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Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates


Buckhorn Recreation Area is at Black Butte Lake, situated at the northern end of the Sacramento valley, 30 minutes south of Red Bluff.

The lake is a popular meeting place for water sports enthusiasts, so bring family and friends for an incredibly scenic getaway.

Natural Features:

Black Butte Lake was formed in 1963 with the completion of the Black Butte Dam on Stony Creek.

The lake's surface area measures 4,460 acres when water levels are high. Black basalt buttes and blue oak woodland hug the lake's 40 miles of shoreline.


Find excitement with wake boarding and sailing or explore the shoreline's 13 miles of fitness trails for hiking, running and biking.

Black Butte is renowned for its warm-water fishing, including catches such as green sunfish and channel catfish to large and smallmouth bass.


Buckhorn has 93 campsites, including a group campground and five walk-in sites. Conveniences include showers, a modern boat ramp complex, two playgrounds and shoreline access. No sites have electric or water hookups. The area is open year-round.

Nearby Attractions:

Horeseback riders can make use of the horse trails at Grizzly Flat and Burris Creek. Drive east to visit the Mendocino National Forest.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • There are no electric/water/sewer hookups
  • No fireworks allowed
  • No off-road vehicles

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.8121, -122.36684
39°48'44"N, 122°22'1"W

From Interstate 5, take the Black Butte Lake exit at Orland, CA. Travel west on County Road 200/Newville Road for 14 miles. Turn left on Buckhorn Road and enter the Buckhorn Recreation area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ORLAND CA 95963-8901

Phone Number:

Information: (530)865-4781