The Lake Almanor Basin is a great choice for a week-end get-a-way or longer from the Bay Area. Chester and Lake Almanor are still hidden gems that few know about in Northern California. Once discovered many come back to visit or buy second homes.
To reach Chester or Lake Almanor it is an easy drive from the Bay Area. If you are tired of Lake Tahoe consider planning a visit to the Lake Almanor Basin. Chester/Lake Almanor can be reached from I-5 going through either Chico or Red Bluff. If you have a little more time take Hwy. 70 up the Feather River Canyon to the south end of Lake Almanor and into Chester. Once you are out of the Bay Area very seldom will you encounter traffic jams, which are frequent on I-80 or 50 to Tahoe.
Or, simply fly! Rogers Field is a public airport located two miles southwest of Chester. The airport's main runway is 5000 feet long with AWOS, Avgas and jet fuel available.
If you have a trip planned further north, the Lake Almanor Basin is an easy overnight stop to break-up the drive. Once you have visited you will want to return again. Each season has something different to offer in terms of outdoor recreation.