Gold Lake Campground


Area Status: Open

Gold Lake Campground is located along the shores of Gold Lake at an elevation of 6,400 feet. 11 of the 37 campsites are available for reservation. The road leading north of the boat launch facility is narrow and rough and may not be suited to your vehicle. Vault toilets are available and from May to October portable toilets are installed. Trash collection is available from May to October. No water.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Bears are active in this area. Campers should be aware of Food and Trash Storage Rules. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Operational Hours: The 2021 season for this Campground has changed. The campround will remain open dependant upon weather conditions so that porta-potties can be removed and prior to closure of Gold Lake Highway. In previous years snow has fallen in sufficent amounts to close the highway as early as late October. Always check for alerts and notices at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices
Reservations: Gold Lake Campground is expected to have 30% of its campsites available for reservation during the 2021 season. Once this new feature starts, campsites may be reserved online at www.recreation.gov  or by calling 1-877-444-6777. At this time a campsite map is not available on the recreation.gov website. Please call the Beckwourth Ranger District office at 530-836-2575 if campsite location information is required.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees:   Outdoors in Plumas is our new management company. Fee information is available at https://www.outdoorsinplumas.com/  Call the Beckwourth Ranger District for information.
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions:
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
  • OHV riding is not allowed
  • Store food, trash and scented items in the bear resistant lockers - Be Bear Aware
Closest Towns: Graeagle and Blairsden, California
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault and portable toilets
Passes: Senior and Access passes honored for single campsites. These passes are available at the Beckwourth Ranger Station in Blairsden, CA. from 08:00 to 16:00. Call (530) 836-2575 for information.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: This site is managed by 'Outdoors in Plumas' from May 1 to September 13, 2022. During that time report issues at https://www.outdoorsinplumas.com/ For more information contact the Beckwourth Ranger District Office at 530-836-2575 at 23 Mohawk Road (PO Box 7) Blairsden, CA 96103

General Information

Accessibility:

Accessible toilet building near site #6


Directions:

Take Highway 89 southeast from Graegle, California for two miles.  Proceed south on Gold Lake Highway for 10 miles to Gold Lake. 

 

Parking:

Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

There are 37 campsites with tables, fire rings, food lockers and toilet facilities. Garbage service is provided.  There is no water.

Best Season: Summer

RV Camping

The campsites before the gold Lake Boat Launching Facility are more easily accessed than sites along the road extending to the north. That sections of the road is narrow and rough. Larger RV units should not enter that part of the campground.

Interpretive Areas

There are three nearby interpretive sites available.

  • Frazier Fall Trail
  • Lakes Basin Petroglyphs - located just west of Lakes Basin Campground
  • Red Fir Interpretive Trail - located just south of the entrance to Gold Lake Campground

Amenities

Camping trailer: Trailer sites available
Picnic tables: Wood tables & food lockers
Tent camping: Tent sites available
Toilets: Vault and portable toilets
Accessible: One accesible toilet

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.67972

  Longitude : 
-120.64612

  Elevation : 
6,400 ft - 6,400 ft