Recreation

A family tries their luck at fishing  on the banks of Stough Reservoir

A family tries their luck at 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.

All campsites within the Modoc National Forest are "first come, first served." Stay limit is 14 days.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ash Creek Campground Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Bear Camp Flat Trailhead Open to Visitor
Big Sage Boating Site Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Big Sage Campground Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Big Valley Ranger District Open to Visitor For current conditions, please call the Big Valley Ranger District office at 530-299-3215
Blanche Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Blue Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor Boat dock installed
Blue Lake Campground Open to Visitor 06/21/2017: 64 road from Eagleville to Blue Lake is open
Cave Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor
Cave Lake Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Blocked by snow
Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead Open to Visitor
Cedar Creek Upper Trailhead Open to Visitor
Devil's Garden Ranger District Open to Visitor For current conditions, please call the Devil's Garden Ranger District office at 530-233-5811
Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark   
Doublehead Ranger District Open to Visitor
Duncan North Boating Site Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Duncan South Boating Site Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
East Creek Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good
East Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor NO WATER Please bring your own
Emerson Campground Open to Visitor 6/23/17: Accessible, 4x4 or high clearance vehicle recommended, High water crossing on N Emerson Creek.
Green Springs Boating Site Open to Visitor
Howard's Gulch Campground Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Jane's Reservoir Boating Site Open to Visitor
Jane's Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good
Lassen Creek Campground Open to Visitor 6/23/2017: Pit River Tribe will be occupying two sites weekend of June 30 - July 2
Lily Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good
Lily Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good
Little Medicine Lake Picnic Site    6/29/2017: Medicine Lake Recreation Area open. Roads and campsites cleared of snow. Camp hosts arrived.
Logan Slough Boating Site Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good
Lower Rush Creek Campground Open to Visitor 8/2/2017 CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO FOREST ORDER 19-17-04
Medicine Lake Recreation Area    7/10/2017a; MEDICINE CAMPGROUND Reserved for Pit River Tribe July 13 - July 18. Medicine Lake Recreation Area open. Roads and campsites cleared of snow. Camp host.
Mill Creek Falls Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: All is good supplies being brought in for bear proof cans and concrete slabs
Mill Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail Open to Visitor A great off-road enthusiast bucket-list destination. Adventure riders take notice!
North Emerson Trailhead Open to Visitor
Owl Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Patterson Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: No water at Patterson. Public advised to bring your own water
Payne Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Pepperdine Campground Open to Visitor The Parker 2 Fire has already grown to more than 500 acres. Granger Road is closed at Forest Road 42N51 along with Summit Trail South from Pepperdine. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5462/
Pepperdine Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor The Parker 2 Fire has already grown to more than 500 acres. Granger Road is closed at Forest Road 42N51 along with Summit Trail South from Pepperdine. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5462/
Pepperdine Trailhead Open to Visitor The Parker 2 Fire has already grown to more than 500 acres. Granger Road is closed at Forest Road 42N51 along with Summit Trail South from Pepperdine. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5462/
Pine Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Poison Flat Trail Open to Visitor
Red Tail Rim Trail North Trailhead Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Red Tail Rim Trail South Trailhead Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Reservoir C Boating Site Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Reservoir C Campground Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND/OR SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN THE AREA.
Reservoir F Boating Site Open to Visitor
Reservoir F Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good
Schonchin Springs Campground Open to Visitor 6/29/2017: Medicine Lake Recreation Area open. Roads and campsites cleared of snow. Camp hosts arrived.
Slide Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Soup Springs Campground Open to Visitor 8/2/2017: water available. Public advised to boil water
Soup Springs Trailhead Open to Visitor
South Emerson Trailhead Open to Visitor
Stough Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 6/21/2017: Good potable water
Summit Trail Open to Visitor The Parker 2 Fire has already grown to more than 500 acres. Granger Road is closed at Forest Road 42N51 along with Summit Trail South from Pepperdine. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5462/
Tom Smith Trail Open to Visitor
Upper Cottonwood Trail Open to Visitor
Warner Mountain Ranger District Open to Visitor The Parker 2 Fire has already grown to more than 500 acres. Granger Road is closed at Forest Road 42N51 along with Summit Trail South from Pepperdine. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5462/
Willow Creek Campground Open to Visitor Willow Creek campground is now open, with the water on and full fees are in effect.
Willow Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor Water available