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Status: Closed through Wed Jun 11 2014   Season Dates


The Running Deer Campground is located on the eastern shore of the Little Grass Valley Reservoir, giving visitors ample opportunity to fish, swim, boat and enjoy nature. It is one of eight campgrounds in the area, providing access to a beautiful 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 of northern California at an elevation of about 5,000 feet. It is adjacent to 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.

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 dozens of single-family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. More than a handful of the sites overlook the beautiful lake, while others are surrounded by various trees and shrubbery. A boat ramp is available within the site.

Campsites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Utility hookups are not available and all sites have paved parking spurs. Trash collection bins are available throughout the campground.

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
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Roads
  • RV sites
  • Trailheads
  • Waterfront Sites
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Bears may frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage
  • 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 2 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

South Fork Rd.
La Porte CA

Phone Number:

Project Office:(530)534-6500

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • E Clampus Vitus from Jul 27 2012 to Jul 29 2012