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Eastern Plumas offers visitors lots to do

Summer is in full swing at the eastern end of the county. Visitors from all parts of the world stop by the Chamber and Visitors’ Center daily to tell us about their treks to our alpine lakes and trails. Thank you to the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship for all of your trail work throughout the county.

We want to give a special shout out to the Graeagle Lions Club who lovingly paved and continue to maintain the Frazier Falls Trail in the Lakes Basin area. The trail is accessible for anyone to walk, ride or wheel in about a mile to see this treasure. There is not as much water thundering down the gorge as there was a month ago, but these falls are still truly spectacular — a must see for young and old alike.

Speaking of water … the fishing is awesome this year. And for those new to the sport, we have our very own Jack Trout, a local celebrity of sorts who lives in Mount Shasta but grew up right here in Portola. He runs a fly-fishing guide service all around Plumas and Sierra counties, especially along the Highway 89 route. Book a one-day or half-day fly-fishing excursion with Jack or one of his guides. “I’m all about families and getting fathers and sons and mothers and daughters out fishing together,” says Jack. Give him a call at 859-8087.

Prefer clubs over rods? We have some of the most amazing championship golf courses in Northern California. Folks are rocking it at Graeagle Meadows, Whitehawk, Nakoma, Grizzly Ranch and Plumas Pines. Each of these 18-hole courses offer spectacular views and unique challenges for any golf enthusiast.

After a long day at play, treat yourself to dinner out — or breakfast or lunch the next day. Eastern Plumas County offers a staggering array of tantalizing choices for the most discerning palate, with several restaurants opening seven days a week for their patrons.

Summer always brings with it a host of “must check out” local events in Eastern Plumas County. You can find events on our event calendar from our home page.

The Grizzly Scramble, Gravel Grinder, Graeagle Independence Day Celebration and the Great American Craft Fair were all very successful events these past several weeks.

Portola Concerts in the Park series continues on Friday nights at 6 p.m. We have a great line up of live music this year. We kicked off with Rummy from Quincy, followed by Jack Danny of Graeagle, Blue Haven from Reno, Nevada, and finally, on Aug. 2, Vicente Arreola y Su Norteño Banda, also from Reno.

We have live music, food and beverages at the concerts, so bring your dancing shoes and appetites. We added a “Fiesta del Sol” on the last night, Aug. 2. This first-time celebration with piñatas, games for children and hopefully a few vendors, starts a couple hours before the concert at 4 p.m.

So, get out and enjoy summer in the mountains while the sun shines!

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