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part ofPlumas National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Oct 01 2015   Season Dates


Chilcoot Campground is one of five campgrounds in the popular Frenchman Lake Recreation Area of northern California's Plumas National Forest. The campground is far enough away from the lake that visitors can experience the serene sense of solitude that the remote mountain setting provides.

Natural Features:

The campground stretches along the babbling Last Chance Creek, an alpine freshwater stream that flows directly into the Frenchman Lake.

Chilcoot sits at an elevation of 5,100 feet, and alder, cottonwood and pine trees provide ample shade, with sagebrush dotting the landscape. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area.


During the summer the campground offers a variety of outdoor experiences including hiking, biking, picnicking and hunting. The nearby lake provides ample opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing and jet skiing.

Winter activities range from snowmobiling to ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Off-road vehicle trails in the area also offer recreation.


The campground provides multiple single-family campsites. Several sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is open for tent and RV camping, although some sites are only equipped to handle tents.

Tables and campfire rings with grills are provided at each site. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Frenchman Lake is less than three miles from the campground, where a boat ramp is available.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • This is not the same campground as Chilkoot in the Sierra National Forest
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted in the campground
  • Additional fees apply for pets on a per-day basis
  • Additional fees apply for extra vehicles and use of the boat ramp
  • A variety of wildlife live in this area, including black bears. Before making a reservation, become aware of bear safety.
  • Please go to the following link for more information: http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/Hiking_and_Camping/hiking_and_camping.html
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.86556, -120.16611
    39°51'56"N, 120°9'58"W

    From Reno, Nevada, travel north on Highway 395. Merge onto Highway 70 west and continue 5 miles to Chilcoot. Turn north on Highway 284 and continue 5 miles to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    CHILCOOT  CA  96105

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (530)258-7606
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