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