Cottonwood Springs


Cottonwood Springs Campground is located next to Frenchman Lake in mixed conifer forest mixed with high desert vegetation. It has 20 family sites and two group sites. Several of the family sites are first come first served.

Both group sites are available by reservation only. Groupsite 'D' has room for up to 50 campers and Groupsite 'B' room for 25.

A glitch has resulted in difficulty for some in finding this campground on the reservation website. Once on the website search for "Cottonwwod (CA)" then choose the item that includes "Plumas National Forest".

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground is closed for the 2019 Season. It is expected to open in May of 2020. Timber operations have been completed in this area.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved online at  or by calling 1-877-444-6777. The campground has about half reservation and half first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • $25.00 per night
  • No pet fee
Open Season: April - September
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Chilcoot, CA.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
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 -
Information Center: For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575

General Information


From Reno take highway 395 North to Halleluiah Junction. Head West on Highway 70 to Chilcoot. Head North on Highway284 to Frenchman Lake. Cross the dam and proceed to the campground entrance on the left.


Maximum of 2 vehicles per campsites

General Notes:

The boat launch at frenchman lake is open. The loading dock has been pulled out of the water.

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Picnic tables yes
Drinking water yes
Toilets flush toilets and showers
Parking yes
Boat ramp 2 docks with ramps nearby
Tent camping yes
Accessible Loop B is all accessible camp sites
Camping trailer yes
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