- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Plumas National Forest
Situated in the Sierra Nevada, just south of the Cascade Range, the Plumas is versatile in its land features, uncrowded, and enhanced by a pleasant climate. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year round to its many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows, and lofty peaks. Come and enjoy your national forests!
Black Mountain Lookout
Black Mountain Lookout is situated on the eastern edge of the Beckwourth Ranger District, 10 miles from Highway 395, near Milford, California. The lookout was constructed in 1934 and is a great example of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) architecture. The C-3-type lookout is situated on a single story 10 foot tower and is extremely well-preserved. The lookout offers striking views of Honey Lake to the north, and Last Chance Creek to the south. The rental is available from Memorial weekend through October. The fee for an overnight stay is $60.
Four people can fit in the cabin. Camping space is available outside. Maximum occupancy for the site is eight visitors. The rental amenities include two twin beds with mattresses, electricity, refrigerator, small stove with oven, heater, lights, table and chairs. There is a vault toilet and picnic table outside. No water is provided although there is a dry sink available for dish washing.
Little Grass Valley Recreation Area
Each campground has piped water. Trailer sites are available, as well as walk-in tent campsites. Trailers of up to 40 feet can be accommodated in some of the camping units. No hookups are provided. There are 2 RV dump stations, one near Tooms Boat Launch, and one near Red Feather. Facilities are usually open from Memorial Day to October.
Little Grass Valley Recreation Area offers opportunities for many more recreation experiences for visitors. Three boat launch ramps provide access to the water for fishing, water-skiing, sailing, or simply touring on boats. There is a wheel chair accessible fishing ramp by at the dam. Two swim beaches provide excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities. The Lakeshore Trail (13 miles) winds around the entire lake, open for horseback riding, mountain bike riding and hiking. Visitors may also enjoy watching wildlife, campfire programs, or exploring nearby historic gold mining towns.
Indian Valley Area
Just north of Quincy in Plumas County, the Indian Valley includes fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping in the Plumas National Forest. This portion of Highway 89, just north of Quincy connects two major scenic highway routes. Plumas County's "Scenic Byway Link" travels through the quiet, historic communities of Canyon Dam, Greenville, Crescent Mills, and Taylorsville and is a connection between "Feather River National Scenic Byway" on Hwy 70, just north of Quincy and the “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway", which begins at the northern boundary of the Plumas National Forest. This route makes for great scenic driving throughout the year, but is widely known for its spectacular full fall splendor. Also located in the Indian Valley is the Round Valley Reservoir located three miles above Greenville, which is a warm water fishery containing bass and bluegill and is the site of Plumas National Forest’s annual fishing derby. It’s a popular place for fishing and picnicking, and is nearby to the Greenville campground. The area is also great for bicycling.