Buckhorn Campground on Black Butte Lake: RV and Tent Camping in Rural Glenn County, California

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Not far from Orland, California, two Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds hide just a few miles off the Interstate. The closest to Orland is Orland Buttes; the second, a few miles further along through increasingly wild countryside, is the Buckhorn Campground. Both are located on the shores of the Black Butte Lake, a reservoir formed by damming Stony Creek in 1963.

How to Reach Buckhorn Campground in Glenn County, California

To reach Buckhorn, the traveler takes Glenn County Road 200 (Newville Road). This two-land road picks up just west of Orland’s downtown exit from I-5. Since there are no services close to the campgrounds, RV travelers should fuel up and buy supplies in the small community of Orland.

The Army Corps of Engineers is nothing if not efficient, and the way to Buckhorn is clearly signposted. The route swings through muted green pasture land, passes the eastern end of Black Butte Lake and makes a left turn onto Black Butte Road. The Buckhorn Campground is on the left – a journey of around 12 miles.

What RVers May Expect at the Buckhorn Campground

Buckhorn Campground has no hookups, and is designed for both tent campers and dry-camping RVs. Motorhomes and trailers up to 35′ will not have a problem in this campground. Though some of the loop roads involve steep grades, the 65 sites are for the most part level.

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Overall, the campground is beautifully engineered, often with decks and a layout that affords each unit a small amount of privacy. Visiting Buckhorn Campground reminds the traveler that this is an Army Corps of Engineers campground.

The camp sites are placed on several wooded loops, with a large group area set off from the rest. Each is equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, and water available at strategically-placed faucets. Hot showers and restrooms are also available.

Buckhorn’s dump station is located at the top of the campground, almost as far away from the entrance as it is possible to go. The campground is open year-round, with the standard rate being $15 per night. The fee drops to $12 between November and March inclusive. The traveler can make a reservation, or simply drop in.

Recreational Opportunities Around Buckhorn Campground

With its own beach, swimming, fishing and boating are part of the recreation mix at Buckhorn. An interpretive trail leads the hiker through beautiful countryside with sweeping views of northern California’s mountains. Other nearby Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas with day-use fees offer hiking trails, boat launch ramps and other facilities. A colder-season ATV park on the north side of the lake lets off-road enthusiasts play.

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With its decks and shade trees, Buckhorn Campground is also a wonderful place to relax, look at the views, and unwind from freeway travel.

Buckhorn Campground at a Glance

  • Official website: Black Butte Lake
  • To reserve: Call 1-877-6777 or visit the Federal Recreation website. Fees: $12-15/night; $4 day use
  • Facilities: Boat launch, fish cleaning tables, restrooms, showers, payphone, group camp, fire pits, picnic tables, hiking trail
  • Location: Black Butte Road, off Newville Road west of Orland