Lightning Tree Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lightning Tree Campground is open year around. From May to early October this campground offers water, vault toilets, host, trash service and paved roads. Each campsite has paved parking, picnic table, fire ring and grill. 16 of the 55 campsites can be reserved. After the peak season, water is turned off, trash service stops and fees are not collected. Bear resistant lockers are not available and visitors are required to be bear aware and store food, trash and scented items appropriately.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of November 1, 2021, several inches of snow has fallen in this area. Expect patchy snow. New accumulations are expected this week. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Operational Hours: The 2021 season for this Campground has changed. The campground will remain open dependent upon weather conditions. We expect it to say open until late October.  Always check for alerts and notices at:
Reservations: Sites can be reserved online at  or by calling 1-877-444-6777. The campground has 45% of its campsites available for reservation..
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees   Outdoors in Plumas is our new management company. Fee information is available at  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. For more information about these passes visit; Senior Pass - Access Pass -
Operated By: Outdoors in Plumas
Information Center:

This site is managed by 'Outdoors in Plumas' from May 1 to September 13, 2020. During that time report issues at 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


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

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Camping & Cabins

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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
Areas & Activities


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5,900 ft - 5,900 ft