PG&E DeSabla Watershed / Lake Almanor Area
Approx. Open/Close Dates: Mid-May to Mid-September
Approx. Hours/Week/Couple: 30-35
Available Utilities: W, MP, E
# of Host Sites: 2
# of Campsites: 63; 1 group
# of Restrooms: 6 vault, 12 toilets
Elevation: 4150 feet
Two host couples live in and care for Ponderosa Campground. Both host sites have water, sewer and electricity. Weekly garbage service is provided in the campground. Satellite reception and cell service, depending on your provider, are also available.
Most of the physical labor in Ponderosa is during spring cleanup as there are lots of long needles from the Ponderosa Pines to remove from roads and campsites. One of the hosts also cares for the Day Use Area/Boat Launch 2 miles from the campground. Mileage is reimbursed for using your own vehicle. Travel is on a 2-mile, well maintained, gravel road.
The small town of Prattville is about 4 miles down the road and Chester is another 10 minutes from there. Susanville, about 45 minutes from Ponderosa, has a Walmart and other grocery options.