Shasta Cascade

The Shasta Cascade is the largest region of Northern California. It includes low-lying farmland, active volcanoes, mountain ranges and high-altitude plateaus. Several large lakes offer exciting activities from houseboating to water-skiing and salmon fishing. Its volcanic wonders include boiling mud pots, acidic lakes, lava tubes and more. Because of its distant proximity to any major airports, the northern regions of the Shasta Cascade are the some of the least populated regions in California. A visitor can explore all day and never see another person.

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National Parks

Bumpass Hell photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Lassen Volcanic National Park is an active volcano with its last major eruption occurring in 1914. Two of Lassen's main attractions are the boiling mud pots of Bumpass Hell and steaming hills of Sulphur Works. MORE DETAILS

Lava Beds photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Lava Beds National Monument is an ancient volcanic lava flow that once covered the entire area. The main attraction is the hollow lava tubes that form caves throughout the region. These tubes are more like tunnels that hikers and caverns can explore. MORE DETAILS

Whiskey-Shasta-Trinity State Recreation Area includes three of California's most beautiful lakes; Lake Shasta, Whiskeytown Lake and Trinity Lake. Activities include camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, boating and houseboating and caving on Lake Shasta. MORE DETAILS

State Parks

Castle Crags State Park is named for the jagged crags that were formed by glaciers, this park features 28 miles of hiking trails and swimming & fishing access to the Sacramento River. MORE DETAILS

Plumas-Eureka State Park features two lakes, a trout filled creek, historic gold era buildings, numerous hiking trails and a nearby ski resort. MORE DETAILS

Burney Falls

MacArthur-Burney Fall State Park features one of California's most beautiful waterfalls. Camping is near the Burney Falls along Burney Creek. The nearby Lake Britton offers numerous lake activities and boat rentals. MORE DETAILS

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area offers a large man-made lake with camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping and houseboating. MORE DETAILS

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park features the Victorian home of a Civil War military officer. Bidwell Park is nearby and offers picturesque picnicking, hiking, a natural swimming pool and swimming holes along ancient lava flows. Bidwell Park is the original 'Sherwood Forest'. MORE DETAILS

Amusement Parks

Water Works Park is a small water park with exciting slides like Avalanche and Raging River Ride. MORE DETAILS



Houseboating is a great way to enjoy Lake Shasta or Lake Oroville, two of California's largest and most beautiful lakes. Choose your own secluded cove from one of hundreds throughout the lake. Cook up the day's catch for dinner, watch bald eagle snatch fish from the lake's surface and count shooting stars from the patio deck at night. MORE DETAILS

Manzanita Lake photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Recreational Lakes are located throughout the Shasta Cascade including Lake Shasta, Lake Almanor, Lake Oroville and Whiskeytown Lake. Activities include houseboating, camping, water-skiing, fishing, swimming and much more. MORE DETAILS

Campgrounds are abundant throughout the Shasta Cascade. Relax and get closer to nature with your own tent and sleeping bag. Cook your catch over an open fire after a day of boating and fishing on one of many lakes. MORE DETAILS

Horseback Riding is available at multiple stables and ranches throughout the Shasta Cascade. Traverse the trails of Lassen Volcanic National Park, circumnavigate secluded lakes and head for panoramic vistas. MORE DETAILS

Downhill skiing is offered at Mt. Shasta and a few smaller downhill ski resorts. Cross-country skiing is available at several locations throughout the Shasta Cascade. MORE DETAILS

Sevillano Links Golf Course

Golf Courses are located throughout the Shasta Cascade from Alturas to Yuba City and Lake Almanor to Paradise. Test your skills at one of several courses along the Sierra Nevada range. MORE DETAILS

Soar over the Shasta Valley in a hot air balloon offering spectacular views of Mt. Shasta. Flights depart from the Yreka-Montague Airport. MORE DETAILS

White water rafting outfitters run tours on several large rivers throughout the Shasta Cascade. From the Klammath River at the Oregon border to the Feather River outside of Oroville, the Shasta Cascade offers meandering floats to challenging class fives. MORE DETAILS

There's no better way to gain insight on a place than to join a tour led by a local guide. Shasta Cascade tours include hot air ballooning, fish hatchery tours, cave tours, a farm tour and more. MORE DETAILS

Off-roading areas in the Shasta Cascade of California include State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRA) and areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Challenge your 4WD skills on the hillside trails of Chappie-Shasta or catch air off a tabletop at Honey Lake Motocross Park. MORE DETAILS


Shasta Caverns

Shasta Caverns are only accessible by ferry from Holiday Harbor. This is a fair sized California cavern with displays of stalactites and stalagmites. MORE DETAILS

McCloud River Falls are located east of McCloud near Fowler Campground. The lower fall is also known as Fowler Fall and is a popular swimming hole in the summer. MORE DETAILS

Weaverville Joss House is located off Main Street (Hwy 299) in downtown Weaverville. Built in 1854, the Weaverville Joss House is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. The exterior features Chinese writing and architectural elements. This is an active Taoist temple and highlights the role played by Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush. MORE DETAILS

Honey Run Covered Bridge

Honey Run Covered Bridge is perched over the picturesque Butte Creek southeast of Chico. This historic 1887 bridge is the largest 3-span covered bridge in the country. MORE DETAILS

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is located in Redding and features a museum, aquarium, botanical gardens, sundial bridge over the Sacramento River and more. MORE DETAILS

Bear Hole, Chico

Bear Hole is situated in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico. The Bear Hole is a popular swimming place along a picturesque creek with interesting lava formations and a multitude of swimming holes. MORE DETAILS

Feather Falls is located east of Oroville in an arm of Lake Oroville. At over 400 feet in height Feather Falls is one of the tallest in the region but takes a bit of hike to reach. MORE DETAILS

Sycamore Pool is situated in Bidwell Park in Chico. Sycamore Pool is a large portion of Chico Creek that is dammed in the summer and turned into a public pool. MORE DETAILS

Sierra Nevada Brewery is a hugely successful brewery with tours, a gift shop, entertainment venue and restaurant. Enjoy a hand-crafted beer at their bar, join a tour and learn about the science of beer making or enjoy a meal on their outdoor patio. MORE DETAILS

Shasta Cascade museums include lumber museums, pioneer museums, children's museums, military museums, a yo-yo museum and more. MORE DETAILS

Quaint towns in the Shasta Cascade worthy of visiting include the railroad town of Dunsmuir, lively college town of Chico and logging town of Quincy. MORE DETAILS


Redding Civic Auditorium

The Civic Auditorium is situated in Turtle Bay Exploration Park, The Civic Auditorium hosts larger events from concerts and trade shows to bull riding and the circus. MORE DETAILS

Cascade Theatre is situated in downtown Redding. The Cascade Theatre hosts plays, concerts, classic films and events in a beautifully restored art deco theatre. MORE DETAILS

The Big Room is situated in the Sierra Nevada Brewery. They host mystery dinners, concerts and more in this small 350-seat venue. MORE DETAILS

Downtown Chico has plenty of entertainment options. Chico State has more than once been ranked as the top party school in the nation and with that comes lively bars like Madison Bear Gardens, The Graduate and La Salles. MORE DETAILS

Theatre on the Ridge is situated on a country road southwest of Paradise. Theatre on the Ridge hosts plays and theater events throughout the year. MORE DETAILS

Birdcage Theatre is situated in downtown Oroville. The Birdcage hosts plays and theater events throughout the year. MORE DETAILS

West End Theatre is situated in downtown Quincy in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The West End hosts plays, concerts and theater events throughout the year. MORE DETAILS

Rolling Hills Casino

Try your luck at one of many Indian Casinos in the region. Indian Casinos offer slots, bingo and table games like Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Spanish 21 and more. Gold Country Casino, Win River Casino and Feather Falls Casino also feature live entertainment, restaurants and resort hotels. MORE DETAILS


Mt. Shasta Mall is a traditional mall featuring nearly 100 stores like Macy's, Wet Seal, Fred Meyer Jewelers, See's Candies and more. MORE DETAILS

Anderson Outlets features nearly 50 outlet stores including Bass Shoes, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans and more. MORE DETAILS

Chico Mall is a traditional mall with nearly 100 stores including Gottschalks, Hot Topic, New York & Company, Victoria's Secret and more. MORE DETAILS



Mount Shasta Resort is situated in the forest near Lake Siskiyou. This family destination resort has first class amenities and exceptional accommodations. Mount Shasta Resort features the finest in golfing along with four tennis courts. Amenities include a restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating with spectacular views of Mt. Shasta, a bar/lounge, day spa and individual chalet accommodations. MORE DETAILS

McCloud Mercantile Hotel is situated on the second floor above a store and soda fountain café . This historic hotel offers 10 rooms with locally themed decor like the Arts & Crafts Room, Railroad Room and Shasta Wintu Suite. MORE DETAILS

Railroad Park Resort uses actual Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Great Northern railroad cars for rooms. Caboose/rooms surround the swimming pool and jacuzzi in a loose circle. Resort amenities also include a restaurant & bar/lounge that offer views of the Castle Crags granite spires. MORE DETAILS

Drakesbad Guest Ranch is situated within Lassen Volcanic National Park and offers visitors seclusion in one of the most scenic mountain valleys in Northern California. Visitors stay in rustic housekeeping cabins with no electricity and kerosene lamps for lighting. MORE DETAILS

Weaverville Hotel is an historic 1861 Bed & Breakfast offering plenty of Victorian charm and rooms named after local gold mines like La Grange and Corona de Oro. All rooms have private baths and most with clawfoot tubs. Porch swings and rocking chairs are available guests to enjoy. MORE DETAILS

Hotel Diamond is situated in the heart of downtown Chico where there's plenty of restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. They feature 43 rooms and suites in this meticulously restored 1904 hotel. MORE DETAILS

Roseberry House B&B is an historic 1902 Bed & Breakfast offering plenty of charm with its lavish Victorian decor. All rooms have private baths. MORE DETAILS

Lure Resort is situated along side the Yuba River and caters to fly fishing purists. Accommodations include two vacation homes, eleven individual housekeeping cottages and eight log camping cabins nestled in 14-acres of pristine pine forest. MORE DETAILS

Tallman Hotel was originally constructed in the 1870's and meticulously reconstructed & maintained. The Tallman Hotel has received several preservation awards from the California Heritage Council. Hotel amenities include manicured gardens & patios, a swimming pool with hot tub and a popular bar & grill restaurant. MORE DETAILS

There are a few hostels situated throughout the Shasta Cascade including Greenville. These are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. MORE DETAILS


Mt. Shasta Resort Restaurant offers panoramic views of Mt. Shasta and Lake Siskiyou that can also be enjoyed from an outdoor deck. The resort features a golf course, lake, hotel, day spa and many other amenities. MORE DETAILS

Lily's restaurant menu choices include healthy and traditional choices of International cuisine. MORE DETAILS

Silo @ Holiday Harbor Resort is located on the north side of Lake Shasta. Silo is situated at Holiday Harbor Resort overlooking the spectacularly beautiful Lake Shasta. They serve American fare with emphasis on hearty breakfasts for early skiers and fishermen. MORE DETAILS

Café Maddalena is a bistro-style Mediterranean restaurant set in a comfortable wood-lined dining room. They feature a seasonal restaurant menu. MORE DETAILS

Sengthong's Blue Room is known for great food and also hosts live bands playing anything from jazz, blues and soul to hip-hop and reggae. The restaurant features southeast Asian cuisine MORE DETAILS

Gepetto's Pizza is located near MacArthur Burney State Park. Gepetto's is a popular local restaurant serving tasty pizzas, Italian sandwiches, soups, salads and more. MORE DETAILS

Lassen Ale Works is located on Highway 36 in downtown Susanville. Situated in the historic Pioneer Saloon, Lassen Ale Works specializes in microbrew beer and gourmet pub grub. Also within the historic Pioneer Saloon are pool tables, shuffle board and a barber shop. MORE DETAILS

Olive Pit is located in Corning, the heart of olive growing country. The Olive Pit offers a tasting room and store along with a restaurant. The restaurant serves all the country favorites. MORE DETAILS

Sierra Nevada Brewery Restaurant serves international pub fare with award-winning beers. This hugely successful brewery offers brewery tours, a gift shop, entertainment venue and a restaurant. MORE DETAILS

The Albatross is situated in a meticulously restored farmhouse and offers a romantic fine-dining atmosphere. Fare includes a mix of steak, seafood and Italian pastas. MORE DETAILS

Granzella's offers a deli, restaurant, sports lounge, gift shop and motel. Granzella is a major olive producer and tasting is available in their deli. Restaurant choices include traditional country fare, pastas, gourmet pizzas and more. MORE DETAILS

The Blue Wing is attached to the equally fantastic Tallman Hotel. They specialize in California comfort food, microbrews and local wines. MORE DETAILS



Sacramento International Airport is located to the far south of the Shasta Cascade in Sacramento. MORE DETAILS

Traffic & Transportation

The 5 Freeway runs north & south through the Valley and Shasta Cascade regions. Traffic is not an issue except during the major holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas at the end of November and December.

Highway 99 runs north & south through the Valley and Shasta Cascade regions. Traffic is not an issue except during the major holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas at the end of November and December. Prone to weekday rush hour backup through the regions of Chico, Oroville, Yuba City and Marysville.

Highway 36 and Highway 399 are the main highways heading to Eureka. Highway 36 is the less traveled of the two. Both pass through beautiful redwood forest with lush fern canopies. Prone to temporary road closures during winter snow storms.

Highway 44 and Highway 89 traverse through the heart of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Expect closures in the winter due to snow.

Highway 36 runs east to west and connects Red Bluff with Fortuna at the coast and Chester and Susanville in the Shasta Cascade to the east. Prone to temporary road closures during winter snow storms.

Highway 70 runs north from northern Sacramento through Yuba City and Oroville, where it hooks east and eventually joins Highway 395 on the way into Reno. Prone to temporary road closures during winter snow storms.

Highway 20 runs east to west and connects Fort Bragg at the coast with Willits, Clear Lake, Williams, Yuba City and the Gold Country towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Public Transportation is good in the populated regions Redding, Chico, Oroville, Yuba City and Marysville. The Shasta Cascade is surrounded by National Forests accessed by many smaller highways with no public transportation options.

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus.


Weather from Yreka to Marysville including Mt. Shasta, Redding, Lassen Volcanic NP, Alturas, Chico, Susanville, Oroville, Yuba City and more.

Winter Average lows in the 30's and highs in the low 50's. Heavy rain is common in the lower regions sometimes leading to area flooding near swollen rivers. Heavy snowfall in the upper elevations can cause temporary road closures.

Spring Average lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Rain decreasing to misty mornings and fog.

Summer Average lows in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 90's. Cloudless skies with little to no precipitation in the lower regions. Upper elevations offer cooler temperatures and an occasional thunderstorm.

Fall Average lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Thunderstorms increasing to snow flurries in the upper elevations. Serious FOG beginning in the late evening and thickening by morning.

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Red Bluff Round Up is held at the Tehama County Fairgrounds east of Red Bluff. This is California's largest rodeo event that draws top world champion riders. See barrel racing, calf roping, bull riding and the always popular, mutton busting. WEBSITE

Gold Nugget Days is held in Paradise at the Gold Nugget Museum and celebrates the 1859 finding of a 54-pound gold nugget. Events include a parade, live music, food, costume contest and more. The Donkey Derby is an event favorite where contestants re-enact the transport of the historic gold nugget while taking their donkeys through an obstacle course. WEBSITE

Redding Beer Week is a 9-day event that kicks off at the Redding Civic Auditorium and takes place at several locations throughout Redding. Sample craft brews of over 35 different brewers from California and Oregon. Enjoy mingling with others, concerts, food, golf, bowling and more while joining sponsored events by established micro-breweries. WEBSITE

The Salmon Festival is held at the Coleman Fish Hatchery in Anderson every 3rd Saturday in October. Celebrate the return of Salmon and Steelhead from their time in the open ocean. Tour the operations of the hatchery during mating season and peruse the many vendor booths of local businesses. WEBSITE

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