Ponderosa Flat Campground

Butt Valley Reservoir


Lake Almanor


Lake Almanor
Attractions and Activities

Butt Valley Reservoir offers boating on its 4½-mile-long waters (5 MPH speed limit). Campers ar Ponderosa Flat Campground enjoy good boating, fishing, and hiking as well as all the attractions in the area. Nearby Lake Almanor makes an excellent day trip.

  • Enjoy boating and fishing on Butt Valley Reservoir. Take advantage of the paved Ray Adams Boat Launch Ramp. No waterskiing or jet skis are allowed. Boat height limit is 30', including mast.
  • Enjoy catch and release fly fishing in nearby Yellow Creek.
  • Take your boat out onto the water of 28,000-acre Lake Almanor.
  • Enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and fishing at Lake Almanor.
  • Rent a boat at Big Cove Resort, Majors Outpost, or Knotty Pines Resort at Lake Almanor.
  • Enjoy a picnic and a swim at Marvin Alexander Beach, East Shore or Canyon Dam.
  • Hike on the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail for great views of Lake Almanor.
  • Rent a kayak from Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals.
  • Take a day trip to Mountain Meadows Reservoir or Round Valley Reservoir.

Key Ponderosa Flat Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items should be stored in vehicles if bear-proof lockers are not available.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Firewood: Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.
  4. Quiet Hours are from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM.

Ponderosa Flat Campground

Ponderosa Flat Campground is on the northeastern shore of Butt Valley Reservoir (also known as Butt Lake), 4 miles southwest of Lake Almanor. Visitors to the area enjoy sailing (30' boat-height limit, including mast), canoeing, kayaking and fishing in the lake. A mile from the campground is Ray Adams Boat Launch Ramp. While some are out boating, others enjoy swimming and picnicking around the area of the ramp.

Ponderosa Flat Campground features 63 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Many of the sites are close to the lake. Mature pine trees offer good shade for campers. Reservations are available.

Ponderosa Flat Campground also has 4 group campsites.

Ponderosa Flat Campground Basics
Ponderosa Flat Campground Location: Butt Valley Road, 3.2 miles east of Highway 89 near Prattville
Elevation: 4,170 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Red Bluff - 79 miles, 1:38
Number of Sites: 63
Open - Closed: Early May through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle ($5 for additional vehicles)
Pets: on leash, always attended, $2 per day
Information: (530) 284-1785

Reservations for Ponderosa Flat Campground
Reservations available for Early June through mid-September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 30 feet
ADA Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #14, 16, 36, 37
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: PG&E Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out 11:00 AM

Ponderosa Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Ponderosa Flat Campground: Visit Ray Adams Boat Launch Ramp for boating, swimming and picnicking. Enjoy the waters of Butt Valley Reservoir by canoe, kayak, sailboat, or slow-speed (5 MPH) fishing boat. Fish the lake for trout. Spend the day at nearby Lake Almanor boating, waterskiing, and fishing.

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Campground Reservation Information

Beginning April 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting April 16, 2018, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Ponderosa Flat Campground Map, Butt Valley Reservoir, CA

Ponderosa Flat Group Campsites

Ponderosa Flat Campground includes 4 group Pods, A-D. Group pods were created from a portion of the former overflow camping area. Each pod contains a group fire ring, standing BBQ, and picnic tables. Group campsites must be reserved for a minimum of 2-nights. Multiple pods may be reserved for larger groups.

  • Pod A has 5 campsites and can accommodate up to 30 people.
  • Pod B contains 6 campsites for up to 36 people.
  • Pod C has 4 campsites and can hold up to 24 people.
  • Pod D consists of 3 campsites for up to 18 people.


Fee: A $136 per night, B $164, C $09, and D $82
Reservations: PG&E Campground Reservations

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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