Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Grizzly Creek Camp
On 10 July 1952, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service issued a special use permit to the Sacramento District of the US Army Corps of engineers (USACE), which was acting for the U.S. Air Force, for the property located at Frenchman Creek and Grizzly Creek in the Plumas National Forest.

The purpose of these two sites were to provide a field training areas that resembled the geography and weather of the Korean Peninsula for the U.S. Air Force's Land Survival School located at Stead AFB, Nevada. Aircrew members would parachute into the site or otherwise be dropped off by helicopter or ground transport and "live off the land" and avoid capture until the end of the training exercise.

Documents and photographs on file at the Sacramento District, USACE indicated that the Site had a small camp with 13 simple wood frame structures. Research did not indicate if this camp was an administrative base camp or a "prison camp" for the prisoner resistance and escape portions of the training. No evidence was found during the course of research as to utilities infrastructure such as electrical service or water supply.

In 1966, the Land Survival School was moved to Fairchild AFB, Washington. Stead AFB and its field training areas were declared excess to the needs of the U.S. Air Force and the Site was returned to the USDA Forest Service.
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Source: Sacramento District, US Army Corps of Engineers

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