THINGS TO DO IN LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK,
LAKE ALMANOR, CHESTER, AND MILL CREEK, CALIFORNIA
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK PHOTO CONTEST
2012 Photo Winner taken by I-Ting Chiang
Enter your favorite photos of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the winning photo will be on the 2014 Lassen Annual Pass. Photographs may be submitted beginning May 1 and ends early 2013. For more information, please contact 530-595-4444, ext. 5148
FREE DAYS AT LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
April 22nd-26th, National Park Week
August 25th, National Park Service Birthday
Sept. 28th, National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9-11th, Veterans Day Weekend
For Kids! Junior Ranger Program
Check out the special programs for kids in the park. Join one or more of the ranger-led Junior Ranger programs. Special programs run during the summer months. To get started complete the Junior Ranger Activity Book and Field Journal then turn it into a park ranger in person at Lassen National Volcanic Park.
Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks
Every Sat. and Sun. December 22, 2012 through April 7, 2013. Meet at the Kohm Yah mah-nee Visitor Center. Time 1:30 – 3:30pm. Visit www.nps.gov/lavo for more information.
Sled Dog Races
Dates: 2/2 – 2/3/2013
For registration and more information on this event visit www.sndd.org/chesterinfo.html.
Groundhog Fever Festival
Quincy is celebrating Groundhog Day with a Groundhog Fever Festival 1- 5 pm throughout Quincy..
Chilly Chili Cook-off
This events runs from 1- 4pm at the Almanor Recreation Center. Attend the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker run in the morning then come taste some Chili. The Chester Chamber will be onsite offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Tasting kits with voting ballots are only 8 dollars.
Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club Poker Run
Chester-Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park
The Annual Lake Almanor Snowmobile Poker Run, is sponsored by the Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club registration starts at 8:30 am at the corner of Hwy 36 and A-13. Cost is 25.00 for riders and includes lunch. Lunch only can be purchased for 10.00 dollars. y. This event is held on the beautifully groomed trails of Lassen Forest and is an event for the whole family. For information on this year's event visit the Snowmobile Club's site.
U.S. Snowshoe Association 2013 State Championships
Johnsville Ski Hill/Eureka State Park
This race is a lap course starting at the Longboards Lodge heading up to Eureka Lake. The course will navigate around Eureka Lake and continue through the woods back to the lodge. For 10 km the lap will be done twice. This course is 100% snowshoer/skier packed. There are no groomed sections on this course. Please visit www.racinggnome.com for registration details.
Longboard Revival Races
Dates: 2/17/2013 and 3/17/2013
Longboard Revival Races Johnsville, Ca at the Eureka Ski Bowl
Prizes for races and best attire will be awarded. A day of unique fun for the whole family to enjoy. Uses of club longboards on first come, first serve basis. www.plumasskiclub.org.
91st Annual Red Bluff Round-Up
Dates:4/19 - 4/21/2013
Once again, the Annual Red Bluff Round-Up is more than just a rodeo! You will find a whole host of activities throughout "Tehama County", sponsored by several area organizations and coordinated by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce. Round-up festivities are kicked off with the Chili Cook-off, live entertainment, pony rides, a kiddie parade, a car show and rodeo events. For tickets and more information, call 530-527-1000.
Buck Brannman Clinic
Dates: 4/26 – 4/28/2013
Tehama County Fairgrounds
Please call Tina Cornish at 530-527-5920 for specific information and space availability on this clinic. This clinic will cover foundation horsemanship and horsemanship 1. For other clinic locations www.brannaman.com.
Red Bluff Civil War Days
April 27th & 28th, Raid at Dog Island: 9 am - 5 pm, Two battles daily! Saturday Noon and 3:00
Sunday 11:00 and 2:00, www.RACW.org
Birding, Boating and Barbecue
Meet at the Maddalena corral 8 am for birding and botany walks. 12:00 noon Barbecue. All morning canoeing and Kayaking boats will be available or bring your own. $5.00 donation suggested for lunch. All are welcome. Contact Karen at 530-283-5758 for more information. For other events hosted by Feather River Land Trust: www.frlt.org.
16th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft FairMay 25th & 26th
Collins Pine Park in Chester
We have only handmade items, from yard art, log furniture, clothing, pottery, rugs, jewelry and much more. We have local non-profit organizations that are our food vendors and other clubs have displays. (There are also food vendors and non-profit displays.) The event is a great way to kick-off the summer season. Rain or shine we will be there!! This event is free to the public and if you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Cheri McIntire 258-2516.
16th Annual Spring Century Bike Ride
Event Held: Sat. June 22nd from 7 am - 5 pm.
The ride travels through the Indian Valley to Genesee and around Antelope Lake, and back to Greenville.
Cost $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children with pre-registration. The price goes up after May 1st. The ride has two different ride levels, the longest being 100 miles. This all day event includes patch and a great catered lunch. Call Lillian at 530-284-6633 or go to www.indianvalley.net/centuries.html for more information.
31st Annual Mile High Century Bike Ride
The start and finish location for all rides is at Chester Park on the Feather River. The Mile High 100 Bike Ride has 3 different routes to choose from. Century Ride 108 miles. Metric Century 56 miles and Half Metric Century Ride 33 miles. www.milehigh100.com
Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds
Dates: 6/21- 6/22/2013
Four days of Bluegrass for only $40 for adults and children under 12 free with advanced ticket purchase. Evening only tickets $10. Jamming Class will be offered again by Rick Sparks. No jamming experience needed to join in. For all the Quilters out there; a special air-conditioned room with stage music piped in. You can work on you quilting projects all week and not miss the music. Room will be locked at night to keep your projects safe. For details, performances schedule, and music camp Susanville Bluegrass Festival website.
Sierra Geology: From Soda Rock to Melones Fault
June 22nd, 2013
Explore the geologic evolution of the Northern Sierra Nevada over the past 300-million years with Feather River College's Dr. Derek Lerch, Environmental Studies. Our tour begins in Taylorsville and will lead us down the North Fork of the Feather River, where the river's erosive properties have created world-class exposure of the region's foundational bedrock. With various stops along the way Dr. Lerch will give us the geologic history of this area.
9:00 am Meet at the Sierra Institute office in Taylorsville, California - 4438 Main Street Morning Refreshments and Introductions
To register for this tour, call us at 530.284.1022 or contact Lauri Rawlins-Betta directly via email with any of your questions: LRawlins@SierraInstitute.us.
A Few Brews and a Banjo
Hours: 2pm- 6pm
An afternoon of great fun sampling micro brewed beers and listening to music along the Feather River. The music and family fun are free! Beer sampling is $20.00 per person. All proceeds support the Chester High School music and drama programs.
July 4th Events
Silver Buckle Rodeo: Taylorsville Rodeo Grounds Tickets: 530-284-6237
4th of July Parade on Main Street Chester, starts 11:00 am 530-258-2426
4th of July Craft Fair in Chester Park 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, can be seen at various spots around Lake Almanor. Starts 9:00 pm
High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy
July 4th- July 7th
Four-day festival with multiple stages, late night music, on-site camping, great food and drink. For more information 510-595-1115 or www.highsierramusic.com/attractions/kidzone/.
Feather River Fine Arts Tour
Open studios and galleries around Lake Almanor. Contact 530-258-2426 for more details.
23rd Solar Cook-off Taylorsville Campgrounds
July 12th & 13th
Friday night kick-off at 7:30 pm with three bands. Bring your own homemade solar oven or bring a store bought solar oven and join in the weekend of fun. Entertainment line-up and more information at: www.plumasarts.org/events/solar.html.
Lassen County Fair - Susanville
Dates: 7/17-7/21/2011, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville
Susanville, CA 96130
From 1 to 100 there is something for all ages at the Lassen County Fair. Friday night features country western concert, Saturday night races, and the junior livestock sale is on Sunday. There are also rides, food vendors, games and activities throughout the week. Be sure to join us for the Lassen County Fair parade on the 20th beginning at 10 am, where local businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals will strut their stuff down Main Street. For more information and show times: www.lassencountyfair.org.
51st Annual Gold Digger Days Greenville
July 20th and 21st
A celebration of gold mining heritage featuring a parade, arts & crafts, street dance, horseshoe pitching, softball tournament, gold panning, firemen's muster and more. Call 530-284-6633.
Sat. 20th Gold Digger Days Masonic Breakfast: Greenville 7-10am 284-7875
Sat. 20th Gold Digger Day Celebration- Parade, Street Faire, Dance & MORE 284-6633
Sat. 20th Classic Hot Rod Show & Get Together Evergreen Market parking lot
Sun. 21st Horseshoe Tournament
Almanor Art Show - Chester
8/3/2013 – 8/4/2013
Collins Pine Lawn
500 Main Street
Chester, CA 96020
42nd Anniversary Almanor Art show - Beautiful things in a beautiful place. One of Northern California's oldest and most respected exhibitions of fine Arts & Crafts. Live music both days, lots of shade, food and cold drinks. There will be 100 juried vendors at this art show.
Plumas-Sierra County Fair - Quincy
8/14-2013 – 8/18/2013
One of the state's oldest county fairs, this four-day family event features 4-H and FFA exhibits, a midway, bull riding, auto races, musical entertainment, kids area, wine tasting, commercial booths, food and drink.
31st Annual Portola Railroad Days
8/16/2013 – 8/18/2013
Portola Railroad Days is a 4-day community event that includes: train rides, railroad hand car rides, a model train expo, street dance, food, music, vendors and more.
Directions: From Reno or Susanville: Take Highway 395N to Hallelujah Junction and then take Highway 70 to Gulling St. and turn left at the stop light in Portola.
From Quincy: Take Highway 70 to Portola and turn right at Gulling St.
From Truckee: Take Highway 89 to Sierraville and take County Road A23 to Beckwourth and then turn left at Highway 70 and continue into Portola. Go to the stop light at Gulling St. and turn left at the stop light
Girls Night Out In Humbug Valley
August 23rd & 24th
Girls' Night Out in Humbug Valley
In 2009 we started touring in the Humbug Valley, near Lake Almanor. This has been a special place for the Maidu for hundreds of years. Beverly Ogle, Maidu / Yahi Yani Indian historian and author of two books on the indigenous peoples of Sierra Nevada, (Whispers of the Maidu and Spirit of Black Rock) will lead this tour sharing history and stories of the area. As part of the Maidu Consortium, Beverly will be able to share with us the current Maidu projects scheduled for this land. We'll not only visit Soda Springs to taste the soda water and to see the new Tasmam-Koyam monument marking the importance of the Maidu in the area but we'll visit many other sites in pioneer and Maidu history.
Tour Itinerary (Tentative)
10:00am Meet at Lassen National Park Ranger Station, 900 Main Street, Chester and drive to Humbug Valley, stopping at various sites along the way to Yellow Creek Campground
3:00pm Special Event
5:00pm Set-Up Camp and start dinner
7:00pm Evening Entertainment
Early morning risers can visit Big Springs.
9:00am Simple breakfast
11:00am Leave for Chester/Lassen National Park Ranger Station
To register for this tour, call us at 530.284.1022 or contact Lauri Rawlins-Betta directly via email with any of your questions: LRawlins@SierraInstitute.us.
Annual Street Rod Extravaganza & Motorcycle Exhibition
192 Main Street, Chester, CA
800-350-4838, 530-258-2426, firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Street Rod Extravaganza. Friday night kicks off with live music, food, farmers market (every second Friday 5-8pm), arts & crafts, and great small town fun! Saturday includes the car show on the Feather River at Chester Park, a Poker Run around Lake Almanor and a Poker Walk through the charming town of Chester. Something for everyone!
Experience the premier Northern California poker run, poker walk, hot rod contest and cruise 35 miles around Lake Almanor, one of the top scenic drives in the US. Come experience a weekend out of the heat and join us at the beautiful Lake Almanor.
Annual Lake Almanor Fall Century Ride
Come enjoy the beautiful fall scenery of the Lake Almanor Basin, view fall foliage in all its splendor, and soak up the end of summer by enjoying the good weather, good food, good entertainment with your family and friends!
The ride starts and ends at the Chester Park. Registered riders receive a delicious post-ride meal with live entertainment, water bottle, and a custom designed short-sleeved T-shirt!
Three choices of rides throughout beautiful Lake Almanor and Indian Valley for riders of all abilities: Century Ride (108 miles), Metric Century (56 miles), and Half-Metric Century (33 miles).
Registration Fees: Century Ride: $55 Metric & Half Metric Ride: $45
Fall Century Bike Ride
Two great rides are offered both the metric and mile century, they both begin at the Greenville High School. It is 30 miles out to Genessee for a lunch stop and a turn around for the metric ride. The mile riders take a snack break and continue on another 17 miles to Antelope Lake, located in the Plumas National Forest. The mile riders ride around Antelope Lack and back to Genesse for a lunch break. This time of year the fall colors will be starting to turn. The Indian Valley Chamber may be reached at 530-284-6633 for more details.
21st Annual Rails to Trails Festival- Susanville
This three day outdoor event is fun for the whole family. Between the railroad handcar rides, chili cook-off and arts and crafts fair you won't know where to start! There are even children's activities, music and food vendors. With all the fun and excitement, don't forget about the Friday night barbeque!
22nd Annual Antique Street Fair - Red Bluff
Over 100 antique dealers, food, booths, and more. Call 530-527-3092.
8989 Highway 89
Celtic Festival 2013 is sponsored by the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Barn Complex located at on the corner of Highways 70 & Highway 89. Featuring a wonderful evening of Scottish and Irish Music, Fine Faire and Libations. No host bar. Traditional Celtic Faire. Live Entertainment.
Annual Bizz Johnson Marathon
The Bizz Johnson Marathon features a full Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, and 5K. This scenic run is on packed dirt and fine gravel trail that's easy on the knees. The remote area inaccessible by roads. Great marathon for first-timers and veterans alike. USAT&F certified Boston qualifier. Details available at: www.coastaltrailruns.com.
Heritage Day Celebration - Burney
Relive the day-to-day experience of the Intermountain area in the 1880's. Free admission to the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park to observe and participate in candle making, quilting, spinning & weaving, black smithing, apple pressing, and more.
Fall Play Day at the Heart K Ranch
Saturday Oct. 12th
Fun filled day at the historic Heart K Ranch in beautiful Genesse Valley. Special hikes, games, music and food! During the day save time to enjoy Plumas’s County wonderful fall colors and watch for the Barn Quilts throughout the county.
Big Bike Weekend
Fri Noon-7p, Sat 9a-7p, Sun 9a-2p
700 Auditorium Drive
Redding, CA 96001
Riders starting at $30, spectator fee $7
For riders - 3 days of poker runs or walks, bike games, bike show competition and opportunities to win hundreds of dollars in VISA cards. Green Light Remembrance Ride and VIP registration are available to a limited number of registrants. Police Invitational Motor Competition and Harley-Davidson demo rides are available to police officers. Public can enjoy music, clinics and food and merchandise vendors. Youth activities include scavenger hunts and a best dressed bicycle contest.
Return of the Salmon Festival- Anderson
24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road
Anderson, CA 96007
View salmon spawning operations, "salmon aquarium" natural resource information booths, child fingerprinting, recreational displays, sporting equipment, wildlife art, Shasta Blood Center blood drive, children's activities, food by University Prep School, fish tagging, salmon bake. Free shuttle buses from Anderson Wal-Mart to Coleman Fish Hatchery. Checkout website for updates: www.fws.gov/coleman/.
Mountain Harvest Festival
Harvest fair is mostly about Fun, Culture and Community. This Mountain Harvest Festival is one of the major fund-raising efforts for the Plumas Arts. Plumas Arts provides art education at the local schools and supports local artists and performers, manages a gallery featuring the work of regional artists.
Event admission is $7. Tasting Passes include event admission and a souvenir tasting glass for $35.
Event is held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds 530-283-3402 for details.
31st Annual Western Open Fiddle Championships- Red Bluff
Oct. 24th – Oct. 26th
Tehama District Fairgrounds
Red Bluff, CA 96080
The festivities officially begin Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. with a free country dance held at the Tehama District Fairgrounds. Contests begin Friday morning and last until Saturday night with fiddlers from all age groups participating. Come join the fun!
Dawn Institute Apple Fest
When: the last Sunday in October, 12 noon until dusk
Where: Dawn Gardens’ Community Center & Apple Orchard
What do you get when you combine bluegrass music, autumn leaves, a toasty bonfire, picnics on the lawn and bushels of juicy apples? The annual Dawn Gardens Apple Fest, of course!
Every year, the Dawn Gardens opens up their Community Center and heirloom apple orchard to the public for a free apple harvesting festival. The Apple Festival takes place on the last Sunday in October, and begins at noon with a potluck, music, apple harvesting and apple press instruction, and fun for all ages that will last until dusk.
Participants are encouraged to bring picnic blankets/lawn chairs, and a potluck dish, as well as jars and bottles from home to contain your fresh squeezed apple juice! Several apple presses will be available on site, and some adventurous folks even bring their own apples, grapes, presses and musical instruments so that they can add to the fun. People come from as far away as Chico, the Bay Area and beyond to enjoy this popular family event.
Additionally, kids will enjoy the squash decorating and other family style craft activities. It’s a full day of (free) family fun and frolic... and where can you find THAT these days? Come on out and join the fun!
Directions: Dawn Gardens Community Center and Apple Orchard is near Indian Falls… located at 10101 Highway 89, about 2 mile north of the Greenville Hwy (2 miles past the junction of Highways 70 & 89, on the left or west side of Highway 89).
Christmas Tree Cutting Begins
Christmas Tree Permits are available in Lassen Forest beginning November 1st. Spend a family weekend in beautiful Lassen Forest cutting your own Christmas Tree. Christmas Tree permits are available at the Almanor Ranger Station 900 E. Hwy 36 Chester.