New Campground Reservation Opportunities and Some New Fee Sites

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“With so many more people looking to visit the Plumas National Forest (PNF), providing better maintained facilities & creating more certainty in recreation planning are real priorities for us,” according to Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton.

As a result, more campsites within the Feather River Canyon, Bucks Lake, Lake Davis, and Lakes Basin recreation areas are available by reservation this year. All reservation sites on the Plumas NF may be found at www.recreation.gov/plumas .

According to Carlton, the Forest Service recreation budget is not enough to operate and maintain all PNF developed recreation facilities.  Rather than close facilities, via a competitive process, the Forest Service permitted a concessionaire (Outdoor in Plumas) to operate and maintain 68 of the Forest’s 150 developed recreation sites in 2020. This strategy has enabled the Forest to keep facilities open and maintained to a high standard.

Visitors can expect to pay modest fees at additional recreation sites managed by Outdoors in Plumas this year. The fees will take effect beginning around April/May 2021 and will be used to offset operations costs including facility upkeep (including hazard tree removal and water/septic system repair), cleaning restrooms and trash pick-up.

2021 Recreation Sites with New Fees

Beckwourth Ranger District

Mt. Hough Ranger District

Feather River Ranger District:

Conklin Park Campground $15-17

Deanes Valley Campground $15-17

Little North Fork Campground* $15-17

Crocker Campground   $15-17

Meadow Camp Campground $15-17

Milsap Bar Campground* $15-17

Laufman Campground $10-12

Rock Creek Campground $15-17

Rogers Cow Camp Campground* $15-17

Meadow View Campground $15-17

Silver Lake Campground $20-23

Golden Trout Campground* $15-17

Ross Campground   $10-12

Snake Lake Campground $15-17

Feather Falls Campground & TH* $15-17

Frenchman Dam Kiosk Picnic Site $10-12

Antelope Picnic Site $10-12

 

Grassy Lake Trailhead and Day Use Site $10-12

Bucks Kiosk Picnic Site $5-6

 

Gold Lake Car Top Launch   $10-12

 

 

Lake Davis Dam Kiosk Picnic Site $5-6

 

 

Gold Lake 4 x 4 Camp** $15-17

 

 

* closed in 2021 due to fire damage   ** open but no fees assessed in 2021 (no services including restrooms)

Fees were charged by OiP at 46 of their approved 68 sites in 2020 while issues related to the Covid pandemic and fire season precluded charging at the remaining 21 sites (one site was dropped). Those sites are coming on-line this year.

The Plumas National Forest will continue to operate 71 recreation sites at no cost to the public, including 10 campgrounds/camp areas.

Free Recreation Sites Operated by the Plumas NF

Beckwourth Ranger District

Mt. Hough Ranger District

Feather River Ranger District:

Bluff Cove Fishing Site

Canyon Dam Boating Site

Black Rock Boating Site

Coot Bay Fishing and Picnic Site

Bradys Camp

Maidu Boating Site

Cow Creek Fishing Site

Bucks Lake Boat-in Campground

Mooreville Boat Launch*

Eagle Point Fishing Access

Red Bridge Campground

Strawberry Car-Top Launch

Fairview Point Fishing Site

Grizzly Forebay Campground

American House OHV Camp

Freeman Creek Fishing Site

Antelope Dam Day Use Site

Cleghorn Bar OHV Camp*

Jenkins Point Fishing Site

Eagle Lookout Fishing Site

Poker Flat OHV Camp

Long Point Fishing Site

Lunker Landing Fishing Site

Stag Point OHV Camp & Trailhead*

Mosquito Slough Fishing Site

Guiney Point Fishing Site

Hanson Camp

Nightcrawler Bay Fishing Site

Lower Bucks Lake Day Use Site

Racetrack Point Camp Area

Salmon Egg Shoal Fishing Site

Antelope Amphitheater

Sandy Beach Day Use & Swim Site

Snallygaster Point Fishing Site

Spanish Creek Bridge Overlook

Little Grass Valley Fishing Site

Turkey Point Fishing Site

Antelope Lake Overlook

Maidu Amphitheatre

Jackson Creek Picnic Site

Bucks Lake Overlook

Feather Falls Observation Site*

Portola Family Picnic Site

Indian Rocks Day Use

Four Trees Staging Area

Gold Lake Staging Area

Round Valley Picnic Area

La Porte Staging Area

Frazier Falls Trailhead

West End Cove Day Use

Mooreville Warming Hut

Long Lake Trailhead

Cascade Trailhead/Day Use

Onion Valley Warming Hut

Round Lake Trailhead

Big Creek Staging Area

Sawmill Ridge Warming Hut

Smith Lake Trailhead

Bucks Summit Trailhead

South Fork Warming Hut

 

Belden Trailhead

Blue Water Swimming Site

 

Gold Lake Trailhead

Pancake Swimming Site

 

Round Valley Trailhead

Bald Rock Trailhead*

 

Three Lakes Trailhead

Dome Trailhead*

 

 

Hanson Bar Trailhead

 

 

North Hartman Bar Trailhead*

 

 

South Hartman Bar Trailhead*

*closed in 2021 for repairs or fire impacts
FRRD-27 - MHRD-24 - BKRD-20 = 71 Free Recreation Sites

Dispersed camping & day-use opportunities are available in general forest areas where visitors may camp or enjoy day-use activities without a fee, although there may be no restrooms or services such as piped water and trash removal. If National Forest system land is not specifically closed to camping or other activities, it is open, without a fee, for public enjoyment. Questions about free camping & day use alternatives may be directed to the: Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575; Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555; or Feather River Ranger District at (530) 534-6500.

Visitors are reminded to distance themselves and mask-up as necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Outdoors in Plumas recreation site and fee information, and additional reservation opportunities available in 2021, may be found at https://www.outdoorsinplumas.com/ and www.recreation.gov.

Questions or comments about the new fee sites or concession operations may be directed to Erika Brenzovich at (530) 283-7798 or to SM.FS.PNFRec@usda.gov .

More information about recreation opportunities may be found on this website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/plumas/recreation .