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Lake Almanor Grebe Festival

Festival Event

Western Grebe – David Hamilton

ADA Accessibility Notes

Handicap accessibility at Grebe Festival headquarters (Almanor Recreation Center in Chester, CA) and on certain fieldtrips (visit for more details).

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

Lake Almanor is the place to be the weekend of August 18th through 20th as we celebrate the extraordinary “dancing” grebes with our second annual Grebe Festival in Chester, CA. The National Audubon Society considers Lake Almanor, where the Western and Clark's grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis and A. clarkii) come to nest, an Important Bird Area due to the significant loss of nesting habitat California's drought has caused in recent years. Late August is a great time to view colonies of grebes nesting on the lake, witness their incredible “rushing” displays, and watch hatchlings climb aboard their parents’ backs.

Kayak and pontoon fieldtrips allow festival-goers an up-close (but not too close!) look at nesting grebes. Participants will explore the area's rich biodiversity and culture on fieldtrips in the Lake Almanor basin and Lassen National Forest.

Educational materials, information on local organizations, and children’s activities are free and open to the public at the Almanor Recreation Center. Most fieldtrips and workshops are available for a fee, depending on the activity. Please visit for more details and to register. Limited space for walk-in registration will also be available during the festival.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are not allowed on Grebe Festival Fieldtrips


Admission Fee (if any)

Varies; some free activities and guided fieldtrips ranging from $8 - $50 (visit for more details and to register).