Area Status: Open

Big Cove Campground is a wonderful location for a family outing away from life in the big city. The campground has water, showers, flush toilets and trash service. It’s in a mixed conifer forest along the east shore of Frenchman Lake. Reservations are available for 21 of the 38 campsites. There is one group site. Campsite amenities include paved RV / parking pad, picnic table, fire ring and grill.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved online at  or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Campsites may be reserved up to six months in advance. Beginning te 2021 season, 55% of available campsites may be reserved.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Outdoors in Plumas is our new management company. Fee information is available at  Call the Beckwourth Ranger District for information.
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
Usage: Medium-Heavy
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, California
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilet, some are accessible
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' from May 1 to September 13, 2022. 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


There are eleven sites that are accessible. Some bathrooms are accessible.


Take Highway 395 North from Reno NV. to Highway 70 West. Proceed west to Chilcoot CA. Head North at Chilcoot 7 miles to Frenchman Lake. Cross the Dam and proceed to the campground entrance on the left.


2 vehicles per campsite where space is available.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Camping is permitted only in the developed campgrounds. All campgrounds have tables, grill, fire rings, water, toilets, and garbage service..

RV Camping

Big Cove Campground has 38 sites, 15 sites can be reserved.

  • Max length 45'. Some pull through sites up to 88'


Camping trailer: triailer sites available
Picnic tables: yes
Tent camping: tent sites available
Parking: Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee
Toilets: flush toilets with showers
Accessible: 11 accessible camp sites and some accessible toilets
Drinking water: yes

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