Blue Lake Campground

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The clouds and blue sky reflect in the water of Blue Lake.

Blue Lake campground is located on a gentle slope above beautiful Blue Lake. The 48 sites are large and well spaced with plenty of shade.  Just a short walk down the hill takes you to the lake for fishing, swimming, boating and hiking.  There is a paved trail along the east shore of the lake from the campground to the boat ramp.  Assistance will be required for persons in wheelchairs.  There is a  fishing platform just off the paved trail near the boat ramp.

There is a group camp site at Blue Lake Campground.  Campers wishing to use the group site must occupy a minimum of three camp pads and they all must be occupied the first night.  The site is not recommended for groups over 50. Signs have been posted at the entrance and the exit of the group site.  For fee information, please contact the Warner Mountain Ranger District office at 530-279-6116. 

Map of Blue Lake Campground A silver canoe rests upside down on the shore of Blue Lake. A paved trail through the pines follows the east shoreline of Blue Lake. A small fishing boat is framed by a dead log in the water at Blue Lake. Two yellow kayaks rest under the pines on the shore of Blue Lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 2/5/2021: The road to Blue Lake is not maintained for winter travel and there is snow and ice on the road. Expect between 9" to 20" of snow on the ground in this area National Weather Service spot-forecast for Blue Lake.
Reservations: All individual campsites are "first come, first served".  For group camp site information, please see
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $14 a night per unit. For group camp site information, please see
Open Season: Facilities open as weather permits; usually mid-May to late October.
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July and August
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Likely 12 miles, Alturas 30 miles.
Water: Drinking water.
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted for half priced camping. Follow the instructions on the bulletin board located about half way around the outer circle of the campground or see the camp host.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Warner Mountain Ranger District - 530-279-6116

General Information


From Alturas go south on US Hwy 395 to Likely, CA. Turn east on County Road 64/Jess Valley Rd and go 9 miles to Blue Lake Road. Turn right on Blue Lake Road and follow the signs approximately 8.5 more miles to the campground.


See the camp host for instructions on parking of additional vehicles.


For parking additional vehicles see information posted on the campground bulletin board or inquire with the camp host.

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Picnic tables A day use area is located near the boat ramp at the north end of the lake.
Drinking water Piped water in the campground.
Toilets Vault toilets in the campground and at the boat ramp.
Parking See camp host for instructions for parking additional vehicles.
Boat ramp Paved boat ramp at the north end of the lake.
Tent camping Several level sites for tents.
Accessible Restrooms and fishing pier accessible with assistance.
Camping trailer Room for trailers and motorhomes.
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