Frenchman Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This campground has 38 sites, 12 are reservable. Sites include lake side sites, shaded sites and open unshaded sites.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Timber operations are complete in this area and the campground is open. During the off season, the campground has no services and no fees. Visitors should bring water and must pack out all trash. The boat ramp is open. However, the loading dock is not available. Boaters are cautioned for icy conditions on the lake. Wind blown ice may unexpectedly block access to unfrozen areas of the lake.   
Operational Hours: All campgrounds in the Frenchman Lake Recreation Area are under temporary closure until December 31, 2018 for hazardous tree and woody fuels removal. This campground remains open during the winter months.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. The campground has about half reservation and half first come first served sites.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • $25.00 per night
  • No pet fee
  • No fees/services October through April
Open Season: Open year around, may become inaccessible due to snow.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
Closest Towns: Chilcoot, CA
Water: yes
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Senior and Access passes honored for single camp sites. 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 -
Information Center: For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575

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.


available , with trailer space

Recreation Map

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Picnic tables Tables at each site
Drinking water Yes
Toilets Vault toilets
Parking Parking at each site
Boat ramp There is a boat dock adjacent to the campground
Tent camping Tent sites available
Camping trailer Trailer sites available
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