The Modoc National Forest is located about 50 miles outside of McCloud, CA. Within it, you’ll find plenty of activities, amenities, and natural features to enjoy. The Medicine Lake Recreation Area is home to over 75 campsites, scattered throughout four campgrounds. These campgrounds are the known as the Medicine, A.H. Hogue, Hemlock, and Headquarters grounds. Some are set up to accommodate primitive camping, while others can fit an RV comfortably. The RV sites have free dump areas nearby as well. For wheelchair accessibility, there are paved areas in the RV and some primitive camping sites.
There is plenty to explore once you make it out to Modoc National Forest. As the name suggests, the recreation area sits alongside Medicine Lake, separated and sheltered by lodgepole pine trees. You can also make your way to the Medicine Lake Lava Flow, which borders the Recreation Area and the accompanying Day Use Area. For rugged adventures with your four-legged companion, follow one of the hiking trails that extend throughout Modoc, catching glimpses of the lake and the lava beds. Whether you are into fishing, swimming, or just taking in the fresh forest air, there is something for you to enjoy at the Medicine Lake Recreation Area. Keep in mind that, if you choose to travel with your furry friends, they will need to remain leashed at all times, even when in your designated campsite.On-site, campers will have access to vault toilets, drinking water, trash collection, and picnic tables. You won’t have much cell phone access once out here, especially around the recreation area. The park opens in June, but July and August are their busiest months, so plan accordingly if you intend to visit around this time. No matter when you come, the Medicine Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful place for the whole family – fur-babies included!