The charming town of Chester, located at the northern end of Lake Almanor, is the gateway to the Lassen Volcanic National Park and a recreational paradise. Dairy farming, logging and tourism have all impacted the area, and their past is chronicled at the Chester Museum, which also displays a number of Maidu Indian baskets and artifacts. The Chester Library, built in 1929 and located at the Museum, is the only log cabin-style library in California. After visiting the museum, walk over to see “Dinky,” the locomotive on display on the Collins Pine Company lawn on Main Street.
One of California’s best kept hidden treasures is the Lake Almanor Basin. Here you will find year-round activities to delight visitors of all ages and interests, from water and snow sports, hiking and camping, horseback riding and picnicking, to shopping and golfing. Lake Almanor is a large manmade lake with a capacity of 1,308,000 acre-feet of water. The maximum depth is 90 feet. It is a PG&E owned lake, but the southern shore is in the Lassen National Forest.
You will find plenty of camping available at the West Shore Lake Almanor Campground. 530-258-2141. Also available in the area are boat rentals, cabin rentals, and B&B’s. RV sites are available as well at the campground.