Lakes Basin Campground

Plumas National Forest


Gold Lake


Lakes Basin Campground, Plumas National Forest

Lakes Basin 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.

Lakes Basin Campground

Lakes Basin Campground is in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area of the Plumas National Forest, 12 miles southeast of Graeagle. Visitors to the lake enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, and windsurfing. Lakes Basin Campground is located near tiny Grass Lake, a short distance off the Gold Lake Highway and a mile by trail west of Long Lake. Trails connect many of the lakes to one another.

Lakes Basin Campground has 23 single campsites and one double site spread through a forest of fir and aspens. Large granite boulders dot the area. The campground includes a Group Campsite. Most sites will accommodate RVs, trailers and tents. However, no RVs are allowed at the group site or at tent-only sites 10, 13, and 22. Sites 10 and 22 can only have 1 vehicle. Some sites are first-come, first served, but most may be reserved. After mid-September dry camping is allowed and no camping fee is collected.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Gold Lake Highway, 2 miles north of Gold Lake
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Chico - 114 miles, 2:22
Sacramento - 131 miles, 2:32
Number of Sites: 24
Open - Closed: Services late May through mid-September; open for camping with no services the rest of the year
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
Reservations available Late May through mid-September
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 26 feet
Accessible Sites: #1 (group site), others to be assigned upon arrival
Fees: $22 per night (no fees October through May)
Reservations: Lakes Basin Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Lakes Basin Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Gold Lake Stables, all the lakes in Gold Lake Basin, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating, Graeagle, Middle Fork of the Feather River

Lakes Basin Group Campsite

The group campsite at Lakes Basin Campground is designated for up to 25 people and 8 vehicles. It is a tent-only site and RVs or trailers are not allowed because of limited access roads. The site and its facilities are wheelchair accessible. Check-in and check-out time is 2:00 PM. The site has fire rings and grills, piped water, picnic tables, and accessible vault toilets. Reservations can be made from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Fee: $80
Reservations: Lakes Basin Group Campsite Reservations

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 Recreation.gov 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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