Gurnsey Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed

Gurnsey Creek Campground is currently closed. After undergoing a major hazard tree removal project in the fall of 2020, cleanup and repairs are ongoing. We hope to reopen the site in 2022.

Gurnsey Creek Campground is located in the mountains of northern California. It offers access to a variety of nearby recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing and picnicking.

Natural Features: The campground is nestled in a mixed conifer forest in the Lassen National Forest at an elevation of 4,700 feet. It is located next to Gurnsey Creek.

Recreation: The area provides access to plentiful hiking trails, picnic spots and rainbow trout fishing.

Facilities: Dozens of individual campsites and two group sites are available at Gurnsey Creek Campground. Group Site 1 can accommodate up to 56 people; Group Site 2 can accommodate up to 112 people. 

Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are accessible vault toilets and drinking water. No utility hookups are provided. A water-filling station is located at the campground entrance. Parking is limited within the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is located 14 miles west of the town of Chester and Lake Almanor, where boating, fishing, sailing and water skiing are popular activities. 

The southwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park is about 14 miles north. The park is known for its active hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots that continually shape and alter the landscape.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Dry camping only. Boil water from site. Closed for the season starting October 17, 2023.
Operational Hours: Gurnsey Creek Campground is closed for the winter.
Reservations:  Reservations for the group sites can be made at by visiting Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.  Individual campsites are first-come/first-served.
Fees: $14 per site per night for standard sites.  $56-112 depending on the amount of people and dates for the group sites.
Usage: Heavy
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets in campground
Information Center:  Gurnsey Creek Campground is open mid-May through the beginning of October. Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and trash Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit

General Information


 Accessible vault toilets


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.30889, -121.42667
40°18'32"N, 121°25'36"W

From the town of Chester, follow Highway 36 west for about 14 miles. Gurnsey Creek Campground is located on the right side of the highway, about 2 miles past the Highway 32 turnoff.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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