Please update your Flash Player to view content.
   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Quick fix: A plumbing problem is forcing the Plumas Unified School District to move its headquarters to the former probation building.
  • Lesser charges: A former Chester Public Utility District general manager pleaded guilty to reduced charges last month in connection with unauthorized use of a district credit card at a Reno strip club.

Sweet smelling and full of life: Antelope campgrounds are ready for visitors

Feather Publishing

Campgrounds of the Antelope Lake Recreation Area have new, "sweet-smelling" vault toilets installed, some of which are fully accessible, and campers are invited to witness the quiet beauty of the burgeoning vegetation and wildlife.

A total of 11 new toilets were installed at Antelope Lake campgrounds, including eight at Lone Rock and three at Long Point group and family campgrounds.

The toilets are called sweet-smelling, according to Assistant Resource Officer Lisa Sedlacek, because they are engineered so the vents face south, which allows the sun to warm the pipe, eliminating the nasty smells that permeate the old-style restrooms.

"The campgrounds are in beautiful shape," Sedlacek said. "The concessionaire, Royal Elk Park Management, really cares and it shows."

The hosts are the people who make the real difference, she added, and they are passionate about what they do in service to campers.

"The lake is full and the fishing is good," Sedlacek noted. "The best way to experience Antelope Lake is in a kayak or canoe, exploring the small islands, floating on the quiet waters."

Although many people might think the Moonlight and Wheeler fires of 2007 destroyed the beauty of the area, the trees in the recreation sites were spared from those wildfires.

The evergreen trees in the campgrounds are green and provide shade cover.

Those who visit now will find a special, quiet beauty and lots of the big, round granite rock formations that kids love to climb on.

"Hike to the mountain top to take a overlook into the Great Basin," Sedlacek suggested. "The birds are alive - mountain bluebirds, white pelicans, western tanagers, bald eagles and osprey fishing for trout."

The wildflowers are in bloom, as well, and new grass is growing on the burnt slope, which is inviting to herds of deer that feed on the fresh shoots.

Future plans at Antelope include an accessible fishing area at the Lost Cove Boat Ramp, maybe as soon as next year.

Camping at the Antelope Lake Recreation Area is by reservation through reserveusa.com, or on a first-come basis.


Sports Headlines

Top Headline

FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough

FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough

This cowboy holds on for dear life during last year’s saddle bronc riding portion of the rodeo clinic at Feather River College. For the third year, FRC’s rodeo...


New class plans paddle fest

New class plans paddle fest

Quincy locals try out some human-powered boats at last year’s Plumas Paddle Fest, presented by the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program of Feather River College....


Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014

Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014

Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted Michael Condon Staff Writer 4/18/2014Read More...

Contact Us


Facebook Image


Local Events

National Headlines

Auto Parts
Moving and Storage
Yellow Page Directory
Yellow Pages
Advertise with us
Dining Guide
Visitors Guide
"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {}