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6C Wednesday, July 2, 2014 DU,,=L,,,, n.UrU, rfuylebblVe, relJUi tel Swimming holes abound in county James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com As the weather heats up, and we go further into • summer, local swimming • holes in the area are becoming the hotspots to spend the dog days of summer. As always, it's important to note that swimming in Plumas County's swimming holes includes a risk. No lifeguards are on duty, and proper swimming safety is required. Here's a list of some of • Plumas County's best little swimming holes around Quincy, Greenville and eastern Plumas County. Oakland Camp Though the big hole is actually up stream from the camp, it's generally referred to as Oakland Camp. The hole was also popularly referred to as "the rope swing," but the actually rope swing was washed away with the tree holding it this past winter• A new swing was put up last week, allowing rope-swing fans to once again swing on. : This spot is accessible off Chandler Road on the north side of American Valley. Just a five-minute drive from Quincy, swimmers can take Chandler Road until they see Oakland Camp Road. Follow Oakland Camp Road until there's a clearing on the right• Lover's Leap : Lover's Leap is a popular Spot located off Bucks Lake Road just west of Quincy. Swimmers can park just off the road on a plateau-looking area. A small hike down the trail from the parking area will Ryan Thoni goes off the newly-installed rope swing at the swimming hole upstream from Oakland Camp, Outside Quincy. bring visitors to a rocky swimming hole with a small waterfall and some big rocks to jump off. The hole is just about two miles outside Quincy. The parking area on the right is hard to miss, with its nearly perfectly circled shape. The cold water of Rock Creek flows into Spanish Creek just upstream from Lover's Leap, making the water there some of the most refreshing in the county. Indian Falls Indian Falls is a local favorite for both Quincy and Indian Valley residents. Located off Highway 89 about two miles north of the Quincy/Greenville Wye, a sign on the side of the road points drivers to a well-maintained parking area. Creek-goers can then take a short walk down the trail that takes them just downstream from a rather magnificent waterfall. This waterfall, on Indian Creek, produces a large swimming hole with several large rock formations to lounge on or jump off. Mill Pond The Mill Pond in Graeagle captures the water from Graeagle Creek. Located in downtown Graeagle, this large pond offers a nice respite from the craziness of day-to-day life. With plenty of spots to throw down a blanket and relax, this swimming hole is ideal for picnics. The Graeagle Outpost, located at the pond, offers paddleboat and stand-up paddleboard rentals. The outpost also offers up somd tasty cuisine, including the biggest hot dogs in the county. FISHING, from page 3C Some of the easiest to reach fishing on Deer Creek is just below Elam Campground where there are good fishing trails and a good number of planted fish. The water is low on the Middle Fork Feather and the fish are moving downstream. Look for the best fishing from Camp Layman to Nelson Creek. The pale morning duns are hatching early in the day. In the evenings, look for caddis and stoneflies on the Middle Fork. On the North Fork of the Feather River in the Highway 70 canyon, there is still some decent cool water above Grizzly Creek and Belden. Caddis, yellow sallies, golden stones and Pale Morning Duns are hatching in good numbers. The North Fork above Caribou has a decent number of hatchery fish. Above Lake Almanor the North Fork of the Feather is very low but there is a decent golden stone fly hatch in the evenings. If you love to fish streams, get out there now. As the summer progresses our local streams are likely to see lower flows and warm water that is- not conducive to good fishing and healthy fish. Lumber Jack Meat Corner 323 Birch Street, Westwood • (530) 256-3448 Curtis Montgomery, Sarah Robinson, Joe Lundergreen Since we started advertising in the weekly newspaper, our business has increased and we've had more customers coming from both Lassen and Plumas counties. Thank you Feather Publishing, Inc.! Curtis Montgomery, Joe Lundergreen Co-Owners Lumber Jack Meat Corner 287 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA • 283-0800 Greenville, CA • 284-7800 ,; Westwood PinePress P.O. Box 790, Westwood, CA • 258-3115 135 Main Street, Chester, CA • 258-3115 100 Grand Ave., Susanville, CA • 257-5321 00L..0000IDOITOU IIHII00I 96 E. Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA • 832-4646 Paul Mundorff, owner of The Bike Shop in Quincy, poses in front of his new van, which h::-" plans to use as a shuttle service for outdoor recreationalists. Currently, Mundorff offers two' routes, Mt. Hough and Claremont, but plans to expand the shuttle service to include kayakers and rafters. Photo by James Wilson Local bike shop offers shuttle service James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plu masnews.com The Bike Shop, located on the corner of Lawrence Street and Leonard Avenue in downtown Quincy, completed the transformation of its 1992 Ford E350 van to shuttle outdoor enthusiasts to their favorite rides• The shop is currently offering rides to the top of Claremont and Mt. Hough, allowing downhill bikers to experience the rush of riding down without the trouble of getting to the top, or figuring out rides. Paul Mundorff, owner of The Bike Shop, transformed the van inside and out, with the shop's logo painted on the outside and plush interior on the inside. Mundorff swears the service will provide the most comfortable ride up a mountain possible. The shuttle service will operate for parties of four to six. The cost for four to five people is $25 per person. If six people are going, the cost is $20 per person. Over six people will require multiple trips, and pricing can be negotiated. The Mt. Hough ride will generally take most bikers about two hours to complete• The Claremont ride lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Eventually, the shuttle will transport people for rafting and kayaking trips as well. The Bike Shop's shuttle service is the only one of its kind in Plumas County. Visitors to the High Sierra Music Festival can also get . :. : in on the shuttle's action. ." .'- The Bike Shop's shuttle will. . : make frequent rounds to the-' fairgrounds, offering rides to. local swimming holes and downtown establishments• These rides will be donation-based, with a suggested donation of $1 or more. ,-. -. • . Those interested in the ". '. new shuttle service can contact Mundorff at 283-4015 or search for The Bike Shop on facebook.com. Stewardship receives $1 0,000 i..: donation for local trails Mike Ferrentino Special to Feather Publishing To say that REI understands what the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is about is an understatement. For several years, the outdoor company has been a solid supporter of SBTS and our goal of trail restoration and enhancement for all users. REI understands the value of the great outdoors as a recreational resource, realizes the importance of access for all use groups and believes in conscientious stewardship of that resource, so that future generations can continue to enjoy the natural world. REI has graciously awarded the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship a $10,000 grant for 2014. With this fuDding, SBTS will be able to feed and motivate our crew of several hundred volunteers. Those volunteers have put in tens of thousands of hours of work over the years, and will dig trail at 12 workdays this year, from Auburn to South Lake Tahoe to Quincy• Those volunteers will also keep things running smoothly at our banner events: the Downieville Classic, the Lost Sierra Trail Run and the Lost And Found Bike Ride. Our volunteers are our backbone• Because of them, we have been able to rejuvenate the Downieville and Lakes Basin trail systems, and are able to put on the world-class events that showcase this gem of an area we are privileged to call home. This is where REI gets us. REI understands intimately how important our volunteer efforts are. REI employees have enthusiastically shown up at volunteer workdays, the company has contributed to our efforts for more than five years now, and REI is a returning silver-level sponsor of the Downieville Classic. Partnership with REI helped create a trail-builder curriculum at Feather River College that trains 15-20 new trail builders each summer. So, next time you find yourself at the end of a hike in the Lakes Basin, or after ripping down Third Divide, or washing down the dust after a long day helping us keep these trails shipshape, take a moment to raise your glass to REI. We are so thankful for their, and your, continued support. • o ) • . 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