Woods Creek Camp
List Price: $2,995,000
Woods Creek Camp is a remarkable 280+/-acre mountain retreat located near Kirkwood, California. The property features a beautifully-designed 2,000 square foot lodge with two bedrooms and two baths, a pair of high-quality tent cabins, nearby bathhouse, and a powerhouse with solar system and backup generator. A crystal clear stream that is home to fish, beaver and other wildlife runs through the property to nearby Caples Lake. The stream along with acres of forests have been improved to enhance wildlife habitat and fire safety.
Originally homesteaded around 1900, this incredibly private retreat that is just minutes from the famous Kirkwood Ski Resort is a family-ready opportunity for fun and relaxation.
The retreat is located in Alpine County, near Carson Pass, and is approximately a four-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and less than 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe. The main house is accessed off State Route 88 down a well-constructed half-mile gated, gravel road. The famous Kirkwood Ski Resort, which is known for some of the best snow conditions in the sierra, is less than three miles away. Local supplies including groceries and gas are found in Kirkwood with major shopping in South Lake Tahoe or Gardnerville, Nevada.
The Woods Creek Camp retreat consists of 280+/- acres of quaking aspen, pine and fir forests along with meadows and a stream that meanders through the property and empties into Caples Lake. The property and surrounding area offer a truly magnificent high-sierra experience with beautiful granite outcroppings, breathtaking vistas, and more places to hike and explore than you’ll ever find time to visit.
Woods Creek typically has year-round flow. In low rainfall years, the stream is reduced to pools by September however the fish remain and spawn from Caples Lake every year. Beavers have returned and helped retain pools, ponds and the wet meadow below the lodge. The recent recordbreaking snowfall along with the extensive work that has been done to improve the fish habitat is sure to help recharge the property’s water features to their prime. The more accessible portions of the property were logged about 35 years ago and the owner has successfully employed a variety of techniques to restore and improve these areas and others on the property. A masticator or forestry mulcher has been used to thin small pines to allow a healthy new forest and reduce fire danger. Erosion control measures have also been put in place to help restore the stream’s elevation, store more water, and to keep the property’s meadows wet.
The 2,000 square foot, two bedroom two bath lodge was designed by well-known Palo Alto architect John Northway. It features open-beam ceilings and great windows that provide mountain light and inspiring views of the outdoors. The majority of lodge flooring is rich hardwood.Northway chose the practicality of colored concrete for the entry and service areas. The bedrooms are carpeted and both baths have heated floors and tile all around.
The kitchen features cork flooring and cherry wood for the attractive kitchen island. The balance of the counters are tile.
Appliances include a Sub Zero refrigerator, Thermador gas range with oversized gas oven, Miele dishwasher, GE microwave oven, garbage
compactor, and two sinks with disposals in each. Also included are a low maintenance washer and gas dryer.
The exterior of the lodge and its roof are smartly constructed of corrugated steel for fire protection and painted to blend in with the surrounding environment. The lodge has basement storage with lower level access for convenience.
There are two, high-quality 160-square-foot tent cabins that can accommodate additional family or guests. They are set on wood platforms and are constructed with metal frames for durabilty and ease of installation and removal. They offer great comfort, protection from the elements, and are just steps from the creek and campfire.
A bathhouse, which serves the two tent cabins, features superbly-crafted stonework with no exposed grout and offers a great level of comfort for those who are not staying in the lodge. A utility/storage shed is located nearby and can be used for tools and equipment.
An outside fireplace, located just steps away from the lodge and under the stars, does an excellent job of reflecting heat while sending smoke skyward. It’s the ideal venue for great conversations, deep thoughts, enjoying a high-sierra evening, and the preferred place for s’mores.
A power house with solar system and back up generator (propane with 1000 gallon underground tank) was designed with capacity to serve the existing structures and, with the addition of more solar panels, to provide for a future small cabin. The property is off-the-grid.
There are two water wells and the lodge and bathhouse each have their own septic systems. The lodge is served by a phone line.
Wildlife & Recreation
Wildlife habitat at Woods Creek Camp is thriving with an abundance of beaver, deer, bear, bobcat, coyotes, hawks, eagles, owls, songbirds, grouse, mountain quail, and numerous other species. The creek itself is home to trout.
The Kirkwood area with its famous year-round resort offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding during the winter and hiking and mountain-biking during the summer. With most resorts located at the north end of Lake Tahoe, the area tends to be less crowded and many would argue more enjoyable.
Hiking your property and exploring the national forests, including the Mokelumne Wilderness, offer great exercise and fun. You can fish your own stream or walk to nearby Caples Lake.
Woods Creek Camp is a wonderful sierra retreat with a level of privacy that is very rare these days. The creekside location, spectacular beauty, and very comfortable accommodations provide a truly memorable setting for family or even small corporate gatherings. With superior access to wilderness and recreation, this property has it all.
NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications,potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee.