East Sierra Valley
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The lake is part of the Upper Feather River Project within the Plumas National Forest and was constructed to provide recreation opportunities to maintain the natural beauty of the area and to enhance fish habitat in the creek. Frenchman Lake also supplies irrigation water for Sierra Valley.
Activities: camping, fishing, picnicking, swimming, waterskiing, boating, hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are all part of what makes this lake the fun opportunity that it is!

For the Fisherman the standard bait is – PowerBait© (rainbow works best) and worms – are still the ticket for catching nice sized rainbows from shore. For those who would rather troll your challenge would be better served by using several different colored lures out using flashers and night-crawlers. German Browns at Little Last Chance Creek using rainbow or brown colored floating Rapalas is always a challenge and fun using yellow or red Panther Martins. Rainbow trout, including Eagle Lake strain are stocked in Frenchman.
Mule deer are the area's most common big game. Fishing and hunting are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game.
We would appreciate hearing from any fly fishermen who may have some good tips on where to fish and what is working at Frenchman Lake. Call for update (530) 993-4683.”

More Information: Frenchman Lake Recreation Area is operated by a private concessionaire and administered by the U.S. Forest Service; Plumas National Forest; Beckworth Ranger District; P.O. Box 7; Blairsden, CA 96103, (530) 836-2575.
Camping is permitted in Chilcoot, Cottonwood Springs, Frenchman, Spring Creek, and Big Cove Campgrounds, totaling 199 campsites with 5 walk-ins.
All campgrounds have tables, stoves, water, and toilets, Some units can accommodate trailers up to 22 feet.
Two concrete boat ramp launching sites accommodate the variety of water sports enjoyed on the lake’s more than 1,500-acre surface. Canoeing, water skiing and other forms of boating are popular warm weather sports. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing dominate in the winter.

At Cottonwood and Chilcoot Campgrounds, the area — including restrooms — was modified to accommodate people with disabilities. Chilcoot has a new hardened pathway to the creekside with some accessible tent-pads and tables. Big Cove Campground has several accessible campsites and a paved pathway to the lakeshore. Cottonwood has an accessible group campground.
The campgrounds, including two group campsites, are usually open from May through October. Also available are a trailer dump station, drinking water, sanitary facilities, and two concrete boat launching sites.
Frenchman Lake typifies the beauty that is Plumas and Sierra County with there forested lands and Sierra County having the largest Alpine Valley in North America, Sierra Valley, that rest just below this recreational area.
Frenchman Lake is located on Little Last Chance Creek, a tributary of the Middle For Feather River about 37 miles northwest of Reno taking highway 395 to highway 70 and 26 miles northeast of Portola on highway 70 arriving in Chilcoot at Goodwin's General Store. The lake is 8.3 miles from Chilcoot on highway 284.