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Caples Lake Resort
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Caples Lake Resort is off the grid with its own power, water, propane, and sewer systems.
Address1111 State Highway 88 Kirkwood, CA 95646
Phone(209) 258-8888


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We are an equal recreation provider.

Cross Country Skiing - Hope Valley
Cross Country Skiing - Kirkwood

Diana Rodgers, Crystal Clear Reflections
and Susan Harris, Fine Art Photography.

Welcome to the Caples Lake Resort Homepage!
We are a non-smoking, no pet resort.
We hope our site will introduce you to the resort and provide the information you need before visiting us. If you're looking for information you can't find here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the historic Carson Pass area of the northern California Sierras

On the north shoreline of 600 acre Caples Lake at 7806' elevation,
with panoramic views of the surrounding 10,000' mountains and the

1 mile east of Kirkwood Mountain Resort at 1111 Hwy 88

Within the Eldorado National Forest under a USFS Special

Caples Lake Resort is open from Memorial Day through the end of October and from Christmas time until early April. The fall shutdown (November to Christmas) and spring shutdown (early April through Memorial Day) are used for maintaining and upgrading resort facilities...and waiting for the lake to freeze or thaw.
We are rustic 1940s, but modern.

A beautiful lake and spectacular forest and mountain views

Tranquility enhanced by the absence of phone and TV

A main lodge with a lounge, a restaurant (currently not open for summer 2009), and 6 remodeled B&B lodge
rooms that accommodate 2 people, each with separate private bath

8 remodeled housekeeping cabins that accommodate up to 6 people,
with full kitchens, all linens, propane log fireplaces, outdoor furniture, propane BBQ and fire ring

A marina, boat rentals, (fishing, kayak, and canoe), and guest docking

X Country skiing and snowshoeing from your front door

The Kirkwood Cross Country and Snowshoe Center and downhill &
board areas 1 mile away

For more about our facilities please visit our "amenities" page.

Caples Lake Resort is off the grid with its own power, water, propane, and sewer systems. In 2006 we installed the first phase of an Alternate Energy System (AES) with solar modules, inverter/chargers and a large battery bank. We were able to limit our diesel generator operation from 24 hours to 6 hours per day this past summer and will further minimize generator operation with the addition of more solar modules, other alternating energy sources, and continued energy conservation. We ask our guests to help us recycle glass, plastics and aluminum materials. To find out more visit our "going green" page.

The resort was established in 1939 as a summer high Sierra retreat.

In 1972 the Kirkwood Ski area was opened and Highway 88 became a year around trans-Sierra route. Bathrooms were added to each cabin and the utilities winterized, and Caples Lake Resort is now a 3-season resort - summer, fall, and winter.

In 1982 the resort was purchased by John Voss and has been continually remodeled and upgraded since.

For more information on the fascinating history of Caples Lake Resort and of the Caples Lake area, see the “history” link.

Please contact us at (209) 258-8888 or
to request further information or make reservations.

home / lodging / cabins / lodge rooms / rates / marina / activities / amenities

Henninger Smith Publications Lake Tahoe, CA


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