Chris Flat Campground

Toiyabe National Forest

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U.S. 395 Coleville, CA 96107 760-932-7070 775-331-6444 Official Website

GPS: 38.394, -119.456

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Overview of Chris Flat Campground

Number of Sites 15

Pad Type asphalt

Open Seasonally May-October

Elevation 6,791 ft / 2,069 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Chris Flat Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 5/19/2018
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 5/19/2018
24' Travel-Lite Falcon F-24-BH
Toyota Tundra 4WD
20 reviews
“Great spot for an overnighter and basecamp...”

Reviewed 5/19/2018

Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 7
Overall Rating

This is nice campground running alongside the West Walker River close to Walker, CA and Coleville, CA. I used this location as a basecamp for fishing the surrounding waterways. It's a nice USFS campground mostly well-kept by a seasonal host. It has multiple bathrooms, which are maintained daily. The sites are spread apart enough for some level of privacy, but the road is a single lane, so drive slow. In the Spring, expect high waters and thunder storms in the early evenings and in the middle of the night. It's cold at night and warm in the day. In the Summer, it tends to be a bit too hot for me. Even though you're right next to the water, it's still desert land and it's hot in the day and plenty of bugs in the early evening. The South side of the sites have trees, otherwise the other sites are sage and no trees. Spring and Fall are the better times for me, where it's not too cold and not too hot. Unfortunately, reception is bad for AT&T, but Verizon is not that much better, but still better.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G

Arnell would stay here again

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Kate @ MotorhomeOnTheRange
30' Four Winds Hurricane
2 reviews
“A quiet escape on the West Walker River”

Reviewed 7/12/2017

Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 4
Overall Rating

I stayed at Chris Flat twice - in the last week of June and in the beginning off July 2017. Having no reviews to go by, it was just a happy accident to end up here. The campground is right off 395 along the banks of the West Walker River, which is apparently great for trout fishing. Every site is first-come, first-served and it does fill up on the weekends, but I never saw it 100% filled to capacity. The sites are decently spaced. Unlike what the landing page says, the campground can easily fit RVs/trailers up to about 35 or 40 feet. We were more than comfortable in site #4 at 30'.

What I love about Chris Flat are the tall pines and the sound of rushing water. Even with the highway right there, it's mostly quiet. Camp hosts Roy and JoAnn keep the place really clean and were super friendly and knowledgeable about the area. There are trash dumpsters, bathrooms, and a few water spigots if you need them. Firewood can be purchased for $7/bundle and there are also TONS of pine cones to help get your campfire lit.

As for the spots... we chose #4 because it had some shade and we'd just come from some pretty extreme heat. #3 is one of the best for solar and #10 has what looks like the best view of the river (along with being a long spot). Chris Flat is also available for day use at $6 per vehicle, but they honor passes like America the Beautiful.

Cell service ranged from usually 1-3 bars 4G on Verizon, though occasionally it dropped out. As for weather, it was 90s during the day but mid to low 50s at night -- hence why they're only open from April to October. Temps rise and drop fast. Luckily with the shade on our site, I never had to turn on the gennie to run my AC.

This place was a treat and I'll definitely be here again before the season is out if I find myself up 395 again!

Site Quality
Verizon 4G

Kate @ MotorhomeOnTheRange would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • firewood
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets
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