Medicine Lake Recreation Area

Medicine Lake Recreation Area

The Medicine Lake Recreation Area location is in Tulelake, California
96134. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Medicine Lake Recreation Area facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Modoc National Forest
Doublehead Ranger District Office

Phone number
530-667-2246 OR 530-667-8659


Campground information Tulelake, California


The popular Medicine Lake Recreation Area and adjacent Medicine Lake are located in the Medicine Lake Highlands in northeastern California. The Recreation Area is located in the Modoc National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet.


The Medicine Lake Recreation Area offers camping, boating, fishing and swimming. The adjacent Day Use Areas accommodate boating with a concrete boat ramp and dock. Swimming is available in a designated swimming area next to the Picnic Area. Hiking and mountain biking are available on trails originating in the Recreation Area. The longest of these trails is the trail up Little Mt Hoffman.


The Medicine Lake Recreation Area is comprised of four campgrounds; Medicine, A.H. Hogue, Hemlock and Headquarters Campgrounds. Nearby the campgrounds are Picnic Area and Boat Launch sites. Campsites vary between somewhat rugged with limited parking space to larger areas suitable for recreation vehicles. Facilities include vault toilets, water hydrants and garbage dumpsters. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring and a barbeque grill. There are a total of 75 campsites throughout the four campgrounds. Fifteen of these sites are available for advanced reservations and located within the Medicine and A.H. Hogue Campgrounds.

Natural Features

Medicine Lake Recreation Area is nestled along Medicine Lake and mostly sheltered by mature lodgepole pine trees but can be windy at times. The Recreation Area lies adjacent to the Medicine Lake Lava Flow which is accessible by a short hike. The Glass Mtn. and Burnt Lava Flow Geologic Areas are located within a 15-minute drive.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby are a few other federal sites with interesting features. The Lava Beds National Monument is located within a half-hour drive and includes lava caves and tubes. The Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge is located within an hour’s drive where many types of migratory waterfowl can be viewed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Modoc National Forest Tulelake, CA

How do I make a reservation with Medicine Lake Recreation Area?

To make reservations at Medicine Lake Recreation Area, you can call the office at 530-667-2246 OR 530-667-8659.

Where is Medicine Lake Recreation Area located?

The Medicine Lake Recreation Area is located at Modoc National Forest Doublehead Ranger District Office in Tulelake,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Medicine Lake Recreation Area have tent or RV camping?

Medicine Lake Recreation Area offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 530-667-2246 OR 530-667-8659 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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