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Big Sage Campground


Tables under the trees on the shore of Big Sage Reservoir.

Big Sage Reservoir and campground are surrounded by juniper woodland and sagebrush. The reservoir is several thousand acres and the campground lies on the shore near the boat ramp.

Camping at Big Sage Reservoir means tables, fireplaces and shade trees right on the shore. A concrete ramp for launching boats on Big Sage Reservoir. A vie wof the Big Sage Reservoir from the shoreline. Picnic tables and fireplaces along the shore of Big Sage Reservoir. A wheelchair accessible restroom close to the campsites at Big Sage Reservoir

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/02/2018: 10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, some water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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
Restrictions: Water is not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Alturas 12 miles.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From Alturas travel west on Hwy 299, 3 miles. Turn north on Crowder Flat Rd/County Road 73, and travel 6 miles. Turn right on County Road 180 and go 3.5 miles to Big Sage Dam and the campground.

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5,100 feet