Mountain Affairs
Lassen Park, Chester/Lake Almanor, Westwood, to Indian Valley

Mountain Affairs 

​A Vision, A Mission & Goals

Our vision is to have economically stable, culturally rich communities that are attractive to those who wish to live, work and invest in a connected, supportive mountain life-style.
Our mission is to bring the communities of Lake Almanor and Indian Valley together to create events and activities that enrich, inspire, engage and entertain those who live in and visit our areas.
  • Create shoulder-season activities to enhance visitation to our areas.
  • Create culturally significant activities to enrich, entertain and engage the citizens of our communities.
  • Support and promote existing seasonal events and activities in our communities

The Lake Almanor Basin


At the base of Lassen Peak and nestled near the shores of Lake Almanor, the charming community of Chester is the main business hub for the Lake Almanor Basin. Nestled along the banks of the Feather River, Chester’s unique shops, parks, museums and library provide the back drop for many annual events, art shows, concerts and holiday celebrations.

Chester also hosts the Martin Ranch community which lies in a pristine meadow off Feather River Drive. Further up Feather River Drive, one comes to the Warner Valley which backs up to Lassen Volcanic National Park and the world famous Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Quaint summer homes dot the beautiful meadows and forest of Warner Valley.

East along Hwy 36, the main route through Chester, leads one through Tehama County on the way to the South entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Along the highway lie homes and cabins with views of majestic Butte and Carter Mountains and year round recreational opportunities.

Peninsula, Bailey Creek & Foxwood

The Lake Almanor Penninsula, Lake Almanor Country Club, Bailey Creek and Foxwood make up the villages and planned communities of the central and North Shore of Lake Almanor. The Peninsula Village on Penninsula Drive has a grocery store, coffee house, lodging, resorts, RV parks, miniature golf course, recreational facilities and many fine restaurants.

The Lake Almanor Country Club, rich with amenities, has a nine-hole golf course and club house with restaurant, seven tennis courts, three boat launches, two recreational and picnic areas and a bandshell for performing arts programs.

Foxwood, located off of County Road A-13, is a several hundred acre innovative, gated community. Known for the beauty of its seasonal landscaping, Foxwood’s open areas, playground and Pavillion are favorites for family and neighborhood events.

Bailey Creek, located off Clifford Drive, is nestled among lush golf course greens, beautiful pines and mountain and lake views. Bailey Creek hosts an 18-Hole championship golf course, driving range and full service Club House, a favorite local spot for dining and events.

Hamilton Branch, Big Springs & East Shore

Located on the north shore of Lake Almanor, the ” Branch” and Big Springs host lovely neighborhoods, fire services, a local coffee house, beauty spa and the Hamilton Branch Powerhouse, one of Lake Almanor’s favorite fishing areas.

The east shore of Lake Almanor, along Highway 147, is home to the famous “Lake Almanor Sunset” with sweeping views of Lassen Peak, Broke-off, Harkness and Carter Mountain across the changing mood and waters of the lake. It is along the east shore of the lake, that one can literally stand and experience that place where the Cascade Mountain Range meets the Sierra Nevada Range. Driving or hiking this area can reveal the dramatic changes in geology where these two regions meet.

West Shore, Prattville & Canyon Dam

The West Shore of Lake Almanor lies along Highway 89, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic By-Way. The west shore hosts the planned community of Lake Almanor West with a golf course, driving range, recreational area and tennis club. Spectacular views of the Lake Almanor Peninsula and Lassen Peak highlight living along the west shore gateway to Butte Lake, home of trophy rainbow trout fishing.

Located on the extreme west shore of Lake Almanor is the Prattville area, home to many family cabins, public beaches and boat launch facilities, camping and RV sites and historic Camp Prattville and the 11 mile recreation trail that meanders through the forest and along the lake to the Canyon Dam boat launch and picnic area. Gateway to Seneca, Greenville and Indian Valley, Canyon Dam lies along the southern most end of Lake Almanor with lodging, campsites, RV parks and public boat launch facilities.
A special thank you to Feather Publishing, the definitive source for Plumas County New, for their sponsorship of our 2012 Holiday Shopping Tour.

Greenville, Indian Valley & Genesee Valley

Beautiful Indian and Genesee Valley boast cattle and buffalo ranches, sweeping valleys lined by the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, and pristine meadows literally bursting with life.

The area, home to beautiful valleys and inspiring vistas is also rich with the history of the Maidu Indian, early American settler, gold mining, ranching and logging. In fact, a drive along the highways linking Quincy to Indian Valley and Susanville will put you on the ancient trail through the land of the Mountain Maidu Indians, a trail, known to the Maidu people as the Worldmaker’s Trail.

Rural living and community, rich history and a natural wonderland make the Indian and Genesee Valley a must visit and a special place to “come home to”.


Westwood is located 11 miles east-northeast of  Chester and  20 miles west-southwest of Susanville, at an elevation of 5128 feet. With a population of 1600, Westwood is home to the Annual Paul Bunyan Festival, and the famous Paul Bunyan and Babe monument, a tradition that began in Westwood’s  rich logging history.

In 1913 Westwood became the center of operations for the  Red River Lumber Company and a company town.  As far back as the 1930′s Westwood hosted a  large indoor shopping mall, a large theater, skating rink and club for the mill workers. The town was sold in 1944 to the Fruit Growers Supply Company, which  today is known as part of Sunkist.  Though these company town amenities no longer grace the  community of Westwood, its rich logging history and company town traditions can be seen in the quaint company housing that still lines its streets.

Clear Creek is a beautiful hamlet on the east side of Dyer Mountain lying half way between Westwood and Lake Almanor.  Clear Creek is  host to one of the more beautiful public parks in the area.
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