Lightning Tree

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lake Davis is located 7 miles north of Portola, California. This lake was created in 1967 for recreational opportunities. The Lake Davis Recreation Area offers a wide variety of summer outdoor experiences including: camping , picnicking, fishing, hunting, boating, mountain biking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Waterskiing and jet skis are not permitted. Frequent strong winds can cause the lake to become very hazardous for small craft. In winter, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are favored.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:  Open - No fees, no water and no garbage pickup. Pack out all trash.
Operational Hours:  Lightning Tree Campground remains open from mid-October through April.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at  The campground has about half reservation and half first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • $23.00 per single
  • $46.00 per double
  • $3.00 pet fee
Open Season: April - October
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 day limit
  • 2 vehicles per site
Closest Towns: Portola , California
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Senior and Access passes honored. These passes are available at the Beckwourth Ranger Station in Blairsden, CA. from 08:00 to 16:00. Call 530) 836-2575 for information.
Operated By: Thousand Trails Mangaement
Information Center: For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575

General Information



From Portola CA. take County road 126 North 7 miles. Take Country road 112 to east side of Lake Davis, go approximately 5 miles and campground is on the left.


2 vehicle parking per site , yes

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Campground Camping

Has 40 units total (19 family, 21 double)

Current Conditions: open
Open Season: April-October
Reservation info: Sites can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on-line at Half of the sites are reservation and the other half are first come first serve.
Best Season: Summer
Hours of Operation: Open, no fees for winter season


Boat ramp nearby
Camping trailer yes
Toilets yes, vault
Picnic tables yes
Parking yes 2 vehicle per site
Tent camping yes
Drinking water no
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