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Lake  Almanor


Kayaking Lake Almanor Photo Credit Scott Harrison

Lake Almanor Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

The expansive size of this lake is rather intimidating at first glance. However, you can still enjoy Lake Almanor by launching from one of the numerous boat launch accesses and paddling the lake sections at a time.

Lake Almanor is a large man-made lake located in Plumas County, in northeastern California. The lake has a maximum depth of about 90 feet. It is 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.

Due to its huge size, be sure to pace youKayaking Lake Almanorrself and plan your trip with a companion to car shuttle between boat launch locations to avoid being stranded. The eleven boat launches are located at North Shore Campground, Lake Almanor Resort, Big Cove Resort, Lassen View Resort, Camp Prattville, Knotty Pine Resort, Lake Cove Resort, North Shore Campground, Lake Haven Resort, and Little Norway Resort.

Lake Almanor rests in the beautiful Lassen National Forest at an elevation of 4,550 feet. This huge man made lake is 13 miles long and 6 miles wide. Lake Almanor is a popular Northern California summer get-away offering clear blue water, excellent water-skiing, full service marinas and boat rentals.

During low water level conditions, small islands protrude from the water’s surface. Large areas along the northern shore of the lake are seasonal pasture used for summer and fall cattle grazing; some areas of these grazing grounds are under-water in wetter years. The wetlands at the north end also serve as breeding grounds for a variety of migratory waterfowl, most prominently Canadian Geese and various species of ducks. Other large birds to be viewed around the lake are heron, osprey, and occasionally bald eagles, which nest on the Peninsula and West Shore.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 42 46 51 59 68 76 84 84 77 66 50 42
Low 20 23 26 29 35 42 46 44 39 32 26 21

Open: Boating is allowed daily year-round weather permitting. The campgrounds are usually open from May 1st to November 1st weather permitting.

Fees: There are fees to camp, to launch and for pets.

Lake Facilities: The lake facilities consist of boat rentals, (including kayaks and canoes), eleven boat launches, (two public boat launches), a full-service marina, general store, snack bar, fishing, windsurfing, sailing, power boating, swimming, jet and water-skiing, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails. The 28,000-acre lake provides boating, swiThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookmming, water skiing and sailing opportunities. A boat ramp can be found in the north campground. There are two public, no fee, boat launches at the lake. Both maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, one located on the southeast shore, at the dam, and the other on the west shore, near the town of Prattville, in the Forest Service Campgrounds.

 Public Boat Launches There are two public boat launch areas on Lake Almanor:

The Forest Service launch is located at the Canyon Dam Picnic Area at the Junction of Hwy. 147 and Hwy. 89, Picnic tables and fire pits, restrooms, 3 lane ramp, launch/load dock, no fee

The Forest Service launch on the West Shore  is 1 mile off Hwy. 89 on Almanor Drive West, located in the U.S.F.S campground area, restrooms, public beach, launch/load dock, no fee Ph:530 258-2141 

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