Recreation

Backcountry Discovery Trail

The view from the top of Little Volcano, elevation 5801 feet.

The Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail (BDT) invites exploration of the remote areas of the Plumas National Forest. You can expect rough road conditions on gravel and dirt roads and a slow pace of travel, maybe only 30-50 miles a day. Be prepared for downed trees or rocks on the road, rough and rocky surfaces, and brush encroaching on the road-way. Much of the route is under snow in the winter and early spring. There are no restaurants, grocery stores, or gas stations along the main route and cell phone coverage is intermittent. Then on-paved roads are currently maintained for travel by sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-clearance vehicles.

This guide book describes the various routes and makes some recommendations on what types of vehicles canuse them. Alternate routes, which are best traveled in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, are high lighted as well.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Antelope Lake / Taylor Lake Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Antelope Lake Nature Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Antelope Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Mt. Hough Ranger District and Antelope Recreation Area remain open. hiking, fishing from banks of lakes and many other activities are still available. All recreation sites except for trails have been temporarily closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Bear Lakes Loop Trail Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this trail is open. Some snow banks persist along the trail resulting in hikers losing the trail beneath.
Beckwourth Ranger District Open to Visitor Beckwourth Ranger District remains open. Fuelwood cutting, hiking, dispersed camping, fishing from banks of lakes and many other activities are still available. All recreation sites except for trails have been temporarily closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Big Cove Campground Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 the campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Big Cove Overflow Open to Visitor This campground is open when all campsites at Frenchman Lake Recreation Area are filled.
Black Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor A closure order has been issued for this site - This location is closed. Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Boulder Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Bucks Lake Area Grizzly Forebay Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.  Restrooms and other facilities are closed; All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus.     
Bucks Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Bucks Lake Wilderness Open to Visitor Bucks Lake Wilderness Area located on the Mt. Hough Ranger District remain open. hiking, fishing from banks of lakes and many other activities are still available. All recreation sites except for trails have been temporarily closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Bucks Lake Wilderness Granite Gap Trailhead Open to Visitor  
Butterfly Valley Botanical Area    Logging operations on the Butterfly East fuels reduction project will begin in April of 2020.  Heavy truck traffic will be using NFS Road 25N12 (Blackhawk Road) for the duration of this project.  Visitors to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area should use an alternate route. The best access at this time is along Plumas County Road 417, also known as the Butterfly-Twain Road.
Camp 5 Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor   The boat ramp is open and fees are being collected. The loading dock will be put in place soon. 
Chilcoot Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Cold Stream Trail Closed to Visitor
Conklin Park Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed
Cottonwood Springs Campground Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Crocker Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed
Crocker Guard Station Closed to Visitor A closure order has been issued for this site - This location is closed. Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates
Crystal Point Fishing Access Open to Visitor The facility is open for day use. This is a fee area
Feather Falls National Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor The Feather Falls Campground and trailhead parking area is temporarily closed during construction of a new toilet facility and demolition of the old facility. The upper loop of the Feather Falls Trail is open. The lower loop is closed for repairs. Please pack out trash.
Feather Falls Trailhead Campground Closed to Visitor The Feather Falls Campground and trailhead parking area is temporarily closed during construction of a new toilet facility and demolition of the old facility. The upper loop of the Feather Falls Trail is open. The lower loop is closed for repairs. Please pack out trash.
Feather River Canyon Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Feather River Ranger District Open to Visitor
Frenchman Boat Launch Facility and Day Use Area Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 the boat ramp is open. The loading dock will be put in place soon. This is a fee area.
Frenchman Recreation Area Open to Visitor Beckwourth Ranger District and Frenchman Lake Recreation Area remain open. Hiking, fishing from banks of lakes and many other activities are still available. All recreation sites except for boat ramps have been temporarily closed. Restrooms are closed. Porta-potties and trash dumpsters are on site. Use caution and proper hygene in their use. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Gansner Bar Campground Closed to Visitor
Gold Lake in Lakes Basin Open to Visitor The paved boat launch facility and day use area are open. The loading dock will be put in place soon. The car top gravel launch area and nearby day use area are open. Fees are not collected at this time.
Grasshopper Flat Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Gray Eagle Creek Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restooms and other facilities are closed
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Grizzly Campground Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Hallsted Campground Closed to Visitor
Honker Cove Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor TAs pf May 26, 2020 this boat launch is open. The loading dock will be put in soon. This is a fee area. 
Indian Valley Area Open to Visitor
Jamison Creek Trail    This lociation is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Check with Plumas Eureka State Park for current conditions
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Lake Davis Dam Picnic Area Open to Visitor This day use area is open and is a fee area.
Lake Davis Recreation Area Open to Visitor Beckwourth Ranger District and Lake Davis Recreation Area remains open. hiking, fishing from banks of lakes and many other activities are still available. All recreation sites except for trails have been temporarily closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Lake Davis Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restrooms and other facilities are closed.
  • As of April 2, 2020, some snow persists on the trail. Expect wet and muddy conditions along with a likelihood of loosing the trail beneath snowbanks.
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus.
Lakes Basin Recreation Area Open to Visitor Beckwourth Ranger District and Lakes Basin Recreation Area remains open. All recreation sites except for trails have been temporarily closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • As of March 27, 2020 Gold Lake Highway remains closed at the staging area. Deep snow covers all trails in the recreation area.
Lightning Tree Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor TThe boat ramp is open. The loading dock will put in soon. This is a fee area.
Lightning Tree Campground Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Little Beaver Campground Closed to Visitor
Little Grass Valley Recreation Area Open to Visitor

All Little Grass Valley Reservoir boat ramps are open; however; boarding floats are not available due to high lake levels. The boarding floats were damaged over the winter and are not safe for use. Floats will not be reinstalled during the 2019 recreation season. Please be prepared for wet launch, and keep in mind that swimming is not allowed at the boat launches.

Lone Rock Campground Closed to Visitor A closure order has been issued for this site - This location is closed. Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Long Lake Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restooms and other facilities are closed
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Long Point Campground Closed to Visitor  Be advised the road to Antelope Lake from Indian Valley is Closed indefinitely.  Please use an alternate route.  From Janesville, take County Rd. 208 for 4 miles, FS road 28N01 for 9 miles, turn right on FS road 28N03 for 2 miles  
Long Point Group Campground (25 people per site) Closed to Visitor
Lost Cove Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Lower Bucks Campground Closed to Visitor

This campground is closed through the rest of the 2020 season due to the PG&E dam repair project.

Lunker Point Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor The boat ramp is open. The loading dock will be repaired soon. 
Mallard Cove Boat Launch Facility Open to Visitor The boat launch and day use area are open. These are fee areas.
Meadow Valley Area Open to Visitor
Meadow View Equestrian Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is closed
Middle Creek Trail Closed to Visitor 1-1-2020 Middle Creek Trail is temporarily closed due to fire damage.
Mill Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Milsap Bar Campground Closed to Visitor Restrooms are closed. Please pack out trash.
Mt. Elwell Trail and Loop Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restooms and other facilities are closed
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Mt. Hough Ranger District Open to Visitor
North Fork Campground Closed to Visitor A closure order has been issued for this site - This location is closed. Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Other Mt. Hough Campgrounds Open to Visitor
Peninsula Tent Campground Closed to Visitor
Queen Lily Campground Closed to Visitor A closure order has been issued for this site - This location is closed. Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Round Lake Trail and Loop Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restooms and other facilities are closed
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Sandy Point Day Use Area and Boat Launch Closed to Visitor
Silver Lake Campground Closed to Visitor    
Silver Lake and Mud Lake Trails Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restooms and other facilities are closed
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Sly Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Smith Lake Trail Open to Visitor This location is open - Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
  • Restooms and other facilities are closed
  • As of April 2, 2020, Gold Lake Highway remains closed. Deep snow in the area covers the trail requiring visitors to be knowledgeable of dangers involved with hiking in winter..
  • All visitors are reminded to adhere to state regulations to help stop the spread of the virus
Spring Creek Campground Open to Visitor As of May 26, 2020 this campground is open with host, water and trash service.
Strawberry Campground Open to Visitor
Sundew Campground Closed to Visitor
Tooms RV Campground Closed to Visitor
Whitehorse Campground Closed to Visitor
Wyandotte Campground Closed to Visitor

Spotlights

Feather Falls Trailhead Campground

Feather Falls Trailhead CampgroundTemporary Closure of Developed Recreation Sites

This location is closed (Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued.)  Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff.  We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding   COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Five developed units are available for overnight camping on a first come, first-served basis. Each campsite is equipped with a table and a fire ring. Two bear-proof trash bins are available for use at the trailhead. If these bins are full, please pack out your trash. The Feather Falls area is bear habitat, and bears are attracted to trash and food. Please help keep yourself and your fellow campers safe, and store all food and dispose of all waste properly.

For more information on bear safety, please visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/bears

Feather Falls National Recreation Trail

Don’t leave your camera behind! Feather Falls National Recreation Trail offers incredible views of Bald Rock Dome, Bald Rock Canyon, and the 640-foot Feather Falls.

There are two options to reach the overlook at Feather Falls.

At 1/3 mile past the trailhead, the trail diverges. For the more experienced hiker, take the steep 3.3 mile path to the west, which features about two miles of uphill grade.

The gently sloping 4.5 mile path to the east is ideal for the inexperienced hiker.

The two trails converge approximately 1/2 mile before reaching the Feather Falls observation deck.

Allow a minimum of four to five hours to hike the nine-mile loop. Take plenty of water. Restrooms and non-potable water are available at the trailhead near the parking area, but bring drinking water or a water purifier for the hike. Safety fences near Feather Falls are there for your protection; do not climb over them. The trail is located in a remote area; bring a first aid kit. Poison oak, ticks, bears, and other wildlife are common in the area; be aware and be prepared.

Butterfly Valley Botanical Area

Pitcher Plant Pods

Designated as a botanical area in 1976, the Butterfly Valley is named for its resemblance to a butterfly shape as seen from aerial photos.  Located 3.5 miles north of Quincy on Hw 70/89 off of Blackhawk Road, this area includes a Nature Study of 5 species of plants including the California Pitcher Plant, a rare and unusual insect eating plant that only grows in scattered boggy areas from southern Oregon down through northern California.  Peak blooming season is May through July.  There are also 4 other species of insectivorous plants; 12 species of orchids, 24 species of plants in the Lily family, 9 species of ferns, as well as poppy, buttercup, wild rose and lady slipper. 

Indian Valley Area

Campgrounds managed by Outdoors in Plumas   

Just north of Quincy in Plumas County, the Indian Valley includes fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping in the Plumas National Forest. This portion of Highway 89, just north of Quincy connects two major scenic highway routes. Plumas County's "Scenic Byway Link" travels through the quiet, historic communities of Canyon Dam, Greenville, Crescent Mills, and Taylorsville and is a connection between "Feather River National Scenic Byway" on Hwy 70, just north of Quincy and the “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway", which begins at the northern boundary of the Plumas National Forest. This route makes for great scenic driving throughout the year, but is widely known for its spectacular full fall splendor. Also located in the Indian Valley is the Round Valley Reservoir located three miles above Greenville, which is a warm water fishery containing bass and bluegill.   It’s a popular place for fishing and picnicking, and is nearby to the Greenville campground. The area is also great for bicycling.

Greenville Campground

Greenville Campground

Located in the Indian Valley, and 1 mile north of the town of Greenville, the Greenville Campground is approximately 9 miles from Lake Almanor on Hwy 89. Recently outfitted with new campfire rings as well as a new toilet facility, the site boasts 17 campsites, its own water system, picnic and barbeque areas. The campground adjoins the Greenville horseshoe pits that are well known for its tournaments throughout the summer months.

Located near the outskirts of the historical town of Greenville, visitors have access to groceries, gas, fishing supplies, as well as local shops and eateries. Make plans to enjoy the Greenville Campground – at $20.00 a night, it’s a real bargain!

Bucks Lake Wilderness Gold Lake Trailhead

Gold LakeTrailhead is located at the Silver Lake Campground.

Trail Length - 1.5 miles

Difficulty - Easy

Approximately hiking time - 30 minutes

Swimming and fishing at the lake.  Campsites are limited.  This trail accesses the Bucks Lake Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Valley Creek Trail

The Valley Creek Botanical Special Interest Area contains one of the few remaining examples of Sierra Nevada mixed conifer old growth forest in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is located on the Plumas National Forest in southern Plumas County, at an elevation of 4500 to 5000 feet. Bob Cermak, a Forest Service District Ranger in the 1960s, recognized its unique beauty and ecological value, and began the process of designating it as a Special Interest Area. His vision was realized in 1961, when it was officially preserved. In 2011, a 2.5-mile hiking trail was completed, providing access for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The trail is gentle with a few moderately steep sections.

The old growth Douglas-fir and Sugar pine provide habitat for many local wildlife species, including the sensitive California spotted owl and Northern goshawk. They also provide dwellings for small mammals. Valley Creek, which runs through the Special Interest Area, has been recognized as habitat for the sensitive foothill yellow-legged frog and the Federally Threatened red-legged frog.

Hartman Bar National Recreation Trail

Hartman Bar Trail has two entry points on either side of the Middle Fork of the Feather River drainage, and the trail descends down to a suspension bridge that crosses the river. The nation's record ponderosa pine tree can be found adjacent to this trail on the north rim. An undeveloped campsite is located on the south side of the river. A horse corral is located at each trailhead. This trail is not recommended for novice horse riders.

Hartman Bar North trailhead (approximate elevation 5,100') is located approximately 54 miles northeast of Oroville, California. The trail descends difficult but scenic terrain to the Middle Fork Feather River at 2,300' elevation over the course of 4.5 miles.

Hartman Bar South trailhead (approximate elevation 4,800') is located approximately 31 miles northeast of Feather Falls. The trail descends difficult but scenic terrain to the Middle Fork Feather River at 2,300' elevation over the course of 3.5 miles, ending at an undeveloped riverside camp. Please observe Leave No Trace principles and pack out all trash.

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

 The Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District is home to a 32-mile segment of the internationally renowned Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This stretch of the PCT runs from Fowler Peak south to Gibsonville Road.

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