Gold Lake 4x4 Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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 are free and 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. Toilets will remain closed throughout this season. Come prepared to pack out all solid human waste.

Installation of the new toilets is complete.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of October 1, 2019 snow has fallen in the area. Check weather conditions before visiting the area. The restooms at the campground have been damaged by the snow pack and will remain closed. All visitors must pack out all solid human waste.
Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
  • No fees
  • A new facilities prospectus includes this campground. This may result in it being managed by the company winning the bid. It is expected This may result in this campground becoming a fee area managed by a management company. For more information call the Beckwourth Ranger District at 530-836-2575.
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
Closest Towns: Graeagle, California Bassetts, California
Water: No water
Restroom: none
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Beckwourth Ranger District, Post Office Box 7, 23 Mohawk Rd, Blairsden, CA 96103 (530) 836-2575. Open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday

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

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

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

Current Conditions: Open
Status description: Open
Open Season: June-November
Fees: No fee
Best Season: Summer

OHV Riding & Camping

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Picnic tables Wood tables and food lockers
Toilets Solar Toilets recently installed
Parking Parking at each site
Boat ramp Boat dock available at Gold Lake Campground - no fee
Tent camping Tent sites available
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