NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Carson River Resort

The Convenience Store

This is pretty much about fishing for trout on the east fork of the Carson River, and that's a good thing. Located just over two miles east of the hamlet of Markleeville on the east side of the Sierra, it offers seven rustic cabins, an RV park with full hook-ups and a campground right alongside the river for those who don't need to plug in. Grover Hot Springs State Park is just down the road with its year-round tension-reducer and you are within reasonable commute range of South Lake Tahoe and the west fork of the Carson. The resort sits on a beautiful stretch of Hwy. 89/Hwy. 4 on the east side of Ebbetts Pass that parallels the river for an extended stretch and offers many access points. The river is pretty robust in this area; you are not fishing a tiny stream. For anglers who like fishing rivers it doesn't get much better than this. The spot is also popular kayakers and rafters when the runoff swells the river and with bikers much of the time. Winter brings snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; downhill skiers head to nearby Lake Tahoe. Whatever your mode of transportation the drive over Ebbetts Pass should not be missed.

The rustic cabins sit behind the store just across the road from the river. There are seven of them, and they sleep up to four people each. All are outfitted with linens and showers; some have kitchens and gear. All have a heat source. All are well-maintained and fit the rustic cabin profile. You gotta love it when they can brag that two of the cabins were 1940's era Sears & Roebuck kits. Pets are permitted in most of the units.

The RV park is adjacent to the cabins, across the road from the river. They offer water, sewer and electrical hook-ups and there is some shade. The campground is sited on the banks of the river, with some of the sites literally on the river.

There is a convenience store on-site with basic supplies, including a pretty good selection of fishing gear. Advice from the owner, Todd, is free.

When you try to define what makes a nice rustic lodge in a beautiful area you can use this one as a blueprint.

Directions: Coming from the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountains you need to cross the mountains, logically over Carson Pass on Hwy. 88 or Ebbetts Pass on Hwy. 4. Either way will work. From Hwy. 88 at Woodford Station turn onto Hwy. 89 toward Markleeville and continue on to the resort. Hwy. 89 and Hwy. 4 share the fame here. From Hwy. 4 go over Ebbetts Pass to the resort. This is a classic drive and should be done for any number of reasons. The fact that it leads here is icing on the cake.

Carson River Resort

PO Box 457

Markleeville, CA  96120

Ph: 877-694-2229



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