Area Status: 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
||The campground is open through the winter without fees. Water and trash pick-up are not available. Pack out all trash.
||Frenchman Camp Ground remains open in the winter
||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.
||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
||April - October
- 14 day camping limit
- 6 people per campsite
- 2 vehicles per campsite
||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.
||Thousand Trails Management
||For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575
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