Plumas National Forest

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About Plumas National Forest

Plumas National Forest is no joke. 1,146,000 acres, towering mountains, dozens and dozens of lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, we could go on and on. Any outdoor activity you’re searching for can probably be found here. Wherever you happen to wander in the park, you’re never too far from an amazing lake or an epic trail. For reference, the Pacific Coast Trail runs straight through this baby, and there are more than 20 lakes in just one of the park’s districts. Right near the Sierra Nevadas, Plumas is a perfect spot for those of you looking to avoid Tahoe crowds and still have a sweet time outdoors.

Campgrounds in Plumas

Black Mountain Lookout

1. Black Mountain Lookout

A fresh perspective does the heart solid. If you’re feeling flush, book the Black Mountain Lookout cabin. Built in 1932 by the Civilian...

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Goose Lake Campground

2. Goose Lake Campground

Goose Lake Campground is what C+C Music Factory were talking about when they sang about “things that makes you go hmmm. ” There are a crazy amount...

Kelsi: This camp spot is so fun with a (bigger) group of friends. There are at least 10 spots (drive up) surrounding the lake and also...
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Feather Falls Trailhead Campground

3. Feather Falls Trailhead Campground

Feather River Falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls to view in Northern California just outside of Oroville. Although the trail is tough, it...

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Gold Lake Campground

4. Gold Lake Campground

With a name deserving of the landscape, Gold Lake Campground is located just 9 miles southwest of Graeagle, a small town that’s known as “the gift...

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Silver Lake Campground

5. Silver Lake Campground

Silver Lake Campground is in a forested area near the banks of the lake. There is no swimming permitted in Silver Lake, but knock yourself out with...

Karissa: You can't swim a Silver Lake (it's a reservoir) But its open to boating (paddle) and fishing. Amazing swimmable lakes are just...
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Boulder Creek Campground

6. Boulder Creek Campground

Oh. My. Gawd. Becky, check out this scenery. Ancient glaciers, mountain lakes, vast granite peaks, deep canyons, rich mountain valleys and meadows!...

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Peninsula Tent Campground

7. Peninsula Tent Campground

Grab the skillet cause you better be cooking up some pancakes on Pancake Beach! Peninsula Tent Campground offers peaceful campsites just a stone’s...

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Haven Lake Campground

8. Haven Lake Campground

Access breathtaking scenery and over 20 small lakes when you stay at Haven Lake Campground. The area is rich with trails, accessible to hikers,...

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Conklin Park Campground

9. Conklin Park Campground

If you need some time alone or with a special someone, you might consider Conklin Park Campground. It’s a quiet campground located along a creek,...

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Lower Bucks Campground

10. Lower Bucks Campground

Lower Bucks Campground sits on the small Lower Bucks Lake, just a short walk to the large and scenic Bucks Lake. Boating and fishing are quite...

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Strawberry Campground

11. Strawberry Campground

Strawberry Campground is on the banks of Sly Creek near the Sly Creek Reservoir. The reservoir is popular for fishing, swimming and boating. There...

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Hallsted Campground

12. Hallsted Campground

Embrace the refreshing escape at Hallsted Campground. With front row seats along the Feather River, this prime spot will have you dancing away...

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Big Cove Campground

13. Big Cove Campground

With a desirable location for water recreation, Big Cove Campground has a variety of sites. Some of them overlook the lake, some of them are shaded...

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Lakes Basin Campground

14. Lakes Basin Campground

Lake Basin Campground sits in a field of granite boulders among fir and aspen trees. An area formed by glaciers, there are over 20 natural glacial...

Eric: This campground is often confused with Gold Lake.
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Cottonwood Springs

15. Cottonwood Springs

One, two, three steps and you’re at Frenchman Lake from the Cottonwood Springs Campground! Summer camping just doesn’t get better than this....

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Chilcoot Campground

16. Chilcoot Campground

Escape the crowds and settle in at Chilcoot Campground, one of five campgrounds located at the Frenchman Lake Recreation Area in the Plumas...

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Grizzly Campground

17. Grizzly Campground

Black bears do frequent the area but this large, family campground is plenty safe, just take precautions. Grizzly Campground is located in a...

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Running Deer Campground

18. Running Deer Campground

Get right in the thick of it--the thick of pine and fir forest that is--at Running Deer Campground. Take a dip the Little Grass Valley Reservoir...

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Meadow View Equestrian Campground

19. Meadow View Equestrian Campground

Five miles north of Frenchman Lake, Meadow View Campground is the only equestrian campground in the Beckwourth District and has a corral across the...

Emma: Excellent no fee campground. Only six sites, but we were alone. Water pump and vault toilets available. Each campsite has a...
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Rogers Cow Camp

20. Rogers Cow Camp

Rogers Cow Camp is a small rustic campground that’ll make you feel like you really escaped reality. It’s a popular motorcycle staging area with...

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North Fork Campground

21. North Fork Campground

North Fork Campground sits in an open area without much shade. There is great fishing nearby, and you can pick berries during the summer. Forget...

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Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

22. Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

Located off the southwest section of Gold Lake, Gold Lake 4X4 Campground has access to trails for OHV vehicles at an impressive 6,400 feet. For a...

Jesse: Fantastic place. Got there in stock 4X4 truck. Lake is beautiful and plenty of space for family around site. Very clean with 14...
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Little North Fork Campground

23. Little North Fork Campground

Named for its location on the Middle Fork Feather River, Little North Fork Campground has recently gotten a little extra TLC on its amenities....

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Snake Lake Campground

24. Snake Lake Campground

Snake Lake Campground sits in a shady, forested area in Meadow Valley. Spend your day fishing and paddling your canoe around Snake Lake, just a...

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Gansner Bar Campground

25. Gansner Bar Campground

Gansner Bar Campground is a shady and quiet spot that sits on the north fork of Feather River. Enjoy fishing or tubing on the river, and berry...

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Queen Lily Campground

26. Queen Lily Campground

Queen Lily Campground is quiet, serene campground in Plumas National Forest. You’re in bear country, so make sure you store food properly—there’s a...

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Grasshopper Flat Campground

27. Grasshopper Flat Campground

One of three family campgrounds, Grasshopper Flat Campground is the turnkey experience for turning on the next gen. Located in the Lake David...

Lightning Tree Campground

28. Lightning Tree Campground

Round up the brothers, sisters, cousins and pets and head out to Lightning Tree Campground where the trees are tall but the privacy is limited. The...

Horse Camp

29. Horse Camp

Horse Camp is exactly like it sounds: a camp for equestrians. Located in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains and on the eastern shoreline of the...

Long Point Campground

30. Long Point Campground

Tucked away inside the Antelope Lake Recreation Area, Long Point Campground offers the outdoor enthusiast’s dream getaway. We’re talking all the...

Whitehorse Campground

31. Whitehorse Campground

Just a few miles away from the action at Bucks Lake, this site will offer the piney, forested seclusion you need without cutting you offer from the...

Spring Creek Campground

32. Spring Creek Campground

What is 500 feet from Frenchman Lake, and has unbeatable views of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges? The amazing, the unstoppable Spring Creek...

Big Cove Overflow

33. Big Cove Overflow

Just off Galeppi Creek, Big Cove is an overflow campground open only when all other campgrounds in the Frenchman Lake Recreation Area are full....

Sundew Campground

34. Sundew Campground

Sundew Campground sits on the banks of beautiful Bucks Lake. Work up an appetite swimming or windsurfing in the lake, cook up your catch of the...

Little Beaver Campground

35. Little Beaver Campground

Time to slap your trail in the water for some summer fun at Little Beaver Campground on the east bank of Little Grass Valley Reservoir. These...

Brady's Camp Campground

36. Brady's Camp Campground

Brady’s Camp Campground is a favorite for deer hunters during hunting season. This forested campground is walking distance to Pine Creek, and there...

Rock Creek Campground

37. Rock Creek Campground

Rock Creek Campground sits in a forested area near East Branch Rock Creek. This campground is a favorite of deer hunters during hunting season....

Greenville Campground

38. Greenville Campground

Greenville Campground sits in a forested area in Indian Valley. The campground is near the town of Greenville, where you can pick up groceries and...

Red Feather Campground

39. Red Feather Campground

Red Feather Campground is one of eight campgrounds in the area with dozens of single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Spend a few days amongst...

Deanes Valley Campground

40. Deanes Valley Campground

Deanes Valley Campground sits in the Meadow Valley area of Plumas National Forest. This campground is in a shady forested area, and is very popular...

Crocker Campground

41. Crocker Campground

Popular with deer hunters, Crocker Campground is a modest camp located 10 miles northeast of the tiny town of Portola. Railroad fans...

Black Rock Walk-in Tent Campground

42. Black Rock Walk-in Tent Campground

Black Rock Campground Walk-in Tent Campground ain’t no Black Rock City, but the views will certainly do! Campsites are nestled against the...

Frenchman Campground

43. Frenchman Campground

A campground named for the lake it sits on, Frenchman Campground is the creme de la creme of camping in the area. Campsites are set up with tons of...

Charise: Very thick mud when water levels are low.
Golden Trout Campground

44. Golden Trout Campground

The South Fork Feather River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a camping gem where you are sure to strike gold. The Golden Trout...

Mill Creek Campground

45. Mill Creek Campground

Mill Creek Campground is located on the northern end of Bucks Lake near Mill Creek. Build a castle on the sandy beach or spend your day swimming...

Grizzly Creek Campground

46. Grizzly Creek Campground

Grizzly Creek Campground sits in a wooded area near the creek and is a popular camping spot during hunting season. The beautiful Bucks Lake is two...

Lone Rock Campground

47. Lone Rock Campground

Kick back and enjoy the pristine views of the glassy lake at this gem of a spot. Lone Rock Campground is a forested babe that is just lookin’ for a...

Sly Creek Campground

48. Sly Creek Campground

Tiptoe around Sly Creek Campground and you’ll find many secluded beaches and choice fishing spots along the reservoir. Take advantage of amenities...

Laufman Campground

49. Laufman Campground

Located four miles southeast of Milford, Laufman Camp is a small, modest campground. Nearby Honey Lake, which evaporates each year to form an...

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Hipcamper Karissa

You can't swim a Silver Lake (it's a reservoir) But its open to boating (paddle) and fishing. Amazing swimmable lakes are just a quick hike away in the bucks lake wilderness (trail right out of campground).

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Hipcamper A

Looking for a great day BBQ spot? We’d recommend Sandy Point in Buck’s Lake Recreation Area. Lots of tables and grills, and a great picnic area near the beach!

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Hipcamper A

Some of the lakes here are high elevation, we’re talking like 5,000 ft. up, so if it’s 90 degrees out, the lakeside weather is probably warm and breezy.

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Hipcamper A

Little Grass Valley Reservoir is perfect for kayakers and rowers of all types. Its got spacious, pine-shaded campsites, and plenty of water sport options.

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Hipcamper A

If you’re big into hiking, definitely check out the epic Pacific Crest Trail while you’re out there! It’s famous for stretching all the way from Canada to Mexico.

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Hipcamper A

Headed to Frenchman Lake Recreation Area? For a shady spot, definitely get there early. Also, be aware that Big Cove, Cottonwood Springs, and Chilcoot are the campgrounds with flushing toilets.

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Hipcamper A

Zip your tents! Especially in summer months, there are quite a lot of moths in the area that would be more than happy to camp with you.

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Hipcamper Emma

Excellent no fee campground. Only six sites, but we were alone. Water pump and vault toilets available. Each campsite has a picnic table (excellent condition), fire ring, and food storage locker. Cows roam free and moo at all hours of the day. We awoke to hoof prints around our camp in the morning.

Hipcamper Jesse

Fantastic place. Got there in stock 4X4 truck. Lake is beautiful and plenty of space for family around site. Very clean with 14 day limit & no fees. No garbage or water. OK to burn in fire pit (new grill too). Bear boxes at every site.

Hipcamper Kelsi

This camp spot is so fun with a (bigger) group of friends. There are at least 10 spots (drive up) surrounding the lake and also easy access off the main road. We brought floaties, kayaks, and SUPs to take out on the lake. There is plenty of hiking and mountain biking actives near by. Do not miss the fire tower hike!! There are bathrooms available close walking distance from all the sites but bring your own water! The sites are clean and well equipped with fire pits and picnic tables.

Hipcamper Eric

This campground is often confused with Gold Lake.

History of Plumas National Forest

Under the direction of President Theodore Roosevelt, Plumas was established as the Plumas Forest Reserve by the General Land Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 27, 1905. In 1906 the forest was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, and on March 4, 1907 it became a National Forest. On July 1, 1908 a portion of Diamond Mountain National Forest was added. The Bucks Lake Wilderness was officially designated in 1984 as a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.