Cottonwood Springs Campground

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Cottonwood Springs Campground is located near  Frenchman Lake in mixed conifer and high desert vegetation. It has 20 family sites and two group sites. Several of the family sites are first come first served. Campsites do not have bear resistant locker - store all food, trash and scented items appropriatly and be bear aware.

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: This site is closed due to fire hazards in the area. Please see fire use, camping, fire closure area and other restrictions that apply to this site at:
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,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Outdoors in Plumas is our new management company. Call the Beckwourth Ranger District at 530-836-2575 for information.
  • $30 for single site
  • $95 for group site A
  • $130 for group site B
  • $8 for second vehicle
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
Usage: Medium
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: 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: 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 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.


Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 20 units available. Half are by reservation and the other half first come first serve.

RV Camping

Cottonwood Springs Campground has 20 campsites, 8 campsites can be reserved.

  • Max vehicle length from 26' to 35'

Group Camping


Picnic tables yes
Drinking water yes
Toilets flush toilets and showers
Parking Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee
Tent camping yes
Accessible Loop B is all accessible camp sites
Camping trailer yes
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