Kangaroo Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

View of blue mountain lake and blue sky

Kangaroo Lake campground has 18 sites, 13 of which are drive-in and 5 are walk-in. The campground also provides accessible facilities, including a 1/4 mile paved trail right down to the lake. The lake itself covers 25 acres, and is 110 feet deep. There is no boat ramp but motorless boats are permitted.

 

At a Glance

Fees $15 per night, free day use
Permit Info: Fee envelopes are available at Self Pay Station
Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: No motorized boats or watercraft are allowed on the lake. Dogs on leash only. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Callahan (limited services), Etna (full service)
Water: Drinking Water June through mid-October
Restroom: Vault
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior Pass and Access Pass are honored at this location for half price camping fees
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Accessibility:

Restrooms are accessible for wheelchairs.  Two fully accessible campsites.


Parking:

Two vehicles per site. Additional vehicles may be parked in the general parking lot.


Directions:

From Callahan, take the Callahan-Gazelle Rd for approx. 10 miles to the Rail Creek Rd. There is a sign for Kangaroo Lake, and this road will take you the 8 miles to the campground.


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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Day Hiking

The Fen Trail is a self guided nature trail with great diversity of plants and geology. Trail is 2 miles round trip with 600 feet elevation gain. Nice views of the lake along the way. For longer hikes, continue on the Pacific Crest Trail. There is also a hiking trail around the lake.
Fire InformationA current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside the developed campground. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Backpacking

The Pacific Crest Trail is short hike from the Kangaroo Lake Campground. The trail runs predominately northeast to southwest along the boundary between the Klamath National Forest and the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The trail makes a U turn here. Travelers heading to Oregon Washington and Canada must turn south west from here and travelers heading to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Mexico must leave Kangaroo Lake heading northeast.

Fire InformationA current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside the developed campground. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Status: Open
Permit: California campfire permits are required outside developed campgrounds and day use areas.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.33431

  Longitude : 
-122.6389

  Elevation : 
6500'

 



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