Recreation

This Spring: Leave the flowers not the trash.

"My trip would have been amazing, but I brought way too much drinking water," said Nobody Ever.

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 5/26/2021: It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Bear Camp Flat Trailhead    5/11/2021: There are several fallen trees blocking access to this site. Trail conditions are still unknown; Expect snow.
Big Sage Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy.
Big Sage Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Big Valley Ranger District Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 M-F 9am-Noon & 1pm-4pm.
Blanche Lake Campground Open to Visitor 6/10/2021: Open
Blue Lake Boating Site Open to Visitor 6/2/2021: The dock at the boat launch was installed. A new kayak launcher was also installed.
Blue Lake Campground Open to Visitor 6/4/2021:  Drinking water in now available, but it's always a good idea to bring extra. Fees apply. National Weather Service spot-forecast for Blue Lake.
Bullseye Lake Campground Open to Visitor 6/10/2021: Open
Cave Lake Boating Site    5/26/2021: Expect varied amounts of snow-pack ranging between 1" to 4" with local drifts of 10 inches or more on the ground in this area. Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Cave Lake Campground    5/26/2021: Expect varied amounts of snow-pack ranging between 1" to 4" with local drifts of 10 inches or more on the ground in this area. Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: This well traveled trail is open year-round.
National Weather Service spot-forecast for Cedar Pass
Cedar Creek Upper Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please stay on the trail and out of the fenced areas.
National Weather Service spot-forecast for Cedar Pass  
Cedar Pass Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Open and accessible to vehicles.
National Weather Service spot-forecast for Cedar Pass  
Cedar Pass Ski Area Open to Visitor 4/19/2021: Ski hill is closed for the season. National Weather Service spot-forecast for Cedar Pass  
Cottonwood Flat Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Pack-In everything you need Pack-Out everything you brought; Trash collection is not provided at this campground.
Devil's Garden Ranger District Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Office in Alturas is open M-F 9am-Noon & 1pm-4pm. Call ahead at 530-233-5811 for permit information. Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Snowmobile season is over.
Doublehead Ranger District Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 M-F 9am-Noon & 1pm-4pm for information.
Duncan North Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Duncan South Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
East Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: This site is now accessible by road. Many down trees on the trail.
East Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/11/2021: This site is now accessible by road. Trail conditions are unknown; expect snow.
Emerson Campground Open to Visitor 5/11/2021: This site is now accessible by road.
Green Springs Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Howard's Gulch Campground Open to Visitor 6/8/2021: Drinking water is NOT yet available. Fees apply.
Jane's Reservoir Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Jane's Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Lassen Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: The campground is open and will receive a few upgrades this year including picnic tables and fire-rings. Processing/knapping of obsidian in the campground is prohibited.
Lava Camp Campground    5/25/2021: Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Lily Lake Boating Site    5/26/2021: Expect varied amounts of snow-pack ranging between 1" to 4" with local drifts of 10 inches or more on the ground in this area. Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Lily Lake Picnic Site    5/26/2021: Expect varied amounts of snow-pack ranging between 1" to 4" with local drifts of 10 inches or more on the ground in this area. Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Little Medicine Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor 6/10/2021: Open
Logan Slough Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Lower Rush Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Medicine Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor 6/10/2021: Medicine Lake is now accessible by road. Some snow remains on the lake's edges and and a few fallen trees are blocking a few campsites. Drinking water is not yet available. Fees apply.  Boat ramp dock installed. National Weather Service spot-forecast for Medicine Lake.
Mill Creek Falls Campground Open to Visitor 6/4/2021: Drinking water is now available but it's always a good idea to bring extra.
Mill Creek Trail Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Expect 1" to 4" of snow on the ground beyond Clear lake with increasing depth with elevation. Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Conditions are mostly unknown but the Devil's Garden section is free of snow. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
North Emerson Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/11/2021: This site is now accessible by road. Trail conditions are unknown; expect some snow.
Owl Creek Trail    5/4/2021: Access to this area is not maintained over winter. Conditions unknown as of this report. If you would like to share a report on site access, please call 530-233-5811.
Patterson Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Open and accessible by road. No drinking water is provided at this site.
Payne Springs Campground Open to Visitor 6/10/2021: Open
Pepperdine Campground Open to Visitor 5/11/2021: This site is accessible as of this report. Trail conditions are unknown. Drinking water will NOT be provided by Memorial Day weekend.
Pepperdine Equestrian Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: This site is accessible as of this report. Trail conditions are unknown.
Pepperdine Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Trail conditions are unknown; Expect around 30" of snow at Patterson Lake (Warren Peak)
Pine Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Trail conditions are unknown; Expect around 30" of snow at Patterson Lake (Warren Peak)
Plum Valley Campground Open to Visitor 4/19/2021: specific conditions unknown at this time
Poison Flat Trail    5/4/2021: Access to this area is not maintained over winter. Conditions unknown as of this report. If you would like to share a report on site access, please call 530-233-5811. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Red Tail Rim Trail North Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Red Tail Rim Trail South Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Reservoir C Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Reservoir C Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Reservoir F Boating Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Low water levels are making boat launching difficult. Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Reservoir F Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid creating ruts in the road when it is muddy. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Schonchin Springs Campground Open to Visitor 6/10/2021: Open National Weather Service spot-forecast for Medicine Lake.
Slide Creek Trail    5/4/2021: Access to this area is not maintained over winter. Conditions unknown as of this report. If you would like to share a report on site access, please call 530-233-5811. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Soup Springs Campground Open to Visitor 5/11/2021: This site is accessible as of this report. Trail conditions are unknown; Expect snow.
Soup Springs Trailhead    5/11/2021: This site is accessible as of this report. Trail conditions are still unknown; Expect snow.
South Emerson Trailhead    5/11/2021: This site is accessible as of this report. Trail conditions are unknown. Trail conditions are still unknown; Expect snow.
Stough Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 6/8/2021: Drinking water is NOT yet available.
Summit Trail    5/4/2021: Access to this area is not maintained over winter. Conditions unknown as of this report. If you would like to share a report on site access, please call 530-233-5811. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Tom Smith Trail    5/4/2021: Access to this area is not maintained over winter. Conditions unknown as of this report. If you would like to share a report on site access, please call 530-233-5811. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Upper Cottonwood Trail    5/4/2021: Access to this area is not maintained over winter. Conditions unknown as of this report. If you would like to share a report on site access, please call 530-233-5811. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
Upper Rush Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Please avoid driving on wet or muddy roads where tires create ruts greater than four inches deep.
Warner Mountain Ranger District Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Virtual services only, call 530-233-5811 M-F 9am-Noon & 1pm-4pm.
Be prepared. It is always a good idea to bring extra food, water and clothing in case of emergency.
Willow Creek Campground Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Open, Fees apply
Willow Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor 5/26/2021: Open
Areas & Activities

Highlights

Recreation.gov mobile app

Recreation.gov mobile app

 



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