Additional reservation opportunities & new fee sites
Quincy, Calif., March 26, 2021 – More campsites across the Plumas National Forest within the Feather
River Canyon, Bucks Lake, Lake Davis, and Lakes Basin recreation areas, will be available by
reservation this year, according to Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton.
“With so many more people looking to visit the Plumas National Forest (PNF), providing better
maintained facilities & creating more certainty in recreation planning are real priorities for us,” said
According to Carlton, the Forest Service recreation budget is not enough to operate and maintain all PNF
developed recreation facilities. Rather than close facilities, via a competitive process, the Forest Service
permitted a concessionaire (Outdoors in Plumas) to operate and maintain 68 of the Forest’s 150
developed recreation sites in 2020. This strategy has enabled the Forest to keep facilities open and
maintained to a high standard.
Visitors can expect to pay modest fees at additional recreation sites managed by Outdoors in Plumas this
year. The fees will take effect beginning April/May 2021 and will be used to offset operations costs
including facility upkeep (including hazard tree removal and water/septic system repair), cleaning
restrooms and trash pick-up.
Fees were charged by OiP at 46 sites in 2020 while issues related to the Covid pandemic and fire season
precluded charging at the remaining sites. Those 21 sites are coming on-line with fees this year.
The Plumas National Forest will continue to operate 71 recreation sites at no cost to the public, including
10 campgrounds/camp areas.
Dispersed camping & day-use opportunities are available in general forest areas where visitors may camp
or enjoy day-use activities without a fee, although there may be no restrooms or services such as piped
water and trash removal. If National Forest system land is not specifically closed to camping or other
activities, it is open, without a fee, for public enjoyment.
Visitors are reminded to distance themselves and mask-up as necessary to keep everyone as safe as
Outdoors in Plumas recreation site and fee information, and additional reservation opportunities available
in 2021, may be found at https://www.outdoorsinplumas.com/ and www.recreation.gov .
Questions or comments about the new fee sites or concession operations may be directed to Erika
Brenzovich at (530) 283-7798 or to SM.FS.PNFRec@usda.gov .
Questions about free camping & day use alternatives may be directed to the: Beckwourth Ranger District
at (530) 836-2575; Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555; or Feather River Ranger District at
More information about recreation opportunities on the Plumas National Forest can be found at