Cottonwood Springs Campground

Frenchman Lake

Frenchman Lake

Cottonwood Springs Campground, Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest

Cottonwood Springs 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.

Cottonwood Springs Campground

Cottonwood Springs Campground is on the southwest side of Frenchman Lake in the Plumas National Forest. The campground is about a third of a mile from the lake. 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. A boat launch ramp is located nearby at Frenchman Campground.

Cottonwood Springs Campground serves as both an overflow camping area and as a group campground. The campground has 23 family campsites and 2 sites designated for groups. Sites can can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Pine trees provide moderate to good shade in most sites. Reservations can be made, but many sites are non-specific, meaning that they will be assigned upon arrival. Others are kept as first-come, first served sites. Reservations are required for the group sites.

Campground Basics
Location: 17 miles northwest of Highway 395 at Hallelujah Junction
Elevation: 5,650 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Reno- 43 miles, 53 minutes
Truckee - 62 miles, 1:19 (via Hwy 89 & 49)
Number of Sites: 23
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 available for some sites whenever campground is open, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 50 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, but there are accessible features
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: Cottonwood Springs Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Cottonwood Springs Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: 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 of 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

Cottonwood Springs Group Campground, Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest

Cottonwood Springs Group Campground

Cottonwood Springs Group Campsites

Cottonwood Springs has 2 group campsites. Site B has accessible features. Check-in time is 3 PM, and check-out is at 2 PM. Site B can accommodate up to 25 people and 6 vehicles, while site D has room for up to 50 people and 12 vehicles.
Fees: $100 and $140
Reservations: Cottonwood Springs Group Camp Reservations

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