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N O RT H E R N CA L I F O R N I A

V I S I TO R S G U I D E

inside year-round activities | camping | lodging | events | spectacular views

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Feather River College

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QUINCY, CALIFORNIA

B IG E DU C AT I O N

Feather River College provides a quality educational experience in a beautiful mountain setting. Come live and learn in the “million acre classroom.� Students benefit from our small class sizes, personal attention and outstanding faculty.

Feather River College QUINCY, CALIFORNIA

FRC's Liberal Arts Degree transfers to many CSU and UC campuses. Our Dual Enrollment program with Chico State is unique in California. We also have transfer agreements with schools in other states including the University of Nevada - Reno, Southern Oregon University and Western State College in Colorado.

FRC offers many unique educational programs such as: Environmental Studies, Outdoor Recreational Leadership, Equine Studies, Administration of Justice, Community Education opportunities throughout the county and we are the only California Community College with a fish hatchery. We also currently offer some of the best athletics programs in Northern California which include Football, Rodeo, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Cross-Country as well as Track & Field.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of the FRC campus call:

Scott Koeller at 530-283-0202 ext. 315 or visit our website at www.frc.edu

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2012-2013 Plumas County Visitors Guide

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contents 100 Free things to do . . . . . . . . . . .5 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Arts & Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Biking, mountain & road . . . . . . . .89 Birding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Boating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Bucks Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Calendar of events . . . . . . . . .14, 15 Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Canyon Dam area . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Chester-Lake Almanor area . . . . .17 Christmas tree cutting . . . . . . . . .85 Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . .112 County information . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Fairgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Fall colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Feather River Canyon . . . . . . . . . .35 Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Forests, national . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Geocaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Gold panning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Golf course chart - locator . . . . . .70 Graeagle & Lakes Basin area . . . .46 Hiking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Horseback riding . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Indian Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Kids Stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 La Porte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Lassen Volcanic National Park . .16

Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Map & directions . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 7 Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Off-road adventures . . . . . . . . . . .84 Parks and Picnic Areas . . . . . . . . .86 Pets welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Places to stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Plumas-Eureka State Park . . . . . .60 Portola & Sierra Valley . . . . . . . . .55 Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Relocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 River rafting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Rockhounding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Scenic byways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Skiing & snowboarding . . . . . . . .79 Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Snowplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Snowshoeing & Nordic skiing . . .80 Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Stargazing and cloud watching .85 Swimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Tours, Community/Environment .94 Tours, Self-guided . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Tours, Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Tour itineraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Trains & rail fanning . . . . . . . . . . .98 Visitor information centers . . . . .10 Water craft rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Water sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Weddings & honeymoons . . . . .111 Wilderness areas . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Wildflowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Wildlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Winter driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Cover photo of Middle Fork Feather River by Tony Mindling.

welcome to Plumas County Rugged canyons, crystal clear lakes, grassy meadows, trout-filled streams, fresh pine forests, brilliant star-filled skies — they all await you in beautiful Plumas County. Located in northeastern California, where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges meet, Plumas County boasts more than 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of rivers and streams and over a million acres of national forest. With only nine people per square mile, this rural, four seasons mountain retreat offers beauty, solitude and clean air, making it the ideal spot for a quiet vacation. In this guide, you’ll find an overview of Plumas County’s year-round recreation, attractions, events, accommodations and campsites. For more information, click on our websites at www.plumascounty.org or plumasnews.com, or give local visitor centers a call from the list on page 10. We invite you to have a wonderful time in Plumas County; respect its beauty, treat its residents as neighbors and return again soon.

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P E T F R I E N D LY

d o n ’ t f o rge t t h e p e t s ! Bring your pets along on your trip to Plumas County! Dogs will love romping through the open space, sniffing out squirrels and fetching sticks in the lakes and creeks. You’ll find over 50 accommodations where pets are wel­ come to stay with their owners (see Pages 100-111.) Some restaurants with outdoor seating even welcome your pets. Or take your pet camping in the great outdoors. Some facilities charge a small fee and most require pets to be on a leash. Visitors who bring their horses will find miles of trails to ex­ plore and campsites and stables to accommodate them. On trails in the national forest, leashes are optional but pre­ ferred. Be sure to carry a leash in order to keep your dog safe and under control. Within the state and national parks, dogs are required to be on leashes at all times and are not allowed on hiking trails. Please take caution in the woods and keep your pet with you at all times to avoid encounters with wildlife. It’s a good idea to leave your pet indoors should you be gone for a long time. If you need a veterinarian or kennel service during your visit, you’ll find many that are available or on call. There also are a number of pet supply stores, including one in Chester that offers a monthly “Yappy Hour” with libations for owners and special doggie bakery treats and games for their four-legged friends. Special events for pets include Halloween costume contests and best owner/pet pairings. “Doggie’s Day Out” is offered every summer at Carol’s Cafe on Lake Almanor, with a special pet menu and dessert tray. Treat your pets to a vacation in a place where they’ll love to spend some quality time with you. Pet-friendly Plumas County, with its wide variety of accom­ modations, is the ideal getaway for you and your best friends.

Pet Adoptions & Boarding/Daycare Facilities Grooming Available Open Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm 103 Meadowridge Lane, Portola CA 96122

(530) 832-4727 www.highsierraanimalrescue.org

& Pet Marketplace 2936 Main Street Susanville, CA 96130

529 Main Street Chester, CA 96020

530-257-1614 treatsdogco@frontiernet.net

530-258-0323 treatsdogco1@frontiernet.net

The official Plumas County Visitors Guide is produced by Feather Publishing Co. Inc. Published annually in April. Ad deadline is February 2013. To advertise, please call the numbers below. Publisher - Michael C. Taborski

Project Coordinators: Kevin Mallory and graphic artist Juliet Beer of Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Special thanks to Suzi Brakken, Kari Underwood and all the volunteers of the former Plumas County Visitors Bureau. Advertising: Sherri McConnell - Ad Manager; Bill Chesley, Kay Moss - Quincy - (530) 283-0800 Cheri McIntire and Valorie Chisholm Chester and Greenville - (530) 258-3115

Maggie Hennessy

Michael Peters - Blairsden/Graeagle, Rachael Lewis - Portola - (530) 832-4646

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Feather Publishing Co., Inc (530) 283-0800 P.O. Box B • 287 Lawrence St. Quincy, CA 95971 PVG@plumasnews.com • www.plumasnews.com Submit photos to PVGphotos@plumasnews.com Submit changes to PVGchanges@plumasnews.com

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KID’S STUFF AND FUN THINGS

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Suzi Brakken

Youngsters will find plenty of things to do in the natural playground of Plumas County. Whether they’re wading in a stream or tubing down a snowy hill, kids will discover that outdoor recreation is a great way to burn off excess energy and banish boredom! Here’s a sampling of the top destinations and attractions for kids in Plumas County; more information is available by contacting local area chambers of commerce listed on page 10, visiting www.plumascounty.org, www.plumasnews.com or www.plumasarts.org.

100 fun things to do FOR FREE Looking to have fun on a budget? Plumas County has a plethora of no-cost attractions, detailed in a colorful brochure, 100

Free Things to Do in Plumas County. This handy reference offers visitors quick advice on free or low-cost ways to have fun during a visit to Plumas County. The list of 100 things is divided into sections including "Museums/History," "Outdoors and Nature," "Kids Stuff," "Art Galleries" and "Events." It also features several photos and a county map. The Free Things brochure can be downloaded online at: plumascounty.org under “Outdoor Recreation” and then navigate to “Kids and Family” or visit plumasnews.com/info/100freethings.pdf

• Walking to waterfalls (Frazier and Indian Falls) • Climbing aboard locomotives at Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola • Miniature golfing in Graeagle and the Lake Almanor area • Learning about Native Americans, natural history and survival through the Junior Ranger Program at Lassen Volcanic National Park • Paddleboating on Graeagle Mill Pond • Hiking along interpretive nature trails • Pony or horseback riding, wagon or sleigh rides • Biking or walking the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail or the Portola Riverwalk • Panning for gold • Exploring the forests on an adventurous ATV or snowmobile tour • Ice skating at the rink near Chester Park • Climbing to a U.S. Forest Service lookout tower • Jet skiing at Almanor, Bucks, Gold or Frenchman • Tennis and bowling • Sledding at Eureka Ski Bowl or anywhere in the forest • Picnicking, horseshoe pitching or playing ball in a park • Skateboarding at parks in Quincy and Portola • Summer Program for Creative Exploration in Chester • Midway carnival rides and 4-H fun at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair • Movies, plays and concerts at Quincy’s Town Hall Theatre • Fishing derbies • Ranger-led snowshoe hikes in Lassen Volcanic National Park • Blackberry picking in the Feather River Canyon • Fourth of July parades and fireworks • Stargazing and making s’mores over a crackling campfire • Swimming in creeks, lakes, pools and ponds • Go exploring at 11 different museums • Looking for cool rocks and wild animals

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No matter what direction you come from, the different drives into Plumas County along scenic byways are said to be some of the most beautiful in the state.

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HISTORY OF PLUMAS COUNTY

Prior to the California Gold Rush, the area now known as Plumas County was in­ habited by the Mountain Maidu Indians who still live here today. Living in small groups, they gathered roots, berries, grasses, seeds and acorns, supplementing these staples with large and small game and fish. Their existence was suddenly disturbed in the spring of 1850 when a flood of goldseeking miners poured into the canyons and valleys of the region in search of a fa­ bled “Gold” Lake. Overnight, mining camps sprang to life. Rivers were turned from their beds, ditches were dug to bring water from distant sources to the diggings and the land was turned upside down. A sizable Chinese population took up residence here and remained until the early 1900s when, with the decline in min­ ing, most left the area. The North, Middle and South forks of the Feather River were named in 1821 by Captain Luis Arguello as the Rio de las Plumas (River of Feathers) after the Span­ ish explorer saw what looked like bird feathers floating in the water. “Plumas,” the Spanish word for “feath­ ers,” later became the name for the county. The river and its forks were the primary sites of early mining activity, with many smaller camps located on their tributaries. Over the next five decades gold mining re­ mained the main industry of the county. In 1850, the famous mountain man, James P. Beckwourth, discovered the low­ est pass across the Sierra Nevada and the following year navigated a wagon trail for California-bound emigrants from western Nevada, through Plumas County, to the Sacramento Valley. Several years later, in March of 1854, Plumas County was formed from the east­ ern and largest portion of Butte County with the town of Quincy chosen as the county seat after a heated election. In 1864, a large part of northern Plumas County was carved off to form present day Lassen County. Following this, Plumas County annexed a small portion of Sierra County, which in­ cluded the town of La Porte. In the late 1850s, Greenville came into existence as a mining and farming com­ munity at the head of Indian Valley;

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Though it’s no longer legal for three men to keep this many fish in one day, the fishing is still just as good here in Plumas County, just catch and release them. Chester, near Lake Almanor, was born as a result of damming Big Meadows and the lumber potential from the timber stands blanketing the area. Soon after the turn of the century, and with the construction of the Western Pa­ cific Railroad in 1910, Portola came into ex­ istence. With the railroad for transportation, the timber industry began to emerge as the primary economic force in the county. Until that time lumber was milled strictly for local use. Finished lumber could now be shipped nationwide from Plumas forests. The timber industry contributed enormously to the growth and prosperity of Plumas County and continues to do so to this day.

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Coeval with the railroad’s construction up the Feather River Canyon came some of the earliest tourists to the county. Resorts and lodges popped up at intervals along the “Feather River Route” to accommodate fishermen, hikers and sightseers. The last passenger train ran in 1970, and the line is now devoted to freight traf­ fic only. In 1937, the Feather River Highway, touted as an “all weather route,” was com­ pleted through the Feather River Canyon from Oroville to Quincy, linking Plumas County year-round to the Sacramento Val­ ley.

Scott J. Lawson Plumas County Museum Director

TRANSPORTATION Highways State Route 70, State Route 89 and parts of State Routes 36 and 49. Car rental Lake Almanor Towing . (530) 258-3062 Public transportation Plumas County Transit. (530) 283-2538 Airports • Reno-Tahoe International Airport, 2001 Plumb Lane, Reno, Nevada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (775) 328-6400 • Nervino Field Beckwourth . . . . . . (530) 832-6940 • Gansner Field Quincy. . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-2600 • Rogers Field Chester . . . . . . . . . . (530) 258-3616 HOSPITALS • Seneca Health Care District Chester . . . . . . . . . . (530) 258-2151 • Plumas District Hospital Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-2121 • Eastern Plumas Health Care District Portola . . . . . . . . . . . (530) 832-6500

Chester Elevation: 4,550 feet Greenville Elevation: 3,600 feet Portola Elevation: 5,000 feet Quincy Elevation: 3,409 feet

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS All emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911 Sheriff (business). . . . (530) 283-6375 CHP . . . . (530) 283-1100 or 832-4895 Road conditions . . . . . (800) 427-7623 AAA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-1014

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TOTAL AREA • 2,618 square miles • 2,570 square miles of land • 48.4 square miles of water • 1,644,800 acres

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RADIO STATIONS KSUE-AM,1240. . . . . . . (530) 257-2121 KQNC-FM, 88.1. . . . . . . (877) 480-5900 KQNY-FM, 91.9 . . . . . . . (530) 283-5494 KJDX-FM, 93.3. . . . . . . . (530) 257-2121 KNLF-FM, 95.9 . . . . . . . (530) 283-4145 KLZN-FM, 96.3 . . . . . . . (530) 257-6100 KTOR-FM, 96.9, 99.7 . . (530) 256-2400 K-LOVE-FM, 98.9 . . . . . (800) 525-5683 NEWSPAPERS • Feather River Bulletin Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-0800 • Indian Valley Record Greenville . . . . . . . . . (530) 284-7800 • Chester Progressive (530) 258-3115 • Portola Reporter . . . (530) 832-4646 • www.plumasnews.com BANKS • Bank of America Quincy . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-6600 Portola. . . . . . . . . . . (530) 832-4488 • Plumas Bank Quincy. . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-6800 Chester . . . . . . . . . . (530) 258-4161 Greenville . . . . . . . . (530) 284-6114 Portola. . . . . . . . . . . (530) 832-4405 • U.S. Bank Chester . . . . . . . . . . (530) 258-2145 Quincy. . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-6610

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POPULATION Plumas County . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,054 Chester-Lake Almanor . . . . . . . . 5,428 Indian Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,837 Feather River Canyon . . . . . . . . . . 206 Quincy area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,793 Mohawk Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,843 Sierra Valley-Last Chance . . . . . 2,698 Portola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,249

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LIBRARIES Chester Branch . . . . .(530) 258-2742 Greenville Branch . . .(530) 284-7416 Quincy Branch . . . . . .(530) 283-6310 Portola Branch . . . . . .(530) 832-4241 SCHOOLS Plumas Unified School District Quincy. . . . . . . . . . . . (530) 283-6500 Plumas Charter School (530) 283-3851 Chester-Lake Almanor Chester High School . . (530) 258-2126 Chester Elementary. . . (530) 258-3194 St. Andrews Academy. . (530) 596-3343 Indian Valley Greenville High School . (530) 284-7197 Greenville Elementary . . (530) 284-7195 Taylorsville Elementary (530) 284-7421 Portola Portola High School. . . (530) 832-4284 Carmichael Elementary. (530) 832-0211 Quincy Quincy High School. . . (530) 283-6510 Pioneer Elementary. . . (530) 283-6520 Quincy Elementary . . . (530) 283-6550 Plumas Christian . . . . . (530) 283-0415 Feather River College . (530) 283-0202

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information Stop in at any local area

Chamber of Commerce for maps, brochures, area information, and friendly travel advice. Walk-in service to visitors also is available at U.S. Forest Service offices and at the county’s museums.

Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce 529 Main St., P.O. Box 1198 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2426 (800) 350-4838 (530) 258-2760 FAX www.lakealmanorarea.com

Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce Junction of Hwys. 89 and 70 P.O. Box 1043 Graeagle, CA 96103 (530) 836-6811 (530) 836-6809 FAX easternplumaschamber.com

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Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce 408 Main St., P.O. Box 516 Greenville, CA 95947 (530) 284-6633 (530) 284-6907 FAX www.indianvalley.net

Portola Visitors Center Williams House Museum 424 E. Sierra Ave. (Hwy. 70) P.O. Box 1094 Portola, CA 96122 (530) 832-0671 www.portolavisitorscenter.com

Quincy Chamber of Commerce 464 W. Main St. Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0188 (530) 283-5864 FAX www.quincychamber.com

Plumas County Museum 500 Jackson St. Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-6320 (530) 283-6081 FAX www.plumasmuseum.org www.countyofplumas.com

Plumas Arts 525 Main St., P.O. Box 600 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-3402 (530) 283-1168 FAX www.plumasarts.com

Plumas-Eureka State Park 310 Johnsville Road Blairsden, CA 96103 (530) 836-2380 www.parks.ca.gov www.plumas-eureka.org

Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 38050 Hwy. 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480 www.nps.gov/lavo

Lassen National Forest Almanor Ranger District Highway 36, W of Chester P.O. Box 767 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2141 www.fs.usda.gov/lassen

Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050 www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

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Plumas National Forest Beckwourth Ranger District 23 Mohawk Highway Road, off Highway 70, west of Blairsden, CA 96103 (530) 836-2575

Plumas National Forest Feather River District 875 Mitchell Ave. Oroville, CA 95965 (530) 534-6500

Plumas National Forest Mt. Hough Ranger District 39696 Highway 70, NW of Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0555

Plumas National Forest Challenge Visitor Center 18050 Mulock Road Challenge, CA 95925 (530) 675-1146

Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District 15924 Highway 49 Camptonville, CA 95922 (530) 288-3231 www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe

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Lassen Drug Co., Chester & Vi l lage Drug Co., Greenv i l le

Your friendly mountain pharmacies.

Get to know your neighbor.

Locally owned and operated by healthcare professionals in your community, Good Neighbor Pharmacy has several locations in Plumas County to serve you. Good Neighbor Pharmacists are passionate about taking care of their patients’ healthcare needs. They are there to help you with a wide variety of services. With more than 3,600 pharmacies strong across the county and many locations in Northern California, Good Neighbor Pharmacy stands for everything that patients look for in a trusted healthcare resource.

Questions about your medications or your own personal health? Looking for a walker for your mother?

Check your local Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

Lassen Drug Company

Village Drug Company

271 Main St., Suite A Chester, CA 96020 Phone: 530-258-2261 | Fax: 530-258-1999

225 Main St. Greenville, CA 95947 Phone: 530-284-6618 | Fax: 530-284-6940

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Sunday: Closed

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday (store only): 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed

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Plumas Arts is the county’s local arts agency and primary events producer, promoter and information resource for cultural activity. Other arts associations include Mohawk Val­ ley Artists Guild in Graeagle, Main Street Artists in Quincy, the Feather River Fine Arts Association in the Lake Almanor Basin and Blue Goose Art Gallery in Chester. A variety of community and private event producers bring a richly diverse program of cultural events to the area throughout the year in a variety of seasonal backdrops. Visitors will find an impressive quality of work by regional visual, musical and literary artists within galleries in Chester, Lake Almanor, Quincy and Graeagle, and in many restaurants, shops and public buildings around the county. The Town Hall Theatre, located on Main Street in Quincy, is an all-purpose, fixed-seat community theatre and gather­ ing place with a wide-ranging palette of feature, family, doc­ umentary, independent and environmental films. It is one of the few single-screen theatres left anywhere. The theatre also hosts local dramatic productions as well as visits from worldclass artists. Opening in spring 2012, the West End Theatre, also on Quincy’s Main Street, hosts a children’s theatre program as well as other live dramatic productions. Music and art festivals bring the cultures of the world to the beauty of the mountains and highlight an impressive level of local talent. The High Sierra Music Festival and Solar Cook-Off take visitors to outdoor stages in July. The Almanor Art Show and Graeagle’s fine art and craft shows are well respected locally and in the Northern Califor­ nia arts scene. Quincy galleries host First Friday Art Walks in most months from February to November. In the spring, you can sample the culinary artistry of local restaurants at the “Taste of Plumas” where you’ll also find wines, music and an art and food auction. A series of Wine Walks are held once a month on Fridays during the summer in downtown Chester. Quilt shows held throughout the year in various county lo­ cations are a major draw. Last year was the inaugural year for the Fall Plumas Arts Tour & Barn Quilt Trail, which show­ cases the local arts scene. In October, the Mountain Harvest Festival in Quincy blends an arts-and-crafts show with a micro-brew pub tast­ ing and music.

On Sundays, the public can enjoy summer concerts at the bandshell at the Lake Almanor Country Club. Also on Wednesday evenings, enjoy live music with local bands all summer at the Graeagle Mill Pond. From June through September, live music is offered in con­ junction with a weekly farmers market Thursday evenings in downtown Quincy. Sierra Valley Farms also hosts a farmers market Fridays that includes cooking and gardening demon­ strations. Graeagle offers up a series of Dixieland Jazz con­ certs on sunny summer Sundays. The Chester Community Chorus takes the stage for a series of well-loved perform­ ances each May and December. Words and Music, monthly presentations of poetry and music in local cafes, frequent the calendar with locations in Quincy, Portola and Chester. Come and share your talents at open mike! Balls, concerts and dinners to benefit local organizations also fill out the area’s cultural calendar. In spring 2012 Plumas Arts moves into the historic (circa 1873) Capitol Saloon building on Main Street in Quincy, breathing in new life by transforming it into a cultural center and gallery featuring work by resident artists and entrepre­ neurs.

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To learn more about our local arts and culture contact Plumas Arts, (530) 283-3402 or www.plumasarts.org. Maggie Hennessy

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Plumas Arts

Cultivating Community & Culture in Plumas County for 30 years Visit us at our new Capitol Arts Center 525 Main Street Quincy, CA 95971

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Collins Pine Lawn, Chester Northern California’s oldest Fine Arts & Crafts show

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

No matter the season or interests of our visitors, Plumas County offers a myriad of events to capture the imagina­ tion and inspire return visits year after year. Small town festivals like Railroad Days and Gold Digger Days showcase the character and highlight the history of host communities. The flavor of the Old West lives on at Vinton’s Cowboy Poetry Show and the Silver Buckle Rodeo in Taylorsville. Old-fashioned family fun is highlighted at the PlumasSierra County Fair, County Picnic and community chili cook-offs, fishing derbies and pancake breakfasts. Classic car shows and 50’s fun punctuate many local celebrations. Mountain towns show off their cultured sides with night­ time gallery Art Walks, wine and food tastings and monthly music and poetry performances. Roxanne Valladao

s p e c i a l eve n t s Avid athletes race on foot, bicycle, ski or sailboat while golfers, ball players, and horseshoe pitchers compete in tournaments. Holidays and the change of seasons bring out the best in rural life. Townsfolk and tourists alike turn out in droves in every town for parades, concerts, events and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Fall color is glorious and inspires a variety of small town events, craft bazaars and the Mountain Harvest Festival and Microbrew Tasting. Trick or treaters take center stage for Halloween. The chill in the air for the holiday season dampens no one’s spirit where, snow or shine, we come out for Christ­ mas tree lightings, art exhibits, open houses and friendly gatherings in all corners of the county. Snow season fun is also celebrated in Eastern Plumas and Chester with Winterfest events that offer up sled dog races, snowmobile poker runs and other snow-filled com­ petitions. Historic downhill ski racing is the main event at the Historic Longboard Ski Revival Series. Plan to join in some of our local color and character. Turn to page 14 for a taste of some of our county’s an­ nual events. Call the numbers listed with each entry for event specific information.

Suzi Brakken

Colby Elliott

For the county’s most updated listing of events and cultural highlights visit www.plumasarts.org, www.plumasnews.com, or www.plumascounty.org.

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AMERICAN VALLEY

SPEEDWAY RACES

Quincy - April 28, May 12, 19,

June 2, 15, 16, July 14, 28,

Aug. 4, 12, 24, 25, and Sept. 8.

IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks,

DART Dwarfs, Civil War 360

Sprint Car Series.

Call (530) 283-2175

M AY May 12 Birding & Boating at Maddalena Ranch Sierra Valley (530) 283-5758

May 19 Kids Fishing Day Graeagle Mill Pond (530) 836-6811

Children’s Fair Quincy janine@plumaschildren.org May 26 Indian Valley Century Bike Ride Greenville (530) 284-6633

May 26 & 27

Rotary Club of Chester Memorial Weekend Craft Fair Chester (530) 258-2516

May 27 Mohawk Valley Artists Spring Craft Faire Graeagle (530) 836-1399

JUNE FARMERS’ MARKETS Quincy - Church and Main

Streets Thursday evenings

featuring live music from

June 14 through Sept.13.

Beckwourth - Fridays,

June 1-Sept. 21 at Sierra

Valley Farms featuring

cooking and gardening

demonstrations.

(530) 832-0114

June 2 Indian Valley-Wide Yard Sales Indian Valley (530) 284-6633

Plumas County Picnic, Car Show Quincy (530) 283-6272

June 9 & 10

Over the Line in the Mountains Softball Quincy (530) 283-3278

June 15-17 The Bounce Festival Belden (530) 283-9662

June 16 Mile High Century Bike Ride Chester (530) 258-2426

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Soroptimists Garden Tour Quincy (530) 283-0957

June 16 & 17

Pioneer Days Taylorsville (530) 284-7622

June 17 Father’s Day Fly-In & Creekside Festival Quincy (530) 283-0188

June 23 Taste of Mohawk Graeagle (530) 836-0446

Scenic century bike rides.

Lake Davis Fishing Derby Lake Davis (530) 836-6811

June 30-July 1 Mohawk Valley Independence Celebration Graeagle (530) 836-6811

Civil War Reenactment Graeagle (530) 836-6811

JULY July 4 4th of July Festivities & Silver Buckle Rodeo Taylorsville (530) 284-7670

ANNUAL CONCERTS Dixieland Jazz Concerts will be held Sundays in Graea­ gle on May 20, June 24, July 15,

August 19 and Sept. 2. Call (530) 836-4523.

4th of July Festivities, Parade, Fireworks, Craft Fair Chester (530) 258-2426

Chester Community Chorus Concerts will be held in Chester on May 13-15 and Dec. 2-4. Call (530) 283-5587. Portola City Lights Concerts held every Friday night in Portola City Park from

July 20 to August 17, 2012. Call (530) 832-4216

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July 5-July 8 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy (510) 420-1529

July 13 & 14

Solar Cook-Off Taylorsville (530) 283-1396

July 20 - 22

Gold Digger Days Greenville (530) 284-6633

Arts & Crafts Fair Graeagle (775) 825-3679

July 21 Feather River Fine Arts Tour Chester-Lake Almanor (530) 596-4166

Sled Wars Snowmobile Grass Drags Quincy (530) 354-6095

Dates subject to change. For updates, visit www.plumascounty.org, “Events” at plumasnews.com or see the Calendar at plumasarts.org

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Bidwell Arts & Crafts Show Chester (530) 345-9652

AUGUST August 4 Round Valley Lake Run & Walk Round Valley Lake (530) 284-0824

August 4 & 5

Almanor Art Show Chester (530) 283-3402

August 8-12 Plumas-Sierra County Fair Quincy Fairgrounds (530) 283-6272

August 11 & 12

Bidwell Arts & Crafts Show Chester (530) 345-9652

August 18 Running with the Bears Marathon Greenville (530) 284-7007

August 18 & 19

Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Fair Graeagle (775) 825-3679

August 31-Sept. 2 Antique Fair Graeagle (530) 836-6811

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SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

DECEMBER

September 1 Lake Almanor Peninsula Arts & Crafts Faire Lake Almanor (530) 259-5478

October 6 Celtic Festival Graeagle (530) 836-6811

December 1 Graeagle Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Graeagle (530) 836-1234

September 1-3 SaveTelomere100@Plumas Walk / Run Graeagle & Portola (530) 836-6811

September 8 Streetrod Extravaganza Chester (530) 258-2426

September 8 & 9

Patriot’s Day Endurance Horseback Ride Greenville (530) 284-6328

September 15 & 16

Plumas Arts Tour & Barn Quilts Trail Countywide (530) 283-3402

September 22 Seymour Smith Run Taylorsville (530) 284-1039

September 28 & 29

FRC Rodeo Quincy Fairgrounds (530) 283-0202 ext 306

September 29 Lake Almanor Fall Century Bike Ride Chester (530) 258-2426

Lost Sierra 50k Endurance Run Graeagle (530) 545-2580

Fall Fest Quincy (530) 283-7618

Leaf Peeper Bike Ride Indian Valley (530) 284-6633

October 13 Mountain Harvest Festival, Microbrew Tasting Quincy (530) 283-3402

Cowboy Poetry & Music Show Vinton (831) 801-3719

October 28 Dawn Institute Apple Fest Indian Falls (530) 284-6036

NOVEMBER November 22 Quincy Turkey Trot Quincy (530) 394-9263

November 23 & 24

Mohawk Valley Artists Guild's Holiday Craft Fair Graeagle (530) 832-1184

November 23 Chester Merchants’ Holiday Tree Lighting & Light Parade (530) 258-2426

November 30 Holiday Tree Lighting Portola (530) 832-0589

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July 21 & 22

Gold Discovery Days Plumas Eureka State Park (530) 836-2380

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December 1 & 8

Santa Train - Portola (530) 832-4131

December 7 Main Street Sparkle & Light Parade Quincy (530) 283-0188

2013

LONGBOARD RACES Historic Longboard

Revival Series races will

be held at Eureka Ski Bowl

in Johnsville on

Jan. 20, Feb. 17

and March 17, 2013.

Call (530) 283-6320

FEBRUARY February 2 Bucks Lake Poker Run Bucks Lake (530) 283-9766

February 16 Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club Poker Run Chester (530) 284-7469

MARCH March 15 & 16

Cowboy Poetry Show Vinton (831) 801-3719

APRIL April 13 Taste of Plumas Quincy (530) 283-3402

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Boiling springs, belching mudpots and hissing steam vents are among the wondrous sights awaiting visitors to beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park. A national park since 1916, Lassen is a treasure trove of hydrothermal activity. The peak sits at the southernmost end of the Cascade range, which extends from here to Canada. The western part of the park features lava pinnacles and volcanoes, while the eastern part features small cinder cones, forested with conifers and studded with small lakes. Lassen is just a short 30-minute drive from the ChesterLake Almanor area, or an hour from Indian Valley, the park is a great day trip. Observe the hydrothermal activity along the road, or take short hikes and strolls through some of the most pristine, untouched wilderness in the country. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open daily (except Christmas Day) and is located at the park’s southwest entrance. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the exhibit hall, view the spectacular park film, and browse in the bookstore. The concession cafe and gift shop are open daily in the summer and on weekends and holidays in the winter. The center receives its name from the Mountain Maidu name for Lassen Peak, which means “Snow Mountain.” Hiking trails take park visitors through a hydrothermal area called Bumpass Hell and through the Devastated Area, which exhibits remarkable recovery since Lassen’s last eruption in 1921. For a longer trek, visitors can climb to the top of Brokeoff Mountain, elevation 9,235 feet, on a scenic seven-mile, four to five-hour journey that climbs 2,600 feet. Be sure to pick up a map at either park entrance and consider exploring the listed trails. These walks are a great

way to see just a few of the 700 species of flowering plants and 250 species of wildlife in the park. In addition to the landscapes, there are breathtaking views of the entire Lake Almanor Basin, and on a clear day you can see Mount Shasta from Lassen Peak and Brokeoff Mountain. The park also offers talks and evening programs in summer. During the winter, park rangers lead snowshoe walks that enable visitors to explore the beauty of the park year-round. There is a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park road (which connects with Highway 89 north and south of the park) covers 30 miles and takes approximately an hour to drive. The best time to visit the park for car touring or hiking is July through September. The road may be closed from late October to mid-June due to snow, but there is parking and access to the area at both the north and south entrances. Check the website below for Fee Free Days. Campground fees are $10-$18 and sites are available both by reservation and as first-come, first-served. To reserve, call 877-444-6777 or reserve online at www.recreation.gov. Lodging options within the park include Drakesbad Guest Ranch in the Warner Valley, at the park’s southeast end, and new camping cabins at Manzanita Lake near the park’s northeast entrance. Reserve at www.lassenrecreation.com. For more information, call the Visitor Center at (530) 5954480 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/lavo. Chester, located a half hour east, is the nearest full-service town to the park’s southwest entrance. It offers complete visitor services including gas stations, lodging, camping, dining and shopping.

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CHESTER AND LAKE ALMANOR AREA

around Lake Almanor The Chester/Lake Almanor Basin is best known as a recreation paradise and the gateway to nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. It’s also the place where the Sierra Nevada range and the Cascade range meet, and is the southern end of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, a 500-mile All American Road featuring volcanic and other scenic attractions. Continued on page 19...

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Lake Almanor has many marinas to park your boat while you step inside for a refreshing drink or meal.

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The charming town of Chester, located at the northern end of the lake, offers a full range of amenities. Shoppers can browse Main Street with its unique gift shops, galleries and eateries. Services for visitors also are available in small communities along the lake, including Prattville, East Shore, Lake

At 4,500 feet elevation and with 52 miles of shoreline, Almanor is the county’s largest lake, offering year-round fishing, superior lakeside campsites and spectacular views of majestic Lassen Peak. The lake is one of the most popular attractions in Northern California, drawing visitors year-round. Summer lake surface temperatures of about 75 degrees make it ideal for water sports, including waterskiing, sailing, sailboarding, paddleboarding and jet skiing. Golfers can enjoy three courses in the Almanor Basin, including 18-hole championship Bailey Creek and two ninehole courses. A large network of trails offer a myriad of opportunities for hiking and biking and exploring, both around the lake and in the surrounding forest. The North Fork Feather River, which flows into Almanor, and nearby Yellow Creek are favorites with catch and release fly-fishermen. Nearby Butt Valley Reservoir is widely known as a great fishery for trout. The Almanor Basin also is an undiscovered jewel for winter recreation, including snowmobiling, cross country skiing, sledding or snowshoeing. The highlight of this wintry season is Winterfest, held in January and February, featuring a chili cookoff, snowmobile poker run and sled dog races.

Almanor West, the Lake Almanor Peninsula, Hamilton Branch and Canyon Dam. Overnight visitors to Chester/Lake Almanor can choose from a wide range of motels, resorts, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast inns and campgrounds. Annual art shows, a July 4th fireworks display, parade and run, and an annual Street Rod Extravaganza in September are among the special events that are featured each year. The town also hosts wine walks and outdoor concerts during the summer. The surrounding Lassen National Forest maintains two nearby wilderness areas, the Caribou and the Ishi, which are easy to explore. History buffs and adventurers can enjoy a half-day trip to Seneca. A few inhabitants and a unique bar are all that remain of this once thriving gold mining town. The Warner Valley, which leads into Lassen Volcanic National Park, offers another scenic side trip, with small lakes, campsites and hiking trails. For more information about the area, contact the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (530) 258-2426 or info@lakealmanorarea.com.

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443 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor, CA 96137 Across from Big Cove

(530) 596-4700

www.paulbunyanresort.com

Antlers Motel 268 Main St.

(Hwy 36 - directly across from Holiday Market)

(530) 258-2722 1-888-4-My-Stay Modern lodge decor all non-smoking with romantic decorative fireplaces. FREE high speed internet access FREE in-room coffee or tea FLAT PANEL LCD TV SATELLITE BROADCAST

*** FRIENDLY *** PROFESSIONAL STAFF!

Check out our new website! www.antlersmotel.com

“Cutest Little Thing in Chester!”

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• Eight housekeeping cabins • Six cabins are kitchenettes • Cable TV, gas barbecues & picnic tables • Twenty-five RV sites with full hook-ups • Boat slips available • Boat launch • Pets are welcome • Free WiFi Ask About Our Cabin Rate Reductions!

(530) 596-3249

Chester - Lake Almanor

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7329 Highway 147, Lake Almanor, CA 96137 www.lakehavenresort.com

BOOK NOOK

New Use & Boo d ks

530-257-2392 722 Main St., Susanville

Order your e-books from margiesbooknook.com

➸ Drive around Lake Almanor and take in a picnic and views at the rest stop on the lake’s north end. ➸ Bike, hike or ski along the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail along the lake’s west shore. ➸ Rent a patio boat to tour the lake; look for eagles, grebes and osprey. ➸ Take a trip to nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park and enjoy the inspiring scenery. ➸ At Drakesbad; hike a trail or soak in the hydrothermal-heated pool. Or, follow Feather River Drive to Willow Lake and hike along the lake. ➸ Visit the Caribou Wilderness area, land of a thousand lakes.

BEST BETS

MARGIE’S

➸ Take a dip at the beaches on the west shore.

➸ Golf three scenic and challenging courses along the lake. ➸ Rent skis or snowshoes and enjoy miles and miles of snowy trails in the surrounding forest. ➸ Fish for trophy trout at Butt Valley Reservoir. More Info: 800-350-4838

Located on the Shores of Big Cove

414 Peninsula Dr. Lake Almanor, Ca 96137 www.knottypine.net

Full Service

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(530) 596-3348

RESORT & MARINA

RV – FULL HOOK-UPS STORE • ICE • BAIT BOAT RENTALS DOCKAGE CABINS MARINA GAS • PROPANE LAUNCHING TRAILER STORAGE

SEASONAL – MONTHLY – WEEKLY – DAILY For reservations call:

530.596.3349

Visit our website at www.bigcoveresort.com

442 Peninsula Drive • Lake Almanor, CA 96137

Lakefront RV Sites with Boat Slip

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gateway to l ake al m an or Canyon Dam sits near the southwest edge of Lake Almanor, and is a gateway to the lake. The town is named for the dam that forms the lake, just north of town. From the dam, the North Fork Feather River begins its descent to the Feather River Canyon and Lake Oroville. It’s also the southern terminus of the 500mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, considered to be one of the top 20 scenic drives in the nation. This tiny town has a general store, a new hunting/fishing lodge, guide services, post office, camping, three RV parks, cabin rentals, a kayak/paddleboard rental company, two gift shops and a seasonal hot dog and hamburger 1/3 mile from Lake Almanor (south shore) stand, which claims to have • 3-way hook-ups • 5 pull throughs the "Best dogs and burgers in • All sites forested Plumas County." • Pets welcome • Laundry & hot showers Bear carving demonstrations • Backs Plumas National Forest are held twice a month - May 29689 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam, CA 95923 (530) 284-7405 (in season) through October - by "World (775) 849-0557 Fax (775) 849-2401 Famous" bear carver, Dan e-mail: forestpark@pyramid.net website: www.campingfriend.com/forestparkrvspaces/ Forschler. Jeff Titcomb

CANYON DAM AREA

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The best views are from the south side of the lake.

Canyon Dam Storage

FOREST PARK RV SPACES

Owner/Manager on Site - Fenced - Card Lock Gate 10x10, 10x20, 10x30 Units & Outdoor Storage Free Boat Launch - 1 Mile

P.O. Box 44, Canyon Dam, CA 95923 • 2961B 29618 Hwy. 89 (next to the Post Office)

530-284-7491 • 530-258-9504

INTRODUCING NEW BAIT AND TACKLE SHOP GUIDED TROPHY TROUT FISHING ADVENTURES Lake Almanor • Eagle Lake • Butt Lake

GUIDED DEER HUNTING Allen Shephard, Lake Almanor’s Premier Fishing & Hunting Guide LAKE

INCLUSIVE ADVENTURES

ALMANOR

Groups, Lodging, Guides

29615 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam, CA 95923

We offer Old-Fashioned Hospitality and Memorable Vacations Reunions • Special Events Comfortable New Guest Rooms Individual Lodging Always Available

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See our website for rates: quaillodgelakealmanor.com

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DOWNTOWN CANYON DAM AT LAKE ALMANOR am Stor D n o y n Founded 1915 e a C RV Park • Cabin Rentals and More! 29535 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam, CA • 530-284-7046 MIKE GIRVIN - OWNER • mikegirvin@frontiernet.net

Bear Country Gifts Carving Demonstrations Held Twice A Month ~ May thru Oct., By World Famous Bear Carver, Dan Forschler Featuring Northern California’s largest selection of Chain Saw Carved Bears and other unique wood carving sculptures.

Canyon Dam RV Park & Cabin Rentals OPEN YEAR ROUND Full Hook-up RV Spaces With Laundry & Shower $25 per night ~ $120 per week $240 per month (year round) 2 Bedroom Cabin Suites With Full Kitchen ~ Direct TV $79.99 per night (All rentals based on 2-person occupancy)

Canyon Dam Dogs & Burgers THE BEST DOGS & BURGERS IN PLUMAS COUNTY! Casper Dogs ~ Polish Dogs Bratwurst w/ Cheddar & Jalapeno Andouille Dogs (Cajun Sausage) ¼ lb & ½ lb Angus Sirloin Burgers Home Grown Tomatoes & Red Onions Award Winning Chili ~ Smoothies ~ Snow Cones

Dr. Del’s Fly Shop

Professional Fishing Guide Service

American Made Products! LOCATED IN THE CANYON DAM STORE Fishing Bait ~ Tackle ~ Supplies

By World Famous Fishing Guide: Roger Keeling (Simply The Best In Plumas & Lassen Counties!) Over 40 years experience At Lake Almanor, Eagle Lake & Antelope Lake.

Our Canyon Dam Neighbors... 29588 Hwy. 89 Canyon Dam, CA

(530) 284-6750

LAKE ALMANOR KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARD RENTALS “Come Paddle With The Eagles”

www.lakealmanorkayaks.com

WE DELIVER!

29529 Highway 89, Canyon Dam, CA 95923 - 530-284-7372

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70 Lodge Style Rooms • Suites w/Whirlpool Tubs JavaCoast Coffee Bar • Conference Rooms Indoor Pool & Spa • Casino Business Center • 24 Hour Sports Bar and Grill Gift Shop • Exercise Room

Mini Mart • Smoke Shop Beautiful mountain biking trails less than a mile away! Three cribbage tournaments a year...check our website! Become a member of the Diamond Mountain Players’ Club for a 10% discount in the restaurant, or 20% for seniors, from the already low prices! Our hotel will honor any valid offer from any casino hotel in the world! See hotel for details.

900 Skyline Dr. • Susanville

(530) 252-1100 diamondmountaincasino.com

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Richard McCutcheon

I N D I A N VA L L E Y A R E A

i n d i a n val l ey

One of the best spots in the county to take a scenic drive. The Indian Valley area, which includes the communities of Greenville, Taylorsville, Crescent Mills, Indian Falls and Genesee, is rich in beauty and history. Surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop, the valley is dotted with ranches, old barns and grazing cattle. The most alluring aspect of this verdant meadow is its serenity. Quiet roadways and beautiful vistas make Indian Valley one of the best spots in the county to take a scenic drive, especially during the spring and fall. The valley also is popular with hang gliders and bicyclists, and is the setting for a number of yearly bike rides and races. The Maidu Indians were the valley’s original inhabitants, and their influence on the region has provided a unique cultural background. Greenville, the largest community, offers a full range of business and service establishments. It also is home of the Gold Digger Days celebration held each July to commemorate the area’s vivid gold mining past. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of Greenville’s historic Main Street to learn more about the

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town’s origins. On the tour, visit the newly-opened Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum. Round Valley Reservoir, located three miles above Greenville, is a warm water fishery containing bass and bluegill, and it is a popular place to bring children because they’re sure to make a catch. Crescent Mills, a tiny community nestled against the valley’s western edge, was a mining boomtown between 1862 and 1882. Today it features a nine-hole golf course and a gift shop. Indian Falls, located off Highway 89 south of Crescent Mills, is worth taking the steep 100 yard trail to view. The trail also leads to a favorite local swimming hole on Indian Creek. The charming settlement of Taylorsville, on the way to popular Antelope Lake, has changed little since it was founded in 1852. Several period buildings and ranches remain and along with the Indian Valley Museum offer visitors a rare glimpse of yesteryear.

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ESTWOOD

Six miles from Lake Almanor at the base of Dyer Mountain Visit Westwood & Enjoy...

25th Annual PAUL BUNYAN MOUNTAIN & BLUES FESTIVAL

N Fall Festival Oct. 13th, 2012

— First Weekend in July —

N Christmas in the

JULY 6TH & 7TH Listen and dance to music all day!

Mountains

Dec. 1st, 2012

With kids’ activities and craft and food vendors. See our website for more information.

N Chowder Cook-Off

January 19th, 2013

Free dance Friday night till midnight.

westwoodareachamber.com For more information, call the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456.

Visit the Lassen County Visitors Center, Westwood Station and our Giant Redwood Statues year ‘round, located at 3rd & Ash Streets.

Photo by Pam Trebes

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passing through the picturesque village of Genesee with its unique country store and restaurant. Be sure to stop and take in sights around the Heart K Ranch with its historic red barn. This publicly-accessible property is five miles past the store, heading to Antelope. Small alpine lakes, over 100 resident bird species and good spots for fossil and rock hunting are among the other attractions of Indian Valley. Numerous camping facilities, a number of motels and restaurants, antique stores and other amenities are there to welcome visitors to this restful retreat. For more information, call the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at (530) 284-6633.

Indian Valley

Taylorsville is a favorite spot for visitors during the summer months. The town becomes a mecca for cowboys over the Fourth of July, when the Silver Buckle Rodeo comes to town. Also featured are a parade and arts and crafts fair. Taylorsville is home to a community campground and picnic site east of town, and a grange hall renowned for its unique spring-loaded dance floor. From there, it’s a spectacular scenic drive to the lake,

➸ Take your camera or your bicycle on a scenic drive around the valleys east of Greenville and north of Taylorsville.

The Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum in downtown Greenville has been restored by volunteers using its original 130-year old wood.

➸ Shop while taking in the Historic Walking Tour of downtown Greenville, its museum and antique stores.

➸ Picnic, fish, hike and mountain bike at Round Valley

BEST BETS

Lake.

➸ Take a fishing, fall foliage or wildflower viewing expedition to Antelope Lake, stopping at the historic Genesee Store.

➸ Hike to Indian Falls and cool off in Indian Creek. ➸ Take a day trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. More Info: (530) 284-6633.

Providing the highest level of care to Natives and Non-Natives in Plumas and surrounding counties. Greenville Rancheria accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, CMSP and as a courtesy Greenville Rancheria will bill most insurances.

Greenville Medical Clinic 530.284.6135 Family Medicine, Rheumatology and Behavioral Health for Natives

Greenville Dental Clinic New patients and Walk-ins Welcome Transportation available 410 Main Street, Greenville, CA

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Welcome to Beautiful Indian Valley Greenville Round Valley Lake

BICYCLE RIDES Century Rides Saturday, May 26th

GOLD DIGGER DAYS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Friday and Saturday July 20 & 21

STREET FAIRE PARADE • STREET DANCE Plumas County's Largest Sporting Event. Tournaments include Horseshoes, Softball.

Solar Cook-Off

INDIAN VALLEY MUSEUM MT. JURA GEM & MUSEUM SOCIETY

TAYLORSVILLE

July 4th 7-11am COWBOY BREAKFAST July 1st thru 4th GEM DEALERS & MUSEUM Call for Details: 284-1046 or 284-6406

22nd ANNUAL BLACKHAWK SOLAR COOK-OFF! Friday, July 13 6pm / Saturday, July 14 11am - Dusk Live Music • Awesome Crafts • Food for Sale • Camping Hot Showers Available - Located at Taylorsville Campground. For more information, call Blackhawk Solar at (530) 283-1396, Genesee Store at (530) 284-6351, or KQNY in Quincy at 283-0901

INDIAN VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

530.284.6633 Sterling Sage EP

Sterling Sage EP

A 116 year-old Saloon housing:

2ND Annual

BICYCLE RIDE

LACY J. DALTON CONCERT Friday, July 20

100 miles or 100 kilometers

Open June Thru October Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm GEMS & MINERALS NATIVE AMERICAN & HISTORICAL ITEMS

Leaf Peepers

Saturday Oct. 6th 100 Miles or 100K Taylorsville 62nd Annual

SILVER

BUCKLE

RODEO AND 4TH OF JULY PARADE

JACKPOT TEAM ROPING JUNE 29 - JULY 3

TAYLORSVILLE JR. RODEO JULY 28 Information: 284-1472 • 284-6532

VISIT US ONLINE: www.indianvalley.net or indianvalleychamber@frontiernet.net

FEATHER fr props RIVER PROPERTIES Feather River Properties EP

(530) 284-6171

www.featherriverproperties.com 117 Crescent St., (Hwy. 89) P.O. Box 702 • Greenville, CA 95947

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“A premier Gateway Community to Lake Almanor and Lassen Volcanic National Park” (530) 284-7915

1997 New Years Flood in Plumas County Available on DVD! 78 minutes long... Call 530-283-0150

The Hideaway MOTEL & LODGE

761 Hideaway Road, Greenville, CA

Mohawk Trading Co. Where you still get service! • Free RV disposal with fill up • Senior Discounts - Gas & Diesel • 24-Hr Pumps

284-7312 Hwy. 89, Greenville

We’d like you to stop by and see why we have become one of the most popular stores around, with a selection you must see to believe.

Sacred Space

Located in Beautiful Indian Valley

Energetic Healing Arts • • • •

Hwy 89; Crescent Mills

(530) 284-6016

Therapeutic Massage Yoga Tai Chi Meditation

530-616-0032

Nancy Presser, CMT, LMP, CYT 109 ANN ST., GREENVILLE

Annas Cafe

Gifts galore! Greeting Cards Balloons Assorted Sundries Jewelry - Including... Black Hills Gold

284-6618 Hwy 89 & Main St. Greenville

Monday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sundays 10 am - 4 pm

Classes & Private Instruction

Annas Cafe • • • • •

All of your favorite one-of-a-kind collectibles, plus Aromatique room fragrances, frames, Yankee candles, men’s collectables, wind chimes, baby gifts, bears, dolls, greeting cards, antiques, and a treasury of home and garden accessories.

Sacred Space SP Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Open 7 Days a Week 7 am to 7 pm

284-1998

300 Main Street at Highway 89 Greenville, Ca. 95947

Data Wells Group “Plumas County’s One-Stop Shop Contemporary Technology Support” For All of Your Computer Needs ~ MACs & PCs • Repair Maintenance & Support • Workshops & 1 on1 Tutoring Lupines • Tablets - iPads (Apps Consulting) Natural Foods • Social Media Marketing (QR Coders. SMS) SP • Creative Services (video~print~web)

(530) 375-7840 111 Crescent Street (Hwy 89), Greenville, CA juliankwells@datawells.com

YOUNG'S MARKET Fresh meat • Fresh produce Fishing supplies • Gifts Cold beer & wine • Fountain drinks Camping supplies • And much more Located in the Taylorsville Mall

(530) 284-7024

Relax & Stay Awhile... Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of our cozy and comfortable 1 and 2 bedroom cabins with full kitchens. ~ Special Discounts for Weekly & Monthly Rates ~ Conveniently located in Indian Valley

700 Hwy. 89, Greenville • (530) 284-6671

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F E AT H E R R I V E R C A N Y O N

Maggie Hennessy

Tunnels, trains, powerhouses, waterfalls and wildflowers are just a few of the sights to see on the Feather River Canyon Highway as it celebrates it’s 75th anniversary in 2012.

a scenic canyon drive

• Nightly • Weekly • Monthly 303 Main St., Greenville, CA 95947

530-284-6154

Feather River Canyon

Rooms Available

and highway engineering between the steep, rugged canyon walls that drop down to the North Fork of the Feather River. The historic Pulga and Tobin bridges—highway and railroad bridges that cross over each other—and three tunnels blasted through granite are among the most frequently photographed sites. Seven hydroelectric powerhouses make up the “Stairway of Power” along the river with excellent views of the process in action. Numerous hiking trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail) are accessed in the canyon, while the river provides opportunities for gold panning, camping and springtime rafting and kayaking. Recreational flow releases on the North Fork Feather River increase the opportunities for whitewater enthusiasts, on select weekends from May to October. There also are numerous fishing holes along the creeks that intersect the river. The small communities of Tobin, Belden, Caribou, Twain and Paxton offer lodging, camping, convenience stores ➸ Drive up to Cariand places to eat. Belden bou Powerhouse and draws visitors with a series of hike the North Fork music festivals and concerts fishing trail. staged on summer weekends. ➸ Float or raft the Feather River from Belden Beach to Chips Creek.

A full Service Resort & Lodge Feather River Canyon Belden Town, CA 95915

530-283-9662

SOAK OR SWIM, IT'S ALL ON THE FEATHER RIVER 29186 SCENIC HIGHWAY 70. Two and a half hours from Sacramento to the Beautiful Sierras For reservations, call 530 283-1589 or visit www.randrrvparkhotsprings.com

BEST BETS

The Feather River Canyon, located along Highway 70 between Oroville and Quincy, is one of the most popular scenic driving routes in the state. It’s a major portion of the Feather River National Scenic Byway which serves as the lowest elevation east-west passageway through the Sierra Nevada. Cascading waterfalls and wildflowers in the spring and brilliant colors in the fall highlight the canyon’s natural beauty. The area also showcases the marvels of power plant, railroad

➸ Nature tour -count up to 100 waterfalls, view fall colors or spring wildflowers. ➸ Photograph trains along the many bridges and tunnels. More Info: (530 283-0188

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QUINCY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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variety of restaurants are ready to accommodate visitors. Just west of Quincy is Feather River College, a two-year community college set on a hill overlooking the valley. “FRC” is well-known for its outdoor recreation, equine studies and natural resource curricula. A walking/bike trail connects the college with Gansner Park and Quincy’s bike path. Quincy also is home to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, (see page 88) located on the eastern side of town off Highway 70. For more information about Quincy and the Central Plumas area, call the Quincy Chamber of Commerce at (530) 283-0188.

Quincy - American Valley

is nestled against the western slope of the Sierra Nevada range and tucked at the edge of the lush American Valley. The largest community in Plumas County, it is located midway between Oroville and Reno on the Feather River National Scenic Byway (State Route 70). Quincy’s Main Street is known for its attractive downtown historic buildings that have been the focus of preservation and restoration. Many of these are featured on a self-guided walking tour that begins at the Plumas County Museum, located behind the county courthouse. The four-story courthouse building on Main Street is the county’s most dominant and impressive structure. Built in 1921, it features huge marble posts and staircases. Outside, expansive grassy areas with benches and sitting areas are a favorite location for resting and is the site of the town’s tree lighting during the Quincy Main Street Sparkle the first Friday in December. This enchanting town features murals and a strong commitment to the arts, with numerous films, musical and dramatic events being staged at the historic Town Hall Theatre and the newly-opened West End Theatre, both on Main Street. Plumas Arts is headquartered in Quincy, in one of several Main Street galleries that feature changing displays of work by regional artists. The galleries host a series of Friday night “Art Walks” throughout the year. During October, Quincy’s domestic tree-lined streets and surrounding native deciduous forest produce an impressive array of fall foliage, making it a popular hub for “leaf peepers” who come to witness the county’s fall color show. Quincy offers an abundance of services and shopping opportunities, including food, clothing, home furnishings, gift and thrift stores. Numerous motels, cottages, bed and breakfast inns and a

BEST BETS

Quincy, the Plumas County seat,

➸ Take in history at the Plumas County Museum and the self-guided Historic Walk. ➸ Shop historic downtown Quincy – galleries, shops, gift stores, theatres, restaurants and more! ➸ Take a drive up to Bucks Lake. ➸ Photograph the town’s celebrity trees during October’s brilliant fall color peak. ➸ Hike the Cascades trail along Spanish Creek north of Quincy. ➸ Spot unique carnivorous plants in the nearby Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. ➸ Browse produce, enjoy live bands at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday summer evenings. More Info: (530) 283-0188

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dâ|Çvç Snuggled on the edge of American Valley, Quincy is a place to shop, play, dine or just relax. Visitors are always Welcome!

Volunteers

BARGAIN BOUTIQUE fine thrift & gifts

541 MAIN ST. IN QUINCY

Since 1962

AN AWESOME COUPON!

In the Lobby of The West End Theater

405 W. Main St., Quincy

VISITOR INFORMATION HERE

“A Unique Shop in Quincy”

530.283.0902

or

$1.00 off Medium

(530) 283-0930

Take home a saddlebag full of memories to last a lifetime!

www.greenhornranch.com

SIZE PIZZA 490 W. Main, Quincy,

283-4545

(530) 283-BOOK (2665) Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm

www.283book.com

The Cottages at Ada’s Place A lovely garden-level alternative to traditional hotels, motels and B&B’s.

• Unique Gifts • Bedding • Custom Furniture

530-283-1378

EPILOG BOOKS

373 W. Main St., Quincy info@283book.com

WE DELIVER!

HOME FURNISHINGS

Norm & Jeanne Brovelli

283-4345

• Local Music • Arts & Crafts • Unique Gifts • Regional Books • Post Cards • Comics • Children’s Books • Camille Beckman Products • Internet Access

$3.00 off Ex Large, $2.00 off Large,

Family Vacations • Weddings Reunions & Parties Corporate / Business Retreats Special Events • Kids Camps

PL

Cafe

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Alley Cat

Celebrating Our 50th Year

www.adasplace.com 530-283-1954

230 Main St., Quincy

www.lacasabellaonline.net

Valerie & Michael Nellor 562 Jackson Street Quincy, California

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CAREY

CANDY Co. - a sweet temptation of yummy chocolates and great gifts!

FITNESS CENTER

Single, five & ten day passes Exercise Classes • Free Weights Sauna • Jacuzzi Racquetball Courts Mon - Thurs 5 am - 9 pm, Fri 5 am - 7 pm Weekends 8 am - Noon

336 Crescent St., Quincy

530-283-9401

The Toy Store / Little People A very special children’s store with a unique selection of toys, gifts and clothing. Serving Quincy since 1978 383 Main St., Quincy

Browse our spacious store... View our on-site kitchen.

530-283-0404 Mon-Sat 9:30 - 5:30

Home of the Famous Mouth-Watering

plumas knot 269 Main Street in Quincy, CA

530-283-3528 A cooperative since 1978

Featuring natural, organic foods, quality supplements and herbs, fair-trade products and unique handmade crafts & gifts from local artists. Monday-Saturday 7:00am - 8:00pm Sunday 9:00am - 7:00pm

WE SHIP TOO! NOSTALGIC CANDIES JELLY BELLY BEANS CHOCOLATES SOURS GIFTS

SOAPS CANDLES JEWELRY CUSTOM ORDERS AND MORE!

91 Bradley St. | Quincy, CA 95971 530-283-4735 | facebook/careycandy

THURSDAY EVENINGS At the corner of Main & Church Streets -XQH6HSW‡SPWRGXVN

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Wireless Internet DirecTV/HBO Solar Heated Pool In-Room Coffee 2370 E. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971

530-283-1000 For Reservations: 1-800-999-7199

BILL & DEB MONTGOMERY Managing Owners

LariatLodge.com

• 24- Hour Office • Jacuzzi Spa Rooms • Free HBO and Cable • Microwave and Refrigerator • Continental Breakfast • Handicapped Rooms • DVD Players & Movies Available • In-Room Coffee

(530) 283-3686 Reservations: 1-800-804-6541 200 Crescent Street / Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971

www.GoldPanLodge.net

PIONEER RV PARK one of northern california’s highest rated parks

45x90 Level Pull-Thrus • Big Rig Sites • Pull-thru Sites • 62 Full Hookups • Paved Sites

• 30/50 Amps • SATV • Clean Restrooms & Laundry • Paved Interior Roads • WiFi • LP Gas & RV Supplies • Rec Hall - Clubs Welcome TL Rating 9/10/9

ADJACENT TO: Public Swimming Pool • Playground • Skatepark NEARBY: Golf • Fishing • Lakes • Streams • Hiking • Skiing • Dining • Groceries NO RAILROAD OR HIGHWAY NOISE

www.pioneerrvpark.com • E-mail: pioneerrv@sbcglobal.net

Fairgrounds Rd. & Pioneer Rd. in Quincy

(530) 283-0769 • (888) 216-3266

PINEMOTEL HILL Q

IN

UINCY

"The Atmosphere You Came To The Mountains For"

Sleep by the Babbling Brook

www.PineHillMotel.com

Relax and Rejuvenate in Historic Quincy

• Cute Rooms in Scenic Setting • Some Kitchens (Equipped) • FREE High-Speed Wireless • Unique Decor in Each Room • Air-Conditioned Units • DIRECT TV - HBO • Close to College and Park • Commercial, Senior and Govt. Rates

* Clean, Comfortable Rooms in a Park-like Setting * Some Kitchenette, Garden, and Brookside Units * High-Speed Wireless Internet * Free Cable TV with HBO * DVD Lending Library * Small Pet Friendly 2020 East Main Street • Quincy, CA (on Hwy. 70) www.RanchitoMotel.com Phone: 530-283-2265 Email: RanchitoMotel@yahoo.com

CALL: (530) 283-1670 • 1-866-342-2891 42075 ST. HWY 70 - QUINCY (BETWEEN THE AIRPORT & COLLEGE)

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Quincy Drug Store We invite you and your family to stop by and visit one of the oldest operating drug stores in California.

493 W. Main, Quincy • 283-0480

Full Automotive Repair Service

Save 5% WITH THIS COUPON

We Sell Tires For Less!

200 E. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971

(530) 283-2211 Coupon Good thru April 2013

Come See Us! GARDEN DECOR BAR-B-QUE’S • GIFTS

Country Villa Health Services Established in 1969

Stoves • Spas • Accessories

Quincy ‡•

283-2929

Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation 50 East Central Avenue, Quincy, CA 95971-9718

Open Tues-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 10-4, Closed Sun & Mon 2019 E. Main St., Quincy

Denise Huggins, Administrator tel 530•283•2110 or 530•283•2274 deniseh@countryvillahealth.com

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ENERGY STAR AND SOLAR HOMES Have you been looking for a new home with exceptional value built to ENERGY STAR/SOLAR standards? Then visit us on Lee Road in Quincy. Sierra Park at Quincy has three distinctive homes to

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Come relax on our front porch. Indulge in our award winning country breakfast. Bob Janowski 542 Jackson St., Quincy, CA

530.283.0102

AYOOB’S

PROPERTIES There’s No Place Like Home... Especially A Home in Plumas County.

MAIN ST. STYLES PROVIDES HIGH-PERFORMANCE FASHION APPAREL THAT IS OUTDOOR INSPIRED FOR

CALIFORNIA’S LIFESTYLE.

Open the door to a new lifestyle.

P.O. BOX 1948 1695 East Main Quincy, CA 95971

(530)

Located at 515 W. Main St. in Downtown Quincy

Check our web pages at: townandcountryprops.com e-mail: townncountryprops@sbcglobal.net 283-3386

Employment Opportunities are Limitless!

 15 facilities in the Western United States  A renewable Energy Supplier

(530) 283-0940

RTHOUS U E CO

 Opportunities for Career Advancement  Competitive Pay  Full Benefits Package

CAFE

 A Drug & Tobacco Free Workplace

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is a third generation, family owned business that provides thousands of jobs in the wood products industry throughout the western United States. SPI is committed to its employees, and to the future, by managing its nearly two million acres of forest lands on a sustained yield basis. Equal Opportunity Employer

Sierra Pacific I N D U S T R I E S

For more information about SPI and to see current job openings, go to: www.spi-ind.com

Sierra Pacific Foundation provides scholarships to SPI’s dependent children, as well as contributes to youth & community activities

“We Do Food Justice” BREAKFAST AND LUNCH Daily Specials ~ Espresso & Latte’s Open daily: 7 am - 2 pm “Local Owners Working with Local People”

525 W. Main St., Quincy • 283-3344 Across the street from the Plumas County Courthouse Owners: Dutch, Kim and Kathleen Morrison

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Shannon Mallory

BUCKS LAKE

a mountain gem

Swimming and boating are two of the favorite ways to spend a summer afternoon at Bucks Lake. The centerpiece of recreation in Central Plumas County is

enjoyment at an elevation of 5,200 feet. With 17 miles of shore-

Bucks Lake, which is 17 miles southwest of Quincy, past the

line, sandy beaches and tall pines, Bucks Lake attracts fisher-

small community of Meadow Valley.

men, campers and water sports enthusiasts in the temperate

This beautiful, semi-isolated destination offers year-round

months.

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GREAT

NORTHERN HJOANN AIR CO. PRINCE GRACE-ANN MASON Full Service Salon • FACIALS • TANNING • MANICURES • PEDICURES • DERMALOGICA PRODUCTS JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES CLOTHING

530.283.3302

American Valley Animal Hospital

Full Service Animal Hospital • Science Diet Prescription Diets • Boarding • Flea and Tick Products

ONE FREE ADMISSION

WITH ONE PAID ADMISSION For Information or Tickets

530-283-2175

Gary Klement, DVM 77 Alta Ave. Quincy, CA 95971

458 Main St., Quincy, CA 95971

283-4500



                     

     

www.americanvalleyspeedway.com Track Start Times: Gates Open - 5pm Hot Laps - 6pm, Racing Starts - 7pm COUPON REQUIRED

Plumas District Hospital

Opportunity Awaits

Plumas District Hospital and the central Plumas County region provide the perfect mix of a rewarding career and a quality lifestyle. Full and Part-time positions available. Competitive salary and benefits package, including PTO, 403(b) and 457(b).

1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971

Call our Human Resources Department at:

530.283.7169 or 530.283.7120 OR APPLY ONLINE AT: WWW.PDH.ORG

1998

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C´est La Maison ~ “It’s Home” THE CHOICES ARE TRADITIONAL... THE RESULTS ARE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT

Patio/Garden Seating

There’s nothing like the comfort of home. When you are ready to relax and enjoy a fine meal... Let us take care of you while you enjoy a complete presentation of Chef Patrick LeCoq’s fine and classic country French home cooking.

To Go!! WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO TAKE US WITH YOU!! ~ SANDWICHES, SOUPS, SALADS AND MORE (KEEP YOUR SANDWICH STICKERS) – BUY 4, 5TH IS FREE. FIVE STICKERS AND ENJOY A FREE LUNCH!

COOKING CLASS: Enjoy an afternoon of Culinary Instruction with your host Chef Patrick LeCoq! CREPES SWEET with Butter, Sugar or Honey - $4.95 Delicious with Specialty Jams & Preserves SAVORY - Crepe of the Day - $5.95 Breakfast Crepes, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Our Daily Special

MON - FRI 7AM - 11AM

TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST 2 Eggs, Choice of Bacon, Sausage or Ham Served with Café Le Coq’s Country Potatoes & Toast .................................................................$6.95

CROQUE MADAME

Baked Ham & Swiss on Delicately Grilled Toast Topped with 2 Eggs and Bechamel Sauce ...............................................................................$7.95

CROQUE MONSEUR Baked Ham and Swiss on Delicately Grilled Toast and Bechamel Sauce ....$6.95

PATRICK’S SAUSAGE BOWL

Homemade Sausage, Cream Gravy and Potatoes with Eggs on Top ..$6.95

OMELETTE OF THE DAY

Beautifully folded Omelette of the Day – Served with Potatoes & Toast .......$6.95

QUICHE

Daily Presentation with choice of fruit or green salad ......................$4.95 NEW YORK BAGELS! anyway ya wannum’ .................... $3.95 TO $6.95 • Toasted with Butter or Cream Cheese • Peanut Butter and Jelly • Maybe a BREAKFAST BAGEL - Eggs, Cheese and Choice of Meat.

HOMEMADE SPECIALTY TREATS BAKED FRESH DAILY

Beverages for your Enjoyment COFFEE, TEA, HOT CHOCOLATE, JUICE... even MIMOSA

Lunch Menu LUNCH SERVED Monday thru Friday 11am - 2pm

$11.95 per person PRESENTATION INCLUDES: Appetizer, Soup, Entrée and Dessert HAND-MADE GOURMET FOODS A perfectly balanced meal with choices like... CHICKEN • DUCK • BEEF LAMB • PORK AND SAUSAGE

Cafe Le Coq Sandwiches Available To Go! Also find our Patés and more at Quincy Natural Foods.

Providing Catering Private Parties Gift Certificates

283-0114

189 Main St., Quincy, CA ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES OF 10 OR MORE 7 DAYS A WEEK.

cafelecoq.biz

Dinner Menu

Dinner Served Tuesday thru Saturday 5 pm - 8 pm 5 COURSE PRESENTATION Your Choice of the Freshest Selections. All selections prepared as you desire. Your All-Inclusive Presentation Includes Chef LeCoq’s Daily Specialties of Appetizer, Soup, Salad, Entrée and Dessert.

Cafe LeCoq Special of the Day • Filet Mignon • New York Steak • Large Prawns • Baby Back Pork Ribs • Fish of the Day • Boneless Roasted Duck • Fresh Seafood like Sea Bass, Halibut & Salmon

DESSERT Daily Selection - Ask your Host

BEVERAGES ALL Beverages - Sodas, Juice, Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, Ice Tea & Our Signature Brew ASK YOUR HOST FOR OUR BEER AND WINE LIST

WINE SELECTIONS We Feature Specialty Reserves from Fine Wineries around the World!

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...Bucks Lake from page 42 Trophy rainbow trout and salmon, waterskiing and jetskiing, swimming, boating, nine campgrounds and a marina are featured at the lake. Plenty of mountain biking opportunities also exist in the adjacent forest. Hiking trails abound in the Bucks Lake Wilderness, with access to the Pacific Crest Trail. Stunning red dogwood and golden aspen make the drive up to Bucks Lake a favorite during the fall foliage season. Bucks Lake in winter is a premier destination for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, with staging facilities and 100 miles of groomed trails. A popular snowmobile poker run is held at Bucks Lake each February. During the winter, Bucks Lake Road is plowed only to

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Bucks Summit, three miles from the lake, but the area remains open as a winter retreat. Two resorts, a motel and a bed and breakfast inn are open to accommodate visitors year-round. Winter snowcat shuttle service is offered. Call the Quincy Chamber of Commerce at (530) 283-0188 for more information.

Private Land at

BUCKS LAKE, CALIFORNIA

Norton Meadows

THIS CABIN FOR SALE

(530) 283-2078 NEWLY COMPLETED SUBDIVISION LOTS ~ 1+ ACRE LOTS AVAILABLE

WE RENT FUN! PONTOON BOATS • WATERCRAFT KAYAKS • CANOES • SKI BOATS FISHING BOATS

Cabins all with lakeview, campground & docks

530-283-4243

DeWitt & Kimberly Henderson - Owners www.BucksLakeMarina.com

• • • • • • •

Meadow and Mountain Views Septic Hook-Ups Underground Power Underground Telephone Private Gated Community Quiet, Secluded Walk to the Lake Contact: DAVE NORTON

530.283.4577 Email: dave@buckslakeproperties.com

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BUCKS LAKESHORE RESORT

DISCOVER BUCKS LAKESHORE RESORT - Visit us and get away from it all…. Choose your vacation ...... relaxed and serene or active and fun or a little of both. Grab your kayak or rent one from Bucks Lake Marina, paddle around the 17 miles of shoreline, hike the many trails including the Pacific Crest Trail, watch the osprey and bald eagles dive for dinner and enjoy the amazing sunsets. Read a book, roast a marshmallow, and rejuvenate in the fresh mountain air. WATER SPORTS - Bring your ski boat, or rent one from Bucks Lake Marina, and carve the water in the early morning or late evening. Tube in the afternoon when the lake is a little choppy. Rent a personal watercraft and jump the waves. Fish for our large Mackinaw, the delicious Kokanee, Browns and Rainbow trout. SNOW PLAY - We have over 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, mountains for hill climbing and a winter time resort.

Visit us online at:

BucksLakeshoreResort.com K IM & D E W ITT H ENDERSON

(530) 283-2848

WiFi Available

Come Relax and Enjoy Our Amazing Lake Views

DINING - Enjoy lakefront dining on our outdoor patio; try one of our 18 beers on tap, a glass of wine or a fun mixed drink from our full bar, like our famous Tree Smacker! We have delicious homemade pizza, 1/2 pound grilled burgers, tri tip sandwiches, fish & chips, 3 types of yummy salads and more!!

Year-round Fun!

Grand Re-Opening C O M P L E T E LY R E BU I L T A N D N E W, while keeping the fun family atmosphere!

Bucks Lake Lodge

We welcome you, with year-round activities and fantastic food! Winter fun starts with snowmobiling, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing, (don’t miss the poker run, it’s a blast). Summer has everything you want from hiking, boating, jet skiing, fishing, hunting, camping, and much much more.

Fall is for reflection with Bird Watching and taking in the splendor of the Fall Colors.

16525 Bucks Lake Road Meadow Valley, CA

530-283-2262 BucksLakeLodge.com

The Lodge has cabin & hotel accommodations, general store, gift shop, and your favorite cocktails and spirits at our full bar. The atmosphere in the dining room is warm and romantic with an old-fashion Western Bar. Weekends have different types of entertainment, something for everyone (dancing, karaoke, live bands, and sing alongs).

Relax and savor the beautiful scenery while we offer you great homemade food and friendly mountains service! Enjoy yourself!

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GRAEAGLE AND LAKES BASIN AREA

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Graeagle, a former lumber mill, features a quaint array of identical red buildings that house a wine tasting room, gift shops and services. Graeagle Land and Water

the little red village

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modern homes. It also features an interesting cemetery, a church that houses a museum, and a dinner house, its only commercial establishment. Eureka Bowl above Johnsville attracts history buffs as well as Nordic and downhill skiers. The site is near the oldest recorded ski racing area in the western hemisphere and hosts the annual Historic Longboard Ski Revival Series races organized by the Plumas Ski Club. South of Mohawk Valley, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area contains dozens of great fishing lakes, most of them accessible

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➸ Hike one of several scenic trails in the pristine Lakes Basin Recreation Area. ➸ Cool off and take a paddleboat ride on the Graeagle Mill Pond, and enjoy free live music on Wednesday summer evenings. ➸ Immerse yourself in the Gold Rush at Plumas-Eureka State Park. ➸ Browse the red-building shops in the

village of Graeagle and enjoy some wine tasting. ➸ Golf as many holes as you can – choose from six courses.

BEST BETS

Surrounded by mountain peaks and lush pine forest, the village of Graeagle and its nearby communities lie in the idyllic Mohawk Valley through which flows the Middle Fork Feather River. Six pristine golf courses have made the area a renowned golf vacation destination. Visitors also come to enjoy a variety of other outdoor pursuits, including hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and winter recreation. The area caters to visitors and second homeowners yearround with several fine dining and lodging establishments. It serves as the southern gateway to the county and is only an hour from nearby Truckee and Reno. Graeagle, a former lumber mill, features a quaint array of identical red buildings that house a wine tasting room, gift shops and services. The Graeagle Mill Pond is a popular swimming and picnicking site during the summer and is the staging area for the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display. The summertime “Music by the Pond” free concert series features performances by local bands every Wednesday evening. Arts and crafts fairs held during the summer in Graeagle Park also bring lots of visitors to the town. Other popular yearly events include a Celtic Festival, an antique fair, a kid’s fishing derby, a food/wine tasting, and various entertainment staged at the Corner Barn at the junction of Hwys. 89 & 70. Neighboring Blairsden offers a small retail center and includes the nearby Plumas Eureka Estates residential area. It’s also home to the historic Feather River Inn, a European style chalet built in 1914, which is a full-service resort, conference and retreat facility, currently undergoing renovation. At the base of Eureka Peak, five miles west, is the historic town of Johnsville in the heart of Plumas-Eureka State Park. Johnsville was an early mining town which today contains a few picturesque, unrestored gold rush era structures alongside

➸ Take your snowmobile on a ride from Gold Lake to Bassett’s Station. ➸ Go out to eat at one of the many fine dining options in the area.

More Info: (530) 836-6811

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“Moving Forward With a Vision of Excellence”

530-836-2020 Blairsden 530-832-1919 Portola “Your Local Market Expert & Leader with Worldwide Access”

Visit www.MohawkValleyAssociates.com to see photos of our listings, take a scenic tour & meet our Realtor team SERVING Graeagle, Clio, Blairsden, Plumas Pines, Whitehawk, Portola, Gold Mountain, Grizzly Ranch, Sierra Valley, Loyalton, Calpine, Cromberg & Quincy.

We offer you over 150 years of combined real estate sales experience.

Residential • Commercial Acreage • Ranches Lots • Townhomes Golf Course Properties Property Management Notary Services 1031 Tax Exchanges Short Sales & Bank-Owned Properties

Scenic Photos © Jeannette Sasser, Broker/Owner CRS, GRI

DRE Lic. 00921075

330 Bonta St. In Blairsden (Next to the Village Baker)

Call, e-mail or visit one of our Real Estate Professionals to receive a free market analysis of your home or propetry.

MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE

REALTOR

®

Email: Sold@MohawkValleyAssociates.com

24 W. Sierra In Portola (Next to Subway & Leonards Mkt.)

For Your Real Estate Needs...

Serving Plumas & Sierra Counties

Exceptional Real Estate and Property Management Services... Committed to you for all your real estate needs!

Tour all Plumas County listings at www.carolyeater.com

CAROL YEATER BROKER, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE

530-836-4526 530-592-9606 cey9606@gmail.com

www.CalSierraRealEstate.com Offices in Blairsden - Graeagle and Portola

GRAEAGLE • PORTOLA • GOLD MOUNTAIN & SURROUNDING AREAS

Patty Veith

Broker Associate Cell: 530-913-2967 Office: 836-2020 ex. 40 pattyveith@gmail.com

WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION CONSTRUCTION WWW.MATT W..M MAT T WILLB WILLBUILD.COM UILD .C OM

(530) 3 836-1498 30) PP.O. ..O O. Box Box 161, Clio, Clioo, CA CA 96106

woollynotions@psln.com

CSLL #444262 NSL #39594

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Red House Art Gallery & Gifts

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Distinctive Jewelry Original Artwork American-Made Gifts

FUN FASHIONS

Featuring Brighton Jewelry

836-0322

On the park in Graeagle #126 Highway 89

530-836-0104

Corner of Hwy. 89 and A14 in the old school Graeagle

www.redhouseart.net

GOLF COURSE

PRO SHOP TEE TIMES

530.836.2323 PlayGraeagle.com

B ONTA S TREET B ISTRO Benedicts ~ Scrambles ~ Traditional Breakfasts Panini on Freshly Baked Focaccia Salads ~ Sandwiches ~ House Made Soups Freshly Baked Cinnamon Rolls and other Treats

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Beer & Wine • Indoor and Outdoor Seating

836-1497

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Realtors

Full Service Florist 315 Bonta St. Blairsden

530-836-4226

www.crazyblooms.com

DOWNTOWN GRAEAGLE

530.836.1234

190 Bonta St. Blairsden

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GRAEAGLE ASSOCIATES

WWW.PLAYGRAEAGLE.COM

The Gift of a Lifetime

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Full Service Resort and Conference Center

LODGE

™Private Luxurious Villa ™Rustic Cabins ™Gracious Service ™Complimentary Breakfast ™Wireless Internet ™Flat Screen TV’s ™Pool and Hot Tub ™9-Hole Executive Golf Course

the grille

Hwy. 70 between Graeagle and Portola

800-510-VIEW • 530-832-5528 www.chaletviewlodge.com

CHEF’S EXQUISITE SEASONAL CUISINE AND FULL BAR Seasonal Dinner - Patio Dining.

™Trout Pond ™Mountain Bike Pump Track

Wood Fired Pizza

Starbucks® Coffee Store All your favorite espresso drinks, blended beverages and fresh baked pastries EAT IN OR TO GO.

GRAEAGLE OUTPOST SANDWICHES • SALADS HOMEMADE SOUPS • DESSERTS GOURMET COFFEE • TEAS ESPRESSO • CAPPUCCINO CANDIES • PASTRIES Tim and Cathy Kurdupski, Owners DINE IN - TAKE OUT 115 Hwy. 89, Graeagle 10-5, 7 Days a Week, (closed March) millwork@jps.net

530-836-2828

• SPECIALTY COFFEES • BLENDED COFFEE DRINKS • HOT DOGS • NACHOS • CHILI • BOAT RENTALS

WHOLISTIC HEALING ARTS

STILL POINT MASSAGE Massage • Energy Work Reflexology • Guided Imagery

Live music on W ednesday summer evenings!

Susan Wilson

High Speed Internet

Call (530) 836-2726

(530) 836-2414 www.graeagleoutpost.com Next to the Mill Pond

Massage Professional Certified Reiki Master

For appointment & information Gift Certificates Available

8989 Hwy 89, Suite 2, Blairsden, CA

The Lodge and Restaurant at

Whitehawk Ranch Play and Stay GOLF PACKAGES

530-836-4985 985 Whitehawk Dr., Clio, CA 96106

lodgeatwhitehawk.com

• 14 modern cabins with views • Hot breakfast included • Wireless Internet, TV, DVD • Pool, jacuzzi and tennis • Weddings, family reunions and retreats • Golf Discounts • Restaurant and Bar • Outdoor dining • Pet friendly

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SARDINE LAKE RESORT

Cabins • Boat Rentals • Fishing • Hiking FINE DINING - DINNER COCKTAILS IN THE GAZEBO Closed Monday and Tuesday Reservations Requested

530-862-1196

Off Gold Lake Road - At the base of the Sierra Buttes

SCHNEIDER’S OLD TIME MERCHANTS

Old Sierra City Hotel

“Your Relaxing Gift Parlor Experience”

Featuring Christina & Her Hand Painted Glass Art Work Info & Hours: 530.836.2059 www.christinahandpainted.com

(530) 836-2059

grayeaglelodge.com • 800-635-8778

SEASONAL LODGING HOME COOKED MEALS FAMOUS BLOODY MARYS POOL TABLE

174 Little Bear Rd., Blairsden Located Off The Beaten Path... Just minutes from Graeagle

®

212 MAIN ST. SIERRA CITY, CA.

530-862-1300

Escape...Escape...Escape... ...to a Scenic Vacation Resort Surrounded by the Beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains

RIVER PINES RESORT & VACATION RENTALS and h t i Now W RIVER PINES REALTY High Speed t e Intern

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Local Friendly Family Service • www.riverpines.com

8296 Highway 89, Graeagle, CA 96103 • (530) 836-2552 or 1(800) 696-2551 Come Take Advantage of All that River Pines Has to Offer!

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Suzi Brakken

Briar Patch FUN GIFTS!

Jewelry • Handbags • Clothing Toys • Specialty Baby Greeting Cards • Books Lollia Handcream • Chocolates

Featuring:

Downtown Graeagle • 530-836-2588

MT. TOMBA INN DINNER HOUSE

Since 1937 Home of the “Martini Whisperer”

House Specialties Prawns • Prime Rib Flat Iron Steak

Bar opens when red truck is here • Dinner at 5 pm

DINNER INCLUDES: Soup, Salad & Dessert Your hosts: The Terry Family 60300 Mount Tomba Rd., Cromberg

(530) 836-2359

Reservations Recommended www.mttombainn.com

PORTOLA HWY 70

CALL FOR OPEN DAYS Will consider opening for groups of 15 or more on closed days.

MT TOMBA

HWY 89 GRAEAGLE LOCATED HALF-WAY BETWEEN QUINCY & PORTOLA ON HWY 70

QUINCY

TOURIST & BUSINESS INFORMATION

Come Enjoy Visiting or Relocating to Eastern Plumas County (530)

836-6811

Sample the finest signature dishes created by local chefs around the Graeagle area and sip varietals from Graeagle's new wine-tasting room at the Taste of Mohawk, held in June at the town park.

CORNER OF HWY. 70 & 89, BLAIRSDEN

easternplumaschamber.com

MUSIC AT THE MINE

&

2012 SUMMER SERIES

At the historic

K E N T U C KY A M PH IT H E AT E R & MUSEUM in Sierra City Show times and ticket purchase at www.kentuckymine.org

SIERRA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY P.O. Box 260 Sierra City, CA 96125

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530-862-1221 3901 PACKER LAKE RD., LAKES DISTRICT

CABINS

Big Springs Gardens

â&#x20AC;˘ Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner â&#x20AC;˘ Sunday Brunch - Full Bar â&#x20AC;˘ Public Invited â&#x20AC;˘ Boat Rental â&#x20AC;˘ Fishing â&#x20AC;˘ Swimming â&#x20AC;˘ Hiking

Garden Viewing - Hiking Trails Restaurant             

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Lunch served 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM order from menu with table service Friday Buffet BBQ Live Music Happy Hour at 5:00PM Dinner @ 6:00PM

          

Saturday Buffet Luncheon We go all out to make this one of the finest buffets you will ever enjoy Served at 12:00 Noon.

Located Within Plumas Pines Rec Center 126 Cottonwood Dr.

ss May to October www.graeagle.com/marketplace/spa

TWENTY MILE HOUSE Northern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier Eco-Estate Wedding Venue

Saturday Night Buffet Dinner Happy Hour and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres at 5:00 PM Dinner at 6:00 PM     

Sunday Buffet Brunch 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

           

      Big Springs Gardens is located on Hwy. 49 between Bassetts Station and Sierra City

Reservations Required for all Buffets

O RGANIC - L OCAL - S USTAINABLE Specializing in All-Inclusive Eco-Weddings Bed and Breakfast, Romantic Cabins

Cash or Check Only - No Credit Cards

Visit our Wedding Faire, Oct. 14, 2012

530-862-1333

(530) 836-0375

www.bigspringsgardens.com

www.TwentyMileHouse.com 700 OLD CROMBERG RD, CROMBERG CA

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Plumas County’s renowned golf getaway spot

World-Class Golf

Award-Winning Cuisine

First-Class Accommodations

Golf & Dinner Package $99 or Custom Play, Stay & Dine Packages Golf & Dinner $99 per person – Sun. – Fri. after 1:00 p.m. includes golf, cart, entrée, soup or salad and tax . . . beverage and tip not included.

Create Your Own Play, Stay & Dine Value Package – Let our professional staff help you create a custom package with golf, lodging and dining options that best suit your needs and budget.

www.plumaspinesgolf.com For Tee Times and Information:

530-836-1420 402 Poplar Valley Road • Graeagle, CA 96103

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by hiking and horse trails. Gold Lake, the largest, has a boat landing and nearby stables. A number of quaint lakeside lodges in the area offer rustic accommodations and dining. Formed by glaciers and filled with remnants of the gold rush, the Lakes Basin area offers pristine camping, hiking and mountain biking. The most prominent feature on the landscape is the Sierra Buttes, a series of jagged peaks reminiscent of the Swiss Alps, with a hiking trail to the top. The Gold Lake Highway through the Lakes Basin area is not plowed during the winter, making it a popular playground for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Resorts, vacation rentals, motels, bed and breakfast inns and campgrounds are among the choices for vacationers throughout the Graeagle area. The small community of Clio (to the south) offers nearby camping and lodging, and is near the residential and resort developments of Whitehawk Ranch, Valley Ranch Estates and Mohawk Meadows. East of Clio, on County Road A-15, is the resort/residential community of Gold Mountain. The Nakoma Golf Resort clubhouse at Gold Mountain is an original Frank Lloyd Wright design. The small community of Cromberg, to the west, also offers lodging, camping and a restaurant near the Middle Fork of the Feather River. For more information on the Graeagle area, contact the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, (530) 836-6811.

Neighbors Bar-B-Que

DINE IN or TAKE OUT BEER & WINE TO GO

“We’re Puttin’ Cromberg Back on the Map” Call for Reservations

530.836.1365 58421 Highway 70 Cromberg, CA 96103

www.NeighborsBarbeque.com

La Porte About an hour’s drive south of Quincy is the historic community of La Porte and the nearby Little Grass Valley

Reservoir. A former gold mining town, La Porte today attracts numerous visitors to its superior lakeside campsites, fishing holes, hiking trails and swimming areas. It’s also a favorite destination for motorcyclists, car clubs, winter sports enthusiasts, and family reunions and group retreats. History buffs and off-road adventurers also can take a self-guided auto tour of historic mining town sites along forest service roads surrounding La Porte. The area is well-known for its winter recreation and was the site of the nation’s first organized downhill ski racing

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on 12-foot “snowshoes” in the late 1800s. The La Porte area hosts miles of terrain for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing/snowshoeing as well as staging areas and warming huts. A snowmobile poker run is held each year in February. The community features the historic Union Hotel Sierra Retreat (open for groups), along with cabin rentals, a restaurant/tavern, a general store, deli, gas station, and small museum. A popular Fourth of July parade, one of the world’s smallest, is staged along La Porte’s oneblock downtown. La Porte is accessible from Quincy via the La Porte/Quincy Road (unplowed in winter) or year-round from Marysville via Highway 20 and County Road E-21.

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Frenchman Lake, northeast of Portola, is a great trout fishery and popular camping area.

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Portola - Sierra Valley

East of Portola is the Jim Beckwourth Museum, a log cabin trading post once owned by the famous pioneer James Beckwourth. Grizzly Ranch, a private golf course and residential community, is located east of Portola, along Grizzly Road leading to Lake Davis. Just to the south of Portola is the golf resort/residential community of Gold Mountain, where the Nakoma Golf Resort clubhouse is an original Frank Lloyd Wright design. Annual events like Railroad Days, Santa Train, sled-dog races and the Lake Davis Fishing Derby attract many visitors to Portola. A new Winter Snowfest over President’s Day Weekend features a snowmobile poker run and a variety of winter sports and unique snow competitions. A variety of restaurants and lodging options, shops and other amenities can be found both along Highway 70 and across the Feather River in old downtown. The city’s downtown park, which hosts a number of outdoor concerts and events, has a skateboard park, swimming pool, horseshoe pits, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, playground and picnic area. Farther east along Highway 70, the vast expanses of the Sierra Valley occupy a large portion of Eastern Plumas County and play a major role in the county’s cattle-producing industry. Here are situated the towns of Beckwourth, Vinton and Chilcoot, the latter being the gateway to Frenchman Lake, a great trout fishery and popular camping area. A bi-annual Cowboy Poetry show is held in Vinton in March and September. The headwaters of the Feather River are located in the Sierra Valley

and this wetland habitat has made it a prime location for bird-watching. Bird-watchers can commonly observe diverse types of waterfowl and raptors along the county roads south of Highway 70. Rock hounds also have much to explore in this area, where diverse geology is caused by the meeting of two mountain ranges (Sierra Nevada and Cascade) and the Great Basin to the east. Fossils, quartz and many astounding sculptures of natural volcanic rock, found in places like Little Last Chance Creek Canyon near Frenchman Lake, are evidence of the valley’s unique geological formations. For more information, call the Portola Visitors Center, (530) 832-0671 or the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce in Blairsden, (530) 836-6811.

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➸ Go canoeing or paddling on the headwaters of the Feather River.

➸ Spend a day museum-hopping at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, where you can drive your own locomotive, then visit the Williams House Museum and Beckwourth Cabin. ➸ Get close to nature by birding, fishing or wildlife watching at Lake Davis, the Sierra Valley and Frenchman Lake.

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➸ Take a stroll, jog or bike ride along Portola’s scenic Riverwalk.

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Lake Davis on a guided ATV or snowmobile tour.

➸ Get cooking and gardening tips at Sierra Valley’s Farmer’s Markets on summer Fridays. ➸ Check out amusing displays and unique merchandise at Wiggin’s Trading Post. More Info: (530) 836-6811 or 832-0671

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P L U M A S - E U R E K A S TAT E PA R K

a historic park

➸ Join in the fun at Gold Discovery Days. ➸ Take a docent-led historic walk on old mining roads.

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One of the largest remaining stamp mills in the American West is the Mohawk Stamp Mill, which once processed millions of dollars in gold. The campground and museum complex at Plumas-Eureka State Park will be open for the 2012 season. Perhaps the best kept secret within California State Parks, Plumas-Eureka State Park is steeped in history and is rich with recreation and natural resources. Located five miles west of Graeagle on Johnsville Road (County Road A-14), the 4,500-acre park is located at the foot of Eureka Peak (originally called Gold Mountain), which produced some $25 million in gold from hardrock mining during the 1800s. The park features un-matched landscapes, a myriad of hiking trails leading to four lakes, and a 67-site campground set along Jamison Creek underneath towering pines. Be sure to visit the park’s indoor-outdoor museum, which includes early gold mining equipment and relics, a complete blacksmith shop, a partially restored stamp mill, and a restored miner’s home. You can also peer inside the entrance to the Eureka Tunnel and see the old timbers. The park surrounds the historic former mining community of Johnsville. At an elevation of 4,720 to 7,447 feet, it has an abundance of plant and animal life. Interpretive events such as campfire programs, nature walks and history and mining tours are offered during the summer season. Supervised gold panning is offered. Park docents in period attire re-create a miner’s lifestyle during Gold Discovery Days. Blacksmith demonstrations, mining lore and home tours help take visitors back to the 1890s. A pancake breakfast is also part of the fun.

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In the wintertime, the park is transformed into a winter paradise. Visitors can drive the well-cleared roads to enjoy the various cross-country ski loops, including the 2.5-mile groomed Jamison Canyon Ski Trail that starts or ends at the museum. Or, follow the road until it ends at Eureka Bowl to access more backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and a popular sledding area. The historic Eureka Ski Bowl is near the site of the first recorded downhill ski races in North America. It no longer operates as a ski area, but stages the Historic Longboard Ski Revival Series races organized by the Plumas Ski Club in January, February and March. Ranger-led snowshoe nature hikes also are offered during the winter on weekends. The museum has limited hours during winter. Museum admission is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated. The park has consistently attracted an extremely loyal following among its long-time campers and it has a strongly committed volunteer corps. The Plumas Eureka State Park Association relies heavily on donations for funding. Park campground fees are $35 per site and are now available by reservation. Call 1-800-444-7275 or reserve online at www.reserveamerica.com. Reservations are recommended from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. For more information, call the park at (530) 836-2380 or visit the website at www.parks.ca.gov or www.plumas-eureka.org.

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development agency offers free information and assistance with business relocation and start-up.

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FA L L C O L O R S

a spectacular show

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fir and ponderosa pine.

Aspen groves are found in many locations in Plumas County. Plumas County has spectacular fall colors that dazzle year after year. Masses of burnished golds and sunlit yellows flecked with brilliant reds and rich magentas, set against the majestic greens of the mountains and the royal blue sky, qualify Plumas County as a must-see destination for nature lovers and camera buffs during late September, October and early November. The season is also a good time to take in the crisp mountain air, enjoy a more quiet pace, and join in the fun of harvest festivals and other events. Plan to be here this fall, and don’t forget your camera. Take one or more of the easy scenic drives described here, and be treated to some of the most dazzling fall foliage in California. The following self-guided tours are worth exploring. You also may want to obtain a free copy of the Plumas County Fall Color Guide, a map that outlines the best routes in the county, illustrates common species and explains why leaves change color. Pick one up at visitor information centers listed on page 10. The Feather River Canyon. Scenic Byway Highway 70, from north of Oroville to its intersection with Highway 395 northwest of Reno, offers one of California’s most glorious drives any time of year, but it is particularly stunning during the autumn season. Arrays of golden oak flanked by blazing dogwood and occasional quaking aspen ranging in color from chartreuse to flaxen yellow, all intermixed with evergreens, make the drive along the Feather River a breathtaking experience. As you head east, the oaks become sparser and the clusters of aspen and other deciduous trees stand out among the cedar,

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Lake Almanor Area. The lake, with Mt. Lassen looming in the background, is a scenic masterpiece year-round. Autumn brings miles of reddened dogwood on Highway 36, thickets of glowing birch and aspen along Juniper Lake Road and Warner Valley Road to Drakesbad. The meadow by the causeway east of Chester glows with hues of gold from late September through October. The Benner Creek area north of Chester is a good place to see the stunning dogwood. Another beautiful drive is along Highway 32, which parallels Deer Creek and offers many opportunities to pull off and enjoy the alders, oaks and other brilliant trees. Indian Creek/Indian Valley. One of the county’s most pastoral drives begins where Highway 70 intersects Highway 89, heading toward Greenville and Lake Almanor. The road follows Indian Creek. On one side are masses of golden oak, chokecherry and dogwood, and on the other, the crystalline waters of the stream are lined with amber willow and Indian rhubarb, which becomes flaming red. Nearing Taylorsville, the entire valley becomes visible at the base of Mt. Hough. Broad bands of oak and quaking aspen descend the ravines of the mountain, resembling giant saffron waterfalls. Near Greenville, the road to Round Valley Lake has large groves of dogwood and cottonwood that make it a worthy side trip. Quincy/Oroville Road. From Quincy, drive southwest for about 16 miles on Bucks Lake Road—also known as the Quincy/Oroville Road. If you take the Big Creek route to the top, you’ll be treated not only to some of the largest concentrations of dogwood in the county, but also to an incredible view of the valley below. Near the top there are several meadows with groves of aspen and creek willow. Coming north from Oroville, the road climbs from 200 to 5,100 feet, offering an incredible array of brilliant hardwoods, including big-leaf maples, set against the dark green backdrop of conifers. A popular, longer loop tour brings you up this road to Bucks Lake and Quincy and back down again the following day via the Feather River Canyon.

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Foliage Guide

When They Peak Check the “Awesome Autumn” blog at the website www.plumascounty.org for up-to-date reports on fall color and the best places to find it. We post “leaf peeper” reports as soon as fall colors appear, beginning around the last week in September. The reports continue as long as the color lasts, usually through mid-November, depending on weather and elevation. If you’re planning a trip around the fall colors, you may also call the visitor centers listed on page 10.

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Quincy/La Porte Road. Quincy is the county seat and the courthouse on Main Street is surrounded by a fortress of maples, sycamores and liquid ambers. Coming into town southeast on Highway 70, travelers will be treated to a montage of oak, maple and poplars sprinkled among the homes that rest against the backdrop of the western Sierra. Going east through Quincy, turn right on La Porte Road. Less than a mile south on the old Thompson Ranch stands an stately old English maple. The only one of its kind in the area, its leaves turn incredible shades of champagne pink and deep scarlet. The drive to the historical town of La Porte winds through canyons, crosses the Middle Fork of the Feather River and is a spectacular color excursion. Lakes Basin Recreation Area. South of Graeagle between Highways 89 and 49 is the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Over 9,000 acres of wilderness, lakes, streams and bountiful trees comprise this beautiful and rugged part of the county. Because of the high altitude, the quaking aspens are some of the first trees to turn in the fall and provide splashes of luminous color throughout the area. Portola/Sierra Valley. The drive up to Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake in the eastern section of the county takes you past stunning groves of quaking aspen and cottonwood that jump out against the dark green conifers. Spectacular foliage can also be seen along Rocky Point Road in Portola, which parallels the Middle Fork Feather River. Off-road color. Some of the county’s best color is hidden off the roadways. You can view some glorious autumn leaves on a hike, on horseback, A celebrity tree: The Theiler Tree in on a mountain bike, while Quincy is one of the favorites to watch hunting, or while fishing or during leaf-peeping season. boating.

Big Leaf Maple

Black Cottonwood

Indian Rhubarb

Quaking Aspen illustrations by Elizabeth Owen

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WILDFLOWERS

v i e w n a t u r e ’s b e a u t y Colorful shows of wildflowers can be seen along major Plumas County roads during the late spring and early summer. Conifer trees make up the most prominent part of the county’s landscape, but the forest also supports some 2,000 species of plants, most of which are flowering. Among the best places to spot color are: The Feather River National Scenic Byway (Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon) is especially showy from April through June with a constantly changing display of wildflower color. Early color may be seen in the yellows of the delicate waterfall buttercups and the reds of the redbud shrub. Later color may be seen in the yellow bush monkeyflower and in the blues of the shrubby silver lupine. June is particularly spectacular with the lavenders and magentas of special species of clarkia lining the highway. In the central part of Plumas County, May and June are the best wildflower months. Beautiful displays may be seen in Indian Valley, especially along Stampfli Lane across the center of the valley. The roads near Taylorsville and along both sides of the North Arm also are good for viewing. The road from Taylorsville through Genesee Valley and up to Antelope Lake is magnificent in the spring. Highway 89 along Lake Almanor has some colorful wildflowers, especially the area about midway between Canyon Dam and Highway 36 where there are wet meadows. The east shore of the lake along Highway 147 is pretty with the white color of bitterbrush and serviceberry. The appearance of the landscape east of Chester along Highway 36 changes in spring with the flowering shrubs. The yellow color of antelope bitterbrush and arrowleaf balsam root, and the white flowers of bittercherry are prominent. West of Chester, the common wildflowers are the yellow senecio and the California stickseed. Another hot spot is along the roadside of Highway 32 south of Chester, where riparian areas produce an abundance of wildflowers. Look for dogwood and purple-flowered deerbrush in early spring, and orange canyon delphinium and redbud during the summer months.

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Bucks Lake Road (Quincy-Oroville Highway) from Bucks Summit to Bucks Lake Lodge has beautiful flowers, especially in the wet areas around Whitehorse Campground. In June, the meadows in the eastern part of Plumas County, especially around Lake Davis and Red Clover Valley, put on a vivid display of purple camas and larkspur, yellow meadow buttercups, butterweed and others. If you’re willing to explore away from the roads, the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area north of Quincy is amass with color in June. The area has a large variety of species, including the unique and rare California pitcher-plant, a yellow plant which traps insects and digests them. A tour map and information sheet on the area is available. The Lakes Basin Recreation Area offers the area’s best show of wildflowers from June through August. The network of good trails in this area pass through colorful meadows and open ridges of wildflowers, all with great views of the craggy Sierra crest and the many lakes within the basin. There is also a book available to guide hikers, Wildflower Walking in the Lakes Basin, available at area bookstores.

Photos clockwise from top: Leopard Lily, Sedum and Lupine in the Feather River Canyon. Photos by: Mike Nellor, Kathy Kobashi and Maggie Hennessy.

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HIKING

There is no better way to enjoy the beauty of the area than by exploring it first-hand and on foot. Whether you take a leisurely stroll or a strenuous hike, you'll experience the magnificence of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges along an extensive system of trails. There are literally thousands of worthwhile excursions in Plumas County. The most accessible hiking areas are described below. Before you set out, pick up a free copy of the Plumas County Hiking Guide, which offers more details on the most popular hikes, including the trail length, difficulty and approximate hiking times. The guide is available at local visitor information centers. Two locally-authored guidebooks on area hiking trails also are available for sale. For other information on area hiking trails, contact the Plumas National Forest (530) 283-2050 or the Lassen National Forest (530) 258-2141. If you’re going on one of the more remote trails, it’s best to bring along a compass and a forest service map. Dogs are welcome (leash preferred) on all national forest trails. Within Plumas Eureka State Park, dogs are only allowed on the Grass Lake trail, and dogs are not allowed on trails in Lassen Volcanic National Park. About 80 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) stretch across Plumas County, with elevations ranging from 2,400 to 7,000 feet. This famous west coast trail, open to foot and horseback traffic only, encompasses a total of 2,650 miles, from Mexico to Canada. The Plumas County section can be accessed six miles west of Chester, at Belden in the Feather Tony Mindling

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River Canyon, at Bucks Summit on Bucks Lake Road, off Big Creek Road near Bucks Lake, along the Quincy/La Porte Road, and in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. The Almanor Basin offers a myriad of hiking opportunities, including the paved Lake Almanor Recreation Trail that follows the west shore of the lake. The Almanor area also is close to some magnificent hikes within Lassen Volcanic National Park and the nearby Caribou Wilderness Area. The Feather River Canyon affords hikers the opportunity to hike lower elevations near one of the most beautiful waterways in the state, as well as to marvel at many of man’s engineering feats. In the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area, one trail follows the lake while others take hikers to remote mountain lakes higher up. The Indian Valley area has self-guided nature walks, pleasant for families and seniors, including the Round Valley Lake Nature Walk near Greenville and the short hike to spectacular Indian Falls. Intermediate trails are located off the road to Antelope Lake, including a trail between Antelope and Taylor lakes. The Lakes Basin Recreation Area in the southeastern part of the county near Graeagle has 47 great trails, including a loop trail that leads past nine mountain lakes. Ambitious hikers can climb to the top of the Sierra Buttes, Mt. Elwell or Eureka Peak, while others may prefer a less strenuous stroll to Madora Lake, located within Plumas-Eureka State Park. Lake Davis Recreation Area north of Portola has a 5.1-mile hiking trail along the east shore of the lake that accesses the campgrounds, and work continues to expand the trail, with the ultimate goal being a loop around the entire lake.

Walk / Run Events June 23-24 - Relay For Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Feather River College Aug. 4 - Round Valley Lake Run & Walk . . . . . . . . .Round Valley Lake Aug. 25 - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer . . . . . .Lake Almanor Sept. 22 - Seymour Smith Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Taylorsville Sept. 29 - Lost Sierra 50k Endurance Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Graeagle Nov. 22 - Quincy Turkey Trot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Quincy

Whether you’re up for a leisurely stroll, or ready to tackle a high elevation hike, there’s miles of trails to explore on foot.

To join local trail making events, visit the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship at www.sierratrails.org.

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Charity Golf Events Quincy Elem. Plumas to Pacific .....Graeagle Meadows Quincy Rotary’s Clay Dyrr Memorial......Plumas Pines Horses Unlimited Golf .............................Plumas Pines Sierra Hospice Good Grief Golf .................Bailey Creek George Friedrichs Memorial Golf..Lake Almanor West CASA for Children...................................Grizzly Ranch Duffers for the Dogs HSAR Benefit ............Whitehawk

Kevin Mallory, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club

GOLF

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Plumas County’s golf courses are renowned for their lush, wooded settings and spectacular mountain backdrops. Three are located on the pristine shores of Lake Almanor, while the others lie in tranquil high mountain valleys. Golfers can usually get on the course of their choosing without much difficulty, but it’s best to make tee times in advance in summer months. Some of the golf courses offer packages, and most have condos,

vacation homes, motels or resorts nearby. Golfers can also choose from a variety of fine dining establishments, some of which are located right at the golf course. What makes Plumas County such a rare golf destination is the plethora of other recreation activities nearby. Fishing, boating, hiking, history, events and festivals abound. This combination of natural beauty, first-rate golf, reasonable rates and friendly communities makes Plumas County a must for any golfer.

For a listing of golf courses, see page 70

Lake Almanor Country Club Public Welcome! • • • • • •

Golf Shop Restaurant 9 Holes Par 35/36 Slope 122 Golf Specials

PGA Lessons Available

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Daily Lunch and Golf Specials Reasonable Rates/12 Play Tickets Tournaments/Groups Welcome Driving Range/Pro Shop Lessons/Club Fitting 9 Holes Par 36 Walk-ons Welcome

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Call for Tee Time

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Operated by: West Almanor Community Club

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Bailey Creek 433 Durkin Dr. Lake Almanor Peninsula (530) 259-GOLF www.baileycreek.com

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Lake Almanor Country Club 951 Clifford Dr. Lake Almanor Peninsula (530) 259-2868 www.lakealmanorcountryclub.org

▲ 9 35 ▲ ▲ ▲ Restaurant Nearby $23 for 9

Lake Almanor West Hwy, 89, west shore (530) 259-4555 www.lakealmanorwest.org

▲ 9 36 ▲ ▲ ▲ Restaurant Nearby $29 for 9

$29 for 9 $37 for 18 $37 for 18

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Mt. Huff Highway 89, Crescent Mills (530) 284-6204

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Open year-round, weather permitting Twilight, junior & senior discounts

Plumas Pines Golf Resort 402 Poplar Valley Rd., off GraeagleJohnsville Rd, Graeagle (530) 836-1420 www.plumaspinesgolf.com

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Feather River Inn Hwy. 70/89 one mile W of Blairsden (530) 836-1253 www.featherriverinn.com

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Graeagle Meadows Hwy. 89, Graeagle (530) 836-2323 www.playgraeagle.com Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club Hwy. 89, 6 miles S of Graeagle (530) 836-0394, (800) 332-4295 www.golfwhitehawk.com

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Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort ▲ 18 72 ▲ Cty. Road A-15, Clio, 7 miles E of Graeagle, 3 miles W of Portola (530) 832-5067 or (877) 4-NAKOMA or (877) 462-5662 www.nakomagolfresort.com Grizzly Ranch Golf Club Grizzly Road, E of Portola (530) 832-4200 www.grizzlyranch.com

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Golf Course Locator Map for Plumas County í˘ą Bailey Creek í˘˛ Lake Almanor Country Club í˘ł Lake Almanor West í˘´ Mt. Huff í˘ľ Plumas Pines Golf Resort í˘ś Feather River Inn í˘ˇ Feather River Park Resort í˘¸ Graeagle Meadows í˘š Whitehawk Ranch ě?&#x2026; The Dragon at Nakoma Golf Resort ě?&#x2C6; Grizzly Ranch Golf Club Map by Feather Publishing Co. Inc.

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Plumas County’s 1,000 miles of streams and more than 100 lakes of the Feather River watershed make for a wonderful, varied and famous fishery. No matter what type of angler you are, you’ll find plenty of awe-inspiring places to reel them in. Native rainbow trout are the predominant game fish, but brown trout and brook trout also have been established in many waterways. A special strain of rainbow, known as Eagle Lake trout, are found in many of the major lakes. Other game fish include Mackinaw (lake trout), kokanee and king salmon, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill and catfish. Fishing season: Lakes are open to fishing year-round. The stream season usually opens on the last Saturday of April and closes in the middle of November. Some streams, such as tributaries to Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake, are not open until the end of May and close at the end of September. Some waters like Yellow Creek have special barbless catchand-release provisions. Check the current Department of Fish and Game regulations pamphlet for specific dates and limits.

catch the big one!

LAKES All of the larger lakes and some of the smaller ones have boating facilities

ReesesFishHunt.com

(see chart next page). Most of the lakes are subject to strong afternoon winds, so use caution with small boats or float tubes. Most of Plumas County’s lakes have rainbow trout and may be fished with either bait, lures or flies. Deep trolling with lead core line or downriggers is usually an effective way to take large browns, rainbows, salmon and Mackinaws. A key to deep trolling success is to use very long leaders. Most types of bait, lures and fly-fishing work well from shore or from boats. Check with local sport shops to find out what is happening at the moment. Explore and experiment! Lake Almanor is the largest lake in Plumas County. Fishing is generally good year-round, but fall and winter (if it is not frozen over) can be outstanding. Pond smelt, a tiny, silvery bait fish, abound in Almanor, and also in Butt Valley Reservoir to the southwest. Small white jigs or iridescent pond smelt fly patterns can be very effective. Most years, from the end of June to the first part of July,

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there is a hatch of Hexagynia (a giant mayfly) which can put the larger fish into a feeding frenzy just before dark. A successful fish cage program is operated by the Almanor Fishing Association and California Department of Fish and Game. Fingerling rainbow trout are raised at Hamilton Branch and 50,000, each weighing about a pound, are released in May. A fish hatchery program that supplies fingerling trout to Lake Almanor waterways is also operated at Chester High School. Smallmouth bass fishing is another feature attraction at Almanor. The focus always seems to be on popular game fish; however, Lake Almanor also has a substantial carp population and the annual spring carp shoot is a famous event. A public boat launch that is open year-round is located at the southwestern end of the lake just north of the dam. Butt Valley Reservoir is noted for huge rainbows and browns of trophy trout status. Butt Valley is at its best with flies, jigs and small lures in the inlet when the powerhouse is running. Round Valley Lake near Greenville is a small lake with big bass. Ideal for serious bass anglers, this is a great place for children to fish from shore for bluegills, too. An annual bluegill derby is held here in June. Bucks Lake is a good all-around lake that is especially noted for trophy size (over 16 pound) Mackinaw trout, although the current lake record is over 30 pounds! Fall fly-fishing for rainbow, brown and brook trout is often spectacular in middle to late afternoon — look for hatches of a small, sooty-black caddis fly. Little Grass Valley Reservoir is good for rainbow and brown trout, and Antelope Lake is popular for trout, catfish, and bass fishing. Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake are excellent trophy rainbow waters. Fly-fishing from the west shorelines, either wading or using float tubes, is good both spring and fall. Damselfly nymphs or dry flies are usually a good bet. Trolling woollybuggers often works well. Both of these lakes are popular for ice fishing during the wintertime.

STREAMS AND FLY-FISHING Whether you’re a fly fisherman or prefer to use lures and bait, you’ll find plenty of good action and surprisingly large trout in some very small creeks.

Fishing Events May 19 - Junior Fishing Day . . . . . . . . . . .Graeagle Mill Pond June 2 - Free Kids Fishing Derby . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Taylorsville June 23 - Lake Davis Fishing Derby . . . . . . . . . . . .Lake Davis July 7 - Lake Almanor Trout & Salmon Derby .Lake Almanor July 7 - Free Fishing Day . . . . . . . . . . . .All of Plumas County Aug. 4 - Fish For A Wish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lake Almanor Sept. 8 - Free Fishing Day . . . . . . . . . . .All of Plumas County Feb. 2013 - Lake Davis Ice Fishing Tournament . .Lake Davis

The most common natural aquatic insects of the Feather River are several species of mayflies, caddis flies and stone flies. There are others, of course, as well as terrestrials (ants, grasshoppers). Exploring a stream, you may see trout rising to an active hatch of insects. Try to capture or at least get a good look at an insect for size and color. Mayfly and mosquito patterns, humpies and Adams and caddis patterns in appropriate sizes and body colors can be good choices. If nothing is hatching, nymphs worked along the bottom are probably your best bet. Small nymphs such as the birds nest or pheasant tail patterns work well. Larger Montana, stone fly and hellgrammite nymphs are often effective early in the year. Two-nymph rigs, one large and one small, are useful for searching. It works best if you move the nymphs slowly, deep and on a fairly short line with a strike indicator near where your leader attaches to your floating fly-line.

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Fishing Guide Services North County Almanor Fishing Adventures ........................(530) 258-6732 Almanor Fishing Association (info only)........(530) 258-3790 Big Meadows Fishing Guide Service .............(530) 596-3072 Dick’s Guide Service .....................................(530) 256-3317 Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company..............(530) 258-3944 Mac's Lake Almanor Guide Service ..............(530) 596-3202 Quail Lodge ...............................................(530) 284-0861 Rick’s Guide Service .....................................(530) 284-6005 Roger’s Guide Service ...............................(530) 284-6429 The Sports Nut (info only) ............................(530) 258-3327

Central County Big Daddy’s Guide Service........................(530) 283-4103 Fish First Fly-Fishing Guide Service................(530) 343-8300 Fish Tales Guide Service................................(530) 559-7175 Reese’s Fish Hunt ......................................(530) 927-8925 Sportsmen’s Den (info only) .........................(530) 283-2733 Tightlines Guide Service...............................(530) 263-0990

East County Baiocchi's Troutfitters Guide Service .............(530) 836-1115 Brady’s Bare Bones Guide Service .................(530) 272-7137 Dillard Guided Fishing..................................(530) 832-6394 Dollard’s Sierra Market (info only) ................(530) 832-5251 Family Outings Guide Services......................(530) 249-4979 Forward Bound Fly Fishing/Hiking ................(530) 836-0206 J&J’s Grizzly Store (info only) ..................(530) 832-0270 Jay Clark Flyfishing.......................................(530) 414-1655 Mountain Hardware (info only) ..............(530) 836-2589 Reno Fly Shop .............................................(775) 224-5918 Sierra Anglers Guide Service ........................(530) 414-1374 Stillwater Flyfishing Guide Services...............(888) 867-2127 Wiggin’s Trading Post (info only) ............(530) 993-4683 Wildlife Charters..........................................(530) 249-1580

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...Fishing from Page 72 Ants and dark-bodied fly patterns like the renegade, Rio-Grande King, or Corkendale work pretty well in the middle of the day if nothing obvious is happening. Fish these either dry (floating on the surface) or let them sink just under the surface film. A good trick is to cast at an angle upstream and at the end of the downstream drift tuck the fly under water and swim it back upstream.

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The main parts of the

Fork has not been altered by

Feather River are the North

dam building and is a federally listed Wild and Scenic River from the outflow of Sierra Valley most of the way to Lake Oroville. The wild river section downstream from the QuincyLa Porte Road bridge is accessible by steep foot trails and provides excellent fishing for strong hikers. Fishing improves as the water level

Fork and Middle Fork.

The North Fork and Hamilton Branch flow into Lake Almanor. These and their smaller tributaries are good trout waters. A new fishing access area with restrooms and trails is now in place at Hamilton Branch. Downstream of Almanor, the first dam in PG&E’s “Stairway of Power,” the fishing depends on seasonal restocking. By contrast, the Middle

Fishing Locations

NORTH COUNTY AREA Lake Almanor Butt Valley Reservoir North Fork-Feather River Yellow Creek Hamilton Branch

TYPE OF FISH KS, R, B, SM, C R, B, C R, B R, B R, B, KS

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INDIAN VALLEY AREA Antelope Lake Taylor Lake Round Valley Reservoir Homer Lake Crystal Lake Indian-Wolf Creeks

R, B, LM, SM, C BR LM, BG, C R BR R

L • L L • L L S

CENTRAL COUNTY AREA Bucks Lake Little Grass Valley Reservoir Nelson Creek Spanish Creek South Fork-Feather River

R, B, BR, M, K R, B R R R

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EAST COUNTY AREA Middle Fork-Feather River Lake Davis Jamison Creek Frenchman Lake Little Last Chance Creek

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LAKES BASIN AREA Gold Lake Salmon Lake Sardine Lake

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Lake/Stream Boat Ramp Boat Rentals Marina Bait/Tackle Shop Camping Lodging Accessible

KS: King Salmon LM: Largemouth Bass M: Mackinaw R: Rainbow Trout SM: Smallmouth Bass

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recedes from spring runoff. Bring plenty of water for the hike back up the hill. Fall fishing, when there are fewer vacationers, is particularly good. Upstream, in the more easily reached scenic and recreation portion accessible from Highway 70 east of Quincy, the Middle Fork holds some nice, if sometimes angler-shy, rainbows and browns. Yellow Creek. This is a stream restoration success involving fishing groups, PG&E and the Department of Fish and Game. Barbless hooks and a restricted limit apply to Yellow Creek in Humbug Valley in order to keep it a trophy fishery. (Check Department of Fish and Game regulations for current rules.) The rugged Yellow Creek canyon that flows on to Belden is also an excellent trout stream. Do some exploring to discover what may turn out to be your own favorite spots. The U.S. Forest Service map of the Plumas National Forest is useful in searching for locations and road access to the many streams within the Feather River system. Solid blue lines on topo and forest service maps indicate perennial streams and nearly all of these are fishable. Difficult places to reach can be worth some rough roading or tough hiking, but there is also some fine fishing close to major highways and paved roads. ~ Harry Reeves, avid fisherman For more information, contact one of the fishing services listed on page 73.

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Plumas County offers a variety of challenges for hunters. Deer, bear and duck hunting are the most popular types of hunting. But hunters also can bag geese, quail, bandtailed pigeons, grouse, chukar and squirrels. The county ranks among the top five in the state for annual bear harvests. The Department of Fish and Game issues tags for California black bear by a quota system. The deer hunting spreads throughout the county in three main zones: D3, X6a-b and C4. Hunters must draw for a limited number of tags in the highly prized X zones. Both X zones are toward the eastern end of Plumas County and on into Lassen County. Bird and waterfowl hunters can have a field day as well in Plumas County. There is some tremendous mountain quail hunting, especially during the first week of opener. The season begins in fall and extends through January. Excellent duck and geese hunting is offered at the north end of Lake Almanor near Chester. Other good spots for ducks are Lake Davis, Frenchman Lake, Antelope Lake and Round Valley Reservoir. Sportsmen should check their Department of Fish and Game booklets for the boundaries of these zones and for season opening dates. Or visit DFG’s website: www.dfg.ca.gov. Visitors who might want to practice their marksmanship are invited to join local gun clubs that hold trap and target shooting events and junior trap shoots. These include the Quincy Sports Shooters Association (Gopher Hill Range), (530) 394-8390, www.quincyshooting.com; the Sierra Valley Gun Club (Beckwourth Range), 832-5959 and the Westwood Rifle and Pistol Club (Westwood-Lake Almanor Range), (530) 596-4116.

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take a refreshing dip Water sports abound in Plumas County within its more than 100 lakes and 1,000 miles of streams. Waterskiing, boating, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, jet skiing and swimming are among the more popular water sports available at the larger lakes, including Almanor, Bucks, Antelope, Little Grass, Gold and Frenchman. (Lake Davis does not allow jet skiing.) Boats and equipment may be rented from marinas on Bucks Lake and Lake Almanor. There also is jet ski rental out of Chilcoot with delivery to nearby lakes. (See box next page.) Swimming is also popular at some of the smaller lakes, including Butt Valley Reservoir, the Lakes Basin area and the Graeagle Mill Pond, which has an adjacent facility with non-motorized watercraft rentals.

There are many swimming holes to be found in the rivers and streams. There also are a number of public swimming pools located in the major communities.

RIVER RAFTING Experienced kayakers and rafters can find plenty of excitement on the world-class whitewater found along the Feather River in Plumas County. Beginner-level canoeing or float-tubing also is possible along the more gentle eastern stretches, or along some of its tributaries such as Indian Creek. The rafting season runs from approximately January to April or May, depending on the flow. (Recreational summer flow releases will be offered on the North Fork Feather; see next page.) By early July, flows are low enough that inner tubes and air mattresses are the usual mode of travel for short float trips on the upper stretches only.

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There are several lakes where you can swim or launch all types of watercraft. Public swimming pools are in most communities and at several lodges and resorts, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to beat a refreshing dip in the stream.

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Experienced whitewater enthusiasts can bring their own equipment. Tubes also are available for sale at area sporting goods stores and tire shops. The North Fork of the Feather River along Highway 70 from the intersection of Highway 89 (Greenville “Y”) to Twain or Virgilia is suitable for canoes or beginner kayakers, with moderate ratings of Class II and III. The stretch from Vir-

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gilia to Rich Bar is recommended for experts only. From Rich Bar to Belden is a popular Class III stretch of about five miles, with take out at the rest area or resort. Below Belden, there are intermediate and advanced runs that are accessible during the recreational summer flows. (See box this page) The Middle Fork of the Feather River at its upper stretches is gentler, with eas-

Special Summer Flows Whitewater enthusiasts take note! The North Fork of the Feather River will once again have recreational flow releases on the Rock Creek section below Belden along Highway 70 during the following weekends, July 28-29, August 25-26, and September 22-23, 2012. Flows will be 800 cfs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 700 cfs on Sundays till 1 p.m. The annual Feather Fest with races and party at Indian Jim Campground will be during the September 22-23 release. For more information, call Dave Steindorf at American Whitewater, (530) 343-1871 or go to the American Whitewater website www.americanwhitewater.org.

ier access. From Clio to the Mohawk Bridge near Blairsden is a slow Class I and II, suitable for beginner canoeing. During the spring runoff, Class II and III rafting and kayaking is recommended from Mohawk to Sloat, or from Sloat to the La Porte Road Bridge, with take out at the campground. The Wild and Scenic Zone of the Middle Fork past the La Porte Road Bridge is for teams of expert rafters and kayakers only. The renowned 32-mile, three-day trip to Milsap Bar is an extremely difficult wilder-

ness adventure that takes experts past deep canyon walls, numerous boulders and waterfalls. Experts regard this remote and scenic stretch as the most spectacular multi-day kayaking trip in California. No matter what level of river sport you’re planning, be sure to take caution by wearing a flotation device and helmet at all times. Remember the river can change from year to year, depending on winter floods. Watch for fallen trees and other obstacles, and always scout rapids when possible.

Watercraft Rentals Lake Almanor Knotty Pine Resort and Marina 430 Peninsula Dr. (530) 596-3348, direct line for boat rentals is (530) 596-4545 • www.knottypine.net Ski boats, run-abouts, pontoon boats, fishing boats, Sea-Doo jet ski/waverunners, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats Lake Almanor Kayak & Stand-up Paddleboard Rentals 29529 Hwy. 89 in Canyon Dam. (530) 284-7372 • www.lakealmanorkayaks.com Single and tandem kayaks; stand-up paddleboards Majors Outpost 3000 Almanor Drive West at Plumas Pines Resort (530) 259-2727 • www.majorsoutpost.com Sea Doo jet ski/waverunners, ski boats, pontoon boats, fishing boats

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Bucks Lake Marina, Bucks Lake. (530) 283-4243 • www.buckslakemarina.com Ski, fishing and pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, Polaris waverunners

Eastern Plumas Graeagle Outpost, Hwy. 89 next to the Graeagle Mill Pond (530) 836-2414 • www.graeagleoutpost.com Paddleboats, stand-up paddle boats, kayaks, canoes High Sierra Adventure Rentals, Chilcoot. (800) 596-8840 • www.highsierraadventurerentals.com/ Yamaha jet skis for Frenchman Lake or any other nearby lake

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Snowmobile Tours S N O W P L AY

Eastern Plumas County

Suzi Brakken

Snowmobile tours are offered by Explore! Sierra Touring Company (530) 832-5450. Winter ATV tours and Snow Tracks rentals are offered by High Sierra ATV Tours, (800) 596-8840.

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a favorite for snowmobilers who prefer to explore the remote backcountry off-trail.

snowmobiling

Plumas County is a haven for snowmobilers! It’s no wonder that the county has one of the largest number of registered snowmobiles in the state. Visitors as well as locals enjoy hundreds of miles of groomed trails throughout the forest, plus plenty of warming huts and maintained staging areas. Year-round resorts, shops and restaurants cater to wintertime guests, making Plumas County an ideal destination for a snowmobiling trip. If you don’t own a snowmobile, but want to try out the sport, there are guided snowmobile tours available in the Graeagle/Portola area. For a list of suggested trails, maps and rental information, contact the local visitor centers on page 10, or the Plumas National Forest (530) 283-2050 or the Lassen National Forest (530) 258-2141. Bucks Lake is located 17 miles southwest of Quincy on Bucks Lake Road (Quincy-Oroville Road). Bucks Lake has long been considered one of the finest snowmobile destinations in the West. Up to 100 miles of groomed snowmobile routes are maintained during winter, and there are hundreds of ungroomed routes marked for snowmobiling throughout the forest. Snowmobiling is not allowed, however, in the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area. Two staging areas are in the vicinity— Bucks Summit and Big Creek—and there is year-round lodging. Travel into the resorts is via snowmobile, snowcat or cross-country skiing, as the Bucks Lake Road is not usually plowed past the summit. Historic La Porte also is renowned for its excellent snowmobiling opportunities, with more than 80 miles of marked, groomed trails, a staging area with warming hut and restrooms, and four trailside warming huts. The Quincy/La Porte Road is not plowed from Quincy in the winter. Access is from the southern route from Marysville or Oroville, via Highway 20 and County Road E-21.

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The Almanor Basin offers an abundance of scenic snowmobiling areas. Near Chester are five staging areas—ChesterLake Almanor Snowmobile Park, Swain Mountain, Morgan Summit, Jonesville and Fredonyer—which lead to many miles of both groomed and ungroomed trails. A lesser maintained trailhead begins at the boat launch just north of Canyon Dam and continues across to the west side of Highway 89. Another popular area off Highway 89 is Humboldt Road, which offers access to a trail leading to restaurants and lodges along Highway 36 west of Chester. Indian Valley offers stunning scenery on marked ungroomed routes. Popular rides include the unplowed road from Genesee to Antelope Lake, the Lights Creek trail north of Taylorsville, and Old Haun Road north of Greenville. Gold Lake Highway, which winds through the Lakes Basin Recreation Area south of Graeagle, has spectacular beauty and diverse terrain that has made it a primary snowmobiling destination for many years. The Gold Lake Staging Area is located five miles south of Highway 89 on Gold Lake Highway, which connects with Highway 49. From the staging area, the road is unplowed, groomed and marked. Snowmobilers can choose from many trails that branch off the road, including a groomed trail to Mills Peak Lookout, or continue south to the staging area at Bassett’s Station. Several ungroomed routes lead to the area’s remote lakes and meadows. Farther east, the trout fisheries of Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake near Portola become excellent locations for snowmobiling during the winter. Ungroomed trails run around both lakes, and there’s a parking area at Davis Lake off Grizzly Road. Several annual snowmobile poker runs take place during the winter months. They are held in Chester, Lake Davis, La Porte and at Bucks Lake. In July, Sled Wars is a Snowmobile Grass Drag event held at the Fairgrounds in Quincy.

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skiing & snowboarding first ski lift in America. With easy access and a large parking lot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a favorite area for sledders and cross-country skiers in the interim. The area, if reopened, features beginner to advanced runs for Alpine and telemark skiers and snowboarders. The annual Historic Longboard Revival Series races continue to be staged here on the third Sundays of January, February and March, depending on snow. These colorful races highlight pioneer longboard skiing and the birthplace of ski racing and ski clubs in America dating back to the 1850s. Spectators and new racers are welcome. The Eureka Bowl features a maximum vertical of 675 feet, rising from 5,500 feet base elevation to 6,175 feet. Eureka Peak has long been a destination for telemark ski descents. A rustic lodge up the hill from the parking lot features a cafĂŠ, a warm fire and rest rooms during operation and longboard events. From Highway 89 in Graeagle, take Johnsville Road (County Road A-14) about five miles, continue through the village of Johnsville a half mile until the road ends at the ski area parking lot.

History repeats itself at the crowd-pleasing Historic Longboard Ski Revival Races at Eureka Bowl, which replicate the contests begun by area gold miners in the 1860s.

Shannon Morrow

EUREKA BOWL Formerly known as Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl, this historic facility owned by the Plumas Ski Club is located in PlumasEureka State Park above Johnsville. Currently, the ski area is not operating, but an ongoing plan is underway for the installation of a new chairlift. Local historians believe ore buckets were used by pioneer miners on Eureka Peak in the 1870s, which would make this the

For more information about the races visit www.plumasskiclub.org or call (530) 283-3381 or the Plumas County Museum (530) 283-6320

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s n ow s h o e i n g & n o r d i c s k i i n g Wintertime in Plumas County is serene and beautiful, as snow covers the landscape and things relax. This tranquil season offers a terrific way to view natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landscapes while getting great exercise and having some inexpensive winter fun. Virtually the entire forest is open for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing, with options ranging from beginner-level flat, groomed track to challenging peaks and backcountry calling for more advanced telemarking skill. Before venturing off, especially in an unmarked area, make sure to check weather conditions, bring adequate clothing, gear, food and water, and let someone know (a park ranger, friend or relative) where you're headed. For a list of suggested trails and directions, contact the local visitor centers on page 10. For maps and more details on the areas listed below, call the Plumas National Forest (530) 2832050 or the Lassen National Forest (530) 258-2141.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is just 35 miles from Chester on Highway 36/89. Lassen Volcanic National Park boasts over 150 miles of marked and unmarked trails for nonmotorized winter sports. Ranger-led snowshoe walks are held Saturdays and Sundays during the winter. Contact Lassen Park (530) 5954480 for details. Forest also leads various snowshoe tours for the public as snow permits. Call (530) 258-2141 for a current schedule. An interpretive recreation trail on the west shore of Lake Almanor provides miles of great scenery and easy access. The Mc-

Steve Koenig

In the Chester-Lake Almanor Area, the Lassen National

Take in the majestic views and explore the snowy terrain on your own at Eureka Peak.

Gowan Ski Area, Colby Meadows, Childs Meadow, Warner Valley Road and the Caribou Wilderness all afford quiet excursions

and within the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area, including the trail

near Chester.

to Spanish Peak. Skiers share the remaining trails with snow-

In Indian Valley, several unplowed roads and trails offer ex-

mobilers.

cellent routes for snowshoers and skiers. A favorite is the road leading out to Antelope Lake, beginning just past Genesee.

Other areas near Quincy include Snake Lake and Argentine Ridge.

In the eastern portion of the county, beginner ski trails are of-

The La Porte Area also offers good winter sports terrain and

fered in Plumas-Eureka State Park, including the 2.5-mile

staging areas. During winter, La Porte is generally accessible

groomed Jamison Canyon Ski Trail that takes off from the park

only from the southern route (from Marysville/Oroville, via

museum parking lot. Other trails begin at the Eureka Bowl ski

Highway 20 and County Road E-21). Skiers and snowshoers can

area, and more advanced terrain suited for telemarking leads to

follow groomed snowmobile trails along Little Grass Valley

Eureka Peak. Ranger-led snowshoe nature hikes are held on

Reservoir and can find other shared trails at Lexington Hill.

weekends during the winter. The Lakes Basin Ski Trail takes off from the Gold Lake Staging Area south of Graeagle in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Open only to non-motorized users, the marked and groomed moderate trail continues 1.5 miles, paralleling Graeagle Creek. Intermediate and advanced unmarked routes are featured elsewhere in the Lakes Basin which is also a popular destination for snowmobilers. The Bucks Lake Area near Quincy is a popular winter sports staging area that offers skiers and snowshoers a marked loop trail as well as miles of backcountry groomed and ungroomed trails. Vehicles are excluded on the Bucks Summit Loop Trail,

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Equipment Rentals Cross-country ski equipment may be rented at the following locations: In the Chester area, Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports, 149 Main St., (530) 2582338; and Childs Meadow Resort, (530) 595-3383. In Eastern Plumas, Mountain Hardware, Bonta St., Blairsden, (530) 836-2589. Snowshoes may be rented at Bodfish in Chester, and Mountain Hardware in Blairsden.

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No hibernating! There are so many ways to enjoy the winter in Plumas County outdoors, including sledding (bottom) and making upside down snow angels (right).

s l e dd i n g & o t h e r f u n WINTER DRIVING Bill Obernesser

Snow is made for playing! Take your kids sledding down a snowy hillside or treat your dog to a romp through some freshly fallen snow. Or, if the weather’s been cold, there are frozen ponds, lakes and creeks ideal for ice skating if you have your own skates. Check with local Forest Service offices for favorite spots and conditions. The town of Chester also has an outdoor ice-skating rink with skate rentals that is open during winter, weather-permitting. If you’re not into exercise, you can still experience winter’s beauty on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Sled dog racing and longboard ski races are popular spectator sports for visitors in winter. Each President’s Day weekend in February, snowmobile poker runs are held in Chester-Lake Almanor and in Portola at Lake Davis. The Eastern Plumas Winter Snowfest that weekend also includes a variety of fun snow competitions, rides and activities, including snowman building, snow bowling and snow golf. Bucks Lake also holds a poker run in early February. For a complete and more updated list of winter activities and events, contact local visitor centers listed on page 10 or visit www.plumascounty.org or www.plumasnews.com.

Plumas County roads are generally well-maintained and passable during the winter. Chain requirements are far less frequent than other mountain destinations due to the lower elevations. If it’s snowing, we advise traveling via the Feather River Canyon on State Route 70. This lower elevation route offers a safe alternative to travel to and from Plumas County even when Interstate 80 or other routes are closed. You’re less likely to ever need chains if you have four-wheel drive or snow tires. For all other vehicles, it’s a good idea to always

Carl Raymond Piesch

carry chains.. Check the weather forecast at (530) 221-5613 and call (800) 427-7623 for road conditions. Complete weather and road conditions can be found at www.plumasnews.com. Remember to drive more slowly during the winter, and allow plenty of time.

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sneak a peek Plumas County offers rewarding birdwatching opportunities for both the novice and experienced birder. The best birding in the county is during the spring and fall, but interesting species can be found any month of the year. Nearly 300 different bird species live in the surrounding national forest, which offers great habitat with its many lakes, meadows, marshes, streams and trees. The spots have easy access for those who wish to bird by vehicle as well as many developed hiking trails for more adventurous birders. Sierra Valley, east of Portola, is an Audubon Society nationally designated Important Bird Area. This 130,000-acre valley, the largest in the Sierra Nevada, is home to over 260 bird species alone. Although most of the land in the valley is privately owned, county roads such as Marble Hot Springs Road, between County Roads A23 and A24, will take you through the heart of the valley past wet meadows and remnant wetlands. In the fall and winter, Sierra Valley is well known for its large population of raptors. A drive through the valley can provide close-up views of bald eagles, golden eagles, redtailed hawks, rough-legged hawks, prairie falcons, kestrels and long-eared owls. Migrating flocks of waterfowl and songbirds are also a common sight during the fall. Spring birders can spot white faced ibis, sandhill cranes, American bitterns, black-crowned night herons, Canada geese and a variety of ducks and songbirds. Plumas-Eureka State Park near Graeagle is worth checking for a variety of alpine birds and willow flycatchers. Nesting osprey and bald eagle can be found at nearly all the county’s major reservoirs, including the largest, Lake Almanor. The causeway, east of Chester on Hwy. 36, is the best place to

see large numbers of waterfowl including tundra swan, doublecrested cormorants, great blue heron, and American white pelicans. Another good viewing spot is along the westshore, near the campgrounds and along the recreation trail, where birders can enjoy both shorebirds and forest-dwellers such as pileated and white-headed woodpeckers, flycatchers, mountain bluebirds, and white-breasted nuthatches. Other lakes to visit are Antelope Lake, Bucks Lake, Little Grass Valley Reservoir, Frenchman Lake and Lake Davis, which all provide a diversity of bird species and habitats. Snake Lake, a short drive from Quincy off of Bucks Lake Road, is a popular picnic spot and a good place to view wood ducks, American white pelicans, osprey, grebes and great blue heron. A walk along the forested edge of the lake can turn up a number of forest bird species: hairy woodpeckers, brown creepers, red-breasted nuthatches, warbling vireos and many others. Osprey and bald eagle, hunting for fish, may be seen on a drive through the Feather River Canyon along the North Fork Feather River. The reservoirs in the canyon are also home to migrating bufflehead, goldeneye, ruddy ducks, and nesting common mergansers. Plumas County's many rivers and streams also host populations of other riparian bird species: wood ducks, yellow warblers, lazuli buntings, American dippers, downey, Nuttall's and Lewis’ woodpeckers and others can be found during a pleasant stroll along the waterways. Photos clockwise from top left: Red Breasted Sapsucker, California bird-watchers and Great Blue Heron. Photos by Raymond Gipson, Suzi Brakken and Doug Blesse.

Free Bird List For a free Plumas County bird list produced by the Plumas Audubon Society, go to www.plumascounty.org, Outdoor Recreation, and click on Birding. If you are interested in joining the area’s Annual Christmas Bird Counts or for more local birding information, contact: Plumas Audubon Society, (530) 283-0455, or visit their website http://plumasaudubon.org/ or email david@plumasaudubon.org

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WILDLIFE

spot some wildlife With so much forest around, you are sure to spot some of Plumas County’s wild creatures. Viewing wildlife in their natural habitat is one of the area’s best (and free) attractions. Deer, bald eagles and waterfowl are among the most popular and easy species to observe, and you can often spot them along the roadsides right from your car.

by meadows and pines, offers

Each of the county’s lakes

nesting Canada geese, tundra

is home to at least one breed-

swans, pelicans, bald eagles

ing pair of bald eagles, while

and ospreys, with best view-

Lake Almanor hosts the

ing in spring and fall. Deer

largest population of winter-

and bats are also common.

The Antelope Lake-Indian Creek Wildlife Viewing Site, with its surrounding wet meadowlands, is an excellent place to see migratory waterfowl from April through November. Birds of prey and beaver can be seen yearround.

The Lake Davis Wildlife Viewing Site, also bordered

Mule and black-tailed deer

are easily seen are coyotes,

are easy to spot throughout

raccoons,

the county, but the big bucks

munks and skunks.

squirrels,

chip-

can be found at the Dixie

Far more reclusive and

Mountain, Smith Peak and Mount Hough State Game Refuges located in the east-

harder to spot is the county’s

ern and central parts of the

but trained observers can find

county.

their tracks.

population of black bears, bobcats and mountain lions,

Two locations in Plumas

Remember that the best

County are part of the Watch-

times to observe wildlife are

able Wildlife national net-

dawn or dusk.

sites,

Use a pair of binoculars to

identified by the brown road

extend your view, maintain a

sign with the white binocu-

safe distance, move quietly,

lars symbol.

and respect the wildlife.

of

viewing

Photos by Carl Raymond Piesch, Liz Odel, Barbara Steinberg and Richard McCutcheon.

Other forest creatures that

ing eagles and osprey.

work

Photos clockwise from top left: Baby Geese, California Black Bear, Chipmunk and Beaver.

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The beauty and solitude of nature is what Plumas County is all about. There is plenty of quiet, open space and fresh air. You won’t find it crowded with tourists. More than three-quarters of Plumas County’s 2,618 square miles is national forest land. The Plumas National Forest encompasses the majority of that, while the Lassen National Forest takes in part of the northern end of the county, and the Tahoe National Forest touches into the south and east. The Plumas National Forest occupies 1.2 million acres of scenic mountain lands in the northern edge The Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe National Forests have many spectacular waterfalls. of the Sierra Nevada, just mountain valleys and lofty peaks. south of the Cascade range. Known for its high alpine lakes There are hundreds of maintained campsites and numerand thousands of miles of clear-running streams, the forest ous picnic spots to choose from. sits at the top of the watershed that supplies water to many Recreational opportunities are available in every season. California citizens. Some 300 miles of trails are maintained throughout the forTrees within the forest are mostly grand conifers, which est, including the Pacific Crest Trail. reach high into the sky and are beautifully latticed with snow The forest and the sparsely populated rural communities during winter, and various hardwoods that turn brilliant colors that surround it provide a feeling of seclusion and tranquillity. in the fall. If you’re needing to rest, reflect and get away from it all, this is Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year-round to the nathe place. tional forest and its waterways, beautiful deep canyons, rich Bill Obernesser

Richard Scully

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Sport utility vehicle owners take note! Plumas County has plenty of well-maintained, unpaved forest service roads that lead to lakes, fishing spots, lookouts and picnic sites. The roads access some 1.2 million acres of public land that can keep intrepid explorers happy for days on end. The Plumas County Visitors Bureau has developed brochures featuring four popular backcountry road adventures, designed with SUVs in mind. If you’re looking for more rugged off-highway adventure, head for one of the 4x4 routes, staging areas or campgrounds developed specifically for off-highway vehicles. The Plumas National Forest visitor map is available for sale to help guide off-highway users. To avoid fines, stay on designated roads and trails. High Sierra ATV Tours, (800) 596-8840, and Explore! Sierra Touring Company (530) 832-5450, offer guided rides to scenic destinations in the Sierra Valley east of Portola. High Sierra also offers ATV and Snow Tracks rentals. Contact visitor centers to request maps, brochures or more information. Or contact the various forest service offices listed on page 10 of this guide.

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WILDERNESS AREAS

...did we mention the views?! Special wilderness areas of the forest are managed to protect and preserve their pristine natural values. These areas offer excellent hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in a primitive, completely undeveloped setting. In the Plumas National Forest, the 24,000-acre Bucks Lake Wilderness near Bucks Lake has a broad diversity of plant life, trees and landscape features. Ranging from 2,000 to 7,017 feet in elevation, Bucks Lake Wilderness includes gentle slopes, steep canyons and sheer cliffs. Most of it is rugged with human access difficult. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the wilderness, and Lassen Peak is visible on clear days, 40 miles to the north. The Caribou Wilderness area is located in the Lassen National Forest just north of the Almanor Basin. This is a gentle, rolling forested plateau dotted with mountain lakes, cratered peaks and cinder cones, evidence of Caribou’s volcanic past. Hiking here is generally easy. No permits are needed to visit these wilderness areas, but fire permits for primitive camping are required. Visitors to these areas are asked to tread lightly and leave nothing behind. Mechanical vehicles (including mountain bikes) are not allowed. Contact the Plumas and Lassen National Forest offices listed on page 10 of this guide for wilderness camping rules and to obtain maps.

Bucks Lake Wilderness can be seen in the distance with Thompson Lake in the foreground, and Bucks Lake in the middle.

STAR GAZING AND CLOUD WATCHING Brilliant star-filled skies are one of the first things visitors notice about Plumas County, with its lack of city glow. The county is located midway into the Northern latitude, and visitors can enjoy an amazing 360-degree view of the nighttime sky. The air in the remote Northern Sierra is also quite clear, making for better viewing overall. Plumas County’s varied microclimates and weather conditions also make for some dramatic cloud formations, attracting photographers and cloud spotters.

Start an old-fashioned family tradition and come to Plumas County to cut your own Christmas tree! Bring your saw, your vehicle and the kids, and set out for the woods to find the perfect tree. You can make a weekend of it, playing in the snow, shopping quaint town stores, eating out, and relaxing in a cozy cabin. You’ll find a variety of aromatic evergreens on designated sections of the Plumas and Lassen National Forests. Tree permits at $10 each are for sale at numerous businesses and by mail. The tree-cutting season generally begins November 1. For more information contact the Forest Service offices listed on page 10 of this guide. Turn a holiday tradition into an adventure by finding your perfect tree in the forest.

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While traveling in Plumas County, you’re welcome to stretch your legs, toss a ball, or pull over for a picnic at one of several community parks and Forest Service day use areas. Most parks have restrooms and playground facilities; some offer public swimming pools and skateboarding ramps. Chester Park, on Hwy. 36 along the Feather River, offers picnic tables, a playground, ball fields, basketball court and restrooms. An ice skating rink is adjacent to the park during winter. Greenville Community Park, off Hot Springs Road south of town, has a playground, restrooms, and ballfields. The town of Taylorsville has a swimming pool, and picnic spots at the campground. In Quincy, travelers can enjoy playgrounds, picnic tables and ball fields at Gansner Park, located north of town off Hwy. 70 behind the airport. Or, they’ll find a playground, a swimming pool, skateboard park, bocce ball courts and a group barbecue pavilion at Pioneer Park, on Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 70 east of downtown. Dame Shirley Plaza, just west of the Plumas County Courthouse on Main Street, has shaded picnic tables and a grassy play area within view of Quincy’s historic downtown. Lowell Bader Park in Meadow Valley is a nice stop on the way to Bucks Lake, about five miles west of Quincy. The rustic park offers a playground, picnic and barbecue area and basketball and tennis courts. The Graeagle Mill Pond off Hwy. 89 has picnic tables, along with paddleboat rentals and swimming, while the Graeagle Picnic Grounds, located in the housing area across from the gas station, has ball fields and a bandstand. Portola’s City Park is located a half mile south of Hwy. 70, across the Gulling Street Bridge. It features a swimming pool, playground, bandstand, skate park and tennis and volleyball courts.

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Greenville Community Park. Also in Portola, the accessible Riverside Picnic Area is located at the end of the Riverwalk paved trail off Rocky Point Road. Great spots for picnics or rest stops can also be found along the west and east shores of Lake Almanor, at Hamilton Branch, and at forest service day use areas at major lakes including Butt Valley, Bucks, Little Grass Valley, Antelope, Round Valley, Davis and Frenchman. You’ll also find sites in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Plumas-Eureka State Park, along the Feather River and in the Feather River Canyon. A $5-7 day use fee is charged at Bucks, Antelope, Davis and Frenchman; all other sites are free of charge. For more information on Plumas County parks, playgrounds, picnic areas and pools, contact area chambers of commerce or forest service offices listed on Page 10.

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PA R K S A N D P I C N I C S

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Vast amounts of public forest land makes Plumas County a prime destination to search for caches using hand-held Global Positioning System devices. This modern form of treasure-hunting, using coordinates posted online, continues to grow as a popular family sport. Over 2,800 geocache sites are now listed on the geocachers’ official website (geocaching.com) within a 50-mile radius of Quincy, the Plumas County seat. The caches, containing usually a trinket or small toy and a logbook, have been typically placed in beautiful natural settings or near interesting historic landmarks. Once the cache and reward is discovered, visitors are asked to sign their name and leave something else in the cache for the next person. While finding the cache is the goal, getting to them is the real fun and challenge. Geocachers exploring Plumas County can choose hunts that vary in difficulty, based on elevation, terrain or season. Some coordinates will take you to the tops of mountains or to the edge of waterfalls. There’s a series of railroadthemed caches and another series that links local churches. If you’re new to the sport, check out the above website for information and helpful tips on finding local caches. You’ll discover hundreds of interesting places overlooked by the casual visitor while getting great exercise and enjoying mountain scenery and fresh air. And with the quantity of caches offered throughout the area, you’ll have fun searching for days. Frazier Falls near Graeagle is just one among the thousands of scenic locations geocaches can be found hidden around the Plumas County area.

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G O L D PA N N I N G & R O C K H O U D I N G

Gold panning and mining have been popular activities in Plumas County since the 1800s. Although most of the camps that sprang up during the gold rush are now gone, there are some spots where visitors can relive history and even find a few remainThe Golden Caribou Mining Association offers gold panning lessons and equipment usage. It operates out of Caribou Crossroads

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ing flakes of gold.

Campground and Cafe, located on Caribou Road and Highway 70, 27 miles west of Quincy. The association has more than 1,500 acres of

The lure of gold and getting wet might entice your kids to turn off video games and try out some fun by the creek!

gold mining claims in the berships for vacationers, as well as one-

Experienced gold panners with equipment are welcome to seek gold

to pan for gold on your own, the Plumas

year trial and lifetime memberships.

anywhere on public national forest land

County Museum, located behind the

The association provides access to the

that has not been staked (usually where

courthouse in Quincy, has a good refer-

claims and training in panning, prospect-

posted). However, since most of the land

ence book for sale.

ing, metal detecting and dredging. Call

is staked, you’ll need to do some research

The book explains how and where to

(530) 283-5141 for more information or

during the week at the County Recorder’s

pan, what equipment is needed, safety

visit www.goldencaribou.com.

office, which keeps mining claim loca-

tips, and includes diagrams, drawings

Advanced Geologic Gold Prospector’s Club based in Chester of-

tions on file.

and photos.

A few areas exist where claims are not

Equipment for gold panning can be

fers members access to claims through-

allowed and recreational gold panning is

purchased at area sporting goods and de-

out the county, along with equipment

permitted. Contact the Plumas, Lassen

partment stores.

sales. Call (530) 258-4228 or visit:

and Tahoe National Forest offices for

www.advancedgeologic.com.

more details on gold panning regulations.

Plumas National Forest and offers mem-

The

If you’re interested in learning how

For more information, contact one of the visitor centers listed on page 10.

roc k h o u n d i n g Plumas County is renowned for its rocks and unique rock formations. Rock hounds can find treasures in natural quartz crystals, rose quartz, fossils and petrified wood. The area’s diverse geology is caused by the meeting of two mountain ranges (Sierra Nevada and Cascade) and the Great Basin to the east, with a close proximity to an active volcano, Mount Lassen, located on the north side of the county. Such geology has produced truly unique formations, including the giant layers of exfoliating granite in the Feather River Canyon and the towering lava conglomerates in Little Last Chance Creek Canyon on the way to Frenchman Lake. Other geological treats include deposits of columnar

basalt and gold-bearing gravel. There are good fossil hunting opportunities from Mount Hough and Mount Jura in the Indian Valley area to Clover Valley in Eastern Plumas, and petrified wood has been found in the area of Hartman Bar Ridge. Rose quartz is commonly found on Last Chance Creek east of Antelope Lake. To see a display of local minerals visit the Mt. Jura Gem & Museum Society in the Indian Valley Museum in Taylorsville, open weekend afternoons during summer or visit the Plumas-Eureka State Park Museum in Johnsville, open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer. Contact information can be found on page 10.

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FA I R G R O U N D S

the cleanest and greenest fair

The Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, on the east side of Quincy, is a year-round destination for a multitude of events. The fairgrounds hosts one of the state’s oldest county fairs each August. The “Magic of Country Living” — the 2012 theme — says it all. The five-day, event, Aug. 8 – 12, features the efforts of Plumas and Sierra County residents: baked goods, jams, quilts, art, horticulture and agriculture, livestock shows and so much more. In addition to the ever-popular midway, live music and entertainment highlight family fun at the fair. Visit the Peppard Cabin and step back into living history with volunteers from the local museum to hear about pioneer life in the mountains. Beginning in June, A Children’s Faire, the County Picnic and the start of a series of events at American Valley Speedway kick off the summer season. The 22nd annual High Sierra Music

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Festival, July 5 – 8, will turn the fairgrounds into a musical meeting place for campers and music fans for a long holiday weekend. (www.highsierramusic.com) The fun continues through the summer and into autumn with team roping, motorcycle rallies, and much, much more, winding up with the Feather River College Rodeo and more stockcar racing in September. The grounds and buildings are available for rental for anything from weddings and reunions to wine-pairings, auto racing and rodeo. Ample room for camping, RVing and parking is available in and around the 54acre facility at reasonable prices. There’s also a public park, playground, and pool adjacent to the fairgrounds. For more information about the fairgrounds, events or to make reservations, call (530) 283-6272, or visit www.plumassierracountyfair.net.

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Biking is a favorite pursuit for many visitors to Plumas County. Miles and miles of backcountry roads in and around the county’s quiet communities appeal to road bicyclists of all ages. Check a county or community map or ask at visitors centers for the safest, most scenic and bestknown routes. The surrounding forestland also provides many miles of mountain biking opportunities, including abandoned logging roads, trails and some backcountry routes, offering a good cross-section of terrain and topography. Bikers have many choices, from an easy scenic ride on a quiet country road, Pick up a free copy of the Plumas a century ride, or a more challenging off-road trail. County Mountain Bike Guide, which details some of the area’s best forest routes and other trails. The guide is available at visitor infor- The Sierra Valley offers great road biking, with a popular loop route leading into the Lakes Basin area. mation centers. The Central Plumas area boasts a newly rehabilitated singleMaps of these trails are also available at Plumas National Forest offices (530) 283-2050. For the trails listed in the Almanor track loop just over Bucks Summit on the way to Bucks Lake, area or for information on weekend club rides in the Almanor west of Quincy. Snake Lake, also off Bucks Lake Road, is home to a scenic, moderate loop on dirt roads. A number of moderate area, contact Bodfish Bicycles in Chester (530) 258-2338. Mountain biking is not permitted in designated wilderness loop options are available just outside of Quincy off Chandler Road in an area known locally as “South Park.” Here, the Casareas of the forest, or on the Pacific Crest Trail. In the Eastern Plumas area, mountain bikers can find plenty cade Trail follows the banks of a creek. More difficult routes are located outside of Greenville, near of challenging terrain in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including a new trail that leads to a tremendous view from a look- Antelope Lake, where the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is working to restore an 18-mile trail system destroyed by wildfires. out tower at 7,340 feet on Mills Peak. The 13-mile singletrack trail around Little Grass Valley ReserStarting in Portola, mountain bikers have a choice of a rugged mountain or a rolling meadow trail. Lake Davis near Portola has voir, near La Porte, is a popular route. The Almanor Basin area in the north end of the county feaa flat trail with good bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. tures a paved route that follows the beautiful west shore of Lake Almanor. Another flat loop trail suitable for families follows the upper reaches of Lake Almanor as well as a creek. West of Highway Indian Valley Century Bike Rides - Greenville (May 26) 89, a Forest Service road leading to Humboldt Summit and Tour De Manure - Sierraville (June 16) Humbug Valley is a popular ride. Mile High Century Ride - Chester (June 16) For mountain biking events and trail information, visit Sierra Lake Almanor Fall Century Ride - Chester (Sept. 29) Buttes Trail Stewardship at www.sierratrails.org. Leaf Peeper Bike Ride - Indian Valley (Oct. 6) The Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club hosts rides throughout the For more information, contact local visitor centers. county on both paved and unpaved routes. Visitors are welcome! For information or a schedule, call (530) 832-1612 or check the website at: www.psbicycleclub.org. Note: Following snowstorms, the club switches to cross-country skiing.

BIKING

scenic biking

Annual Biking Events

Bike Rentals Mountain and road bikes may be rented at the following locations: • In the Chester area, Bodfish Bicycles and Quiet Mountain Sports, 149 Main St., (530) 258-2338. • In Eastern Plumas, Mountain Hardware, Bonta St., Blairsden, (530) 836-2589. • In Quincy, The Bike Shop, Lawrence and Leonard Sts., (530) 283-4015. 2012 - 2013 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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Plumas County is equine country, with many riding stables and horse-friendly trails. Trail rides take visitors into forests and meadows (above), and some stables offer overnight pack trips (right). Take a horseback ride into Plumas County terrain that brings you to pristine lakes, trout-filled streams, towering pine forests, grassy meadows and back in history. Wranglers from numerous stables offer guided trips ranging from novice hour-long rides to overnight pack trips complete with meals. Or, if you prefer, the guides will pack you in and out on horses, leaving you to enjoy the campsite on your own. (See listings on next page.) Want to experience the Old West in comfort and style? Try a horse-drawn wagon ride that includes a barbecue dinner served outdoors. In the winter, you can sing carols and snuggle together on sleigh rides pulled by draft horses. Visitors who bring their own horses also will find miles of unfenced trails to explore, and plenty of campsites and stables to accommodate them. Check with the Plumas or Lassen National Forest Service offices for specific trail and campsite information.

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HORSEBACK RIDING Plumas Pines Riding Stable On the West Shore of Lake Almanor, Chester All Summer • 7 Days a Week

530-259-5170 Reservations are Recommended Call Deanna for more information

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Horseback Riding Trail Rides • Pack Trips Children’s Camps • Lessons

GOLD LAKE STABLES • (530) 836-0940

Horseback Riding with a View Lakes Basin Recreation Area

GRAEAGLE STABLES • (530) 836-0430

Family Horseback Rides Graeagle Area

REID HORSE & CATTLE CO., INC. Over 35 Years of Horse Adventures Open June through September The stables are operated under special use permits issued by the Plumas National Forest. We are an equal opportunity recreation services provider.

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End of Warner Valley Road, Chester (866) 999-0914 • www.drakesbad.com Located within Lassen Volcanic National Park. Trail rides from 45 minutes to eight hours to park destinations. Pony rides, horse boarding available. Hiking, fishing, massages, wildlife viewing and swimming in hydrothermal pool. Full meal service. Reservations recommended. Open from June through October. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

New England Ranch 2571 Quincy Junction Rd., Quincy • (530) 283-9770 www.newenglandranch.com Horse boarding and trail rides with your own horse (guided or unguided) on 88-acre working ranch. Horse camp, ranch tours, training clinics. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pitchfork Cattle Company 92433 Hwy. 70, Vinton CA 96135 • (530) 993-4636 Hay rides on wagon pulled by draft horses on working cattle ranch. Barbecue dinner rides, sleigh rides. Fri-Sun only, reservations and group minimum required. Available for special events. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GiddyUp and Go Sleigh and Carriage Service Hwy. 70, Vinton, next to Grange Hall (530) 993-4207 • http://chamberorganizer.com/easternplumaschamber/mem_giddyupandgo Specialty and themed transportation via horse-drawn carriage, sleigh, hay wagon, trolley. Wedding service, holiday celebrations, shuttle service, BBQ tours. Draft horse and pony rides. Available for special events. Reservations required. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Gold Lake Pack Station and Stables

Plumas Pines Riding Stables 3000 Almanor Drive West, on the west shore of Lake Almanor • (530) 259-5170 One-hour to 90-minute trail rides, pony rides, overnight trips, pack trips. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Gold Lake Road, Lakes Basin Recreation Area (530) 836-0940 • www.reidhorse.com One-hour, two-and-a-half-hour, half-day and all-day trail rides with scenic views. Overnight backcountry pack trips, including fishing, hiking, photography; allexpense trips, drop camps, custom trips. Reservations preferred. Seasonal, July-September. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Quincy Stables

Graeagle Stables

Red's Meadow Ranch

Hwy. 89, Downtown Graeagle (530) 836-0430 • www.reidhorse.com One-hour and one-and-a-half-hour family horseback trail rides. Horseback riding lessons and children's horsemanship camps. Short-term horse boarding. Reservations preferred. Seasonal, July through September. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

39285 Hwy. 70, two miles north of Quincy (530) 283-0844 Riding lessons, trail rides, children’s pony parties, overnight pack trips, wagon cookouts, full service facility camp for special events. Boarding and training. Reservations required. Open year-round. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1850 "C" Road, near Graeagle. Easy access through Clio. (530) 836-1866 • redsmeadow@plumas.com Trail rides, half-day rides, pack charters, boarding, horseshoeing, drop camps, hunting-fishing tours, horse training and rider instruction. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

River Dance

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Horses Unlimited, Inc. P.O. Box 30194, Cromberg CA 96103 • (530) 836-4551 HUI@psln.com. Horseback riding for the handicapped. Lessons and events for physically, mentally or learning disabled children, adults and their families.

2651 River Dance Rd. Two miles west of Quincy off Bucks Lake Road. • (530) 249-3280 tracyleighsims@gmail.com English riding instruction, daily and weekly boarding. Open year-round. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Take a sleigh ride into the snow on a horse drawn vehicle.

GiddyUp and Go Carriages

2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road, 10 miles east of Quincy (530) 283-0930 or 800-33-HOWDY www.greenhornranch.com Beginning through advanced trail rides for adults and kids, pony rides, wagon rides, guest rodeos, ride-in cookouts, bonfire sing-alongs, roping practice, “cowgirl bootcamp.” Equine Guided Leadership workshops available April – October. Trail rides available in daily, weekly, weekend ranch stay packages and separately. Available for special and group events. Reservations required. Hourly rides available spring through fall. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Virtually every roadway in Plumas County offers beautiful scenery, which changes with the seasons. No matter what direction you come from, you’ll also be treated to some outstanding natural beauty on the drive up and back. There are two routes through Plumas County that have been given official national scenic byway designations. These routes link cultural, historic, scenic and natural resources with communities and services found along the way. The quiet Scenic Byways of Plumas County make for a great road trip. The byways have reflec70, at the confluence of Indian and Spanish Creeks in a spot tive signs along the route illustrated with colorful logos. known as the Greenville “Y” 10 miles northwest of Quincy. The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road. Chester- route between the “Y” and Canyon Dam is roughly 18 miles and takes about a half hour or longer with stops. Lake Almanor is the southern terminus of this byway, considered one of the top 20 scenic drives in the nation. Feather River National Scenic Byway. This 130This 500-mile byway begins at the southern end mile route travels east-west across Butte, Plumas of Lake Almanor, and proceeds north on both sides and Lassen counties on State Highway 70, following of the lake (via Highways 89 and 147) to Chester, the north and middle forks of the Feather River. located on Highway 36. It continues through Lassen Total estimated driving time is about 3.5 hours, one Volcanic National Park and Highway 44, linking volway. canoes, small towns and other attractions stretching Few California highways feature such natural to Crater Lake, Oregon. beauty and diversity in terrain, landscape, wildlife Travelers intending to drive the entire All American and elevation as this one. It also highlights Road can begin or end their journey at Chester-Lake mankind’s feats of hydro-electric power, railroad Almanor, which offers year-round amenities. and highway construction along the steep, rugged Details on the entire route are available online at canyon walls. www.volcaniclegacybyway.org. The drive is particularly stunning in the spring, A free map of the All American Road is available at when vibrant green surrounds nearly 100 watervisitor centers in Quincy and Chester, and from falls, and in the fall the steep mountainsides are merchants along the byway. ablaze with orange and red oak trees. The route can Drivers can take in just the loop around Lake Albe taken in either direction. manor, going in either direction, starting from Chester on the From the west, it starts eight miles north of Oroville on Highnorth end or from Canyon Dam on the south end. The views of Lake Almanor and Lassen Peak are the highlight way 70, winds through the magnificent Feather River Canyon, of this trip, which takes in about 38 miles and a couple of hours connects with Highway 89 on through Quincy to BlairsdenGraeagle, resumes as Highway 70 through Portola, drops down with stops. There are many opportunities to stop for lunch, to shop, take onto the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and cuts through the fantastic expanse of the Sierra Valley, the western edge of a walk, and enjoy a swim or boat trip on the lake. the Great Basin. A self-guided driving tour brochure and map of the Feather The Scenic Byway Link. This equally scenic route joins Plumas County’s two Scenic Byways, taking you through stun- River National Scenic Byway is available. The tour highlights 17 natural, historic and manmade features along the route. ning pastoral mountain meadows of the Indian Valley. A more detailed regional map of the Feather River Scenic Follow Highway 89 through the towns of Canyon Dam, Greenville and Crescent Mills. At its southern end, it follows In- Byway also is available for sale from local visitor centers on dian Creek and joins the Feather River Scenic Byway, Highway page 10. Carl Raymond Piesch

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SELF-GUIDED TOURS

ex p l o re o n you r own Historic Gold Mining Sites A two-hour auto tour of former gold rush mining settlements has been developed for the La Porte area. The 30-mile tour on dirt roads features remnants of mining activity in six locations, marked with interpretive signs. A brochure, Auto Tour of Historic Town Sites on the Plumas National Forest, features photos, descriptions and a map.

Greenville walking tour The Historic Greenville Main Street Walking Tour takes a nosBill Obernesser

talgic look back to the town’s gold rush origins. The four-block, round-trip tour encompasses 21 historic buildings, some of which maintain architecture and artifacts dating back to the late 1800s. The sites, which now house a range of modern-day businesses, are each designated with signs and historical photographs to accompany the map and brochure.

Hidden waterfalls are a huge bonus when you strike out on your own self-guided tour.

Feather River Scenic Byway A self-guided driving tour brochure and map, Feather River

Make sightseeing a learning experience! Interpretive walking and driving tours of Plumas County’s communities, byways and forests tell the history and the stories behind what you see. Contact local visitor centers on page 10 to obtain free copies of these self-guided tour brochures. Or pick them up at information centers, forest service offices and area businesses.

Scenic Byway, highlights 17 natural, historic and manmade fea-

Quincy walking tour

Railroad wonders

tures of this 130-mile stretch of State Highway 70 from Oroville to Hallelujah Junction. The map also points out rest areas, vista points, campgrounds, historic monuments and visitor information centers throughout Plumas County. A more detailed regional map of the Feather River Scenic Byway also is available for sale.

A self-guided walking tour of 61 Quincy buildings and sites

Plumas County is well known for its railroad history and

rich in history is available through the Heritage Walk brochure

unique railroad engineering. A map/brochure, Plumas County’s

and map. The 17-block tour of downtown begins at the Plumas

Seven Wonders of the Railroad World, guides visitors to historic

County Museum, located behind the county courthouse on

tunnels, track and trestles that parallel Hwy. 70.

Main Street.

Backcountry drives Trail of Maidu Indian legends A driving tour that highlights Indian legends as well as sce-

Owners of four-wheel drive vehicles looking to get off the beaten track can explore four Plumas County backcountry

nic beauty through Indian Valley is outlined in An Ancient Trail

routes. A series of brochures, Plumas County Backcountry Drives,

of the Mountain Maidu Indians, available online only.

details the historical and natural attractions of each route, and

The self-guided auto tour encompasses 67 miles from Quincy to Susanville and features 16 separate sites where motorists can stop and look, or walk about with the interpretive guidebook. Points of interest along "The Worldmaker's Trail" include a traditional campsite, the figure at Soda Rock, Thundering Falls,

provides mileage, directions, maps and photos. The series includes the Humboldt Summit-Humbug Valley Loop, the Indian Valley-Antelope Lake Loop, the BeckwourthAntelope Lake Indian Valley Route, and the Quincy-La PorteJohnsville Route.

Monster Snake Pool and many others, all of which have spiritual beliefs attached to them. The approximate two-hour tour, which follows State High-

Touring nature Look elsewhere in this Visitors Guide to order brochures or

ways 70, 89, 147 and 36, can be taken from either direction. The

read information on viewing Plumas County’s fall colors,

24-page illustrated online pamphlet contains a map, mileage

wildflowers and bird-watching areas.

chart and photographs of each stop. It can be downloaded at:

www.plumascounty.org.

For more information, contact one of the local visitor centers from page 10.

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Make your vacation a learning experience! Get out in the forest this summer and fall with a hands-on, outdoor educational tour from the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. The Institute’s Center of Forestry has been offering tours in Plumas and Lassen counties of the Sierra Nevada since 2005. These tours are designed to introduce local residents and visitors to history and natural resource management in the northern Sierra Nevada. These one-day or two-day tours will focus on the achievements of local forest and watershed management groups and agencies and their connection to the health of rural communities. Tours will also delve into current and historical land uses in Plumas County. Each tour visits one or more sites where local people share their knowledge and expertise with natural resource management projects. The tours offer a space where controversial topics, such as hydro-power versus fish population on the Feather River, can be discussed openly with local resource management professionals and other experts. Unlike the common practice of pitting two sides against one another, Center of Forestry tours start with the idea of a “working landscape,” a place where people live and work. These landscapes – forests, ranches, and watersheds – underpin the economic survival of rural communities in the northern Sierra Nevada, while also serving as critical habitat for wildlife and as the headwaters for much of California’s water supply. For detailed descriptions of tours, including trip cost and accessibility questions, or to reserve your place, please visit the Sierra Institute website at www.SierraInstitute.us, or call (530) 284-1022. Reservations are required and trip size is limited, so please call early!

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Soda Rock aka Dog Rock, or The Lady of the Creek. This special rock formation not only has unique geological features, but is steeped with Maidu history. Explore the geologic evolution of the Northern Sierra Nevada over the past 300-million years on the Sierra Geology tour: From Soda Rock to Grizzly Dome.

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Sierra Geology: From Soda Rock to Grizzly Dome ...May 19 (Sat.) The Ishi Wilderness with Beverly Ogle ......................June 9 (Sat.) Girls Night Out in Maidu’s Humbug Valley ...Aug. 17-18 (Fri/Sat.) Sustainable Forest Management:............................Sept. 14 (Fri.) Water, Power and Fish: The Stairway of Power.........Oct. 12 (Fri.)

heritage tours Hear fascinating stories of the past while taking in some stunning scenery by signing up for field trips presented during Summer and Fall 2012. To sign up or learn about other tours, contact the Plumas County Museum at (530) 283-6320, www.plumasmuseum.org. Friday, Oct. 19--Historic 1867 Quincy-La Porte Road. This tour takes in some of Plumas County’s most spectacular scenery, with deep canyons, craggy peaks, and high mountain meadows studded with golden quaking aspen. Along the 32-mile trip from Quincy a number of historic sites and cemeteries will be visited. Once in La Porte, the group will visit the Frank C. Reilly Museum, take a guided walking tour by a local historian, and have lunch at a local restaurant. There is a picturesque historic cemetery in town, as well as a number of buildings surviving from the gold mining days of La Porte’s heady past. All tours include guide, guidebook, water, snacks, lunch and round trip transportation. Visit the remains of gold miners cabins on the Quincy-La Porte Road tour.

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Tour 3 - Volcanoes and Lakes in the Shasta Cascade: Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park dominate the landscape on this tour of Redding, Red Bluff, Chester, Lake Almanor and Westwood. Victorian homes, shopping, hiking, winter sports, and more.

Tour 4 - Architecture, Quaint Towns and Scenic Byways: Travel two scenic byways on sightseeing adventure from Chico to Plumas County. Tours of Bidwell Mansion and Nakoma Resort (by Frank Lloyd Wright), a covered bridge, trains, museums, hikes, lakes, and shopping.

Tour 5 - Seasonal Pleasures and Small Town Treasures: The Northern Sierra village of Graeagle is the base for trips to Bucks Lake, Quincy, Western Pacific Railroad Museum, PlumasEureka State Park, and a cattle ranch. Plus birding, fall foliage, walking tours, shopping.

Tour 6 - Historic Mountain Towns in the Northern Sierra: Discover off-the-beaten path Sierra getaways linked with Gold Rush legacy: Downieville, Graeagle, Quincy and Portola. Walking tours, museums, birding, Plumas-Eureka State Park, train attractions, Nakoma Resort (by Frank Lloyd Wright.) Tour 7 - Wonders of the Railroad World: A rail fan’s dream come true along Hwy. 70 from Oroville to Reno Junction. See unique bridges and tunnels, the Keddie Wye, William’s Loop, and drive a locomotive at Portola’s Western Pacific Railroad Museum. Tour 8 - Antiquing and Bargain Hunting: A sightseeing tour and shopping spree at antique, thrift and consignment stores in quaint Northern Sierra towns. Find treasures in Portola, Quincy, Greenville, Chester and Graeagle, with time out for great meals. Tour 9 - Birding and Wildlife Viewing: Spot an amazing variety of species in pristine Northern Sierra habitat, including Gray Lodge, Indian Valley, Antelope Lake, Feather River Canyon, Lake Davis and the renowned Sierra Valley (Important Bird Area.)

TOUR ITINERARIES

Plumas County offers 16 regional tour itineraries geared for sightseeing groups, special interests, or even individual travelers. These self-guided itineraries are based on travel during the months of October through May, when rooms and restaurants are more readily available. The 3-day trip itineraries, available online at www.plumascounty.org, are designed to assist tour/travel trade professionals, school groups, clubs, or anyone who’s seeking help in making special-interest or off-season travel plans. Itineraries can be taken in any direction, with alternate entrance and exit points, and several choices of accommodations and restaurants. Below are brief descriptions of the tours, which can be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat. For more information on any of these tours, or for help for a specialized group itinerary, please contact the local visitor centers listed on page 10. Tour 1 - Fall in Love with Plumas County: View spectacular fall foliage in the Northern Sierra (Sept-Oct). Includes Feather River Canyon, Quincy, Lake Almanor, Indian Valley, Graeagle, Portola. Plus museums, walking tours, shopping, fine dining and more. Tour 2 - Gold Rush and the Great Outdoors: Explore Oroville’s historic gold mining attractions, then head for the tiny hamlet of La Porte for hiking, skiing or snowmobiling. Includes museums, Lake Oroville, Feather Falls.

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Looking for a road trip tour idea for your antique car club, railroading club, motorcyle group, history lovers, snowmobile club, school, photography group, or a perhaps a corporate retreat? Plumas County has a tour available for you. Tour 10 - Winter Fun on Foot in Plumas County: An invigorating tour of snow-covered forests on skis and snowshoes! Choose from groomed or backcountry trails and accommodations near Graeagle, Bucks Lake, or Lassen Volcanic National Park, with equipment rental available. Tour 11 - Snowmobiling in Plumas County: Check out spectacular winter beauty in one of California’s finest snowmobile destinations. Ride miles of mountain trail in ChesterLake Almanor, Bucks Lake, La Porte or Graeagle, relax in cozy accommodations. Tour 12 - Historic Plumas County: Explore the past in Northern Sierra small towns, from Maidu Indians and explorer James Beckwourth, to gold mining, railroading and timber. Follow historic auto routes and walking tours, visit unique museums and sites. Tour 13 - Timber: History, Harvesting and Future: Learn about role of timber harvesting in Sierra-Nevada communities on visits to lumber mills, museums and Quincy Library Group fuels reduction projects. Includes Graeagle, Quincy, Chester and Westwood. Tour 14 - Diversity in Northeastern California’s Past: The Northern Sierra’s multicultural heritage is celebrated on this Quincy and Oroville-based tour that highlights the Mountain Maidu and Yahi Indians, African-American explorer James Beckwourth, Chinese laborers, and Swiss-Italian dairy farmers.

Tour 15 - Auto and Motorcycle Clubs: Scenic touring Along Roads Less Traveled: Drive quiet rural byways and backcountry roads with breathtaking mountain vistas and charming small towns in the Northern Sierra near Quincy. Choose from several auto tours off of California Routes 70 and 89. Tour 16 - Corporate Retreats: Re-energize your staff on a mountain retreat featuring Plumas County’s four seasons of recreation and scenic beauty. Combine business with golf, snow sports, fly-fishing and more. Cabin-style conference facilities.

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Lumber load mover at Collins Pine Museum in Chester Chester-Lake Almanor Museum - 210 First Ave., Chester,

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The Maidu room in the Indian Valley Museum has a fine collection of Indian artifacts. Cy Hall, a Greenville business owner and fire chief for over 50 years. The two-story building, one of just a few that survived Greenville’s numerous fires, features balloon frame construction and board and batten siding. Volunteers restored the building using its original 130-year-old wood. The museum has a changing and expanding collection of photographs, maps, documents and exhibits that depict the lives of Indian Valley’s pioneer families.

history at the museums

(530) 258-2742. Open Monday through Friday, call for hours. Free admission. Features a photographic history of the Lake Almanor Basin, including dairy farming, logging and tourism. Also includes Maidu Indian basketry and artifacts. A compact, century-old steam locomotive known as the “Dinky” is also on display on the Collins Pine Co. lawn along Main Street. The “Dinky” was recently discovered at the bottom of nearby Butt Valley Reservoir during repairs to the dam. It was used to help build the dam around 1913.

Indian Valley Museum - Located at the Mt. Jura Gem & Mu-

Outside the building is a short viewing path featuring trucks and equipment used by Collins Pine during the 1940s-1960s. There is also a 400-year-old Sugar Pine cross section with dating going back to 1607.

seum Society Building, on the corner of Main St. and Cemetery Rd., east of Taylorsville, (530) 284-1046 or 284-7785. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October, or by appointment. Donations accepted. The Indian Valley Museum features displays and data relating to the rich traditions of mining, ranching and logging in Indian Valley. One room, dedicated to the native Maidu Indian culture, features a fine collection of Maidu baskets. Other artifacts represent the early settlers of the Indian and Genesee Valleys from 1850s to the present. Don’t miss the dinosaur egg exhibit! Mining equipment is also on display outside the museum, along with a blacksmith shop. A museum annex features larger exhibits including a 1932 fire engine and dairy equipment. An 800-square foot room features a large display of rocks, minerals and mineral carvings. Rocks, minerals and books are also available for sale.

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Plumas-Eureka State Park Museum

132 Main St. Greenville. (530) 284-6633. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Donations requested. This circa-1877 former Bransford-McIntyre dry goods warehouse is dedicated to

Located five miles west of Graeagle on Johnsville Rd. (A-14 west of Highway 89), (530) 836-2380. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer; open when staff is available during the rest of the year. Free admission. www.plumas-eureka.org

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Collins Pine Museum - 500 Main St., Chester, east of Collins Pine Co. offices. (530) 258-4441. www.collinsco.com/museum. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday from mid-May to mid-October. Free admission. The museum building, completed in 2007, was constructed to look like the old sawmill building operated by Collins Pine Co. from 1943-2001. The openbeam structure provides an appealing space where different species of wood from the area are featured. Inside are information panels and interactive displays on lumbering, forestry, wood identification, principles of sustainability and the history of Collins Pine. A small theater plays a documentary on sustainable forestry.

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This indoor-outdoor museum within Plumas-Eureka State Park preserves the rich heritage of the Feather River Country’s gold mining legacy. Housed in a restored miners’ boarding house, this museum displays mining tools, photographs, pioneer household items, working models of antique mining machinery and antique skis, as well as animals native to the park. The rustic, five-story Mohawk Stamp Mill, which processed raw, gold-bearing quartz, is among the buildings nearby, which include a blacksmith shop, a bunkhouse and a miner’s home. Supervised goldpanning programs are offered in the summertime. Docents in period attire re-create the life of a miner’s family and the period on Gold Discovery Days, returning July of 2012. Blacksmith demonstrations, mining lore and a home tour help bring visitors back to the 1890s.

Frank C. Reilly Museum - Main St., La Porte. (530) 675-1922 or (530) 675-2841. Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features displays of La Porte’s gold mining and ski-racing history. Named after a longtime La Porte resident, the museum was founded by the Frank C. Reilly chapter of the Clampers, a historical organization of which Reilly was a member. The club’s archives are in the museum, along with local artwork and a “hodgepodge” of other items, including an extensive butter dish collection.

Plumas County Museum - 500 Jackson St., Quincy, (530) 2836320. www.plumasmuseum.org. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission $2 adults, $1 for ages 12-17, and free to children and members. One of the most comprehensive, well-presented museums in rural California. Cultural and natural history displays are complemented by the Industrial History Wing, featuring agriculture, gold mining, logging and railroad history. In accordance with the “living museum” philosophy, most exhibits are changed periodically. Collections include Maidu Indian basketry, pioneer weaponry, archeology and natural history. Outdoors is a working blacksmith shop and gold miner’s cabin, along with the larger mining and logging equipment and agricultural implements. The Stella Miller mezzanine gallery features exhibits of local artisans, and an outstanding archival library is utilized under supervision for research projects. During summer/fall, the museum offers guided heritage tours around the county (see Page 94.) Area literature, histories, artwork and other items are on sale in the museum bookstore and online.

The Plumas County Museum in Quincy has an extensive collection of local artifacts.

Historic 1878 Variel Home - 137 Coburn St., Quincy, next to Plumas County Museum, (530) 283-6320. Built by Beckwourth Trail emigrant Joshua Variel in 1878, this restored three-story Victorian is furnished from the museum’s collections to represent a middle-class family home in turn-of-the-century Plumas County. Old-fashioned gardens around the home provide a delightful rest stop. Open for tours from May through September (call for schedule) and by special appointment. Jim Beckwourth Museum - Rocky Point Rd., east of Portola. (530) 832-4888. Open weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day; other times by appointment. Free admission. Plumas County pioneer Jim Beckwourth’s authentic 1850s log cabin trading post and “hotel,” featuring V-notch construction. Beckwourth was one of the few pioneer leaders of AfricanAmerican descent. He discovered the lowest pass over the Sierra. Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola - Off A-15, in downtown Portola, 700 Western Pacific Way, (530) 832-4131, and Run-a-Locomotive program, (530) 832-4532. www.wplives.org. Open seasonally (April through October), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Limited winter operation, call for hours. Admission $8 adults, $4 kids, free to kids 3 and under. This world-renowned museum was established in 1983 by the Feather River Rail Society. It preserves general railroad history, equipment, photos, artifacts, historical information and data with emphasis on Western Pacific Railroad and its subsidiaries. Housed in a former Western Pacific diesel shop, it has approximately 12,000 feet of track on 40 acres, and 170 pieces of equipment. Visitors can climb aboard an extensive collection of train cars and locomotives and can even run a locomotive themselves (reservations recommended.) Train rides in cabooses are offered around a one-mile balloon track during weekends, May to September.

Williams House Museum - 424 E. Sierra Ave., (Highway 70), Portola, (530) 832-0671. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment. Closed in January. Free admission. This 1931 log home, on the California Historical Register, was a former residence and gas station owned and operated by a prominent Portola couple, Sam and Ethel Williams. Exhibits, documents, photographs and quilts depict local family history and tell the story of the area’s lumber, mining, and railroad industries. Suzi Brakken

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T R A I N S & R A I L FA N N I N G

rail fans dreamland Plumas County is rich in train history and is renowned for its unique railroad engineering along the Feather River. Magnificent bridges and tunnels, a unique railroad wye and a section of track that crosses over itself in a one-mile loop in order to gain elevation are among the features that attract train buffs to the area. The last spike of the Western Pacific Railroad was driven into a trestle at Keddie in 1909, becoming the last transcontinental railroad to be built across the Sierra, connecting California to the rest of the nation. Learn more about the area’s railroad history and engineering feats in a pamphlet, Plumas County’s Seven Wonders of the Railroad World, available at www.plumascounty.org. The world-renowned Western Pacific Railroad Museum in must-see attraction for anyone interested in trains or railroads.

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Majestic mountain views are just another bonus for train photographers when they visit. Among the most popular train attractions is the Keddie Wye (below), one of Plumas County’s Seven Wonders of the Railroad World.

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Why drive a car when you can use a boat to get to dinner, all in a beautiful setting. From upscale dinner-houses to cozy outdoor cafes, Plumas County and neighboring communities have a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet mountain cuisine or just a quick burger, you’ll find a menu, atmosphere and service that will make your vacation complete. Dine beside a lake or golf course, in the forest, in an elegant setting, or at a more casual spot. Try a mountain martini, a fresh beer on tap, or enjoy an extensive selection of fine wines. Many of the restaurants offer cocktail lounges, outdoor seating, and live music for dancing.

You will find cuisine ranging from traditional steak and seafood fare, French, Italian and Asian to Mexican, German, California-style, sushi, vegetarian and more. There are delicatessens, take-out burgers, salad bars, pizza and espresso shops as well. A free Plumas County Dining Guide is available at most of the lodging facilities, mini-markets, real estate offices, and at the county’s chambers of commerce and it’s available online at www.plumasnews.com.

Plumas Pines Golf Resort

Menus from many of the county’s finest restaurants are on display at local chambers of commerce.

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Pull your RV up to a lake...

Rent a condo with a pond on the golf course... When you want to get away from it all, you’ll find the perfect place to relax and regroup in Plumas County. Choose from a luxurious lakefront home, a rustic cabin, a cozy bed and breakfast inn, a condo on the golf course, or something in between. Want to sleep under the stars, on the top of a mountain, in a secluded forest campground, next to a lake or in an RV park? You won’t have any trouble finding the perfect spot.

Pitch a tent by the creek...

On the following pages, you’ll find a complete list of accommodations and camping areas. They have a lot in common: clean, comfortable, reasonably priced and run by friendly, caring hosts. Many offer data ports

Places to Stay

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Photos (clockwise from upper left) Plumas Pines Golf Resort, Jeff Titcomb, Tony Mindling, and Suzi Brakken.

SIERRA SPRINGS

TRAILER RESORT SIERRA SPRINGS TRAILER RESORT

California’s Feather River Country STATE ROUTE 70 “The Feather River Highway”

Full Hookup RV Sites

Modern facilities for travel trailers, campers, and year-round mobile home sites in the heart of the Feather River near Graeagle.

Overnighters welcome

WRITE OR CALL Your Hosts, Mike & Naomi Attama

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Fax #(530) 836-2559 http://users.psln.com/sstr/

Splurge on a modern cabin with a lodge and restaurant, the choice is all yours...

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P.O. Box 595, Portola, Ca 96122 e-mail sstr@psln.com www.psln.com/~sstr/ present ownership since 1978

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(800) 444-7275 or online at www.reserveamerica.com. Reservations are recommended during the peak season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. PG&E sites are first-come, first-served. Group campsites (Forest Service, PG&E, and State Park) are available only through advance reservations.

Amenities and fees The U.S. Forest Service charges fees for its campgrounds having a developed water system, maintained rest rooms and garbage collection. Fees are $18-$25 for a single family campsite. Campgrounds identified as “self service” charge no fees and depend upon you to pack out your own garbage. Most national forest land is open to vehicular or primitive camping, but campfire permits are required. Contact the nearest ranger station for more information. Day use fees of $5-$7 are charged at some day use areas at Antelope, Bucks, Davis and Frenchman lakes. Annual day use fee passes are available for $30. Fees in Lassen Volcanic National Park are $10-$18. PG&E campsites provide water, rest rooms, garbage collection, fire grills, tables and benches, and tent spaces. Fees are $22-$25 for a family campsite. Plumas-Eureka State Park campsites have the same amenities plus showers and are $35, and $7 for extra cars. Senior and disabled discounts are available.

Reservations You can reserve space at any of the privately-run parks by calling their individual numbers listed below. Most of the U.S. Forest Service and Lassen Volcanic National Park nongroup campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations can be made (fee charged) at 877-444-6777, or online at www.recreation.gov at the following campgrounds: Almanor, Hallsted, Spanish Creek, Red Feather, Running Deer, Horse Camp, Lakes Basin, Chilcoot and all campgrounds located in the Lake Davis, Frenchman Lake and Antelope Lake recreation areas. At these campgrounds, concessionaires reserve roughly half the sites, while the other half remain first-come, first-served. Reservations may also be made for campgrounds at Plumas-Eureka State Park (fee charged) at

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CAMPING LEGEND PG=PG&E Campgrounds: 916-386-5164 or www.pge.com/recreation

CAMPING GUIDE

There are hundreds of campsites in Plumas County, many of them located in alpine lake and forested, streamside settings. Some are open year-round, but most, including those run by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., and state and national parks are open seasonally and their dates of opening and closure vary. Pets are allowed at all campgrounds. Generally, the campgrounds are open from April to October, with those at higher elevations opening in mid to late May.

CHESTER AREA CAMPING Brookside RV Park 286 Main St., Chester 530-258-3584 16 Cedar Lodge RV Park Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 89, Chester 530-258-2904 15 Childs Meadow Resort Hwy. 36, Mill Creek 530-595-3383 32 Leisure RV Park 124 Feather River Dr., Chester 800-589-1578 28 Martin’s RV Park Martin Way & Hwy. 36, Chester 530-258-2407 14 St. Bernard Lodge/RV 10 mi. W of Chester 530-258-3382 20 Last Chance Creek Off Hwy. 36, N of Chester (Includes Group) PG 25 Domingo Springs Warner Valley Rd. to County Road 311, * FS 18 8 mi. NW of Chester High Bridge 5 mi. W of Chester off Warner Valley Rd. * FS 12 on North Fork Feather River Soldier Meadows SW of Chester off County Road 308 * FS 15 Warner Valley 17 mi. NW of Chester - Inside Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 18 Juniper Lake 13 mi. N of Chester - Inside Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 18

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CAMPING LEGEND PG=PG&E Campgrounds: 916-386-5164 or www.pge.com/recreation FS=U.S. Forest Service Reservations: 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov * = Almanor Ranger District...................530-258-2141 ** = Mt. Hough Ranger District .............530-283-0555 *** = Feather River Ranger District .......530-534-6500

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LAKE ALMANOR AREA CAMPING Big Cove Resort 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 530-596-3349 Big Springs Resort 2655 Big Springs Rd., Lake Alm. 530-596-3390 Canyon Dam RV Park 29581 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7046 Forest Park RV Spaces 29689 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7405 Lake Cove Resort & Marina 3584 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor

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INDIAN VALLEY/ANTELOPE LAKE AREA CAMPING Mt. Huff Golf Course Hwy. 89, Crescent Mills 530-284-6204 Taylorsville Community Campground 530-394-0160, 530-283-6299 Boulder Creek Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. ** Greenville Campground Hwy. 89, 1 mi. N of Greenville ** Lone Rock Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. ** Long Point Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. ** Long Point Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. (Group sites, must reserve) **

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BUCKS LAKE AREA CAMPING Bucks Lake Camp Bucks Lake Group Camp up to 150 Bucks Lake Marina Bucks Lake 530-283-4243 Bucks Lakeshore Resort Bucks Lake 530-283-2848 Haskins Valley S shore of Bucks Lake, on Bucks Lake Rd. Grizzly Creek 2 mi. W of Bucks Lake on Oroville/Quincy Rd. Hutchins Group Camp NE of lower Bucks Lake Lower Bucks Lower Bucks Lake Rd. Mill Creek Bucks Lake W shore, 2 mi. N of Bucks Lake Dam Sandy Point Day Use 1.25 mi. N Bucks Lake Dam Sundew Bucks Lake W shore, 1 mi. N of Bucks Lake Dam White Horse 3 mi. E of Bucks Lake on Quincy/Bucks Rd.

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CAMPING LEGEND PG=PG&E Campgrounds: 916-386-5164 or www.pge.com/recreation FS=U.S. Forest Service Reservations: 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov **** = Beckwourth Ranger District.........530-836-2575 Call Yuba Ranger District 530-288-3231 for Sierra County campgrounds Berger, Diablo, Packsaddle, Salmon Creek, Sardine and Snag Lake

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CHESTER AREA LODGING Antlers Motel • “Cutest Little Thing in Chester”

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89 179 85 175 50 105 65 85 80 175 Cinnamon Teal Inn • On the Feather River, weekly family rates in summer 140 227 Feather River Dr., Chester • 530-258-3993 400 Drakesbad Guest Ranch • 17 miles NW of Chester, off-season rates available 155 Inside Lassen Volcanic National Park • 866-999-0914 • All meals included 179 Seneca Motel • Mid-town Chester 51 545 Martin Way, Chester • 530-258-2815 75 St. Bernard Lodge • Ten miles west of Chester 99 Highway 36 • 530-258-3382

LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING All Season Vacation House • Great location close to the water 370 Lake Almanor Dr. West • 408-997-2097, 408-621-6845 Almanor Lakeside Resort • Cabins on the lake 300 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4530 Almanor Properties • Properties around Lake Almanor 313 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3232, 800-360-5478 Babe’s Lodge • Across the street from the lake 441 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4700 Bailey Creek Cottages • On the golf course 45 Idylberry Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-259-7829 Big Cove Resort • On the shores of Lake Almanor 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3349 Big Springs Resort • On the north end of the lake 2655 Big Springs Rd., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3390 Century 21 Lake Almanor Real Estate • In the country club 499 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4386

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800w 244 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2103, 530-596-3303 • Non-smoking 5000w Dorado Inn • Your vacation paradise, from Saturday to Saturday only 195 4379 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-284-7790 • Non-smoking rooms 1365w Knotty Pine Resort • On the lake, six cabins and two vacation homes 165 430 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3348 990w Kokanee Lodge and Carson Chalets • Lakefront cabins, private boat slips 195 454 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 800-210-7020 2900w Lake Almanor Rental Properties • Lakefront and golf course 140 289 Clifford Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-259-4386, 866-223-5687 3500w Lake Almanor Retreat • Family vacation cabin sleeps 4-6 125 3784 Lake Almanor Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-284-0861 135 Lake Haven Resort • East shore of the lake 110 7329 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-596-3249 135 Long Shot Lodge • Four bedroom vacation home 150 633 West Mountain Ridge, Lake Almanor • 925-381-8331 1250w Northshore Campground • On the lake 150 Highway 36, 2 mi. E of Chester • 530-258-3376 235 Pier 142 • A beautiful lakefront retreat 2375w 142 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4444 Plumas Pines Resort • West shore of the lake 135 Cabins and motel, marina, lakeside restaurant and bar 3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam • 530-259-4343 85 165 Plumas Properties • Properties on or near the lake 650w 425 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3203 • Non-smoking only 3000w Quail Lodge Lake Almanor • New fishing/hunting lodge vary 29615 Highway 89, Canyon Dam • 530-284-0861 Rooms at 412 • On the lake, four rooms and one vacation home 145 412 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3348 870w Vagabond Resort • On the lake 125 7371 Highway 147, Eastshore, Lake Almanor •530-596-3240 140 Wilson’s Camp Prattville Resort • On the lake 99 2932 Almanor Dr. West, Prattville • 530-259-2267 175

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INDIAN VALLEY / GREENVILLE AREA LODGING Hideaway Motel and Lodge • Off the main highway 761 Hideaway Rd., Greenville • 530-284-7915 Oak Grove Motor Lodge • Easy highway access, eight cabins 700 Highway 89, Greenville • 530-284-6671 Sierra Lodge • Nine miles from Lake Almanor Corner of Highway 89 and Main St., Greenville • 530-284-6154 Spring Meadow Resort Motel • One mile from town 18964 Highway 89, Greenville • 530-284-6768

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BUCKS LAKE AREA LODGING Bucks Lake Lodge • Rustic log cabins 16525 Bucks Lake Rd.• 530-283-2262 Bucks Lake Marina • On the lake 16469 Bucks Lake Rd. • 530-283-4243 Bucks Lakeshore Resort • Scenic lodging on the lake 16001 Bucks Lake Rd., Bucks Lake • 530-283-2848 Haskins Valley Inn • Relax in luxury Bucks Lake • 530-283-9667 Timberline Inn • Nestled in the pines Bucks Lake • 530-283-2262

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GRAEAGLE / CROMBERG AREA LODGING continued Sierra Sky Lodge • Eight lodge rooms and one Graeagle vacation home Lodge breakfast served seasonally • Highway 70, Cromberg • 530-836-2344 The Villas at Nakoma • At Nakoma Golf Resort, golf packages available County Rd A-15, Clio • 530-832-9862 Twenty Mile House • A historic B&B Inn c. 1854 and two darling cabins Old Cromberg Rd., Cromberg • 530-836-0375

LA PORTE AREA LODGING La Porte Cabin Rentals • Fully equipped cabins China Alley, La Porte • 530-675-0850 Union Hotel • Group rental only Main St., La Porte • 530-675-2860

LAKES BASIN AREA LODGING Bassett’s Station • Gateway to Lakes Basin Area Highway 49 & Gold Lake Rd., Sierra City • 530-862-1297 Elwell Lakes Lodge • Hike out your back door Gold Lake Rd. • 530-836-2347 Gold Lake Beach Resort • Accessed by boat on Gold Lake Gold Lake Rd. • (Modified American Plan) • 530-836-2491 Gold Lake Lodge • Trailhead to the Lakes Basin Area Gold Lake Rd. • All meals included • 530-836-2350 Gray Eagle Lodge • Trailhead to paradise Rate includes breakfast & four-course dinner •Gold Lake Rd. • 800-635-8778 High Country Inn • Spectacular views Highway 49 & Gold Lake Rd. at Bassett’s, Sierra City • 800-862-1530 Packer Lake Lodge • Informal at the end of the road Packer Lake Rd., Sierra City • 530-862-1221 Salmon Lake Lodge • Boat in to the lodge Gold Lake Rd., Sierra City • 530-852-0874 Sardine Lake Resort • At the base of the Sierra Buttes Gold Lake Rd., Sierra City • 530-862-1196

PORTOLA AREA LODGING Lake Davis Resort • 1/4 mile from Lake Davis in forest setting Cabins, suite with spa, motel rooms Lake Davis Rd., Portola • 530-832-1060

Pullman House Inn • Old Town Portola 256 Commercial St., Portola • 530-832-0107

Sierra Motel • On Highway 70 380 E Sierra St., Portola • 530-832-4223

Sleepy Pines Motel • Extensive gift shop 74631 Highway 70, Portola • 530-832-4291

The Buzzard’s Roost • Apartment and cabin overlooking the river

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Celebrating 100 Summers in the Lakes Basin

needs to go in Hiking • Fishing lodging Swimming • Boating Meals and Lodging Provided

530-836-2350 d e s t i na t i o n wedd i n g s Photography by Monique - Twenty Mile House

www.GoldLakeLodge.com

The scenery and serenity of the mountains makes Plumas County a favorite place to get married or spend a honeymoon. Outdoor weddings can be

WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS

Gold Lake Lodge Gold Lake Lodge EPR

KimJamesPhoto.com

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staged at quaint historic inns, posh country club resorts, or Western guest ranches. Small country churches are ideal for smaller affairs. Spend a romantic honeymoon in a mountain cabin or lakeside home, or pamper yourself at a bed and breakfast inn. If it’s quiet, seclusion and fresh air you’re seeking, Plumas County has it all. Call one of the local visitor centers on page 10 for a list of wedding sites and services, or for suggestions on honeymoon destinations.

Yours will be a pictureperfect wedding with the outdoor beauty of Plumas County as a backdrop. And your guests will enjoy a mountain getaway!

Photography by Monique - Twenty Mile House

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Plumas County

Spiritual Centers OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH 298 High St., Quincy, Ca

Calvary Chapel of

530-283-2546

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 am Mission Statement: Our Savior Lutheran Church is a ministry in the mountains. “The mountains may depart... but my steadfast love shall not.” We are a worshipping and serving community sharing the love and grace of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

www.lutheransonline.com/oursaviourlutheranquincyca.com

SPRINGS OF HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP A non-denominational Christian Church that adheres to basic Biblical principal • Sunday Family Worship - 10:00am • Thursdays Youth Worship - 6:30pm • Monday Women’s Study - 6:30pm • Wednesday Men’s Study- 6:30pm

59 Bell Lane, Quincy - (530) 927-7626 ASturley@digitalpath.net

Sunday School 11:15 am Worship 11:15 am Communion 1st Sun/mo Glenwood Dr. & Hwy 36 Chester (530) 258-2345

Sunday Services - 10:00 am Wednesday Services - 7:00 pm 1953 East Main (next to SavMor)

283-4463

PASTOR: RICK RODGERS

Community United Methodist Church Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors Worship Services and Sunday School 10 am every Sunday P.O. Box 766 • 282 Jackson St., Quincy Phone & Fax: 283-1740 www.quincymethodist.org • email: quincyumc@sbcglobal.net

Calvary Chapel of Westwood

Chester Community United Methodist

Rev. Youngrae Kim, Pastor

Jesus Loves You

Sunday Celebration: 10 am Pastors Jon and Kim Allen

Quincy

A church where everyone is welcome!

317 First Street Quincy, California

SUNDAY SERVICES Morning Service - 10am Evening Service - 6pm Pastor: Terry Johnson

283-0345

530.256.3309

315 Ash, Westwood

Vineyard Christian Fellowship 200 Main Street Chester, CA 530-258-2534 Pastor Rob Steen Pastor Rick Sylvester Sunday-Worship & Word @ 10:00 Wed. Bible Study @7pm Thurs Youth K-6th 5:30-7; 7-12th 9:00 Call for info on weekday Prayer Groups, Recovery Study & Intensive Studies.

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Come Worship with Us! GRAEAGLE Community Church

We are a complete family ministry “Speaking the truth in love”. Morning Worship 10am (Summer Worship 8am & 10am)

836-2405

150 Graeagle - Johnsville Rd., Graeagle Pastors Res. 836-0845

THE CHURCH OF

JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

Priesthood/Relief Society/Primary 10 am Sunday School 11am Sacrament Meeting 11:50 am John Goolsby, Branch President Hwy. 147, Clear Creek

(530) 258-3509

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Melissa St. in Chester

Antique collectors will love Plumas County for its abundance and variety of quaint shops. You can make a day of shopping by strolling Main Streets or driving rural highways offering treasure hunting opportunities in each community. You’ll find items ranging from the 1850s through the 1950s at these stores, many of which are housed in historic buildings or located amid stunning forest scenery. Some specialize in furniture or home furnishings, while others combine antiques with Americana, gifts, and secondhand treasures. Antique buffs also can expect to find books, primitives, model trains and logging and mining equipment that reflect Plumas County’s earliest industries. The Indian Valley area is a great place to start, featuring stores in both Crescent Mills and Greenville. It’s walking distance between the six shops in Greenville, located along Hwy. 89 and Main Street. You’ll discover furniture, sports memorabilia, Western, Native American and nautical items, Depression glassware, McCoy pottery, vintage clothing, linens and china, dolls, jewelry and more. Many of the stores encompass Greenville’s Historic Walking Tour, and are housed in historic buildings, including a 1905 former saloon. Maps and brochures describing the antique shopping and the town’s history are available in kiosks around town and in visitor centers. In Quincy, shoppers can check out a couple of stores that specialize in jewelry, home accessories, glassware and collectable artwork. The Eastern Plumas area offers a half dozen stores located in the towns of Beckwourth, Portola, Graeagle and Clio. Surround yourself in nostalgia by browsing in unique buildings that were once schoolhouses and general stores. In addition, antique lovers should make plans to attend a three-day Antiques Show and Sale held each year over Labor Day weekend in Graeagle. The town of Chester also has a couple of stores on its Main Street that carry antiques and collectibles. Store hours and days of opening vary, and some have limited hours during winter. It’s best to call first.

ANTIQUES

find an antique treasu re

For those seeking more information, call one of the local visitor centers listed on page 10.

Sunday School, 10 am Service of Holy Communion, 11 am 530-596-3343

standrewsalmanor.org

Maybe Antiques Collectibles

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9:45 am 11:00 am 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm

PASTOR G ARY L. S HANKLES

210 Myrtle Street, Chester, CA • 530-258-2394 chesterbaptistchurch1@yahoo.com

BUY • SELL • ESTATE APPRAISALS ANTIQUE STOVES • TRAINS • TOYS FURNITURE & GLASSWARE Shirley & John O’Donell

530.836.0130

71573 Hwy. 70, Blairsden CA 96103 (4 Miles West of Portola)

The Hummingbird Antiques & Collectibles

Specializing in California and Other Pottery Crockery, Kitchenware, Dishes, Rockingham, Sewing Paraphernalia, Bottles, Miscellany 71993 Hwy. 70 3 Miles West of Portola, CA

530/832-0104 Barbara Delano

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• Sierra Lodge ...............................35 • Sierra Motel ...............................57 • Sierra Springs Trailer Resort ..100 • Sleepy Pines Motel ....................56 • St. Bernard Lodge ......................22 • The Feather Bed ........................41 • The Hideaway Motel & Lodge ..34 • Twain RV Park..........................105 • Twenty Mile House....................52 • Vagabond Lakefront RV Resort 25 • Wilson's Camp Prattville..........24

EVENTS

REAL ESTATE/MORTGAGE

• Blackhawk Solar Cookoff .........33 • Indian Valley Events .................33 • Mtn. Jamboree/Bidwell Arts & Crafts Fairs...............................25 • Music at the Mine, Kentucky Amphitheater .........51 • Paul Bunyan Mtn. & Blues Festival .......................31 • Plumas Arts Events...................12 • Quincy Farmers Market ...........38 • Silver Buckle Rodeo ..................33

• Bucks Lake Properties...............44 • Century 21 Lake Almanor Real Estate ......20 • Century 21- Linda Gillam & Kyle McNeill .............................22 • Coldwell Banker Cathy Kuersten........................19 • Feather River Properties...........33 • Foxwood Development.............21 • Graeagle Associates ..................48 • Graeagle Real Estate .................71 • Heritage Land Co.......................63 • Mohawk Valley Associates .......47 • Mohawk Valley Associates, Patty Veith................................47 • Mt. Lassen Log Homes..............22 • Nero House for Sale..................61 • Plumas Pines Realty .................71 • Plumas Properties .....................18 • Prudential Lake Almanor Real Estate ................Back cover • River Pines Realty .....................50 • Roper’s Cabin.............................44 • Sierra Destination Realty .........47 • Sierra Park at Quincy................40 • Smith Properties .......................62 • Susan River Realty ....................62 • Town & Country Properties......41

• Connie’s Place............................56 • Crescent Country ......................34 • Maybe Antiques ......................113 • Sierra Trading Post ....................35 • Sterling Sage..............................33 • The Hummingbird Antiques & Collectables........................113

LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING • Ada’s Place, The Cottages at ....37 • Antlers Motel.............................26 • Bailey Creek Cottages Back cover • Belden Town Resort & Lodge ...35 • Best Western Rose Quartz Inn105 • Big Cove Resort..........................27 • Bucks Lake Lodge......................45 • Bucks Lake Marina....................44 • Bucks Lakeshore Resort ...........45 • Camp Layman .........................105 • Canyon Dam RV Park ...............29 • Cedar Lodge...............................23 • Chalet View Lodge.....................49 • Cinnamon Teal Inn ...................22 • Diamond Mountain Casino......30 • Drakesbad Guest Ranch...........16 • Forest Park RV Spaces...............28 • Graeagle Vacation Rentals .......71 • Gold Lake Lodge ......................111 • Gold Pan Lodge..........................39 • Gray Eagle Lodge.......................50 • Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch37 • J&J’s Grizzly Store Campground 58 • Knotty Pine Resort & Marina...20 • Lake Haven Resort ....................27 • Lariat Lodge ...............................39 • Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch.....49 • Nakoma Resort, Villas at........115 • Oak Grove Motor Lodge............34 • Old Sierra City Hotel.................50 • Packer Lake Lodge.....................52 • Paul Bunyan Resort & Babe’s Inn...26 • Pine Cone Lodge RV Park..........27 • Pine Hill Motel ...........................39 • Pioneer RV Park .........................39 • Plumas Pines Realty .................71 • Pullman Inn...............................58 • Quail Lodge..........................28, 75 • R&R RV Park ..............................35 • Ranchito Motel ..........................39 • River Pines Resort .....................50 • Rooms at 412 Peninsula Drive.17 • Sardine Lake Resort ..................50

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RECREATION • American Valley Speedway......42 • Bailey Creek Golf ........Back cover • Big Cove Resort & Marina ........27 • Big Daddy’s Guide Service........74 • Bodfish Bicycles.........................89 • Bucks Lake Marina....................44 • Diamond Mountain Casino......30 • Dragon Golf Course ...........69,115 • Eagle Lake Marina/Lassen ........... College Foundation .................77 • Feather River Fitness ................38 • Gold Lake Stables......................90 • Graeagle Meadows Golf Course ..............................48 • Graeagle Outpost ......................49 • Graeagle Stables........................90 • Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch37 • Grizzly Ranch Golf Club ...........69 • Knotty Pine Resort & Marina...20 • Lake Almanor Country Club Golf Course ..............................68 • Lake Almanor Fitness Center ..26 • Lake Almanor Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals................29 • Lake Almanor West Golf Course ..............................68 • Mountain Meadows Mead........27

• Mt. Jura Gem and Mineral .......33 • Plumas Pines Golf Resort ....53,69 • Plumas Pines Riding Stable......90 • Quail Lodge..........................28, 75 • Reese’s Fish Hunt......................74 • Reid Horse & Cattle Co.............90 • Sierra Valley Gun Club .............75 • Western Pacific Railroad Museum ...................58 • Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club ...69

RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES • Almanor West Grill ...................68 • Alley Cat Cafe............................37 • Anna’s Cafe................................34 • Bailey Creek Bar & Grill................ .......................................Back cover • Big Springs Gardens..................52 • Bonta Street Bistro ....................48 • Bucks Lake Lodge......................45 • Bucks Lakeshore Resort ...........45 • Cafe Le Coq................................43 • Canyon Dam Dogs & Burgers ..29 • Carol’s Cafe................................24 • Chalet View Grille .....................49 • Champions Pizza and Wings ...40 • Courthouse Cafe .......................41 • Diamond Mountain Casino......30 • Gold Lake Lodge ......................111 • Graeagle Mill Works..................49 • Graeagle Outpost ......................49 • Gray Eagle Lodge ......................50 • Jimmie’s Roadhouse 70 ............58 • Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch.....49 • Lassen Ale Works ......................99 • Longboards Bar and Grill ........53 • Mt. Tomba Dinner House .........51 • Nakoma....................................115 • Neighbors Bar-B-Que ................54 • Nichole’s Coffee Depot .............57 • Old Sierra City Hotel.................50 • Packer Lake Lodge.....................52 • Paul Bunyan Resort & Babe’s Inn..26 • Pizza Factory Quincy ................37 • Sardine Lake Resort ..................50 • St. Bernard Lodge ......................22

SERVICES • Almanor Flooring ......................23 • American Valley Animal Hospital ......................42 • Canyon Dam Storage................28 • Cast-a-weigh Cruise Agency....48 • Country Villa .............................40 • Data Wells Group......................34 • DeMartile Automotive ..............40 • Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce .....................51, 58 • Eastern Plumas Health Care....55 • Feather River College..................2 • Sharon Geney Massage ............24 • Graeagle Merchants Assoc.......48 • Great Northern Hair Co............42 • Greenville Rancheria ................32 • High Sierra Animal Rescue ........4 • Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce ...........................33 • J’s Rents & Events .....................56 • Mohawk Trading Co. .................34

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• Mr. B’s Auto ................................42 • Plumas District Hospital ..........42 • Quincy Moving ..........................61 • Sacred Space Healing Arts .......34 • Sharon Geney Massage ............24 • Sierra Pacific Industries ...........41 • State Farm Insurance ...............63 • Spa at Plumas Pines..................52 • Westwood Chamber of Commerce ...........................31 • Williams Construction .............47 • Wilson, Susan, Massage ...........49

SHOPS & RETAILERS • Ayoob’s Ace Hardware ..............23 • Ayoob’s Main St. Styles .............41 • Bargain Boutique ......................37 • Books & Beyond ........................26 • Blue Petunia Gifts .....................56 • Bodfish Bicycles.........................89 • Briar Patch .................................51 • Canyon Dam Store....................29 • Carey Candy Co.........................38 • Cast-a-way Consignments.......48 • Schneider’s Old Time Merchants..49 • Crazyblooms..............................48 • Crescent Country ......................34 • Denim Blues ..............................57 • Eco Centric.................................49 • Epilog Books...............................37 • Flag Store ...................................61 • Firehouse Thrift ........................56 • Good Vibrations.........................24 • Graeagle Mercantile..................48 • Graeagle Merchants..................48 • Great Northern Hair Co............42 • J&J’s Grizzly Store......................58 • La Casa Bella .............................37 • Lassen Drug Co .........................11 • Lassen Gift Company ...............24 • Margie’s Book Nook ..................27 • Morning Star Log Furniture .....51 • Mountain Hardware & Sports .51 • Mountain Meadows Mead........27 • Nifty Thrifty...............................58 • Portola Village Pharmacy .........57 • Queen Bee Boutique .................48 • Quincy Drug Store ....................40 • Quincy Hot Spot ........................40 • Quincy Natural Foods...............38 • Quincy Thrift .............................42 • Red House Art ...........................48 • Red Pony ....................................59 • Shabby Red Door Boutique ......56 • Sierra Valley Feed & Supply.....59 • Sterling Sage..............................33 • The Giggling Crow.....................25 • The Toy Store/Little People .....38 • Tidbits.........................................29 • Treats Dog Co ..............................4 • Valu-Wide Variety Discount.....57 • Village Drug Co. ...................11, 34 • Wiggins Trading Post ................59 • Wisteria......................................24 • Woolly Notions..........................47 • Young’s Market, Taylorsville ....34

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These delux deluxee Frank Frank Lloyd Llo yd Wright Wrright inspired inspired e homes in Graeagle Graeagle feature feature central stone fir eplaces, spacious sp pacious spa-like bathrooms, bathr ooms, saunas and private priv ate outdoor hot tubs. fireplaces,

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ENJOY MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN VIEWS while dining! Our Frank Lloyd Wright designed dining room features some of the area’s finest views and food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

CALL

530-832-5067

for seasonal hours of operation

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888-624 -2480

WWW.VILLASATNAKOMA .COM

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Property Sales, Bank-Owned and Short Sale Specialist

Lake Almanor Real Estate

(530) 259-5687

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Bailey Creek Cottages

Please call if you are interested in renting your home!

“Stay-n-Play”

Vacation and Long Term Rentals • Lakefront • Golf Courses • Budget Friendly & more!

1-530-259-4fun (4386)

Lake-Front Homes

Golf Course at Lake Almanor

1-530-259-GOLF (4653) • 18 Holes Championship Par 72 • Full Service Pro Shop • Tournaments and Corporate Outings • Full Service Restaurant & Bar Bailey Creek Bar & Grill: 1-530-259-DINE (3463) • 433 Durkin Dr., Lake Almanor


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