Snake Lake Campground

Plumas National Forest

Snake Lake, August 2015

Snake Lake Campground, Snake Lake, Plumas National Forest

Snake 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.

  • 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.

Snake Lake Campground

Snake Lake Campground is in the Plumas National Forest, 8 miles northwest of Quincy. The turnoff from Bucks Lake Road to Snake Lake (5 miles west of Quincy) is not marked. Look for a green steel-truss bridge - that's the road.

The shallow waters of mile-long Snake Lake have been popular with anglers going after bluegills, bass, and catfish, but in 2015 the lake was completely overgrown by waterplants. There is a 5-HP motor limit for boats on the lake. Visitors to the campground enjoy fishing, bike riding, horseback riding, and OHV.

The 17 campsites at Snake Lake are open year-round, but in the winter there are no restrooms, water, or garbage service. Year-round there is no potable water. Campfire permits are required when campfires are allowed. Equestrian Campsites are available at the campground.

Campground Basics
Location: 8 miles northwest of Quincy on Snake Lake Rd. off Oroville-Quincy Highway/Bucks Lake Rd.
Elevation: 3,950 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Oroville - 85 miles, 1:53
Number of Sites: 17
Open - Closed: Late May through early September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Feather River Ranger District: (530) 534-6500

No Reservations First come, first served
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: None
Check-in, check-out: any time, check-out Noon

Snake Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, bear-proof food storage lockers; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Butterfly Valley Botanical Area with its insect-eating plants, Quincy, Bucks Lake, OHV and horseback riding trails in Bucks Lake Recreation Area

Snake Lake Campground, Snake Lake, Plumas National Forest

Snake Lake Equestrian Campground

Snake Lake Equestrian Campsites

Eight very nice campsites at Snake Lake have corrals and other facilities. Horses are allowed overnight in equestrian campsites only. Watering horses at lake edge is prohibited for safety reasons. Water may be bucketed for horses at the spillway. Remove or scatter manure from the corrals and campsites. Please use "weed-seed-free-feed" or pellets for horses.

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 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. At some campgrounds campers may use these sites if all others have been filled.

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