About Plumas County

The Makings of Plumas County

Plumas County is located near the northeast corner of California, up where the Sierra and the Cascade mountains meet. The Feather River, with its several forks, flows through the county. Quincy, the unincorporated county seat, is about 80 miles northeast of Oroville, California, and about 85 miles from Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. State highways 70 and 89 traverse the county.

Area Population & Geography

The population of Plumas County is just under 22,000, and the Quincy area population is about 7,000. The county boasts more than 100 lakes and 1,000 miles of rivers and streams with over a million acres of national forest. With only nine people per square mile, this rural, four-season mountain retreat offers beauty, solitude, and clean air, making it the ideal spot for a quiet vacation.

Quality of Life

The county offers a quality of life unmatched by other areas in the United States and is widely considered one of the most progressive counties in the state. The population of the county has grown quite slowly, and with U.S. National Forests covering over 70% of its area, the county has been able to maintain the lifestyle that is so attractive to its residents.

Recreational Opportunities

Family recreational opportunities abound in Plumas County or within driving distance and include several tournament golf courses. Numerous lakes and mountain streams create a playground for those who love the water. Framed by mountain ranges, the area is also a mecca for hiking and skiing.