Recreation

A family fishing on the banks of Stough Reservoir

A family fishing on the banks of Stough Reservoir

Framed by distinctive geology and views of a timeless landscape, the Modoc National Forest is a place where solitude and recreation come together connecting people to the land and the past. These ecosystems with their rich habitat create abundant opportunities for recreation around water, wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.

A network of scenic drives provide local communities and growing urban areas easy access to a rich heritage of land use and culture, from Native Americans to present day ranching. In concert with communities, the forest provides learning opportunities that invite visitors to stay, enjoy, and care for the forest in ways that maintain this remote, quiet character.

This website should help you plan your visit to the Forest. Navigate by choosing your planned recreational activity in the left menu. If you have a favorite area in mind, the current status of the campgrounds is listed in the table below with a link to more information. Also be sure to look at the Alerts & Notices page to view any emergency closures or other information that might affect your visit.

Other than a few sites at Medicine Lake that can be reserved through recreation.gov, campsites on the Modoc National Forest are first come, first served with a 14-day limit.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ash Creek Campground    08/28/2018: All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are now potable.
Bear Camp Flat Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open
Big Sage Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open, Great wild horse viewing area.
Big Sage Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Great wild horse viewing area. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Big Valley Ranger District    08/28/2018: For current conditions please call the Big Valley Ranger District office at 530-299-3215. Campfire restrictions are now in effect. Campfires only in designated campgrounds.
Blanche Lake Campground    08/28/2018: Open
Blue Lake Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open
Blue Lake Campground    08/28/2018: Open with fees. Potable water.
Cave Lake Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open
Cave Lake Campground    08/28/2018: Water not potable yet. Recommend bringing drinking water.
Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open with potable water
Cedar Creek Upper Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open with potable water
Devil's Garden Ranger District Open to Visitor 08/28/2018:: Campfire restrictions are now in effect. Campfires only in designated campgrounds. All Eest side campgrounds are open with full services. Fees are being charged. Please call the Devil's Garden Ranger District office at 530-233-5811 for more information.
Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark Open to Visitor 08/28/2018: Open
Doublehead Ranger District Open to Visitor 08/28/2018: Campfire restrictions are now in effect. Campfires only in designated campgrounds. All West side campgrounds are open with full services. Fees are being charged. Campsites can be reserved now for July - Sept 30 at Medicine Lake and A.H. Hogge by contacting Recreation.gov. All other campgrounds '1st- come-1st serve'. For current conditions please call the Doublehead Ranger District office at 530-667-2246.
Duncan North Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Duncan South Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
East Creek Campground    08/28/2018: No potable water, boil 5 minutes or bring own water.
East Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 08/28/2018: Open.
Emerson Campground Closed to Visitor 08/28/2018: Open
Green Springs Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Howard's Gulch Campground    08/28/2018: Open with fees $12 per night. No potable water, boil 5 minutes.
Jane's Reservoir Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Jane's Reservoir Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Lassen Creek Campground    08/28/2018: Open
Lily Lake Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. No water yet.
Lily Lake Picnic Site    08/28/2018: Open. No water yet. Water available 1/2 mile up the road at Cave - boil 5 minutes.
Little Medicine Lake Picnic Site    08/28/2018: All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are now potable.
Logan Slough Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Lower Rush Creek Campground    08/28/2018: All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are now potable.
Medicine Lake Recreation Area    08/28/2018: All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are now potable.
Mill Creek Falls Campground    08/28/2018: Open with fees. Potable water.
Mill Creek Trail    08/28/2018: Open
Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail    A great off-road enthusiast bucket-list destination. Adventure riders take notice!
North Emerson Trailhead    08/28/2018: Emerson Campground and Trailhead are impacted by the Eagle Fire at this time. Please avoid the area until further notice.
Owl Creek Trail    08/28/2018: Open
Patterson Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Water not potable yet. Boil 5 minutes.
Payne Springs Campground    08/28/2018: Open
Pepperdine Campground    08/28/2018: Open with fees. Potable water. Bring extra water for horses, troughs not dependable.
Pepperdine Equestrian Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Bring extra water for horses, troughs not dependable.
Pepperdine Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open cleared and maintained to Patterson.
Pine Creek Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open, cleared and maintained to Patterson.
Poison Flat Trail    08/28/2018: Open
Red Tail Rim Trail North Trailhead    08/30/2018: Open - is being maintained - poor condition in some places. NON-potable water.
Red Tail Rim Trail South Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open, being maintained - poor condition in some places. NON-potable water.
Reservoir C Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Reservoir C Campground    08/28/2018:Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Reservoir F Boating Site    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Reservoir F Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Schonchin Springs Campground    08/28/2018: Open
Slide Creek Trail    08/28/2018: Open
Soup Springs Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Boil water 5 minutes. Black bear sighting.
Soup Springs Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open
South Emerson Trailhead    08/28/2018: Open
Stough Reservoir Campground    08/28/2018: Open. Potable water. Bear sighting
Summit Trail    08/28/2018: Open from Pepperdine to Patterson Lake.
Tom Smith Trail    08/28/2018: Open
Upper Cottonwood Trail    08/28/2018: Open
Warner Mountain Ranger District    08/28/2018: Campfire restrictions are now in effect. Campfires only in designated campgrounds. All East side campgrounds are open with full services. Black bear sightings at Stough, Cedar Pass, and Soup Springs. Fees are being charged. Campsites can be reserved now for July - Sept 30 at Blue Lake by contacting Recreation.gov. All other campgrounds '1st- come-1st serve'. For current conditions, please call the Warner Mountain Ranger District office at 530-279-6116
Willow Creek Campground    08/28/2018:: All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are now potable.
Willow Creek Picnic Site    08/28/2018:: All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are now potable.