Plumas County

Where the Sierra and Cascade mountains meet

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Plumas County is located near the northeast corner of California, up where the Sierra and the Cascade mountains meet. The Feather River, with its several forks, flows through the county. Quincy, the unincorporated county seat, is about 80 miles northeast from Oroville, California, and about 85 miles from Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. State highways 70 and 89 traverse the county.

The population of Plumas County is just under 22,000, and the Quincy area population is about 7,000. The county boasts more than 100 lakes and 1,000 miles of rivers and streams with over a million acres of national forest. With only nine people per square mile, this rural, four seasons mountain retreat offers beauty, solitude, and clean air, making it the ideal spot for a quiet vacation.


Chilcoot is an unincorporated community in Plumas County, California that lies at an elevation of 5,013 feet.  Chilcoot is located 17 miles east of Portola. There are a variety of outdoor experiences including hiking, biking, picnicking and hunting. The nearby lake provides ample opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing and jet skiing.  Winter activities range from snowmobiling to ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Off-road vehicle trails in the area also offer recreation. Nakoma Ranch You’ve visited the Lost Sierra and lost your heart to the mountains, the trees, the endless lakes, the peace and quiet. You’ve dreamed of someday calling this area your home away from home. You’re enchanted by the majesty of Lake Tahoe and all the area has to offer, but you value privacy, exclusivity, and affordability. Access to nearby towns like Truckee is important, but you’re happiest in a secluded setting. A real place — not a flight of fantasy, but a feet-on-the ground kind of feeling where you can embrace your love of nature and share your good fortune with your family and friends. So let’s talk real estate!

The town of Graeagle was founded in 1916, as a lumber town, and established a post office in 1919 with the moniker of Davies Mill. It was named Graeagle after a naming contest to select a better name than "Davies' Mill;" the winning entry contracted "Grey Eagle Creek" to Graeagle. This name may have some connection with Edward D Baker, the "Gray Eagle of Republicanism," who was in the mining region in 1856 while stumping the state for Frémont.  Outdoor options in Graeagle are endless and golf courses are plentiful.


Loyalton is a city in Sierra County, California, United States. Many of the population are ranchers, loggers, former loggers, or suburbanites escaping from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and the growing Reno-Tahoe area.

Lake Almanor

Lake Almanor is a large reservoir in northwestern Plumas County, northeastern California. The reservoir has a capacity of 1,308,000 acre feet and a maximum depth of about 90 feet. It is formed by Canyon Dam on the North Fork of the Feather River, as well as Benner and Last Chance Creeks, Hamilton Branch, and various natural springs. Visit Lake Almanor, a hidden gem in northeast California that offers golfing, hiking, water activities, and nearby access to Lassen Volcanic National Park.


Portola is the only incorporated city in Plumas County, California, United States. Portola is located on the Middle Fork of the Feather River, and was named after Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolà, although he did not explore this area. The name is generally mispronounced in an anglicized way, with stress on the middle syllable, thus ignoring the accent mark in its namesake's surname. Portola is a crew change site on the Western Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific Railroad) Feather River Route over the Sierra Nevada mountains. The city is also home to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum (formerly Portola Railroad Museum), one of the largest railroad museums in the Western US. The museum is famous for its Run A Locomotive program, where the public can participate in a "fantasy experience" program allowing them to run a railroad locomotive on the museum grounds.


Sierraville is at the southern end of the huge Sierra Valley which is used primarily as pasture and is also at the junction of California State Route 49 and California State Route 89 southwest of Loyalton. It is the site of the only traffic signal (a flashing red light) in Sierra County. Tucked at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada you find Sierraville which offers remnants of both early ranching and logging. Sierraville is deeply rooted in cattle ranching, with many historic ranches still active today. Many descendants of the Italian-American families that settled this area in the mid to late-1800s still make a living here. In this area, you can see working cowboys riding across a field along the highway, or throwing bales of hay into their pickup truck. In fact, local restaurant, Los Dos Hermanos, features many different local cattle brands inside the dining room on the wall above the bar.

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