Mill Creek Campground: A Tranquil Retreat in Bucks Lake Cove

Nestled on the northern arm of Bucks Lake, Mill Creek Campground in Plumas County offers a picturesque escape where Mill Creek feeds into the lake. With 10 campsites accommodating RVs, trailers, and tents, some even offering lakefront views, campers can enjoy easy access to shoreline fishing and the beauty of Bucks Lake Cove. Here’s your guide to making the most of your camping experience at Mill Creek.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-Time Campers:

  • Lakefront Serenity: Consider opting for a lakefront campsite for stunning views and convenient access to fishing along the shoreline.
  • Early Arrival Advantage: To secure the best spots, plan to arrive early in the day, taking advantage of the picturesque daylight for setting up camp.
  • Pack Light: Given the narrow pull-out sites, especially suited for RVs or trailers, pack efficiently and keep your camping gear streamlined.
  • Pet-Friendly Atmosphere: Mill Creek welcomes pets, but ensure they are on a leash and attended at all times, respecting the campground’s regulations.
  • Be Bear Aware: Safeguard your campsite by storing food and scented items in provided bear-resistant storage boxes to avoid any unwelcome encounters.

Strategies for an Optimal Camping Experience:

  • Ideal Season: Plan your visit between mid-May and September to enjoy favorable weather conditions and ensure campground amenities are available.
  • Seasonal Exploration: Take advantage of the nearby attractions, such as Sandy Point Day-use Area, Lower Bucks Lake, and the Bucks Lake Lodge, offering various recreational activities.
  • Explore Plumas National Forest: Venture beyond the campground to explore the wonders of Plumas National Forest, including hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and enjoying activities like boating and fishing.
  • OHV Excitement: For those seeking adventure, head to the Bucks Lake Recreation Area or Gold Lake for some thrilling off-highway vehicle (OHV) excitement.
  • Respect Regulations: Adhere to campground regulations, such as confining campfires to provided fire pits, obtaining firewood locally, and keeping dogs on a leash.

Recommended Camping Gear:

  • Portable Cooking Gear: Enhance your culinary experience with portable cookware and a reliable stove for convenient campsite meals.
  • Cozy Sleeping Gear: Ensure a restful night’s sleep with a comfortable sleeping bag, an insulated sleeping pad, and a camping pillow.
  • Outdoor Entertainment: Pack games or activities to make the most of your downtime, whether it’s a horseshoe tournament or enjoying the tranquility of the campfire.
  • Local Exploration Gear: If planning to explore nearby swimming holes or engage in water activities, bring appropriate gear such as swimsuits and water shoes.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing to optimize your camping experience.

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Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Mill Creek Campground, surrounded by the wonders of Bucks Lake and Plumas National Forest. Follow these tips and strategies to ensure a memorable camping experience, respecting the natural environment and making the most of the stunning surroundings.