Plumas National Forest (PNF) fire restrictions, including a ban on all campfires, outdoor BBQs, and smoking, are continuing, due to fire conditions throughout the state. Portable lanterns and camp stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel may be used at Grasshopper Flat and Lightning Tree Campgrounds at Lake Davis, the two remaining open campgrounds on the PNF.
Areas (including campgrounds), roads and trails near active and recent fires (North Complex (Bear/Claremont and Sheep) and Walker) remain closed. The entire Feather River Ranger District (west side of the PNF), including all national forest system land, roads, trails, campgrounds, lakes, etc., remains closed due to the North Complex. No activities, including hunting and woodcutting, are allowed within these closed areas. Note: county roads (typically main roads with paved surfaces) are open while national forest system roads (typically dirt or gravel) are closed.
Camping is available on a first-come/first-serve basis at two specific developed campgrounds; dispersed camping is not allowed.
Frenchman Lake: Boat launches include Frenchman and Lunker Point (dry launches) with no fees or services. Lunker Point will be closed beginning Oct. 19. All campgrounds are now closed for the season.
Lakes Basin: All campgrounds are now closed for the season. Gold Lake Boat Ramp is open (wet launching available through the end of October) with no fees or services.
Lake Davis: Grasshopper Flat and Lightning Tree Campgrounds will be open until October 31, 2020 and then closed for the season. All other campgrounds are closed for the season. Boats may be dry launched at Lightning Tree and Camp 5, while wet launching is available at Honker Cove.
Antelope Lake: The Lost Cove Boat Launch is open at Antelope Lake (wet launch) with no fees and services. All campgrounds are closed for the season.
Woodcutting is allowed with a permit in open areas and if daily fire restrictions allow (1-800-847-7766).
Note: The free personal woodcutting permit program has been extended through Dec. 31 and current permits slated to expire Sept. 30 will be honored until Dec. 31.
Additional forest information is available on its Facebook page and at http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas