Plumas-Eureka State Park
Map showing the location of Plumas-Eureka State Park
Map showing the location of Plumas-Eureka State Park
Location in California
Map showing the location of Plumas-Eureka State Park
Map showing the location of Plumas-Eureka State Park
Plumas-Eureka State Park (the United States)
LocationPlumas County, California
Nearest cityBlairsden, California
Coordinates39°45′40″N 120°42′24″W / 39.761111°N 120.706667°W / 39.761111; -120.706667
Governing bodyState of California
Official nameJamison City, Eureka Mills, Johnstown, and the famous Eureka Mine[1]
Reference no.196
California Historical Landmark 723, Johnsville Ski Area, Plumas

Plumas-Eureka State Park is a California state park located in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range in Plumas County, California.[2][3]

The park, as a mining museum, shows and protects the history of the active mid-19th century California Gold Rush mining period. As a large natural area it shows and protects the serenity of the mountain's meadows, forests, lakes, and granite peaks. Camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, and hiking are offered.[2]

Eureka Peak, formerly Gold Mountain, was the site of some of the first organized ski races in North America.[4] The National Longboard Championship, the longest running ski races since 1911, have been held in the Park at the Eureka Ski Bowl since 1993.[5]

Gold Discovery Days is a living history weekend held in July within the park. The celebration features mining era demonstrations and activities.[3]

Mining history

The historic mining area includes a museum in the miner's bunkhouse, the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, stables, a blacksmith shop, the mine office, and a miner's home "Moriarity House".[6]

A California Historical Landmark marker is located in the park honoring the mining areas of Jamison City, Eureka Mills, Johnstown, and the Eureka Mine.[1]

Natural history

Further information: Ecology of the Sierra Nevada

Plumas-Eureka State Park is in the Sierra Nevada Coniferous Forest ecosystem of the Temperate Coniferous Forests Biome.[7]

The park's animals include golden eagles, porcupines, black bear, deer, weasel, mink, marten, mountain lion, bobcat, fox, and many others.[2]

The park is within the Middle Fork Feather River watershed and encompasses some of its headwaters, including Jamison and Eureka Creeks.[2]


Plumas-Eureka State Park is located about 60 miles north of Lake Tahoe in Northern California. It is five miles west of Blairsden on County Road A-14.[2][8]

Proposed closure

This is one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program since rescinded following public outcry.[9] Plumas-Eureka State Park, except during the winter season, is open to the public.[2][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Jamison City, Eureka Mills, Johnstown, and the famous Eureka Mine". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f California, California State Parks, State of. "Plumas-Eureka SP". CA State Parks.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b "Plumas Eureka State Park Association".
  4. ^ "Longboard Ski Races". The Historical Marker Database.
  5. ^ "Longboard Skiing has a Long History in the Sierra". Sierra Sun. March 31, 2006.
  6. ^ "Plumas Eureka State Park Association".
  7. ^ "WWF - Sierra Nevada Coniferous Forests". Archived from the original on August 18, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Plumas Eureka State Park Association".
  9. ^ List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget Proposal Archived 2008-02-23 at the Wayback Machine