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. Get more information on the system. Visit Hydroelectric System.These sites feature campgrounds and picnic areas. Most of the lakes also offer fishing, swimming and boating.
Pick the perfect destination
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.
2017 recreation season notices
- Canceled Reservations and closures – Several of the PG&E recreation facilities will have late openings this year due to storm damage or hazard trees. There is the possibility your reservation may be canceled. Our goal is to provide 30 day notice if your reservation will be canceled. Please monitor your email for further communication or notice of cancellation. You can also use the “RESERVATIONS AND INFO” link below and log on to your account to view, cancel or manage your reservation.
Reservation cancellations and closures
- Trout Creek Campground, Lake Pillsbury – reservations canceled. Campground closed until further notice.
- Rocky Point loop 2 (sites 68-102) – reservations cancelled through 6/23. Additional reservations may be canceled.
- Ponderosa Campground (sites 36-57) – reservations canceled through 6/9.
- Cool Springs Campground – reservations canceled through 6/9. No new reservations.
- Last Chance Campground – no trash service. Pack it in, pack it out.
- Last Chance -The county road to Last Chance Campground has significant damage by the winter storms and is potentially hazardous for low clearance vehicles, trailers and RVs. Trash service is not possible due to the damaged road and all trash must be taken with you when you leave.
- Yellow Creek - The county and USFS routes providing access to Yellow Creek Campgro
- Road Conditions – A severe winter has caused several damaged roads throughout PG&E service territory. Several roads have been damaged (with detours) or completely closed and have no schedule for repairs this season. Check the local road conditions prior to your campground visit as several roads are closed or have detours.
- Rocky Point Campground – loop 2 is closed until further notice due to a large hazard tree containing an osprey nest. Ospreys are protected by the State and Federal Laws and it is PG&E’s policy to comply with all Environmental Regulations as well as being a steward of the environment.
- Northshore Campground - Northshore Campground has been affected by the years of drought. This has caused a large die off of a majority of the pines throughout the Campground. For public safety, PG&E has removed all the die off that has occurred causing the landscape of the Campground to be much different than year’s past and there is less shade available in the campground. Much of the Oaks still remain throughout. If you have further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lake Pillsbury – Elk Mountain Road/Eel River Road (the County Road) between Potter Valley and Lake Pillsbury is currently closed due to erosion damage. The only access to Lake Pillsbury is Elk Mountain Road from Upper Lake. For more information visit http://www.co.lake.ca.us/Government/Directory/Public_Works/Roads.htm and click "road conditions" on the left.
- Grouse Ridge – Bowman Lake Road (county road) is currently closed.
Enjoy improvements to the Pinecrest Lake Recreational Area
PG&E and the Stanislaus National Forest Service are partnering on a four-year project to improve day-use facilities at the Pinecrest Lake Recreation Area. Together, we’re working to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility needs, upgrading restrooms and improving beaches, picnic areas and docks. Learn more about the plan and timeline. Visit Pinecrest Lake Recreation Improvements.
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 Pecho Coast Trail and Point Buchon Trail.
Plan trips to our recreational facilities
Our online tool helps you easily search for recreational facilities by type, dates available, location and amenities, and lifestyle options. When you find an ideal location, you can also reserve campsites. Reserve now.
Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Detailed information about recreational facilities can help you plan your trip. View the FAQ website: PG&E Recreational Facilities Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Helpful links for planning your trip
- Check for current weather conditions. Visit The Weather Channel.
- Find road conditions and alerts. Visit California Department of Transportation.
- Learn about river and lake levels. Visit California Department of Water Resources.
- Check lake levels and learn more about Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake. Visit Lake Levels.
- Get more information on Bass Lake. Visit US Department of Agriculture Forest Service – Region 5 - Home.
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. The 2017 season may start later than previous seasons due to unpredictable conditions. Campgrounds may open sooner and close later for first come first serve.
Open/close dates and reservation season dates are posted here.
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.
Check for mussels
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. Visit Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention Program.
Be aware of the California drought impact
The severe and ongoing drought has affected water bodies throughout the state. Please be aware of its potential effects on PG&E recreation facilities.