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Feather River College

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

Feather Fea ather R River iver C College ollege QUINCY, CALIFORNIA

FRC's Degree transfers to many CSU and FR ' University Studies d f d UC campuses. Our Dual Enrollment program with Chico State is unique in California. We also have Du transfer agreements with schools in other states including the University of tra Nevada, both UNR and UNLV, as well as the University of Idaho. Ne

FRC offers many unique educational programs such as: Environmental Studies, Outdoor Recreational Leadership, Equine Studies, Adult learning opportunities throughout the county and we are the only California Community College with a fish hatchery. We also offer some of the best athletics programs in Northern California with Football, Rodeo, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball and Baseball currently available.

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

Bruce Baldwin at 530-283-0202 ext. 347 or visit our website at

Kevin Mallory


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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Buzz Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Calendar of events . . . . . . . . .14-15 Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Canyon Dam area . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Chester-Lake Almanor area . . . . .18 Christmas tree cutting . . . . . . . . .85 Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . .112 County information . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Fairgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Fall colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Feather River Canyon . . . . . . . . . .35 Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Forests, national . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Geocaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Gold panning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Golf course chart . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Graeagle & Lakes Basin area . . . .46 Hiking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Horseback riding . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Indian Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Kids Stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Lassen Volcanic National Park . . .17 La Porte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Map & directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 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 . . . . . . . . .54 Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Relocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 River rafting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Rockhounding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Scenic byways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Skiing & snowboarding . . . . . . . .79 Snowmobiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Snowplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 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 Gansner Bar campground by Tony Mindling.



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. Click on our websites at or for updated information, or give the Visitors Bureau a call at 800-326-2247. 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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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 welcome 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 explore and campsites and stables to accommodate them. On trails in the national forest, leashes are optional but preferred. 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. • Holistic Food and Treats Treat your pets to a • Doggie Bakery vacation in a place where • Great Gear for Dogs they’ll love to spend some quality time with you. on the Go! Pet-friendly Plumas 525 Main St., Chester County, with its wide vari530.258.0323 ety of accommodations, is 2936 Main St., Susanville the ideal getaway for you 530.257.1614 and your best friends.

Pet Adoptions & Boarding Kennels Open Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm 103 Meadowridge Lane, Portola CA 96122

(530) 832-4727


Heather Kingdon


The official Plumas County Visitors Guide is a joint project between Feather Publishing Co. Inc., and the Plumas County Visitors Bureau. Published annually in April. Ad deadline is February 2012. 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. Suzi Brakken and Kari Underwood of the Plumas County Visitors Bureau ADVERTISING: Sherri McConnell - Ad Manager; Karen Kuhn, Kay Moss - Quincy - (530) 283-0800 Cheri McIntire and Valorie Chisholm Chester and Greenville - (530) 258-3115 Michael Peters - Blairsden/Graeagle, Penny Oteri - Portola - (530) 832-4646

FEATHER PUBLISHING CO., INC P.O. Box B • 287 Lawrence St. • Quincy, CA 95971 • (530) 283-0800 •

PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU 550 Crescent St. • P.O. Box 4120 • Quincy, CA 95971 (800) 326-2247 •



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: under Outdoor Recreation and then navigate to Kids and Family.


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 the Visitors Bureau or area chambers of commerce. • 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 • Friday night summer concerts in Portola City Park • 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 • Geocaching - fun for the whole family

BUZZ B LOG Check out the “Plumas Buzz” blog on for the latest on recreation, fun, events, and lifestyle stories from up in our neck of the woods. Get insider tips from locals and fellow travelers, find out what’s new or how the weather’s doing, and keep in touch with rural life in Plumas County when you’re not here. The informal blog is narrated and edited by Plumas County Visitors Bureau staff. Just click on the “Plumas Buzz” animated icon at the top right of the home page. We also invite you to share your own travel stories and photos of things abuzz in Plumas County!

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This camp in Indian Valley showing roofs made of bark was the residence of Mountain Maidu Indians around the 1890s. Prior to the California Gold Rush, the area now known as Plumas County was inhabited by the Mountain Maidu Indians. 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 gold-seeking miners poured into the canyons and valleys of the region in search of a fabled “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 mining, 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 Spanish explorer saw what looked like bird feathers floating in the water. “Plumas,” the Spanish word for “feathers,” 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 remained the main industry of the county. In 1850, the famous mountain man, James P. Beckwourth, discovered the lowest 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 eastern and largest portion of Butte County with the town of Quincy chosen as the county seat after a PA G E 8

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 included the town of La Porte. In the late 1850s, Greenville came into existence as a mining and farming community at the head of Indian Valley; 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 Pacific Railroad in 1910, Portola came into existence. 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. 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 traffic only. In 1937, the Feather River Highway, touted as an “all weather route,” was completed through the Feather River Canyon from Oroville to Quincy, linking Plumas County year-round to the Sacramento Valley. Scott J. Lawson Plumas County Museum Director 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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

Portola Elevation: 5,000 feet Quincy Elevation: 3,409 feet RADIO STATIONS KSUE-AM,1240 . . . . . . . (530) KQNC-FM, 88.1 . . . . . . . (877) KQNY-FM, 91.9 . . . . . . . (530) KJDX-FM, 93.3 . . . . . . . . (530) KNLF-FM, 95.9 . . . . . . . . (530) KLZN-FM, 96.3 . . . . . . . . (530) KTOR-FM, 96.9, 99.7 . . . (530) K-LOVE-FM, 98.9 . . . . . . (800)

Annual snowfall (Inches)

Chester Elevation: 4,550 feet Greenville Elevation: 3,600 feet

Normal precipitation (Inches)

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

For local forecast (530) 221-5613

Mean July maximum temperature

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


Mean January minimum temperature

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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257-2121 480-5900 283-5494 257-2121 283-4145 257-6100 256-2400 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 • BANKS • Bank of America Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . (530) Portola . . . . . . . . . . . (530) • Plumas Bank Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . (530) Chester. . . . . . . . . . . (530) Greenville . . . . . . . . . (530) Portola . . . . . . . . . . . (530) • U.S. Bank Chester. . . . . . . . . . . (530) Quincy . . . . . . . . . . . (530)


283-6600 832-4488 283-6800 258-4161 284-6114 832-4405 258-2145 283-6610

LIBRARIES Chester Branch . . . . . . .(530) Greenville Branch . . . . .(530) Quincy Branch . . . . . . . .(530) Portola Branch . . . . . . . .(530)

258-2742 284-7416 283-6310 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 Feather River Middle . . . . (530) 832-0560 Carmichael Elementary . . . (530) 832-0211 Quincy Quincy High School . . . . (530) Pioneer Elementary . . . . . (530) Quincy Elementary . . . . . (530) Plumas Christian . . . . . . . (530) Feather River College . . . (530)

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Plumas County Visitors Bureau Highway 70 Half mile west of downtown P.O. Box 4120 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-6345 (800) 326-2247 (530) 283-5465 FAX 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 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 Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce 408 Main St., P.O. Box 516 Greenville, CA 95947 (530) 284-6633 (530) 284-6907 FAX PA G E 1 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plumas County Museum 500 Jackson St. Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-6320 (530) 283-6081 FAX

Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050

Plumas Arts 372 Main St., P.O. Box 618 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-3402 (530) 283-1168 FAX

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

Mary McMonegal

Stop in at the Plumas County Visitors Bureau for maps, brochures, area information, and friendly travel advice. Plus, we offer wireless Internet access! The Visitors Bureau is located on Hwy. 70 just west of downtown Quincy next to the airport. We’re open year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Walk-in service to visitors also is available at the county’s four chambers of commerce, at U.S. Forest Service offices and at the county’s museums.

Plumas-Eureka State Park 310 Johnsville Road Blairsden, CA 96103 (530) 836-2380

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

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Suzi Brakken

Shannon Morrow

There’s serious horseshoe competition during Gold Digger Days every July in Greenville, below left. At center, a volunteer takes the stage of a medicine man show during Portola’s Railroad Days Festival in August. Bottom right, a bagpiper is part of the music and food offered during the Celtic Festival in September in Graeagle.


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 competitions. 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 annual events. Call the numbers listed with each entry for event specific information.

For the county’s most updated listing of events and cultural highlights visit or

Old-fashioned carnival games and rides at the Midway delight all ages at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair in August.

Carol Miles

performances. 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 Christmas tree lightings, art exhibits, open houses and friendly gatherings in all corners of the county.

Suzi Brakken

No matter the season or interests of our visitors, Plumas County offers a myriad of events to capture the imagination 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 nighttime gallery Art Walks, wine and food tastings and monthly music and poetry

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A benefit wine tasting in Blairsden is one of several cultural events enjoyed in Plumas County’s stunning outdoor settings.

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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 Main Street Artists in Quincy, the Feather River Fine Arts Association in Lake

Almanor Basin, Mohawk Valley Arts Guild in Graeagle and Feather Arts Center in Portola. A variety of community and private event producers bring a richly diverse program of cultural events to the area. Visitors will find an impressive quality of work by regional visual, musical and literary artists within galleries in Chester, Lake Almanor, Quincy, Portola 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 theater and gathering place with a diverse pallette of feature, independent and environmental films, as well as one of the few single screen theatres left anywhere. The theatre also hosts local dramatic productions as well as visits from world class artists. The new West End Theatre, also on Quincy’s Main Street, hosts a children’s theatre program as well as other live dramatic productions. There’s an impressive lineup of annual arts and crafts fairs, including this one in Chester Park held on the Fourth of July.

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Music and art festivals bring the cultures of the world to the beauty of the mountains as well as highlighting 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 California 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 on once a month on Fridays during the summer in downtown Chester. Quilt shows held throughout the year in various county locations are a major draw. New in 2011 will be a countywide Artist & Barn Quilt tour showcasing the local arts scene scheduled for September. In October, the Mountain Harvest Festival in Quincy blends an arts and crafts show with a micro-brew pub tasting and music. Bring a picnic and attend a free outdoor summer concert! Portola City Lights evening concerts are held on Fridays in Portola City Park during July and August. On Sundays, the public can enjoy summer concerts at the bandshell in the Lake Almanor Country Club, while a new series of concerts will be held on three summer Wednesdays in Chester Park. Also on Wednesday evenings, enjoy live music with local bands all summer at the Graeagle Mill Pond. Live music is offered in conjunction with a weekly Farmers Market on Thursday evenings in downtown Quincy from June 23 through Sept. 8. Sierra Valley Farms also hosts a farmer’s market on Fridays June 3 through Sept. 16 that includes cooking and gardening demonstrations. Graeagle offers up a series of Dixieland Jazz concerts each summer. The Chester Community Chorus takes the stage for a series of well-loved performances each May and December. The Taylorsville Grange, with its legendary bouncin’ dance floor, hosts some popular annual dances during the summer. 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. To learn more about the local arts community contact Plumas Arts, (530) 283-3402 or

Jason Cannon


Local musicians can be heard often in restaurants and pubs.

Plumas Arts

Cultivating Community & Culture in Plumas County for 30 years (530) 283-3402 Check our website for information on these and more great events

Almanor Art Show

August 6 & 7

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


Plumas Arts Tour

September 17 & 18

Local Color & Culture

Mountain Harvest Festival

October 15

Plumas Fairgrounds, Quincy Micro Brew Fest and Live Music

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May 14 Indian Valley-Wide Yard Sale Indian Valley (530) 284-6633 May 21 Birding & Boating at Maddalena Ranch Sierra Valley (530) 283-5758 Kids Fishing Day Graeagle Mill Pond (530) 836-6811 May 21 & 22 “Crazy About Quilts” Show & Barn Quilt Driving Tour Quincy (530) 283-3424 May 27-29 StillDream Music Festival Belden (530) 283-9662 May 28 Indian Valley Century Bike Ride Greenville (530) 284-6633 May 28 & 29 Rotary Club of Chester Memorial Day Craft Fair Chester (530) 258-2516

Quincy - Church and Main Streets Thursday evenings featuring live music from June 23 through Sept.8. Beckwourth - Fridays, June 3-Sept. 16 at Sierra Valley Farms featuring cooking and gardening demonstrations. (530) 832-0114 May 29 Mohawk Valley Artists Spring Faire Graeagle (530) 836-1399


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

Soroptimists Garden Tour Quincy (530) 283-0957

4th of July Festivities Chester (530) 258-2426

June 19 Father’s Day Fly-In & Crawdad Festival Quincy (530) 283-0188

July 9 Solar Cook-Off Taylorsville (530) 283-1396

June 3 & 4 Graffiti Night, County Picnic, Car, Home & Garden Show Quincy (530) 283-6272 June 11 Taste of Mohawk Graeagle (530) 836-0446 June 17-19 The Big Bounce Festival Belden (530) 283-9662 June 18 Lake Davis Fishing Derby Lake Davis (530) 836-6811

ANNUAL CONCERTS Dixieland Jazz Concerts will be held Sundays in Graeagle on May 22, June 26, July 17, August 21 and Sept. 4. Call (530) 836-4523. 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 Friday nights in Portola City Park on July 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5 & 12. Call (530) 832-4518. PA G E 1 4

June 18 Mile High Century Bike Ride Chester (530) 259-2426

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Check what’s in the ovens and do some dancing at the Solar Cook-Off.

A Few Brews & A Banjo Chester (530) 596-3300

July 16 & 17 Gold Digger Days Greenville (530) 284-6633

June 30-July 3 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy (510) 420-1529

Arts & Crafts Fair Graeagle (775) 825-3679

J U LY July 1-3 Mohawk Valley Independence Celebration Graeagle (530) 836-6811 July 2 & 3 Civil War Reenactment Graeagle (530) 836-6811

July 23 Feather River Fine Arts Tour Chester-Lake Almanor (530) 596-4166 July 30 & 31 Bidwell Arts & Crafts Show Chester (530) 345-9652

Dates subject to change. For updates, visit or


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August 6 Round Valley Lake Run & Walk Round Valley Lake (530) 283-3611

September 2-4 Antique Fair Graeagle (530) 836-6811

October 1 Cowboy Poetry Show Vinton (530) 993-4692

August 6 & 7 Almanor Art Show Chester (530) 283-3402

September 3 Lake Almanor Peninsula Arts & Crafts Faire Lake Almanor (530) 259-5478

Fall Festival Taylorsville (530) 284-7670

August 10-14 Plumas-Sierra County Fair Quincy (530) 283-6272

September 9 & 10 Streetrod Extravaganza Chester (530) 258-2426

August 13 & 14 Bidwell Arts & Crafts Show Chester (530) 345-9652

September 10 & 11 Patriot’s Day Endurance Horseback Ride Greenville (530) 284-6328

August 19-21 Railroad Days Portola (530) 832-4216 August 19 & 20 Stars in the Barn Graeagle (530) 836-6811

September 17 & 18 Plumas Artists & Barn Quilts Tour Countywide (530) 283-3402 September 24 Seymour Smith Run Greenville (530) 284-6633

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August 20 & 21 Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Fair Graeagle (775) 825-3679

September 17 Celtic Festival Graeagle (530) 836-6811

December 3 Graeagle Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Graeagle (530) 836-1234

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

December 3 & 10 Santa Train - Portola (530) 832-4131

October 15 Mountain Harvest Festival, Microbrew Tasting and Harvest Run Quincy (530) 283-3402


October 30 Dawn Institute Apple Fest Crescent Mills (530) 284-6036

NOVEMBER November 24 Quincy Turkey Trot Quincy (530) 283-5508 November 25 Chester Merchants’ Holiday Tree Lighting & Light Parade (530) 258-2426

December 2 Holiday Tree Lighting Portola (530) 832-0589 Main Street Sparkle & Light Parade Quincy (530) 283-0188


Historic Longboard Revival Series races will be held at Eureka Ski Bowl in Johnsville on Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 18, 2012. Call (530) 283-6345.

October 8 Fall Fest Quincy (530) 283-7618


Savor microbrews and music at Mountain Harvest Festival.


February 4 Bucks Lake Poker Run Bucks Lake (530) 283-9766 February 11 & 12 Sled Dog Races Chester (530) 258-2426 February 17-20 Winter Snowfest Eastern Plumas County (530) 836-6811 February 18 Winterfest Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run Chester (530) 258-2426

MARCH March 16 & 17 Cowboy Poetry Show Vinton (530) 993-4692

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Lassen Volcanic National Park


Four distinct seasons bring ever-changing views of the scenic topography of Lassen Volcanic National Park. 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. Just a short 30-minute drive from the Chester-Lake Almanor area, 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 plants and 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. 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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. Campground fees are $10-$18 and sites are available both by reservation and as first-come, first-served. To reserve, call 877444-6777 or reserve online at 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 For more information, call the Visitor Center at (530) 5954480 or visit the website at Chester, located a half hour east, is the nearest-full-service town to the park’s southwest entrance. It offers complete visitor services including lodging, camping, dining and shopping.

Drakesbad GUEST RANCH Dine A Mile High BREAKFAST • BUFFET LUNCH • DINNER Wednesday BBQ Cook-out • Outdoor Seating Selected Wines • Imported Beers

Horseback Riding Explore scenic Lassen Volcanic National Park on horseback. One to eight hour guided trail rides to Devils Kitchen, Terminal Geyser, Sifford Lake, Boiling Spring Lake, Summit Lakes and Kings Creek Falls.

Fly Fishing Instruction - Guiding •

For menu, schedule and reservations please call: 866-999-0914 * California Guest Services, Inc. is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.

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425 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor Ca 96137

(530) 596-3203 HOMES, LOTS ACREAGE, LAKEFRONTS, LAKEVIEW, COUNTRY CLUB, VACATION RENTALS Tour all Plumas County listings at Serving Lake Almanor Basin, Portola and Grizzly Ranch


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Chester from Page 18

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 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. 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, Almanor, Lake 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. A short drive to Westwood, east of Chester, allows a look at the giant redwood statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, and exhibits at a visitors center that is a replica of Westwood’s original train depot. Other attractions include a museum, the historic Walker mansion, and the area’s only winery, which produces mead, a wine-style beverage made

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Sled dog races make up part of Winterfest fun in Chester.

by fermenting honey and water. For more information about the area, contact the ChesterLake Almanor Chamber of Commerce at (800) 350-4838.

Lake Almanor Retreat 325 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137

Best place to stay on Lake Almanor! From 1 to 4 Bedroom Housekeeping Cabins COMPLIMENTARY WIFI BOAT RAMP AND SLIPS


Access to the Best Fishing on the Lake!


FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: 530.596.4530 Visit our web page: email:

• 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!

Some vacation units available for purchase!

(530) 596-3249

7329 Highway 147, Lake Almanor, CA 96137




Almanor Basin and Surrounding Area Properties

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Cell 530.375.7557 Office 530.259.4801

COLDWELL BANKER, KEHR-O’BRIEN REAL ESTATE 146 Lake Almanor West Drive 244 Main Street, Chester, CA 96020 - Photo by Roger Walden - Almanor Photography


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289 Main St., Ste. 1, Chester


499 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor “At the Country Club Gate”©


Lakefront Log Cabins

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30 Years of Quality Service

Vacation Rentals & Property Management

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Mountain Living

Come Experience the FOXWOOD Lifestyle at Lake Almanor

(530) 596-3040


Tr ndz Boutique Stylish Fashions & Accessories New Arrivals Spring • Summer Fall • Winter Sizes: Jr., 0-16, Plus Sizes/Petites

       Unique Gi fts, Art, Jewelry, Books, Toys & Home DÊcor for Conscious Living Mon–Sat 10AM-5:30PM Winter Hours 11AM-4:00PM 530-258-GOOD

Massage Therapy Sharon Geney, CMT

Opening Spring 2011

Deeply Relaxing & Profoundly Revitalizing


530.258.4110 / 530.258.GOOD

Kitchen and Bath Shop

We offer Old-Fashioned Hospitality and Memorable Vacations

278 Main St. Chester/Lake Almanor CA

Gourmet Sauces, Marinades & Dressings

Rustic Style Lodge Cabin-themed Rooms & Meals Trophy Trout Fishing Adventures Guided Fly Fishing Guided Seasonal Hunting 1 Mile to Public Boat Launch Licensed guiding by Allen Shephard 29615 Highway 89 Canyon Dam, CA 95923

Hours: Spring M-Sat. 10-5 • Summer - 7 days a week 131 Main St., Chester, CA 96020 • 530.258.3232


“One of the area’s distinctive Inns ...�

“Chester/Lake Almanor Basin’s Finest Lodging�

-Sunset Magazine


Bidwell House a bed & breakfast inn

(530) 258-3338 1 Main St., P.O. Box 1790, Chester CA 96020 WEB PAGE:

Fourteen elegantly appointed rooms furnished with antiques and Jacuzzi tubs.

< Gourmet breakfast with organic coffee will help you greet the day.

< Beautiful setting for weddings, receptions, reunions and retreats.

Where the Sierras meet the Cascades... Your Gateway to Outdoor Cedar Lodge Adventure!

Lassen Gift Company

Enjoy year-round recreation right from your doorstep. Take a leisurely walk to the northern tip of Lake Almanor or a scenic 30 minute ride to Mt. Lassen. How about stepping out your door and into your skis or snowmobiling on over 60 miles of groomed trails?

Soda Fountain

Queen & King Rooms Kitchen & 2 bd Units Refrigerator Microwave In-room Coffee

Phones/WiFi Satellite TV/DVD’s Heated Pool (seasonal) BBQ & Picnic Areas Basketball & Horseshoes

Volleyball & Play areas RV Hook-ups Walk to Bakery Pets/Children Welcome


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•• Gifts • Cards Gifts •• Toys • Candles Toys •• Jewelry • Clothes Jewelry Gift Certificates Year-round Year-round Christmas Shop 220 220 Main Street, Chester


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Nestled in the Pines, conveniently located 1.5 miles west of Chester. Junction of Hwys. 36 & 89. Write, phone, or email for Reservations (530) 258-2904 P.O. Box 677, Chester CA 96020 •

“Let our 35 Years of Experience Work for You!” Linda W. Gillam

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Realtor - Associate

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530.356.4543 DRE #01080683

Paul Bunyan Resort


530.258.9504 DRE #01248441

L A K E F R O N T RV R E S O RT • 36 Full Hookup RV Sites • Seasonal RV Space • Cabin/Trailer Rentals • Boat Dock/Marina/Ramp • Laundry/Showers • Horseshoe Pits

7371 Hwy. 147, East Shore Lake Almanor, CA

(530) 596-3240

Babe’s Inn

• Espresso • Frosty Restaurant • Miniature Golf • RV’s • Lake Access • Cabins & Guest Rooms

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

(530) 596-4700

A four-seasons playground. WILSON’S CAMP PRATTVILLE R.V. Park • Deli • Marina • Cabin Rentals and

Carol’s Cafe 259-2464

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

(530) 259-CAMP (2267)

2932 Almanor Drive West, Westshore of Lake Almanor, Canyon Dam, CA 95923

St. Bernard Lodge Hwy 36, 10 Miles West of Chester

Call or Go Online For Reservations

(530) 258-3382

Bed and Breakfast

DINING BY RESERVATION Discover the perfect spot to relax or choose one of the many year-round outdoor activities. |


A Mountain Market Place

Book Store Art Gallery Games & Threads

upscale & rediscovered clothing boutique for women 135 Main Street #A, Chester CA 96020

phone 530-258-1000

Dry Cleaning & Free WiFi


and Plumas Arts

Art Tour

July 23, 2011 10-4 For tickets and information

call 596-4166 All ticket sales benefit art in our local schools

Lake Almanor Fitness Center 160 Cedar Street, Chester

Your Community GYM For more information, visit:

FREE group exercise classes including Zumba Walk We -Ins Call lcome. for I nfo.


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258-3900 $33 per month • No signup fees • No long-term contracts.

ALMANOR FLOORING, INC. 604 Main St., Chester, CA

(530) 258-2893 • CA Cont. Lic. # 649902 *For tax credit details and restrictions and a list of qualifying products, ask a salesperson or visit Hunter Douglas and its dealers are not tax advisors. The tax credit for 2011 is subject to a limitation based in part on the amount of Section 25C credits taken in prior years. It is recommended that you consult your tax advisor regarding your individual tax situation and your ability to claim this tax credit. © 2011 Hunter Douglas. ® Registered trademark of Hunter Douglas.


Cinnamon Teal

Rent the Entire Inn! • Historical home on one acre • Separate cottage with full kitchen • BBQ’s and picnic tables • Shaded grounds leading to the river! • Suitable for a couple, a family or a small group Located on the Feather River in the quaint mountain town of Chester

(530) 258-3993 •

Sue McCourt

Come experience the fun & beauty!

A SPACE FOR EVERYONE Full RV Hook-ups • Sites with a View Marina & Boat Launch • Picnic Tables Clean Restrooms • Hot Showers Laundry Facilities • Dump Station


Spaces available now and accepting 2012 Reservations.

(530) 284-7697 3485 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor, CA

33rd Annual

30th Annual

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Arts & Crafts Show in Chester


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Craft Show Continuous Entertainment Barbecue by Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department "A Cyrcle Production"

Woodwork • Stained Glass • Fine Art Clothing • Pottery • Photography Specialty Foods • Jewelry & Much More!! New Artisans Each Weekend


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


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“Cutest Little Thing in Chester!”

414 Peninsula Dr. Lake Almanor, Ca 96137

(530) 596-3348

442 Peninsula Drive • Lake Almanor, CA 96137

➸ Drive around Lake Almanor and take in a picnic and views at the rest stop on the lake’s north end.

Chester - Lake Almanor

Located on the Shores of Big Cove

Visit our website at

➸ 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 dip at the beaches on the west shore. ➸ Treat yourself at an old-fashioned soda fountain inside Lassen Gift Store. ➸ Take a trip to Drakesbad; hike a trail or soak in the hydrothermal-heated pool. Or, follow Feather River Drive to Willow Lake and hike along the lake. ➸ Learn about forestry practices and the area’s timber industry at the Collins Pine Museum.

Lakefront RV Sites with Boat Slip

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➸ 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 : 800-326-2247 or 800-350-4838


CANYON DAM AREA 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 500-mile 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 hunting/fishing lodge, a post office, camping, and a kayak/paddleboard rental company, two gift shops and casual dining.

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The Canyon Dam Store, built in 1915, is a popular stop for visitors headed for Lake Almanor.

Lakefront Homes with Private Boat Slips Accomodations for up to 32 people!

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(530) 258-2379 645 Main Street Chester, CA 96020

TOWING “Large or small, we tow it all!”

Lake Almanor Towing Complete Auto & Truck Repair EPR Tires • Batteries

LAKE ALMANOR TOWING (530) 258-3062

333 Main Street, Chester, CA


FOREST PARK RV SPACES 1/3 mile from Lake Almanor (south shore) • • • • • •

3-way hook-ups 5 pull throughs All sites forested Pets welcome Laundry & hot showers Backs Plumas National Forest 29689 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam, CA 95923

(530) 284-7405 (in season) (775) 849-0557 Fax (775) 849-2401


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Lake Almanor Kayak EPR “Come Paddle With The Eagles”

Mike and Vicki Girvin 29535 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam



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

• Unique Jewelry • Pendletons • Alaskan Smoked Salmon Tidbits • Jelly Bellies EPR • Sahale Gourmet Nuts and Much More!

Canyon Dam Storage Owner/Manager on Site - Fenced - Card Lock Gate Mickey Holcomb 10x10, 10x20, 10x30 Units & Outdoor Storage Free Boat Dam LaunchStorage - 1 Mile Canyon EPR

29588 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam

(530) 284-6750

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

530-284-7491 Trophy Trout Fishing Guided Adventures Fly Fishing and Conventional Fishing

Guided Seasonal Hunting Deer, Bear, Duck, Tremendous Mountain Quail Hunting

We offer Old-Fashioned Hospitality and Memorable Vacations

29615 Highway 89 Canyon Dam, CA 95923

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Inclusive Adventures Groups, Lodging, Homestyle Meals, Guides Individual Lodging Always Available

530-284-0861 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE




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


N Fall Festival

Featuring Grass Drags

Oct. 15th, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 1ST 3pm - Midnight

N Christmas in the Mountains

Food Arts & Craft Vendors, Exhibition Grass Drags & Dance Under The Stars

Dec. 2nd, 2011

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SATURDAY, JULY 2ND Starting at 10am Parade, Grass Drags, Live Blues Bands, Kid’s Area, Arts, Crafts, Food & More! For more information, call the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456.


January 14th, 2012

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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Heather Kingdon


Beautiful and serene, Indian Valley is one of the best spots in Plumas County to take a scenic drive, especially during fall.


Indian Valley

Indian Valley, which includes the communities of Greenville, Taylorsville, Crescent Mills and Canyon Dam, 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 ➸ Take your camera the setting for a number of yearly or your bicycle on a bike rides and races. scenic drive around The Maidu Indians were the the valleys east of valley’s original inhabitants, and Greenville and north their influence on the region has of Taylorsville. provided a unique cultural back➸ Shop while takground. ing in the Historic Greenville, the largest comWalking Tour of munity, offers a full range of busidowntown ness and service establishments. It Greenville and its also is home of the Gold Digger museum. Days celebration held each July to commemorate the area’s vivid ➸ Picnic, hike and gold mining past. Visitors can mountain bike at take a self-guided walking tour of Round Valley Lake. Greenville’s historic Main Street to ➸ Take a fall foliage learn more about the town’s orior wildflower viewgins. On the tour, visit the newlying expedition to opened Greenville Cy Hall Antelope Lake, stopMemorial Museum. ping at the historic Round Valley Reservoir, Genesee Store. located three miles above ➸ Hike to Indian Greenville, is a warm water fishFalls and cool off in ery containing bass and bluegill, Indian Creek. and it is a popular place to bring Info: (800) 326-2247 children because they’re sure to make a catch. PA G E 3 2

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, a deli 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. 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, 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 restauFULL BREAKFASTS rants and other amenities are MADE-TO-ORDER DELI there to welcome visitors to this SANDWICHES restful retreat. WEEKEND BBQ’S For more information, call the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at (530) 284-6633.

Open Daily: 6:30 am - 2 pm Highway 89 • Greenville



Welcome to Beautiful Indian Valley

Photos by Jeff Titcomb - Indian Head

Leaf Peepers 1st Annual


Solar Cook-Off


MT. JURA GEM & MUSEUM SOCIETY Gem • Mineral Dinosaur Egg Display


Saturday Oct. 8th 100 Miles or 100K

Indian Valley Treasure Hunt

July 2nd, 3rd & 4th Gem Show July 4th Cowboy Breakfast 7-11am Call for Details: 284-6406 or 284-7785


Valley-wide Yard Sales SATURDAY, MAY 14

Saturday & Sunday July 16 & 17

BICYCLE RIDES Century Rides Saturday, May 28th

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


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For more information, call Blackhawk Solar at (530) 283-1396, Genesee Store at (530) 284-6351, or KQNY in Quincy at 283-0901



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Saturday July 9, from 11 am til dusk.

Live Music • Awesome Crafts • Food for Sale • Camping Hot Showers Available Located at Taylorsville Campground.

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300 Main Street at Highway 89 Greenville, Ca. 95947

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➸ Drive up to Caribou Powerhouse and hike the North Fork fishing trail.

➸ Float or raft the Feather River from Belden Beach to Chips Creek.

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Feather River Canyon


➸ Nature tour -count up to 100 waterfalls, view fall colors or spring wildflowers.

➸ Photograph trains along the many bridges and tunnels. More Info: 800-326-2247

Trains are a common sight and attraction in the Feather River Canyon which features marvels of railroad engineering.

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



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 eastwest 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 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 and places to eat. Belden draws visitors with a series of music festivals and concerts staged on summer weekends. PA G E 3 5


Private Land at

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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:

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Tony Mindling


It’s sure to be a fun and memorable vacation at Bucks Lake, especially if you get out on the water. The centerpiece of recreation in Central Plumas County is Bucks Lake, which is 17 miles southwest of Quincy, past the small community of Meadow Valley. This beautiful, semi-isolated destination offers year-round enjoyment at an elevation of 5,200 feet. With 17 miles of shoreline, sandy beaches and tall pines, Bucks Lake attracts fishermen, campers and water sports enthusiasts in the temperate months. 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 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.

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The Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, on the east side of Quincy, is a year-round destination for a multitude of various events. The fairgrounds hosts one of the state’s oldest county fairs each August. The 2011 theme is “Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future.” The five-day event Aug. 10-14 features what the residents of Plumas and Sierra Counties have made, raised or grown, along with a logging show, rodeo music and entertainment and the ever-popular midway. The 2011 event also will feature a display celebrating the 200th anniversary of the modern fair as well as the history of the PlumasSierra County Fair. The grounds and buildings are available for rental for anything from weddings and reunions to wine-pairings, auto racing and rodeo. A Children’s Faire, the County Picnic and the start of a series of events at American Valley Speedway arrive in the early season. Following close is the well-loved High Sierra Music Festival (, with international flavors of music running on multiple stages June 30-July 3 from daylight until the wee hours. The fun continues throughout 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. Ample room for camping, RV-ing, and parking await you in and around the 54-acre facilities. There’s also a public park, playground, and pool adjacent to the fairgrounds. For more information about the Fairgrounds, events, or to make reservations, please call (530) 283-6272, or visit A 4-H’er shows off his prize-winning pig at the fair.


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.

Visit us online at: K IM & D EWITT H ENDERSON

(530) 283-2848 Come Relax and Enjoy Our Amazing Lake Views 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

SNOW PLAY - We have over 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, mountains for hill climbing and a winter time resort. DINING - Enjoy lakefront dining on our outdoor patio; try one of our 18 beers on tap, a glass of wine or one of our fun mixed drinks (the Tree Bumper or the Mazda Margarita). We have delicious homemade pizza, 1/2 pound grilled burgers, tri tip sandwiches, fish & chips, 3 types of yummy salads and more!!

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Quincy’s historic downtown Main Street boasts an array of shops, galleries and eateries. The town’s abundance of color-changing trees draws leaf peepers to town for the fall foliage peak.

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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 37) located on the eastern side of town off Highway 70.

Quincy - American Valley

For more information about Quincy and the Central Plumas area, call the Quincy Chamber of Commerce at (877) 283-0188.


Quincy, the Plumas County seat, 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 newlyopened 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 variety of restaurants are ready to accommodate visitors. Just west of Quincy is Feather River College, a two-year

➸ 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: 800-326-2247


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

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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).


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:

1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971 Sierra Pacific Foundation provides scholarships to SPI’s dependent children, as well as contributes to youth & community activities

Call our Human Resources Department at:

530.283.7169 or 530.283.7120 Or apply online at:


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336 Crescent St., Quincy





Exercise Classes • Free Weights Sauna • Jacuzzi Racquetball Courts Mon - Thurs 5 am - 9 pm, Fri 5 am - 7 pm Weekends 8 am - Noon


A lovely garden-level,ADAS alternative to traditional hotels, motels and B&B’s.

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231 W. Main St. in Quincy


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Open Monday - Saturday Closed Sundays

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269 Main Street in Quincy, CA

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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

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THURSDAY EVENINGS At the corner of Main & Church Streets June 23rd through September 8th 5pm to dusk

Full Automotive Repair Service

Wireless Internet Cable TV/HBO Solar Heated Pool In-Room Coffee


Come relax on our front porch. Indulge in our award winning country breakfast.

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


200 E. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971


(530) 283-2211

HOME DECOR • Furniture la casa Picky • Unique Gifts

Quincy Drug

Locally Made and Imported Norm & Jeanne Brovelli


Dinner Menu

Dinner Served Tuesday thru Saturday 5 pm - 8 pm

LUNCH SERVED Monday thru Wednesday 11:30-1:30

$9.95 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 At Dunn’s Coffee and Fine Teas. Also find our Patés and more at Quincy Natural Foods.

COOKING CLASS: Enjoy an afternoon of Culinary Instruction with your host Chef Patrick LeCoq!

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.

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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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230 Main St., Quincy

Lunch Menu

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189 Main St., Quincy, CA


C´est La Maison ~ “It’s Home” 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.


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Take a 2.3-mile trail up to the top of Bald Mountain to get this bird’s-eye view of Little Grass Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 6,255 feet. The trailhead for this moderate hike is at the Horse Camp campground.

La Porte caters to groups and corporate retreats, with the nearby beach being an ideal gathering and break area. 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

year-round from Marysville via Highway 20 and County Road E-21. More Info : 800-326-2247

La Porte

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 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 one-block downtown. La Porte is accessible from Quincy via the La Porte/Quincy Road (unplowed in winter) or

➸ Make the drive from Quincy and take in the view over the Hogback.

➸ Learn about Clampers at the Frank C. Reilly museum.

➸ Spend a day on the beach at Little Grass Valley Reservoir.

➸ Join the town’s one-block parade that celebrates the Fourth of July!

➸ Check out old tombstones in the town’s 1850s cemetery.

➸ Go snowmobiling!


ous 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

Patrick McGown

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 numer-

There are 80-plus miles of trails.

➸ Take a self-guided auto tour of historic mining townsites nearby. More Info: 800-326-2247

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Graeagle Land & Water Co.

Eureka Peak is a majestic backdrop for the town of Graeagle, whose distinctive red shop buildings and mill pond reflect its origins as a lumber mill town.

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 year-round 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. Continued on Page 52 PA G E 4 6



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

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Hwy. 70 between Graeagle and Portola

800-510-VIEW • 530-832-5528


YMountain Bike Pump Track

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



• SPECIALTY COFFEES • BLENDED COFFEE DRINKS • HOT DOGS • NACHOS • CHILI • BOAT RENTALS Live music on Wednesday summer evenings! High Speed Internet

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The Lodge and Restaurant at

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Local Friendly Family Service •

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!



Bill Obernesser

Full Service Florist 315 Bonta St. Blairsden

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Graeagle’s beloved July 4th parade has classic cars and lots more.


Call for open days Will consider opening for groups of 15 or more on closed days.


(530) 836-2359 • 1-866-920-8725 Reservations Recommended

HWY 70

Prawns • Prime Rib Flat Iron Steak

Your hosts: The Terry Family 60300 Mount Tomba Rd., Cromberg




House Specialties

Since 1937 Full bar opens at 4 pm • Dinner at 5 pm

Lunch or Dinner Soup, Salad & Dessert Included w/ All Entrees






CLOTHES • CRYSTAL JEWELRY Household Wares • Much More Art and Zoe Wolf - Owners Hwy. 89, Graeagle

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At the historic

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For more information on the Graeagle area, contact the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, (530) 836-6811.


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Graeagle - Lakes Basin

Graeagle, a former lumber mill, features a quaint array of identical red buildings that house 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 1915, 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 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 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.

➸ 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. ➸ Golf as many holes as you can – choose

from six courses. ➸ Take your snowmobile on a ride from


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Gold Lake to Bassett’s Station. ➸ Go out to eat at one of the many fine

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Lake Davis, as seen from Smith Peak Lookout, offers fishing, camping, biking, hiking, winter sports and wildlife viewing. Portola, Plumas Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only incorporated city, is intersected by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Middle Fork of the Feather River. Nearby Lake Davis is well known for excellent trophy trout fishing and camping, and for viewing wildlife and spring wildflowers. There is a five-mile hiking trail along the east shore of the lake that will eventually be expanded to continue around the Portola Medical & Dental Clinic 480 First Avenue Portola (530) 832-6600 Graeagle Medical Clinic 7597 Hwy 89 Graeagle (530) 836-1122 Walk-Ins Welcome

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Loyalton Medical Clinic 725 Third Street Loyalton (530) 993-1231 Indian Valley Medical Clinic 176 Hot Springs Rd. Greenville (530) 284-6116 Skilled Nursing Care Loyalton (530) 993-1225 Portola (530) 832-6546

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entire lake. The city also is home to the world renowned Western Pacific Railroad Museum, where visitors can climb about an extensive collection of train cars and locomotives and even drive a diesel locomotive themselves. A log home on Highway 70 on the east end of Portola houses a visitors center and the Williams House Museum. The 1931 house, on the California Historical Register, displays the history of Portola and the surrounding area. Portolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Riverwalk features a paved path that meanders a short distance along the north bank of the Middle Fork Feather River, with additional access from the Williams House. This pleasant stroll or bike ride, with views of Beckwourth Peak, begins at Beckwith St. and Riverside Ave. in Portola. It continues through the U.S. Forest Service picnic area off Highway 70 to Rocky Point Road, where you can continue along the river. There are also ample quiet roadways near Portola and Lake Davis popular with bicyclists. During winter, these routes provide great terrain for skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. 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. 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 Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Feather River Community Arts Center (otherwise known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Featherâ&#x20AC;?) on downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Continued on Page 59 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE


A Place to Visit, Play, Raise Your Family and Retire

The City of Portola, Pride of the West, is the only incorporated city in Plumas County. Our heritage has transitioned over the years from a stage stop for early Gold Rush pioneers to an essential rail yard for the former Western Pacific Railroad, and is now a modern community with quality neighborhoods, housing, education, recreation and cultural resources. Whatever your purpose is for visiting our wonderful city, we sincerely hope, and strive, to make your trip one that will last forever in your memories. Shop in Historic Portola – visit our many shops along Commercial Street in Old Town Portola Portola Riverwalk - Enjoy a stroll or picnic beside the Feather River Visit local museums – Portola Visitors Center & Williams House Museum, Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Jim Beckwourth Museum

Have fun! There are plenty of things to see and do throughout the year, like our Summer Concerts in the Park, Railroad Days Festival, Holiday Treelighting and Festival of Lights, Snowmobile Poker Runs and Sled Dog Races. For up-to-date information on events and amenities in and around Portola, please visit our website at Lake Davis Rotary Fishing Derby – Mid June Summer Concerts in the Park – most Fridays in July and August Railroad Days Festival – Late August, arts & crafts vendors, Golden Spike Parade and other events, visit for the latest information Portola Holiday Treelighting and Festival of Lights – Early December Lake Davis Sled Dog Races and the Rotary Snowmobile Poker Run – January/February


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Nichole’sDelicious Sandwiches & Paninis Coffee Homemade Soups & Salads


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Portola Merchants, Continued Connie’s Place • Antiques • Collectibles • Used Furniture • Books • Jewelry • Household Items • Second Hand Items 72850 Hwy. 70, Portola

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Western Pacific Railroad Museum


Come Enjoy Visiting or Relocating to Eastern Plumas County (530) 836-6811


Visit us at 700 Western Pacific Way in Portola.

170 pieces of vintage Highrailroad Sierra equipment! World’s Largest Diesel Electric locomotive! Books GIFT SHOP ~ DISPLAYS ~ PICNIC AREA Train Rides on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day Admission: Adults (19 and over) $8 ron’s tow Youth (4-18) $4 • Child (3 and under) Free Open daily April - October 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We’re Open Year Round

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P O R T O L A A N D S I E R R A VA L L E Y Portola from Page 54 Commercial Street features an art gallery, performances, and private and group music classes. The city’s downtown park, which hosts a number of outdoor concerts and events, has a skateboard park, swimming pool, 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, 8320671 or the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce in Blairsden, (530) 836-6811.

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Portola - Sierra Valley

GATEWAY TO FRENCHMAN RESERVOIR ➸ 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.

➸ Bring a picnic and enjoy free music concerts in Portola City Park on select Friday evenings during the summer.

➸ Get close to nature by birding, fishing or wildlife


watching at Lake Davis, the Sierra Valley and Frenchman Lake.

Groceries • Meat Homemade Fudge Sporting Goods • Gifts

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

➸ Shop Portola’s historic downtown Commercial Street and browse the stores along Hwy. 70.


➸ Explore the mountain roads above Sierra Valley and Lake Davis on a guided ATV or snowmobile tour.

➸ Get cooking and gardening tips at Sierra Valley’s Farmer’s Markets on summer Fridays.


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➸ Join in the fun at Gold Discovery Days.

➸ Take a docent-led

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historic walk on old mining roads.

➸ Explore the museum’s hands-on exhibits.

➸ Learn about nature on Junior Ranger programs and campfire talks.

➸ Experience the zany fun at the Longboard Ski Races. ➸ Go sledding or backcountry skiing. More Info: 800-326-2247

The campground and museum complex at Plumas-Eureka State Park will be temporarily closed for a cleanup during the 2011 season. For alternate camping locations and information on reopening dates, call 800-326-2247 or visit Other areas of the park, including popular hiking trails, will remain open.

A short hike up a park road affords this view of the backside of the Mohawk Stamp Mill and the Eureka Tunnel. 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 1800’s. 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 goldpanning is offered. Park docents in period attire re-create a miner’s lifestyle during Gold Discovery Days (returning in July 2012). Blacksmith demonPA G E 6 0

strations, mining lore and home tours help take visitors back to the 1890s. A pancake breakfast is also part of the fun. 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, donations are accepted. Park campground fees are $35 per site and are now available by reservation. Call 1-800-444-7275 or reserve online at 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 or 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE


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Maybe it’s time for a change in scenery... PLUMAS COUNTY CALIFORNIA

Feeling like you don’t want to leave the beauty of Plumas County? Why not relocate your family or business to extend your stay permanently? The beauty of forest-covered mountains, water and fresh air appeals to many visitors looking to escape from crowded urban lifestyles. Plumas County offers a safe, friendly environment -- a major selling point for young families who have made it their home. Many residents telecommute in order to enjoy the quality of life offered in a pristine rural area. Along with the plethora of outdoor, arts and recreational amenities described in this publication, Plumas County offers quality medical care, good schools, a community college, and three small airports. There are many social opportunities and charitable events held year-round. If you’re considering relocating your business, telecommuting, or starting up your own business, contact Plumas Corporation at (530) 283-3739. The county’s economic development agency offers free information and assistance with business relocation and start-up. There’s a wide variety of real estate available to meet many needs and budgets. Properties range from a rustic cabin and a quaint small town cottage, to an elegant custom home on a lake or a golf course villa, with a huge variety of architectural styles. You can also live on a river, buy some ranch land, put up a modular, fix up a historic home, or move into a brand-new subdivision. If you’re looking for land, you’ll find plenty of it in Plumas County, from half-acre lots on up. There are also several properties available for either short or long-term rental. The Plumas Association of Realtors , which represents over 50 Realtor offices in Plumas County, maintains a website that can assist your property search. Log onto for a directory of real estate companies and to search the county’s entire multiple listing service. The individual chambers of commerce throughout the county, listed on Page 10 also can help answer questions you may have about moving to the Plumas County area. Ⓡ

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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, or by calling the Plumas County Visitors Bureau at (800) 3262247. 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 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 another four miles will be added during 2011. Whether you’re up for a leisurely family stroll, or ready to tackle a high elevation hike, there’s miles of trails to explore on foot.

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A celebrity tree: The La Porte Road English maple is one of the favorites to watch during leaf-peeping season.

When They Peak

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, order by email at or call (800) 326-2247. 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, fir and ponderosa pine. 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,

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Check the “Awesome Autumn” blog on the Plumas County Visitors Bureau website ( for up-todate 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 Plumas County Visitors Bureau (800) 326-2247 or the Plumas and Lassen National Forest Service offices.

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


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Foliage Guide

Mountain Dogwood California Black Oak

Look for the multi-colored Indian Rhubarb along rivers and creekbeds, above. Below, aspen groves are off-road in northeastern Plumas County. 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 countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best color is hidden off the roadways. You can view some glorious autumn leaves on a hike, on horseback, on a mountain bike, while hunting, or while fishing or boating.


Bracken Fern

Big Leaf Maple

Black Cottonwood

Indian Rhubarb

Quaking Aspen

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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. 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


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WILDFLOWERS 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. Bucks Lake Road (QuincyOroville 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

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When They Bloom For up-to-date wildflower reports and self-guided tours, visit and click on “Plumas Buzz” for links to the “Bloom Blog.” 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: Crimson Columbine with ladybug nymph, Bachelor’s Buttons, Bush Lupine, Leopard Lily. Photos by: Joe Willis, Kathy Kobashi and Jeff Titcomb.


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Graeagle Meadows Golf Course, Jason Cannon


A young golfer gets lessons at Mt. Huff, one of several courses that hold junior golf lessons during the summer.

Lake Almanor Country Club For a listing of golf courses, see page 70 Play and stay packages offer lodging on the course. 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.


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Anglers can try their luck while taking in the view at more than 100 lakes in the Feather River watershed. 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 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 catch-andrelease provisions. Check the current Department of Fish and Game regulations pamphlet for specific dates and limits. PA G E 7 2

LAKES All of the larger lakes and some of the smaller ones have boating facilities (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 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE


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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

Kids will love the easy bluegill fishing at Round Valley Lake. iridescent pond smelt fly patterns can be very effective. Most years, from the end of June to the first part of July, there is a hatch of hexaginia (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


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. 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 Continued on Page 74

Fishing Guide Services North County Almanor Fishing Adventures ........................(530) Almanor Fishing Association (info only) .......(530) Dick’s Guide Service.....................................(530) Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company .............(530) Quail Lodge.................................................(530) Rick’s Guide Service .....................................(530) Roger’s Guide Service ..................................(530) The Sports Nut (info only)............................(530)

258-6732 258-3790 256-3317 258-3944 284-0861 284-6005 284-6429 258-3327

Central County Big Daddy’s Guide Service ...........................(530) Fish First Fly-Fishing Guide Service ...............(530) Fish Tales Guide Service ...............................(530) Sportsmen’s Den (info only) .........................(530) Tightlines Guide Service...............................(530)

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East County Baiocchi's Troutfitters Guide Service.............(530) Brady’s Bare Bones Guide Service ................(530) Dillard Guided Fishing .................................(530) Dollard’s Sierra Market (info only) ................(530) Family Outings Guide Services .....................(530) Forward Bound Fly Fishing/Hiking ................(530) Grizzly Store (info only) ...............................(530) Jay Clark Flyfishing ......................................(530) Mountain Hardware (info only)....................(530) Reno Fly Shop ............................................(775) Sierra Anglers Guide Service ........................(530) Stillwater Flyfishing Guide Services ..............(888) Wiggin’s Trading Post (info only)..................(530) Wildlife Charters .........................................(530)

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Fishing from Page 73 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. Work nymphs slowly, deep and on a fairly short line with a strike indicator near where your leader attaches to your floating fly-line.

Fishing Locations

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

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


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


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

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Ants and dark-bodied fly patterns like the renegade, RioGrande 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. The main parts of the Feather River are the North 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 Fork has not been altered by 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 Quincy-La Porte Road bridge is accessible by steep foot trails and provides excellent fishing for strong hikers. Fishing improves as the water level recedes from spring runoff. 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

You’ll be taking photos of your own like this one, showing some impressive trout caught on stream season opening day. 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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For an up-to-date “Fishing Report” go to and click on the moving fish!

Local guide services can show you the hot spots and teach first-timers the techniques. 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

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BOATING AND SWIMMING Water sports abound in Plumas County within its more than 100 lakes and 1,000 miles of streams. Waterskiing, boating, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing,

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Be sure to get out on the water on a warm-weather trip to Plumas County! 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.

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 Res-ervoir, the Lakes Basin area and the Graeagle Mill Pond, which has an adjacent facility with nonmotorized 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.

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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. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yâ&#x20AC;?) to Twain or Virgilia is suitable for canoes or beginner kayakers, with moderate ratings of Class II and III. The stretch from Virgilia 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 next page) The Middle Fork of the Feather River at its upper stretches is gentler, with easier


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Take the family for a relaxing fishing tour around a high mountain lake. 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

wilderness 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. And 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.

Special Summer Flows Whitewater enthusiasts take note! The North Fork of the Feather River will once again have recreational flow releases taking place during the summer and fall on select weekends. During 2011, the flows are scheduled for June 5, July 23-24, August 27-28, September 24-25 (Feather Festival with races and party at Indian Jim Campground) and October 23. The flows will create intermediate to advanced runs at the Rock Creek reach only, downstream from Belden along Highway 70. For more information, call Dave Steindorf at American Whitewater, (530) 343-1871 or check the American Whitewater website at www.american


Looking for whitewater? You’ll find plenty of it on the Feather River.

Watercraft Rentals Lake Almanor Knotty Pine Resort 430 Peninsula Dr. (530) 596-3348 • Ski boats, run-about boats, pontoon boats, fishing boats Sea-Doo Watercraft (Jet Ski/Waverunner) Lake Almanor Kayak & Stand-up Paddleboard Rentals Hwy. 89 in Canyon Dam. (530) 284-7372 • Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards Majors Outpost 3000 Almanor Drive West at Plumas Pines Resort (530) 259-2727 • Jet ski/waverunners, ski boats, runabouts, pontoon boats, fishing boats

Bucks Lake Bucks Lake Marina, Bucks Lake. (530) 283-4243 • Ski, fishing and pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes and jet skis

Eastern Plumas Graeagle Outpost, at the Graeagle Mill Pond. (530) 836-2414 • Paddleboats, stand-up paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and tubes High Sierra Adventure Rentals, Chilcoot. (800) 596-8840 • Jet skis for Frenchman Lake or any other nearby lake

Lakes Basin Recreation Area Sardine Lake Resort at Sardine Lake. (530) 862-1196 • 12-foot aluminum rowboats and same with trolling motors

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Eastern Plumas County 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. 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 Plumas County Visitors Bureau (800) 326-2247. Or contact 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 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—Chester-Lake 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. Call (800) 326-2247 for more information on these events.


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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 (bottom photo.)

Eureka Bowl 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. Courtesy of Plumas County Museum 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.

Formerly known as Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl, this historic facility owned by the Plumas Ski Club is located in Plumas-Eureka 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 first ski lift in America. With easy access and a large parking lot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

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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 Plumas County Visitors Bureau at (800) 326-2247. For maps and more details on the areas listed below, call the Plumas National Forest (530) 283-2050 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) 595-4480 for details. In the Chester-Lake Almanor Area, the Lassen National 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 McGowan Ski Area, Colby Meadows, Childs Meadow, Warner Valley Road and the Caribou Wilderness all afford quiet excursions near Chester. In Indian Valley, several unplowed roads and trails offer excellent routes for snowshoers and skiers. A favorite is the road leading out to Antelope Lake, beginning just past Genesee. In the eastern portion of the county, beginner ski trails are offered in Plumas-Eureka State Park, including the 2.5-mile groomed Jamison Canyon Ski Trail that takes off from the park museum parking lot. Other trails begin at the Eureka Bowl ski area, and more advanced terrain suited for telemarking leads to Eureka Peak. Ranger-led snowshoe nature hikes are held on 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, and within the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area, including the trail to

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Explore the snowy terrain on your own at Lassen Volcanic National Park, or join a ranger-led snowshoe walk. Spanish Peak. Skiers share the remaining trails with snowmobilers. Other areas near Quincy include Snake Lake and Argentine Ridge. The La Porte Area also offers good winter sports terrain and staging areas. During winter, La Porte is generally accessible only from the southern route (from Marysville/Oroville, via Highway 20 and County Road E-21). Skiers and snowshoers can follow groomed snowmobile trails along Little Grass Valley Reservoir and can find other shared trails at Lexington Hill.

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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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 iceskating 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. For a complete and more updated list of winter activities and events, contact the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, (800) 326-2247 or visit

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No hibernating! There are so many ways to enjoy winter outdoors, including sledding (right), winter camping at Lake Almanor (above), and renting Snow Tracks for a ride up to Crystal Peak in Eastern Plumas County (bottom left.)

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 carry chains, especially when traveling via I-80. Check the weather forecast at (530) 221-5613 and call (800) 427-7623 for road conditions. Remember to drive more slowly during the winter, and allow plenty of time.

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BIRDING Plumas County offers rewarding bird-watching 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 Check recent bird sightings from local birders or post your eagles, red-tailed hawks, rough-legged hawks, prairie falcons, own at “Birders’ News,” on the birding page under “Outdoor kestrels and long-eared owls. Migrating flocks of waterfowl Recreation” at 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 which all provide a diversity of bird species and habitats. geese and a variety of ducks and songbirds. Snake Lake, a short drive from Quincy off of Bucks Lake Plumas-Eureka State Park near Graeagle is worth checking Road, is a popular picnic spot and a good place to view wood for a variety of alpine birds and willow flycatchers. ducks, American white pelicans, osprey, grebes and great blue Nesting osprey and bald eagle can be found at nearly all the heron. A walk along the forested edge of the lake can turn up a county’s major reservoirs, including the largest, Lake Almanor. number of forest bird species: hairy woodpeckers, brown creepThe causeway, east of Chester on Hwy. 36, is the best place to ers, red-breasted nuthatches, warbling vireos and many others. see large numbers of waterfowl including tundra swan, doubleOsprey and bald eagle, hunting for fish, may be seen on a crested cormorants, great blue heron, and American white pelidrive through the Feather River Canyon along the North Fork cans. Another good viewing spot is along the westshore, near Feather River. The reservoirs in the canyon are also home to the campgrounds and along the recreation trail, where birders can migrating bufflehead, goldeneye, ruddy ducks, and nesting comenjoy both shorebirds and forest-dwellers such as pileated and mon mergansers. white-headed woodpeckers, flycatchers, mountain bluebirds, and Plumas County's many rivers and streams also host populations white-breasted nuthatches. of other riparian bird species: wood ducks, yellow warblers, lazuli Other lakes to visit are Antelope Lake, Bucks Lake, Little buntings, American dippers, downey, Nuttall's and Lewis’ woodGrass Valley Reservoir, Frenchman Lake and Lake Davis, peckers and others can be found during a pleasant stroll along the waterways.

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Photos clockwise from top right: Red-Tailed Hawk, Hooded Oriole (rare in Plumas County) and Western Grebes. Photos by Doug Blesse, Sharon Adams and Chris Collard.

Free Bird List For a free Plumas County bird list produced by the Plumas Audubon Society, call the Plumas County Visitors Bureau at (800) 326-2247. We'll be happy to mail one to you. 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 email

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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. Each of the county’s lakes is home to at least one breeding pair of bald eagles, while Lake Almanor hosts the largest population of wintering eagles and osprey. Mule and black-tailed deer are easy to spot throughout the county, but the big bucks can be found at the Dixie Mountain, Smith Peak and Mount Hough State Game Refuges located in the eastern and central parts of the county. Two locations in Plumas County are part of the Watchable Wildlife national network of viewing sites, identified by the brown road sign with the white binoculars symbol. 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 by meadows and pines, offers nesting Canada geese, tundra swans, pelicans, bald eagles and ospreys, with best


viewing in spring and fall. Deer and bats are also common. Other forest creatures that are easily seen are coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and skunks. Far more reclusive and harder to spot is the county’s population of black bears, bobcats and mountain lions, but trained observers can find their tracks. Remember that the best times to observe wildlife are dawn or dusk. Use a pair of binoculars to extend your view, maintain a safe distance, move quietly, and respect the wildlife.

Photos clockwise from top left: Bobcat, California Black Bear, Tundra Swans and Mule Deer. Photos by Skip Partlow, Richard McCutcheon and Bill Obernesser.

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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 of the Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade range. Known for its high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear-running streams, the forest sits at the top of the watershed that supplies water to many California citizens. Trees within the forest are mostly grand conifers, which reach high into the sky and are beautifully latticed with snow during winter, and various hardwoods that turn brilliant colors in the fall. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year-round to the national forest and its waterways, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys and lofty peaks. There are hundreds of maintained campsites and numerous picnic spots to choose from. Recreational opportunities are available in every season. Some 300 miles of trails are maintained throughout the forest, including the Pacific Crest Trail. The forest and the sparsely populated rural communities that surround it provide a feeling of seclusion and tranquillity. If you’re needing to rest, reflect and get away from it all, this is the place.

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 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 us at (800) 326-2247 to request maps, brochures or more information. Or contact the various forest service offices listed on page 10 of this guide. Jay Read


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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.

Cratered peaks, cinder cones, and depressions have filled with water forming timber-fringed lakes in the Caribou Wilderness, just north of the Lake Almanor area.

S TA R G A Z I N G A N D C L O U D WAT C H I N G 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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Pack a picnic for a sunset dinner on the beach! Lake Almanor is among several shorelines with picnic areas or rest stops. 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, call the Plumas County Visitors Bureau at 800-326-2247 or contact area chambers of commerce or forest service offices listed on Page 10.


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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 2,700 geocache sites are now listed on the geocachers’ official website ( 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 railroad-themed 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. Geocaches named “Fisherman's Booty” and “Power House” are both found near excellent fishing holes at Hamilton Branch along Lake Almanor and are among the thousands of geocaches hidden around the Plumas County area. PA G E 8 6



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is permitted. Contact the Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe National Gold panning and mining have been popular activities in Forest offices for more details on gold panning regulations. Plumas County since the 1800s. Although most of the camps If you’re interested in learning how to pan for gold on that sprang up during the gold rush are now gone, there are your own, the Plumas County Museum, located behind the some spots where visitors can relive history and even find a few courthouse in Quincy, has a good reference book for sale. remaining flakes of gold. The book explains how and where to pan, what equipment The Golden Caribou Mining Association offers gold panis needed, safety tips, and includes diagrams, drawings and ning lessons and equipment usage. It operates out of Caribou photos. Crossroads Campground and Cafe, located on Caribou Road Equipment for gold panning can be purchased at area and Highway 70, 27 miles west of Quincy. The association has sporting goods and department stores. more than 1,800 acres of gold mining claims in the Plumas National Forest and offers memberships for vacationers, as well as one-year trial and lifetime memberships. The association provides access to the claims and training in panning, prospecting, metal detecting and dredging. Call (530) 283-5141 for more information or visit The Advanced Geologic Gold Prospector’s Club based in Chester offers members access to claims throughout the county, along with equipment sales. Call (530) 258-4228 or visit: Experienced gold panners with equipment are welcome to seek gold anywhere on public national forest land that has not been staked (usually where posted). However, since most of the land is staked, you’ll need to do some research during the week at the County Recorder’s office, which keeps mining claim locations on file. A few areas exist where claims are The lure of gold and getting wet might entice your kids to turn off video games not allowed and recreational gold panning and try out some fun by the creek!

ROCKHOUNDING 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 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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 PlumasEureka State Park Museum in Johnsville, open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer. (Temporarily closed during 2011.) PA G E 8 7


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Hunting Guide Services EB Guide Service . . . . . . . . . . . (530) Deadwood Industries . . . . . . . . (530) Bob Johnson’s Guide Service . . (530) Family Outings Guide Service . . (530) Skip-n-Hounds Guide Service . . (530)

249-3825 412-1615 283-9174 249-4979 249-3361

Also 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: 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,; the Sierra Valley Gun Club (Beckwourth Range), 8325959 and the Westwood Rifle and Pistol Club (WestwoodLake Almanor Range), (530) 596-4116.

A pair of hunting dogs and their owner prepare for a day of tracking chukar. 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

Epps Kennels Training and Breeding for the Future Competition, Gun Dog & Obedience Training Puppies, Started & Trained Dogs Available Walt and Mona 530.993.4169

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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.

SKIP-N-HOUNDS Guided Bear & Deer Hunts - Photos


Sierra Valley Gun Club • Pistol range • Trap shoot • .22 rim fire/bench rest shoot • Funded by grants from the NRA • Contact Ron DePersia

530.832.1560 or 775.743.7311 cell P.O. Box 399, Portola CA



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Take on challenging mountain bike terrain or choose gentler backcounty road biking loops. 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 best-known routes. The surrounding forest land 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. Pick up a free copy of the Plumas County Mountain Bike Guide, which details some of

the area’s best forest routes and other trails. The guide is available at visitor information centers or by calling (800) 326-2247. Maps of these trails also can be obtained at the Plumas National Forest (530) 283-2050. For the trails listed in the Almanor area or for information on weekend club rides in the Almanor area, contact Bodfish Bicycles in Chester (530) 258-2338. Mountain biking is not permitted in designated wilderness areas of the forest, or on the Pacific Crest Trail. In the Eastern Plumas area, mountain bikers can find plenty of good high terrain in the

Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including a trail that leads to a tremendous view from a lookout tower at 7,340 feet. Starting in Portola, mountain bikers have a choice of a rugged mountain or a rolling meadow trail. Lake Davis near Portola has a flat trail with good bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. The Sierra Valley offers great road biking, with a popular loop route leading into the Lakes Basin area. The Central Plumas area has an easy, short loop offered off the road to Bucks Lake, west of Quincy. There’s also a moderate single-track hour ride just outside of Quincy off Chandler Road. More difficult routes are located outside of Greenville, the Feather River Canyon and La Porte. The 13mile single track trail along Little Grass Valley Reservoir is a popular route. Near Quincy, the

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) 8362589 and Lost Sierra Adventures, Hwy. 89, Graeagle, (530) 836-1708. • In Quincy, The Bike Shop, Lawrence and Leonard Sts., (530) 2834015. Cascade Trail follows the banks of a creek. The Almanor Basin area in the north end of the county features 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 89, a forest service road leading to Humboldt Summit and Humbug Valley also is a popular ride.

The Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club hosts rides throughout the county on both paved and unpaved routes. Visitors are welcome! For information or a schedule, call (530) 8321612, or check the website at: Note: Following snowstorms, the club switches to crosscountry skiing.

Annual Biking Events Indian Valley Century Bike Rides - Greenville (May 28) Tour De Manure - Sierraville (June 11) Mile High Century Ride - Chester (June 18) Leaf Peeper Bike Ride - Indian Valley (October 8) For more information, call 800-326-2247.


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Bike Rentals

Plumas County is equine country, with many riding stables and horse-friendly trails. Trail rides take visitors into forests and meadows (right), or Lassen Volcanic National Park (above) and some stables offer overnight pack trips. 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.

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 30 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.



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

GiddyUp and Go Sleigh and Carriage Service Hwy. 70, Vinton, next to Grange Hall (530) 906-7103 • Draft horse-drawn carriage, draft horse parties, trolley and sleigh rides, hay rides, wedding carriage, Santa/sleigh delivery, on-site or come to you. Children’s pony parties, portable petting zoo, driving lessons, and horse hauling. Available for special events. Reservations required. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Gold Lake Stables Gold Lake Road, Lakes Basin Recreation Area (530) 836-0940 • 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 and drop camps. Seasonal, June-Sept. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Graeagle Stables Hwy. 89, Downtown Graeagle (530) 836-0430 • One-hour and one-and-a-half-hour family horseback trail rides. Horseback riding lessons and children's horsemanship camps. Horse boarding. Seasonal, June through September. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road, 10 miles east of Quincy (530) 283-0930 or 800-33-HOWDY Hourly to day-long trail rides, wagon rides, rodeo, cowboy barbecues, bonfire sing-alongs, pack rides. Also offered as part of daily or weekly ranch stay packages. Available for special events. Reservations required. Hourly rides available spring through fall. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pitchfork Cattle Company 92433 Hwy. 70, Vinton • (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. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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

Quincy Stables 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. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Red's Meadow Ranch 1850 "C" Road, near Graeagle. Easy access through Clio. (530) 836-1866 • Trail rides, half-day rides, pack charters, boarding, horseshoeing, drop camps, hunting-fishing tours, horse training and rider instruction. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

River Dance 2651 River Dance Rd. Two miles west of Quincy off Bucks Lake Road. • (530) 249-3280 English riding instruction, daily and weekly boarding. Open year-round. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Horses Unlimited, Inc. Shayla Haskill, GiddyUp and Go

P.O. Box 30194, Cromberg • (530) 836-4551 Horseback riding for the handicapped. Lessons for physically, mentally or learning disabled children, adults and their families. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

New England Ranch 2571 Quincy Junction Rd., Quincy • (530) 283-9770 Horse boarding and trail rides with your own horse (guided or unguided) on 88-acre working ranch. Horse clinics. Open year-round. 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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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 byways have reflective signs along the route illustrated with colorful logos. Volcanic Legacy Scenic It’ll be hard to keep your eyes on the road if you come during stunning fall foliage season in Byway All American Road. the Feather River Canyon. A side trip up Caribou Road off Hwy. 70 is well worth the visit. Chester-Lake Almanor is the southern terminus of this byway, considered one of the top 20 scenic drives in the nation. known as the Greenville “Y” 10 miles northwest of Quincy. The This 500-mile byway begins at the southern end of Lake route between the “Y” and Canyon Dam is roughly 18 Almanor, and proceeds north on both sides of the miles and takes about a half hour or longer with stops. lake (via Highways 89 and 147) to Chester, located on Feather River National Scenic Byway. This 130-mile Highway 36. It continues through Lassen Volcanic route travels east-west across Butte, Plumas and Lassen National Park and Highway 44, linking volcanoes, counties on State Highway 70, following the north and small towns and other attractions stretching to Crater middle forks of the Feather River. Total estimated drivLake, Oregon. ing time is about 3.5 hours, one way. Travelers intending to drive the entire All American Few California highways feature such natural beauRoad can begin or end their journey at Chester-Lake ty and diversity in terrain, landscape, wildlife and eleAlmanor, which offers year-round amenities. vation as this one. It also highlights mankind’s feats Details on the entire route are available online at of hydro-electric power, railroad and highway construction along the steep, rugged canyon walls. 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 waterfalls, visitor centers in Quincy and Chester, and from and in the fall the steep mountainsides are ablaze with merchants along the byway. orange and red oak trees. The route can be taken in Drivers can take in just the loop around Lake either direction. Almanor, going in either direction, starting from From the west, it starts eight miles north of Oroville on Chester on the north end or from Canyon Dam on the Highway 70, winds through the magnificent Feather River south end. Canyon, connects with Highway 89 on through Quincy to The views of Lake Almanor and Lassen Peak are the highlight Blairsden-Graeagle, resumes as Highway 70 through Portola, of this trip, which takes in about 38 miles and a couple of hours drops down onto the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and cuts with stops. through the fantastic expanse of the Sierra Valley, the western There are many opportunities to stop for lunch, to shop, take a edge of the Great Basin. walk, and enjoy a swim or boat trip on the lake. A self-guided driving tour brochure and map of the Feather The Scenic Byway Link. This equally scenic route joins Plumas River National Scenic Byway is available by calling the Plumas County’s two Scenic Byways, taking you through stunning pasCounty Visitors Bureau, (800) 326-2247. The tour highlights 17 toral mountain meadows of the Indian Valley. natural, historic and manmade features along the route. Follow Highway 89 through the towns of Canyon Dam, Greenville and Crescent Mills. At its southern end, it follows A more detailed regional map of the Feather River Scenic Indian Creek and joins the Feather River Scenic Byway, Highway Byway also is available for sale at the Visitors Bureau. 70, at the confluence of Indian and Spanish Creeks in a spot

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Head to the Sierra Valley for great bird-watching; if you’re new at this, join area experts on a Plumas Audubon tour. 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 the Plumas County Visitors Bureau to obtain free copies of these self-guided tour brochures. Or pick them up at information centers, forest service offices and area businesses. Quincy walking tour A self-guided walking tour of 61 Quincy buildings and sites rich in history is available through the Heritage Walk brochure and map. The 17-block tour of downtown begins at the Plumas County Museum, located behind the county courthouse on Main Street. Trail of Maidu Indian legends A driving tour that highlights Indian legends as well as scenic beauty through Indian Valley is outlined in An Ancient Trail of the Mountain Maidu Indians, available online only. 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, Monster Snake Pool and many others, all of which have spiritual beliefs attached to them. The approximate two-hour tour, which follows State Highways 70, 89, 147 and 36, can be taken from either direction. The 24page illustrated online pamphlet contains a map, mileage chart and photographs of each stop. It can be downloaded at: 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.


Feather River Byway A self-guided driving tour brochure and map, Feather River Scenic Byway, highlights 17 natural, historic and manmade features 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. Railroad wonders Plumas County is well known for its railroad history and unique railroad engineering. A map/brochure, Plumas County’s Seven Wonders of the Railroad World, guides visitors to historic tunnels, track and trestles that parallel Hwy. 70. Backcountry drives Owners of four-wheel drive vehicles looking to get off the beaten track can explore four Plumas County backcountry routes. A series of brochures, Plumas County Backcountry Drives, details the historical and natural attractions of each route, and 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. Touring nature Look elsewhere in this Visitors Guide to order brochures or read information on viewing Plumas County’s fall colors, wildflowers and bird-watching areas. Suzi Brakken

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Greenville walking tour The Historic Greenville Main Street Walking Tour takes a nostalgic 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.

Look for this historic U.S. Forest Service landmark along the Backcountry Drive from Beckwourth to Antelope Lake.

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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, or call (530) 284-1022. Reservations are required and trip size is limited, so please call early!

Kelly Weintraub


Tour forestry sites and the Collins Pine Co. lumber mill to learn about sustainable forest management on this two-day tour.

2011 Tour Dates 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12)

The Maidu: Their History and Their Way of Life ........May 7 (Sat.) Geology: From Soda Rock to Grizzly Dome ...........May 21 (Sat.) Habitat for Birds and Humanity................................June 4 (Sat.) The Ishi Wilderness with Beverly Ogle ....................June 18 (Sat.) Tribal Trails, Wagon Wheels and Pioneer Parties ........July 9 (Sat.) The Best of Lake Almanor: Biking, Birding, Barbecuing and Boating! ................July 22 (Fri.) Deer Creek: Fire and Fish ...................................August 13 (Sat.) The Taste of Indian Valley...................................August 20 (Sat.) Girls Night Out in Humbug Valley ............August 27-28 (Fri/Sat.) Sustainable Forest Management and Fire Ecology: A Two-Day Tour ..........................................Sept. 9-10 (Fri/Sat.) Lassen Park and Bumpass Hell...............................Sept. 24 (Sat.) Water, Power and Fish ...............................................Oct. 7 (Fri.)

H E R I TA G E T O U R S Hear fascinating stories of the past while taking in some stunning scenery by signing up for field trips presented on Fridays during Summer and Fall 2010. To sign up, contact the Plumas County Museum at (530) 283-6320,

Friday, July 22--Indian Valley Tour. Guided tour of historic ranches, towns, cemeteries, mines, railroads, Maidu village site, Indian Valley Museum and more. Friday, Oct. 14--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. PA G E 9 4

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Friday, June 10--Sierra Valley Ranches Tour. The group will visit several working, historic ranches, most still owned by the same families for over 100 years. Stops at historic cemeteries, towns, and railroad sites as well as visits to the Jim Beckwourth Cabin Museum and the Williams House Museum in Portola also will be highlights of the trip.

A group stops for lunch at a Sierra Valley ranch that’s been put to modern use as an ATV tour guiding service.

All tours include guide, guidebook, water, snacks, lunch and round trip transportation. 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE


Suzi Brakken

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, 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 Plumas County Visitors Bureau, (800) 3262247, or email us at 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. 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.)

Evan Wong


Plumas County has become a favored destination for photography clubs who come to shoot nature’s seasonal changes (fall foliage and spring wildflowers) as well as trains, wildlife and scenic landscapes. 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 Chester-Lake 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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This early 20th-century road grader sits outside the ChesterLake Almanor Museum. Chester-Lake Almanor Museum 210 First Ave., Chester, (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. Collins Pine Museum 500 Main St., Chester, east of Collins Pine Co. offices. (530) 258-4441. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday from mid-May to midOctober. 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 open-beam 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. 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.

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A stamp mill flanks the front of La Porte’s museum.

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A firehose cart at Greenville’s new Cy Hall Memorial Museum.

Greenville Cy-Hall Memorial 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 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. Indian Valley Museum Located at the Mt. Jura Gem & Museum Society Building, on the corner of Main St. and Cemetery Rd., east of Taylorsville, (530) 284-1046. 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. Plumas-Eureka State Park Museum (Temporarily closed for cleanup, reopening in 2012.) 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. 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 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

MUSEUMS 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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Plumas County Museum 500 Jackson St., Quincy, (530) 283-6320. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 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 A fiddler entertains at Living History Days and online. in May at the Plumas County Museum.

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. 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.

Climb aboard the exhibits at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.

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T R A I N S & R A I L FA N N I N G 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 onemile loop in order to gain elevation are among the features that attract train buffs to the area. Two rare, charter passenger excursions will be offered on Plumas County’s scenic track in 2011, in June and August, by Trains & Travel International. For more information, visit 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 through the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, (800) 326-2247. The worldrenowned Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola and its Run-a-Locomotive program (see Page 97) is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in trains or railroads.

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From upscale dinner-houses to cozy outdoor cafes, Plumas County has 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, Italian and Asian to Mexican, German, California-style, 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 many of the lodging facilities, mini-markets, real estate offices, at the county’s chambers of commerce and the Plumas County Visitors Bureau. Updated information on area restaurants is available online at Menus from many of the county’s finest restaurants are on display at the Visitors Bureau and at local chambers of commerce.

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Don’t cook on vacation! Get a table at one of many fine dining establishments where you’re sure to experience a relaxing ambience, friendly service and great food.

Richard K. Stockton CLU, ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B68653 65 W. Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 Bus: 530-283-0565

Bill Muttera CLU, ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic. #0728779 2910 Riverside Dr. Susanville, CA 96130 Bus: 530-257-4041

Brian Wilson Agent Insurance Lic. #0F68351 2200 Main Street Susanville, CA 96130 Bus: 530-257-5189

Jerry Ray CLU, Agent Insurance Lic. #0B22393 97 E. Sierra Ave. Portola, CA 96122 Bus: 530-832-5546

Serving Lassen and Plumas Counties


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Places to Stay

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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 or RV park? You won’t have any trouble finding the perfect spot. 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 and high-speed wireless Internet (indicated in the directory.) Can’t decide? Call (800) 326-2247 and we’ll be happy to give you a referral. During peak times, check for openings on our Vacancy Report at

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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.


Plumas-Eureka State Park* (fee charged) at (800) 4447275 or online at 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 $19-$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-$24 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.

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 firstcome, first-served basis. However, reservations can be made (fee charged) at 877-444-6777, or online at 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 *Temporarily closed, may re-open by late 2011.

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CHESTER AREA 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 8 24 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 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE

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CAMPING LEGEND PG=PG&E Campgrounds: 916-386-5164 or FS=U.S. Forest Service Reservations: 877-444-6777 or * = Almanor Ranger District...................530-258-2141 ** = Mt. Hough Ranger District .............530-283-0555 *** = Feather River Ranger District .......530-534-6500 LAKE ALMANOR AREA 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 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 Bucks Lake Camp Bucks Lake Group Camp up to 150 Bucks Lake Marina Bucks Lake 530-283-4243 Lakeshore Resort at Bucks Lake 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. LA PORTE/LITTLE GRASS VALLEY RESERVOIR AREA American House 4x4 Slate Creek, S of La Porte Black Rock W end of Little Grass Valley Res. Cleghorn Bar 4x4 13 mi. N of La Porte Horse Camp S Fork of Feather River 1/8 mi. from Res. Little North Fork Off USFS Rd. 119 Little Beaver, Red Feather, Running Deer E end of Res. Peninsula Tent, Tooms RV, Wyandotte S end of Res. Stag Point 4x4 Middle Fork Feather River 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE


near airport 530-283-1908 Brady’s Camp 6 mi. E of Quincy, take Squirrel Creek Rd. ** 8 mi. towards Argentine Lookout Deanes Valley 6 mi. S of Meadow Valley ** Silver Lake 16 mi. W of Quincy off Bucks Lake Rd. ** Snake Lake 8 mi. NW of Quincy off Bucks Lake Rd. ** Spanish Creek * 7 mi. W of Quincy off Hwy. 70 near Keddie ** *Campground closed through 2012 for replacement of Spanish Creek Bridge

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BLAIRSDEN/GRAEAGLE/CROMBERG AREA Clio’s River Edge RV Park Hwy. 89 at Clio 530-836-2375 Eagle Ridge RV Park 1519 Johnsville Rd. 530-836-1559 Feather River RV Park & Campground 4 mi. E of Graeagle 530-836-2183 888-836-2183 Golden Coach RV Park Hwy. 70, Cromberg 530-836-2426 Little Bear RV Park Little Bear Rd., off Hwy. 70, Blairsden 530-836-2774 Movin’ West RV Park County Rd. A-14, Graeagle 530-836-2614 Pine Oak RV Park Hwy. 70, Cromberg 530-836-2079 Plumas-Eureka State Park Johnsville, 5 mi. W of Graeagle on Road A-14 530-836-2380 Temporarily closed, may reopen by late 2011 Camp Lisa at Plumas-Eureka State Park Group site, must reserve, 50 people max 800-444-7275 Temporarily closed, may reopen by late 2011 Sierra Springs Trailer Resort E of Blairsden Hwy. 70 530-836-2747

LAKES BASIN AREA Gold Lake Campground **** Gold Lake 4x4 Camp 10 mi S of Hwy. 49 off Gold Lake Rd. **** Goose Lake Campground **** Haven Lake Campground **** Lakes Basin Campground 4 accessible sites **** Lakes Basin Group Campground (25 people max) **** PORTOLA/LAKE DAVIS AREA J & J’s Grizzly Store Campground & Resort 530-832-0270 Sierra Valley RV Park Beckwourth 530-832-1124 Sleepy Hollow Park 3810 Grizzly Rd. 530-832-5914 Trails West Trailer Park 73561 Hwy. 70, Portola 530-832-5074 Crocker 6 mi. N of Beckwourth **** Grasshopper Flat* Lake Davis, 2 accessible sites **** Grizzly* Lake Davis, 2 accessible sites **** Lightning Tree Lake Davis, 8 accessible sites (+40 overflow sites) **** Camp Five Boat Ramp Lake Davis, accessible fishing **** Mallard Cove Boat Ramp Lake Davis **** SIERRA VALLEY/FRENCHMAN LAKE AREA J.D. Trailer Ranch 92400 Hwy. 70, Vinton 530-514-1022 Big Cove* 1 trail to Frenchman Lake, 11 accessible sites **** Black Mountain Lookout S of Milford, N of Hwy 70, E of 395 **** Chilcoot 4 mi. N of Chilcoot, 1 tent & 1 auto accessible site **** Conklin Park 10 mi. S of Milford off Hwy. 395 **** Cottonwood Springs Frenchman Lake **** Cottonwood Springs Group 1 accessible site (50 people max) **** Frenchman Frenchman Lake, 2 accessible sites **** Laufman 3 mi. S of Milford off Hwy. 395 **** Meadow View 7 mi. W of Doyle off Hwy. 395, Horse Camp **** Spring Creek Frenchman Lake 1 accessible site **** Lunker Point Boat Ramp Frenchman Lake **** *Campground closed for repairs until 2012 season PA G E 1 0 4


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BEST WESTERN ROSE QUARTZ INN Scenic Mountain Getaway & Business Conference Destination



Tony Mindling

(530) 258-2002 (888) 571-4885




Bring Your Group’s Event to Twain



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

(530) 836-2747

Fax #(530) 836-2559

Camp along the Middle Fork of the Feather River.

P.O. Box 595, Portola, Ca 96122 e-mail present ownership since 1978


YOU NAME IT! Beautiful outdoor settings for your group. Along the Feather River in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cabins, RV hookups, USFS Campgrounds, Cookhouse, Picnic area and much more!

Come ‘n’ See, You’ll Love It!

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CHESTER AREA Antlers Motel • “Cutest Little Thing in Chester” 268 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2722, 888-4-MY-STAY Best Western Rose Quartz Inn • In the center of town 306 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2002, 888-571-4885 Bidwell House • On the meadow No. 1 Main St., Chester • 530-258-3338 Cedar Lodge Motel • In the woods Highway 36 and Highway 89, Chester • 530-258-2904 Chester Creekside Cabin • Spacious cabin in Old Town Chester 2 blocks off Main St. and Highway 36 • 323-899-4509 Childs Meadow Resort • Close to Lassen Volcanic National Park Panoramic views on 18 acres, with cabins, motel and cafe Highway 36, Mill Creek • 530-595-3383, 888-595-3383


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LAKE ALMANOR AREA All Season Vacation House • Great location close to the water 370 Lake Almanor Dr. West • 408-997-2097, 408-621-6845 Almanor Lakefront Cabins • On the lake Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-284-6333 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 Almanor Vacations • Scenic, luxurious getaway Lake Almanor West • 530-260-0165 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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LAKE ALMANOR AREA continued Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien • Properties around the lake

975w 244 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2103 • Non-smoking 5000w Dorado Inn • Your vacation paradise 180 4379 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-284-7790 • Non-smoking rooms 1260w 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 2800w Lake Almanor Retreat • Family vacation cabin 125 3784 Lake Almanor Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3236, 530-284-0861 135 Lake Haven Resort • East shore of the lake 90 7329 Highway 147, Lake Almanor • 530-596-3249 135 Long Shot Lodge • Four bedroom vacation home 900 633 West Mountain Ridge, Lake Almanor • 925-381-8331 1250w Northshore Campground • On the lake 145 Highway 36, 2 mi. E of Chester • 530-258-3376 230 Pier 142 • A beautiful lakefront retreat 2275w 142 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4444 Plumas Pines Resort • West shore of the lake 120 Cabins and motel, marina, lakeside restaurant and bar 3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam • 530-259-4343 75 160 Plumas Properties • Properties on or near the lake 650w 425 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3203 • Non-smoking only 3000w Prudential Lake Almanor Rental Properties • Lakefront and golf course 200 289 Clifford Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-259-4386, 866-223-5687 3500w Quail Lodge Lake Almanor • New fishing/hunting lodge, opening in 2011 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 Eastshore Dr., Highway 147, 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 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 The Yorkshire House • Tea room and gift shop 421 Main St., Greenville • 530-284-1794

QUINCY AREA Ada’s Place • Quiet and convenient to downtown 562 Jackson St., Quincy • 530-283-1954 Boyle Creek Home • Private & secluded, walk to town 397 Alder St., Quincy • 530-394-8315 The Feather Bed • Behind the courthouse 542 Jackson St., Quincy • 530-283-0102, 800-696-8624 Gold Pan Lodge • Next to the airport, continental breakfast 200 Crescent St., Quincy • 530-283-3686, 800-804-6541 Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch • A family vacation experience 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd., Quincy • 530-283-0930, 800-33-HOWDY Keddie Cottage • Vacation cottage and cabin on Spanish Creek Highway 70, 7 miles N of Quincy • 530-613-0737 Lariat Lodge • The quiet side of town 2370 E Main St., Quincy • 530-283-1000, 800-999-7199 No. Calif. Facility Camp • Group rentals only 39285 Highway 70, Quincy • 530-283-0844 •Open June to August only P & K’s Meadow Valley Cabin • Brand new cabin on three acres 14 Cottonwood Dr., Meadow Valley • 530-283-0560 Pine Hill Motel • Cute rooms in scenic setting Highway 70, Quincy • 530-283-1670, 866-342-2891 Quincy Courtyard Suites • Luxury downtown suites 432 Main St., Quincy • 530-283-1401 Quincy Farm-Style Home • Two blocks from downtown Quincy 74 Cloman St., Quincy • 530-258-6496 Ranchito Motel • Sleep by the babbling brook, under new ownership 2020 E Main St., Quincy • 530-283-2265 Spanish Creek Motel • Close to downtown 233 Crescent St., Quincy • 530-283-1200

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

GRAEAGLE / CROMBERG AREA Camp Layman • Rustic cabins on the Feather River, under new ownership

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Sierra Destination Realty • Whitehawk Ranch vacation rentals Clio • 530-836-4526

Sierra Mountain Properties • Luxury mountain home, sleeps 10-12 2500 Highway 89, Clio • 530-836-7300 2011-2012 PLUMAS COUNTY VISITORS GUIDE


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GRAEAGLE / CROMBERG AREA continued Sierra Sky Lodge • Eight lodge rooms and one Graeagle vacation home

69 Lodge breakfast served seasonally • Highway 70, Cromberg • 530-836-2344 130 The Villas at Nakoma • At Nakoma Golf Resort, golf packages available 89 County Rd A-15, Clio • 530-832-9862 299 Twenty Mile House • A historic B&B Inn c. 1854 and two darling cabins 99 Old Cromberg Rd., Cromberg • 530-836-0375 175

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LAKES BASIN AREA 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. • (Modified American Plan) • 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 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

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Gold LakeLodge Lodge Gold Lake EPR

Northern California’s Premier Eco-Estate Wedding Venue

Celebrating 100 Summers in the Lakes Basin

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


Exclusively Yours… Secluded 200-acre historic Eco-Estate on the Middle Fork of the Feather River Specializing in GREEN Weddings Vacation Rental - Romantic Cabins - Retreats Call for a tour (530) 836-0375 700 Old Cromberg Rd, Cromberg CA The scenery and serenity of the mountains makes Plumas County a favorite place to get married or spend a honeymoon. Outdoor weddings can be 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. Call the Plumas County Visitors Bureau at (800) 326-2247 or go online to for a list of wedding sites and services, or for suggestions on honeymoon destinations.

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


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Plumas County

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

Calvary Chapel of


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.

PORTOLA STATION Southern Baptist Church

• Sunday School & Bible Study 9 am (nursery available) • Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 am (nursery available) • Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7 pm • AWANA Wednesdays 6:30 pm (during school months)

832-4334 171 S. Gulling, Portola

Chester Community United Methodist

Rev. Youngrae Kim, Pastor

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

GRAEAGLE Community Church

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


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

Jesus Loves You


Sunday Services - 10:00 am Wednesday Services - 7:00 pm 2335 East Main, Quincy, CA



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 • email:

St. John’s Catholic Church

Quincy - 283-0890 170 Lawrence St., Quincy Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 pm Sunday Mass: 9:00 am

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Greenville 209 Jessie Street, Greenville (1 block north of high school) Sunday Mass: 11:00 am

Sunday School 9:45 am Worship Service 11:00 am Evening Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Corner of Frost and Gay St. Chester, CA • 258-2359 Pastor: Nick Miller • 258-2797



Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

Priesthood/Relief Society/Primary 10 am Sunday School 11am Sacrament Meeting 11:50 am




John Goolsby, Branch President

220 Clifford Drive, Lake Almanor

Hwy. 147, Clear Creek

(530) 256-3344

(530) 258-3509

(1 mile south of CA Hwy. 36 on County Rd. A13)



Office: 530-283-2170

• Sacrament Meeting (Worship Service) - 10:00 am • Sunday School starts at 11:20 am • Priesthood/Relief Society/Primary - Sundays 12:10 pm 55 Bellamy Lane, Quincy On Bucks Lake Road next to Plumas District Hospital

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 Lots of treasures await antiques with Americana, gifts, and at rural antique stores. 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 on Lawrence Street 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 threeday 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. For those seeking more information, a list of stores is available online at or by calling the Plumas County Visitors Bureau (800) 326-2247. Suzi Brakken

Come Worship with Us!

Maybe Antiques Collectibles

Calvary Chapel of Westwood Sunday Celebration: 10 am Pastors Jon and Kim Allen 317 First Street Quincy, California


A church where everyone is welcome! SUNDAY SERVICES Morning Service - 10am Evening Service - 6pm Pastor: Terry Johnson 315 Ash, Westwood



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

The Hummingbird Antiques & Collectibles

Specializing in California and Other Pottery Glassware, 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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ANTIQUES • Connie’s Place...........................58 • Crescent Country......................34 • Maybe Antiques .....................113 • Sierra Trading Post ....................35 • Sterling Sage ............................33 • The Hummingbird Antiques & Collectables.......................113

CHURCHES & PLACES OF WORSHIP ...................112-113 EVENTS • Blackhawk Solar Cookoff..........33 • Feather River Fine Arts Tour ......26 • Indian Valley Events ..................33 • Mtn. Jamboree/Bidwell Arts & Crafts Fairs..............................27 • Music at the Mine, Kentucky Amphitheater ..........51 • Paul Bunyan Mtn. & Blues Festival .......................31 • Plumas Arts Events ...................13 • Portola Events...........................55 • Quincy Farmers Market.............42

LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING • Ada’s Place ...............................41 • Almanor Lakeside Resort ..........20 • Antlers Motel............................28 • Bailey Creek Cottages ..Back cover • Belden Town Resort & Lodge ....35 • Best Western Rose Quartz Inn 105 • Bidwell House...........................24 • Big Cove Resort ........................28 • Boyle Creek Home ....................61 • Bucks Lake Marina....................36 • Bucks Lakeshore Resort.............37 • Camp Layman ..........................75 • Canyon Dam RV Park ...............30 • Cedar Lodge Motel & RV Park ..25 • Chalet View Lodge ...................49 • Cinnamon Teal Inn....................26 • Drakesbad Guest Ranch............17 • Forest Park RV Spaces...............29 • Graeagle Vacation Rentals ........71 • Gold Lake Lodge ....................111 • Gold Pan Lodge........................42 • Gray Eagle Lodge .....................50 • Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch .40 • J&J’s Grizzly Store Campground .58 • Knotty Pine Resort & Marina.....22 • Kokanee Lodge/Carson Chalets .29 • Lake Almanor Retreat ...............20 • Lake Cove Resort ......................27 • Lake Haven Resort ....................20 • Lariat Lodge..............................43 • Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch......49 • Nakoma Resort, Villas at .........115 • Oak Grove Motor Lodge...........34 • Old Sierra City Hotel .................50 • Paul Bunyan Resort & Babe’s Inn.25 • Pine Cone Lodge RV Park .........28 • Pine Hill Motel ..........................41 • Pioneer RV Park ........................42 • Plumas Pines Realty ..................71 • Pullman House Inn....................56

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• Quail Lodge ....................24,30,75 • Ranchito Motel .........................39 • River Pines Resort .....................50 • Rooms at 412 Peninsula Drive ..19 • Sardine Lake Resort ..................50 • Sierra Lodge .............................35 • Sierra Motel..............................57 • Sierra Springs Trailer Resort.....105 • Sierra Valley Lodge ...................50 • Sleepy Pines Motel....................56 • St. Bernard Lodge.....................26 • The Feather Bed .......................43 • Twain RV Park.........................105 • Twenty Mile House .................111 • Vagabond Lakefront RV Resort .25 • Wilson's Camp Prattville ...........26


• Knotty Pine Resort & Marina.....22 • Lake Almanor Country Club Golf Course ............................67 • Lake Almanor Fitness Center ....26 • Lake Almanor Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals................30 • Lake Almanor West Golf Course ............................68 • Plumas Pines Golf Resort .....53,69 • Plumas Pines Riding Stable........90 • Quail Lodge .........................30,75 • Reid Horse & Cattle Co.............90 • Sierra Valley Gun Club ..............88 • Skip-n-Hound ...........................88 • Western Pacific Railroad Museum ...................58 • Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club ....69

• Almanor Log Homes.................53 • Boyle Creek Home ....................61 • Bucks Lake Properties ...............36 • Century 21 Lake Almanor Real Estate........22 • Century 21- Linda Gillam & Mickey Holcomb .....................25 • Coldwell Banker Eric Carl Adamson ..................68 • Coldwell Banker Arlie Holland...........................21 • Coldwell Banker Cathy Kuersten .......................21 • Feather River Properties ............33 • Foxwood Development .............23 • Graeagle Associates..................48 • Graeagle Real Estate.................71 • Heritage Land Co. ....................62 • Mohawk Valley Associates ........47 • Mohawk Valley Associates, Patty Veith ..............................47 • Mountain Properties .................62 • Mt. Lassen Log Homes..............29 • Plumas Pines Realty ..................71 • Plumas Properties .....................19 • Prudential Lake Almanor Real Estate.................Back cover • River Pines Realty......................50 • Sierra Park at Quincy ................42 • Smith Properties .......................62 • Susan River Realty.....................62 • Town & Country Properties .......39




• Bailey Creek Golf .........Back cover • Baiocchi’s Guide Service............75 • Big Cove Resort & Marina.........28 • Big Daddy’s Guide Service.........75 • Bodfish Bicycles ........................89 • Bucks Lake Marina....................36 • Diamond Mountain Casino.......31 • Dragon Golf Course ..........69,115 • Eagle Lake Marina/Lassen ............. College Foundation.................75 • Feather River Fitness .................41 • Gold Lake Stables. ....................90 • Graeagle Meadows Golf Course ............................69 • Graeagle Stables.......................90 • Grizzly Ranch Golf Club............69 • High Sierra ATV Tours ...............56

• Almanor Flooring......................26 • American Valley Animal Hospital.42 • Banner Lassen Medical Center ..68 • Canyon Dam Storage ...............30 • Cast-a-weigh Cruise Agency.....51 • Crescent Tow......................34, 57 • Country Villa.............................41 • DeMartile Automotive ..............43 • Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce....................51, 58 • Eastern Plumas Health Care ......54 • Epps Kennels ............................88 • Feather River College..................2 • Good Vibrations Sharon Geney Massage...........24 • Graeagle Merchants Assoc........48 • Great Northern Hair Co ............39

• Almanor West Grill ...................68 • Alley Cat Cafe ..........................42 • Anna’s Cafe ..............................34 • Bailey Creek Bar & Grill................. .....................................Back cover • Beckwith Tavern........................57 • Bonta Street Bistro....................48 • Bucks Lakeshore Resort.............37 • Cafe Le Coq .............................43 • Canyon Dam Dogs ...................30 • Carol’s Cafe ..............................26 • Chalet View Grille.....................49 • Dunn's Coffee & Fine Teas ........41 • Gold Lake Lodge ....................111 • Graeagle Mill Works .................49 • Graeagle Outpost .....................49 • Gray Eagle Lodge ....................50 • Jimmie’s Roadhouse 70.............57 • Lena’s Cantina ..........................58 • Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch......49 • Longboards Bar and Grill .........53 • Mt. Tomba................................51 • Nichole’s Coffee Depot .............57 • Old Sierra City Hotel .................50 • Pizza Factory Quincy .................40 • Sardine Lake Resort ..................50 • Sierra Sunrise............................32 • Sierra Valley Lodge ...................59 • St. Bernard Lodge.....................26 • Trattoria Rosa............................52

• High Sierra Animal Rescue ..........4 • Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce..........................33 • J’s Feather River Rental..............56 • Lake Almanor Towing ...............29 • Lassen College..........................44 • Mohawk Trading Co. ................34 • Mr. B’s Auto..............................39 • My Skin’s Best Friend ................58 • Plumas Corporation ..................61 • Plumas District Hospital ............40 • Quincy Moving .........................61 • Sacred Space Healing Arts ........34 • Sierra Pacific Industries .............40 • State Farm Insurance ................99 • Spa at Plumas Pines ..................52 • Westwood Chamber of Commerce..........................31 • Williams Construction...............47 • Wilson, Susan, Massage ...........49

SHOPS & RETAILERS • Ayoob’s.....................................40 • Books & Beyond .......................26 • Blue Petunia Gifts .....................56 • Bodfish Bicycles ........................89 • Briar Patch ................................48 • Canyon Dam Store ...................30 • Cast-a-way Consignments ........51 • Crazyblooms.............................51 • Crescent Country......................34 • Denim Blues .............................57 • Eco Centric ...............................49 • Emily’s Garden ..........................41 • Evergreen Market .....................34 • Epilog Books.............................40 • Epilog & Co ..............................47 • Firehouse Thrift.........................56 • Good Vibrations .......................24 • Graeagle Lighting Co................48 • Graeagle Mercantile & Florist ....48 • Graeagle Merchants .................48 • High Sierra Books .....................57 • J&J’s Grizzly Store .....................58 • La Casa Bella ............................43 • Lassen Drug Co ........................16 • Lassen Gift Company................25 • Lupines Natural Foods ..............34 • Mountain Hardware & Sports ....51 • Mountain Meadows Mead .......29 • Nifty Thrifty ..............................56 • Oregano Mountain Home Store.56 • Portola Village Pharmacy ..........57 • Queen Bee Boutique.................48 • Quincy Drug Store ....................43 • Quincy Hot Spot .......................39 • Quincy Natural Foods ...............42 • Red House Art ..........................48 • Red Pony ..................................59 • Sierra Valley Feed & Supply .......59 • Sterling Sage ............................33 • The Giggling Crow ...................26 • Tidbits ......................................30 • Treats Dog Co.............................4 • Trendz Boutique........................24 • Village Drug Co. .................16, 34 • Wiggins Trading Post ................59 • Woolly Notions .........................47 • Young’s Market, Taylorsville ......34


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