Ishi Conservation Camp #18


Contact Info

30500 Plum Creek Road, Paynes Creek, CA 96075
(530) 597-2846

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. M. Gregor, Camp Commander


  • D. Russell, Division Chief

2020 Camp Statistics

CDCR Staff: 11

Total number of inmates: 48

Total inmate capacity: 100

Camp Products

Ready “2” Heat Meals are specifically designed for consumption by firefighting personnel. Ishi Camp is an approved product provider for Emergency Ready “2” Heat Meals and sales are limited to state and local government agencies.

Community service projects

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Fish & Game
  • Cal Trans
  • Tehama County Resource Conservation District
  • Tehama County Fairgrounds
  • Red Bluff Schools
  • Cal Fire Facilities
  • Tehama County Schools
  • United States Forest Service
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Red Bluff City Parks & Recreation
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • State Parks
  • Butte County Snow Removal
  • Tehama County Public Works
  • Shasta County Schools

These projects consisted of: Brushing Roads & Trails, Fuel Breaks, Fence Installation & Removal, Construction Projects, Trash & Litter Pick up, Building Maintenance & Clean up, Clearing Ditches, Flood Prevention, Tree Removal, Weed Abatement, Snow Removal.

Victims of Crime Hobby Craft Program. Ishi Camp Inmates volunteer their time and hobby craft materials to create beautiful wood crafted items for sale at the Annual Hobby Craft Sale. Proceeds are used to benefit victims of crime. Each year at Christmas time Inmate labor at Ishi Camp provides bicycles for foster children in Tehama County in cooperation with Tehama County Social Services.

Camp History

The Ishi Conservation Camp #18 was opened in April 1961. The Camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). The Camp’s primary mission is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression activities in the Tehama, Glenn, Shasta and Plumas County areas. In addition to fire suppression, inmate hand crews provide a work force for conservation and community services projects in the local area. The in-camp project is CDF Boxed Meal Shop, which produces boxed ready to eat meals for fire fighters which are distributed throughout the State.

Inmate Programs

College courses are available to all inmates through Coastline College and Feather River College. NA / AA programs are provided by local volunteer groups. Religious programs and bible study programs are provided by local volunteers. Education and GED Testing.