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Grasshopper Flat Campground is located in the Plumas National Forest which spans over a million acres in the northern Sierra Nevada, in California. The Forest is known for its lush forests, mountain scenery, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Grasshopper Flat Campground offers a more rustic camping experience, making it ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location and Access

Grasshopper Flat Campground is situated near Lake Davis, which is approximately seven miles north of the town of Portola, CA. To access the campground, you would typically travel on CA-70/CA-89 and then take the turnoff to Lake Davis via Grizzly Road, following the signs to the campground.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Campsites: The campground has numerous sites available for tents and RVs, although hookups are not provided.
  • Water and Restrooms: Potable water and vault toilets are usually available for the convenience of campers. There are no shower facilities.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Each campsite typically features a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill for cooking and campfires.
  • Boat Ramp: There is access to a boat ramp nearby for those interested in fishing or boating on Lake Davis.


  • Fishing: Lake Davis is popular for trout fishing, and visitors can often be seen fishing from boats, float tubes, or the banks.
  • Boating: Boating is a favorite activity on the lake. Please follow all boating regulations for safety.
  • Hiking and Biking: Surrounding trails provide opportunities for hiking and mountain biking through the scenic environment.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is rich in wildlife, including birds, deer, and occasionally even bears. Always keep a safe distance from wildlife.

Reservation and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsite reservations can usually be made in advance through the Forest Service’s reservation system or a similar service. Some spots might be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees: There are nightly fees for camping, which vary based on the type of site and amenities. It's best to check the current rates before planning your visit.

Season of Operation

Grasshopper Flat Campground typically operates from late spring through late fall. The camping season can vary based on weather conditions, so it's advisable to check the current status with the Forest Service before planning a trip.

Rules and Regulations

  • Campfire Permits: Depending on the time of year and fire danger, campfire permits may be required.
  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Wildlife: Store food and scented items in a bear-proof manner. Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Quiet Hours: Usually, there will be quiet hours in effect for the comfort of all campers.

Contact Information

For the most current information, it is best to contact the Plumas National Forest directly or visit their official website. They can provide updates on campground conditions, fire hazards, and any restrictions that might be in place due to weather or other factors.

Plumas National Forest Office:

  • Address: 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95971
  • Phone: (530) 283-2050

Important: Always verify information before your trip as details such as fees, regulations, and campground availability can change.

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