Frenchman Lake

Welcome to the Frenchman Lake/Sierra Valley Area of Plumas County, California.
Frenchman Lake sits at an elevation of 5,588 feet and has approximately 21 miles of shoreline. Lying on the edge of the Sierra Valley, the area is dotted with sage along with plentiful pine trees within the Plumas National Forest. Frenchman is known as a great trout fishery and a popular camping area.

Lying along Highway 70, the vast expanses of the Sierra Valley occupy a large portion of Eastern Plumas County and play a major role in the county's cattle-producing industry. Here are situated the towns of Beckwourth, Vinton and Chilcoot, the latter being the gateway to Frenchman Lake. A bi-annual Cowboy Poetry show is held in Vinton in March and September.

The headwaters of the Feather River are located in the Sierra Valley and this wetland habitat has made it a prime location for bird watching. Bird watchers can commonly observe diverse types of waterfowl and raptors along the county roads south of Highway 70.


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