Patterson Campground

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A campsite under the tall trees at Patterson Campground

Patterson Campground is located on the southern end of the South Warner Wilderness area.  This is an ideal site to begin one's hike of the Summit Trail. Patterson is a family camp with only 6 sites for tents and small campers and trailers.

The Equestrian camping is now located at  East Creek Campground, less than a mile to the west. Horses are no longer allowed in Patterson Campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/21/19: Recreation Services no longer available for winter
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. Horses are not permitted in Patterson Campground or at the Patterson Guard Station. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Likely, 19 miles, Alturas 37 miles.
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Warner Mountain Ranger District - 530-279-6116

General Information


From Alturas go south on US Hwy 395 approximately 18 miles to Likely, CA. Turn east on County Road 64/Jess Valley Rd and go 3.2 miles to Blue Lake Road. Turn right on Blue Lake Road/ County Rd 64 and continue approximately 7 miles to the turnoff for Blue Lake. Turn left and stay on County Road 64 (instead of a right turn to Blue Lake) and continue 8 more miles of windy road to the Patterson Campground and Guard Station.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 6 family sites at Patterson Campground.

Fees: No fee.

RV Camping

Small RV's can negotiate the roads to Patterson Campground.  There are no hook-ups or dump station.

Hookup - SewerNone
Hookups - ElectricNone
Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
Pavement Type for ParkingGravel
Vehicle Clearence Watch overhead for low hanging branches.
Dump StationsNone
No. of Sites 6 single sites
Size Restrictions 16 feet
Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of Accessible sites None
Hookup - WaterNone
Fees: No fee for RV's.


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