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Lake Almanor: Angling and Watersports Paradise!

By Jon Baiocchi
Lake Almanor
is the largest lake in Plumas County and is exceptionally popular with anglers nearly year round and amongst water sports enthusiasts in the summer months. For the outdoor lover it’s the place to be no matter what time of year! Lake Almanor sits at 4,500 feet and has 52 miles of shoreline. Fantastic views of Mt. Lassen dominate the view to the west while forested mountains wrap the lake against the blue Sierra skyline.

Kayakers, Lake Almanor, Plumas County,

Summer here is paradise for swimmers, water skiers, and boaters who come to enjoy the cool refreshing mountain water on a sweltering hot day. July 4thth festivities at the lake are getting bigger and better every year and provide a spectacular fireworks show to be seen from land or from below while anchored or drifting in a boat.

After your day on the lake you can expect some pleasant leisure time. Nighttime temperatures cool down as families and friends barbeque their way into the evening hours within a picture-perfect setting.

Lake Almanor Brown Trout, Plumas County,

If you’re an angler looking for some fantastic fishing, look no further. Lake Almanor delivers the goods! Many species of fish are in the lake including Rainbow and Brown Trout, Small and Largemouth Bass, Chinook Salmon, and catfish. An angler has a chance of catching a “Grand Slam” here, which means catching four different species in one day of fishing. Best of all there are many ways to fish here: Jig fishing, trolling, top water, bait, lure, and fly fishing just to name a few. Speaking of fly fishing a special hatch of aquatic insects takes place here at the end of June into July.

Hex Hatch, Lake Almanor, Plumas County,
The hex hatch is must experience! The hexagenia mayfly is the largest known mayfly and arrives decked out vibrantly in yellow as hatches occur just before dusk. This brings the biggest fish to the surface for incredible dry-fly fishing deep into the night. It’s a real rush to be out on the water and hear the large fish slurping and sucking down the bugs as you try and keep your composure while making an accurate cast. The biggest draw for fishing at Lake Almanor is a chance at catching a trophy Brown Trout as many anglers have experienced. Catch one and you’ll never be the same!Chester, the delightful small town at the lake’s northwestern shore, has many shops. Other small communities dot the shoreline on all sides. Some offer lodging with private docks and there are several beautiful golf courses nearby including the Bailey Springs 18 hole Championship Masterpiece designed by Homer Flint. All the services and amenities a visitor needs can be found around the lake. Hiking opportunities are plentiful at Lake Almanor. The world-famous Pacific Crest Trail is close by as is the Caribou Wilderness Area. Bicycle enthusiasts will find a paved bike trail along the west shore of the lake. This trail can be enjoyed by entire families who love to ride together in a safe atmosphere. There are also many lakeside campgrounds offering some of the finest camping to be had in all of Plumas County. Lake Almanor offers so much to be explored it just can’t be done in one trip. You’ll find yourself and your family going back time and time again to dive into yet another new outdoor adventure.

Welcome to Lake Almanor

Photos by Sarah Jones, Peter Niebauer
For additional information about Lake Almanor visit these websites:

Plumas County Tourism Recreation and Hospitality Council


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