Round Valley Reservoir with reflection of clouds

Round Valley Reservoir

photo by Jeff Titcomb

Round Valley Reservoir in Greenville

Round Valley Reservoir is a quiet mountain lake setting located three miles above Greenville, making it very easy to get to. The reservoir is also known as Bidwell Lake.  This is the source of drinking water for Greenville please be mindful when visiting. No motorized boats or swimming is allowed.  Non-motorized boats and kayaking are allowed. The lake is usually accessible year-round, occasionally the road up to the lake is closed due to snow. Camping is available in the summer months.

Fishing

The reservoir is a warm water fishery.  It is a favorite of locals to introduce children to fishing.  Many children have caught their first fish here. Bass and Bluegill are the most prominent fish in Round Valley Reservoir.

The lake trout regulations for Round Valley Reservoir also differ from the general regulations: anglers can harvest a daily limit of 1 fish at a minimum size of 20 inches, from January 1 through September 15. There is a catch and release season, to protect spawning lakers, starting September 16 through November 30.

Hiking

Round Valley Lake Loop is a relatively level walk around the lake.  Parts of the trail offer beautiful views of the lake. Option to follow logging roads in the forest near Round Valley Reservoir. For additional information on hiking in Plumas County and Lassen Volcanic National Park visit our hiking page when has many of the trails in the county.

Birding

Round Valley Reservoir is one of many spots in Plumas County considered a Birder’s paradise.

There are over 100 species of birds spotted on or near the reservoir.  With no motorized boats allowed on the lake and no commercial activity it is extra quiet and an extremely peaceful setting for bird watching.  It is an easy three-mile drive from Greenville.  For update birds counts at Round Valley and for other locations in the county visit our birding page.

Know Before You Go

  • Drive between Greenville and Round Valley Reservoir has considerable damage from the Dixie Fire
  • The recreation side of the reservoir is open and still has breathtaking views
  • Fishing and birding are still very good at Round Valley
  • Please stay out of the water.  This is the drinking water for Greenville
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