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Status: Closed through Thu May 29 2014   Season Dates


Diablo Campground is located in the Packer Lake area near the Sierra Buttes, in northern California. It is north of the Yuba River and next to Packer Creek. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the area, including hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and gold panning.

Natural Features:

The campground lies near the banks of Packer Creek. A forest of lodgepole pine covers the area.


A large network of trails is available in the Packer Lake area, and the Pacific Crest Trail can easily be accessed near the campground. Hikers can reach a variety of alpine lakes, which offer plentiful fishing. Canoeing is available on Packer Lake.


The campground offers single-family, tent campsites on two loops. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is not available; water taken from the creek must be treated or boiled before consumption.

Nearby Attractions:

The Lakes Basin area offers boating, fishing, hiking and more than 30 miles of maintained trails, that are also open to biking and horseback riding. The lakes provide visitors with ample opportunities to enjoy boating, canoeing and fishing. Anglers will find rainbow and brook trout in many of the scenic bodies of water in the area. A boat ramp is located at Gold Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Gold Panning
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Tahoe Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Drinking water is not availble
  • Additional parking is remote
  • This facility is operated by Tahoe Recreation, doing business as California Land Management and comments are welcome; forms are available from campground hosts or online
  • Click here for more information on the Tahoe National Forest
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Yuba River Ranger District (530) 288-3231 or 478-6253 (voice), (530) 288-3656 (TDD).
    • 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):
    39.63306, -120.63778
    39°37'59"N, 120°38'16"W

    From Sierraville, travel south on Highway 49 for 18 miles. Turn right at Bassett and continue just over a mile to the Sardine Lake turnoff. Turn right at Packer Lake/Forest Road 93 and continue to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:


    BASSETT CA 96126

    Phone Number:

    Information: (530)862-1368