Lakes Basin Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lakes Basin Campground is located in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area.  Located nine miles southwest of Graeagle, California, this recreation area has special geological features.  There is breathtaking scenery and over 20 small lakes nearby, most of which are accessible by hiking trails.  This area provides a multitude of recreational activities including camping, fishing, boating, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, swimming, windsurfing and nature study. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of April 11, 2019 deep snow has  Gold Lake Highway closed. Estimated 6 to 8 feet of snow at the campground. Expect all non-winter related activities such as camping, hiking and water sports to be impacted into early to mid-June.The campground is closed. Several events may result in delaying the opening date. All campgrounds in Lakes Basin Recreation Area have been operated through the same management company for many years. After the Government Shutdown we learned that that management company has opted out of their Special Use Permit and will not manage those campgrounds. We anticipate an agreement with a different management company sometime in May. Campground hosts will arrive after that date and begin operations including activating the water system and general clean-up. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to our guests.
Reservations: Sites can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at  The campground has about half reservation and half first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • $25 per family campsite
  • $50 per double campsite
  • No pet fee
  • No fees October through May
Open Season: June
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
Closest Towns: Graeagle, California
Water: Potable water
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets
Passes: Senior and Access passes honored. 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


Four accessible sites with nearby accessible toilet facilities.


All campsites have parking.  Several sites can accommodate vehicles up to 26'.



Take County Road 519 off of State Route 89 just out of Graeagle, California.  Proceed north approximately nine miles to campground turnoff.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Tables at each site - some are accessible
Drinking water Potable water
Interpretive Site Interpretive signs in campground and at a nearby viewing platform
Toilets All toilets are accessible
Parking Each site has parking available
Tent camping Tent sites available
Accessible 4 accessible campsites
Camping trailer Trailers up to 26'
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