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Address: Chester, CA
Phone Number: 530-283-4103
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Activities: Fishing
Description: Large, sapphire-blue lake offering excellent trout and salmon fishing...
Large, sapphire-blue lake offering excellent trout and salmon fishing opportunities.
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Nice big lake in the forest

Massive lake with very calm waters, very close proximity to multiple campground and with some restaurants/bars in the area. Nice for a weekend gate away. I recommend driving to it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Massive lake with very calm waters, very close proximity to multiple campground and with some restaurants/bars in the area. Nice for a weekend gate away. I recommend driving to it via highway 70 so you get a more scenic approach.

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Cupertino, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Drove by this lake to go have dinner after dinner we walked by the lake,, and the view was amazing. A must visit place when you are in Chester.

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FOREST RANCH
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I know this is silly to review a supermarket but I have to say I feel lucky to know about it. Not only do they have organic produce but they have enlarged their entire healthy living section to include soaps, cleaning products, and more health food! I often stop in to Holiday on my way to a camping trip because... More 

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Pinole, California
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28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We drove thru the town of Chester to get to the a cabin located in the country club are. The lake their and from the views in chester were all beautiful. I recommend bringing water shoes it was a bit rocky,other than that it's perfect. Water wasn't cold it was just right. Peaceful views it was very tranquil. We were... More 

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Santa Cruz, Ca
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This beautiful lake is a hidden gem in north eastern California. How did I not know it was even there? Apparently it's quite full in the summertime with escapees from the city visiting their summer homes. We were there in spring. It was beautiful, cool, quiet and lovely. Most of the shops were closed for low season but it looked... More 

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392 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

What a pretty lake! It's full of water which in CA is really rare in recent years. Lots of areas to explore and the camping right on the lake is superb.

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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Chester is always a fun town to visit and if you happen through the area, Lake Almanor is a must visit whether camping or just a day trip I highly recommend!!

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Fremont, California
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Spent a week on the Lake and took one day to go out with Big Daddy's Guide Service to fish for rainbows. Great experience: One fish that pushed 7 pounds and two more that almost made it to 5 pounds. The Lake can be challenging for fish of this quality, but Bryan made it a fun and very productive day.... More 

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Lots of Nature around this beautiful lake and peaceful sites, amazing trails around the whole west side

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Oakland, California
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244 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Ya might think a lake is a lake and it has water, what's not to like? Well, this lake is pretty far drained down at this point, although it may fill up in the spring somewhat, but the lake itself is not what makes this whole area a bad place for a vacation. There are not as many access point... More 

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Address: Chester, CA
Phone Number: 530-283-4103
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Plumas County  >  Chester

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