Reservoir C Campground

Area Status: Open
A table under the trees on the shore of Reservoir C.

Close to the boat ramp and right on the water, campsites at Reservoir C are quiet, scenic and partly shaded.

A recommended spot for amateur astronomers; light pollution is non-existent.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/10/2023: variable road conditions becoming worse with forecasted rains.
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Fees: No fee.
Open Season: Facilities open as weather permits; usually mid-May to late October.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: July and August
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Garbage service is not provided. Please take all trash, garbage, fish guts and dog droppings with you when you leave. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Alturas, 20 miles.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Devil's Garden Ranger Station 530-233-5811

General Information


From Alturas travel west on Hwy 299, 3 miles. Turn north on Crowder Flat Rd/County Road 73, and travel 9.6 miles to Forest Road 43N18. Turn left on 43N18 and continue approximately 7 miles and follow the signs to Reservoir C Campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Whether in an RV or tenting, this campground is one of the Devil's Garden's  best.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing the shoreline at Reservoir C is great. There are some sites where you can fish right in your own camp. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks Reservoir C seasonally with trout. All California fishing laws apply and all anglers over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license in possession.

Fish Species Bass and Trout.
Special Designations There is no fish cleaning station. Please clean fish away from the lake and restrooms and remove all fish guts with your trash when you leave. Do not bury fish guts or dump them in the lake.
Fishing Mode Fishing is from the bank, in boats or by wading.
Water Temperature Water temperature is very cold even in summer especially in the deeper parts of the lake.

Viewing Wildlife

Any location within the Modoc National Forest is ideal for viewing migratory birds as this is a great stop-over along the Pacific Fly-way (Western US Fly-way).  Conservation groups have managed many nesting and water-way areas within the Devil's Garden area.


Day use and picnicking are permitted at Reservoir C Campground. There is no fee and reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served. Day users must exit the campground and the area by 10 pm.

Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
No. of Accessible Sites None

Scenic Driving

The Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail, a 200 mile segment of the statewide system, runs past Reservoir C.  This vehicle trail has 22 Discovery Points, covers an altitude change of 4,300 to 7,600 feet and covers an area from the California/Oregon border at it's eastern end all the way to the Lava Beds National Monument to the west.

Boating - Motorized

A boat ramp is located adjacent to the campground entrance.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoe or kayak use on this lake is an ideal way to scout the shoreline.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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4,900 feet