Located high in the northeastern Sierra Nevada, Plumas-Eureka State Park blends the history of California's hard-rock gold mining period with the beauty and serenity of granite peaks and quiet mountain meadows and lakes. The park is about 60 miles north of Lake Tahoe, near the beautiful Lakes Basin Recreation Area, and features spectacular mountain scenery in the headwaters country of the Yuba and Feather Rivers. Within park boundaries, the historic mining town of Johnsville and the partially restored Plumas-Eureka Stamp Mill vividly recall the time when placer and hard-rock gold mining was the primary activity in this region, and an important part of the state's economy.
Established in 1959, Plumas-Eureka State Park has become an increasingly popular place to visit during the warm summer months. Interpretive events, such as campfire programs, nature walks, history tours, and the like are offered during the summer season. Hiking, fishing, picnicking, and other similar outdoor activities are quite popular with visitors.
The park sits between elevations of 4,720 and 7,447 feet, and has an abundance of plant and animal life. The forest canopy includes white fir, Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, Ponderosa, Sugar, Jeffrey, and Lodgepole pines, with Red Fir, Mountain Hemlock and Western White pine at the higher elevations. Willow, Alder, and Black Cottonwood populate the wet areas in the park. Dry, rocky chaparral regions are covered with Manzanita, Chinquapin, Ceanothus, and Buckthorn. Wildflowers, including Leopard Lilies and Columbines, are among the park's most colorful flora.