Everything You Need To Know About Lake Almanor RV Camping

Lake Almanor is a beautiful, large reservoir in northern California that is used for hydroelectricity production but is better known as a popular recreation area.  Visitors flock to the area for fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, camping, and RV sites.

If you’re looking to take your RV to this beautiful lake that’s located between Redding, CA, and Reno, NV, here is everything you need to know.

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How to Get to Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor is a scenic 2-hour drive from Redding, California, and a 2-hour drive from Reno, Nevada.  It is conveniently located off two major highways in northern California, including Highway 36 and Highway 89. Depending on which RV park you decide to stay at, your specific directions might change.

When to Visit Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor is open year-round for visitors, though the most popular months are during the warmer spring and summer months. So whether you are looking for summer hiking opportunities or a winter camping getaway in your RV, Lake Almanor has all that to offer.

RV Parks at Lake Almanor

There are several different campgrounds at Lake Almanor, offering a different experience for guests at each.  Here is an overview of some of the RV parks:

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Plumas Pines Resort

Located right on the water of Lake Almanor, the Plumas Pines Resort features a fantastic RV park with 59 RV sites for seasonal rental and five sites available for daily, weekly, or monthly rent. Daily rental costs $30, Weekly rentals cost $310, and Monthly rent starts at $1,158.

All RV sites come with full hook-ups, bathroom and shower facilities, and private space.  The resort offers a bar, restaurant, and country store for guests.  In addition, Plumas Pines Resort offers a marina with boat rentals and reservable boat slips and buoys.

Forest Park RV Spaces

Forest Park RV Spaces are located just 1/3 mile from the southern tip of Lake Almanor. This RV camp backs up to the Plumas National Forest and offers fantastic prices at $30 a night.

A perfect mix of amenities and proximity to activities, Forest Park RV Spaces, offers a Market for campers and electric hookups and showers and toilets. In addition, this RV site is pet friendly, so the whole family is welcome!

North Shore Campground

The North Shore Campground is under new ownership and offers a fantastic RV park and campground with over one mile of shoreline on Lake Almanor. RV sites come with full hookups, access to clean, modern bathrooms, a dump station, and more. Regular sites cost $50 a night, and waterfront sites cost $60 a night.

Rocky Point Campground

Located on the western shore of Lake Almanor, the Rocky Point Campground is run by the Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. This campsite features over 100 sites and requires a two-night minimum when making online reservations.

In addition to offering fantastic access to the lake, this site also offers water access and vault toilets and is pet friendly.


Lake Almanor and Nearby Recreation Activities


Lake Almanor is the perfect location for boating and other water activities.  Many RV campgrounds in the Lake Almanor area feature canoe and kayak rentals for visitors, while others offer boat slip rentals if you have your boat to bring.

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Rainbow and brown trout, king salmon, smallmouth bass, and more! All this you can find in Lake Almanor. In addition, fishing in this region is well known for trophy catches, so don’t miss out on the opportunity while you’re here.

Lassen National Forest Campgrounds – Lake Almanor

The Forest Service-run Almanor campsite has direct access to Lake Almanor and is available first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in rates start at $15 a night.


Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Lassen Volcanic National Park entrance is located about an hour from Lake Almanor. It is a fantastic day trip opportunity if you stay in the area for several days. This beautiful park covers 160,000 acres of land around Mount Lassen, an active volcano.  There are more than 20 volcanos in the whole park.

Juniper Lake Campground is an excellent choice if you need an RV site near Lassen Volcanic National Park! Here are additional options near Lassen Volcanic National Park if you need them.

Bottom Line

Lake Almanor is a fantastic year-round destination located in northern California.  With its’ bountiful RV parks and campsites, it’s welcoming to every type of visitor. Whether you’re looking to stay for a night or rent for the summer, Lake Almanor offers excellent water activities like swimming, fishing, and boating. So, I hope you’re ready to start packing your bags!

For another great RV campsite, visit nearby Lake Berryessa.

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