About: Stough Reservoir Campground is only 1 mile off Hwy 299 on a gravel road. At 6,200 feet it provides relief from the heat of the valleys on either side. Small trailers and motorhomes will find access and turn-arounds manageable. The reservoir is small but is kept stocked by the California Department of Fish and Game. Water is provided and campsites sit away from the shore with nice views of the reservoir.
Fees: No fee
Closest Towns: Cedarville (CA), Alturas (CA)
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Camping limit 14 days.
Restrooms: Vault Toilet
Directions: From Alturas go north 5 miles on US Hwy 395 to Hwy 299. Turn east on Hwy 299 toward Cedarville and go approximately 13 miles to Forest Road 43N07. Turn north and the campground is 1 mile on the left.
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Hunting camp vs. true campground
This would be a quiet nicely forested little community campground if it weren't for the logging operations that were going on when we stayed there. Fortunately this won't go on forever and they are only "thinning" the forest, not clear cutting. Should be good for years to come.
This campground is free and is conveniently located on Cedar Pass. However, it's pretty run down. The picnic tables are in bad shape or are broken. Cast iron grills are often ruined and are nothing but backup hazards. The reservoir is really just a stagnant pond. While we were there logging was going on all around the camp.
I recommend the campground if you need a place to stay on your way through the area, but I wouldn't camp here as a destination or for more than one night.