Home Activities Benefits Discounts!
Active Calendar  |  Retiree Calendar  |  Board of Trustees Events  |  Spectator Events  |  Golf  |  Tickets  |  Camps  
Reservations/Availability/Rates                                         Click for Camp Hosts
State Map        (Cursor on image to pause - off to advance)


View PSEA Camp DeSabla in a larger map

Camp DeSabla is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts. It is located in Butte County in Northern California. Nestled at about 2.000 ft. elevation in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we are noted for our tall pines trees and blue skies.

The towns of Chico, Paradise and Magalia are located nearby and provide golf, shopping and excellent dining. Gold Nugget Days, which is celebrated each Apri in Paradise is a favorite time for locals and visitors to remember a rich mining history.


Typical Cabin

The Paradise area also includes a variety of parks. Bille Park, Northeast of Paradise, has a half-mile trail along the South rim of Butte Creek Canyon which offers a spectacular view of the canyon. There are also more challenging paths forking off the main trail. By going further up Skyway and deeper into the foothills, you will discover the meticulously landscaped Merlo Park in the tiny community of Stirling City. The gated park is privately owned by its namesake family and includes a chapel, trails and swan-dotted pond.

Camp Features:

Heated swimming and wading pool (open during peak season)

Playground includes: ping pong, gym set, basketball, volleyball, swing & slide and 3 horse shoe pits.

Rowboats are provided for use on the lake

Note: Private boats with electric motors & inflatables are now allowed on the lake. Electric motors may also be used on the camp rowboats. PG&E periodically lowers the lake level. All California fishing laws apply to Lake DeSabla and they are strictly enforced.

Laundry facilities available

Supplies may be purchased from stores in the nearby towns of Magalia or Paradise.

Directions: The camp is located about 28 miles east of Chico on Lake DeSabla, the forebay for the DeSabla Powerhouse, at an elevation of 2,700 feet.

Cabin Information

Seventeen units - each accommodates six people

Each unit has the following: table with chairs, one double and four twin beds, one bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen which includes the following:

electric range, refrigerator coffee maker, toaster, cooking utensils, kitchenware (dishes, silverware, etc.)

Barbecues provided

Microwaves in all cabins

Campers are to provide their own linens (sheets, pillowcases, pillows, blankets & towels) food and soap.

Enlarge Map



Water-Sports Advisory

In recent years, several water bodies in the southwestern United States, including California, have become infested with the non-native Quagga mussel. This species is very invasive and once introduced can proliferate rapidly. The spread of these mussels can be very damaging to the native ecosystem and ultimately cause significant harm to water collection and distribution systems, including power generating facilities. Fortunately they have not currently know to exist in any PG&E reservoirs. The biggest risk in the spread of this species is the movement of watercraft or water related equipment from infested waters. If you are planning to bring a boat or other water borne equipment to a PSEA facility find out more about how you can help prevent the spread of this species by going to the Department of Fish and Game website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel.