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Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates


Lakes Basin Campground is located in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, 9 miles southwest of Graegle, California. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and hiking at Gold Lake, just 2 miles away.

Natural Features:

The area was formed by glaciers and is characterized by breathtaking mountain scenery--most notably the craggy peaks of the Sierra Buttes and over 20 natural glacial lakes, most of which are accessible by well maintained hiking trails.

The campground sits at an elevation of 6,400 feet among fir and aspen trees in a field of granite boulders.


Gold Lakes Basin offers a variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing and hiking. A network of over 30 miles of maintained trails branch out across the area, and the Pacific Crest trail can be easily reached from the trail system.

Many of the trails are open to hiking, biking and horseback riding, including the 1-mile Grassy Lakes Trail, accessible from the campground.

At nearby Gold Lake, where a boat ramp is provided, visitors enjoy convenient access to boating and fishing. Once on the water, anglers won't have any trouble trolling for brown and rainbow trout and Mackinaws in the cool, clear waters.


The single loop campground offers family campsites and one group tent-only site. One double-family site is also available. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there are no tables.

Nearby Attractions:

The Plumas Eureka State Park is a popular side trip about 18 miles from the campground. This historic site offers a glimpse of the gold rush era with a museum and visitor center, stamp mills, a stable and blacksmith shop and the Moriarty House, a miner's residence. The park also offers hiking, fishing and winter skiing opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Some sites are available on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Caution: bears, raccoons, etc. frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • No RVs on sites 1 (group site), 10, 13 and 22; one vehicle only in sites 10 and 22
  • A fee of $2/pet/day will be collected at the campground
  • Water spigots are shared between sites
  • Walk-in sites available year round (weather permitting)
  • After mid-September there is dry 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):
39.66667, -120.65778
39°40'0"N, 120°39'28"W

In Graeagle, CA, at the intersection of State Rt. 89 and Forest Rt. 24 (Gold Lakes directional sign), turn onto Rt. 24 and go 6.9 miles to campground sign. Turn right onto the single-lane road and proceed 0.3 miles. The campground will be on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CA 96122
Portola CA PO Box 626

Phone Number:

Project Office:(530)836-2575