Area Status: Closed

Gold Lake Campground is located along the shores of Gold Lake at an elevation of 6,400 feet. 11 of the 37 campsites are available for reservation. 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.

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 check¬†Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
  • Snow has closed the Gold Lake Highway for the winter.
  • Bears are active in this area.
  • Campers should be aware of Food and Trash Storage Rules.¬†
Reservations: Click Here for important information you should know about the 2023 season before planning your stay here.
  • Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
  • 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.
  • At this time a campsite map is not available on the recreation.gov website. Please call the Beckwourth Ranger District office at 530-836-2575 if campsite location information is required.
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
Restrictions:
  • 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

Accessibility:

Accessible toilet building near site #6


Directions:

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

 

Parking:

Second vehicles at the campsite will be charged a fee


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

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

Amenities

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

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.67972

  Longitude : 
-120.64612

  Elevation : 
6,400 ft - 6,400 ft