Big Cove Campground

Frenchman Lake


Frenchman Lake


Big Cove Campground, Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest

Big Cove Campground

Plumas National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Located in the northern Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade Range, uncrowded Pumas National Forest is filled with wonderful places to visits and things to do.

  • Visit Black Mountain lookout for great views of Honey Lake and surrounding country.
  • Spend some days at Little Grass Valley Recreation Area and enjoy boating, waterskiing, sailing, and fishing
  • Take a scenic drive through the Indian Valley Area north of Quincy
  • Hike in the Bucks Lake Wilderness/li>
  • Hike portions of the famous Pacific Crest Trail
  • Horseback ride in Deanes Valley or Lakes Basin
  • Fish in Lake Davis, Antelope Lake, and round Valley Reservoir
  • Head out for some OHV excitement at Bucks Lake Recreation Area or Gold Lake
  • Take your boat out to Lake Davis, Antelope Lake, or Lower Bucks Lake.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Big Cove Campground

Big Cove Campground is on the southwestern shore of Frenchman Lake in the Plumas National Forest. Frenchman Lake is 11 miles north of Highway 70 and another 6 miles west of Highway 395. The 4-mile-long lake is a popular destination for fishing, hunting, boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, and mountain biking.

Big Cove Campground has 42 campsites which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A few campsites overlook the lake while others have a views of a sagebrush meadow dotted with pine trees that provide limited shade throughout the day. There are some double sites available. Reservations can be made, but reservations for many sites are non-specific, meaning that the site will be assigned upon arrival. Others are kept as first-come, first served sites. Big Cove has overflow camping for busy summer weekends.

Campground Basics
Location: 17 miles northwest of Highway 395 at Hallelujah Junction
Elevation: 5,630 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Reno- 42 miles, 51 minutes
Truckee - 61 miles, 1:17 (via Hwy 89 & 49)
Number of Sites: 42
Open - Closed: April through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended, $3 per night
Beckwourth Ranger District: (530) 836-2575

Reservations
Reservations available for some sites whenever campground is open, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 50 feet
Accessible Sites: #1, 11, 12, 16, 18
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: Big Cove Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Big Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: Boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, boat ramp near Frenchman Campground, Little Last Chance Canyon, trail to Spring Creek and Frenchman campgrounds,

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 reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

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

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