Bucks Lakeshore Vacation Resort

Bucks Lake is a beautiful mountain lake with clear water and sandy beaches, surrounded by the Plumas National Forest. 

The first time I caught a glimpse of Bucks Lake it literally took my breath away. It is one of the most pristine lakes in Northern California and remains a favorite place of respite for me and my family.  Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Plumas County just 16 miles from Quincy, the county seat, at an elevation of 5,000 feet, is a year round outdoor wonderland.

The history behind this spell binding area is a many layered story. Once a lush valley surrounded by thick forest, it was a summer home and hunting ground to the Maidu Indians.  You can still find arrowheads and grinding stones when the water level is down and you can still see the holes made by those grinding stones in the granite boulders along the shore.

The second layer of the story comes from the California Gold Rush. In 1850 gold was discovered at Rich Bar on the Feather River about 15 miles over steep and rugged ridges from Bucks Lake, bringing men and women by the thousands to the area in search of fortune.  Three men took up a land claim in the valley.  One of the men was named Horace Bucklin, the namesake of what was then called Buck's Valley.  In 1851 several people began building in the valley and sold goods and provided lodging to passing gold miners. The land was bought and sold several times during the next half century.  A cattle ranch served as lodging for travelers during this time. In 1861 a post office was established, augmenting the store, hotel, stage station and cattle operation.

The road from Quincy to Bucks Lake began as a pack trail across the steep ridges from Quincy, through Spanish Ranch and Meadow Valley. In 1851 African-American Mountain Man, James P. Beckwourth's Emigrant Tail reinforced the pack trail to serve as a byway to Bucks Lake and further to Marysville. You can still follow this trail today, which is a fascinating story on its own.

Buck's Ranch became a vacation destination during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Coming in horse-drawn buggies and stage coaches during the summer and snowshoed horses and dog sleds during the winter, men and women alike would come to the valley to camp, hunt and fish.  With the advent of the automobile, the roads were improved and Bucks Valley became quite the vacation spot.

In 1925 the land was sold once again and a whole other layer to the story began. The new owners formed the Feather River Power Company and set out to build a dam and fill the lake, buildings and all, to create a reservoir that, to this day, provides much of California with hydroelectric power. In an amazing three short years, Bucks Lake connected with Bucks Creek Powerhouse in the Feather River Canyon. When you realize the lack of modern equipment at the time and the rugged terrain, you understand just how amazing this feat was.

The resorts and vacation properties that sprung up along the shores of Buck Lake have had a rich and sometimes "colorful" history of their own. Two of the lodges are still in business and are destinations that many people look forward to visiting every year.  Bucks Lakeshore Vacation Resort is one of these resorts and has been newly remodeled and offers year round lodging, meals and general store.   Bucks Lake Marina, owned by the same local family, offers boat and cabin rentals.  Outdoor activities include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, boating, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and hiking and biking trails including part of the Pacific Crest Trail.

For more information about the lush history of Bucks Lake and the surrounding area contact the Plumas County Museum in Quincy, California for your copy of "Saga of a Mountain Meadow" by Scott Lawson.

Better yet, come visit and see for yourself the extraordinary beauty of Bucks Lake. Contact Bucks Lakeshore Vacation Resort at 530 283-2848 or go to www.buckslakeshoreresort.com.

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Latitude: 39.8754268 Longitude: -121.1747867 Elevation: 5265 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

Lakeshore Resort offers cabin rentals, R.V. camping and tent camping. The cabins are rustic, but clean and comfortable with indoor plumbing.  The cabins all have lake views and are just a few feet from the shore. The R.V. camping sites are just across the road, and most have views of the lake and are an easy walk to the water.

Seasons Open

Cabins are open year round. Camping after the snow melts until the snow flies again.

Recreational Opportunities

Year round outdoor activities are abundant.  Winter offers miles of famous snowmobile trails, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Summer offers hiking on unlimited mountain trails, including parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, biking, fishing, boating, water skiing, kayaking, and canoeing.  The lodge rents all types of boats and water skiing equipment. Bird watching includes bald eagles, osprey, and a wide variety of small birds and water foul.  This is the ultimate affordable family vacation destination.

Driving Directions

Take Highway 70 from Oroville, through the Feather River Canyon (a beautiful scenic drive) through Quincy, CA. Turn right on Bucks Lake Road, 16 miles to Bucks Lake Road.

Take 395 from Reno, take Highway 70 to Quincy, drive through Quincy, turn left on Crescent, right on Bucks Lake Road, 16 miles to the lake.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Year round outdoor activities are abundant.  Winter offers miles of famous snowmobile trails, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Summer offers hiking on unlimited mountain trails, including parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, biking, fishing, boating, water skiing, kayaking, and canoeing.  The lodge rents all types of boats and water skiing equipment. Bird watching includes bald eagles, osprey, and a wide variety of small birds and water foul.  This is the ultimate affordable family vacation destination.

Pet Friendly Notes

Yes, bring your pets. Dogs need to be on a leash unless you're out on the trail.

Comments

Bucks Lake is one of the best kept secrets in California. For some inexplicable reason, most people have never heard of it, much less explored the area. Bucks Lake offers a full range of outdoor activities in an environment that is not only beautiful, but lightly used compared to other outdoor recreational environs. The resorts,RV sites, and campgrounds are well-kept and reasonable. The Dept. of Fish and Game plants the area, and fishing is excellent for a variety of species, including rainbows, brookies, browns, and mackinaw. The lake also offers water skiing, sailing, kayaking, float-tubing, and canoeing. There are also some sandy beaches for swimming. Put Bucks Lake on your list of places to explore. You’ll be glad you did.

Don Webster, 7/8/2012

Buck's Lake is a gem! My favorite spot in the Sierra. And the new resort is great. They have made many improvements to other facilities too.

Pete Dufour, 8/29/2012

AVOID THIS PLACE! We thought a Sunday late lunch over-looking Bucks Lake would be nice. We called at noon to see what hours they were open and whether reservations were needed. We were told they were serving all afternoon and no reservations were required "just breeze on up." Upon arrival we were told "oh, you should have made reservations". We only have a table for 8 and since you are only 5 we can't seat you. Your only choice to try and squeeze into a tiny table which would be hard pressed to seat 4 adults, let alone 5 or to sit inside. We should have just left but we mistakenly sat inside where we were totally ignored. Upon ordering we waited 50 minutes in a boring, UN-inviting atmosphere (loud obnoxious person at next table, constant burnt pizza smell, stuffy and no view of the lake - the whole purpose for making the trip in the first place!!!). When food finally arrived it was mediocre at best - my special Buffalo Chicken Sandwich was VERY dry and hard - not appetizing. Service was LOUSY - not once did anyone check to see if our food was ok or to offer a refill for the empty drinks! The management of this place doesn't care to accommodate customers - has lousy service and C- to D grade food! AVOID THIS PLACE!

Jack, 7/17/2016

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