Plumas National Forest

Quick Facts

Plumas National Forest


(530) 283-2050

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Things To Do


Located in Northern California between the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Ranges, the Plumas National Forest covers over a million acres filled with hundreds of high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear-running streams. The water from Plumas National Forest forms Lake Oroville, the headwaters of California State Water System behind Lake Oroville. Popular activities of this forest include hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, both developed and remote, boating and whitewater rafting. Enjoy the countless scenic vistas, beauty, and amazing solitude of the Plumas National Forest.

Map of Plumas Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 40.025858, -121.389660



  • Boating

    Both motorized and non-motorized baoting can be found all over the Plumas National Forest. Lakes, rivers, reservoirs and creeks exist on each and every Ranger District on the Plumas.

  • Bicycling

    Both road and mountain biking is popular in the 1.2 million acres of the forest.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Touring activities are very popular.

  • Camping

    Camping on the Plumas National Forest offers opportunities for nearly every desire and need. For those looking for solitude you will enjoy exploring the backcountry, or camping in one of the "non fee" campgrounds. If looking for more convenience, there are several developed recreation areas offering paved roads, piped water, fl ush or vault toilets, and sites are available for individuals with physical disabilities. Generally, fee campgrounds are open from April through October. Those at higher elevations open in mid- to late May. These campgrounds are operated by permit with the U.S. Forest Service. Many sites may be reserved, but some sites are kept on a "fi st come-first served" basis.

  • Climbing

    Climbing is very popular.

  • Fishing

    Lake, stream and river fishing on the Plumas National Forest offer some of the best fishing in the country. Ice fishing is also available depending on weather conditions.

  • Hiking

    The Plumas National Forest offers close to 300 miles of trails suited for every taste and ability."Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll or a strenuous hike, what better way to enjoy the forest than firsthand. Hiking on the many trails offers you the opportunity to experience beautiful scenery and catch a glimpse of wildlife that you might otherwise miss.

  • Historic Sites

    Opportunities are available.

  • Horseback Riding

    Trails for horses are available in the Plumas National Forest. A limited number of sites are specific to horse camping.

  • Hunting

    The National Forest offers hunters many great opportunities for big game, small game and waterfowl/game bird hunting.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    There are numerous opportunities for OHV trail riding, open-area riding and camping.

  • Picnicking

    Wonderful day sites are available on the Plumas National Forest. Some sites have boating and swimming opportunities.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and snow play are abundant on the Plumas National Forest during the winter season.



The forest can be reached from Quincy via state highway 70.

Phone Numbers


(530) 283-2050