Rainbow Family Gathering Numbers Decrease at Antelope Lake, Steadily Increasing at New Location


Numbers are decreasing at the Rainbow Family Gathering’s Site 1, which remains under a Forest closure Order to protect the area’s natural and cultural resources from thousands of attendees, as well as fire danger, health, and sanitation.

Information Officer with the Plumas National Forest Incident Management Team (IMT) Hilary Markin says around 40 to 60 attendees remain at Site One near Antelope Lake. She indicated that the number of people is decreasing as they work to clear the site. Markin says that during the IMT walkthrough of site one, they found remnants of trash kitchens and camps, yet the remaining campers appear to be cleaning and packing up what has been left behind on their way out of the site.

Markin observed that the site 12 miles from Beckwourth is expanding, with approximately 840 attendees. However, the Incident Management Team (IMT) does not anticipate the numbers reaching the initially expected range of 5,000 to 7,000.

The law enforcement officers on the ground are increasing with the number of campers, and daily status reports will be issued for the community to stay informed. Marking did confirm a zero-tolerance stance, with more arrests and citations being issued over the last few days.

The Forest Service will provide daily status updates on the Forest Services Rainbow Family Gathering informational page. If you have questions or concerns, contact the public information line at 530-638-2214.