Quail Lodge in Canyon Dam
Plumas County ranks high in the state for its diverse mountain terrain and beautiful lakes and streams. Visitors come for the plethora of recreational activities and the splendor of Lake Almanor.
It was a life changing decision for co-proprietors Deborah Reynolds and John Crotty to leave the community they grew up in to operate Quail Lodge Lake Almanor in the town of Canyon Dam to share the outdoor adventures that the region offered.
Quail Lodge ping pong   Quail Lodge is open year-round and is just a half-mile to Lake Almanor, with a public boat launch, and a 12 mile paved bike/hiking trail that meanders along the Almanor shoreline. People can take their boat out, hike, run, bicycle, fish, or just enjoy a day in the sun while marveling at the beautiful vistas that the Lake is known for.
“One thing we think people will love about Quail Lodge is its quaintness and privacy,” Deborah shares, “that make the property a great place for family reunions or as a retreat for people looking for a getaway from the bustling crowds of the city.”
The lodge has eight rooms, two of which are a suite with a kitchenette that can be connected or separated, and provide sleeping space for up to four guests — ideal for a larger family or a group of vacationing friends.
Rooms feature flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi for Internet hook-up, microwaves, and a mini refrigerator. And of course all rooms come with air conditioning units for the summer and propane heaters for the winter. Rooms vary in accommodations, with some having queen beds, or a combination of both a queen and twin. Bathrooms are clean and modern, and feature sinks and vanity mirrors, and plenty of hot water for showering. Toiletries are provided such as shampoo, lotion, soap, and towels. Coffee and coffee pots are also located in every room.
Deborah points out that rooms are decorated with different themes; one room is the Lassen Room, another room displays fishing paraphernalia, there’s the Gold Rush Room, and also the Railroad Room with railroad-themed artifacts. Most treasures found locally in Plumas County.
“We also have a Rec Room with a Ping-Pong table, games, couches, a big screen TV. And in the near future, our guests can enjoy a large user-friendly community kitchen.”
Four outside BBQs are spread about the property, along with picnic tables, horseshoe’s and a fire pit where guests can sit around and shoot the breeze.
Deborah and John live on-site, and are available 24 hours a day should any emergencies arise or to simply assist guests.
Just down the road within walking distance are kayak, bike, and the best paddle boards Quail Lodge Rec arearental stall I’ve ever been to, and the nearby towns of Chester and Greenville provide various recreational
opportunities as well. There are four golf courses located within a ten-minute drive of the lodge, and of course John or Deb will schedule your tee times for you. The region is chock full of hiking and biking trails, and don’t forget Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park is just a 45-minute drive from the lodge.
John is a Coast Guard Licensed, Bonded and Insured fishing guide. “I’ve been fishing in Lake Almanor and Eagle Lake for over 20 years,” he says. John offers guests package deals to explore and fish the lake in his brand new 20-foot Alumaweld Intruder fishing boat that can hold up to six people. It features all modern equipment including
state-of-the-art navigational technology, Minn Kota I-Pilot trolling motor & Lowrance Fish Finder. Guests can schedule a two-hour boat tour of Lake Almanor or spend eight hours fishing for Almanor’s Rainbow and Brown Trout.  John will supply all the fishing gear, “all clients need to bring with them is their lunch and a fishing license.”
Quail Lodge Lake Almanor is located at 29615 Hwy 89, Canyon Dam, CA 95923. Guests can call 530-284-0861 to make reservations, or go to: www.quaillodgelakealmanor.com for additional information and lodging fees. Email: [email protected].