Local Madesi Valley Camping Options:
1. Camping at Madesi River Access & Campground (on Pit River, near Pit Dam #5) just up Hagen Flat Road, back past Big Bend center, veer left and left… (Managed by PG&E)
2. Camping is allowed on most USFS (US Forest Service) lands with no permits. Read or Download PDF about local options and rules here:
3. Camping at USFS Deadlun Campground at Iron Canyon Reservoir, just 6 miles up the road (drive over the Pit River bridge and follow signs up Forest Road 11)
(For full details, see: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stnf/recarea/?recid=6434)
Deadlun Campground is located at Iron Canyon Reservoir, a beautiful 500 acre lake located in a mountainous area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at an elevation of 2,696 feet. With 15 miles of forested shoreline and surrounding natural environment, the reservoir is a pleasant destination for anglers, campers, hunters, and wildlife/nature enthusiasts.
There are two developed campgrounds (Deadlun and the PG&E managed Hawkins Landing), many undeveloped camping spots, a boat ramp for small boats and a network of primitive roads and trails surrounding the reservoir. Nearby is the Pacific Crest Trail and the Pit River Canyon. Solitude is not uncommon, despite the lake’s popularity.