Upper Feather River Lakes

Frenchman Lake

An aerial view of Frenchman Lake located in the Plumas National Forest. DWR/2017

The three Upper Feather River lakes -- Antelope, Frenchman, and Davis -- sit at the top of the State Water Project. With recreation areas operated by the U.S. Forest Service, the lakes are situated in heavily-wooded Plumas County and provide traditional-style recreation. All three lakes have excellent fishing, camping, and boating in relatively tranquil and uncrowded settings.

Antelope Lake, which is the smallest of the Upper Feather River lakes, is located on Indian Creek, a tributary of the East Branch North Fork Feather River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, it offers 15 miles of shoreline and closes in the winter due to snow.

Frenchman Lake was the first lake created for the SWP in 1962, and consists of 21 miles of shoreline, and a 129-foot-tall earthen dam. With five campgrounds and two boat launches, visitors can enjoy a variety of water-based recreation in a wooded setting.

Lake Davis is located on Big Grizzly Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork Feather River. The largest of the three lakes, it is a hub for recreation including boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, and wildlife viewing.

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