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    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are potable.
Bear Camp Flat Trailhead    10/02/2018: Open
Big Sage Boating Site    10/02/2018: Open, Great wild horse viewing area.
Big Sage Campground    10/02/2018: 10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, some water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Big Valley Ranger District    10/02/2018: For current conditions please call the Big Valley Ranger District office at 530-299-3215. 10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted at midnight October 4. All West side campgrounds are open with full services including water. Fees are being charged.
Blanche Lake Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Blue Lake Boating Site    Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Blue Lake Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services. Fees 1/2 price $7.
Cave Lake Boating Site    10/02/2018 Open
Cave Lake Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Cedar Creek Lower Trailhead    10/1/2018: Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Fire restrictions will be lifted midnight October 4.
Cedar Creek Upper Trailhead    10/1/2018: Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Fire restrictions will be lifted midnight October 4.
Devil's Garden Ranger District Open to Visitor 10/2/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted at midnight October 4. Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, some water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call the Devil's Garden District office for information 530-233-5811.
Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark Open to Visitor 10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Doublehead Ranger District Open to Visitor 10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted at midnight October 4. All West side campgrounds are open with full services including water. Fees are being charged. Please call the Doublehead Ranger District for further information, 530-667-2246
Duncan North Boating Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Duncan South Boating Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
East Creek Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
East Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor 10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Emerson Campground Closed to Visitor 10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Green Springs Boating Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Howard's Gulch Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Jane's Reservoir Boating Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Jane's Reservoir Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, some water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Lassen Creek Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Lily Lake Boating Site    10/1/2018: Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Fire restrictions will be lifted midnight October 4.
Lily Lake Picnic Site    10/2/2018: Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Fire restrictions will be lifted midnight October 4.
Little Medicine Lake Picnic Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Logan Slough Boating Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Lower Rush Creek Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are potable.
Medicine Lake Recreation Area    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Mill Creek Falls Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Mill Creek Trail    Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Fire restrictions will be lifted midnight October 4.
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    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Patterson Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Payne Springs Campground    10/19/2018:
Pepperdine Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Pepperdine Equestrian Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Pepperdine Trailhead    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Open cleared and maintained to Patterson.
Pine Creek Trailhead    10/03/2018: Open, cleared and maintained to Patterson. Fire restrictions will be lifted midnight October 4.
Poison Flat Trail    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. 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    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Reservoir C Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Reservoir F Boating Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Serviced once a week, bring extra T.P.
Reservoir F Campground    10/1/2018: Campground water systems on the Forest have frozen in early October the last few years requiring costly repairs. In order to minimize these costs to the American Taxpayer, water systems are being winterized at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Schonchin Springs Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Slide Creek Trail    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Open
Soup Springs Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services. Fees 1/2 price $6.
Soup Springs Trailhead    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Open
South Emerson Trailhead    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Stough Reservoir Campground    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Summit Trail    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. Open from Pepperdine to Patterson Lake.
Tom Smith Trail    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Upper Cottonwood Trail    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.
Warner Mountain Ranger District    10/19/2018: Campgrounds have been winterized. Water systems off. No services.
Willow Creek Campground    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight.All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are potable.
Willow Creek Picnic Site    10/02/2018: Campfire restrictions will be lifted October 4 at midnight. All of the water systems at west side recreation areas are potable.
Areas & Activities

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