About: Located in the headwaters of the Feather River, Frenchman Lake is only 38 miles northwest of Reno, NV and 26 miles northeast of Portola, CA. The California Department of Water Resources created the lake in 1962 by damming Little Last Chance Creek. A shoreline 21 miles long ends at the 129 foot tall earthen dam, which rises to an elevation of 5,607 feet. During summer, this area offers a variety of outdoor experiences, including: camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing and hunting. Winter activities include snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing.
Fees: $20 (2011)
Closest Towns: Chilcoot (CA)
Restrictions: 14 day camping limit.
Restrooms: Vault Toilets
Directions: From Reno, NV take Highway 395 24 miles north to Highway 70. Take Highway 70 west to Chilcoot, CA. Head north on County Road 284 for seven miles to Frenchman Lake Dam. Turn right and proceed two miles to the campground.
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