Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Buckhorn Recreation Area
This is our campsite in the Buckhorn Recreation Area at Black Butte Lake, just west of Orland, California. This also is one of our favorites in Northern California, and often revisited. We arrived here yesterday late morning and voted to spend two nights instead of one here. I'm sure this lake and campground are busy during the rest of the year, but in winter we are sharing the campground with only one other camper. This is a Corps of Engineer's park with a $20 per night fee, but with our Senior Pass it's $10. There are no hook-ups here so we have to conserve our electrical use as best we can and augment with the generator. Birds are abundant, particularly Acorn and Lewis's Woodpeckers as well as Western Meadow Larks. We counted 20 different species during a two-mile hike after lunch yesterday. By staying over for a second night we will be able to get in another nice bird walk today. Tomorrow we will venture on to Lake Solano County Park.