In the interest of the health and safety of the public, park volunteers, and our staff, we have closed our recreation facilities to protect against the spread of #COVID19. This includes campgrounds, visitor centers, boat launches, and day-use areas. Individuals with paid camping reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by recreation.gov with no cancellation fees.
The lake has over 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails, all of which provide scenic vistas and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The Buckhorn Recreation Area includes a playground and exercise area for active children. Families will enjoy the shady and well maintained picnic facilities available at several locations around the lake.
Black Butte Lake Facilities Map
There are two campgrounds at Black Butte Lake: Buckhorn and Orland Buttes. Both provide drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, launch ramps, trailer dump stations and restroom facilities with showers. Many campsites can easily accommodate recreational vehicles up to 35 feet in length. No electrical hookups are available.
The Buckhorn Campground is open all year and contains 65 developed campsites.
Buckhorn Campground Map
Orland Buttes Campground is open April through September and has 35 campsites.
Orland Buttes Campground Map
Reservations for both campgrounds can be made by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777. Or visit RECREATION.GOV for on-line reservations for Buckhorn Campground or Orland Buttes Campground. Individual campsites can be reserved up to 240 days in advance.
Group camping is available at both the Buckhorn and Orland Buttes areas. Advance reservations through RECREATION.GOV are required. Reservations for the group use areas may be made up to 360 days in advance.
Day Use - $5
Camping - $18 - $20
Group Camping - $130-$200
Special Use - $50-$2500
Annual Pass - $40
The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Military Pass. Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our Corps parks as the money is directly invested back into the facilities to improve your recreational experience. Get more details about the pass series here http://1.usa.gov/1T6TRMt
The Annual Pass is a onetime purchase of $80. You will have access to all of your favorite Corps parks, and participating federal agencies public lands. The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase.
Individuals 62 years and older have the choice of purchasing an Annual Senior Pass for $20 which is good for one year from the date of purchase, or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80, which does not expire. Senior and Access Pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sells their Corps Annual Pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year at the date of purchase.
Ranger programs can be scheduled by calling 530-865-4781. A centrally located amphitheater can be reserved.
Powerboats, personal watercraft and sailboats will find ample room for water fun throughout the "V" shaped lake. Sailboarding is especially popular. Boat ramps are located at Buckhorn, Orland Buttes and Eagle Pass Recreation Areas. Be aware of shallow areas and other hazards that may appear as the lake level changes.
Black Butte is well-known throughout California as an excellent warm water fishery, with the best fishing during the spring and early summer. Crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass and channel catfish are the major game fish. A valid State of California fishing license is required.
Over a several month period in the spring, wildflowers put on an abundant show for all. Fiddlenecks, California poppies, baby blue eyes, and lupine are just a few of the wildflowers that make an appearance. This is a very good time to take a hike or go for a drive to see what is blooming.
Black Butte Lake is very popular with horseback riders looking for a quiet and scenic place to ride. Grizzly Flat and Burris Creek are undeveloped day use areas that have everything the equestrian is looking for. Trails wind through oak woodlands with gentle hills and valleys, offering frequent views of the lake through the trees.
An 18-hole disc golf course with concrete tee pads is located adjacent to Orland Buttes Campground and is available year-round.
Disc Golf Course Map