Lakes Basin Community

Big Bear LakeWelcome to the Lakes Basin Recreation Area of Plumas County, California. South of Graeagle, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area contains dozens of great fishing lakes, most of them accessible by hiking and horse trails. Gold Lake, the largest, has a boat landing and nearby camping. A number of quaint lakeside lodges in the area offer rustic accommodations and fine dining. Formed by glaciers and filled with remnants of the gold rush, the Lakes Basin area offers pristine camping, hiking and mountain biking.

The Gold Lake Highway through the Lakes Basin area is not plowed during the winter, making it a popular playground for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Click here for a map of the Lakes Basin Recreation Area.

Due to construction upgrades, the Gold Lake Boat Launch facility and attached parking area in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area of the Plumas National Forest will be temporarily closed from July 5 to December 31, 2016.

During the closure, the facility will be significantly improved. Upgrades will include expanded and repaved parking, repaired gangways and new solar lighting. For more information please contact the Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575, or visit the Plumas National Forest website at