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part ofPlumas National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Tue Sep 08 2015   Season Dates


Horse Camp is located on the eastern shore of the Little Grass Valley Reservoir, giving visitors ample opportunity to fish, swim, boat and enjoy nature.

The camp is one of eight campgrounds in the area, but the only one equipped to handle equestrian campers. It provides access to a beautiful, adjacent mountain lake and various hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails that meander through the scenic hills and valleys.

Natural Features:

The campground is located in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, in northern California, at an elevation of about 5,060 feet. It is on the eastern shore of the Little Grass Valley Reservoir, which was formed by flooding in the 1960s. The campground and the lake are surrounded by thick stands of pine and fir trees.

There are multiple campgrounds located around the lake as well as cabins on the south side. The campground is also the center of a popular snowmobiling area during winter months.


The 1,615-acre lake provides ample opportunities for visitors to fish, boat, swim and water ski. Anglers can expect a catch of a variety of trout and kokanee salmon, among other species of fish, however, fishing licenses are required to participate.

The Lakeshore Trail, which loops 14.5 miles around the lake, is available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail connects to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which stretches from 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico, across three states. A variety of day hikes can be done on portions of the trail.


The campground offers about 10, single-family, equestrian campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Hookups are not available and the parking surfaces are gravel. Lantern posts and hitching racks are provided at each site.

Each site is also equipped with a table and a campfire ring with a grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided. An on-site host may be available.

Nearby Attractions:

About 12 miles northeast of the lake lies a small, natural lily pond, called Fowler Lake. It sits at an altitude of 5,446 feet and is a beautiful sight.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Potable Water
  • RV sites
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Drinking water and hookups are not available
  • Bears may frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage
  • Horse Campground is for equestrian camping only
  • Click here for more information on the Plumas National Forest
  • 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):
39.73528, -120.95306
39°44'7"N, 120°57'11"W

From Oroville, California, travel east on Highway 162 to Olive Highway. Turn right and continue 5 miles to Forbestown Road. Turn right and go 16 miles to La Porte Road. Turn left and travel 27 miles to La Porte, then 2 miles to signs for the recreation area. Turn right and continue just over 3 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

875 Mitchell Ave.
Oroville  CA  95965

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)534-6500
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