Lake Almanor Area Information

Lake Almanor is a 4 season playground located in Plumas County. Lake Almanor is part of the Feather River Country, land of a hundred lakes and a thousand miles of streams and majestic forests...a sportsman's paradise.


Located in Northern California, often called "Northern California's Hidden Jewel", Lake Almanor is the gateway to Mt. Lassen and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Where the Sierra Nevada Range and the Cascade Range meet, Lake Almanor is at 4500'elevation, stores about 1,308,000 acre feet of water, is about 13 miles long, 6 miles wide, and has about 52 square miles of clear, sparkling water and beautiful scenery.


Lake Almanor is Plumas County's largest lake and is known to be one of the best fishing lakes in California. Trophy Rainbow and German Brown Trout, along with Small Mouth Bass, Catfish and King Salmon, are plentiful.


Lake Almanor came into being in 1914 when the Great Western Power Company dammed the north fork of the Feather River, flooding the area known as Big Meadows. Interestingly, Big Meadows was, before the lake was created, a lush meadow with plenty of water, it was a summer resort known the world over.


The name Almanor was derived from combining the names of three sisters, Alice, Martha, and Elinore, daughters of Guy C. Earl, who was then president of the Great Western Power Company (later Pacific Gas & Electric). PG&E further developed Lake Almanor by constructing the present dam in 1926-27.