Blue Lake Campground


Area Status: Open
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: 6/10/2022: Open. Fees apply. On cloudy days, please be conservative when using the water system as it is a solar powered pump.
Reservations: All individual campsites are "first come, first served".  For group camp site information, please see https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/10005351.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $15/single campsite $5/additional vehicle
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: Yes
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

Directions:

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.
 


Parking:

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


Parking:

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


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

All sites at Blue Lake are large and well spaced and most are in the shade. Some campsites are accessible to wheelchairs with assistance. There is a paved path to the lake. Some tables and restrooms will accommodate wheelchairs with assistance.  Many sites have level areas for tent camping.

Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
No. of Accessible sites Two campsites are accessible to persons in wheelchairs. Restrooms will accommodate persons in wheelchairs with assistance.
Sleeping Shelter None

RV Camping

Blue Lake has 48 sites which are large and well spaced and most are in the shade. Some campsites are accessible to wheelchairs with assistance. There is a paved path to the lake. Some tables and restrooms will accommodate wheelchairs with assistance.  Some sites are pull-throughs and many have level areas for tents.

General Info:

Parking

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


No. of Sites 35 single sites
Pavement Type for Parking Paved
Vehicle Clearence Watch overhead for low hanging branches.
Size Restrictions 32 feet
Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
No. of Accessible sites Some campsites are accessible to persons in wheelchairs with assistance. Some tables and restrooms will accommodate persons in wheelchairs with assistance.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing at Blue Lake is just a short walk downhill from the campground. The lake is stocked by the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife. All California fishing laws apply and all anglers over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license in possession. A fishing platform is available and can be accessed by persons in wheelchairs with assistance.
 

Fish Species Trout
Fishing Mode Fishing is from the bank, in boats or by wading.
Fishing Platform A fishing platform is available on the lake shore.  A paved path leads from the launch area to the platform.
Water Temperature Water temperature varies by season and lake depth.  The water in the middle of the lake is very cold all year.

Day Hiking

There is a 3 mile loop trail around the lake with alternating sunlight and shade.  The trail is close to the shoreline and would be considered a simple trail to hike.

One half the loop along the eastern edge of the lake is paved for wheel chair accessibility with assistance.
 

Fire Information Fires are permitted only in fireplaces provided. Gathering of dead and down wood is permitted.
Elevation desc Persons in wheelchairs may need assistance on the first part of the trail coming downhill from the campground.

Viewing Wildlife

Bring your camera and binoculars as Blue Lake is Number 11 on the Basin & Range Birding Trail.  One may see Mountain Bluebird, Osprey, Northern Goshawk along with an array of migrating water fowl as this area is along the Western Fly-way.  Bald Eagles have been seen around the lake as well.

Amenities

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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.14277778

  Longitude : 
-120.28

  Elevation : 
6,050 feet