Big Cove Overflow

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Big Cove Overflow Campground only opens when all other Frenchman Lake Recreation Area campgrounds are full. Amenities at this rustic campground include unpaved parking and vault toilet. Campers are welcome to use the showers at Big Cove Campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of November 19, 2021, this campground remains closed. We and our partners are working hard to have this facility ready for the 2022 season. Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Fees Outdoors in Plumas is our new management company. Call the Beckwourth Ranger District at 530-836-2575 for information.
  • $25 for single site
  • $8 for second vehicle
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14-day camping limit, 
  • OHV riding is not allowed in the campground, 
  • Be Bear Aware, store food, trash and all scented items appropriately
Closest Towns: Chilcoot, CA
Water: none
Restroom: vault toilet
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. 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'. 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 NV, head North on Highway 395 to Hallelujah Junction. Head West on Highway 70 to Chlicoot. Head North on Hwy. 284 to Frenchman Lake.


Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

15 camp sites, primative camping, open only when all other Frenchman Recreation Area campgrounds fill. No camp fires permitted.

Best Season: summer
Difficulty Level: Easy


Camping trailer Trailer sites available
Tent camping Tent sites available
Parking Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee
Toilets Vault Toilet
Areas & Activities


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5,607 ft - 5,607 ft