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Locations: Lake Davis

scenic view of Lake davis Fisherman standing in the water with his fresh catch

Lake Davis was constructed to improve fish habitat in the creek, provide recreation, and supply water to the city of Portola. It is the largest of the three Upper Feather River lakes, located on Grizzly Creek, a tributary of the middle Fork Feather River. The lake is part of the Upper Feather River Project within the Plumas National Forest, and was constructed to provide recreation opportunities and to maintain the natural beauty of the area.

Directions: Take West Street north from Portola on Highway 70 (West Street becomes Lake Davis Road); or take Grizzly Road, which is three miles north of Portola. Grizzly Road connects with Lake Davis Road at Lake Davis.

Activities: camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

More Information: Lake Davis Recreation Area is operated by the U.S. Forest Service; Plumas National Forest; Beckwourth Ranger District; P.O. Box 7; Blairsden, CA 96103, (530) 836-2575.

The Lake Davis trout fishery is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game, 1701 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, (916) 358-2900.


The largest of the Upper Feather River lakes, Lake Davis offers 32 miles of shoreline, with more than 4,000 acres of surface area of recreation.

Lake Davis' three family campgrounds, with a total of 180 campsite units, are located at Grizzly, Grasshopper, and Lightning Tree. Camping is restricted to these sites. Grizzly and Grasshopper Campgrounds have tables, grills, fire rings, parking spurs, water, and flush toilets. Some campsites can accommodate trailers up to 32 feet. Open from May through October, maximum stay is 14 days at Grizzly and Grasshopper Campgrounds and seven days at Lightning Tree Campground.

The area also provides a trailer dump station and a two-lane boat launching ramp. Lightning and Honker Cove Boat Ramps have paved launching ramps, boarding docks, toilets, and drinking water. Mallard Cove Car Top Boat Launching Facility has a paved unloading and loading area for boats.

Lake Davis is open for fishing following a rotenone treatment in September 2008 to eradicate the invasive northern pike. Restocking with Eagle Lake rainbow trout began in December 2007. Nearly one million trout will be restocked through the upcoming year. Mule deer and black-tailed deer can be hunted in the Lake Davis area. Fishing and hunting are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game.