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Dodge Reservoir Campground


Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

Dodge Reservoir, located approximately 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, California, is a 480 acre water impoundment that was constructed in 1937 by the Dodge Brothers for irrigation.The campground has sites with picnic tables and one wheelchair accessible vault toilet. There is no trash collection or potable water. Donations are welcome but there is no site fee. We recommend calling the Eagle Lake Field Office, for current water conditions before planning a fishing tripThe reservoir is located at approximately 5,600 feet in elevation, in a high desert setting of sagebrush hills with scattered junipers. The reservoir has traditionally been stocked with Rainbow Trout, Lahontan Cutthroat throat and brown trout by the California Department of Fish and Game. The prime time for fishing this reservoir is spring and early summer when the water levels are the highest. Title to the land under and adjacent to the reservoir is a combination of Private and Federal ownership. The Dodge Ranch holds the water rights to the reservoir with no minimum pool requirement.

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Dodge Reservoir Campground is located in California

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From Susanville: Travel 54 miles north on Highway 395 to Ravendale, turn right on Lassen County Road 502 for 12 miles, turn right on County Road 506 for 11 miles, turn left and drive one mile to the campground. County Road 506 is an unimproved dirt road that can become impassable as a result of wet weather. The roads are passable by vehicles pulling trailers but can be rough and dusty.


Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office 2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130


40.971121 N
120.130712 W

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gabriel B.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2020

Quiet, secluded, and most importantly DARK!

I came here for two nights with some friends at the beginning of summer. The campground is about 45 minutes - 1 hour from the road, and you will need some decent ground clearance to make it there. Once you arrive, there are several camp sites along the main road, some featuring grills and picnic tables. There is a well-maintained vault toilet, and when I went it was stocked with TP (but you should probably bring some just in case lol).

While we were not the only group there, there were only at most two or three other groups and plenty of room to not have to bump into each other. Most people seemed to come for the fishing and leave before the night. There are also a good amount of ants and flying insects, so be sure to bring your bug spray!

We went during new moon, so when night fell it got crazy dark! Be sure to bring a headlamp or lantern. The view of the night sky is the best I have yet to see, and it seems like there are shooting stars every few minutes. It is also easy to spot satellites and other interesting things in the sky. I may consider making the 10 hour trip here again, as the views of the stars are that good.

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2020

Great campsight but read before you go

This sight is great for boon-docking campers; it has maintained camp sights, picnic tables, and a few fire rings. A short walk from the camp sights there is a vault toilet that’s maintained during the dryer months. Great fishing, stargazing, and kayaking. But be prepared for no cell service at the campground, however about 2 miles south on the main road will provide 2 bars of service for those with Verizon. Also pack lots of food, water, and fuel as the closest gas is in Alturas and or Standish Litchfield “45 miles north or to the south on hwy 395.” I wouldn’t recommend swimming in the lake as the lake has been know to have very small leaches sad for swimming but great for fishing. Don’t forget to check your local fire restrictions and obtain a fire permit before heading out.

  • Review photo of Dodge Reservoir Campground by Kyle K., March 8, 2020
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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2018

Super nice BLM campground

We went in August and were the only ones at the whole site. Nice place though, right by the water, fire rings, picnic tables, juniper trees and a pit toilet that looks like it's regularly serviced.

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