Gold Lake (Ca)

Plumas National Forest

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Gold Lake Campground is located in the ruins of an old mining community and is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. There are 37 campsites available for RV and tent camping, as well as a network of over 30 miles of maintained hiking trails and access to boating and fishing on Gold Lake. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing.


Gold Lake Campground (6,445 feet) is situated in the ruins of an old mining community. Some of the old stonework still exists. On Gold Lake. This campground is within easy reach of many trailheads. 


Gold Lakes Basin offers a variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing and hiking. A network of over 30 miles of maintained trails branch out across the area, and the Pacific Crest trail can be easily reached from the trail system. Many of the trails are open to hiking, biking and horseback riding, including the 1-mile Grassy Lakes Trail, accessible from the campground. 

Gold Lake, where a boat ramp is provided, visitors enjoy convenient access to boating and fishing. Once on the water, anglers won't have any trouble trolling for brown and rainbow trout and Mackinaws in the cool, clear waters.


There are 37 total campsites suitable for RV and tent camping, standard non-electric sites Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. There are vault toilets and Porta- potties

Natural Features

The area was formed by glaciers and is characterized by breathtaking mountain scenery--most notably the craggy peaks of the Sierra Buttes and over 20 natural glacial lakes, most of which are accessible by well-maintained hiking trails. The campground sits among fir and aspen trees along Gray Eagle Creek. Mt. Elwell towers to the west.

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