Description - At an altitude of 5,046 feet, this alpine lake covers a surface area of 1,615 acres and has a shoreline of 16 miles.
One of the unusual features of the area is the appearance of the brilliant red snow plant during May, June, and July. These flowers grow at elevations
between 4,000 to 8,000 feet and begin blossoming on the heels of melting snow. These plants are delicate and protected by law, so please do not disturb them.
Before the arrival of the white man, this beautiful valley was inhabited by migrating bands of Maidu Indians. They spent the summer here hunting and
gathering berries and acorns away from the heat of the valley. With the discovery of gold and the rush of miners into the gold-rich country, Little Grass
Valley became a supply post. Ranchers began grazing sheep and cattle in the lush meadows, and supplied meat and farm produce to the adjacent mining communities of La Porte, Gibsonville, Howland Flat, Port Wine, Whiskey Diggins, Poker Flat and others.
Camping is provided at Running Deer, Red Feather, Little Beaver, Wyandotte, Peninsula Tent and Black Rock Campgrounds, totaling 290 units. All
campgrounds have tables, stoves, water, and toilets. Trailers up to 40 feet can be accommodated. No hookups for water or waste disposal are provided, however, sanitary dump stations are located near Little Beaver Campground and near the Peninsula and Wyandotte Campgrounds. Other areas around the lake are for day use only. Facilities at Little Grass Valley Reservoir are usually open from June l to October 31. Picnic sites are located at Blue Water Beach and Pancake Beach Picnic Areas. Supplies can be purchased at La Porte.
Boating is popular at Little Grass Valley Lake. Boat ramps include Maidu, Tooms, and Black Rock, all of which have parking lots, water, and restrooms.
Blue Water and Pancake Beaches provide change pavilions, restrooms, and parking. The entire shoreline is accessible to the public.
Recreation - Little Grass Valley Recreation Area in the Plumas National Forest offers recreationists a wide variety of outdoor experiences including: Camping,
picnicking, fishing, water skiing, swimming, boating, hunting, hiking, sightseeing, and winter sports such as snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Hunting and Fishing are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game. Trout varieties in the lake include German brown and rainbow. Catfish
are also present. Black-tailed deer, black bear, marmots, beaver, and bald eagles are found throughout the recreation area. Migratory waterfowl are seen
in the fall. Chipmunks are an important part of the Forest food chain. They are prey for hawks, owls, and weasels. These mammals do not store fat in their
bodies for energy during winter, but bury caches of seeds to eat during waking periods that occur throughout hibernation's.
Climate - The Plumas generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
Little Grass Valley Reservoir is located in the Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest. The District is in the southern region of the Plumas National Forest.