Kids to Parks Day celebration at Martis Creek Lake

Published May 8, 2013
An aerial view of Martis Creek Lake on a summer day.

An aerial view of Martis Creek Lake on a summer day.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 8, 2013) – Camping season has begun at Martis Creek Lake and National Kids to Parks Day, May 18, is a perfect day to celebrate at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park near Truckee, Calif.

“It’s a great time of year to bring your children outside to enjoy the beauty of the Sierra Nevada,” said Jacqui Zink, Martis Creek Lake park ranger.

Kids to Parks Day opportunities will include a young adventurer's tour of the American Indian cave at Martis. Participants are invited to meet at the Martis dam gate and Waddle Ranch trailhead at 10 a.m. Participants are recommended to wear hiking boots, and bring sunscreen, a hat and drinking water for the short trek.

Additionally, twenty-five campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Alpine Meadows 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. Two campsites are universally accessible and are available for reservation by calling the park ranger at 530-587-8113.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 420 lake and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages. For more information on USACE recreation sites and activities, visit

Robert Kidd

Release no. 13-027