Bucks Lake Wilderness


Bucks Lake Wilderness Area

Bucks Lake, California
Plumas National Forest

topo mapIn the hills and canyons above Chico many wonders can be found. North Sierra Nevada mountains, medium sized recreation lake surrounded by lush forest; N of Lake Oroville and S of Lake Almanor. North Fork Feather River canyon forms the northern boundary to this designated Wilderness Area. The area is popular with backpackers and PCT hikers, as well as equestrian and the region has over a dozen campgrounds. Backcountry terrain includes an impressive 6 mile long canyon wall.

camp Bucks Lake Campgrounds

hotels Bucks Lake Lodging

The popular boating destination, Bucks Lake reservoir, is just outside the wilderness boundary, which makes for an excellent destination for day hikes. Boating, fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, snowmobiling and mountain biking are just some of the outdoor recreation in the area. This Wilderness region features a Silver Lake and Gold Lake, as well as numerous other small, unheard-of lakes. A few can be accessed by vehicle, but more than half are hike-in only lakes.

  • backpacking
  • boating
  • cabin rentals
  • camping
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • floating
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • Bucks Lake Wilderness
    23,958 acres
    5200′ elevation at Bucks Lake

    Alpine wilderness, mountain peaks, hiking trails, PCT trailheads, numerous small lakes, plus large recreational fishing lake

    Bald Eagle Mountain – 7183′
    Bucks Mountain Peak – 6819′
    Mount Pleasant – 7067′

    Small lakes around the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area

    Bald Eagle Lake
    Blue Lake
    Cape Lake
    Gold Lake
    Grassy Lakes
    Jacks Meadow Pond
    Kellogg Lake
    Lost Lake
    Mud Lake
    Rock Lake
    Silver Lake
    Snake Lake
    Smith Lake
    Thompson Lake
    Three Lakes
    Upper Mud Lake

    regional maps –

    nearby towns –
    Berry Creek, CA
    Meadow Valley, CA
    Quincy, CA
    Chico, CA
    Oroville, CA

    lodge and cabins

    historic lodge burnt down, but they rebuilt and are re-opened again


    more info –

    Bucks Lake Trailheads (PDF)
    Bucks Lake Fire Dept
    Bucks Lake Wilderness Wiki


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    Bucks Lake Campgrounds

    indian rock

    Indian Rock is a beach (day use only) on the west side.

    Bucks Lake, California

    Below is a list of all the developed campgrounds & RV Parks surrounding the Bucks Lake region of Plumas National Forest in the Northern Sierra Nevada mountains. The infamous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs through Bucks Lake Wilderness, so there are also trailhead camps and backcountry camp sites that are not in this list. This high elevation region closes the campgrounds for winter: NOV- APRIL

    campgrounds RV campgrounds fishing lakes campgrounds launch lake camping hiking lakes


    Campgrounds at Bucks Lake

    campground elev spots veg toilet water
    Hutchins Group Camp 5200′ 10 pines flush piped
    Lower Bucks Campground 5200′ 6 pines vault piped
    Mill Creek Campground 5200′ 10 pines vault piped
    Sundew Campground 5200′ 19 pines vault piped

    NFS camps

    NFS Camps nearby

    campground elev spots veg toilet water
    Deanes Valley Campground 4400′ 7 mixed vault creek
    Grizzly Creek Campground 5400′ 8 pines vault piped
    Silver Lake Campground 5800′ 9 pines vault lake
    Snake Lake Campground 4200′ 14 mixed vault lake
    Whitehorse Campground 5200′ 20 pines vault creek

    Plumas National Forest

    Oroville Ranger Station NFS

    Quincy Ranger Station NFS

    Bucks Lake CA

    PG&E Campground @ Bucks Lake

    Haskins Valley Campground
    16731 Bucks Lake Rd

    Grizzly Forebay Campground
    CLOSED in 2013 by PG&E
    530-896-4263 (for more info)

    RV Parks @ Bucks Lake

    Bucks Lake Camp & RV
    280 Bucklin Road

    Bucks Lake Marina
    16469 Bucks Lake Rd

    Lakeshore Resort
    16001 Bucks Lake Rd

    grizzly creek

    24N10 – Plumas NF

    Lake Davis Loop Drive

    Lake Davis Loop: Plumas Forest Road #24N10

    Plumas National Forest

    also known as the Beckwourth Taylorsville Road

    5,800′ elevation
    Portola, CA

    Lake Davis

    Lake Davis Loop is a 20 mile circle around the lake. Drive or mountain bike route. Scenic drive on dirt roads, or an easy bike ride. Average ride time 2 hours for biking.

    A flat, easy loop around Lake Davis is best in summer months, as snow usually closes this area in winter. The whole route is a mix of paved, dirt and gravel road. There are picnic areas along the way, lake views, bird and wildlife viewing, wildflowers.

    Numerous primitive camp sites and secondary dirt roads fork in various directions, off of this main loop.  Volcanic ridges line the west side of the lake, dense forest and seclusion can be found all around. Bald eagles fly overhead and wild life is abundant.



    Historic Crocker Station is for rent. This wooden home was built in 1912 for Forest Service personnel, and later staffed as a fire station until the 1980s. Situated at 5700′ elevation, its alpine beauty and cooler temps make it a much sought after, especially in summertime. Located about 10 miles northeast of Portola, California. There is a small campground next door called Crocker Campground.

    Camp 5 sign

    From California SR 70 (Highway 70) in Portola take West Street approximately 7 miles to the Lake Davis Dam . Park at the information kiosk and get acquainted with maps and the area info.

    Drive or bike the lake loop. Travel 1.7 miles west to Forest Service Road 24N10, travel on that for 8.1 miles until you reach the junction with County Road 112. Then turn east and continue around the lake, past the Grizzly Campground a half mile, turn South on Country Road 126 and continue back to the dam.

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    Plumas National Forest



    Oak Bottom Campground

    Oakbottom Campground

    Whiskeytown Recreation Area:
    Oak Bottom Campground

    campground and lake closed, due to recent wildfire

    The large, level, paved campground is right on the north shore of Whiskeytown Lake, on Hwy 299 – E of Redding CA

    101 walk-in campsites
    22 RV sites
    elevation 1200′
    hiking trails
    mountain biking trails

    Camp Sites near Water


    Group Camping can be reserved at
    Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area
    3 group camping sites with excellent views of the lake and mountains, on the northeastern shore of Whiskeytown Lake.

    nearby towns: