Area Status: Open

Gold Lake Campground is located along the shores of Gold Lake at an elevation of 6,400 feet. There are 37 campsites available.  For the 2024 Recreation Season, all sites will be first come, first serve. 

The road leading north of the boat launch facility is narrow and rough and may not be suited to your vehicle.  Vault toilets are available and from May to October portable toilets are installed.  Trash collection is available from May to October.  No water is available.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For 2024 Recreation Season Gold Lake Campground is first come, first serve and will not be accepting reservation. Visitors should always checkĀ Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: Call the Beckwourth Ranger District for information.
  • Senior and Access passes are honored for single campsites only
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 14 day camping limit
  • 6 people per campsite
  • 2 vehicles per campsite
  • OHV riding is not allowed
  • Store food, trash and scented items in the bear resistant lockers - Be Bear Aware
Closest Towns: Graeagle and Blairsden, California
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault and portable 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.
Operated By: Forest Service
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


Accessible toilet building near site #6


Take Highway 89 southeast from Graeagle, California for two miles.  Proceed south on Gold Lake Highway for 10 miles to Gold Lake. 



Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are 37 campsites with tables, fire rings, food lockers and toilet facilities. Garbage service is provided.  There is no water.

Best Season: Summer

RV Camping

The campsites before the gold Lake Boat Launching Facility are more easily accessed than sites along the road extending to the north. That sections of the road is narrow and rough. Larger RV units should not enter that part of the campground.

Interpretive Areas

There are three nearby interpretive sites available.

  • Frazier Falls Trail
  • Lakes Basin Petroglyphs - located just west of Lakes Basin Campground
  • Red Fir Interpretive Trail - located just south of the entrance to Gold Lake Campground


Camping trailer: Trailer sites available
Picnic tables: Wood tables & food lockers
Tent camping: Tent sites available
Toilets: Vault and portable toilets
Accessible: One accesible toilet

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