Kangaroo Lake & Campground
Siskiyou County, California
*This is a hidden gem... and well worth the drive!
Affiliation: National Forest Service Campground and Day Use Area
Number of Campsites: 15 sites that will accommodate both RV's and tents, 5 sites that will accommodate walk in tent sites. Many sites can accommodate handicapped access. Maximum length for RV 45 feet. No hookups for RV's.
Price for camping: $15 a night, Golden Age Passport accepted for 50% discount.
Reservation Information: No reservation policy. First come first served. Checkout time is 2:00 p.m. It is a local favorite, but if sites are full when you arrive, wait in the day use area and speak to the Camp Host to see if a spot may open up that afternoon.
Contact and information: U. S. Forest Service, Klamath National Forest, Scott River Ranger District, 11263 North Highway 3, Ft. Jones, CA 96032. Scott River Range District (530) 468-5351
Campfire permits: Be sure and inquire via Forest Service Station regarding campfire permits. They may be needed for many areas even for a small barbecue. Campfire permits are free.
Elevation: Approximately 6,500 ft.
General description: A lovely camping area at a high mountain lake that is accessible by automobile. The campground was refurbished in the last few years and at this writing is in very nice conditions. There is disabled access to both camping sites and the lake.
The lake is approximately 25 acres in size and at the 100 feet deep at the deepest level. In the summer months the lake is regularly stocked with fish. There are brook and brown trout native to the lake, and rainbow trout can also be caught.
Wildlife in the area may include: deer, bears, birds, chipmunks, as well as an occasional bobcat or mountain lion.
|Sign at main road, 8 miles to camp from here|
|Handicapped access goes right to water 's edge|
- Bathrooms (Pit toilets, but newer type and clean at last visit)
- Potable water at spigots located at about every other campsite
- Bear proof garbage bins
- Handicapped access both for many campsites and day use area, a nice trail for wheel chair access to the lake at the water's edge.
- Kayaking, canoeing, etc. on lake ~ no motors on lake
- Things to see/do:
- Beautiful (moderate difficulty) level trail through Kangaroo Lake Botanical Area where one can view rare and interesting plants and flowers.
- The Red Tag Trail will give one a first hand look at high elevation old growth forest with an unusually abundant variety of conifer species
- Trails from the lake area intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail
- Wonderful birder area, observe Osprey's, Bald Eagles and others
Emergency: Full service Emergency Room in Yreka at Fairchild Medical Center also a ER available at Mt. Shasta City.