Butt Valley Reservoir


Fishing boat at Butt Valley Res.Welcome to Butt Valley Reservoir in Plumas County,  Northern California. This picturesque mountain lake lies at an elevation of 4,150 feet and is five miles long and about three-quarters of a mile across. Owned by PG&E, Butt Valley Reservoir is connected to nearby Lake Almanor and is the second level of PG&E's "Stairway of Power." It is widely known as a great fishery for trout, and nearby Yellow Creek is a favorite with catch and release fly-fishermen. Several campgrounds here are maintained by PG&E.

Canoeing, kayaking and sail boating are popular activities on the lake. Motorized fishing boats are allowed, but water skiing and jet skiing are not. Boat speed is limited to 5mph with a 30' height restriction, including mast. The Ray Adams Boat Launch has a paved boat ramp and places to swim and picnic.

Directions: From Hwy 36, turn onto Hwy 89 and drive about 7 miles to Butt Valley Road.  Turn right on Butt Valley Road and drive 3.2 miles where you'll find the first campground. Continue on this partially unpaved road to a second campground and the Ray Adams boat launch.

 

  • Camping

  • Cool Springs Campground
    530-284-1785

    Expected open dates       5/5/2017 to 9/25/2017
    East shore of reservoir
    25 sites, 5 walk-in sites, tents and RV's, vault toilets, piped water, boat ramp, 6 persons per campsite
    $22/night
    $2/pet/night
    Reservations Available after February 1 for full weeks, after March 1 for partial weeks and weekends

  • Ponderosa Flat Campground
    Butt Valley Reservoir
    530-284-1785

    Expected open dates         5/5/2017 to 10/9/2017
    Fee, 63 sites, RV's and tents, boat ramp, vault toilets, piped water, 6 persons per campsite
    $25/night
    $2/pet/night
    Reservations Available  after February 1 for full weeks, after March 1 for partial weeks and weekends

  • Ponderosa Flat Group Camp A
    530-284-1785

    Ponderosa Flat Group Site A
    Expected open dates         5/6/2016 to 10/3/2016
    North end of reservoir on East shore
    Fee, 5 sites, RV's and tents, boat ramp, vault toilets, piped water
    $136/night/2 night minimum
    $2/pet/night
    By Reservation Only  after February 1 for full weeks, after March 1 for partial weeks and weekends

  • Ponderosa Flat Group Camp B
    530-284-1785

    Expected open dates         5/6/2016 to 10/3/2016
    North end of reservoir on East shore
    Fee, 6 sites, RV's and tents, boat ramp, vault toilets, piped water
    $164/night/2 night minimum
    $2/pet/night
    By Reservation Only after February 1 for full weeks, after March 1 for partial weeks and weekends

  • Ponderosa Flat Group Camp C
    530-284-1785

    Expected open dates         5/6/2016 to 10/3/2016
    North end of reservoir on East shore
    Fee, 4 sites, RV's and tents, boat ramp, vault toilets, piped water
    $109/night/2 night minimum
    $2/pet/night
    By Reservation Only after February 1 for full weeks, after March 1 for partial weeks and weekends

  • Ponderosa Flat Group Camp D
    530-284-1785

    Expected open dates         5/6/2016 to 10/3/2016
    North end of reservoir on East shore
    Fee, 3 sites, RV's and tents, boat ramp, vault toilets, piped water
    $82/night/2 night minimum
    $2/pet/night
    By Reservation Only after February 1 for full weeks, after March 1 for partial weeks and weekends

  • Yellow Creek Campground
    Butt Valley Reservoir
    530-284-1785

    Expected open dates         5/19/2017 to 9/11/2017
    Humbug Valley Road, off Hwy. 89,
    Southwest of Lake Almanor
    11 sites, tents and RV's, vault toilets, piped water, 6 persons per campsite
    $22/night
    $2/pet/night

    Take Humbug Rd. off Hwy. 89. Drive .6 miles to intersection. Take the road to the left (following sign for Humbug Rd) . Go 1.2 miles to fork in road. Take road to right (Following sign for Longville). Drive 5.4 miles to Humbug Valley and road intersection. Take road to left, go .4 miles to Soda Springs Historic Site. Continue past hisotrical site .8 miles to fork in road, take road to right, go .3 miles.


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