Spring Creek 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 northeast 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 area offers a variety of outdoor experiences, including: camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing and hunting.  Winter activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the 2016 season.
Operational Hours: Currently closed for the 2016 season Spring Creek Campground offers 12 reservable sites of the 35 total sites.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.Recreation.gov  The campground has about half reservation and half first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • $23.00 per campsite
  • $3.00 pet fee
Open Season: April
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsiste
  • 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


There are two fully accessible campsites with paved access, grills, tables and paved pad.


From Reno, NV take Highway 395 24 miles north to Highway 70.  Take Highway 70 west to Chilcoot, CA.  Head north on County Road 284 for seven miles to Frenchman Lake Dam.  Turn right and proceed two miles to the campground.


Parking is available at each campsite.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 35 campsites, each with a table and fire ring.  Water, accessible vault toilets and garbage service is provided.

Current Conditions: Closed
Status: Open
Open Season: April-October
Reservation info: Campsites are reservation and first come/first serve
Best Season: Summer

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Boat ramp Boat dock nearby
Camping trailer Trailer sites available
Toilets Accessible vault toilets
Accessible 2 fully accessible campsites
Picnic tables Tables at each site
Parking Parking at each site
Tent camping Tent sites available
Drinking water Yes
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