Gold Lake Campground

Plumas National Forest

Gold Lake

Gold Lake Campground, Lakes Basin, Plumas National Forest

Gold Lake 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.

  • Spend the day at Plumas Eureka State Park
  • 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
  • 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.

Gold Lake Campground

Gold Lake Campground is in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area of the Plumas National Forest, 10 miles southwest of Graeagle. Visitors to the lake enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, and windsurfing. Trails connect Gold Lake to many of the other nearby lakes.

Gold Lake Campground has 37 campsites. Unlike most other campgrounds in the area, Gold Lake Campground has no reservations. All sites are first come, first served. The campground has no potable water. Despite its lack of water, the campground's pleasant layout and close proximity to the lake make it a popular destination.

Campground Basics
Location: Along Gold Lake highway, 8 miles north of Bassetts on Hwy. 49, 10 miles southwest of Graeagle on Hwy. 89
Elevation: 6,430 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Truckee - 50 miles, 1:05
Sacramento - 131 miles, 2:31
Number of Sites: 37
Open - Closed: Late April through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Beckwourth Ranger District: (530) 836-2575

No Reservations available first come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $10 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Gold Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Gold Lake Lodge with cabin rentals and restaurant, trail rides with Gold Lake Stables. Sardine Lake for boating and fishing (no swimming); Sardine Lake Resort for boat rentals and lakeside dining; Round Lake Loop Trail, trail to Big Bear Lake, Pacific Crest Trail, swim at Sand Pond, hike Sand Pond Interpretive Trail, Sierra Buttes, Lakes Basin

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 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 from 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

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