Description - The Lake Davis Recreation Area offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities for you to enjoy. This lake was created in 1967 for recreational opportunities
Lake Davis spans an area of 4,000 acres and sits at an elevation of 5,775 feet. .
Fishing is the most popular activity with a variety of trout including Rainbow-Kamloops cross, German Browns and Eagle Lake Trout. Other species include bass and catfish. (Check with the Department of Fish and Game for other special restrictions). Camping is popular on the lake at Grizzly, Grasshopper and Lightning Tree Campgrounds.
Lake Davis offers many opportunities for recreation. Camping is available at the Grasshopper Flat, Grizzly, Lightning Tree Campgrounds. Boat launching, fishing and hiking are available from most of these campgrounds.
Camp Five, Honker Cove, Mallard and Lightening Tree have paved launching ramps and floating boat docks.
Hunting for mule deer, waterfowl, quail and some small game may be hunted in the Lake Davis Recreation Area.
Smith Peak Lookout is located about 7 miles southwest of the dam, providing a good view of Lake Davis and an opportunity to learn about the job of a fire lookout
Recreation - Lake Davis Recreation Areas offers camping, hunting, picnicking, mountain biking, fishing, boating and swimming. Water-skiing is not permitted. Frequent strong winds can cause the lake to become very hazardous for small craft. During the winter ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are favored activities.
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.
Lake Davis Recreation Area is located central region of the Beckwourth Ranger District, just north of Portola.