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Chilcoot Campground is located in Northeastern California's Plumas National Forest and is part of the popular Frenchman Lake Recreation Area. There are 40 single-family tent and RV campsites, with two boat launch facilities and several fishing access points. The campground offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, picnicking, skiing, jet skiing, swimming and exploring forest roads. Little Last Chance Scenic Area, Frenchman Lake and Sierra Valley are nearby attractions.


Chilcoot Campground (5,100 feet) is located just downstream from Frenchman Lake alongside Last Chance Creek. The sound of flowing water along with shade from the surrounding pine and cottonwood forest are key features making this a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Chilcoot Campground is one of five campgrounds in the popular Frenchman Lake Recreation Area of Northeastern California's Plumas National Forest. The campground is far enough away from the lake that visitors can experience the serene sense of solitude that the remote mountain setting provides.


Frenchman Recreation Area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Water sports including fishing, skiing, jet skiing, swimming are readily available supported by two boat launch facilities, several fishing access points and day use areas. Camping, picnicking hiking and exploring forest roads can each provide the type of adventure you are looking for. Dispersed camping (camping outside developed campgrounds) is not allowed in the recreation area. Winter activities range from snowmobiling to ice fishing and cross-country skiing.


The campground has 40 single-family tent and RV camp sites. Some sites are available for tent camping only. Fifteen campsites are available for reservations during peak camping season. All other campsites are available as 'First Come' sites as long as the campground is open. Paved roads, paved campsite parking, water, flush toilets, host, firewood and trash service are available during peak camping season. Tables, campfire rings and bear resistant containers are provided at each campsite

Natural Features

This campground is situated at the southern end of Last Chance Scenic Area. The scenic area is the result of Little Last Chance Creek cutting through ancient lava flows. This is the interface of desert and mountain climates characterized by less precipitation than areas to the west and more than areas to the east. Desert scrub grows alongside pine forest. A variety of wildlife make this area home.  

Nearby Attractions

Chilcoot Campground is one of five campgrounds in the Frenchman Recreation Area. 

Little Last Chance Scenic Area

Frenchman Lake is less than three miles from the campground.

Sierra Valley - Largest valley in the Sierra Nevada.

Stores and services in the towns of Chilcoot and Loyalton.


For facility specific information, please call (530) 927-7878.
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Campground Matrix

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