Juniper Lake Campground

Juniper Lake campsite
Juniper Lake campsite

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Juniper Lake Campground is located in the southeast corner of the park. The campground has 18 first-come, first-served campsites and two reservable, group sites. The Juniper Lake Campground is located on the east shore of Juniper Lake via a 13-mile paved/gravel road. From the town of Chester on Highway 36 East, look for signs to Drakesbad and Juniper Lake. About halfway through town, turn onto Feather River Drive. After about a half mile, bear right and follow signs to Juniper Lake. The last 6 miles is rough dirt road not suitable for buses, motorhomes, or trailers.

*Due to severe fire danger, Juniper Lake Campground will close early for the remainder of the 2020 summer/fall season. The early closure will occur Monday, September 14 at noon. Existing reservations for after the closure have been canceled and refunded through The Juniper Lake Area remains open for day use only.


Juniper Lake


6,792 feet


6/26 - 9/14*


First-come, first-served only


$12 / $32 group sites

Number of sites

18 campsites
2 group sites

Maximum RV length

RVs/trailers not advised
Group sites are tent camping only

Maximum trailer length

RVs/trailers not advised
Group sites are tent camping only


No accessible sites


Pit toilets


No potable water available in the Juniper Lake area

Food storage

Metal food locker

Dump station

Closest station in Chester


Closest amenities at Chester


Permitted (more about pet regulations)

Ranger-led programs

Scheduled programs are offered at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center




Hiking, swimming, backpacking, non-motorized boating, stock use

No potable water is available in the Juniper Lake Area, be sure to bring your own.
Reservation cards may be posted by the park for park sponsored groups.


  • Campsites are $12 per night; group sites are $32 per night.
  • B-Loop, group site capacity is limited to a minimum of 10, and a maximum of 25 people, and up to six licensed vehicles or one bus/RV.
  • Campsites cannot be saved and must be occupied upon payment.
  • Camping fees are not refundable and stays are limited to 7 days per year.
  • Clip your camping permit stub to your site post to show occupancy. Camping fees must be paid within thirty minutes of occupying a site. Checkout time is 12 pm.

Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire grate, bearproof box and parking area. Electric and water hookups are not available, though potable water spigots are available in the campground. Campsites are limited to 3 tents, 6 people, and 2 vehicles per site. Help protect park resources; please do not trench or level your site or put nails in trees. Each group campsite is equipped with three picnic tables, three fire grates, three bear-proof boxes, and parking area and can accommodate a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 15 persons, and up to 6 cars per site.

Quiet Hours and Generator Use Hours
Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Generators may be used only from 8 am to 10 am; 12 pm to 2 pm; and 5 pm to 7 pm. Do not run continually and please keep use to a minimum so other campers are not disturbed.

Food Storage and Wildlife
This is bear country and deer, squirrels, and chipmunks are also year-round residents. Store all food in bear proof box provided at your campsite, including pet food. It is illegal to feed, frighten, or disturb any wildlife. All resources such as wildflowers, plants, animals, and artifacts are protected by law in national parks. Please leave them for others to enjoy.

Be sure to check the schedule of ranger-conducted activities. Visitor centers have exhibits, maps, videos, publications, and hiking information. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is located approximately 61 miles from Butte Lake at the southwest entrance to the park; Loomis Museum is located approximately 32 miles from Butte Lake at the northwest entrance to the park.

Do not cut, saw, or break any standing trees, dead or alive for firewood. You may gather dead wood that is down on the ground within 30 feet of the road and less than 4 inches in diameter. Chainsaw use is not permitted. Fires are allowed only in designated fire grates. Do not build rock rings or burn trash in the grate. Never leave fires or hot coals unattended and extinguish them completely before leaving.

Wash dishes at your campsite, not in restrooms or water spigots. Please do not wash clothes, hair or bathe at water spigots or industrial sinks. Strained dishwater must be disposed of in the grates located in front of each restroom or industrial sinks. Dispose of food particles in trash bins, not in the sink drains or grates. Gray water from RVs and trailers must be contained and may be disposed of at the Manzanita Lake dump station. Water is a precious and limited resource; use it wisely. Please sort and place all trash and recyclables in the appropriate bins.

Vehicles and Bicycles
All roads in the campground are one-way and the speed limit is 10 mph. All vehicles, including RVs, motorcycles, and trailers, must park on paved areas at all times. Bicycles are permitted on paved areas only. Additional parking is available in the day use area.

Pets must be attended and on a leash not longer than 6 feet at all times. It is the owner’s responsibility to clean up after them. Pets are not permitted on trails or inside park facilities.

Reservations are available online at or by phone 1-877-444-6777. Reservations may be made a maximum of 12 months in advance of your arrival date.

Map of Juniper Lake campground

Last updated: September 10, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


(530) 595-4480

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