Modoc National Forest

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Modoc National Forest


(530) 233-5811

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Located in the northeastern corner of California, lies the Modoc Naitonal Forest. It's about a three hour drive from Reno, Nevada, and about the same distance from Redding, California. The Modoc National Forest is bordered on the east by a spur of the Cascades known as the Warner Mountain Range, and to the west by a plateau region of forest meadows, Western Juniper timber, lakes, rolling hills, lava beds, and open range land. Elevations range from 9,934 feet to 4,300 feet.

Framed by distinctive geology and views of a timeless landscape, the Modoc National Forest is a place where solitude and recreation come together connecting people to the land and the past. These ecosystems with their rich habitat create abundant opportunities for recreation around water, wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting. A network of scenic drives provide local communities and growing urban areas easy access to a rich heritage of land use and culture from Native Americans to present day ranching. In concert with communities the forest provides learning opportunities that invite visitors to stay, enjoy, and care for the forest in ways that maintain this remote, quiet character.

Map of Modoc Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 41.993232, -120.765336



  • Boating

    Most Lakes and reservoirs will accommodate small motor boats, sail boats, row boats, canoes etc. Many of the lakes and reservoirs have boat launch facilities.

  • Bicycling

    The Modoc National Forest does not have trails specifically designed or designated for mountain biking. However, biking is allowed on all trails except those located in the South Warner Wilderness area and the Blue Lake National Recreation Trail.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Driving for pleasure is the US's number one recreational activity. Throughout the year, people from all over America take to their vehicles to see an unknown part of the country that has a special interest to them. Many people may only drive a couple of miles from their home, while others may travel across the country. Modoc National Forest offers visitors many scenic drives and scenic byways.

  • Camping

    Visitors can camp in densely forested woodlands or open meadows, discover secluded flats along river banks and enjoy panoramic views of majestic mountains. There are also many developed campgrounds open for visitor use.

  • Fishing

    Modoc offers an abundance of fishing opportunities for anglers. Visitors can fish in one the many lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs in the forest. Also, the reservoir fishing in Modoc was recommended in Field and Stream Magazine in the May 2000 issue.

  • Hiking

    There are over 70 miles of trail in the South Warner Wilderness which provide breathtaking scenery for backpackers. There are also dozens of miles of trails located outside the Wilderness Area.

  • Historic Sites

    Touring activities are available.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are numerous trails and horse campgrounds open for visitors in Modoc.

  • Hunting

    Modoc is a very popular destination for hunting Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, and numerous Waterfowl

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Most trails and roads outside the designated Wilderness Area are open for OHV use. The Highgrade National Recreation Trail and the Blue Lake National Recreation Trails are closed to motorized use. The Red Tail Rim Trail is also closed to motorized use.

  • Picnicking

    There are eight groups picnic sites with facilities such as toilets open in Modoc

  • Water Sports

    Many opportunites for water sports of all kinds are available.

  • Winter Sports

    The Warner Mountains and Medicine Lake Highlands present opportunities for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. The Warner Mountains provide easy slopes for the beginning skier, moderate slopes for the more experienced skier and rugged areas for the most skilled skier are available. The Privately Operated Cedar Pass Snow Park maintains a surface ski lift in the Warner Mountains on Cedar Pass near Highway 299.

    Also, Medicine Lake Highlands offers 31 miles of groomed trails that provide breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta. A snowmobile trailhead is located at Doorknob Snowmobile Park, one and a half miles south of Lava Beds National Monument. The Snow-Park features a paved parking lot, warming hut and rest rooms. Groomed trails lead to Medicine Lake and three other Snow-Parks on neighboring National Forests.



From Alturas, the forest can be reached via state highways 395, 299 or 139.


Located within a three-hour drive from Reno, NV and Redding, CA

Phone Numbers


(530) 233-5811