Visitor Guide

Gold Rush History, Scenic Rivers & Ranching History

Yreka and Klamath River Corridor is truly defined by its combination of the California Gold Rush history and the natural wonder of the Klamath River. This river, and its tributary rivers and streams provide some of the most exciting rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in Northern California. The town of Yreka was born out of one of the largest Gold strikes in California history and is still shaped by this discovery. Remarkably, more than 70 pre-1900 houses are still located in Yreka, and this older part of town in the area of West Miner Street, has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1972. 

To the east of Yreka, through the beautiful Shasta Valley is Montague, where visitors can enjoy a stroll through this historic cattle ranching and logging town. Every September, Montague holds one of the biggest events in the region – the Montague Rotary Balloone Fair. For bird enthusiasts, Montague offers excellent year-round birding in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, which is home to over 300 bird species. 

Scott Valley, a rich ranching area nestled in the mountains southwest of Yreka, is dotted with tiny communities dating back to the Gold Rush Era. Visitors today will find interesting shops, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and an excellent microbrewery in Etna.

The State of Jefferson Scenic Byway, Highway 96, follows the Wild and Scenic Klamath River through numerous river communities. The river is also very popular for family rafting trips.

Although magnificent Mount Shasta is the prominent landmark of the Shasta Cascade region and is visible from almost anywhere in the area, one of the first views drivers will notice as they are coming up I-5 is the awe-inspiring granite towers of Castle Crags State Park. Fishermen from around the world are attracted to the area by the world-class wild trout fishing along the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers.

From the splashing of Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir to the dramatic descent of the Upper McCloud Falls, waterfalls are attractions that soothe the soul. For the train enthusiast, Dunsmuir offers a self guided railroad photography tour, while the Railroad Park Resort offers a unique experience to sleep in a caboose and eat on a train. In McCloud, step back in time and give your sweet tooth a whirl at the Sugar Pine Candy Store in the McCloud River Mercantile.

Visitors who come to experience the wonder of spectacular Mount Shasta will find exceptional access to the mountain year round via the Everitt Memorial Highway. On the southern slopes of Mount Shasta off Hwy. 89 is Mt. Shasta Ski Park, offering outstanding downhill skiing and  boarding.

The spectacular Volcanic Legacy All-American Road takes visitors through the lower Klamath and Tulelake National Wildlife Refuges, and the Lava Beds National Monument. The Wildlife Refuges offer excellent year-round birding, while Lava Beds National Monument is a great place to explore the beauty of a volcanic landscape, with both developed and undeveloped lava tubes open for exploration. The monument is also the site of the last Indian battle in California, Captain Jack’s Stronghold. Nearby, Medicine Lake Highlands offers visitors a unique view of pumice deposits, mountains of volcanic glass, and beautiful Medicine Lake.

 For further information contact the Mt. Shasta Chamber of commerce, McCloud Chamber of Commerce, Dunmsuir Chamber of Commerce, Weed Chamber of Commerce, or Yreka Chamber of Commerce

Mt Shasta
Mount Shasta is known as one of the sacred mountains of the world. Come experience the spiritual energy and wonder of this famous giant.
McCloud Falls
The Upper McCloud River boasts three easily accessible spectacular waterfalls - Upper, Middle, and Lower Mc Cloud Falls. Middle McCloud River Falls is the largest and most impressive with a 44 foot drop providing a magnificent view.
Lava Beds National Monument
Visit Lava Beds National Monument, where lava flows from the Medicine Lake Volcano created volcanic vents, spatter cones, massive craters, and imposing cinder cones. More than 700 lava tube caves are hidden within these flows with 12 to 15 caves easily accessible to explore.
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