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part ofPlumas National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 03 2015   Season Dates


Frenchman Campground sits along the shores of its namesake, which boasts 21 miles of shoreline. The campground is situated at the southeastern peninsula of the lake, and while the terrain may be steep and rugged, the campsites are widely spaced and offer ample privacy.

Natural Features:

As part of California's Plumas National Forest, the campground is located in northern California, between the rugged Sierra Nevada and the fringes of the Cascade ranges. The forest is home to hundreds of high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear-running streams.

Pine trees provide moderate to good shade in most sites. At a 5,800-foot elevation, 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. Winter activities range from snowmobiling to ice fishing and cross-country skiing.

The nearby lake provides ample opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing and jet skiing. Fishing is also popular among visitors. Free fishing days are sponsored twice every year, in April and September. An accessible fishing trail is also located within the campground.


The campground offers multiple single-family campsites for tent and RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are also provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Additional fees apply for pets on a per-day basis
  • Additional fees apply for extra vehicles and use of the boat ramp
  • Click here to learn more about the Plumas National Forest
  • 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):
    39.89972, -120.18667
    39°53'59"N, 120°11'12"W

    From Reno, Nevada, travel north on Highway 395. Merge onto Highway 70 west and travel 5 miles to Chilcoot. Turn north on Highway 284 and continue 8 miles to Frenchman Lake, turn right, cross the dam, and travel a mile to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    CHILCOOT  CA  96105

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (530)258-7606
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