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Lightning Tree Campground (California) Make a Reservation

California
530 832-1076
39.93568, -120.50936
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Lightning Tree Campground is located in the Plumas National Forest on Lake Davis and has 40 sites for tents, trailers and RVs. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. There are many larger sites (many doubles) and 3 pull through sites (30, 34 and 36). Chances are your site will have some nice shade from the towering pines trees throughout the campground.  Quite a few sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there are about 40 overflow campsites near the boat ramp at Mallard Cove.

The campground has drinking water and vault toilets. There are no showers, but you can grab one over at Grasshopper Flat campground. There is also a sanitation dump station is about 1/4 mile from Grasshopper Flat.

Campers can stay up to 14 days. There’s a 2 vehicle and 6 person limit per campsite.

Lake Davis was created in 1967 and includes 4,000-acre feet and 32 miles of shoreline.  Visitors can enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, hunting and wildlife viewing.  Although Lightning Tree Campground is closed during the winter, you can visit the area and do a little ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

The two other campgrounds at Lake Davis are Grizzly Campground and Grasshopper Flat Campground.

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Lake Davis
Lake Davis - Coot Bay Picnic Area
Lake Davis - Honker Cove Boat Launch
Lake Davis - Mallard Cove Boat Launch
Directions:

From Reno, travel north on Highway 395 to Highway 70 and turn west to Portola. From Portola, take County road 126 north for 7 miles and County road 112 to east side of Lake Davis, approximately 5 miles to campground on the left.

Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
Activities
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter/Snow Sports
Regions
  • Lake
  • Mountains
  • National Forest
  • National Forest Campgrounds
  • Northern California
Campsite Types
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Best Campsites:

9, 12, 13 and 17.

Season:

From: May 27 To: September 6

Elevation:

5,800

# of Campsites:

40