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Lake Almanor

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Address: Chester, CA
Phone Number: 530-283-4103
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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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Amazing Lake at the base of Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park

I really did not want to share this lake with anyone as its too great a get away for anyone who wants to be in the mountains with scenic views of an active volcano (Mt. Lassen... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
hike4you
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Chico, California
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Chico, California
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really did not want to share this lake with anyone as its too great a get away for anyone who wants to be in the mountains with scenic views of an active volcano (Mt. Lassen) with some of the best fishing, boating, hiking and outdoor activities in No. CA. With miles of beautiful shoreline that includes meadows, natural springs,... More 

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Thank hike4you
Yorba Linda, California
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lake is huge. We stopped for a picnic at a designated picnic stop. The restroom were clean and the picnic area was clean as well.

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1 Thank karigeo5
Sacramento, California
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45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

A not to miss Northern CA destination. Water sports, camping, fishing, golf and other lodging. I have been enjoying this lake region for over 40 years!

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Thank Dianne K
El Cerrito, California
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Wow My first but not last time up here Drop dead gorgeous part of California- Friendly people Serenity And lovely location

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1 Thank cris g
Flagstaff, Arizona
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636 reviews
259 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Lovely lake, uncrowded and dotted with beaches along its shores. Not many boats due to wind but still a pleasant visit and good spot to stop for picnic lunch if you are just driving through.

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Thank CleopatraBunny
Williams, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We bought a second home in the Hamilton Branch area of the lake three years ago. We had looked all over northern California for a getaway place and kept coming back to this area. Very glad we did.

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1 Thank Douglas T
Irvine, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Sunrise over the lake is simply breath taking with the low hanging fog over the water surface while a couple of white pelicans gracefully swimming in the mist.

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The bike ride around the like is very enjoyable. Stop for a burger along the way! About 31 miles total.

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1 Thank INebula123
Spokane, Washington
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73 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Have periodically visited this lake & area since childhood and love to come back. The local & seasonal (cabins) residents love the area and are protective in that they keep the knowledge of the lake to themselves. It's a big beautiful lake with plenty of recreational opportunities.

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Thank Phillip M
Chico, California
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110 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We love this place, calm, cooler than the valley and SO much to do! Also near my lassen so you can't go wrong- all ages too

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