Welcome to Lake Almanor Area
Calm, turquoise Lake Almanor lies south of Lassen Volcanic National Park via Hwys 89 and 36. This man-made lake is a crystalline example of California’s sometimes awkward conservation and land-management policy: the lake was created by the now-defunct Great Western Power Company and is now ostensibly owned by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The lake is surrounded by lush meadows and tall evergreens and was once little-visited. Now, a 3000-acre ski resort sits on the hills above, with properties continually being developed near its shore and power boats zipping across its surface. The northeastern section in particular has become particularly ritzy and there are even a few gated communities. On the rugged southern end you'll find miles with nothing but pine trees.