Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
Press Room
Welcome to Lake Almanor's Press Room. Information below is made available for our members, our community and those in the media who would like information about our beautiful lake, forest, mountain range and community. Read below for articles by writers such as the San Francisco Chronicle's, Tom Steinstra, and Bill Ryan of the St. Helena Star who have visited our mountain community with its beautiful lakes, streams, forest and national park.

Lake Almanor Facts

Lake Almanor is one of the state’s largest manmade lakes in northern California, with 52 miles of shoreline, year-round fishing, and majestic views of Mt. Lassen. It is 13 miles long, and six miles wide, with a surface area of 28,000 acres. Summer lake surface temperatures warm up to about 75 degrees.

The lake was created in 1914 to fuel a hydroelectric plant operated by the Great Western Power Company; its name is a combination of Alice, Martha, and Elinore, the daughters of the company’s vice president. Canyon Dam, on the lakeshore, was built in 1927 to harness the North Fork FeatherRiver.
MARINAS – There are two public marina/boat launches on the west shore, with Canyon Dam being the most popular. The other is within the USFS Almanor campground. There are many private marinas located along the lake, including Plumas Pines Resort on the westshore, and Knotty Pine and Big Cove on the peninsula..
LAKE FISHING – This is what Almanor is best known for, and it’s year-round with fall and winter being the best time. Rainbows, browns, king salmon, smallmouth bass and catfish are the popular game fish. The famous “Eagle Lake” trout are also here. There are several guide services (listed in the Fishing section of the Plumas County Visitors Guide), and great information available from the Lake Almanor Fishing Assocation. Contact: Paul Garrido, 530-258-3790. Also, the Sports Nut in Chester puts out a weekly fishing report, 208 Main St. in Chester, 258-3327, and sells equipment, Butt Valley Reservoir and some smaller lakes in Caribou Wilderness also are great for fishing.

STREAM FISHING – Yellow Creek is a renowned catch-and-release trophy trout fishery. Also popular is the North Fork of the Feather River and Hamilton Branch, as well as other nearby creeks. The Lake Almanor Fly Fishing Company at 262 Main St. in Chester provides guide service, fishing reports and equipment sales. Contact: Tom Maumoynier, 530-258-3944.
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK AND DRAKESBAD GUEST RANCH. The park, one of the lesser used in the national park system, is full of geothermal activity. Hiking trails allow visitors to experience the seething sulphur streams and belching mudpots up close. The new Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center, which opened last fall, is open daily and located at the park's southwest entrance. It features an exhibit hall, indoor theater and outdoor amphitheater, bookstore, gift shop and cafe. Contact: Lassen National Volcanic Park, 530-595-4480. Drakesbad Guest Ranch -- the only accommodation within the park -- is over 100 years old and offers rustic cabins and rooms without electricity, great meals, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and hot springs. Contact: 866-999-0914.

Community News

Published Articles about the Lake Almanor Basin & Lassen

The articles below are recent publications about Lake Almanor and the surrounding area. In September of 2009 the Lake Almanor Community hosted the Fall Conference of the Outdoor Writers of California Association. Many of these articles are a result of that wonderful event. We thank the writers and photojournalists who participated and fell in love with our beautiful mountain home.

The San Clemente Journal

California Travel: Where the Sierra's Meet the Cascades

By Gregg Niemann

Excerpted from an article in the San Clemente Journal, Issue 64 May, June, July 2010.

Across the lake, Lassen Peak’s eastern flank shimmered with a saffron embrace from the rising sun. We sped over the surface of Lake Almanor where ospreys, grebes, ducks and geese bobbed like watermelon seeds out on a watery veneer of rosy pink. Communing with nature is easy here but our guide Doug Neal headed straight for his favorite fishing spot. He anchored on a sand bar in a widening outlet called Hamilton Branch. The spot looked familiar to me, with reason….

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....The Lassen-Chester-Lake Almanor area is a charmer, and I saw it as an enchanting hideaway, tucked away off the beaten path. With only nine people per square mile, Plumas County boasts four season recreation (They get a lot of snow), over 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, and over a million acres of national forest. It’s so remote, I even fished in the heart of Chester, the county’s largest town, where the Feather River glides and ripples past the library parking lot. Animals abound in the area and to avoid hitting deer on the highway I had to hit the brakes several times.

It was hard to believe that I was in California, the country’s most populous state, one whose big numbers and superlatives in everything, from people to produce, to automobiles to economies, dwarf most countries. But there it is a gem of a backwoods region nestled away in the remote northeast corner of the state.
Tom Steinstra of the San Francisco Chronicle and Greg Niemann

California Travel Insider

Road Trips to Drakesbad and Lake Almanor in Plumas County are Motoring Meditation

By Barbara L. Steinberg

Excerpted from article in the California Travel Insider

My latest road trip began as every trip does, with Thomas Bros. I was heading for Plumas County and Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Lassen Volcanic National Park. I had been near this region and the gateway to Drakesbad at Chester/Lake Almanor, but never actually at the gates of LVNP or traveling the winding road to Drakesbad. So the atlas was a must. I don’t know about GPS and frankly, don’t care to. And I know MapQuest can’t be trusted. I asked for advice from friends living in Plumas or very familiar with the county. Responses were not forthcoming….what’s up with that?

The folks at Drakesbad recommended the straight-shot up I-5 to Red Bluff and then across on Hwy. 36. This seemed a bit out-of-the-way but I understand the rationale that you can drive like a bat out of Hell up the interstate with average speeds well above the posted 70mph. So good ol’ Thomas came to the rescue. After hemming and hawing over different routes, I decided for I-5/Red Bluff going and Hwy 32/Chico on the return. I had traveled parts of both routes, but there would be new roads and vistas coming and going. It was the right choice!
I was correct about the I-5 approach. It is longer. And the speeds are aggressive. But leaving the Interstate at Red Bluff it isn’t long before the left turn onto Hwy. 36. Wow! The views, the solitude, the meditation – it’s all worth it. And I might have missed this if I’d opted to divert at Orland.

Coming home I chose Hwy. 32 out of Chester. Everyone mentioned that this road is narrow and a bit squirrely…did I want to reconsider? Heck no! That’s just my kind of road. Especially in my faithfulSubaru Legacy circa 1994. In this California Travel Insider’s opinion, I hit the Mother Lode driving Hwy. 32. It may very well be my favorite California road. Winding through Deer Creek Canyon, the sun glinted through the lush tree canopy. Late September, the fall colors were just starting to peak through. Talk about meditation!!! There were few other cars going my way and I was left alone in true motoring bliss.

The one regret is not stopping at Deer Creek Falls, but that gives me one more reason to return. It’s always nice to leave some stone unturned. And one more place for Thomas B. and me to visit.
Momboosa Music Festiveal 2009

Eye On The Bay: Volcano Roadtrip 1

November 15, 2010 10:10 AM

San Francisco Chronicle

Worst Fishing Nightmare is Losing Luther Again

By Tom Steinstra

Memories of losing big fish have a way of eating at your mind.

On my boat last weekend, we worked our way over to an underwater ledge at Stump Point at Lake Siskiyou. This was the spot where I hooked my first big brown trout, about a 15-pounder, on a cold, windy day years ago. The fish marched off 40 yards toward shore, swimming away like it wasn't even hooked, then wrapped around a stump and was gone. It felt like getting punched in the gut.

Four years ago, there was the 24-pounder at Lake Almanor. That was a mind-bending fight where the fish took all my line, but we eventually had it 10 feet in front of the boat in 6 feet of water. Then, with one surge, it flashed 15 feet and around a big stump. Just like years before at Siskiyou, it used the side leverage of the line against the stump to dislodge the hook and was gone. I may never get over that one.

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St. Helena Star

Fishing Is My Day Job, Col 201, October 2009

By Bill Ryan

Excerpted from an article in the St. Helena Star, October 2009. Read the entire article at

Lake Almanor/ Butt Lake.

These two famous connected fisheries are right in front of the delightful town of Chester, Ca. If that’s not enough, craggy Mount Lassen looks over Chester’s right shoulder. When we were there for our regular OWAC (Outdoor Writers Association of California) Conference, the C of C even arranged for the sun to set right behind Mt Lassen during our barbeque. That’s the kind of hospitality you can expect up there. Go on line to and have them create your own Chester get-a-way.

Western Outdoor News senior writer, Pat Young and I had a real introduction to the angling possibilities with a day on Butt Lake provided by Pro Guide, Dick Mason. He put us on to limits of wild rainbows with an added bonus of a couple of small mouth bass. Look at this perfect example of the big, strong trout there. It weighed just over four pounds and pulled like it was eight.

Call Dick at 530-256-3317 to arrange a trout trip. He said that he’s betting the cooler October temperatures will produce an outstanding brown trout bite in October - early November.

It’s break in new readers - even tho we love them.. A few are asking the same kind of questions that we have discussed in the past. One is, “Why do I see your face in many columns with you holding a fish?” Here’s the same answer: Readers need to know that I fish and can catch fish. It helps me become a better source of timely and useful information for my readers.

Northern California & Southern Oregon
Fishing, Hunting & Outdoor News

Big Rainbow & Salmon Mark Lake Almanor Prediction
Vol IV #28

Roger Keeling of Roger’s Guide Service in Canyon Dam (530) 284-6429 remarked recently about how healthy the fish were looking at Lake Almanor. The lake’s trout (rainbows and browns) as well as salmon have been gorging all year on various insects including a good hex hatch, midges and pond smelt plus what seems to be more crayfish than usual.

Keeling has predicted that a great many trophy-sized fish will be caught particularly this fall as the fish are putting on weight rapidly.

Read entire article at North. Cal. & South Ore. News

Chester Progressive

Summer Holds Promise of Second Annual Momboosa Music Festival

M. Kate West
Chester Editor, Feather Publishing, April 2010

"With the momentum and branding that was built from the first Momboosa Music Festival in 2009, we want to build a 2010 event to further generate community revenue throughout the summer," Jess Horning told members of the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce Feb. 17.

Horning, with his brother, Neil, are business partners in Liquid Blue Events, an enterprise that specializes in marketing, promotions and producing events including the music festival that was held July 4 on the Chester Meadow last year.

During their presentation the duo talked about their plans for the summer. In addition to the Momboosa Music Festival they are planning to host four wine-beer walks that will be central to four mini-events. While the specific dates remain flexible, LBE will offer one wine-beer walk each month from May through August.

They talked about some changes to the music festival that evolved because of things tried and tested.

They also made changes as a result of their desire to partner more with the local community and the chamber. Primary among those changes was offering their events on dates when merchants, hotels and the community would normally be less busy.

Last year's music festival was held July 4; this year LBE appears to be working to encourage additional tourism by offering the festival July 17.

Another potential boost to the economy is increasing the single-day wine walk to four walks over a period of as many months.

Jess Horning said no decisions have been made as to what types of entertainment or other kind of shows might be planned around the wine walks.

They listed other changes made to the music festival itself, including lowering the cost of tickets for residents in the Lake Almanor Basin, Westwood and Indian Valley.

In addition to lowering ticket costs, LBE will also be announcing early bird ticket specials.

They have also lowered the cost of admission for children, and parking will be free this year.

As details become firmer they will be announced.

For more general information about the Momboosa Music Festival and upcoming wine walks, contact the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce at 258-2426 or Liquid Blue event partners Jess and Neil Horning at (775) 851-4444.