Modoc National Forest Area Campgrounds

Canby, California

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Most of this area lies within the borders of the Modoc National Forest, 1.6 million acres of varied terrain that includes meadows, wetlands, forests, and lava fields. The national forest shelters more than 300 species of wildlife, including pronghorn antelope, wild horses and burros, and bald eagles. The Medicine Lake Shield Volcano, about 10 miles south of Lava Beds National Monument, is one of North America’s most unusual geological features. At about 20 miles in diameter, it is the largest volcano in California. Its gently sloping profile hides the fact that, in mass, it is larger than nearby Mount Shasta. This sprawling area northeast of California Highway 89 contains extensive lava flows, cinder cones, pumice deposits, and lava tubes. Scenic attractions include Lava Beds National Monument, Giant Crater, Tilted Rocks, and Burnt Lava Flows. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Lava Beds National Monument, Medicine Lake, Harris Spring, Lava Camp, Howard's Gulch, Cottonwood Flat, Lower Rush Creek, Upper Rush Creek, Ash Creek, Willow Creek, Cave Lake, Plum Valley, Cedar Pass, Stowe Reservoir, Big Sage Reservoir, Reservoir C, Pepperdine, Mill Creek Falls, Soup Spring, Blue Lake, Patterson, Emerson, McArthur - Burney Falls, Dusty, Lake Britton, Pit River, and Cassel.
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Camping Northern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

Most of this area lies within the borders of the Modoc National Forest, 1.6 million acres of varied terrain that includes meadows, wetlands, forests, and lava fields. The national forest shelters more than 300 species of wildlife, including pronghorn antelope, wild horses and burros, and bald eagles. The Medicine Lake Shield Volcano, about 10 miles south of Lava Beds National Monument, is one of North America’s most unusual geological features. At about 20 miles in diameter, it is the largest volcano in California. Its gently sloping profile hides the fact that, in mass, it is larger than nearby Mount Shasta. This sprawling area northeast of California Highway 89 contains extensive lava flows, cinder cones, pumice deposits, and lava tubes. Scenic attractions include Lava Beds National Monument, Giant Crater, Tilted Rocks, and Burnt Lava Flows. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Lava Beds National Monument, Medicine Lake, Harris Spring, Lava Camp, Howard's Gulch, Cottonwood Flat, Lower Rush Creek, Upper Rush Creek, Ash Creek, Willow Creek, Cave Lake, Plum Valley, Cedar Pass, Stowe Reservoir, Big Sage Reservoir, Reservoir C, Pepperdine, Mill Creek Falls, Soup Spring, Blue Lake, Patterson, Emerson, McArthur - Burney Falls, Dusty, Lake Britton, Pit River, and Cassel.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Canby
Campsites: 30 Separate campgrounds
Season & Limits: All year, but many only open spring to fall
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Swimming
Local Contacts: Modoc National Forest; Shasta - Trinity National Forest
Topo Map: Modoc National Forest Area Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/15/2006

Great place for the family. Medicine Lake is a very popular lake and can get real busy on the weekends. During the weekday it was quiet and beautiful Great place if you just want to stare at the lake, fish or swim. Great for a canoe or kayak.

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