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Know Before You Go

by Tandy Bozeman

We love welcoming visitors to create lifelong memories on our beautiful lands and in our unique communities. Below are resources and information to help make your visit as successful and safe as possible. If you see information that needs to be updated, please let us know!

Permitting, Safety, and Travel Tips

The Basics

Plumas County weather can be surprising and unpredictable. Check the weather report ahead of time and plan accordingly.

If you’re planning a trip into the backcountry during the winter months, make sure you travel safely in avalanche terrain. Understand the terrain, avoid dangerous conditions, and always travel with a buddy. Consider taking an Avalanche Level I course before stepping out into the backcountry.

Our mountain road systems experience all kinds of weather which can sometimes lead to temporary closure due to snow or wildfires. Be sure to check current highway conditions before coming to visit or heading out on an adventure. Call 1-800-427-ROAD for current highway conditions or visit CalTrans’ website.

The county is working to add more electric car charging stations in. We hope this list will grow with time! If you have any additions, please let us know!

South Central Plumas

Pioneer RV Park
1326 Pioneer Road, Quincy

Northwest Plumas
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
21820 Lassen Peak Highway

Please note public trash cans are very limited in our outdoor recreation areas. Be prepared to haul out all your garbage and make use of one of the county’s solid waste facilities.

Solid Waste Facilities in Plumas County

Please note that most locations are open seasonally.

Northwest Plumas County

Chester & Surrounding Area

Lake Almanor Area

South Central Plumas

Feather River Canyon

Quincy Area

Plumas County welcomes your furry friends…in fact, it’s very possible that there are more dogs than people residing in the county. Dogs are allowed on most public lands and trails. Note that dogs are not permitted in most places in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Permits in Plumas County

You must have a California Campfire Permit to use a stove, lantern, or campfire outside a developed campground or recreation area on National Forest land. Permits are available free-of-charge at offices of the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) or online.

It is extremely important to completely drown and stir your campfire and then feel with the back of your hand above the ashes to make sure it is cold. Make it look like campfire soup! Please do your part to prevent any additional forest fires.

Camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park

A free permit is required to camp in the park’s backcountry (outside of park campgrounds). A permit is not required for day hiking and is not required if you stay in an established park campground. There are no designated backcountry campsites or quotas in the park. Backcountry camping permits must be obtained when you arrive to the park—they do not accept or process permits by email/mail.

Plumas & Lassen National Forests

Camping permits are not required in national forests.

Plumas County Destinations

Over one million acres of Plumas County is on national forest land in both Plumas National Forest and Lassen National Forest. Certain rules have been designed to protect the forest and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experiences for all visitors.

Plumas County has one state park, Plumas Eureka State Park. Please follow the rules and regulations of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation when visiting.

Lassen Park actually covers four counties: Plumas, Tehama, Lassen, and Shasta. The park has special regulations depending on which part of the park you are visiting. Visit the park’s website for details particularly if you’re planning a group visit, heading into the wilderness areas, or visiting on horseback.

Dogs are not allowed on the trails—they are allowed on leash on the roadways and in developed campsites.

Keep Plumas County clean, green & wild

Please help us care for the health of our natural places and the well-being of our communities while visiting Plumas County.

take the plumas pledge!

  1. Prioritize wildfire prevention
  2. Leave places as you found them
  3. Pack out all of your trash—bonus points if you pick up trash left by others! 
  4. Stay on designated trails and camp in designated areas
  5. Check the weather before heading out
  6. Be mindful of your energy and resource usage
  7. Ditch plastic bottles and drink our mountain fresh tap water instead
  8. Choose locally made products and services from local businesses
  9. Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in Plumas

Places to Stay


Ada’s Garden Cottages are a gorgeous oasis hideaway in the center of historic downtown Quincy with full kitchens and cozy-custom-artful-architecture.


Beautiful treed park with great internet tucked away from Highway 70 in Quincy, with rivers, lakes, and recreation areas not far outside of town.

Lake Almanor

Nestled in the pines this quiet clul-de-sac cabin is right up the road from your own boat slip at Knotty Pines Marina in Big Cove.


It’s easy to relax when you are surrounded by this much space and luxury. Our beautifully decorated suites offer all the comforts of home, and more.


Caribou Café and Store Postal Service Laundry, Bathroom, and Showers Cozy Cabin Komfort RV

Bucks Lake

Set among the beautiful pine trees in a cove at the south end of Bucks Lake, Haskins Valley Campground is a popular vacation spot.


Rose Quartz Inn offers clean, up to date, well appointed rooms in a friendly & caring environment, all at the doorstep of Lassen Park & Lake Almanor.


Quaint, beautiful, family-friendly and pet friendly cottages in the Feather River Canyon with access to the Feather River.


Step into our uniquely designed rooms in the heart of Chester.

Lake Almanor

Set in a quiet cove, off Peninsula Drive, this lake access home sleeps 10.


Full hook-up RV spaces located in downtown Quincy along the beautiful Feather River quietly amongst the riverbank and tress.

Lake Almanor

Big Springs Resort is among the tall pines with a quiet serene atmosphere. Family and pet friendly near Hamilton Branch.


Five rustic cabins sit on the water’s edge of the lake while three sit nestled in the trees. Cabins vary in size, sleeping from two to eight guests.

Butt Valley Reservoir

63 fee sites along the shore of Butt Valley Reservoir. RV’s and tents are welcome with a limit of 6 persons per campsite. Pet Friendly.


We’re not a five star accommodation but we are the jewel of the Sierra Mountains. Clean, comfortable and with many amenities.

Butt Valley Reservoir

Enjoy the outstanding views and tranquil atmosphere at Butt Valley Reservoir when you set up camp at Cool Springs Campground in Northern California.


Has a small-town atmosphere that will refresh your spirit. Enjoy watching the sunset over Spanish Peak from your own porch.

Lake Almanor

Wonderful Lake Almanor Cabin on a deep water parcel with gently sloped lawn to sandy beach, waters edge, and dock.

Canyon Dam

A family owned/operated resort since 1928, featuring 9 cabins, 25 RV sites, marina, cafe and a commitment to providing an amazing vacation experience

Lake almanor

Lakefront condominium on the Lake Almanor Peninsula with boat slip.


Just steps from the Feather River, Family Friendly Campground w/ everything you need for a relaxing & exciting vacation. Bring the family, toys & pets


Located in the heart of downtown Quincy. Walk to shops, restaurants, brewery, and live entertainment. Daily and extended stay rates.


Located in the heart of Plumas County, Quincy California. Easy to find right off the highway with beautiful mountain views. Open 24/7!

Lake Almanor

The Dorado Inn is a waterfront boutique resort, retreat and healing center located on the east shore of Lake Almanor, California.

Lake Almanor

Lakefront home set in a quiet cove with a private dock.


This home is located in the heart of Chester. Minutes to Lake Almanor, for boating, water sports, swimming, kayaking, 40 minutes to Mt. Lassen.

Lake Almanor

Magical home with gorgeous lake and sunset views. Sleeps 10. Located in the Lake Almanor Country Club with all the amenities.


Unrivaled privacy on 5 acres of river. Wake up to coffee on the deck listening to the river, birds and basking in the morning sun.

Canyon Dam

Rocky Point is a PG&E operated Campground Located on the West Shore of Lake Almanor just North of Canyon Dam

Lake Almanor

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway or a two week vacation, Knotty Pine Resort and Marina offers you an opportunity to leave the city behind!


Greenhorn Ranch is a premier guest ranch in California’s Northern Sierra offering traditional & contemporary ranch activities.


Your perfect basecamp in charming old town Chester, centraly located to Lake Almanor and Lassen Volcanic NP.


Quincy Feather Bed Inn is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mt. range, in the heart of historic downtown Quincy. Steps to restaurants & watering holes.

Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor CC Vacation 4 Bdrm, 2 Ba Sleeps 10 2 Game Rooms, Free 90M WIFI Bedding, Towels, Soaps, Coffee Bar, Laundry Room, BBQ All-Season Rental

Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor Country Club Log Cabin near Recreation Area 2 & Golf Course.

Lake Almanor

Lakefront cabin, sleeps 12, near historic Hamilton Branch Powerhouse.


Beautiful resort along the shores of Lake Almanor. We offer a wide range of amenities including; cabins and rooms, an RV park, and a marina.


At bucks lake a quarter mile from marina. We are up in the northern Sierras Many places to fish and bike in the mountains. Close to the PCT trail

Mill Creek

Close to the SW entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. A stay at the historic lodge includes full breakfast, option of dinner and a full bar.


True Lakeside Resort & Amenities. Full Kitchens, Smart TV’s, Multi Bedroom Rentals. Lake outside your front door.


Antlers Motel is in the best location in Chester close to shopping, restaurants, parks and trails. Best value in the Lake Almanor area.


Experience glamping in the Lost Sierra! Our spacious sites and safari-style tents offer the perfect place to rest, renew, and reconnect!

Lake Almanor

Lake View Condominium in Peninsula Village with dock & boat slip. Sleeps 6.