Black Butte Lake

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About Black Butte Lake

Located 100 miles north of Sacramento and 60 miles south of Redding, Black Butte Lake is a quiet park that draws its name from the dark volcanic buttes in the area. When filled to the brim, the lake has a surface area of 4,460 acres, is seven miles long and has a shoreline of 40 miles.

Visitors come to the area for recreation opportunities that include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating (especially sailboarding), fishing, water sports and wildlife viewing. The spring is more primetime than Friends was on NBC in the 90s for wildflowers like fiddlenecks, California poppies, baby blue eyes and lupine. SPRING BREAK!

Campgrounds in Black Butte Lake

Buckhorn Campground

1. Buckhorn Campground

With nearby access to the boat ramps and beach at Black Butte Lake, Buckhorn Campground has walk-in sites for tent camping and vehicles up to 35...

Katie
Katie: Open year-round with flush toilets and hot showers. We camped here once in January and were the only ones here! They have a...
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Orland Buttes Campground

2. Orland Buttes Campground

The smaller of the two campgrounds at Black Butte Lake, Orland Buttes Campground has almost everything its big brother has, even the fish cleaning...

Katie
Katie: I've been here about 6 times and really miss going here. It's a great weekend getaway from Chico and it is cheap! It is easy to...

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I've been here about 6 times and really miss going here. It's a great weekend getaway from Chico and it is cheap! It is easy to get reservations and there are 35 sites! It is only $20 per night and they have flush toilets, hot showers, and fish cleaning stations.

This is located at Black Butte Lake and managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. There are hiking trails, Black Butte Dam, and a full disc golf course nearby. It is fun to take a short hike to the lookout point and watch the sunset where you will find 2 benches. Across the lake the Buckhorn Campground is open year-round. It is a good place for RVs too.
Beware: there are rattlesnakes, raccoons, deer, and other wildlife.

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Hipcamper KATIE

Open year-round with flush toilets and hot showers. We camped here once in January and were the only ones here! They have a playground for the kids and it is a good place to ride bikes. You can't beat the scenery here or the price.

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History of Black Butte Lake

The artificial lake was formed from Stony Creek in 1963 upon the completion of Black Butte Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.