Fish Lake Campground


Area Status: Closed
A view of Fish Lake with boat tied to shore

Fish Lake Campground is located appoximately 1,780 feet above sea level in a mixed hardwood and confier forest with many fir and Port-Orford-cedar trees. There are five vault type unisex accessible restrooms and all campsites are furnished with wooden tables and combination fire ring grills.

The campground’s location, 20 miles south from the town of Orleans, 12 miles north of the town of Weitchpec and 8 miles from the Klamath River, makes it an ideal location to participate in the area’s many recreation activities.

Fishing, swimming and whitewater rafting are all close by in the Klamath, Trinity and Salmon Rivers. Campers can hike a system of trails (Blue Lake, Red Lake and Fish Lake trails) totaling 5 miles that exist around the perimeter of Fish Lake. Trails are accessible by trailheads located at the boat ramp and within the campground.

Visitors can also enjoy fishing for trout, blue-gill, and bass in the lake or explore native plants and wildlife. 

Campground host available. 

There are no electric/water/sewer hookups nor showers at this campground.

A view of Fish Lake with boat tied to shore Viewing Fish Lake from the Day Use Area bench A view of Fish Lake from site #13 Campers lounge in a hammock in site #20 A glimpse of Fish Lake through the trees near campground road

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open June 15th, 2022 through September 30, 2022. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port-Orford-cedar root disease. 
Operational Hours: Closed for winter. Will reopen summer 2023. 
Reservations: Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance through www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-844-6777.  Sites 3-4, 7, 10-12, 20 and 22 are reservable. Dates may vary due to wet weather and Port Orford Cedar root disease seasonal closures.  First come, first serve campsites available. Fee envelopes are available at campground entrance. 
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $10 per night for camping; $5 per extra vehicle; $5.00 day use fee.
Open Season: 6/15/2022 - 9/30/2022
Usage: Light-Medium
Water: Drinking water available.
Restroom: 5 vault toilets.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Orleans/Ukonom Ranger District
1 Ishi Pishi Road
Orleans, CA 95556
(530) 627-3291

General Information

Directions:

From the West, follow Highway 101, just one mile North of Arcata. Follow California State Route 299 East for 30 miles to Willow Creek. Take State Highway 96 North 30 miles to Weitchpec. Continue 4 miles to Bluff Creek Road (Forest Road 13N01). Follow Bluff Creek Road 5 miles to Fish Lake Road, Forest Road 10N12 (turn off on right) and continue for 3 miles to Campground entrance.

From the East, turn on to State Route 299 in Redding, and proceed West for about 95 miles to Willow Creek. Take State Highway 96 North 30 miles to Weitchpec. Continue 4 miles to Bluff Creek Road (Forest Road 13N01). Follow Bluff Creek Road 5 miles to Fish Lake Road, Forest Road 10N12 (turn off on right) and continue for 3 miles to Campground entrance.


Directions:

From the West, follow Highway 101, just one mile North of Arcata. Follow California State Route 299 East for 30 miles to Willow Creek. Take State Highway 96 North 30 miles to Weitchpec. Continue 4 miles to Bluff Creek Road (Forest Road 13N01). Follow Bluff Creek Road 5 miles to Fish Lake Road, Forest Road 10N12 (turn off on right) and continue for 3 miles to Campground entrance.

From the East, turn on to State Route 299 in Redding, and proceed West for about 95 miles to Willow Creek. Take State Highway 96 North 30 miles to Weitchpec. Continue 4 miles to Bluff Creek Road (Forest Road 13N01). Follow Bluff Creek Road 5 miles to Fish Lake Road, Forest Road 10N12 (turn off on right) and continue for 3 miles to Campground entrance.


General Notes:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Maximum trailer length 20 feet

No. of Sites 24
Reservation Info For reservations go to www.recreation.gov
Fire Information Fire Permits Not Required in Campground
No. of Accessible sites 3

Lake and Pond Fishing

Visitors can try their luck and skill at fishing for trout, blue-gill, bass and a variety of fresh water fish that reside in Fish Lake.  Fishing is best done by boat.  Off-shore fishing may be difficult due to the location of aqautic vegetation. 

This area allows for non-motorized boats only. Motorized boats are prohibited.

General Info:

Directions

From the West, follow Highway 101, just one mile North of Arcata. Follow California State Route 299 East for 30 miles to Willow Creek. Take State Highway 96 North 30 miles to Weitchpec. Continue 4 miles to Bluff Creek Road (Forest Road 13N01). Follow Bluff Creek Road 5 miles to Fish Lake Road, Forest Road 10N12 (turn off on right) and continue for 3 miles to Campground entrance.

From the East, turn on to State Route 299 in Redding, and proceed West for about 95 miles to Willow Creek. Take State Highway 96 North 30 miles to Weitchpec. Continue 4 miles to Bluff Creek Road (Forest Road 13N01). Follow Bluff Creek Road 5 miles to Fish Lake Road, Forest Road 10N12 (turn off on right) and continue for 3 miles to Campground entrance.


Day Hiking

Status: Temporarily closed
Status description: Seasonal closure for Port-Orford Cedar disease management
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Amenities

Picnic tables: Offered in all sites
Tent camping: Allowed in all sites
Parking: Additional day use area parking available near entrance
Toilets: 5 vault toilets
Accessible: Sites #19, 20 & 22
Boat ramp: Located at before campground entrance
Drinking water: New water system installed 2010

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.265089

  Longitude : 
-123.682108

  Elevation : 
1780