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.