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  Lake Almanor

Location and Directions:

     Lake Almanor is located in Plumas County, approx. 28 miles west of Susanville, CA. From I-5 at Red Bluff, take Hwy. 36 East approx. 71 miles to the town of Chester. From Susanville, take Hwy 36 West to the lake.

General Info:

    This is one of the largest man-made lakes in California, consisting of 28,000 surface acres. The lake is 13 miles long and 6 miles at it's widest points. Elevation is 4500 feet. Camping is allowed at several sites and resorts around the lake.

Map of Lake Almanor
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  • U.S. Forest Service - Almanor Ranger District - P.O. Box 767, Chester, CA 96020 Ph (916) 258-2141.
  • Big Springs Resort
  • Lassen View Resort 7457 Hwy. 147 Lake Almanor, CA 96137 (530) 596-3437
  • Kokanee Lodge 452 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 96137 (530) 596-3215
  • Big Cove Resort 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 96137 (530) 596-3349
  • Lake Cove Resort and Marina 3584 Hwy. 147, Eastshore Lake Almanor 96137 P.O. Box 68, Canyon Dam 95923 (530) 284-7697
  • Plumas Pines Resort 3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam 95923 (530) 259-4343
  • Wilson's Camp Prattville 2930 Lake Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam, CA 95923 (530) 259-2464
Other lakes in the area:
Eagle Lake
Oroville Lake

Boating Info:

    There are two public boat ramps for use free of charge. There are also several resort marinas with boat rentals available.

Fishing Info:

    The lake holds rainbow trout, brown trout, king and coho salmon (introduced in 1982), smallmouth and largemouth bass and catfish. Fish Report: Lassen View resort (916) 596-3437.

Comments and Tips:

My family has gone to Lake Almanor for the past 7 years. I have two small children ages 4 years and 7 years. I feel comfortable with my children at Lake Almanor. We camp at one of the pg & e camp grounds. I believe the name is rocky point. The camp ground is big and the camp sites are very spacious. The ground keepers do a nice job in maintenance. The bathrooms are always attended to. The lake is beautiful. The water is clear, clean. Boaters are very respectful. A few stores and resturants nearby, and also a laundry mat. My husband always takes a few days to golf at a nearby golf course which is 10 minutes away. I look forward going each year to Lake Almanor.


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