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Lake Almanor A Crown Jewel of the Northern Sierra

The Lake Almanor Basin and surrounding Lassen National Volcanic Forest area spread across a natural wonderland created by millions of years of geologic forces, a crossroad where the granite of the Sierra Nevada meets the lava of the Cascades. – Plumas Recreation Guide

Located in the Northern Sierra, Lake Almanor is a large recreational reservoir formed by Canyon Dam on the North Fork of the Feather River, as well as Benner and Last Chance Creeks, Hamilton Branch, and various natural springs. It is a hot spot for recreationists looking to escape the city life or the heavier traffic of Lake Tahoe in the summer.

Accessed via HWY 89 in the Sierra or Hwy 36 from Susanville Ca (Eastside)  or Redbluff Ca (Westside), Lake Almanor is a popular recreation area, with fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and camping available.


Lake Almanor is home to rainbow and brown trout, king salmon, and small mouth bass, along with other species such as catfish and smelt.

Spring Fishing when the water starts to warm is a great time to fish Lake Almanor.

Here are a list of local guides


Lake Almanor Fishing Guides


Almanor Fishing Adventures:   (530) 258-6732
Doug Neal specializes in Lake Almanor and has more than 7000 hours fishing it.
Website: Almanor Fishing Adventures

Big Daddy’s Guide Service:   (530) 283-4103.
Bryan Roccucci specializes in the lakes of the Northern Sierra

Dick’s Guide Service:   (530) 256-3317
Dick Mason guides Lake Almanor and other Plumas and Lassen County Lakes.
Website: Dick’s Guide Service

Roger’s Guide Services:   For local lake fishing call – (530) 284-6429 (April to October)
Year-Round Cell Phone – (702) 321-6991
Roger Keeling guides Lake Almanor and other Plumas and Lassen County Lakes.

Mac’s Lake Almanor Guide Service:   (530) 596-3202, Cell (510) 289-1150
Duncan McIntyre has 20 years experience guiding people on Lake Almanor.
Website: Mac’s Lake Almanor Guide Service

The Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company & Guide Service:   (530) 258-3944
Tom Maumoynier, serving Plumas County,
262 Main St., #4, Chester, CA 96020
Website: Lake Almanor Fly Fishing

Rick’s Guide Service:   (530) 284-6005, Cell (530) 394-7170
Rick Taddei guides from April through June for smallmouth bass only. Beginning July through August he guides trout trips starting at 4:00 pm until dark.

Larry Hemphill Fishing Guide & Instructor
Yuba City, CA   (530) 674-0276
Website: Larry Hemphill
Larry Hemphill has been fishing Northern California lakes for bass since 1962. 20′ Ranger Bass Boat


Lake Almanor receives regular fish planting during the fishing season. It also has a pen-rearing program located near the Hamilton Branch where king salmon and rainbow trout are raised. As many as 150,000 salmon fingerlings and 55,000 rainbows are released into the lake each year.

The main forage fish in Lake Almanor is the Japanese pond smelt which was originally planted there several decades ago, quickly replacing the native kokanee. Because the trout and salmon feed on the smelt, techniques using jigs, sliver spoons, and tube lures are especially successful. Spin casting bait works well, too. Among the most popular baits are red salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and crickets. – Fishing tip provided by


The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is an easy to moderate 19-mile round trip opportunity. Park at the junction of Highway 89 and forest road 27N52 to begin. Users may also access the trail from numerous points along Highway 89 for shorter 4 to 5 mile round trips.

The trail winds through a mixed conifer forest with spectacular views of Lake Almanor, Dyer Mountain, and Lassen Peak. Watch for wildlife as you may see bald eagles, osprey, and goshawk. The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.

There are hundreds of miles of trail systems near Lake Almanor to enjoy while you’re visiting. Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lassen National Forest and Caribou Wilderness Areas


Lake Almanor Picnic, Beach, and Scenic Areas
  • Marvin Alexander Beach
    • Lakeside, west shore
    • Beach
    • 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    • 10 Picnic Tables, Restrooms
  • Almanor Beach
    • 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    • Beach
    • Picnic Tables, Restrooms
  • East Shore
    • Hwy. 147, southeast shore, 1.3 miles north of Hwy. 89
    • 10 Picnic Sites
    • Beach
    • Picnic Tables, Restrooms
  • Canyon Dam
    • Hwy. 89, .1 miles east of dam
    • 10 Picnic Sites
    • Beach
    • Picnic Tables, Restrooms
  • Almanor Scenic Overlook
    • Hwy. 147, .4 miles north of Hwy. 89
    • Scenic Overlook, Parking
    • Restrooms


Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals

Lake Almanor Kayak, Standup Paddleboard and Bike Rentals – located on the southern tip of Lake Almanor in the small mountain town of Canyon Dam.

Lake Almanor is a popular destination for all kinds ofboating. With the water temperature reaching 70 degrees in the summer the lake attracts all kinds of water sports enthusiasts and boaters.

  • Water Skiing: Placid waters along the west shore make it a popular section of the lake for skiing. Most people wear wet suits.
  • Wake Boarding, Tubing: See a YouTube video Wake Boarding at Lake Almanor
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Pontoon boats, fishing boats, pleasure cruisers
  • Sailing: Look for Hunters, Coronados, and Hobies on the lake.
  • Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding

Marinas and Rentals

Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals

29529 Highway 89
Canyon Dam, CA 95923
(530) 284-7372
Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals

Big Cove Resort

442 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
(530) 596-3349
Website: Big Cove Resort

Knotty Pine Resort

430 Peninsula Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
(530) 596-3348
Website: Knotty Pine Resort

Kokanee Lodge and Carson Chalets

452 Peninsular Drive, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
(530) 596-3215
Website: Carson Chalets

Majors Outpost and
Plumas Pines Resort

3000 Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam, CA 95923
Majors Outpost is located in the Green Tent.
Majors Outpost: (530) 259-2727 or 251-7512
Plumas Pines Resort: (530) 259-4343
Websites: Majors Outpost
Websites: Plumas Pines Resort

North Shore Campground

Highway 36, 2 miles east of Chester, CA
(530) 258-3376
Website: North Shore Campground

Vagabond Lake Front RV Resort & Marina

7371 Highway 147, Lake Almanor, CA 96137
(530) 596-3240
Website: Vagabond Resort


Wilson’s Camp Prattville

2913 Lake Almanor Dr. West, Canyon Dam, CA 95923
(530) 259-2267
Website: Wilson’s Camp Prattville

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2016 Visitation

Lassen Volcanic National Park recorded 536,068 visits in 2016. Source: Lassen Volcanic National Park News

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