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

Weekend Tours & Demonstrations:
Assay Office; Blacksmith Shop; Woodshop; Moriarty House.  (See "Park Programs / Weekly Scheduled Activites for details.)

Guest Speakers
June 22nd - 11 am. Take a TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) walk with Maidu Educator Dana Galloway. Meet at the museum.

July 13th - 8 pm "Nature Photography" with Lisa Carney @  the amphitheater

Aug 3th - 8 pm "Fire in the Sierra District" with Genome Rodriguez @ the amphitheater

Aug 10th - "Astromony Star Party" @ the ski bowl parking area (at dusk)

Aug 17th - 8 pm "Bats!" with Brian Buttazoni @ the amphitheater

Aug 24 - 11 am Take a TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) walk with Maidu Educator Dana Galloway. Meet at the museum.

Weekly Scheduled Activities

Thursday July 4th
11-2 Assay Office Tours
Learn how miners extracted gold from the quartz. Open every day!

Friday July 5th
11–2   Assay Office Tours + Blacksmithing
Visit the Assay Office and learn how they got the gold out of the mountain. Go to the Blacksmith shop to learn how important these jobs were to mining communities.

8-9 pm    Evening Campfire - Wolverine Program!
Come learn about wolverines who historically lived in our park! Come hear some stories of local wolverines making the news! Meet in the amphitheater near site #70.

Saturday July 6th
10:00 Owl Programs - Jr Rangers +
Learn all about local owls through their pellets.

11- 2   Assay Office, Blacksmith and Woodshop Tours
Visit the Assay Office and learn how they got the gold out of the mountain. Go to the Blacksmith and Woodshop to learn how important these jobs were to mining communities.

11 & 12:30  Moriarty House
Take a tour of the historic Moriarty House where a gold miner's family of ten made their home during the exciting era of gold rush. Sign up at the museum.

11-12   Candle Making - Jr Rangers +
Sign up in the museum to take part in this hands-on historical craft. Open to children ages 7+. Space is limited to 8 kids.

Sunday July 7th
11:00   Historic Moriarty House Tours
See July 6th description

11- 2 Assay Office and Blacksmith Tours
See July 6th description 

Monday July 8th 
9-3 Woodshop Demos 
Try your hand at woodworking and learn about this important craft.

New Programs next week!
call 1-530-836-2380 to learn more

   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

Dinner in the Park

Dinner in the Park is a lively evening of dinner and entertainment.

  • Date: 8/15/2024 04:00 PM - 8/15/2024 07:00 PM
  • Location: 310 Johnsville-Eureka Lake Road, Blairsden, CA, USA 96103 (Map)

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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

Historic wood shop introduction to a selection of hand tool planes.  Watch PESPA Docent Dennis Black.

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