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Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake
Susanville, CA, 95817
Phone: 916-734-4230

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Camp Ronald McDonald was the idea of one man, Forest Ranger Bob Olson of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Forest Ranger Bob had heard about the successful Camp Ronald McDonald in Southern California. He thought, 'Why not in Northern California? Why not a Camp in Northern California, on the edge of Eagle Lake like the Camp in Southern California?' Luckily, his thoughts were met with support by Northern California McDonald's restaurant owner/operators who agreed to provide the initial funding for the project.

Camp Ronald McDonald opened in 1992 under the umbrella of Eagle Lake Children's Charities. Camp served 30 disadvantaged and disabled campers during that first year and began to grow steadily. In 1997, Eagle Lake Children's Charities merged with a McDonald's cooperative of owner/operators in Northern California to form Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California. The cooperative also helped to build a Ronald McDonald House in Sacramento, providing a 'home-away-from-home' for families of critically ill and injured children. Years later nearly 1,000 campers with special needs are served each summer.

Built on the edge of Eagle Lake near Susanville, Camp Ronald McDonald sits on 35 acres of land with space for more than 100 campers at a time. The area is of particular interest to Sacramento-area historians, as Camp's headquarters is the Gallatin House. The Gallatin family fortune was built on lumber, trains, and other interests. In fact, Albert Gallatin brought lights to downtown Sacramento for the first time and his company became known as Pacific Gas & Electric. Albert & Malvena's home in Sacramento became the Governor's Mansion at 16th and H streets when they gave it to the State. The house that Malvena built in 1913 at Eagle Lake was originally given to the US Forest Service. Today, it is part of Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake.


Camp Type:
Day  Residential 
Year Established:
Age of Campers:
all ages
/wk (Please contact camp for exact pricing.)
Nearest Large City:


  • Hiking Day outings
  • Ropes Course
  • Art
  • Crafting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Waterskiing
  • Waterskiing


(Please contact camp directly for updated session schedule.)


                     Summer Schedule


June 14 – 19 Lassen County Kids Week
June 20 – 26 Family Counseling Services
June 27 – July 3 Camp ReCreation - Session I
July 4 – 10 Camp ReCreation - Session II
July 11 – 16 Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sacramento
July 18 – 24 Hanot Foundation
July 25 – July 31 Camp Signshine
August (TBA) Easter Seals Northern California


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last week i was at the camp the staff was wonderfull happy and great to work with always there to help and ready to assist in any way they could. the camp facilities itself fit perfectly for the group i was with thanks to the staff for all the help
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