Unincorporated Outdoor Adventurer Camping

National Forest Campgrounds

Break out the s’mores and your favorite tent — sum­mer­time is camp­ing sea­son in Butte Coun­ty! The high coun­try of Butte Coun­ty includes sev­er­al camp­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in Lassen Nation­al Forest and Plumas Nation­al Forest . Bring your fish­ing poles, hik­ing shoes, and kayaks, too, because these camp­grounds are near many excit­ing adven­tures! Most For­est Ser­vice camp­grounds in Butte Coun­ty are open late May through ear­ly Octo­ber and have access to drink­ing water and vault restrooms. Fire safe­ty is a big deal so be sure to check for any restric­tions before enjoy­ing a fire at your campsite.

Trip Tips

Make sure to #Recre­ateRe­spon­si­bly and fol­low Leave No Trace prin­ci­ples (espe­cial­ly when it comes to camp­fire safe­ty) as you explore.

Lassen Nation­al Forest

Butte Mead­ows Campground

$12 a night

The Butte Mead­ows campground is a per­fect spot for fam­i­lies want­i­ng to get away with­out being too far from ameni­ties. With Butte Creek rush­ing near­by and a huge canopy of trees over­head, you might not real­ize that you’re with­in walk­ing dis­tance of the Butte Mead­ows Mercantile or a burg­er at the Bam­bi Inn.

Each of the 13 camp­ing sites have pic­nic tables and a fire ring.

Get there: It’s about a 40 minute dri­ve from High­way 99 in Chico. Trav­el 26.7 miles up the hill on High­way 32 and turn right onto Hum­boldt Road. The camp­ground is on your right in about five miles just after the CAL FIRE Station.

Cher­ry Hill Campground

$14 a night

The well-shad­ed Cher­ry Hill Campground is found along­side Butte Creek upstream of Butte Mead­ows and gets you real­ly close to many recre­ation­al areas—includ­ing the his­toric Jonesville area, Col­by Moun­tain Look­out, and the Pacif­ic Crest Trail.

There are 26 sites total with sev­er­al walk-in sites avail­able across Butte Creek for extra solitude. 

Get there: Cher­ry Hill Camp­ground is on Hum­boldt Road 8.8 miles after the turnoff from High­way 32.

Philbrook Camp­ground

$20 a night

The Philbrook Camp­ground is locat­ed by Philbrook Reser­voir, which sits over a mile high in Lassen Nation­al For­est and is a peace­ful place to pad­dle or go fish­ing for trout. Day-users and campers can use the car-top boat ramp or vis­it the pic­nic area.

Philbrook Camp­ground is oper­at­ed by PG&E and includes first-come, first-serve camp­sites as well as reserv­able sites (2‑night min­i­mum for reser­va­tions). To make a reser­va­tion, go to PG&E’s camp­ground reser­va­tion website and enter your desired dates. 

Get there: Philbrook Road is off of Hum­bug Sum­mit Road and can be reached via the Sky­way (6 miles south of Butte Mead­ows or 22 miles north of the Mag­a­lia Reser­voir Dam).

Plumas Nation­al Forest

Straw­ber­ry Campground

$20 a night

With 17 total sites, Straw­ber­ry Campground is nes­tled in a lush­ly forest­ed area along­side Sly Creek just before it enters the 562-acre Sly Creek Reser­voir. Don’t for­get your kayak or pad­dle­board!

Get there:
This camp­ground is about one hour from High­way 70 in Oroville if trav­el­ing via High­way 162 & Forbestown Road. To vis­it Straw­ber­ry Camp­ground, con­tin­ue east on La Porte Road through the com­mu­ni­ty of Straw­ber­ry Val­ley and turn left at the camp­ground sign. There will be a one and a half mile long access road.