Enjoy PG&E outdoor recreational facilities
Visit the great outdoors
From the Pit River country in the Cascade Range to the King's River region in the southern Sierra Nevada, our recreational facilities are ready for you to enjoy. Locations such as Lake Almanor, Lake Spaulding and Lake Britton, are engineered to create clean energy through our hydroelectric system. These sites feature campgrounds and picnic areas. Most of the lakes also offer fishing, swimming and boating.
2021 season notices
ALERT: In response to COVID-19, for the 2021 season, we have adjusted the opening dates for our reservation system.
On April 19th at 8:00am, Campers will be able to make reservations for stays between the Reservation Season Open date, which varies by campground, through July 11th.
On June 14th at 8:00am, Campers will be able to make reservations for stays between July 12th through the Reservation Season Close date, usually after Labor Day weekend.
These dates can be reviewed by clicking the gold band link “Reservations & Info” on the righthand side of this page and then selecting the “Opening & Closing Dates” link in the upper right corner.
Please continue to check our website for updated information. Some of our campgrounds are first come first serve only and do not accommodate reservations. Use the “RESERVATIONS & INFO” button to find more information on your favorite campground.
- Kilarc Reservoir
Due to damage sustained during the winter and spring storms, the Kilarc Canal is not operable. After extensive repairs were not successful Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has made the decision to suspend operations at Kilarc Powerhouse. Kilarc Powerhouse is fed by the Kilarc Canal and Kilarc Reservoir. Due to the suspended operations of Kilarc Powerhouse the reservoir has been drained and the recreation area will remain closed until further notice.
- Grace Lake
The Grace Lake levee has experienced some seepage which has caused PG&E the need to draw down the reservoir so a full assessment can be made. The reservoir will remain partly drained until further notice. The lake and recreation area will remain open to the public.
- Grizzly Forebay Recreation Area
Grizzly Forebay Recreation Area (parking lot and car-top launch) will be closed through part of the 2021 recreation season due to a maintenance project at the dam. Public vehicles will not be allowed down Grizzly Forebay Road (road closure). Visitors may still reach (walk-in only access) the reservoir from Grizzly Powerhouse Access Road (east end of reservoir). Reopening is expected in mid to late summer 2021. Visitors should use caution and obey any Plumas National Forest Closure Orders/Notices and or posted road closures.
- Camping season
Most of our campgrounds are at higher elevations and therefore are not open year-round. Typically, they open in the spring soon after snow melt and they generally close in the fall when temperatures drop and camper use decreases. The actual opening and closing dates for each campground is dependent on the elevation and weather so our estimated dates are subject to change.
- Reservation season
Some of our campgrounds offer reservations in addition to first come first serve camping. At these campgrounds, since weather and snow melt are so unpredictable, our reservation season is shorter than our camping season. For example, at a particular campground we may plan to open the gates to first come first serve campers on May 1st but we may not begin our reservation season at that campground until May 20th. We're trying to minimize the chances that we'll have to cancel a reservation you made due to weather conditions or snow melt. Where possible, our typical reservation season starts the Monday before Memorial weekend and closes a week after Labor Day weekend.
Choose a recreational facility that's close to home or plan a longer trip. Our facilities are located all across the state, and range from sea-level elevations to 8,200 feet. Whether you drive, boat or hike in, the natural beauty is yours to enjoy. We've outlined some ideas for your next trip in this section.
Visit the Pecho Coast and Point Buchon trails
Through our Land Stewardship Program, PG&E preserved areas near the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Enjoy the natural beauty and ocean vistas along the Central Coast. Find out more about the program and area.
Visit the Pecho Coast Trail and Point Buchon Trail
Find answers to frequently asked questions
Detailed information about recreational facilities can help you plan your trip.
Visit PG&E Recreational Facilities Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful links for planning your trip
- Check for current weather conditions. Visit The Weather Channel.
- Find road conditions and alerts. Visit the California Department of Transportation.
- Learn about river and lake levels. Visit the California Department of Water Resources.
- Check lake levels and learn more about Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake. Visit California Lake Levels.
- Get more information on Bass Lake. Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service – Region 5 - Home.
- McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project (PDF, 150 KB)
Except for group campgrounds, all campgrounds have sites designated for first come first serve use.
Reservations require a 2-night minimum.
The PG&E camping season is generally Memorial Day through Labor Day. Campgrounds may open sooner and close later for first come first serve.
Help us preserve recreational facilities
Help us protect the natural beauty of these areas by following some important actions:
- Preserve Native American culture and leave archeological sites untouched. These sites are protected by law, and disturbing a site or collecting artifacts is strictly prohibited.
- Drive on established roads and park in established parking areas. Driving on lake beds and off-road is strictly prohibited.
- Prevent forest fires and protect resources by building campfires only in designated fire rings.
Quagga and zebra mussels from the Eastern U.S. are devastating for our lakes, reservoirs and rivers. If you’ve visited infested waters, check your boat and equipment for the mussels. Learn more about checking for these mussels.