The third annual Lake Almanor Poker Paddle will be held Saturday, July 27, at Plumas Pines Resort, 3000 Almanor Drive along the shore of Lake Almanor. Photo by Stacy Fisher

Win cash prizes at Poker Paddle

Mark your calendars and register today for the third annual Lake Almanor Poker Paddle Water Run! This popular Almanor Recreation and Park District fundraising on the waters of Lake Almanor is scheduled for July 27, the last Saturday of the month.

This is a five-card poker run with the start/finish line at the Plumas Pines Resort at 3000 Almanor Drive West (on the shore behind the restaurant) along Lake Almanor’s west shore.

It is open to all non-motorized boats — kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards.

With a maximum surface elevation of about 4,500 feet, beautiful Lake Almanor is the eighth largest reservoir in California.


The lake features warm summer water, beautiful shoreline trees and spectacular mountaintop views, including snow-crested Mt. Lassen and Dyer Mountain.

Paddlers leave Plumas Pines Resort at 8 a.m. and follow either a 5- or 8-mile out-and-back watercourse.

Along the way participants make five in-water stops at three different anchored boat locations to pick up a total of five poker numbers. Snacks and water are also provided.

Upon finishing the Poker Paddle run, the numbers acquired by each participant are matched to numbers on the master poker board to determine the various poker hands.

Paddlers turn in their poker hand card at Plumas Pines where a Bloody Mary bar greets finishers while they await the results of the Poker Paddle event.

First prize for the best hand is $200 cash, second prize is $100, and the worst hand will receive gift certificates to Bodfish Bicycles and Coffee Station in Chester.

Check in/registration begins at 7 a.m.; with a start time at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $50 and includes a box lunch, a stainless steel water bottle, snacks, and a ticket for the Bloody Mary bar hosted by Plumas Pines Resort, plus one poker hand. Additional poker hands can be purchased for $5 each.


A second paddler in the same vessel receives a discounted price of just $30.

Paddlers must have a coast guard approved personal floatation device.

Equipment is also available for rent the day before from Lake Almanor Kayak Rental at 29529 CA-89 in Canyon Dam or Bodfish Quiet Mountain Sports, 149 Main St., in Chester.

At Plumas Pines Resort, follow the parking and drop-off signs. Drop off your vessel (assistance will be provided for loading/unloading) and you will be given parking directions.

To register online, go to and select Event, then type in Poker Paddle.

Questions?  Call the ARPD main office at 258-2562 or email: [email protected]

You can also get additional information and download course maps for either the 5-mile or the 8-mile routes at the ARPD website: and at

Come join in a fun-filled day in the pristine waters of Lake Almanor overlooking the Sierra/Cascade Mountains!