Frenchman Campground

Area Status: Closed

Frenchman Campground is situated on a hillside next to the Frenchman Boat Launch Facility. The campground remains open throughout the year. Between peak seasons, water is turned off, trash service ends and fees are not collected. In winter, snow usually closes the road. In late April or early May fees are collected. 17 of the 38 campsites may be reserved. This campground has seasonal water, paved roads and vault toilets. Campsite amenities include paved parking pad, table, fire ring and grill.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Click Here for important information you should know about the 2023 season before planning your stay here.
  • 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: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Call the Beckwourth Ranger District at 530-8362575 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
  • Maximum of 6 people per camp site
  • Maximum of 2 vehicles per camp site
  • OHV riding is not allowed in the campground
  • Be Bear Aware - store all food, trash and scented items appropriately
Closest Towns: Chilcoot, CA
Water: yes
Restroom: Vault toilets
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 NV. take Highway 395 North to Hallelujah Junction, Head West on Highway 70 to Chilcoot, head North on Highway 284 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 38 sites. there is a 14 day limit. All campgrounds have tables, grill, fire rings and toilets

RV Camping


Camping trailer: Trailer sites available
Picnic tables: Tables at each site
Tent camping: Tent sites available
Parking: Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee
Toilets: Vault toilets
Boat ramp: There is a boat dock adjacent to the campground
Drinking water: Yes

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation : 
5,700 ft