Plumas National Forest camping and fire restrictions extended; campfires and dispersed camping prohibited

Fire Restrictions on the Plumas National Forest are continuing due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state.

A ban on all campfires, outdoor BBQ’s, and smoking is in place. Portable lanterns and camp stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel may be now be used in four open, developed campgrounds on the PNF.

Areas near active and recent fires (North Complex (Bear/Claremont and Sheep) and Walker) remain closed. The entire Feather River Ranger District (west side of the PNF), including all national forest system land, roads, trails, campgrounds, lakes, etc., remains closed. No activities, including hunting and woodcutting, are allowed on the Feather River Ranger District currently. The Bucks Lake area is under continuing evacuation orders per the Plumas County Sheriff.

Camping is available on a first-come/first-serve basis at specific developed campgrounds; dispersed camping is not allowed.

Frenchman Lake: Boat launches include Frenchman (wet launch) and Lunker Point (dry launch). All campgrounds are now closed for the season.

Lakes Basin: Gold Lake and Lakes Basin Family Campgrounds are open until Oct. 15, 2020 and then closed for the season. Goose and Haven closed for the season on Sept. 30.

            Lake Davis: Grasshopper Flat and Lightning Tree Campgrounds will be open until Oct. 31, 2020 and then closed for the season. Dry boat launch is available at Lightning Tree while wet boat launch opportunities include Camp Five, Honker Cove and Mallard Cove. All other campgrounds are closed for the season.

Antelope Lake: The Lost Cove Boat Launch is open at Antelope Lake (wet launch) with no fees and services. All campgrounds are closed for the season.

Woodcutting is allowed with a permit in open areas and if daily fire restrictions allow (800-847-7766).

Note: The free personal woodcutting permit program has been extended through Dec. 31, 2020 and current permits slated to expire Sept. 30 will be honored until Dec. 31, 2020.

Additional Forest information is available at Facebook.com/usfsplumas and fs.usda.gov/plumas.