Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

The Gold Lake 4x4 Campground is located at 6,400' elevation on the southwest end of Gold Lake. It includes 16 rustic campsites suited for those craving some solitude and/or access to some great back country 4X4 roads. Campsites include picnic tables, food locker, fire ring and parking. Several sites are next to the lake. Some people confuse this campground with the Gold Lake Campground which is located at the southeast end the Gold Lake. The new toilets were damaged by the 2018 snowpack and will remain closed. Come prepared to pack out all solid human waste.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: All visitors must pack out all solid human waste. 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.
Reservations: Reservations are not available for this campground
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables
Open Season: June - Snow
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 Day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
  • Store all food, trash and scented items appropiately
Closest Towns: Graeagle, California and Bassetts, California
Water: No water
Restroom: none
Information Center:  
For more information contact the Beckwourth Ranger District Office at 530-836-2575. The opffice is located at Mohawk Road (PO Box 7) Blairsden, CA 96103

General Information


Take Highway 89 southeast from Graeagle, California a couple miles.  Proceed south on Gold Lake Highway for 10 miles to Gold Lake.  Take the Gold Lake 4X4 road to the campground. 4-wheel drive and high clearance is required.  

General Notes:



Parking available at each campsite

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

16 campsites with picnic tables, food lockers and fire rings. No water or garbage service is provided. 

Best Season: Summer

OHV Camping

This is an OHV campground accessible by a 4x4 road. High clearance 4 wheel drive vehicles are required.

Current Conditions: Open
Status: Open
Open Season: June-November
Fees: None
Best Season: Summer
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

OHV Road Riding

The access road to the campground connects to an extensive 4X4 road system on both the Pluman National Forest and the Tahoe National Forest.


Picnic tables: Wood tables and food lockers
Tent camping: Tent sites available

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