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Nearby cities & towns:

Adin CA
Alturas CA
Bieber CA
Canby CA
Cedarville CA
Davis Creek CA
Eagleville CA
Fort Bidwell CA
Lake City CA
Likely CA
Lookout CA
Newell CA
New Pine Creek CA
Surprise ValleyCA
Tulelake CA
Willow Ranch CA

Designated wilderness areas in forest:

Wilderness Areas Acres
South Warner Wilderness Map 70,729
Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge 46,460
Warner Mountain State Game Refuge 6,016
Ash Creek SWA (State Wildlife Area) 13,897
Devils Garden Wildhorse Territory 236,000


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Modoc Ranger Stations:
Modoc Forest Headquaters
Alturas CA
Big Valley District
Adin CA
Devil's Garden District
Alturas CA
Doublehead District
Tulelake CA
Warner Mountain District
Cedarville CA
Modoc Recreation
Alturas CA
. Modoc National Forest
government web site


  • fire permits are required
  • permits are required for overnight backcountry camping
  • check with the correct ranger district for all back country camping restrictions

Trail head parking spots located at:

  • East Creek/Emerson Peak (South Warner)
  • Summit/Pepperdine (Warner Mountain)
  • Pine Creek (West Warner Mountain)
  • Clear Lake / Mill Creek Falls (South Warner)
  • Summit/Patterson (South Warner)

    modoc maps

    Modoc Back Roads

    Best to get a week off of work, tune up that vehicle & go! Modoc is the uncrowded territory in the far north east corner of the state. Rivers, Ranches & plenty of space!! After the long drive to get up here you will just wanna spend it relaxing near a creek, fishing, driving dirt roads exploring & soaking in the nature. This place has it all.. from country meadow to raging water.

    Modoc Campgrounds

    These sites are among the smallest & most remote in the area. The campgrounds located closest to highways usually fill up fast & can attract all types of campers. For the seclusion, head a few miles off the main roads & enjoy the silence.

    campground elev. spots veg toilet water descr
    A.H. Hogue 6700' 24 pines vault piped July-Oct
    Ash Creek 4800' 7 pines vault creek May-Oct, fish
    Big Sage Reservoir 5100' 6 - vault lake May-Oct, boat
    Blanche Lake 6500' - - vault lake July-Oct
    Bull's-eye Lake 6500' - pines vault lake July-Oct
    Cave Lake 6600' 6 pines vault piped Poor rd, cave, July-Oct
    Cedar Pass 5900' 17 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Cottonwood Flat 4700' 10 pines vault spring May-Oct
    Emerson 6000' 4 pines vault no Poor rd, July-Oct
    Headquarters 6700' 9 pines vault piped Medicine Lake, July-Oct
    Hemlock 6700' 19 pines vault piped Medicine Lake, July-Oct
    Howard's Gulch 4700' 11 - vault piped May-Oct
    Jane's Reservoir 5100' - - vault lake fish, boat, May-Oct
    Lava Camp 4400' 12 - vault no May-Oct
    Lower Rush Creek 4400' 10 pines vault piped May-Oct
    Lassen Creek 4700' - - vault creek May-Oct
    Medicine * 6700' 22 pines vault piped Medicine Lake, July-Oct
    Mill Creek Falls 5700' 19 pines vault piped falls, June-Oct
    Patterson 7200' 5 pines vault piped July-Oct
    Payne Springs 6500' 6 pines vault no July-Oct
    Pepperdine 5680' 5 pines vault piped July-Oct
    Plum Valley 5600' 7 pines vault creek June-Oct
    Reservoir C 4900' 6 - vault lake May-Oct
    Reservoir F 5000' 6 - vault lake May-Oct
    Soup Springs 6800' 14 pines vault piped June-Oct
    Stowe Reservoir 6200' 14 - vault piped May-Oct
    Upper Rush Creek 5200' 13 pines vault piped May-Oct
    Willow Creek 5200' 8 - vault piped fish, May-Oct

    Primitive Camping

    camp sites elev. veg toilet water contact fee
    Emerson 4 6000 pines vault none Modoc HQ
    $ 0
    [Trail into South Warner Wilderness]
    Eagleville, drive 1 mi. south on Co. Rd. 1, 3 mi. southwest on Emerson's access road. Steep & rugged road to the campground

    Modoc Hiking

    See above for Modoc Wilderness Areas and trail heads - mostly inside Warner Mountain area. The lakes below provide execellent wildflife viewing and outdoor recreation.

    Modoc Lakes & NorCal Camping Lakes

  • Big Sage Reservoir
  • Blanche Lake Campground
  • Blue Lake in Modoc
  • Bulls Eye Lake Campground
  • Cave Lake
  • Clear Lake Reservoir, Modoc
  • Goose Lake
  • Medicine Lake
  • Reservoir C (Big Sage Reservoir)
  • Reservoir F (Big Sage Reservoir)
  • Stough Reservoir & Campground

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