Last Chance Campground, 4 miles off Hwy 36 near Chester, and Yellow Creek Campground, 9 miles off Hwy 89, are our more remote campgrounds. Last Chance has 25 campsites, half of which may be reserved for group camping via PG&E. Although it is not far off the highway, it seems more remote because the access road is not paved. The campground is not on the lake, so you don’t have the noise of boaters and jet skis. There is a creek running through the campground that feeds into Lake Almanor. This is a beautiful little, heavily wooded campground with lots of wildlife.
We have 2 campgrounds on Butt Valley Reservoir. These campgrounds are in the mountains at 4150â€™. Ponderosa Flat is 3 miles from Hwy 89 on paved road. It has 80+ sites, including the overflow area. The Alder Creek Boat Launch and Day Use Area are about a mile past Ponderosa, on unpaved road, and Cool Springs Campground is another mile past that. Cool Springs has 25 campsites and 5 walk-in sites. Ponderosa and Cool Springs both provide beach access and are also heavily wooded in a beautiful mountain setting.
Rocky Point Campground is our largest, with 170 sites including the overflow areas. It is on the south shore of Lake Almanor, close to the intersection of Hwys 89 and 147. The sites are heavily wooded, providing great shade, even for most of the beachfront sites. The campground is at about 4500’ altitude. Daytime temps are warm enough to enjoy the lake and nighttime temps cool off for great sleeping. Lassen Peak, just 40 miles away, is a beautiful backdrop to the lakeview. Campers launch their boats at the Canyon Dam Boat Launch just a mile or two east of the campground. There is no fee for launching. All sites are first come, first serve. Some years PG&E has allowed the Rocky Point Hosts to take group reservations, during the off-peak season (prior to the first week in July), as long as the groups are respectful of the reservation restrictions.
We are working for American Land & Leisure, managing the PG&E campgrounds in the Chester/Lake Almanor area. We have 5 campgrounds, 1 group reservation-only campground, 5 day use only sites including 1 boat launch, 1 historic site and 20 Campground Managers to keep things running smoothly this summer. There is no charge for using the 5 day use areas: East Shore, Lake Almanor Scenic Overlook, Canyon Dam Day Use and Marvin Alexander Beach, all on Lake Almanor; and Alder Creek Boat Launch/Day Use Area on Butt Valley Reservoir. Each of our campgrounds have drinking water available and vault toilets and no electricity is provided for the general public. We have Hosts onsite at each of these campgrounds. The Host sites all have FHUâ€™s or we provide fuel for power. The pic is one of the Host sites at Rocky Point Campground – complete with a deck!