Bailey Canyon Campground

Ruth Lake
Six Rivers National Forest


Six Rivers National Forest


Six Rivers National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Six Rivers National Forest find a variety of wonderful places to explore and interesting things to experience. Campers at Bailey Canyon Campground is on the shore of Ruth Lake, at the southern end of Six Rivers National Forest.

Ruth Lake Events

  • Ruth Lake Bass Tournaments in early May and early June
  • Kids' Free Fishing Derby in May
  • Annual Ruth Lake Summer Festival on Labor Day weekend
  • Ruth Lake Events

Six Rivers National Forest

  • Head out mountain biking on the Barry Creek Trail.
  • Fish along the Eel River and the Van Duzen River.
  • Hike along any of more than a dozen great trails in the area such as Bailey Canyon Campground Trail, Lost Creek Trail, and Devils Backbone Trail.
  • Have some fun on some OHV trail rides such as the Barry Creek Trail, Devils Backbone Trail, and Skull Camp Trail.
  • Fish, raft, and kayak along the Salmon River, designated as a Scenic and Recreational River. Take advantage of the Ti Bar River Access.
  • Saddle up for trail rides from the Bell Swamp Trail, Graveyard Prairie Trail, Oregon Creek Trail, and a dozen others.
  • Get your thrills river rafting on the On the Klamath River with an experienced rafting company: River Country Rafting, Klamath River Rafting

Nearby Campgrounds

Ruth Lake Campgrounds


Six Rivers National Forest Campgrounds


Trinity River Campgrounds


Key Bailey Canyon Campground Regulations

  1. Keep food and scented items in a secure place so that bears cannot get to them.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Fires are only allowed in provided fire rings.
  4. To prevent the spread of invasive pests, obtain firewood locally.

Bailey Canyon Campground

Bailey Canyon Campground is beside Ruth Lake in the southern portion of Six Rivers National Forest, southeast of Eureka. The lake is operated by the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. Ruth Lake Community Services District manages many of the recreation facilities around the lake, including several campgrounds. Two other campgrounds - Bailey Canyon Campground and Fir Cove Campground - are managed by the Six Rivers National Forest.

Seven-mile-long Ruth Lake was formed by a dam on the Mad River. The lake is popular with boaters, water skiers, anglers, and swimmers. Visitors enjoy warm summers and cool springs and falls. Facilities at the lake include a marina with boat rentals, a store, and two boat ramps. Boat Inspections are required before being launched into the lake.

Bailey Canyon Campground features 25 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Bailey Canyon Campground Basics
Bailey Canyon Campground Location: On Mad River Road at Ruth Lake
Elevation: 2,660 feet
Mileage and driving times from gateway cities: Fortuna - 64 miles, 1:40 Eureka - 81 miles, 1:54 minutes
Red Bluff - 100 miles, 2:15
Number of Sites: 25
Open - Closed: May through September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for additional vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Mad River Ranger District: (707) 574-6233

No Reservations
Reservations All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 22 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Most sites are accessible
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:30 PM, 2:00 PM

Bailey Canyon Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Supplies available in - Journey's End store near the Marina
- Dinsmore, 18 miles NW on Hwy. 36
Attractions near Bailey Canyon Campground: Fish for rainbow trout, large & smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. Rent fishing boats at the marina. Waterski and wakeboard on the lake. Set out for a day hike. The Bailey Vista and Lakeview trails start from Fir Cove, and the Picket Peak Trail starts from Bailey Canyon.

Ruth Lake Campground Map< Trinity County, CA

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 locally.

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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