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Kangaroo Lake Campground
Scott River Ranger District
11263 N. Highway 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032-9702
(530) 468-5351
TDD (530) 468-1298
No. Campsites: 18 family, (13 drive to sites and 5 walk-in sites.)
Group Site:
Fee: $10
Day Use Available: Yes (in day use area)
Water Available: Yes (May-Oct.)
Garbage Pickup: Yes (May-Oct.)
Toilets: Vault
Usable by Persons with Disabilities: Yes. **
Open: May-Oct. depending on snow pack.
Location: Kangaroo Lake can be reached from two directions:

Traveling south on I-5: Take the Hwy 3/Ft. Jones/Etna exit at Yreka. Travel south approximately 46 miles. Just past Callahan, follow the road towards Gazelle for 10 miles to Rail Creek Road (the Kangaroo Lake turnoff).

Traveling north on I-5: Take the Edgewood/Gazelle exit just past Weed. In the town of Gazelle turn west at the road to Callahan. Travel approximately 25 miles to the Kangaroo Lake turnoff.

At the Kangaroo Lake turnoff, turn south onto Rail Creek Road (Forest Service Road 41N08), follow the signs for about 8 miles to the campground.

The lake is at the 6,500 foot elevation, 25 acres in size, and 110 feet deep.

This lake is one of the best kept secrets of Siskiyou County. It is one of the few high mountain lakes accessible by car with a short 5 minute walk to the lake.

Facilities include day-use parking, toilets, and 1/4 mile paved trail which stops at two stone fishing piers at the lake and a platform that overlooks the small "beach" area. These are usable by persons with disabilities, but they may have difficulties and need assistance. There are several campsites accessible by persons with disabilities, if assisted by others. This lake does receive fairly heavy use at times.

Kangaroo Lake has a campground Host available for information or assistance. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake.

Adjacent to the campground is a self-guided interpretive trail that connects to the Pacific Crest Trail at the top of the ridge over looking the lake.

If fishing is your interest there are brook and brown trout (native to the lake) and regularly stocked rainbow trout. The trout are a nice size (up to 25" ones have been caught). There is a paved path from the parking lot that ends in a fishing platform on the edge of the lake which is usable by individuals with disabilities if assisted by others. Canoes, inflatable, and motorless boats are all popular on the lake.




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