These photos are from 2007/2008. Butt Valley Reservoir (commonly called Butt Lake), is near Prattville, CA.
Ponderosa Campground is the first campground you come to after the turn off from Hwy 89.
The Ray Adams Boat Launch is about 1 mile past the campground.
2 workamping couples care for Ponderosa Campground. 4th of July campers have a tradition of having a parade through the campground. Children decorate their bikes and there is a mayor “elected”. Archie and Vicky managed Ponderosa for years. Every year Vicky created a more elaborate float. She loved making the children happy. She passed away last year after a long battle with breast cancer. She is greatly missed by many!
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 LakeAlmanor. 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 LakeAlmanor, 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.