Local Madesi Valley Camping Options:
1. Camping at Madesi River Access & Campground (on Pit River, near Pit Dam #5). Just outside of Big Bend town center, up Hagen Flat Road (Managed by PG&E). Features an accessible picnic area, an accessible fishing pier, and multiple dispersed camp sites. Since potable water, toilets and other amenities are not available, be sure to bring adequate water or be prepared to purify natural water sources before drinking. Camp at least 200 feet from springs, water, trails, meadows, and at least 50 feet from roads, and “Pack It In/Pack It Out”. Non-reservable (First-Come First-Serve only). Open all year.
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 or Hawkin’s Landing 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.