Trapper Springs Campground

Courtright Reservoir

Courtright Reservoir

Trapper Springs Campground, Courtright Reservoir, CA

Trapper Springs Campground

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation operates Courtright and Wishon reservoirs. The two lakes are part of PG&E's hydroelectric facilities. Visitors to Trapper Springs Campground at Courtright Reservoir are close to interesting hiking destinations and good fishing.

  • Test your skill fishing for brown trout at Courtright and Wishon reservoirs.
  • Make the drive to other nearby mountain lakes in the area:
  • Drive south to Black Rock Reservoir.
  • From Courtright Reservoir, hike out the trail to Maxson Meadow or north to Cliff Lake.
  • Go 4-wheeling from the Maxson Trailhead out the Dusy-Ershim trail and camp at Voyager Rock Camping area.
  • Take a trail ride with D & F Pack Station at Huntington Lake or Shaver Stable at Shaver Lake, or take an extended pack trip with High Sierra Pack Station at Lake Thomas A. Edison
  • Check out China Peak for scenic chair lift rides, mountain biking, disc golf, and more
  • Drive to the beautiful McKinley Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Key Trapper Springs Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid bringing in invasive pests, outside firewood is not permitted. Obtain firewood locally.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times in the campground.
  3. Campfires must be confined to the provided fire ring.
  4. Quiet time runs from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

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.

Trapper Springs Campground Basics
Trapper Springs Campground 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 at Trapper Springs Campground
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
Attractions near Trapper Springs Campground: Try the Wee-Mee-Kute Fishing access. Fish for brown, rainbow and brook trout. Hike 6 miles to Dinkey Lakes. Follow trails to John Muir Wilderness. Go 4-wheeling. The 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 April 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting April 16, 2018, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites 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, including Trapper Springs Campground, CA


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