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Lake Almanor

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Address: Chester, CA
Phone Number: +1 530-283-4103
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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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Wonderful Lake That Hasn't Changed Much

Wonderful mountain lake like Tahoe was 70 years ago with development that hasn't gone over the top. Accommodations are available but not plentiful. The scenery is great especially... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 24, 2016
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Green Valley, California
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Green Valley, California
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331 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful mountain lake like Tahoe was 70 years ago with development that hasn't gone over the top. Accommodations are available but not plentiful. The scenery is great especially in winter. Water sports are popular in summer and cross country skiing popular in winter. Super scenic drive to go around the lake through Chester, the largest town on the drive. The... More 

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Thank WineEng
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Camped at Northshore Campground east of Chester two miles. Rustic campground with great views of the lake. Old utilities and hard to level in several sites. But we enjoyed it once we found sites we could level on. Had fires and watched the lake and birds. Chester cute little town with great gift shop.

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Chico, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Almanor is beautiful. It's not overrun with tourists,unless you go to the Big Cove area. That area is way too congested and is wall to wall people in the summer. Best avoiding it. Whether hiking down the rocks to Hamilton Branch, swimming off the shores of the West Shore, or fishing, boating,sailing, Almanor offers it. Warm summer days and mild... More 

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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

After my negative review of the swimming beach on the west shore of Lake Almanor last year (when I gave the lake a poor review for drought-induced impacts including fish parasites and an algal bloom in the water), I returned to see how more water in the lake has impacted the beach. The good news is the algal bloom is... More 

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Chico, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 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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Yorba Linda, California
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Flagstaff, Arizona
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283 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Williams, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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