The four lakes were created by dams and are technically reservoirs. At 1,500-feet elevation, summer water temperatures exceed 75F and the waters support warm water game fish populations including large mouth and small mouth bass, redear and bluegill sunfish, black crappie and catfish. Wildlife such as river otters, muskrats, snakes, turtles and eagles rely on the waterways. Large numbers of waterfowl and other water-associated birds use the lakes and ponds. Recreational uses include: swimming, fishing, water-skiing, wake boarding, kayaking / canoeing, sailing, sail boarding, cruising and pontoon boating.
Grass Valley history holds a special place in our nation and the world. Ever since travelers rested their cattle in the grassy fields after their long trek over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, historic downtown Grass Valley, California has been the hub of this quaint community. But not until quartz gold was discovered one hundred and fifty years ago, did the gold industry blossom bringing hundreds of thousands of eager miners to the area from around the world.
Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Grass Valley, California is truly a postcard image. Bathed in a wondrous mix of cedar, pine, and an assortment of deciduous trees that burst forth a multitude of Fall colors as the cooler temperatures arrive, this circa 1800 Gold Rush era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has. to offer.
Nevada City is among the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality restaurants, comfortable lodgings and a variety of fine shops, boutiques, galleries and museums, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality.
Bordering the Tahoe National Forest and located just minutes from many Sierra lakes and rivers, Nevada City is ringed by deep green pine-covered hills. Today, the town has a population is just 2,800 but it wasn’t always so peaceful. In 1850, there were 10,000 boisterous souls living here, and in the general election of 1856, the 2,082 ballots cast in Nevada City were exceeded in the state only by Sacramento and San Francisco.