Frenchman Lake

Welcome to the Frenchman Lake/Sierra Valley Area of Plumas County, California.
Frenchman Lake sits at an elevation of 5,588 feet and has approximately 21 miles of shoreline. Lying on the edge of the Sierra Valley, the area is dotted with sage along with plentiful pine trees within the Plumas National Forest. Frenchman is known as a great trout fishery and a popular camping area.

Lying along Highway 70, the vast expanses of the Sierra Valley occupy a large portion of Eastern Plumas County and play a major role in the county's cattle-producing industry. Here are situated the towns of Beckwourth, Vinton and Chilcoot, the latter being the gateway to Frenchman Lake. A bi-annual Cowboy Poetry show is held in Vinton in March and September.

The headwaters of the Feather River are located in the Sierra Valley and this wetland habitat has made it a prime location for bird watching. Bird watchers can commonly observe diverse types of waterfowl and raptors along the county roads south of Highway 70.
  • Camping

  • Big Cove Campground
    Frenchman Lake

    Plumas National Forest

    11 accessible sites, 1 trail to Frenchman Lake, 38 sites, tents and RV's, flush toilets, piped water, showers  

    $23 single/night
    $46 double/night
    $2 pet/night

    Reserve online here

  • Black Mountain Lookout

    Plumas National Forest

    South of Milford, North of HWY 70, East of 395
    (Open Memorial weekend through end of October)
    1 Site, 4 people in Lookout, 8 total with tent camping outside, RVs not recommended, vault toilet
    $60/night

    Reserve online here or call 877-444-6777

  • Chilcoot Campground

    Plumas National Forest

    4 miles north of Chilcoot off Highway 70
    1 tent and 1 auto accessible site, 40 sites, flush toilets, piped water,
    Reserve online here

    $23/night
    $2 pet/night

  • Conklin Park Campground

    Plumas National Forest
    10 miles south of Milford off Highway 395
    No fee, 9 sites, vault toilets, no piped water, self service, 6 people per site, 2 vehicles per site
    no reservations

  • Cottonwood Springs
    http://www.recreation.gov

    Plumas National Forest

    20 sites, flush toilets, piped water, dump station, showers  

    Reserve online or call 877-444-6777

    $23/night
    $2 pet/night

  • Cottonwood Springs Group Camp

    Plumas National Forest

    1 accessible site, 2 sites, 50 people max, tents and RV's, dump station, flush toilets, piped water. Must reserve.

    $100/night (25 persons)
    $140/night (50 persons)

    To reserve a US Forest Service Campground, call 877-444-6777.

  • Frenchman Campground
    http://www.recreation.gov

    Plumas National Forest

    2 accessible picnic site, 38 sites, flush  toilets, piped water, boat ramp, 6 people per campsite, 2 vehicles per campsite

    Reserve online here or call 877-444-6777

    $23/night
    $2 pet/night
    No fees or services October through March

  • Laufman Campground

    Plumas National Forest
    3 miles south of Milford off Highway 395
    No fee, 6 sites, vault toilets,
    no water, self service,
    no reservations

  • Meadow View Campground

    Plumas National Forest
    7 miles west of Doyle off Highway 395
    Horse Camp, No fee, 6 sites, vault toilets, no piped water, hand pump with potable water, self service,
    6 people per campsite
    2 vehicles per campsite
    No horses in campground - corral available no reservations

  • Spring Creek Campground
    http://www.recreation.gov

    Plumas National Forest

    35 sites, tents and RV's, vault toilets, piped water, 1 accessible site, 6 people per campsite, 2 vehicles per campsite

    Reserve online or call 877-444-6777

    $23/night
    $2 pet/night


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