Lightning Tree Campground

Lake Davis

Lake Davis

Lightning Tree Campground, Lake Daivs, Plumas National Forest

Lightning Tree 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.

Lightning Tree Campground

Lightning Tree Campground sits on the east 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.

Lightning Tree Campground has 40 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Half of the campsites are doubles. The campground is well shaded by trees, however privacy is limited by a lack of understory, which is comprised of grass and sagebrush. 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. About 40 overflow campsites are available near the boat ramp and at Mallard Cove.

Campground Basics
Location: on the eastern shore of Lake Davis, 13 miles from Portola
Elevation: 5,800 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: 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
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: #5, 12, 27, 31
Fees: $25 per night
Reservations: Lightning Tree Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Lightning Tree Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: Nearby at Grasshopper Flat Campground
Dump station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: Boating, fishing, boat launch ramp, hiking, Mallard Cove car-top boat launch, Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club, 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 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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