Lake Almanor

At 4,500 feet elevation and with 52 miles of forested shoreline, Lake Almanor is the county's largest lake, offering year-round fishing and spectacular views of majestic Lassen Peak.

The lake is one of the most popular attractions in Northern California, drawing visitors year-round. Summer lake surface temperatures of about 75 degrees make it ideal for water sports, including water-skiing, sailing, sail boarding, paddleboarding and jet skiing.

Overnight visitors to Lake Almanor can choose from a wide range of motels, resorts, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast inns and campgrounds. Golfers can enjoy three courses in the Almanor Basin, including 18-hole championship Bailey Creek and two nine-hole courses.

A large network of trails offer a myriad of opportunities for hiking and biking and exploring, both around the lake and in the surrounding forest.
 
The North Fork Feather River, which flows into Almanor, and nearby Yellow Creek, are favorites with catch and release fly-fishermen. Nearby Butt Valley Reservoir is widely known as a great fishery for trout. 

The Almanor Basin also is an undiscovered jewel for winter recreation. The highlight of this wintry season is Winterfest, held in February, featuring a chili cook off, a poker run and sled dog races. Winter visitors can sometimes take in the excitement of observing nearby snowmobile snow-cross racing.