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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
MODOC NATIONAL FOREST
"Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway"
LAVA CAMP
LATITUDE: N 4124.214
LONGITUDE: W 12120.243
(GPS from information board)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Lava Camp
Lava Camp

Forest around Lava Camp
Forest around Lava Camp

Forest around Lava Camp
Forest around Lava Camp

Forest around Lava Camp
Forest around Lava Camp

Forest around Lava Camp
Forest around Lava Camp

On the edge of a old lava flow
Mostly used by hunters...
Didn't see any cars or people this day.
(July 30, 2007)

Lava Camp Firering
Firerings at Lava Camp

Outhouse at Lava Camp
Outhouse at Lava Camp

Picnic Tables
Cement Firerings
Vaulted Toilet
14 Day Camping Limit

Deer at Lava Camp
Deer at Lava Camp

WILDLIFE:
There were several deer in the campground.
Misquotes were around... most heavy
towards late evening... July 30, 2007

Pond near Lava Camp
Pond near Lava Camp

Burnt Lava Flow
Burnt Lava Flow

Burnt Lava Flow
Burnt Lava Flow

Burnt Lava Flow
Burnt Lava Flow

Road 56 along Burnt Lava Flow
Road#56 along Burnt Lava Flow

Road 56 along Burnt Lava Flow
Road#56 along Burnt Lava Flow

Road 56 along Burnt Lava Flow
Road#56 along Burnt Lava Flow

Road 56 along Burnt Lava Flow
Road#56 along Burnt Lava Flow

BURNT LAVA FLOW
N 4124.214
W 12120.243
Road#56 follows along the edge of Burnt
Lava Flow. This would be a perfect place
to build a campground... least there should
be some campsites.

Jot Dean Ice Caves
Jot Dean Ice Caves

JOT DEAN ICE CAVES
N 4129.440
W 12136.991
mileage from Jot Dean Ice Caves

Bullseye Lake
Medicine Lake
Hwy.89

8 miles
10 miles
22 miles

Mud Spring Wells
Mud Spring Wells

Mud Spring Wells
Mud Spring Wells

Bee in flight
Bee in flight...

Close-Up of Bumble Bee
Close-Up of Bumble Bee at Mud Spring Wells

Close-Up of Bumble Bee
Close-Up of Bumble Bee at Mud Spring Wells

Colors at Mud Spring Wells
Colors at Mud Spring Wells

Colors at Mud Spring Wells
More Plants...

MUD SPRING WELLS
N 4129.415
W 12114.706

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
California Fire Permit Required

BEAR FACTS
The bears are shy of humans and will usually
run away, but don't take any chances.

Road 56
Road#56

Road 56
Sign on Road#56

Road 56
Sign pointing towards Lava Camp
From the Junction of Road#56

DIRECTIONS:
From McCloud, CA
Take Hwy.89 east for 16 miles
Turn left on Harris Spring Road / Rd#15
Take Road#49 to Road#56
Continue past Burnt Lava Flow and Longbell G.S.
About 3 miles east of Longbell is a sign for Lava Camp
Campground is 7 miles...

From Alturas, CA
Take Hwy.299 east for 18 miles
Take Hwy.139 north to County Road 91
Take Co.Road 91 south a couple miles
Take Mud Spring Road / Rd.#56
About 12 miles is a sign for Lava Camp
The campground is 7 miles...

Road towards Lava Camp
Road towards Lava Camp

ROAD CONDITIONS:
Dirt roads with moderate washboards
Lava Camp Road is red cinders
There is puff dust and loose sand...

MAP
These are our personal hand drawn maps
Not guaranteed for accuracy

Drinking water at FS Ranger Station
Located in McCloud, CA

 

Jot Dean Cave
Jot Dean Ice Cave

Jot Dean Cave
Jot Dean Ice Cave

Jot Dean Cave
Jot Dean Ice Cave

JOT DEAN ICE CAVES
N 4129.440
W 12136.991

DEVELOPED CAMPGROUNDS
(Modoc National Forest)
BLUE LAKE CAMPGROUND $7.00
DANS PLACE
CEDAR PASS
MILL CREEK FALLS
SOUP SPRINGS CAMPGROUND $6.00
Picnic tables, BBQ Grills, metal firerings,
outhouses, garbage cans, and horse corral.
Cattle guard and fence to protect the camp-
ground. Got poo all over the car from driving
on the road...
CAVE LAKE
LILY POND
PATTERSON
STOUGH RESERVOIR
PEPPERDINE
PLUM VALLEY
EMERSON
MEDICINE LAKE
HEMLOCK
HOWARD'S GULCH
COTTONWOOD FLAT
BIG SAGE RESERVOIR
JANES RESERVOIR
UPPER RUSH CREEK
LOWER RUSH CREEK
WILLOW CREEK
HEADQUARTERS
ASH CREEK
LAVA CAMP
RESERVOIR C
RESERVOIR F
DUNCAN RESERVOIR

Also see: ALDER SPRINGS
Also see:
BIG SAGE RESERVOIR
Also see:
COTTONWOOD MEADOW LAKE
Also see:
DOG LAKE CAMPGROUND
Also see:
DREWS CREEK CAMPGROUND
Also see:
IRON CANYON RESERVOIR
Also see:
JANES RESERVOIR
Also see:
KNOXVILLE REC.AREA
Also see:
McCLOUD RESERVOIR
Also see:
SHASTA LAKE
Also see:
SLAGGER CAMP
Also see:
TRINITY LAKE
Also see:
THOMPSON RESERVOIR

Railroad Tracks
Road#56 photo of Railroad Tracks
N 4130.498
W 12118.064

Railroad Tracks
Road#56 photo of Railroad Tracks

CAMPGROUND INDEX

CAMPING RECIPES

CAMPING CHECKLISTS

TOURIST PHOTOS

Road 91 Mountain Views
Road#91 Mountain Views
(South from junction of Road#56)

Old building at Round Valley
Old building at Round Valley
The building is hidden in the trees

Camped here July 30, 2007

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Free campgrounds and camping
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
MODOC NATIONAL FOREST
LAVA CAMP