Ready to learn about traveling through Calaveras County during Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event? Traveling throughout northern and central California during the fall means preparing for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) planned Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The public (including residents, visitors, information centers, hotels and businesses) receive notice from PG&E at the same time. Since PSPS events are influenced by weather conditions, significant advanced notice is not always possible.
This means that when traveling to or through California PSPS territory, it is a good idea to be prepared for a potential PSPS event even if you have reason to believe your destination is going to be in the clear.
Ready for an ounce of planning? Bookmark and/or print this guide to Traveling Through Calaveras County during Public Safety Power Shutoff for easier access during your trip.
1. Calaveras County PSPS – How Should I Prepare for My Visit?
Traveling to Calaveras County during Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) might require an ounce of planning, but it also has it’s advantages–for one thing the stargazing is amazing! For another, many impacted creative business owners come up with one of a kind experiences only available during Pacific Gas & Electric PSPS events. And besides all of that, let’s be honest, with gorgeously relaxing lodging and hundreds of miles of outdoor recreation to be had, Calaveras County is the perfect place to unplug and unwind. Read on to learn what to know before you travel through Calaveras County and other California PSPS territory.
Pack a few extra essentials and a little extra knowledge and you’ll be good to go! Details below.
2. Calaveras County PSPS – Where Can I Get Accurate Updates?
While Public Safety Power Shutoffs are solely managed by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), it can be hard to know exactly where to look for accurate hyper-local information while traveling. We recommend relying on updates from Pacific Gas and Electric and the Calaveras Office of Emergency Services using the links below for the most accurate information about PSPS powerdowns and power restoration.
3. Calaveras County PSPS – Which Businesses and Activities Will Be Open?
Outdoor recreation such as stargazing, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping and more are open year round throughout Calaveras County, rain, shine, or power.
As for the family owned businesses that make life in Calaveras County such a unique experience? We’ve got great news! Calaveras County’s PG&E power grid means that all towns and businesses are NOT impacted on the same timelines (or even at all) during all PSPS events.
However, even when the whole of Calaveras County is impacted by a P.S.P.S. event, you can count on dozens of local businesses to not only provide regular service (as back-up generators allow), but also to find fun and creative ways to remain open with special pop-up events, food and that extra special dollop of Calaveras magic. Now that sounds like fun to us!
4. Calaveras County PSPS – What Are Some Fun Things To Do in Calaveras County During a Power Outage?
Looking for Calaveras specific fun things to do during a power outage? You’ve come to the right place. From getting spooky by visiting haunted destinations, to getting cozy or even getting adventurous, here are some of our favorites rounded up below.
🍁Fun Things To Do in Calaveras County During a PSPS Event with a Full Tank of Gas
- ✨Enjoy epic star gazing:
- With less light pollution our legendary stargazing conditions get better than ever during PSPS outages.
- 🎃Enjoy haunted destinations and pioneer cemeteries
- Make the most of the Halloween season by using the PSPS as a chance to get out and experience some of Calaveras’ downtown ghosts and pioneer cemetaries. Stay safe, while having fun and be respectful, you wouldn’t want a see through local following you home, now would you ?
- 🎉Explore creative things local businesses are doing during the PSPS event:
- The last PSPS event included businesses bringing in food trucks, doing candle light tastings, telling ghost stories and more.
- 🍁Enjoy the great outdoors.
- From fishing, to hiking, mountain biking, golfing, birding, climbing, wildlife viewing, lake recreation, fall color stalking and more, there is an infinite amount of fun to be had in Calaveras’ beautifully temperate fall weather.
- 🌲Enjoy cabin life:
- Get cozy indoors and party like it’s 1899–electricity free that is. Enjoy delicious drinks, relaxing games, a good book, battery operated tunes, and/or strum your acoustic instruments while building memories that will last a lifetime in beautiful Calaveras County.
- 🌎Expand Your Calaveras County Horizons – Find Nearby Things to Do:
- Ready to break the power outage spell? Check out what’s going on in nearby Calaveras towns that still have their lights on.
- Explore alphabetically by name here (with approximate drive times from our office): Angels Camp (0 minutes) I Arnold (25 minutes) I Bear Valley (50 minutes) I Copperopolis (15 minutes) I Mokelumne Hill (25 minutes) I Murphys (10 minutes) I San Andreas (15 minutes) I Vallecito area (5 minutes) I Valley Springs tri-lake area (20 minutes).
Need assistance finding anything? Our office will be open during regular business hours even in case of a PSPS event. Visit us in person at 1192 South Main Street in Angels Camp, CA, or if reaching out outside of a PSPS event you can email us at [email protected] or call 1-800-225-3764.