Bassetts Station elevation
Sierra City elevation
The Lakes Basin Recreational offers breathtaking scenery and over 20 small lakes nearby, most accessible by hiking trails. This area provides a multitude of recreational activities including camping, fishing, boating, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, swimming, windsurfing and nature and historic study including birdwatching, old mine exploration or even panning for gold. In the winters visitors can snowmobile, cross-country ski and snowshoe.
Road side access to the following lakes – Gold (largest and only boat ramp), Goose, Haven, Snag, Sardine and Lily. Hiking lakes include Big and Little Bear, Grass, Smith, Wades, Jamison, Rock, Silver, Cub, Round, Hidden, Grassy, Salmon, and Squaw.
Lake Tahoe - looking for the peacefulness of the Sierra’s, but a taste of Tahoe as well, Lake Tahoe is a 90-minute drive away, a perfect day trip drive.
Camping - More than 20 camping sites available. Reservations required at 1-877-444-6777.
Trails - Over 30 miles of maintained trails that weave through the basin, even connecting to the Pacific Coast Trail at it’s outer borders.
Many amazing restaurants to choose from, try these Sierra area finds - The Red Moose Café (breakfast and lunch), Buckhorn Bar and Mountain Creek Restaurant, Sardine Lake Resort, Packer Lake Lodge, Herrington’s Sierra Pines Resort, Graeagle Lodge, Gold Lake Lodge, and Whitehawk Lodge.
Cross over into Plumas County and experience some of the best golf in Northern California, just a short 30-minute drive away. https://plumascounty.org/Golf-resorts-and-golf-clubs Or experience the golf courses in Truckee, just an hour away.
Tennis courts available in Graeagle, just a 30-minute drive.
Experience the history and the culture that Sierra County has to offer. Downieville Museum, Kentucky Mine Historic Park, and Museum Petroglyphs located between Lakes Basin campground and Elwell Lodge, interpretive signs explain art carved into nearby rocks by prehistoric Native Americans.
Highway 49 is open to auto traffic year-round, the other two roads are closed to auto traffic and become groomed trails for the winter sports enthusiasts. The Bassetts gateway leads to snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing and hiking.