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 Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Bear Camp Flat Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Big Sage Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Big Sage Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Big Valley Ranger District Closed to Visitor 06/12/2020: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 and leave a message for prompt response.
Blanche Lake Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage..
Blue Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Blue Lake Campground Open to Visitor 06/19/2020: Restroom services ok, no garbage services, pack out garbage. Fees apply
Cave Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage. Accessibility may be difficult. Roads usually impassible till mid-June.
Cave Lake Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage. Accessibility may be difficult. Roads usually impassible till mid-June.
Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Cedar Creek Upper Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Cedar Pass Ski Area    06/12/2020:Restrooms open and serviced, Please bring water and pack out garbage.
Devil's Garden Ranger District Closed to Visitor 06/12/2020: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 and leave a message for prompt response.
Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Doublehead Ranger District Closed to Visitor 06/12/2020: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 and leave a message for prompt response.
Duncan North Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Duncan South Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
East Creek Campground Open to Visitor 06/18/2020: Open with services including water.
East Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Emerson Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Green Springs Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Howard's Gulch Campground    06/12/2020: Restroom and garbage services, no potable water. Please bring water. Fees apply.
Jane's Reservoir Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Jane's Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Lassen Creek Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Lily Lake Boating Site    06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage. Accessibility may be difficult. Roads usually impassible till mid-June.
Lily Lake Picnic Site    06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage. Accessibility may be difficult. Roads usually impassible till mid-June.
Little Medicine Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Logan Slough Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Lower Rush Creek Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage..
Medicine Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: Accessible with weather and road conditions changeable. No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage. Note boat ramp is in pace at Medicine Lake.
Mill Creek Falls Campground Open to Visitor 06/19/2020: Open with services including potable waiter. Fees apply.
Mill Creek Trail Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage. Fees apply
Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail Open to Visitor A great off-road enthusiast bucket-list destination. Adventure riders take notice! Currently roads are wet, muddy and snow packed. Please be careful to not create road damage.
North Emerson Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Owl Creek Trail Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: Conditions unknown at this time. Please call 530-233-5811 with conditions reports.
Patterson Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. There will be no water all season. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Payne Springs Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Pepperdine Campground Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Pepperdine Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Pepperdine Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and garbage home.
Pine Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and garbage home.
Poison Flat Trail    6/05/2020: Conditions unknown at this time. Please call 530-233-5811 with conditions reports.
Red Tail Rim Trail North Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Red Tail Rim Trail South Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Reservoir C Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Reservoir C Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Reservoir F Boating Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Reservoir F Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Schonchin Springs Campground Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.
Slide Creek Trail    06/05/2020: Conditions unknown at this time. Please call 530-233-5811 with conditions reports.
Soup Springs Campground Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and garbage home.
Soup Springs Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and garbage home.
South Emerson Trailhead Open to Visitor 06/05/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and garbage home.
Stough Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 06/19/2020: Open with all services
Summit Trail    06/05/2020: Conditions unknown at this time. Please call 530-233-5811 with conditions reports.
Tom Smith Trail    06/05/2020: Conditions unknown at this time. Please call 530-233-5811 with conditions reports.
Upper Cottonwood Trail    06/05/2020:Conditions unknown at this time. Please call 530-233-5811 with conditions reports.
Warner Mountain Ranger District Closed to Visitor 06/12/2020: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 and leave a message for prompt response.
Willow Creek Campground    06/12/2020: Garbage and restroom services. No potable water. Please bring water. Fees apply.
Willow Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor 06/12/2020: No services at this time. Please bring water, TP and pack out garbage.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/modoc/recreation