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Bucks Lake is located in Plumas County, 17 miles south-west of Quincy, a small community of Meadow Valley. With a total lake perimeter of 13.5 miles, over 24,000 acres and 87 miles of trails, Bucks Lake offers year-around recreational opportunities. During the summer months, visitor can enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping, and during winter, there are miles and miles of maintained snowmobile trails, sledding hills, and cross-country skiing trails.

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Bucks Lake News


(Updated 8/13/2020)

As one of the largest landowners in California, PG&E has long been required to manage their properties in conformance with a variety of federal statutes for environmental quality and cultural resource protection.  Over the past decade or so, the utility has hired archeologists, historians and tribal members to locate and map sites on their properties which may contain culturally significant locations such as burial grounds and old native residences.  For obvious reasons, the Utility does not publish these maps, or make them available to the general public.

In their latest version of the Shoreline Management Plan for Bucks Lake,  PG&E has extended their cultural resources compliance program to include their leased property along the lake shoreline.  In order to comply with these legal obligations, anyone leasing property within 25 feet from the high water who wishes to do any excavation there should contact PG&E before digging.  PG&E will then consult their maps and with local tribal experts to determine if their is any conflict with known sites, and whether any further investigations are necessary in order to avoid unearthing sensitive sites.  Over the years, the PG&E archeologists working in this program have proven to be both prompt and professional in their work, and they can assist cabin owners to remain in compliance with federal laws, and avoid excavating things which should remain undisturbed.

Forest Service

(Updated 8/13/2020)

The Forest Service advises that they are aware that slash (fuel) piles are still accumulating around the Lake both as a result of fuel removal work done on their behalf by contractors, and from brush piled up by homeowners for off-season burning on Quarry Road.  The Forest Service acknowledged that they did not burn the Quarry Road pile last winter, but said they would send heavy equipment later this season to re-pile the waste for burning in the winter.  They also noted that the contractor doing fuel reduction work has been terminated due to budget reductions, and the Forest Service does not anticipate any further work on this program in the immediate future.