Where Passion Meets Wide Open Opportunity
Visiting the Outdoor lifestyles of Northern California will leaving you craving more. More Outdoor Activity… More Wide Open space… More rugged untamed land… More geological wonder.. The mountains and lakes and trails of Plumas and Lassen Counties are filled with all the elements that make our door adventure addictive.
Travel north of Reno or Truckee California and the landscape begins to change. The granite walls of the Sierra Nevada start to submerge under a rugged volcanic shell that is continually being carved, shaped and vented as nature wages war against the planet. It is here that explorers and outdoor enthusiasts find a vast landscape of rugged trails, waterfalls, mountain lakes and Volcanic events that will entice you to come again, and again for adventure.
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.
Destinations in Plumas County that need to be explored.
- Lakes Basin Recreational Area – Discover the pristine beauty of Lakes Basin Recreational Area near Graeagle, CA! Immerse yourself in nature’s wonders with crystal-clear alpine lakes, lush forests, and breathtaking mountain vistas. Experience hiking, fishing, camping, and more in this outdoor paradise. Plan your adventure now!
- Bucks Lake Wilderness – 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 area, and Lassen Peak is visible on clear days, 40 miles to the north.
- Lake Almanor – Escape to the tranquil shores of Lake Almanor! Nestled amidst the picturesque beauty of Northern California, this stunning lake offers a perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Unwind in the embrace of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains and enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, and a myriad of water activities. Discover the magic of Lake Almanor and create unforgettable memories in this serene paradise.
- Lassen Volcanic National Park – Explore the wonders of Lassen Volcanic National Park, an awe-inspiring destination in close proximity to Plumas County recreation. Witness the raw power of volcanic landscapes, steaming fumaroles, and bubbling mud pots. Experience a harmonious blend of outdoor adventures, from hiking through lush forests to soaking in rejuvenating hot springs. Uncover the unique geothermal wonders and diverse flora and fauna of this pristine national park. Embark on an unforgettable journey connecting with nature’s brilliance where Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas County’s recreational opportunities come together.
- Lake Davis – Discover the captivating beauty of Lake Davis, a recreational gem nestled in the heart of Plumas County. Delight in the serenity of this picturesque lake, surrounded by lush forests and breathtaking mountain views. Enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities, from fishing for trophy-sized trout to kayaking along tranquil waters. Embrace the tranquility of nature as you camp under the stars or hike scenic trails. Lake Davis is the perfect destination for a rejuvenating getaway, where Plumas County’s recreational wonders unite with the allure of this pristine alpine lake.
- Experience the charm of Quincy, CA, where Plumas County recreation takes center stage! Immerse yourself in a delightful mountain town surrounded by nature’s bounty. Explore endless outdoor adventures, from hiking scenic trails and fishing in pristine waters to camping under the starlit sky. Discover the rich history and quaint downtown, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and excitement. Quincy is your gateway to the wonders of Plumas County, where a captivating outdoor playground awaits your exploration and a warm, welcoming community beckons you to create cherished memories.
- Graeagle/Johnsonville – Discover the idyllic charm of Graeagle, CA, and the natural wonder of Johnsville State Park in the heart of Plumas County recreation. Experience the best of both worlds as you immerse yourself in the quaint ambiance of Graeagle’s charming town, filled with shops, dining, and friendly locals. Then, venture into the wilderness at Johnsville State Park, where history and nature intertwine in a captivating blend. Explore the remnants of a historic mining town and embark on scenic hikes through lush forests and meadows. Whether you seek outdoor adventures or a peaceful escape, Graeagle and Johnsville State Park offer the perfect harmony of Plumas County recreation, where unforgettable experiences await.
Destinations in Lassen County that need to be explored.
- Eagle Lake – Escape to the pristine beauty of Eagle Lake, a true gem of Lassen County recreation. Immerse yourself in the tranquil splendor of this high-altitude lake, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and majestic mountains. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities, from fishing for renowned trout species to boating and water sports. Explore the nearby Lassen National Forest, offering endless hiking and camping opportunities. Eagle Lake is a haven for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a serene retreat in the heart of Lassen County. Embark on an unforgettable journey, where the allure of this stunning lake and the vast recreational offerings of the county come together to create an unforgettable experience.
- Biz Johnson National Recreational Trail – Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville, California to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels.
- Juniper Lake – Lassen volcanic National Park – Discover the hidden paradise of Juniper Lake, a Lassen County recreation gem. Nestled in the heart of Lassen Volcanic National Park, this pristine alpine lake offers a tranquil escape into nature’s wonders. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surrounding wilderness, boasting lush forests and captivating volcanic landscapes. Engage in a myriad of outdoor activities, including fishing for wild trout, kayaking on calm waters, and hiking scenic trails. Juniper Lake is a sanctuary for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts, providing a perfect blend of tranquility and excitement in Lassen County. Embark on a remarkable journey where the splendor of Juniper Lake and the recreational treasures of the county unite to create unforgettable memories.
- Cinder Cone Lassen Volcanic National Park – Experience the awe-inspiring Cinder Cone Trail, a must-visit destination for Lassen County recreation. Journey into the heart of Lassen Volcanic National Park to witness the captivating wonders of this volcanic landscape. Hike to the summit of Cinder Cone, where panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness and the Fantastic Lava Beds await. Discover the power of nature as you explore the Painted Dunes and the impressive volcanic craters. Cinder Cone Trail offers a unique outdoor adventure, where the beauty of Lassen County’s natural wonders takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the splendor of this volcanic paradise and create unforgettable memories on this extraordinary trail.
- Caribou Wilderness – The Caribou Wilderness 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.
Plumas-Eureka State Park
Plumas Eureka State Park offers interpretive events, such as campfire programs, nature walks, and history tours, during the summer season. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, and other similar outdoor activities are quite popular with visitors. During their Living History Days events during the summer, volunteers dress in period costumes and lead you through what it was like to live in the community of Johnsville, one of the original towns that sprang up around the mines. The park is also home to the Johnsville Museum, which is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m, featuring exhibits on natural history, hard rock mining, local history, and more.
Lakes Basin Area
There are nearly 50 small glacial lakes and streams featuring Gold Lake, Salmon Lake, Long Lake, and Sardine Lake, which are considered some of the primary lakes of the area.
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St Bernard Lodge
Experience unforgettable glamping at Wild Plumas in Greenville, CA! Immerse yourself in nature’s embrace with luxurious accommodations, and outdoor adventures. Your dream escape awaits.
1323 Greenville Wolf Creek Rd, Greenville, CA