Trapper Springs Campground

Courtright Reservoir

Courtright Reservoir

Trapper Springs Campground, Courtright Reservoir, CA

Trapper Springs Campground

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Southern California Edison Company operates a series of lakes which provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. Among the lakes are Lake Thomas A. Edison, Florence Lake, Huntington Lake, and Shaver Lake. Pacific Gas and Electric operates Courtright and Wishon reservoirs.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Fires in fire rings only.
  2. Quiet time is from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  3. To avoid bringing in invasive pests, outside firewood is not permitted. Purchase locally.

Trapper Springs Campground

Trapper Springs Campground is on the west side of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Courtright Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest. Visitors are drawn to the area for fishing, boating, and hiking. The lake has a 10 MPH speed limit, making it a good place for kayaking and canoeing. Trails lead into the Dinkey Creek and John Muir wildernesses. Bring your camera for stunning photos of this beautiful mountain lake. The long drive to the campground deters some campers. It is 35 miles from Shaver Lake to the campground.

Trapper Springs Campground has 70 campsites in 3 loops. Although there are no lake view campsites, the campground is close to a boat launch ramp. Campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is no potable water at the campground.

Campground Basics
Location: West shore Courtright Reservoir, 1½ miles north of dam
Elevation: 8,200 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 85 miles
Campground Open: Late May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 70
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended $2 per night
Information: High Sierra Ranger District:
(559) 855-5355
PG&E: (559) 442-5576

Reservations available Late May through early September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: none designated, but many flat areas and accessible features
Fees: $24 per night
Reservations: Trapper Springs Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Trapper Springs Campground Amenities
Campsite amenities: Picnic table, grill, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Trapper Springs Loop 1 Campground Map
Trapper Springs Loop 2 Campground Map
Trapper Springs Loop 3 Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Wishon Village, 10 miles to the south with store and boat rentals
Nearby attractions: Wee-Mee-Kute Fishing access, fish for brown, rainbow and brook trout, hike 6 miles to Dinkey Lakes, trails to John Muir Wilderness, Maxson Trailhead is the beginning of the 31-mile Dusy-Ershim off highway vehicle route

Campgrounds without Potable Water

The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.

Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Trapper Springs Campground, Courtright Reservoir, CA

Trapper Springs Campground

Map of campgrounds at Courtright Reservoir and Wishon Reservoir, CA


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