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.

The old pit toilets were decomissioned last year. In 2018 new solar toilets will be installed. Until these new toilets become available, campers are required to pack out all solid human waste. Kits for this purpose are available at most camping supply stores.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Inaccessible due to deep snow and closure of Gold lake Highway
Operational Hours: Open year around. Closure of Gold Lake Highway and deep snow makes this campground inaccessible in the winter and early spring.
Reservations: none
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees No fees
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
  • Pack out all solid human waste until new toilets are installed
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 Oopen 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 driveand high clearance is required.  

General Notes:



Parking available at each campsite

Recreation Map

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Picnic tables Wood tables and food lockers
Toilets None - Pack out all solid human waste
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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