Grizzly Campground

Lake Davis

Lake Davis

Grizzly Campground, Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest

Grizzly 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.

Grizzly Campground

Grizzly Campground sits on southeast shore of Lake Davis in the Plumas National Forest. Five-mile-long Lake Davis is well-known for its great trout fishing. Several years ago invasive pike had to be eradicated from the lake before rainbow trout could be re-populated. Today the trout population is thriving.

The Lake Davis Recreation Area offers a wide range of recreation, including camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, boating, mountain biking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Waterskiing and jet skis are not permitted in the lake. Boaters are cautious of high winds out on the lake that can come up suddenly.

Grizzly Campground's 56 campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Many sites may be reserved ahead of time, while others are offered only as first-come, first-served sites. Many site reservations are non-specific, meaning that a specific site will be assigned upon arrival.

Campground Basics
Location: on the southeastern shore of Lake Davis, 13 miles from Portola
Elevation: 5,840 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Oroville - 120 miles, 2:19 minutes
Truckee - 52 miles, 1:04 (via Hwy 89)
Number of Sites: 56
Open - Closed: April through September
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

Reservations available for some sites whenever campground is open, up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 35 feet
Accessible Sites: 2 fully accessible sites, one of them is #15
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: Grizzly Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Grizzly Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Coin operated showers are available at Honker Cove boat ramp adjacent to Grasshopper Flat
Dump station: Yes
Nearby attractions: Boating, fishing, boat launch ramp, hiking, Mallard Cove car-top boat launch, Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, James Beckwourth Historical Museum, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club, OHV, J&J Grizzly Store and Camping

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 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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