Beckwourth Ranger District

Beckwourth Ranger District is located on the eastern portion of the forest in Eastern Plumas Country and extends into Northeastern Sierra and South Lassen Counties. The district offers ample recreational activities including RV and tent camping, hiking, waterfalls, boating, and picnicking. The Plumas Eureka State Park is adjacent to Lakes Basin Recreation area and the Crocker Meadows State Wildlife Area both offer a variety of recreation activities to visitors who find accommodations on and pursue other recreation activities at Forest Service sites.

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Conklin Park Campground

The Conklin Park Campground, elevation 5,900 is located off State Highway 395, ten miles south Milford, CA on Willow Creek and adjacent to the Dixie Mountain State Game Refuge. This campground is predominantly used by hunters and has a total of 9 campsites, none are accessible. Each campsite has a table, fire-ring, and bear proof box. There is no potable water. One vault toilet is available.

Crocker Campground

The Crocker Campground, elevation 5,800 is located off Highway 70, six miles northwest of Beckwourth, CA on County Road 111 to Genesee. It is adjacent to the historic Crocker Guard Station and Lake Davis is approximately 3 miles west of the campground. This campground has a total of 10 campsites and no sites are accessible. Each campsite has a table and fire-ring. There is no potable water. One single and one double vault toilets are available.

Laufman Campground

The Laufman Campground, elevation 5,100 is located off State Highway 395, three miles south Milford, CA. This campground has a total of 7 campsites and no sites are accessible. Each campsite has a table and a fire ring. There is no potable water. One vault toilet is available.

Meadow View Campground

The Meadow View Campground, elevation 6,100 is located off State Highway 395, seven miles west of Doyle. This campground has a total of 6 campsites, and none are accessible. Each campsite has a table, fire-ring and bear proof box. There is potable water from a hand pump. One vault toilet is available.

Ross Campground

Ross Campground, elevation 5,800 feet, is located 8 miles west of Graeagle, CA via highways 506/507 through Plumas/Eureka State Park. This campground has a total of 7 campsites, and none are accessible. Each campsite has a table, fire-ring and bear proof boxes. There is no potable water. One vault toilet is available.

Crocker Guard Station Cabin Rental

The Crocker Guard Station cabin rental, elevation 5,700 feet, is located 10 miles northeast of Portola, CA, a 45-minute drive from Reno, NV and 3 miles from Lake Davis Recreation Area. The house has four bedrooms with ten twin beds and mattresses including two sets of bunk beds, a kitchen, dining room, living room and an outside vault toilet building. This rental has propane operated lights, cook stove and heater (250-gal LPG tank), and an outdoor water hydrant (no potable drinking water). Cooking and eating utensils are provided. There is no refrigerator and visitors must provide their own drinking water, bedding, and trash bags. Visitors are required to remove all trash and recycling upon departure.

Big Cove Campground

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The Big Cove Campground, elevation 5,800, is located 2.3 miles east of the Frenchman Lake Dam. There is a total of 38 campsites, (19 single and 19 double sites). Each site has a table (two in double campsites) and combination grill/fire ring. Eleven of the campsites are accessible, nine with hardened surface and two with a paved surface. All have accessible paths to toilets. All campground roads and spurs are paved; five campsites have a pull through parking spur. Potable water is available. There are four flush toilet buildings, two with coin operated hot showers.

Big Cove Overflow Campground

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
This is an overflow camping area located across the road from the Big Cove Campground. There are 15 designated campsites and 7 have tables. There is a vault toilet.

Chilcoot Campground

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The Chilcoot Campground, elevation 5,400, is located on State Highway 284, three miles south of Frenchman Lake Recreation Area and five miles north of the town of Chilcoot, CA along Little Last Chance Creek. This campground has a total of 40 campsites, (35 single sites and five walk-in tent sites). Each campsite has a table and a combination grill/fire-ring. Two of the campsites have bear proof boxes. Two of the campsites are accessible; one walk-in with a hardened campsite surface and one drive up with a paved surface; both have accessible paths to the toilets. All campground roads and spurs are paved. Potable water is available.

Cottonwood Springs Family & Group Campground

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The Cottonwood Springs Family and Group Campground, elevation 5,600, are located in the southwest portion of the recreation area, 1.5 miles west of the Frenchman Lake Dam, on Forest Service Road 25N11. This campground has 20 single campsites, located in loops A and C and two group campsites located in loops B (25 people) and D (50 people). Each campsite has a table and combination grill/fire ring. Each group site also has a group fire ring. Group site B is accessible with hardened surfaces and paths of travel. All Campground roads and spurs are paved. Potable water is available with three flush toilet buildings, one located in each loop. All toilet buildings are accessible with the A loop building providing coin operated showers.

Frenchman Campground

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The Frenchman Campground, elevation 5,800, is located .8 miles east of the Frenchman Lake Dam, off paved Forest Service Road 24N01. This campground has a total of 38 single campsites. Two campsites are fully accessible with paved surfaces and paths to the toilets. Each campsite has a table and combination grill/fire ring. All campground roads and spurs are paved. Potable water is available and there are 8 vault toilets.

Spring Creek Campground

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The Spring Creek Campground is located 1.1 miles east of the Frenchman Lake Dam, and .3 miles east of the Frenchman Campground. This campground has a total of 35 single campsites. Two campsites are fully accessible with paved site surfaces and paths. Each campsite has a table, and combination grill/fire ring. All campground roads and spurs are paved. Potable water is available and there are five vault toilets.

Cottonwood RV Sewer Waste Station

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The RV sewage waste station is located adjacent to the Cottonwood Family and Group Campground. Facilities include a paved road, sewer dump, bulletin board, and one potable water hydrant.

Frenchman Dam Kiosk Picnic Site

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
The Frenchman Dam Kiosk Picnic site is located on the south end of the lake west and separate from the Frenchman boat launch and picnic site. This site contains two vault toilets, a gazebo with 2 picnic tables, a visitor information sign, hiking trail to the lake and approximately 20 paved parking spaces. There is no potable water.

Frenchman Boat Launch & Picnic Site

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
This day use facility is located on the south end of the lake off the same access road and across from Frenchman Campground and includes a separate boat launch and picnic area. The 150-foot boat ramp is a two lane concrete ramp with a floating boat dock (80 feet including gangway). There is an accessible loading ramp in the parking lot for individuals with disabilities. The access road and parking areas (75 vehicle capacity at boat ramp) and (20 vehicle capacity at picnic site), are paved. There are 17 picnic sites, each with a table and a combination grill/fire ring. One picnic site is accessible. There are 4 vault toilets at the boat ramp parking area and one vault toilet at the picnic parking area. Potable water is available.

Lunker Point Boat Launch

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
This day use facility is located on the west side of the lake, three miles north of the Frenchman Dam and includes 2 ramps, parking, picnic sites and interpretive signs. There are two boat ramps (concrete and asphalt) one for high water and one for low water, with an 80-foot aluminum floating boat dock. The access road and parking area (38 spaces) are paved with curbs and includes a gravel overflow area (approximately 20 spaces). There are two concrete picnic tables and interpretive signs. There is one vault toilet building, containing two toilets.

Crystal Point Picnic/Fishing Site

Frenchman Lake Recreation Area
Crystal Point is on the east side of Frenchman Lake 2 miles north of Frenchman Campground on the east side of the lake. It is a day fee use site with one vault toilet, two picnic tables, self-serve fee station with visitor information board, curbed parking lot, 30 wheel stops for 30 vehicle parking, and wooden fencing on one side of the parking lot.

Grasshopper Flat Campground

Lake Davis Recreation Area
The Grasshopper Flat Campground is located off County Road 112, approximately nine miles north of Portola, CA on the east shore of Lake Davis. The campground contains a total of 68 single campsites and one small group site for 25 people. Each campsite has a table and combination grill/fire ring. Four campsites are accessible with paved camping area. All campground roads are paved. Potable water is available and four toilet buildings with 4 stalls each (2 of which are accessible), as well as coin operated hot showers are available for use.

Grizzly Campground

Lake Davis Recreation Area
Grizzly Campground is located off County Road 112, approximately eight miles north of the town of Portola, CA on the east shore of Lake Davis. The campground has a total of 55 single sites. Two sites are accessible, one with a paved camping area and one with a hardened camping area. Each site has a table and combination grill/fire ring. All campground roads and spurs are paved. Potable water is available and four toilet buildings with flush toilets are available for use.

Lightning Tree Campground

Lake Davis Recreation Area
Lightning Tree Campground is located on County Road 112, approximately twelve miles north of the town of Portola. The campground has a total of 20 single sites and 19 double sites. Eight sites are fully accessible and all paths of travel to the toilets are accessible. Each site has a table and combination grill/fire ring. All campground roads and spurs are paved. Potable water is available, and six vault toilets are available for use.

Mallard Cove Overflow Camping Area

Lake Davis Recreation Area
An undeveloped area adjacent to Mallard Cove Boat Ramp is used for camping only when the designated campgrounds are full. Twenty-three sites are designated with posts. There is one vault toilet, no water system, tables, fire rings or bear proof food lockers.

Grizzly RV Sewer Waste Station

Lake Davis Recreation Area
The sewage waste station is located across the road from Grizzly Campground. Facilities include a paved road, sewer dump, bulletin board, and one potable water hydrant. Water is supplied by the Grasshopper/Grizzly Campground system.

Lake Davis Dam Kiosk Picnic Site

Lake Davis Recreation Area
The Lake Davis Dam Kiosk Picnic site is located on the south end of the lake ½ mile southwest of Grizzly Campground. This day use site contains one vault toilet, a gazebo with 1 picnic table on concrete pad, a visitor information sign, hiking trail access, and gravel 10-15 parking spaces.

Camp Five Boat Launch

Lake Davis Recreation Area
This day use facility is located off Forest Service Road 24N10 on the west side of the lake approximately twelve miles north of Portola, CA. The facility was rehabilitated in 2009 and includes: a 111-foot boat ramp and floating boat dock; a solar powered light on the ramp; two accessible vault toilets; a universally accessible fishing pier; two accessible picnic tables with walkways; one bench; and interpretive signs.

Honker Cove Boat Launch

Lake Davis Recreation Area
This day use facility is located nine miles north of Portola, CA on County Road 112 adjacent to Grasshopper Flat Campground. This is a highly developed facility with year-round visitor use and includes a two-lane concrete ramp with an 80 foot floating boat dock, picnic tables, interpretive signs, a flush toilet building with showers, a vault toilet, and a water hydrant. During the winter, recreation events may occur at this site as visitors hike in for ice fishing and other forms of winter recreation. The parking area provides 50 paved parking spaces. There are 2 flush toilet/coin operated shower buildings. There is also a vault toilet building that is opened for winter use. There are two picnic tables, three concrete benches, three interpretive signs, two asphalt pathways and one concrete pathway.

Lightning Tree Boat Launch

Lake Davis Recreation Area
This day use facility is located on County Road 112 approximately twelve miles north of the town of Portola adjacent to the Lightning Tree Campground on the northeast side of Lake Davis. The facilities include a paved ramp, asphalt ramp for fluctuating lake levels, 80-foot floating dock, a vault toilet, 3 picnic tables, interpretive signs, and approximately 30 paved parking spaces. Potable water is available.

Mallard Cove Boat Launch

Lake Davis Recreation Area
This day use facility is located on County Road 112 approximately ten miles north of Portola, CA on the east side of the lake midway between Lightning Tree and Grasshopper Flat Campgrounds. This facility provides extensive shoreline fishing access in addition to boat access to Lake Davis. This site is popular site for ice fishing and is used year-round. This facility contains a concrete ramp, paved parking with 25 spaces, a vault toilet, two self-serve fee stations, interpretive signs, one bench and two picnic tables and one concrete picnic table near the boat ramp. This facility does NOT have a boat dock.

Gold Lake Campground

Lakes Basin Recreation Area

The Gold Lake Family Campground, 6400’ elevation, is located approximately ten miles southwest of Graeagle off the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519). There are 37 campsites each containing picnic tables, fire rings, and bear boxes for food storage. No sites are accessible. There is 1 vault toilet, and three visitor information signs including a self-service fee station. Gold Lake Campground located at the Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a heritage site. Potable water is not available.

Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Gold Lake 4X4/Boat Campground, 6400’ elevation, is located approximately ten miles southwest of Graeagle, CA off the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519). To access the campground, turn right onto Boat Ramp Road 21N93 and drive approximately 1.25 miles southwest to the campground or access the facility by boat. High clearance vehicles with 4-wheel drive are recommended. There are 16 campsites but only 4 campsites have fire rings and picnic tables and no sites are accessible. Potable water is not available.

Goose Lake Campground

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Goose Lake Family Campground, 6400’ elevation, is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Graeagle, CA on the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519). There are 13 campsites each with picnic table, and fire ring and no sites are accessible. Ten sites offer bear boxes for food storage. This facility contains 2 vault toilet and three visitor information signs including a self-service fee station. Potable water is not available.

Haven Lake Campground

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Haven Lake Family Campground, 6400’ elevation, is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Graeagle, CA on the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519). There are 4 campsites each with picnic table, and fire ring. There is one vault toilet, three visitor information signs and one self-serve fee station. Potable water is not available.

Lakes Basin Family Campground

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Lakes Basin Family Campground, 6,600’ elevation, is located approximately 7 miles southwest of Graeagle, CA off the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519), on Forest Service Road 21N10. The campground consists of 23 single sites, including, one double site and four accessible sites with hardened surfaces. Each site has a table and a combination grill/fire ring. About half of the sites have bear proof food storage lockers. There is a group campground tent only for up to 25 tents adjacent to this campground. It is considered to be site 24 of the Lakes Basin Family Campground. Use is by reservation only and has its own separate road from the family campground. There are 4 vault toilets.

Lakes Basin Group Campground

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Lakes Basin Group Campground, 6,600 ft elevation, is located approximately 7 miles southwest of Graeagle, CA off the Gold Lake Highway on Forest Service Road 21N10. The group campground can accommodate up to 25 persons. This site, called #24 of the family campgrounds, includes five tables, one of which is accessible, one combination grill/fire ring, two food lockers, and one group fire ring. Reservation only site. There are two vault toilets and a one double-panel bulletin board in the campground. The group and family campgrounds are adjacent to each other.

Grassy Lake Trailhead & Day Use Site

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
This trailhead is located within the family campground near campsite 15 at Lakes Basin Campground. The trail leads to Grassy Lake and then connects with a network of well signed and maintained trails. The trailhead area consists of one composting toilet, a double panel bulletin board, parking area with 8 spaces, two picnic tables and an adjacent swimming area.

Gold Lake Car Top Launch

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Gold Lake Car Top Launch, 6,400 ft elevation, is located approximately ten miles southwest of Graeagle, CA off the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519) on the northeast end of Gold Lake. There are 20 parking spaces, six picnic tables, a gravel boat launch, a vault toilet and various visitor information signs. Potable water is not available.

Gold Lake Boat Ramp

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Gold Lake Boat Ramp, 6,400 ft elevation, is located approximately ten miles southwest of Graeagle off the Gold Lake Highway (Plumas County Road 519) on the southeast end of Gold Lake south of the Car Top Launch site. Amenities include 58 paved trailer parking spaces, 18 single parking spaces, 2 vault toilets, two picnic tables. There is a two lane 80-foot concrete boat ramp with one floating steel dock. Solar lighting provides lighting at the ramp. Potable water is not available.

Frazier Falls Trail

Lakes Basin Recreation Area
The Frazier Fall Trail is located at 6,400 feet elevation and accessed off highway 501 just 1.5 miles north of Gold Lake. This very popular, fully accessible site offers a 1-mile paved trail with interpretive signs that lead visitors to a fenced falls viewing area. Benches, bridges and railings provide visitor safety and comforts along the trail. The paved parking lot holds 15 vehicles and offers 2 accessible vault toilets, an information board, 5 picnic tables and garbage collection.
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HELP US KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2020

An unprecedented amount of trash is being generated in the Plumas National Forest and it is causing a hazard for campers and area wildlife.

Illegal dumping from dispersed camping in the region is causing the problem. “Dispersed camping” is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground where limited to no services such as trash removal, bathrooms, fire pits or bear-proof boxes are provided.

When the illegally dumped trash is added to the refuse being generated by registered campers, day use visitors, and boaters – it has made it impossible for the campground hosts to manage. This situation is a pervasive problem being reported throughout California’s National Forests.

Outdoors in Plumas is doing everything we can to meet this problem but we cannot do it without your help and the help of the community.

To meet the ongoing issue we have added extra staff, extra trash pick-up days, and we have added the maximum number of trash bins allowed and that can fit in the individual campgrounds. Please help keep our campgrounds, boat launches and day-use areas clean and safe. Dumping is illegal and the trashing of our forests, campgrounds, and community is everyone’s responsibility.

Please help Plumas National Forest by:

Pack Out Your Trash – You can help this issue by packing out your trash and disposing of it at home. We thank you for all you can do!

If You See Something Report It – If you see illegal or suspicious dumping (dispose of furniture, automotive or industrial parts, oversized items, and hazardous products) please report any details to local authorities.

Support our Campground Staff – Our staff care deeply about nature and the community. They have been working tiring schedules since Memorial Day and they are doing everything they can. Please support them during this time of need.

Thank you for your help, patience and understanding. This is a real crisis that is affecting the state of California and every person’s contributions to keeping the area clean and safe is very much appreciated.