Lake Davis – One of My Favorites

Lake Davis – Plumas County, California

I retired to Plumas County 14 years ago and have been exploring the lakes here and fishing them.  I thought I would write a review about the lakes I fish.  So lets start with Lake

Lake Davis – Looking from Mosquito Slough


Lake Davis – History

This lake was built by PG&E back in the ’60s as part of a massive power project that is spread all over Plumas County.  The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wanted to make Lake Davis into a trophy trout lake.  But there were some setbacks like trying to rid the lake of Northern Pike that someone illegally planted.  Long story short, the lake was drained then poisoned.  The pike are gone and after a few years the the lake level is back to normal.  The DFG stock Lake Davis on a regular basis with large rainbow trout.

 What to do at Lake Davis



This lake is a fishing lake.  No water skying, no PWC type boats and limited boat speed.  You can have large boats on the lake but no racing around.  What you will see on Lake Davis are small fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats, prams, float tubes and once in a while a sailboat. Fishing at Lake Davis is easy.

Lake Davis Map

There are a lot of places to fish from the bank around the lake.  Some of fishing sites you can drive right up to the water.   Lake Davis has three launch ramps, one on the west side of the lake and two on the east side.  Also there are many hand launch sites around the lake to launch inflatables or car top boats.  The lake has a channel the run from the north to the south end of the lake.  Some fishermen troll up and down the channel.  Fly fisherman seem to fish the north end of the lake from pontoon and float tubes boats.  I mostly fish from the shore.


Lake Davis has three Forest Service campgrounds.  The two at the south end of the lake have flush toilets.  There is a fee to launch a boat at the launch ramps but if you are camped at one of the Forest Service campgrounds you can get a pass from the camp host.

Camping Davis

Here is a photo of us camping at Lake Davis.  We were there for four days and had a wonderful time  Our plan is to come back early next spring.

Shopping and other services are nearby in the town of Portola.  The J&J’s Grizzly Store and Camping Resort is located near the campgrounds and the lakeThey have available, ice, fire wood, some groceries, fish bait, fishing flies, and pay showers.  Also they run a small campground with tent and RV sites with hookups.  Their camping rates are lower than the Federal campsites.  Get the latest  fishing information at the Grizzly Store. 


The road that goes around Lake Davis is mostly gravel but is easy driving.  There are a lot of side road to explore.  Try the road that goes up to the Smith Peak Lookout.  The view is breathtaking.  The Lookout station can be viewed from the lake.  See the map above.

Portola has a train museum and two other interesting historical museums.  From Portola visit the Gold Lakes Area. Take a trip to Graeagle and  Plumas Eureka State Park.

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I hope you will come up here for a visit sometime soon.  All questions and comments are welcome