Chilcoot Campground

Plumas National Forest


Frenchman Lake


Chilcoot Campground, near Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest

Chilcoot 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.

Chilcoot Campground

Chilcoot Campground is beside Little Last Chance Creek, 3 miles downstream from Frenchman Lake in the Plumas National Forest. The quiet campground offers campsites near enough to enjoy the boating and fishing opportunities at Frenchman Lake, yet withdrawn far enough to find a little seclusion.

Chilcoot Campground has 40 campsites which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Reservations can be made, but reservatioins for many sites are non-specific, meaning that the site will be assigned upon arrival. Others are kept as first-come, first served sites. There are two tent-only sites.

Campground Basics
Location: 14 miles northwest of Highway 395 at Hallelujah Junction
Elevation: 5,100 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Reno- 39 miles, 48 minutes
Truckee - 58 miles, 1:14 (via Hwy 89 & 49)
Number of Sites: 40
Open - Closed: May 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: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: #3, plus some other accessible sites and features
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: Chilcoot Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Chilcoot Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: At nearby Frenchman Lake: boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, boat ramp near Frenchman Campground, Little Last Chance Canyon, trail to Spring Creek and Big Cove campgrounds, OHV

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 in the local area near the campground.

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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