Art Gallery

Discover the Lakes Basin

Paintings of the Lakes Basin

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a painter's dream with so many vistas to paint that the hardest part of an artist's day is to choose which one. Bring your paints, pastels, or sketchpad and sit by a mountain lake with the music of a stream to put you in the perfect mood to be creative!

Sitting by Helgramite Lake and sketching is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon in the sun.

Judy Feins

"I paint to celebrate the qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space that evoke possibility and freedom, and the brilliant tranquility of light on water"

Judy plein-air paints in oils and pastels when visiting the Lakes Basin. Silver Lake is her muse. One of her oil paintings is hanging in the Elwell Lakes Lodge's Dining Hall.

Round Lake

Silver Lake Raft

Above Fraser Falls

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Margie Miller

Margie is a painter and a teacher. She plein-air paints in watercolor and uses acrylics in her studio in Nevada City, California. When not hiking the Lakes Basin trails, you might find her painting in the Dining Room of Elwell Lakes Lodge.

Doing Nothing at Long Lake

The View of the Sierra Buttes

The Moon from the Deck

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Sugie Barker

Sugie enjoys painting in acrylics. She would like to do plein-air painting, but hiking the trails in the Lakes Basin takes priority, so she takes photos and paints from them at home. You will find many of her paintings in the Dining Room of Elwell Lakes Lodge.

Young America Lake

Helgramite Lake

Veronica Lake

Elwell Lakes Lodge is operated under a Special Use Permit issued by the Plumas National Forest and is an equal opportunity recreation services provider