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Medicine Lake Recreation Area

Modoc National Forest



Medicine Lake Recreation Area is located in the Modoc National Forest offering camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and biking. Facilities include 75 campsites, picnic areas, boat launches, vault toilets, and water hydrants. Nature lovers can explore the Medicine Lake Lava Flow, Glass Mtn., and Burnt Lava Flow Geologic Areas. Nearby attractions include Lava Beds National Monument and Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge.


The popular Medicine Lake Recreation Area and adjacent Medicine Lake are located in the Medicine Lake Highlands in northeastern California. The Recreation Area is located in the Modoc National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet.


The Medicine Lake Recreation Area offers camping, boating, fishing and swimming. The adjacent Day Use Areas accommodate boating with a concrete boat ramp and dock. Swimming is available in a designated swimming area next to the Picnic Area. Hiking and mountain biking are available on trails originating in the Recreation Area. The longest of these trails is the trail up Little Mt Hoffman.


The Medicine Lake Recreation Area is comprised of four campgrounds; Medicine, A.H. Hogue, Hemlock and Headquarters Campgrounds. Nearby the campgrounds are Picnic Area and Boat Launch sites. Campsites vary between somewhat rugged with limited parking space to larger areas suitable for recreation vehicles. Facilities include vault toilets, water hydrants and garbage dumpsters. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring and a barbeque grill. There are a total of 75 campsites throughout the four campgrounds. Fifteen of these sites are available for advanced reservations and located within the Medicine and A.H. Hogue Campgrounds.

Natural Features

Medicine Lake Recreation Area is nestled along Medicine Lake and mostly sheltered by mature lodgepole pine trees but can be windy at times. The Recreation Area lies adjacent to the Medicine Lake Lava Flow which is accessible by a short hike. The Glass Mtn. and Burnt Lava Flow Geologic Areas are located within a 15-minute drive.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby are a few other federal sites with interesting features. The Lava Beds National Monument is located within a half-hour drive and includes lava caves and tubes. The Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge is located within an hour's drive where many types of migratory waterfowl can be viewed.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
3.9mi 72%
Camp 4 Group
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
31.9mi 65%
Juanita Lake Group Campsite
Klamath National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
32.7mi 78%
Red Fir Flat Group
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
38.4mi 68%
Pioneer Camp
Mcarthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
39.5mi 63%
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