The Heart of the Gold Country
Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing
Spring is signaled when the bluebirds arrive. These brightly colored birds sometimes raise two groups of young in a season. When the meadowlark sings, summer is on its way. Canada geese can be viewed in our skies and stopping at local ponds and lakes when they make their migration each direction. In the dead of winter, Eagles' nests can be viewed from the water while traveling around Lake Pardee.
Wildlife is part of our daily lives. Most common are the deer, skunks, raccoons, and wild turkeys. Travel on some of the quieter roads, and you may see coyote, bobcat, fox, and an occasional mountain lion. Remember outdoor safety rules while viewing the wildlife. If you are unsure, ask a local ranger at our parks.
A multi-use recreational complex including a covered Equestrian multipurose arena, stables & corrals, amphitheater, rodeo arena, picnic grounds, soccer fields.
Sitting at an elevation of 6,200 feet, the Lumberyard Campground offers close access to Rattlesnake Creek and the Lower Bear River Reservoir. Take Highway 88, thirty-seven 37 miles east. The campground is located adjacent to the Highway on Ellis Road. 209-295-4251
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Northern California, Pardee Lake is among one of the most beautiful settings the Mother Lode landscape has to offer and is an easy drive from valley and bay area locations. The perfect outing for that day or weekend of picnicking, camping, or just fun relaxing time for the entire family.
Pardee Reservoir Recreation Area first opened to the public in 1958 and is open daily from Friday President's Day Weekend in February through the first Sunday in November each season. The many amenities that Pardee Lake Recreation offers includes: Fishing, Boating, Camping, Hiking & picnicking, Boat rentals, ten lane boat launch ramp, new state of the art fish cleaning station, Developed overnight Camping, 2 swimming pools, RV sites with full hook-ups, Laundry & hot showers, WiFi, Flush restrooms, Coffee shop, Store, Gas station, Full service marina and Wildlife galore!
Breathtaking beauty and quiet serenity are the trademarks of Plasse's Resort on Silver Lake in California's High Sierras. This secluded family resort is at the 7,200 foot elevation with the grandeur of mountain peaks, dense forests, cloistered lakes and meadows of wildflowers. Open from June until October each year, Plasse's Resort has something for every nature lover and outdoor enthusiast.
By the night, week, or season- Plasse's vacation getaway offers tent and RV campsites. And for the equestrian, separate camp facilities are available to accommodate guest and guest horses.
Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old goldmining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessibly only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine an can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.