The sun was shining as we arrived on the East Shore. Glimmering scenes of pine covered mountains reflected across the lake with Mt. Lassen standing tall in the background. Immediately we were looking for a place to pull over and capture a shot or two when we noticed we had already happened upon the sign to our destination, Lake Haven Resort. We pulled into the driveway, parked in front of a cute cabin and ventured into the office to meet Judy. She and husband Dave run the place. David Finkbeiner and his mom bought the resort in 2002. His grandfather was Ed Clifford of Clifford Drive and his dad Bill Finkbeiner an early developer of Almanor West.
We ventured down the path toward the lake. On a large lawn, several seasonal residents were gathered for an afternoon visit. (Seemed the ‘norm’ for the regulars here at Lake Haven) Seasonal residents each have their own space carved out, some with elaborate gardens and others adorned in various forms of nostalgia. The gals we met came from all over California and stay for the season.. The resort offers 3 and 6 month RV rates as well as nightly rates. They are open May through October depending upon weather. Also for accommodations, there are eight quaint cabins on the property, six with full kitchen with microwave and one bedroom plus a queen sleeper sofa. Each also has a patio with barbecue and propane included. Two of the cabins are motel rooms at this lakeside resort. Even the motel rooms have a nice porch to sit on under the pines near the lake. Each room has a coffee maker and coffee service. Rustic wood paneled walls hold framed nature shots in these clean and well-kept cabins built in 1950.
We walked around by the lake where many a fish are brought in. There is a marina with boat slips available only for their guests. Lake Haven has a nice fish cleaning station too. The resort is built on an outlet, (sort of a horseshoe) which offers wide views of the lake and plenty of shoreline including a separate swimming beach with room to roam. Judy is happy to recommend a great restaurant to her guests and give them plenty of ideas for recreation, shopping and sight-seeing.
Bring your steaks, a few groceries and nestle in for a few nights. The fishing is fabulous in the fall and the lake is amazingly quiet in September. Take in the Street Rod Extravaganza in Chester September 9th and 10th or venture over anytime on your fall colors tour of Plumas County.To contact Judy and David at Lake Haven, call (530) 596-3249. For more information the area and upcoming events, visit LakeAlmanorArea.com.
How About A Sweet September Ride To Chester for the 26th Annual Street Rod Extravaganza!
There will be 150 to 200 Sweet September Rides lined up aside the Feather River at Chester Park for the 26th annual Street Rod Extravaganza. Rides from 1984 and older will be showing at this event. Taking place right in the heart of downtown, the event is sponsored by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. Friday night participants can register from 6 – 9 pm at the Cotton Candy Diner on Main St. in Chester. The Main St. Coffee Bar has a sock hop planned also for Friday night with coffee and goodies. Car show entrants can also register Saturday morning at the park from 6 – 9 am. Saturday’s events include great food on site from the Pizza Factory in Chester and also the Lake Almanor Rotary Club will be barbecuing burgers and dogs. Local DJ Buzz Barrett will be spinning the old tunes which is a guaranteed good time. A poker run will take riders on a picturesque journey and T Shirts custom designed by Trebes Design will be available. Take a ride to Chester and enjoy all the sweet rides at the 26th annual Street Rod Extravaganza September 9 & 10, 2011.