Life in the Bike Lane column

Cycling through Placer County

By: Tom Frady
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Two weeks ago, I presented photographs taken along McCourtney Road, heading to Camp Far West Lake.  This week, we have some pictures of the lake itself.

The dam was built in 1963 to control flooding and provide hydroelectric power.  It is fed by the Bear River and Rock Creek. Placer, Nevada and Yuba counties all meet there (most of the lake is in Yuba County) but the facility is owned by Sutter County. It was named for a gold mining camp downstream.

Of course, it is full this time of year, but during the summer, it can be drawn down considerably, leaving acres of lake-bottom visible.

It is a very pleasant ride, with a bit of a challenge. The only service available for cyclists is at the boat ramp at the north end of the lake, where there is a small store.

Tom Frady is a Lincoln resident and avid cyclist and driver.