Big Sage Campground


Tables under the trees on the shore of Big Sage Reservoir.

Big Sage Reservoir and campground are surrounded by juniper woodland and sagebrush. The reservoir is several thousand acres and the campground lies on the shore near the boat ramp.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Fees No fee.
Open Season: Facilities open as weather permits; usually mid-May to late October.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Water is not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Alturas 12 miles.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From Alturas travel west on Hwy 299, 3 miles. Turn north on Crowder Flat Rd/County Road 73, and travel 6 miles. Turn right on County Road 180 and go 3.5 miles to Big Sage Dam and the campground.

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing at Big Sage Reservoir is just a short walk from the campground. The reservoir is stocked by the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife. All California fishing laws apply and all anglers over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license in possession.

Special Designations There is no fish cleaning station. Please clean fish away from the lake, water faucets and restrooms and dispose of all fish guts in trash containers.
Fish Species Bass, Catfish and Crappie.
Fishing Mode Fishing is from the bank, in boats or by wading.


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5,100 feet