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Lakes Basin Recreation Area
Highway 89 to Greagle, California

USDA Forest Service
Management Unit:
Plumas National Forest
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971

  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • Boat Launch
  • Tent Camping
  • Site Fee
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Wildlife Viewing Area
General Information

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area is well known for its scenic geological features of granitic ridges and glacially serrated rock outcroppings. The breathtaking scenery and surrounding crystal lakes provide the opportunity for a variety of year-round recreational activities. Camping, fishing, boating, hunting, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, swimming and nature study may be enjoyed in the summer season. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are popular winter activities.


The camping season usually begins in early June and ends in mid-October, depending on the weather. The Lakes Basin Campground consists of 23 family units including four accessable units. One group campground is available and can accommodate up to 25 persons. The campground provides tables, grills, fire rings, drinking water and vault toilets. Fees are required and the maximum stay is 14 days.

Gold, Goose, and Haven Lakes

Many primitive type camping areas are available at these lakes with no camping fee charged. At Gold Lake, a paved boat launching ramp is located on the southeast shore with a developed picnic site nearby. A vault toilet is available. A gravel surfaced launching ramp is located on the northeast shore. There is a vault toilet here accommodating both summer and winter visitors. Wind surfing is a popular summer activity.


A network of signed and maintained trails branch from several trailheads. They offer various levels of difficulty, from the leisurely stroll to the adventurous challenge. The trails encompass many of the beautiful and serene lakes, then open to storm-battered tree stands and wildflower meadows. A stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail is easily reached from this trail system. Equestrians can enjoy many miles of horseback riding on these trails.

Hunting and fishing are permitted in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Both are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mule deer and black bear are among the game animals can be taken during the hunting season. Rainbow and Eastern Brook Trout are present in many of the lakes with good to excellent fishing in the deeper lakes.

How to Get There:
Highway 89 to Greagle then Gold Lake Highway


Camping reservations are made through National Recreation Reservation Service (877) 444-6777


Fee(s) Charged: Yes
Fee for Camping


Other Important Information:
Points of Interest Mills Peak Lookout A three mile drive northeast of Gold Lake to the Mills Peak fire lookout presents a panaromic view of Mohawk Valley.

Red FIr Nature Trail Stop along the road one mile south of Mills Peak Lookout and take a short walk along this trail where interpretive signs lead you through the life cycle of the beautiful and stately red fir forest.

Fraizier Falls The parking and picnic area is located two miles northeast of Gold Lake on the Old Gold Lake Road. A leisurely half-mile walk from there takes you to the majestic 176 foot vertical drop of the fall

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