Outdoor enthusiasts can get their fill of the great outdoors in either the Plumas National Forest (2,613 square miles of Plumas County,) the Lassen National Forest (located at the northern end) or the Tahoe National Forest (which touches the south and east.)
The Plumas National Forest covers over a million acres of tree covered mountains, filled with hundreds of high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear running streams. Click here to visit their website.
Lassen National Forest lies at the heart of a fascinating part of California, a crossroads of people and nature. This is where the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin meet. Click here to visit their website.
The Tahoe National Forest straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California, and encompasses a vast territory, from the golden foothills on the western slope to the high peaks of the Sierra crest. Click here to visit their website.
Camping, Recreation, & History
Plumas Eureka State Park offers interpretive events, such as campfire programs, nature walks, 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. Click here to visit the park's site.
Offering hikers some of the most spectacular scenery and hiking trails around, Bucks Lake has over 20,000 acres of diverse plant life, trees and landscape features.
With breathtaking scenery and mountain backdrops, golfing at any one of Graeagle's six golf courses can offer golfers a most challenging and rewarding day. Click here for more information on golf courses in the graeagle area.
With hundreds of trails that challenge even the most experienced hiker to a leisurely winding trail that would appeal to any casual stroller, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area has something for everyone to enjoy. Hike either Frazier Falls Trail, Round Lake Loop Trail, Long Lake Trail, Plumas Eureka State Park, Madora Lake Nature Walk, Little Jamison Creek, Eureka Peak Loop Trail or the Frenchman Lake area.
With so many places to cross country ski in Plumas County, Nordic skiers will find a variety of trails ranging from open flat areas to challenging peaks and more difficult terrain.
A three mile beginner trail that starts at the Plumas Eureka State Park -- five miles up from A14 on highway 89.
Provides trails for beginner skiers. Located down the road from Jamison Creek trail on A14.
An intermediate trail beginning at the Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl parking lot leading to Eureka Lake.
Intermediate and advanced trails that access from Gold Lake Road, south of Graeagle off highway 89.
Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl
Located in Plumas Eureka State Park above Johnsville, this famous ski slope offers both beginner and advanced runs. With an elevation of 6,150 feet high, a maximum vertical of 650 and 5,500 foot base the ski bowl is fun for the whole family. Click here for more information.
Plumas Ski Club
This local club promotes community skiing activities including long board racing, the Snow Ball, the Summer Concert series and other events. Click here to visit their web site.
No matter what kind of water sport you're into, fishing, waterskiing, jet-skiing, sailing, boating, kayaking or just plain floating down stream in an inner tube, you'll find the perfect lake in Plumas County to spend your day.
Known for its trout fishing and spectacular scenery, the Middle Fork is located along highway 70 and the railroad line.
Also known for its trout fishing and spectacular scenery, this lake is open during both summer and winter. Located seven miles north of Portola.
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.
Plumas County Museum
A "living" museum filled with relics from the old mining and logging days, as well as a complete collection of Indian baskets made by the Mountain Maidu Indians. 500 Jackson Street, P.O. Box 10766, Quincy, 95971. (530) 283-6320.
A museum featuring railroad history, equipment, artifacts, photographs and historical information. P.O. Box 608, Portola, 96122. (530) 832-4131. Click here for more information.
A tribute to the Feather River Country's gold mining history. This indoor outdoor museum features numerous displays, tools, photographs and working models of mining machinery. 310 Johnsville Road, Blairsden, 96103. (530) 836-2380. Click here for more information.
And even more fun. . .
Graeagle Miniature Golf and Driving Range
Highway 89, Graeagle, 96103. (530) 836-2107
Swimming, boat rentals and sun bathing.
Highway 89, Graeagle, 96103
For picnics, playing and fun.
Higway 89, Graeagle, 96103