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    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Bear Camp Flat Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Big Sage Boating Site    04/16/2019: Open, Great wild horse viewing area. Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Big Sage Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Big Valley Ranger District    04/16/2019: For current conditions please call the Big Valley Ranger District office at 530-299-3215.04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Blanche Lake Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Blue Lake Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Blue Lake Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Cave Lake Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Cave Lake Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Cedar Creek Upper Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Devil's Garden Ranger District Open to Visitor 04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out. Please call the Devil's Garden District office for information 530-233-5811.
Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark Open to Visitor 04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Doublehead Ranger District Open to Visitor 04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.Please call the Doublehead Ranger District for further information, 530-667-2246
Duncan North Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Duncan South Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
East Creek Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
East Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Emerson Campground Open to Visitor 04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Green Springs Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Howard's Gulch Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Jane's Reservoir Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Jane's Reservoir Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Lassen Creek Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Lily Lake Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Lily Lake Picnic Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Little Medicine Lake Picnic Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Logan Slough Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Lower Rush Creek Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Medicine Lake Recreation Area    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Mill Creek Falls Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Mill Creek Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail    A great off-road enthusiast bucket-list destination. Adventure riders take notice! Currently roads are wet and muddy please be careful of resource damage.
North Emerson Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Owl Creek Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Patterson Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Payne Springs Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Pepperdine Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Pepperdine Equestrian Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Pepperdine Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Pine Creek Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Poison Flat Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Red Tail Rim Trail North Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Red Tail Rim Trail South Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Reservoir C Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Reservoir C Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Reservoir F Boating Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Reservoir F Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Schonchin Springs Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Slide Creek Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Soup Springs Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Soup Springs Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
South Emerson Trailhead    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Stough Reservoir Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Summit Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Tom Smith Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Upper Cottonwood Trail    04/16/2019: Open - Conditions may go from snow to wet and muddy conditions.
Warner Mountain Ranger District    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Willow Creek Campground    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Willow Creek Picnic Site    04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
Areas & Activities

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