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Lake Almanor

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Address: Chester, CA
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Large, sapphire-blue lake offering excellent trout and salmon fishing...

Large, sapphire-blue lake offering excellent trout and salmon fishing opportunities.

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Largest freshwater lake in CA

Lovely lake, uncrowded and dotted with beaches along its shores. Not many boats due to wind but still a pleasant visit and good spot to stop for picnic lunch if you are just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 July 2016
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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720 reviews
307 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Lovely lake, uncrowded and dotted with beaches along its shores. Not many boats due to wind but still a pleasant visit and good spot to stop for picnic lunch if you are just driving through.

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1 Thank CleopatraBunny
Williams, United States
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We bought a second home in the Hamilton Branch area of the lake three years ago. We had looked all over northern California for a getaway place and kept coming back to this area. Very glad we did.

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3 Thank Douglas T
Irvine, California
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Sunrise over the lake is simply breath taking with the low hanging fog over the water surface while a couple of white pelicans gracefully swimming in the mist.

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

The bike ride around the like is very enjoyable. Stop for a burger along the way! About 31 miles total.

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1 Thank INebula123
Spokane, Washington
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Have periodically visited this lake & area since childhood and love to come back. The local & seasonal (cabins) residents love the area and are protective in that they keep the knowledge of the lake to themselves. It's a big beautiful lake with plenty of recreational opportunities.

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Thank Phillip M
Chico, California
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

We love this place, calm, cooler than the valley and SO much to do! Also near my lassen so you can't go wrong- all ages too

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Thank sungal99_11
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

We drove around the lake and stopped at few spots to go for a hike. It was beautiful. There are plenty of paths. We noticed a lot of red ants so Beware when you are off the path.

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Thank Julie G
Berkeley
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73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Not natural, but lovely none the less. Fishing, swimming boating (motor and not), camping, hiking all right there. Chester is a nice, small town with a few good restaurants, a grocery store, gas stations. Very family oriented.

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Thank Lisa B
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

The lake is huge and provides interesting drive around it with views of Lassen Peak. Some homes were million dollars some were RV and crowded. Very limited dining options. The town if Chester small and cute but it offered very limited things to do.

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Santa Rosa, California
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856 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I have been in love with this area X 30 years...Beautiful mountains, clean air, the drinking water is pure from the tap, great hiking, boating... I love that this place is uncrowded as the Tahoe area has become! A gem, great getaway and friendly people...

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1 Thank Morcella

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