Plumas-Eureka State Park was established in 1959 to provide visitors with a glimpse into a facinating period of California gold rush history, as well as opportuities for quiet recreation in a beautiful high Sierra mountain setting.

During the summer, visitors to the Park can visit the museum, explore the mining complex site and buildings, and learn about the area's gold rush history through docent-led demonstrations, along with enjoying camping, fishing, nature study and hiking within the Park.

This year, Plumas-Eureka State Park opens 

May 24,2024.

Plumas-Eureka State Park Association (PESPA)
PESPA was established in 1977 to support the interpretive and educational programs at Plumas-Eureka State Park.

PESPA currently has more than 300 members from throughout the United States. Our mission is to support educational programs, interpretive services, and maintenance projects within the park, ensuring that future generations can enjoy and learn from this unique cultural and natural resource.

The focal point of the park is the museum building and historic area surrounding it. Originally constructed as the miner’s bunkhouse, the building now serves as a visitor center. Inside, displays depict the natural and cultural history of the park. Outside and across the street from the museum is the historic mining area, where the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman 5-stampmill, Stable, Woodshop, Assay Office, Moriarty House (historic miner’s residence) and the Blacksmith Shop depict life in gold rush-era California.

2024 Calendar
May 24: Park and Museum Store opens
July 20-21: Gold Discovery Days
August 15: Dinner in the Park
Weekly Park Programs

Friday May 24th
11 – 1pm Natural History Table
Meet a park interpreter and learn about wildlife adaptations outside the museum! See, interact, and learn about animal signs through pelts, skulls and paw prints. Jr Rangers and all ages welcome!

3 – 4pm Creek Adventures - Jr Ranger Program
Come play and explore in Jamison creek! See what wondrous creatures inhabit this riparian habitat and learn about aquatic insects and Macro-invertibrates! Wear sun protection and shoes you can get wet. Meet at the large bridge in the campground.

 Saturday May 25th
3 - 4pm Jamison Mine History Tour
Learn about the history of the Jamison Mine, and see the old mining buildings near Jamison Creek. Come learn about the cultural and natural history of this beautiful place. Meet at the Jamison Mine trailhead. If you are in the campground, walk between campsites #53 and #54 over the bridge to get to the trailhead. We will have the option of continuing the hike up to Jamison Falls afterwards.

10 – 2 Blacksmithing Demos
Visit the Blacksmith shop and learn how important this job was to mining communities. Watch the blacksmith work with iron and make tools.

10 – 3 Woodshop Stop 
by the historic wood shop next to the blacksmith shop for some demonstrations. Guests will learn about the tools used du

11 + 12  Historic Moriarty House Tours
Learn about the life of a Johnsville family during the hard rock mining days through a tour of this historic home. Space is limited. Sign up in the museum and see exact times!

8 – 9pm Campfire Program! CA State Park Jeopardy  
Come learn about the park and our beautiful state of California through a fun trivia game! Afterward we might get to see some special artifacts. Meet in the amphitheater near site #70.  

Sunday May 26th

9 – 2pm Blacksmithing Demos
Visit the Blacksmith shop and learn how important this job was to mining communities. Watch theblacksmith work with iron and make tools!

11 – 2 Assay Office Tours
Ever wonder how they got the gold out of the mountain? Visit the Assay Office and learn about the art of fire assaying. This process requires that mineral samples be changed from solid to a molten state to determine the amount and purity of metals.

10 - 11 Madora Lake Walk
Let’s look for birds, mammals, and riparian plants on this stroll through a fire adapted habitat with a rich and storied history of prescribed burning.
   Gold Discovery Days
   July 20-21, 2024 9am-4pm
  • Assay Office
  • Wood Working 
  • Blacksmith Shop  
  • Moriarty House
Museum displays; gold panning; food & music; wagon rides (Saturday); wool spinning; candle making; children’s games; natural history table; children's archeological dig; guided hikes to the original gold discovery site; raffle fundraiser.

Sunday Rotary Pancake Breakfast  8-11 am on Sunday
Live Music @ Breakfast!

Saturday/Sunday BBQ: Smokeshow Restaurant


Donation Amount



PESPA continues to focus its energy on building our volunteer program to better meet the needs of our mission and our volunteer community. If you’d like to support our goals, are looking for a like-minded community, or just want to spend more time at the Park, we hope you’ll consider ways to share your time and experience with PESPA this year.

Whether it’s joining us as an active PESPA volunteer, signing up to help with individual events such as Gold Discovery Days, or encouraging family and friends to visit the Park and become part of our team, PESPA would greatly appreciate your support.

This year we’re particularly in need of volunteers to help with our publicity, membership, and social media outreach efforts.

For more information, complete and submit this form or contact our volunteer coordinator, Jill Phillips, directly at


Plumas Ski Club

The Plumas Ski Club's purpose is to promote community skiing activities through historical re-enactments of 1860's era ski racing in the Lost Sierra. Our primary mission is to raise funds, by sponsoring community events, for the continued maintenance and eventual re-opening of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl.

Plumas-Eureka Docents

Plumas-Eureka State Park

Plumas-Eureka State Park offers a look at the ecological wonders of the high Sierra and a glimpse of the cultural history of the California Gold Rush.

  • Johnsville, California, United States, 96103
  • 310 Johnsville Rd, Hwy A14, PO Box 1148
  •  Mon-Fri - 08:00-19:00