Lake Almanor

Chester, California

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Lake Almanor is an artificial lake created by Great Western Power Company in 1914. The name of the lake is a combination of the names of the daughters of a vice president of the company: ALice, MArtha, and EliNORe. Today the lake is owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), primarily for power generation. During the peak summer months, PG&E tries to keep the lake level as high as possible, but later in the year the level drops. As a result of the water management, one can never be sure just where the shoreline will be. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Bald Eagle; Mountain Quail; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Williamson’s Sapsucker; Whiteheaded Woodpecker; Townsend’s Solitaire; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Wood Duck; Cinnamon Teal; Osprey; Sandhill Crane; Western Wood- Pewee; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager. Winter—Hooded Merganser. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
Birding Northern California

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Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

Lake Almanor is an artificial lake created by Great Western Power Company in 1914. The name of the lake is a combination of the names of the daughters of a vice president of the company: ALice, MArtha, and EliNORe. Today the lake is owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), primarily for power generation. During the peak summer months, PG&E tries to keep the lake level as high as possible, but later in the year the level drops. As a result of the water management, one can never be sure just where the shoreline will be. Specialty birds: Resident—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Bald Eagle; Mountain Quail; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Williamson’s Sapsucker; Whiteheaded Woodpecker; Townsend’s Solitaire; Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Wood Duck; Cinnamon Teal; Osprey; Sandhill Crane; Western Wood- Pewee; Hermit and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager. Winter—Hooded Merganser. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Chester
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best May to July; March and April for Sage Grouse.
Local Contacts: Almanor Ranger District.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Almanor

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