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Modoc National Forest, CALIFORNIA

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This well-maintained campground is within the national monument and steps from the visitors center. We were there offseason (October), so there were only 3 other campsites taken. SItes A6 and A7 definitely have the best views. There are no hookups for RVs, but there is a water spigot at most sites, along with picnic tables and fire pits. The bathroom was super clean. The $10 camping fee is half priced if you have an annual national park pass. Staying at this campground makes it easy and possible to stay late exploring the lava tubes and getting right back to it in the morning. There’s also a hiking path that leaves right from the campground that takes you to more caves to explore (Three Sisters).

These are the ancestral lands of the Modoc people who were forcibly removed by settlers. The museum and park has excellent education and information about the horrific battle between the Modoc people and the white settlers.

Surreal Waterfall

This is a very large campground outside of Lassens, if you are deterred by the size of the campground you are making a mistake! We got an excellent site right next to the cliff with plenty of privacy. The waterfall is amazing and theres an awesome little lake nearby too!

Beautiful campground . Clean fire pits, plenty of space and privacy.

15$ per night. Big spaces. Trail to a gorgeous swimming hole. Water is very cold though. Rope swing. Lots of kids at swimming hole!  No hookups. Very close to McCloud Falls. Great hiking. Epic views

Small and cozy campground on the north shore of Lake Britton

This campground is situated on the north shore of Lake Britton, CA. directly across the lake from the McArthur-Burney Falls campground. It offers 30 campsites, many with a view of the lake, and has coin-operated showers and vault toilets available in the campground. A camp supervisor/host is on site. All camp sites have fire rings and picnic tables but no food lockers. For boaters there is lake access and room for anchoring at the shore. The fishing here is a short walk to the shore and there is a small swimming area as well. There are no RV hookups present.

Something for everyone

This campground is super popular, so you will most likely need a reservation in advance. But it’s so worth it! The waterfalls are breathtaking, the lake is refreshing and the campground itself is relaxing and peaceful. The sites aren’t super cramped, there is a general store, clean facilities, and even cool cabins if that’s your thing. We’ve been in July and late fall and both times were spectacular.

Scenic campground off the beaten path.

Indian Well Campground is the only campground inside the Lava Beds National Monument Park. It is a first come, first serve camp at an affordable $10 a night.  Go during the week to avoid not getting a spot. Has everything you need except showers. The campgrounds are maintained and have beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Beautiful Warner Mountains!

Hidden in Modoc County in the Warner Mountains you'll find a few hidden gems. Not only is the Falls beautiful but the trek up to Clear Lake is breathtaking! Serene and tranquil. Worth the hike for those wanting to get in touch with Nature! Highly Recommend!


the falls are amazing. i love the temperature difference you can experience when you hike to the bottom of the falls. looking forward to going again.

Beautiful view over the lake.

Be prepared for mosquitoes! I expected ticks in the prairie, but didnt find any on me. Composting toilet isn't well maintained. Saw a few bears roaming the tree line, but they stayed far away.

Great spot

Love staying here. Lots to do nearby mostly obsidian collection and fishing. Make sure if you are wanting to collect you get a free permit in town before heading out. The road can be a little rough to the campground with some deep ruts. We were able to pull our 19 foot camper up the road and into the campground not sure if we would try with anything larger. Campground is in the shade which is great in the summer and has a creek running through.

Woke up to deer in my camp

Only $10 a day with spacious camps sites, water, bathrooms, and peace.

Nice CA state park

It had been over 20 years since the last time we camped here so I was pleased to see that updates had been made and the park is well maintained. Two loops: Rim Camp and Pioneer camp. Pioneer has over 20 cabins plus over 20 camping sites. We stayed in the Rim Camp; on a Monday the week before Memorial Day, we had our pick of sites as the park was nearly empty but the website warns that on weekends and during the summer, this park does fill up. No hookups so the $35 per night ($33 for seniors) price is a little pricey. Some sites have paved pads and some are dirt; since it rained hard as soon as we set up, we appreciated the pavement. Bathrooms have been updated since the last time we were here in the mid-1990s and they are individual rooms with toilet and sink and (powdered) soap but no trash receptacle. Didn’t check the condition of the showers. The two draws are Burney Falls and Lake Britton. We didn’t go to the lake because it was cold and rainy but there are boat and kayak rentals available, which we would take advantage of during nicer weather. Absolutely no cell service!

Cute little campground

I’ve stayed here a couple times, each time there has only be one or two other campers. Outhouses are kept very clean. We even had a forest service person stop by and provide us with a bucket to put out our campfire. The campground sits on the outside of an open meadow with a creek that runs through. We fished the creek, but was unsuccessful. In late spring you can appreciate the wild irises that bloom. There is a train track that runs though twice a day on the others side of the meadow, but it’s just a low rumble. There are some great places the to check out not far from the campground if you want to explore.

Great for bird watching

Came across this little campground a couple years ago. The lake is beautiful, but it gets taken over with lily pads and weeds making it difficult to fish unless you have a boat. Great place for bird watching. Beware of Rattlesnake!

Love this park!

This is my favorite park of all time. I’ve been here multiple times since I was a kid, so I’m a little biased most likely. Last time I camped here it was on the off season and not the smartest decision. We were the only people camping in the entire park. The bathrooms were all locked even though the park was technically open. We didn’t come super prepared, it was in November about everything froze in the morning. Still we made it work and we had a blast. There’s multiple hikes like Bumpass Hill. There’s stunning views and lakes. It’s also not too populated, many people don’t know about it still. I highly recommend it.

Great clean campground lots to do falls are fantastic lake has good fishing

Its clean lots of space between campgrounds great fishing the falls are beautiful

Family fun

we loved this campground! You have options of no hiking and enjoying some spectacular views or short hikes to see even more spectacular views! So even my kids enjoyed the hiking! The staff was so kind and the store is away from the camping by a short walk. Close enough but not to close! Absolutely loved this place for family camping.

Cabins though were not what we expected. 2 room cabin and we got 2 bunk beds and a space heater. Nothing in front room. Bring your table and chairs. Bunk beds were comfortable though!

Holy waterfall

Had a wonderful visit. No hookups. So only dry rv camping. Hike around the lake and even made my own trails.

Great Campground

Great campground at the center of the monument.  Really close to the visitor’s center and the entrances to some of the more popular lava tubes.  Only downside is that it is first come first serve, so get there early!

Hidden Gem

This is a wonderful out-the-way spot near Bray, a one house town that is more of a junkyard than town. Ignore it. A mile there are 6 lakeside spots which are perfect for small RVs or tents and 4 more “group” spots on the north side of the lake. Very peaceful and secluded on the shore of a small lily pad covered lake. There are 3-4 small docks but the boating is limited because of the lily pads. Great swimming and fishing though! There’s no water, sewer or electric hook-up so you RV’rs will be boondocking. the Outhouses were the cleanest I’ve ever seen and there are dumpsters and recycle bins.

Bucket List Waterfall

This is a very easy camping site for beginners. Lots of great trails, and the most incredible cliff-like waterfall, with the water not just coming over the top, but shooting out of cracks all long the rock face. There is a store on site with a decent selection of camping and convenience store items, and firewood is for sale at the gate. Amazing caving nearby too.

Flat, easy, drive-in campsites near Mount Shasta

This was a great, quiet collection of sites under tall pines. Not far from McCloud and Weed, and easy access to Medicine Lake and other recreation areas are nearby.

Sacred Quiet Lake

I visited in September of 2017, and it was not too crowded. It is unbelievably peaceful and quiet. Plenty of fallen wood to collect for fires, and by September it does get very cold at night - our water froze, and it was super cold in the tent. Very close to good caving at Lava Beds, and lots to explore in Modoc County.

Great spring camping

We enjoy this site for family camping. Fishing, swimming, and walking trails. Nice showers. Not very much privacy.

Camping with people

This is a great campground but you are right on top of each other. Spots are close but it's worth it for the views and hiking.

Tent and cabin campground near falls and lake!

Has tents and cabin lodging. Flushable toilets with showers. Small store with limited items located in campground. 2 min from Burney falls or small beach on nearby lake. Campground is about 20-30 I’m away from Burney city where there is gas and a Safeway.


Not far from Cederville on 299 towards Alturas you can find a DNR campground at Stough Reservoir. The road is 2+ miles of dirt - gravel to the CG.

The campground is sparse and lacks flushing toilets, pit toilet is available. Check the area sign for fire restrictions or warnings of large animals in the area. Keep your food locked up or hanging in a tree.

Close to the falls

Camped at Pioneer Camp in August, 2017. Nice campground under the pine trees even though it was full and a little crowded at that time. Some sites are close so music from neighboring site(s) can be heard. A picnic table, a fire ring and a little storage box are available at each site. Restrooms and showers were nice and clean. Since a store is so close, it is very convenient if you forget anything or just want to get food quick and easy. The falls itself is also so close to the campground so you could just hike/walk to explore. We stayed there only one night, but would love to go back and explore more around this place.

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Clean and serene!

This is a great camping spot next to a small lake! The sites are perfect, both single use and group use. The picnic tables and fire pits are near perfect, almost brand new, and the bathrooms are immaculate! The entire area is kept up extremely well. The lake is a great spot to do some fishing from either the small docks of from a non motorized boat. A bald eagle has a nest at this site which is pretty awesome as well. One warning, the bull frogs go all night long! I recommend driving the forestry road to the top of Mt Orr, there is a service lookout tower up there but the guy I ran into was very nice and had no problem with me checking out the amazing view, I highly recommend it!

Best campground at the Kern

By far the best campground there. The river front campsites are awesome and have a great size. There's plenty of shade (which is rare for the area), and the section of river is so fun.