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Butt Valley Reservoir

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Butt Valley Reservoir Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 The serene, tranquil beauty of Butt Valley Reservoir provides kayakers with extraordinary paddling opkayaking butt valley reservoirportunities. Located in the Plumas National Forest in Plumas County, this remote reservoir is the ideal place to satisfy all paddling enthusiasts.

Nestled in a backdrop of huge pines and colorful foliage, it is a "must see" paddling and camping destination for all levels of paddlers. All kinds of watercraft dot the lake's surface, from leisurely canoes to high-speed power boats. You can explore Butt Valley Reservoir’s coves in a canoe or kayak, and get up-close views of  the wildlife.

The water fun doesn't end after an invigorating paddle around the shore of Butt Valley Lake. It’s inviting to swimmers, and fishermen alike. Or if you're up for it, take a long hike. When the sun has warmed your skin, find a quiet place to dive into the cool depths, refreshing yourself with a leisurely lake swim.

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The reservoir also features miles of hiking and horseback riding trails and ideal shady campsite settings. The campground is about 12 miles south of Chester off Highway. 89. The last mile of the reservoir access road is dirt. The campgrounds only had a handful of visitors the handful of times I was here.

Butt Valley Lake is an aquatic haven for brown and rKayaking Butt Valley Reservoirainbow trout. Believed to be one of the lake's best kept secrets, the trout fishing are what angler’s dream of, with great populations of large specimens.

A fair population of small mouth bass also exist and will hit most of the leech patterns and buggers. Fishing is best done in summer and fall, when the night air is cool and the fish are biting, though you can expect to get lucky any time of day or year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 42 46 51 59 68 76 84 84 77 66 500 32
Low 20 23 26 29 35 42 46 44 39 32 26 21

Open: The reservoir is closed due to heavy snowfall from about November 1st until late April. There is no posted boat speed limit, except 5 m.p.h. within 500 feet of the shore.

Fees: There are fees to camp and for pets, but no launch or day use fees.

ReThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookservoir Facilities: The facilities consists of a small boat launch,power boating, fishing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing, and hiking. Jet and waterskiing are not permitted. Pets are allowed on a leash.





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