Local Madesi Valley Camping Options:
1. Camping is allowed on most USFS (US Forest Service) lands with no permits.
2. Camping in the Big Bend Trailer Park (Big Bend Mobile Estates- see old contact card, below) 25200 Big Bend Rd. Big Bend, CA 96011 (hook-ups available, call for rates) Pryde Property Management – (916) 573-6875 Owner: Gary Pryde
3. 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)
4. Camping at USFS Deadlun Campground at Iron Canyon Reservoir, just 6 miles up the road (drive over the bridge and follow signs up Forest Road 11)
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.
5. Camping & Cabin Rentals at Forest Springs (Collette’s Place), just above Big Bend, up Forest Service Road 11 to Baker Creek Road… (See full details, below)
6. Camping & Cabin Rentals at Camp Stoney Meadows (Scott & Nora’s Place), just above Big Bend, up Forest Service Road 11, then up Kosk Creek (See full details, here: https://www.hipcamp.com/california/camp-stoney-meadows-bunkhouse/creekside-family-lodge)
FOREST SPRINGS DESCRIPTION:
We are open April 1 to Nov 5 and offer tent camping, RV camping, and a complete Guesthouse. From the pavement, we are at the end of a 1 1/2 mile decent gravel road, no 4-wheel drive needed. We have mostly gently rolling terrain with 2 hills, elevation about 2500’ *If our rates seem high, it is because we only host one group at a time, for your peace and privacy. Besides the natural beauty, everyone notices the QUIET. Amazing stars, too!
55 scenic miles northeast of Redding, we are 160 acres in far northern California, surrounded by Shasta National Forest, near lakes and hot springs, with many shady hiking trails in the varied forest on our property, along our creek and to our small lake. In season, we have a splash pool in where guests like to relax in the afternoon. It is cleaned and refilled between guests. There is a doggie pool for the doggies, and of course they also enjoy our creek and lake. Dogs are welcome off leash! Some of our trails lead into the National Forest.
Off the property but nearby are hot springs, swimming holes, 2 larger lakes for boating and fishing, and impressive waterfalls. We are 60 miles NE of Redding, and 1 1/2 hours by car both from Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen National Park.
FOREST SPRINGS RATES:
FOREST SPRINGS Tent Camping (includes use of bathhouse with hot shower): campers may pitch their tent(s) anywhere on the property (160 acres), including in the meadow within walking distance of the bathhouse and close to the picnic table(s) under the trees. In inclement weather, campers have chosen to pitch tents on the hay floor in our historic barn (no smoking or candles in the barn). In fire season, campfires may be made near a water source in the lava-rock fire-rings or by the picnic table with a table-top BBQ. Group camping for maximum 20 people unless guesthouse is also rented (has additional bathroom).
**** RATES: 1 person $70; each additional person $15; plus tax
—- 2-night minimum —- dog fee if applicable; limit 3 dogs
FOREST SPRINGS Guest’s SELF-CONTAINED RV; 4 WD required for short hill onto property. Your RV may be parked anywhere you’d like on the property roads, or at our RV Site which is secluded near our historic barn under huge oak trees with views of forest and meadow where there are water hook-up and limited electricity; sorry, no wifi and no dump.
**** RATES: 1-4 persons $90; each additional person $5; plus tax
—- 2-night minimum—- dog fee if applicable; limit 3 dogs
Forest Springs RV (sleeps 3) (includes use of bathhouse): an older 25′ long “5th wheel” under tall oak trees, with a comfortable queen bed and a twin bed sofa. Towels and bedding provided. The RV has lights, running cold water in sinks and toilet; hot showers are at the bath house. The kitchenette has a microwave, 2-burner electric hot plate, cookware and dishes, etc. The small refrigerator is outside by the picnic table, under the roof-over. There is a fan (no working A/C) but summer nights usually cool down to 60 degrees. The RV and its car park is located in a private area near the historic barn (no animals) under huge oak trees. It has views of the forest, a lava-rock fire ring in the lawn and a table-top BBQ.
**** RATES: 1 person $85; each additional person $15; plus tax
—– 2-night minimum —– dog fee if applicable; limit 1 dog
FOREST SPRINGS CALENDAR: for available dates, please see calendar for “Guesthouse” as we only host one group at a time. Thank you.
FOREST SPRINGS: PLEASE NOTE:
***At check-in, we will collect the Shasta County T. O. Tax of 10% on the nightly rate. This may be paid in cash or check; sorry, no credit cards accepted.
***We require all adults to read and sign a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. Large groups (2 or more family units) are also asked to read and sign the Group Camping Addendum. If you so request, these forms may be emailed to you in advance of your arrival.
***A refundable Cleaning / Damage Deposit of $25 or more will be required at check-in (cash or check only).
FOREST SPRINGS Cancellation policy: 7 days in July & Aug; 14 days for holiday weekends; otherwise policy is the same as Hipcamp’s. *** 30% discount to U.S. military families with ID card.
Check-in and -out times are flexible according to availability if pre-arranged, else check-in is 3:00-8:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am. Rates may change without prior notice.
FOREST SPRINGS: *** This is a private establishment and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. *** Because of our remote location and the inherent dangers of the forest and bodies of water, we require one competent adult per 2 children under 13 years old. The splash pool (24″ deep) is filled from June 15 to Sept 15.
FOREST SPRINGS Amenities: Drinking WaterDrinking WaterFire Ring / GrillFire Ring / GrillHike / Bike CampsitesHike / Bike CampsitesPets AllowedPets AllowedPicnic TablePicnic TableRV HookupRV HookupRV SanitationRV SanitationShowerShowerToiletToilet