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Cool Springs Campground, on Butt Lake, is a true gem. This PG&E reservior provides some of the best fishing in
northern California. No skiing or jet skiing is allowed but bring your canoe, kayak, sailboat or motorized fishing boat.
Most of the 33 sites in this campground have a view of the lake and about
1/3 are on the lake front. Tall ponderosa pines provide plenty of shade.
Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and sunbathing are enjoyed in this
peaceful mountain lake. The gentle slope of the beach makes a great place
for children to play.
Roads in and around the campground are paved to cut down on the
dust. Developed sites include a picnic table and fire ring; kept clean and
tidy by the on-site campground host. Firewood is available from the host.
Drinking water is accessible throughout the campground.  Several sites
are reserved for people with disabilities. Most sites have a storage
cabinet for non-food items. Vault toilets are kept clean and there is a
dumpster provided for all campground garbage. The boat launch, Ray
Adams (formerly Alder Creek), is between Ponderosa and Cool Springs
campgrounds. ATV's must be trailered in the campground. A large,
parking area is available for boat trailers and extra vehicles.
Camping Tips:
Northern California is a very dry area and prone to wildfires. All
campfires must be contained
inside the fire ring. This is black
bear country. Keeping food in containers in your car will keep the
bears, squirrels and skunks out of your tent. Lake levels can
fluctuate daily. Bring fishing gear for trout, bass and catfish.
Getting there: The turnoff to Cool Springs is on Hwy 89 between Canyon
Dam and Chester, California. One direction takes you into Prattville, the
other towards Butt Reservior. Go 4 miles on pavement, toward Butt, then
another 2 miles on packed, gravel road to Cool Springs Campground.
When you hit pavement again, you are almost to the entrance.
Workamping at Cool Springs Campground:
This is the perfect workamping position for one couple or an active single person. The host has a full hookup site.
Since it is a little off the beaten path, you get more serious campers who love and appreciate the outdoors. The heavy
season starts in late June and ends in mid-August. Families, who have used the campground for reunions for years,
are very friendly.
Cool Springs Campground - overlooking Butt Lake
Cool Springs Campground - Upper Loop
Cool Springs Campground - Bridge
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