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Description - Bucks Lake was named by one of the first white settlers in Bucks Valley, Horace 'Buck' Bucklin, who came into the area from New York in 1850. The lake is located in a valley known for almost 80 years as Bucks Ranch.

In 1925, the Bucks Creek Project was undertaken by the Feather River Power Company. Part of the project, Bucks Dam, was completed in 1929. Title passed to the Great Western Power Company the same year, and later to Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

About half of the shoreline is now owned by Pacific Gas and Electric and the other half is under the management of the Forest Service.

Attractions - Bucks Lake was named by one of the first white settlers in Bucks Valley, Horace 'Buck' Bucklin, who came into the area from New York in 1850. The lake is located in a valley known for almost 80 years as Bucks Ranch.

In 1925, the Bucks Creek Project was undertaken by the Feather River Power Company. Part of the project, Bucks Dam, was completed in 1929. Title
passed to the Great Western Power Company the same year, and later to Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

This high mountain lake is at an elevation of 5,155 feet The lake has a surface area of 1,827 acres with 14 miles of shoreline. Bucks Lake offers many recreational opportunities. Camping is available at Whitehorse, Sundew, Mill Creek, Lower Bucks, Grizzly Creek and Hutchins campgrounds. Hiking, fishing, swimming and boating are available from most of these campgrounds.

Recreation - Bucks Lake offers many water sport activities including boat rentals, fishing and water skiing. Enjoy the many camping opportunities at this beautiful mountain lake.

Climate - The Plumas generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Bucks Lake Recreation Area is located in southern region of the Mt. Hough Ranger District, just south of Bucks Lake Wilderness area. This area is southwest of Quincy.


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Filed By: Perry
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We've been coming to Bucks Lake for over 15 years.... The last 4 or 5 years has been a real nightmare.... The place is swarming with people.... Last weekend was the worst.. we had to camp several miles away in a dry camp and still had to pay for the privilege. Buck's used to be a quite paradise .. now it's no better than visiting a park in the big city. If your looking for a little peace and quite or even a place to pitch a tent, you won't find it at Bucks Lake. We won't be back!!!

Filed By: CASSANDRA
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: HAVE BEEN VISITING THIS AREA FOR 25 YRS. AND IT IS STILL RELATIVELY PRISTINE. WE WERE THERE FOR THE 4TH OF JULY WEEK AND THERE WERE CAMPSITES AVAILABLE AND LOTS OF PRIVACY. IT'S TOO BAD THEY PAVED THE RD. FROM OROVILLE TO BUCKS, SINCE THAT ENCOURAGES MORE PEOPLE AND MORE MOTOR HOMES AND BOATS. BUT IT IS STILL A WONDERFUL SCENIC PLACE TO VISIT.

Filed By: Sara Gullihur (Portland, OR)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I am 27 years old and I have been going to Bucks Lake at least every other year for my whole life. I could not imagine my life without the most fantastic memories of each and every summer! BUCKS LAKE! It's the place to be!

Filed By: Ron and Candy Allison (Washoe Valley, Nv)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This was a great place to bring the family to bring the new year. The people were very friendly and we will for sure do it again. Tons of sledding hills and places to play with the snowmobiles. The people at the resort were very helpful and outgoing. We have already planned another trip for next month.


More Information

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
Mt. Hough Ranger District - The Mt. Hough Ranger District is located at the northern end of the Plumas National Forest in Northern California. It lies south of Lake Alamor, around the towns of Quincy and Greenville.

Links:
Bucks Lake Recreation Area - Official site for Bucks Lake Recreation Area

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