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USDA Forest Service

Regional Order No. 20-01

States that to provide for public safety, the National Forest System Lands within the State of California are to CLOSE all Developed Recreation Sites effective from March 26, 2020 through April 30, 2020. There shall be no entering or using of Developed Recreation Sites or portion thereof except trailheads. 36 CFR 261.58(b)

After careful consideration surrounding the dynamic situation of the Coronavirus (Covid19) PG&E has made the decision to postpone the opening of our reservation system. 

The PG&E campground reservation system will open for 2020 season as follows:

  • May 4, 2020 at 8:00 am - Reservations of 7 days or more (14-day maximum)
  • May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am &ndash all other reservations (2-night minimum)

Campgrounds are not planned for opening prior to June 15th. If conditions allow, campgrounds may open prior to June 15th to first-come, first-served camping. This situation is evolving rapidly, and we are striving to keep you informed. For updates and information about our facilities please visit our website at


    Lodgepole Campground will be closed for the entire 2020 season in support of a dam repair project. Normal camping schedule is expected to resume in 2021. 
    Recreation in at Upper Blue Lake Dam and surrounding campgrounds located around Upper Blue Lake will be reopened to the public for the 2020 season.  We appreciate your patience during construction. 

  • GRIZZLY FOREBAY RECREATION AREA (parking lot and car-top launch) will be closed through most of the 2020 recreation season due to a maintenance project at the dam. Public vehicles will not be allowed down Grizzly Forebay Road (road closure).  Visitors may still reach (walk-in only access) the reservoir from Grizzly Power House Access Road (east end of reservoir). The maintenance project is planned to begin in May 1, 2020 and the expected reopening expected is approximately November 20, 2020. Bucks Penstock Road will experience heavy truck traffic during this time so visitors should use caution and obey any Plumas National Forest Closure Orders/Notices and or posted road closures. 
    PG&E's Belden Day Use Area in the Feather River Canyon along Hwy 70 will be closed to public access beginning March 15, 2018 to approximately December 31, 2020 due to a highway project by Caltrans that proposes to reconstruct the Hwy 70 bridge over Yellow Creek.  The PG&E day use facility will be used as a construction staging area by Caltrans for this project and will be closed to public use during the term of the project.  Caltrans will provide alternate recreation parking and portable toilets during the project at a site across the Belden Bridge in Belden.  This temporary day use parking site will be located on PG&E property along Howells Rd and is intended to allow for continued public use of area trails and stream/river reaches during the project.  Caltrans will provide signage in the area directing users to the alternate recreation parking site as well as how to access area trails around the construction closure. For highway project information please contact the Caltrans Public Information Officer at  


Upon arrival, check the bullitin board for the current fire index rating.  Be prepared for the index to change daily. 
In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire, PG&E will prohibit and/or restrict certain recreation activities during times when our Fire Index Rating is elevated.

When the Fire Index Rating is R4 (Very High):

  • Use of charcoal grills will be prohibited.

 When the Fire Index Rating is R5 (Extreme):

  • all fires will be prohibited
  • smoking will only be allowed within vehicles/RVs

When the Fire Index Rating is R5-PLUS (Extreme Plus):

  • all fires and flames will be prohibited, including petroleum and LPG devices
  • the following activities will be restricted to within vehicles/RVs: smoking, use of generators, use of battery powered devices with motors, extension cords, devices with power cords

Additional wildfire risk mitigations and prohibitions that aren&rsquot tied to the Fire Index Rating are posted in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions!

What FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in place because of wildfire risk? How do I make a reservation? What is the cancellation / change policies? What are the RULES for the PG&E campgrounds? What are the RULES for the PG&E Day Use Areas? Can I reserve a First Come First Serve site? What if I don't have an account? Can I bring my pet? How is the reservation season determined?