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By Jon Baiocchi
Plumas County
, population 19,765, contains some of northeastern California’s most overlooked but truly majestic places. Here you will find incredible vistas and boundless outdoor opportunities. If you are seeking adventure and solitude within a short drive of Interstate-5, Highways 99 or 395 and crowded cities, you have found it.

Plumas County,
No matter what season, Plumas County offers countless recreational opportunities.
There is no finer destination for anglers, hunters, hikers, campers, bird watchers, photographers and all other outdoor lovers. If that’s you, you will love Plumas County.

Lassen Volcanic National Park on the northwest side of the county sets the tone as the least visited and perhaps the most underestimated of our National Parks. The town of Chester is nestled between the park’s southeastern entrance and the shores of gorgeous Lake Almanor.

Further southeast is another special place: Little known Plumas Eureka State Park. All around are quaint and sparsely populated towns such as Graeagle, Quincy and Portola. In between are incredibly popular fishing, boating and water-sports destinations you won’t want to miss including Bucks Lake, Lake Davis, the North and Middle Forks of the Feather River and nearly countless streams and creeks in the Plumas National Forest

Lassen Volcanic National Park reveals active volcanic features and miles of trails to be explored. Hike to the top of Mt. Lassen and experience this active volcano and its 10,457 ft. summit, or venture down to Bumpass Hell valley and hear the roar of an active geothermal area.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Plumas County,
A new lodge at the southwest entrance greets visitors and explains the parks unsettled history with amazing exhibits.

The 30-mile auto tour along the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway offers an excellent introduction to the park. The scenic drive provides stunning views of Plumas County, Lake Almanor and the former Brokeoff Volcano that was once called Mt. Tehama. Along the route the highway passes near the Sulphur Works, Bumpass Hell, Lassen Peak trailhead, Kings Creek Meadow, North Summit Lake, Hat Creek, the area devastated by the last eruption a century ago and the Chaos Crags and Jumbles before leaving the Park in Shasta County. More Lassen Park

Lake Almanor is the county’s centerpiece, famous for its year round water activities like water skiing, swimming, and world class fishing for a variety of species including Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass.

Lake Almanor, Plumas County,
Many anglers flock to Lake Almanor in late fall for a chance at a trophy Brown Trout and the bragging rights that go with it. Fishing for the plentiful smallmouth is also popular.

Thousands of people have built homes around the lake or in the vicinity of the town of Chester. Some live here year round despite heavy winters when the area becomes a magnet for cross country skiers, snowmobiling and other snow sports. In the late spring the population literally explodes as people come up from the hot valleys to enjoy the lake, the forest, numerous lodges and some of the finest golf courses in northern California. More Lake Almanor

Quincy, an old logging town and county seat also serves as a gateway to Bucks Lake, another great recreation and fishing destination. The fishing at Bucks lake is some of the best Mackinaw and Kokanee fishing the state of California has to offer.

Quincy, County Seat, Plumas County,
Quincy started as Gold Rush community in 1858. Today it is the nexus for a wide variety of outdoor recreational pursuits. 

Bucks Lake offers miles of shoreline, sandy beaches, and plenty of water sports to enjoy. The town is also noted as being the home of the High Sierra Music Festival, which celebrated its 22nd year in 2012. The Plumas County Museum, which houses Maidu Indian and Gold Rush artifacts as well as many other items, is located in Quincy.

Plumas Eureka State Park takes the visitor back in time to the gold rush days of the 1800’s and hikes to scenic lakes and lush deep woods. The focal point of the park is the museum building and historic area surrounding it. Originally constructed as the miner's bunkhouse, the museum now serves as a visitor center.

Plumas Eureka State Park, Plumas County,
Plumas-Eureka is open year round for day use. The museum and campground close in winter but reopen usually in late May.

During winter this park is a powder-hound’s playground featuring the Historic Long Board Races on skis similar to those used by mountain legend Snowshoe Thompson as he delivered the mail across the Sierra.

Lake Davis located outside the town of Portola is a blue ribbon fishery that attracts anglers from all over the West Coast. Fly anglers flock here in spring and fall to participate in the incredible fishing for large rainbow trout as they come into shallow water to feed.

Lake Davis, Plumas County,
Rainbow trout are caught in Lake Davis in many ways, often by trolling from a boat, by fly fishing from shore or by fishing through the ice in winter.

J&Js Grizzly Store and Camping Resort, a half mile from the lake, is a nice place to bring a tent or recreational vehicle. The Lightening Tree Campground, part of the Plumas National Forest, has boat launches, picnic areas and sites for tents. Ice fishing is exceptionally popular here in winter. More Lake Davis

The Middle Fork Feather River was the first adopted waterway of the National Wild and Scenic River System. Its head waters start in the vast Sierra Valley and flow to the west through Graeagle and past Portola, small towns well worth a visit.

Middle Fork Feather River, Plumas County,
These waters eventually end up in Lake Oroville and the Sacramento River.

The 32.9 mile lower "wild" stretch, which is inaccessible to roads, is home to some of the best wild trout fishing in California. This region is also a favorite for backcountry hiking and backpacking, camping, bird watching and wildlife viewing.

The geographical make up of eastern Plumas County is simply amazing. Here you will find the northern Sierra Range coming to an end, the beginning of the Cascade Range, and the high desert encroaching from state of Nevada to the east. Fishing adventures are littered throughout the county but it is also a land that offers everything a visitor could ask for during every season of the year. Explore the grander of “Feather River Country” and you'll fall in love with Mother Nature all over again.

Welcome to Plumas County

Photos by Jon Baiocchi, Sarah Jones, Peter Niebauer, Christine Elder, Plumas County Tourism, Recreation & Hospitality Council

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