so much forest around, you can't help but
run across some of Plumas County's wild
creatures. Viewing wildlife in their natural
habitat is one of the area's best (and free)
attractions. Deer, bald eagles and waterfowl are
among the most popular and easy species to
of the county's lakes is home to at least one
breeding pair of bald eagles, while Lake Almanor
hosts the largest population of wintering eagles
Mule and black-tailed deer are easy to spot
throughout the county, but the big bucks can be
found at the Dixie Mountain, Smith Peak and
Mount Hough State Game Refuges located in the
eastern and central parts of the county.
Two locations in Plumas County are part
of the Watchable Wildlife national network of
viewing sites, identified by the brown road sign
with the white binoculars symbol.
The Antelope Lake-Indian Creek Wildlife
Viewing Site, with its surrounding wet
meadowlands, is an excellent place to see
migratory waterfowl from April through November.
Birds of prey and beaver can be seen year-round.
Lake Davis Wildlife Viewing Site,
also bordered by meadows and pines, offers
nesting Canada geese, tundra swans, pelicans,
bald eagles and ospreys, with best viewing in
spring and fall. Deer and bats are also
Other forest creatures that are easily seen
are coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and
Far more reclusive and harder to
spot are the county's population of black bears,
bobcats and mountain lions, but trained
observers can find their tracks. Remember that
the best times to observe wildlife are at dawn
or dusk. Use a pair of binoculars to extend your
view, maintain a safe distance, move quietly and
respect the wildlife.
free brochure is available from the Plumas
National Forest to assist you in the
identification of wildlife. It covers the Lakes
Basin, Bucks Lake, and Little Grass Valley
Reservoir Recreation Areas. It includes
listings of Insects, Amphibians, Fish, Mammals,
Reptiles and Birds you might see in those areas.