreation areas. Senior and access passes holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.
Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our parks as the money is turned right around and invested in the facilities to improve your recreational experience.
Get details about the America the Beautiful pass series here http://1.usa.gov/1T6TRMt.
May 15 - October 15 (weather permitting)
With the America The Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells an annual pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year, and is sold at all Corps parks.
Martis Creek is listed as Site #37 in the California Wildlife Viewing Guide. The guide identifies habitat areas throughout the state which provide unique opportunities to spot wildlife on a recurring basis.
Resident animals include mule deer, coyote, black bear, bobcat, porcupine, beaver, Mountain bluebirds, bald eagle, osprey, kestrel, red-tailed hawk, blue heron and a wide variety of songbirds and fly-way waterfowl!