We are having fun watching the Stellar Jays. We watched Mom and Dad build a nest in our 5th wheel hitch out of sticks. It is hard to imagine it could be soft and cozy. After the sticks, they lined it with pine needles. We counted 4 eggs – they were a bright blue-green with darker speckles. It only took about 12 days to hatch. And a couple days later they are starting to sprout feathers!
This whole area (Chester/Lake Almanor/Plumas County) is in bear country. We always warn campers to put coolers in their car trunks or in their car with a blanket over them. The bears will not try to get into the car or camper unless they see food or a cooler through the window. There are storage cabinets in the campsites. These are for non-food items. If bears smell food in these, they know how to open the doors and get to it. See the paw prints, on the cabinet, to the right of the Bear Alert sign!
Yellow Creek Campground is in the Humbug Valley. There are 12 campsites with a creek running through it; great fishing. It is about 4800’ altitude, providing great summer temps. There is definitely a certain type of dedicated clientele for this campground. Once you persevere the long, bumpy road to get there, you fall in love with it. The valley is full of history, which you can read about if you stop at the Soda Springs Historic Site, just a mile from the campground. Soda water (carbonated) actually bubbles out of the ground here! This campground is also heavily wooded with views of the grassland valley where Meadowlarks make their nests.
Last Chance Campground, 4 miles off Hwy 36 near Chester, and Yellow Creek Campground, 9 miles off Hwy 89, are our more remote campgrounds. Last Chance has 25 campsites, half of which may be reserved for group camping via PG&E. Although it is not far off the highway, it seems more remote because the access road is not paved. The campground is not on the lake, so you don’t have the noise of boaters and jet skis. There is a creek running through the campground that feeds into Lake Almanor. This is a beautiful little, heavily wooded campground with lots of wildlife.
We have 2 campgrounds on Butt Valley Reservoir. These campgrounds are in the mountains at 4150â€™. Ponderosa Flat is 3 miles from Hwy 89 on paved road. It has 80+ sites, including the overflow area. The Alder Creek Boat Launch and Day Use Area are about a mile past Ponderosa, on unpaved road, and Cool Springs Campground is another mile past that. Cool Springs has 25 campsites and 5 walk-in sites. Ponderosa and Cool Springs both provide beach access and are also heavily wooded in a beautiful mountain setting.
Rocky Point Campground is our largest, with 170 sites including the overflow areas. It is on the south shore of Lake Almanor, close to the intersection of Hwys 89 and 147. The sites are heavily wooded, providing great shade, even for most of the beachfront sites. The campground is at about 4500’ altitude. Daytime temps are warm enough to enjoy the lake and nighttime temps cool off for great sleeping. Lassen Peak, just 40 miles away, is a beautiful backdrop to the lakeview. Campers launch their boats at the Canyon Dam Boat Launch just a mile or two east of the campground. There is no fee for launching. All sites are first come, first serve. Some years PG&E has allowed the Rocky Point Hosts to take group reservations, during the off-peak season (prior to the first week in July), as long as the groups are respectful of the reservation restrictions.
We are working for American Land & Leisure, managing the PG&E campgrounds in the Chester/Lake Almanor area. We have 5 campgrounds, 1 group reservation-only campground, 5 day use only sites including 1 boat launch, 1 historic site and 20 Campground Managers to keep things running smoothly this summer. There is no charge for using the 5 day use areas: East Shore, Lake Almanor Scenic Overlook, Canyon Dam Day Use and Marvin Alexander Beach, all on Lake Almanor; and Alder Creek Boat Launch/Day Use Area on Butt Valley Reservoir. Each of our campgrounds have drinking water available and vault toilets and no electricity is provided for the general public. We have Hosts onsite at each of these campgrounds. The Host sites all have FHUâ€™s or we provide fuel for power. The pic is one of the Host sites at Rocky Point Campground – complete with a deck!