Lightning Tree Campground

Area Status: Closed

Lightning Tree Campground is situated where high deserts meets Sierra Nevada forest near Lake Davis. Though slightly more rustic than other Lake Davis Campgrounds, Lighning Tree Campground has paved parking, picnic table, fire ring and grill. The campground has a mix of campsites for reservation and on first come basis. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expected to open by 5-24-2024. Visitors should always checkĀ Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Reservations: Click Here for important information you should know before making your reservation.
  • Sites can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at  
  • Campsites may be reserved up to six months in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least three days in advance. 
  • This campground also has many first come first served campsites.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Call the Beckwourth Ranger District for information.
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite, 12 people for double sites
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
  • OHV riding is not allowed:
  • Store food, trash and scented items appropriately - Be Bear Aware
Closest Towns: Portola , California
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Senior and Access passes honored for single camp sites. These passes are available at the Beckwourth Ranger Station in Blairsden, CA. from 08:00 to 16:00. Call 530) 836-2575 for information. 
Information Center:

For information contact the Beckwourth Ranger District Office at 530-836-2575 at 23 Mohawk Road (PO Box 7) Blairsden, CA 96103

General Information


From Portola CA. take County road 126 North 7 miles. Take Country road 112 to east side of Lake Davis, go approximately 5 miles and campground is on the left.


There is a fee for second vehicles parked at the campsite

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Has 40 units total (19 family, 21 double)

RV Camping


Camping trailer: yes
Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: yes
Parking: There is a fee for second vehicles parked at the campsite
Toilets: yes, vault
Boat ramp: nearby
Drinking water: yes

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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