PG&E refurbishing spillway at Lower Bucks Lake 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is refurbishing the spillway of the Lower Bucks Lake this year and next.

Campgrounds, day use areas and private camps on Lower Bucks Lake remain open and accessible during construction. Reservoir levels will be within normal range.

Campers should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment along roads and construction noise. Work will occur from about 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and on occasional Sundays and public holidays if needed. Work commenced on June 3, and goes to November, with a similar work schedule next year.

Half of the spillway will be removed and rebuilt this year and the other half next year. The spillway has reached its useful life, so PG&E is proactively replacing it.

Lower Bucks Lake is immediately downstream of the much larger Bucks Lake, which also will remain open during the project and fully available for recreation and camping. Bucks Lake’s level will not be directly impacted by the spillway project.

The lakes are about 15 miles southwest of Quincy in the Plumas National Forest.

PG&E’s vast hydropower system is built along 11 river basins stretching about 400 miles. The system uses water from more than 100 reservoirs, mostly located in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada.  PG&E’s 61 powerhouses produce about 3,800 megawatts (MW) of power.

About PG&E 
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and