Frenchman Campground

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: The campground is open through the winter without fees. Water and trash pick-up are not available. Pack out all trash.
Operational Hours: Frenchman Camp Ground remains open in the winter
Reservations: 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.
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. These passes are available at the Beckwourth Ranger Station in Blairsden, CA. from 08:00 to 16:00. Call 560) 836-2575 for information.
Operated By: Thousand Trails Management
Information Center: For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575

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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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: $23.00 per night during season April-October, otherwise no fees-no service.
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
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