Cottonwood Springs Campground

Area Status: 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: Visitors should always checkĀ Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Reservations: Click Here for important information you should know before making your reservation.
  • Sites can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at  
  • Campsites may be reserved up to six months in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least three days in advance. 
  • This campground also has many first come first served campsites.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Call the Beckwourth Ranger District for information.
  • 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 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.
Information Center: For 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


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


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

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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