Camping & Survival

Attendance at events hosted by the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC) is AT YOUR OWN RISK. Insurance to cover your rocketry activities is available as a benefit of membership in either the National Association of Rocketry or the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Please note that membership in ROC does NOT include insurance, or any assumption of liability on the part of ROC. ROC membership allows you to fly at all of our launches without paying the daily launch fees, and a few other membership benefits. All attendees at ROC events must check in at REGISTRATION at the launch and sign the ROC Agreement and Liability Release Form to indicate understanding and acceptance of the risk and liability. Spectators and flyers will be given a wristband to indicate that they have registered.

Fire Restrictions Back to Stage II for ROC

On April 30, 2018, BLM released a new Fire Restrictions order:

ROC is now under Stage II restrictions. These are defined here:
  1. Stage II Restrictions – Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fire of any kind, except campfires within approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites is prohibited. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-offvalves,using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed and require a valid California Campfire Permit. Smoking is only permitted within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 5 feet in all directions.

ROC’s BLM special use permit allows open, above ground fires contained in above ground pits, stoves or grills during our events, even in Stage II restrictions.

You still need a permit for fires and stoves and can get one here:

Important Survival Information!

Since it is (after all) the desert, Lucerne Dry Lake displays extremes of temperature and climate. Extreme hot or cold is likely, depending on the time of year. Also, the wind (sorry, I mean the “W”) is often blowing at a constant 15-20 MPH; gusts above 40 MPH are not uncommon. Dust devils are a popular nuisance, and desert thunderstorms are also possible.

In the summer, it can easily get over 100°F; needless to say, there is no shade unless you bring it with you (stake it down securely!). Sunscreen is a must unless you like that “fresh lobster” look, or you are blessed with a complexion that can absorb mass quanities of photons at ultraviolet energy levels! Also, bring three times as much water as you think you will drink, and then drink it. The hot desert can dry you out very quickly.

In the fall and winter, it can be quite cold, even well below freezing. When the wind blows, it can suck the heat right out of your extremities. Warm clothes should be brought in the fall, winter, and spring months. Warm gloves and hats should be brought in the winter months. (I can hear you Right Coasters snickering at the wimpy Left Coasters that don’t know what cold is… well, I have seen my share of R.C.’s who discover it really can get cold out there, so just knock it off!)


You can camp on the lakebed itself – there is no camping fee. If you have never been here before, plan to arrive in daylight! The lakebed is usually quite firm, but is criss-crossed with ruts and rilles. Just take your time. The lakebed is managed by the BLM, so all fires must be above ground – bring a suitable container and pack out your ashes. Bring a sturdy tent, in case of “W”.

If you bring out an RV, please note that we will ask you to NOT park on the front row – it is a safety hazard. Also note that after a LOT of rain the lakebed may be soft in places – caution is advised.

Have we mentioned that the portapotties are for human waste only? Please do not dispose of trash or other items in the portapotties.