Camp at Smalley Cove Campground

27300-28002 Auberry Rd

Smalley Cove Campground is nestled on the shore of the Kerckhoff Reservoir, in the beautiful Sierra foothills.

This campground operates on a first-come first-serve basis. Oaks and pine trees provide adequate shade. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and grill. The campground provides toilets and drinking water. Smalley Cove Campground is typically open year-round, but check with the U.S. Forest Service before going. The campground fee is $14/night, $3/additional vehicle, and $1 for pets. 

There are lots of activities to pursue while staying at Smalley Cove: hiking, trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, yoga, and photography. 

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water / water filtration
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (wool), trekking poles
  • Snacks, food and cookware
  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Medications / first aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
  • Mosquito repellant
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Elevation Gain 1045 Feet
Activities Stand Up Paddle, Cycling, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Yoga, Swimming, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


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not the lake pictured.

Small fun lake, no pine trees as pictured.

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