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


Spring Creek Campground is just minutes away from the clear waters of the Frenchman Lake and Feather River. The landscape provides a magnificent backdrop for a variety of recreational activities.

Natural Features:

As part of California's Plumas National Forest, the campground sits in northern California between the rugged Sierra Nevadas 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.

Frenchman Lake, which is less than 500 feet from the campground, boasts 21 miles of shoreline. Both sit at an elevation of about 5,700 feet, and the area is replete with shady pine trees.


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 offers multiple single-family campsites for tent and RV camping. Some sites offer a view of the lake or are at the water's edge, providing a location to moor a boat or raft.

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

Nearby Attractions:

A boat ramp is located at the Frenchman Campground, about a quarter-mile from Spring Creek.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Hunting
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Additional fees will be charged for pets on a per-day basis
  • Additional fees will be charged 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):
    39.89583, -120.17639
    39°53'45"N, 120°10'35"W

    From Reno, travel north on Highway 395. Turn west on Highway 70 and travel 5 miles to Chilcoot. Turn north on Highway 284, travel 8 miles to the Frenchman Lake Reservoir, turn right, cross the dam, and travel 2 miles to the Spring Creek Campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    CHILCOOT  CA  96105

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (530)258-7606
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