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Great Vibes for an In Transit Night

Great location on the way to many points north along with an excellent morning or evening adventure to the falls. Camp Host (owner/operator?) is awesome and worth the stay alone.

Sites are a bit tight so might not be the solitude you’d want to a multi day stay but was perfect and energizing for a night in transit!

Beautiful and secluded campsite right on the water

The sites are a little small but they are right on the water and the area is quite and beautiful. The lake was incredibly smooth and perfect for a kayak/paddle board.  The toilets are vault but there is potable water and a little store up the road that sells firewood and a few snacks/beverages.

Northshore - Lake Britton

Unlike the other campground on Lake Bitton (Dusty Campground) this is a more developed campground. It can be reserved - through PGE.

There is water. There are showers.  And it is much larger - 20 plus sites. It can accomodate trailers. Lots of people here with boats as there is a boat launch. Sites have tables and fire rings.  Pretty open so privacy can be an issue.

Towards the end of the summer the lake can get "murky" and full of algae.  So you won't be swimming say in September.  The lake offers fishing, boating and kayaking,  Easy access from the campground. There is a "beach" like area on the lake.

If you get there at the end of the season you will get fall color.

Yo are an easy ride to get to Burney Falls State Park - or you can go across the lake to get h=there.

Great Rooms

We stayed 2 nights in one of the lodge rooms and loved it.

Great place

Enjoyed our stay. Resort is about 2 miles from the water fall. This place accommodates for larger Rvs with 50amp

Nice cozy place

Clean place, very close to the waterfalls

Beautiful falls - Crowded Camping

The falls sell the place.  They are beautiful.  The PCT trail goes right by on the opposite bank. Great fishing upstream from the falls. Great fun at Lake Britton.

BUT this is one busy crowded campground.  It is large (many sites) has cabins, a visitor center and a store.  So for me a tent camper this can feel like a freeway.  So go in the off season - spring and fall.  All the camping areas are not open then, but there are no crowds.

For tents some of the sites are open and not very private - meant for RVs. But you can hunt down a decent tent site.  They have all the amenities here.

Beyond the falls and beyond the lake there is lots of hiking here. Hiking up the stream is magical.  There are fall colors to enjoy, especially around Lake Britton.  You can even strick out for the subway cave or Lassen or Mcloud from this central location.

Nice campground

Crazy host, funny attitude, pricey !

First to Review
Hard to get to

But so worth it!

High clearance vehicle necessary. Great fishing nearby.

17 sites at Ah Di Na and no booking is available so get here early on busy weekends.

My partner and I were lucky to nab the last spot Thursday before 4th July weekend. Several people arrived after us and did not get a spot.

The drive down from McCloud lake is along a dirt forestry road. It’s steep and rocky, lots of loose debris and some hairy areas that require higher clearance. A compact crossover will make it but a family sedan will not. Leave your RV at home. The road is narrow in some parts. We drove a 4runner in 2H the entire way. 2 wheel drive vehicles with good clearance will be ok in dry weather. Drive SLOWLY. The jagged rocks can shred up a tire in a hot second.

Sites vary in size and quality. Some will have a metal fire pit while others have a stone one. Some have picnic tables and others don’t. Potable water is available and there are flushing toilets. Firewood is not available for sale here as there is no host. Either bring your own or bring a saw for collecting wood. A ranger will drop by every day to check fees and complete maintenance.

There is a historic trail that takes you on a tour of the old resort. River access leads to a pebble beach and there are deep pockets of water for fishing. It gets crowded in the afternoon as people swim and sunbathe so early morning or late evening is your best shot at landing some fish.

Mosquitos are everywhere so be prepared. In the early evening it got so bad that I wore a headnet.

Walking distance to the conservancy which is down the same dirt road the campsite is on. Lots of good spots on the way too.