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

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 Park Programs - CA Parks Week!

Wednesday June 12
11 - 12 Cyanotype Art Project -Explore New Experiences
Take a short walk to discover new plant species. Return to the museum for an art project with plants that have been pressed. Sun printing is a beautiful way to preserve the patterns you find in nature without removing any flora out of the park.

Friday June 14
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 PM - Fascinating Fire Ecology - Campfire Program
Explore the importance of prescribed burning in fire adapted habitats. The history of fire in this region reveals this powerful element’s role in managing a healthy flourishing forest for the future. Meet in amphitheater near site #70.

Saturday June 15
10 & 11 Owl Program - Jr Rangers +
Learn about the many owls that live in our region. See an impressive collection of taxidermy owls, pellets and more! Sign up in the visitor’s center. Spaces limited to 15 people per session.

12:00 Candle Making - Celebrate Community and Culture
Sign up at the museum to take part in this hands-on and historical craft! Open to children age 7 and up-Space is limited.

11 – 2 Assay Office Tours, Blacksmithing, and Woodshop Demos

Sunday June 16
11&12 Historic Moriarty House Tours
Learn about the life of a mining family with a tour of a historic home. Space is limited. Sign up in the museum.
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


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

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