Portal Forebay Campground
Portal Forebay Campground

Portal Forebay Campground

  • Portal Forebay Campground is located along Kaiser Pass Road at Portal Forebay Lake.

    Portal Forebay is a small 20 acre lake that was completed in 1956 as a part of the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project which produces electricity for Southern California. The lake is located midway between Florence and Huntington Lakes at an elevation of 7,180 feet. The lake serves as a holding forebay for the Portal Power House which is located at Huntington Lake.


    • Fishing
    • Grills
    • Hiking/Trekking
    • Wildlife Watching


    Campground (11 total sites)

    Sites are shaded by pine and cedar trees and each campsite has a picnic table, grill, and bear-proof food storage locker. Vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is not available. Sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a paved road leading to the campground, but access to the campground is on a dirt road.

    • This is bear country; please keep all food and scented items in provided bear-proof lockers.

    • RVs and motor homes over 25 feet are not recommended on Kaiser Road due to single-lane road with blind curves.

    • In accordance with standard industry practices, Sierra Recreation will be assessing a $10 additional vehicle fee per day on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicle in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.

    • Click here to learn more about the Sierra National Forest.

    • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the High Sierra Ranger District, Sierra National Forest (559) 855-5355.

    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.