Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located in the headwaters of the Feather River, Frenchman Lake is only 38 miles northwest of Reno, NV, and 26 miles northwest of Portola, CA. The California Department of Water resources created the lake in 1962 by damming Little Last Chance Creek. A shoreline 21 miles long ends at the 129-foot tall earthen dam, which rises to an elevation of 5,607 feet. During summer, this recreation area offers a variety of outdoor experiences, including: camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing and hunting. Winter activities range from snowmobiling to ice fishing and cross-country skiing.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the 2016 season.
Operational Hours: This campground is closed for the 2016 season.
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: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  •   $23.00 per night
  •   $3.00 per pet
Open Season: April
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: 14 day limit
Closest Towns: Chilcoot, CA.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush 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
Information Center: For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575

General Information


2 units are universally accessible, they are equipped with table, grill, fire rings, water spigot, a level hardened pad ( 1 site has a concrete pad) and a path of travel to accessible toilet building. 5 sites are walk-in, the other 38 sites are easily accessible.


From Reno take Highway 395 to Hallelujah Junction, head West on Highway 70 to Chilcoot. Head North on Highway 284 to Chilcoot campground.


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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Chilcoot has 40 sites beautifully set amoungst the Cotton wood trees of Little Last Chance creek.

Current Conditions: Open
Open Season: March-November
Fees: $23.00 per night
Reservation info: Half of the units are by reservation ( and the other half first come first serve. campers without reservations may need to move after second night if site becomes reserved.
Best Season: Summer and Fall


Camping trailer yes
Toilets yes flush toilets
Accessible 2 fully accessible sites with table, grill, fire rings, water spigot, a level hardened pad (1 site has a concrete pad) and path of travel to accessible toilet.
Picnic tables yes
Parking yes
Tent camping yes
Drinking water yes
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