Lakes Near Indian Valley

Antelope Lake Recreation Area

Twenty miles up Indian Creek from Taylorsville and past the pristine Genesee Valley, Antelope reservoir covers a maximum of 890 acres when filled to capacity. Stocked with Rainbow trout, the U.S.F.S. operates campgrounds in three areas with a total of 196 camp units, making Antelope Lake one of our most popular trout fisheries and summer recreational areas complete with boat launching ramps, picnic areas, running water, a small store, and sanitary facilities.

Butt Lake

Butt Valley Reservoir is located south of Lake Almanor 11 miles west of Greenville, with two campgrounds, picnic areas and boat ramps.

Crystal Lake

Well populated with Eastern Brook Trout and nestled below the Mt. Hough Fire Lookout, access to this pristine lake is via a rough road leading up from Taylorsville, or a southern route originating in Quincy. A vista below the Lookout offers a breathtaking view of the entire Indian Valley.

Homer Lake

One of three alpine lakes on the crest of Keddie Ridge, Homer Lake hosts numerous Rainbow Trout of considerable size, however, these prizes are only available to anglers willing to walk, as Homer Lake is a "hike-in" fishing hole. Access to the 1/2-mile trail begins off of Highway 89 then follows an unpaved rough road. From Homer Lake, the trail continues to Hidden and Deerheart Lakes.

Lake Almanor

The largest lake in Plumas County (26,600 surface acres) and company-owned by Pacific Gas and Electric offers boating, swimming and angling for trout and warm water species in season. Public campgrounds, picnic areas, trailer parks, resort motels, and a free public boat ramp offer recreational facilities in abundance. Lake Almanor is located a short 10-minute ride from Greenville.

Meadow Valley Reservoir

Meadow Valley Reservoir, also known as locally as Walker Lake, is located south-east of Westwood and is accessed by an unmarked road off A21, just east of the town of Clear Creek.

Round Valley Lake

Round Valley Reservoir, also called Bidwell Lake, is the recreational paradox of the Feather River region. Lying at a 4,500 foot elevation and ringed by fragrant conifers, it appears to be an ideal trout water. Ironically, the lake is a warm water fishery, and contains numerous large-mouth bass plus such an abundance of blue gill that almost everyone who tries catches fish. The California record for large-mouth black bass was a 14-pounder taken from Round Valley in 1948.

Campgrounds with running water, sanitary and shower facilities, and a boating concession operate here during the vacation season. No swimming is allowed since the lake provides domestic water for Greenville. A bird watcher's paradise, the lake has over 100 resident species.

Taylor Lake

Taylor Lake lies directly below the Forest Service Lookout on Kettle Rock Peak. A favorite fishing hole with local anglers who covet its Eastern Brook Trout. Inquire locally as to conditions of access roads before attempting the trip.

Rivers & Streams

Indian Valley and the mountains around it lie within the territory drained by the North Fork of the Feather River. Largest of the streams crossing the valley is Indian Creek which parallels State Highway 89 between the Greenville "Y" on Highway 70 and Crescent Mills. Lights Creek in the north arm of the valley, and Wolf Creek flowing through Greenville, are its primary tributaries. Local streams contain both native and planted trout. Fishing rates from fair to very good.

Indian Falls

A half-mile steep trail located 100 yards north of the small community of Indian Falls on State Highway 89 leads to a favorite local swimming hole on Indian Creek. Children should be supervised on this trail.
Photos courtesy of Richard McCutcheon, Herman Brown, Vince Villani, Hugh Brown, Ron Clark, and Jeff Luke Titcomb