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Historic Crocker Guard Station in Plumas National Forest Open for Recreational Rental 2016

Public Comment is sought on proposed  intended amenities of the rental and the proposed fee of Crocker Guard Station

Quincy, CA,  2015 – The historic Crocker Guard Station, located in the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest, is scheduled to open for the public as a recreation rental in spring 2016. This one-of-a-kind venue will provide a unique opportunity for campers to experience life in the early days of the USDA Forest Service, seen through the eyes of the rangers and their families who lived at the guard station throughout the twentieth century.
Crocker Guard Station in the Fall
Once restoration is complete, the guard station will be able to host 16 overnight guests at a time, and will feature propane heat, electricity, and historic furnishings.
The proposed fee for use of the rental is $85 per night. Revenue from the fees will be retained locally and used for the operation and maintenance of the facility, and for future improvements.
In accordance with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), the forest invites members of the public to submit feedback on the intended amenities of the rental and the proposed fee. Comments may be submitted via email to Mary Kliejunas, district archeologist, at, or Pandora Valle, district recreation manager, at Please submit all feedback by January 15, 2016.
Public feedback compiled during the commenting period will be analyzed and carefully evaluated to ensure that Crocker Guard Station continues to serve the needs of the public in its new life as a recreation rental, just as it served as a guard station for more than 100 years.
Full amenities of the Crocker Guard Station recreation rental will include:

  • Nine twin beds with mattresses
  • Propane stove/oven, heater, lights
  • Dry sink – bring water
  • Couch and chairs
  • Dining table with chairs
  • Additional folding chairs
  • Some kitchenware/utensils
  • Picnic table outside
  • Vault toilet

About the Crocker Guard Station:
Crocker Guard Station was built in 1912 and was staffed until the early 1980s. Originally a ranger and his family lived and worked at the station. Later fire crews and other Forest Service personnel were stationed there. Of the original buildings, the guard station and warehouse remain on site. Forest Service retirees have volunteered to work on the station since 2009, refurbishing the building and surrounding area. The adjacent Crocker Campground can accommodate additional visitors and both facilities are located near the Lake Davis Recreation Area, with opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing.

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