Frenchman Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

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: The campground is closed for construction of a new water system and concrete pads for dumpsters.  Once this is complete, it will reopen with no fees or services throughout the winter.  Spring Creek Camp will remain open during Frenchman Camp construction to accomodate late season campers.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • $23.00 per night 
  • $3.00 pet fee
  • No fees/services October 15 through April
Open Season: April - October
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
Closest Towns: Chilcoot, CA
Water: yes
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Senior and Access passes honored
Operated By: Thousand Trails Management

General Information




from Reno NV. take Highway 395 North to Hallelujah Junction, Head West on Highway 70 to Chilcoot, head North on Highway 284 to Frenchman Lake, go left at the dam.


available , with trailer space

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 38 sites. there is a 14 day limit. All campgrounds have tables, grill, fire rings and toilets

Status: Open
Open Season: April-October
Fees: $20.00 per night during season April-October, otherwise no fees-no service.
Reservation required?: Y
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 first come first serve.
Best Season: Summer


Boat ramp There is a boat dock adjacent to the campground
Camping trailer Trailer sites available
Toilets Vault toilets
Picnic tables Tables at each site
Parking Parking at each site
Tent camping Tent sites available
Drinking water Yes