More than 7,000 acres of public lands are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for public outdoor recreational use. Paved access is provided by Airport Road, off State Highway 89 midway between Woodfords and Markleeville, California. Improvements at Indian Creek include a fully-developed campground with restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers, a dump station, boat ramp, an environmental study area and a system of hiking trails. Summers are generally warm and dry with daytime temperatures occasionally reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while evenings are cool and comfortable. Winter brings heavy snow at times, and temperatures can drop well below freezing. When this occurs, the reservoir freezes over.

Long climb up then beautiful little lake. Took long,easy road route back. Rain, wind, hail for the last hour!

trail running
3 months ago

trail from the reservoir up to summit lake and onwards to the Carson River is great and well maintained singletrack. from them on be prepared to get tons of scratches as the trail mostly disappears till the switchbacks up out of the canyon. The climb out is grueling and the trail is overgrown... once out of the canyon I lost the trail and ended on a forest road that took me to the airstrip...... tried to follow a dirt road back to my car but that also disappeared. fun times but not ideal for running

A beautiful hike to take with dogs. Summit Lake is gorgeous!

I hiked the Summit Lake Trail in this area. Couldn't find the Cortez Trail the other person mentioned, or a trail where the map shows as the starting point. I took Airport Rd all the way to the end where the campground and Indian Creek Lakes are. Summit Lake is 1.5 miles from the campground... and another mile pass that it says it connects to Carson River Trail. Summit Lake wasn't much... but nice hike

Not a beginner trail. The end is very steep! Beautiful view. Hard to find from the road. The sign calls it Cortez Trail, but locals told us that we were on the correct trail.