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gold lakes California 2022 UPDATE: Two thirds of Plumas National Forest (200,000 acres) is now burnt from recent wildfires.

The 2020 #BearFire #NorthComplex and the 2021 #DixieFire destroyed historic buildings, fire lookouts, old cabins, residential houses, small towns and rural communities; plus old growth forests and unimaginable numbers of wildlife. Many roads, trails and campgrounds are closed to the public; while reforestation may take many decades, if not a century.

see swipe photos (before and after)

  • Decimated Forest
  • Footed Rock
  • Straw Road Swipe
  • Top of Zink

    plumas camping

    Wild & Scenic River miles
    Feather River 50
    Wilderness Area acres
    Bucks Lake Wilderness 24,023
  • Nearby cities & towns:

    Beckwourth CA
    Belden Town CA
    Berry Creek CA
    Blairsden CA
    Bucks Lake CA
    Challenge CA
    Crescent Mills CA
    Gold Lake CA
    Graeagle CA
    Greenville CA
    La Porte CA
    Johnsville CA
    Lake Almanor CA
    Oroville CA
    Portola CA
    Quincy CA
    Sierra City CA
    Sierraville CA
    Susanville CA
    Taylorsville CA

    feather fishing


    Plumas National Forest
    Headquarters
    Quincy California
    530-283-2050

    Plumas Backpacking

    Hike the Feather River, Mount Hough, Bucks Lake Wilderness; Camping right next to the water, at gorgeous alpine lakes in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Yes! Short trails, minimal elevation gain, easy access, great rewards are always near the super scenic Lakes Basin. Sierra Buttes is inside Lakes Basin Recreation Area w/ Gold Lake, Packsaddle Lake, Goose Lake, Long Lake, Elwell Lake, Smith Lake, Snag Lake, Grass Lake, Jamison Lake, Eureka Lake, Bear Lake, Salmon Lakes and Frazier Falls

    Trailheads located at:
    • Berger (Lake Basin)
    • Bucks Summmit PCT Access
    • Fowler Lake
    • Fowler Peak
    • Johnsville
    • Jamison Mine Grass Lake
    • Little North Fork (Feather River)
    • Long & Bear Lakes (LakesBasin)
    • Packsaddle (LakesBasin)
    • Round Lake (LakesBasin)
    • Sand Pond (LakesBasin)
    • Smith Gray Eagle (LakesBasin)
    Plumas Forest
    Headquarters
    159 Lawrence St
    P.O. Box 11500
    Quincy CA 95971
    530-283-2050
    Beckwourth Ranger
    23 Mohawk Highway Rd
    Blairsden CA 96103
    530/836-2575
    Feather River Ranger
    875 Mitchell Avenue
    Oroville CA 95965
    530-534-6500
    Mount Hough Ranger
    39696 Hwy 70 NW
    Quincy CA 95971
    530/283-0555
    Plumas Forest
    gov web site
    Challenge Visitors Center
    18050 Mulock Road
    Challenge CA 95925
    530-675-1146
    Greenville Work Center
    128 Hot Springs Rd
    Greenville CA 95947
    530-284-7126
    Plumas County Visitors
    Hwy 70, W of downtown
    Quincy CA 95971
    800-326-2247
    530-283-6345


    Plumas Forest Maps
  • Bucks Lake Wilderness Map
  • Lakes Basin Recreation Area Map
  • Middle Fork Feather River Map
  • PCT Map - North Sierra
  • Plumas National Forest Map
  • Plumas Forest Topo Atlas
  • Sierra Buttes Map NatGeo

    Mallard @ Madrone Lake

    Lake Davis Hiking

    plumas camping Plumas Campgrounds

    plumas camp sites Primitive Camping

    Hiking Plumas Forest

    Rivers, creeks, forests, waterfalls, all around! This forested region has so much to offer for hiking & back road exploration.

  • Bucks Lake Wilderness has creeks and meadows, with great loop trails.
  • Lake Almanor has bike trails around lake, that are perfect for families, joggers, walkers & bike riding.
  • Lakes Basin Recreation Area offers numerous, older, cabin resorts, plus a few developed campgrounds and trails all leading to alpine lakes. Wildflowers, wildlife & heavy snows are seasonal treats.
  • Lassen Peak inside Lassen NP is a great all day hike rated moderate to strenuous. Lupine wildflowers are all over in the park.
  • Lakes Basin is on the border between Plumas and Tahoe National Forests. Sierra Buttes, granite spires towering in the North Sierra, is an excellent short hike to a fire lookout, overlooking Yuba River.

    Plumas Hiking Overview

    Explore Plumas Hiking

    Plumas: South Feather River

    Lakes near Plumas, Lake Camping Campgrounds

    Little Grass Valley Reservoir Antelope Lake Recreation Area:
  • Lone Rock Campground
  • Long Point Campground

    Almanor Lake:
    many campgrounds

    Bucks Lake Recreation Area:
    many campgrounds

    Frenchman Lake:
    Cottonwood Springs, Little Last Chance Creek, Chilcoot

    Gold Lake & Lakes Basin Recreation Area:
    NFS Campgrounds and Cabin Resorts; near Plumas Eureka State Park

    Little Grass Valley Reservoir
  • Black Rock Tent Campground
  • Horse Camp
  • Little Beaver Campground
  • Peninsula Tent Campground
  • Red Feather Campground
  • Running Deer Campground
  • Wyandotte Campground

    Lake Oroville, California

    More Plumas Forest Lakes

    (some w/ no reservations camping)

    plumas maps

     

    Quincy Waterfalls

    Plumas Waterfalls




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    LaPorte Road was open
    LaPorte Road is long, winding and forested, closing for deep snow in winter months and only open partially throughout the year. Climbing to upper elevations between Lake Oroville and Quincy, the area is quite remote, but CHP patrolled along the highway. La Porte is the only town way back here, besides wilderness.

    Roads to Camping

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