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Eagle Lake Trout, Logging Heritage & Forested Plateaus

Lassen Country, largely undiscovered outside of its loyal band of followers, is a jewel of Northern California and an outdoor recreation paradise. The mountainous west encourages camping, hiking, and fishing and often hosts ardent fans of snowmobiling, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Bizz Johnson Rail Trail, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Lassen National Forest, is one of the best “rail to trail” conversions in California. Horseback riders, mountain bicyclists, and hikers alike enjoy the comfortable 25-mile trail along the Susan River. Susanville serves as the recreational crossroads for the eastern part of the Shasta Cascade Region, as well as a commercial center with a variety of shops, health facilities, restaurants, and motels. Historic Susanville provides a refreshing opportunity to experience a town which still honors the lifestyle and neighborly hospitality of an era long passed.

Westwood, located just west of Susanville, was built by the Red River Lumber Company in 1912, and was one of the largest company lumber towns in the West. A statue of legendary logger, Paul Bunyan, staggers 22 feet tall and honors Westwood’s heritage and presides over the annual Paul Bunyan Mountain Festival. 

Eagle Lake is another one of Northern California’s record holders: the second largest natural lake in California is located 16 miles north of Susanville and is home to the world famous Eagle Lake Trout, a species entirely unique to the lake. These especially large trout average 3-5 lbs and attract fishing enthusiasts from all over. Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service camping facilities are located around the lake’s shoreline and a boat launch, marina, swimming beach, picnic areas, and various family recreation programs are available. Lassen Country is the perfect getaway: offering year-round outdoor recreation experiences from summer camping, hiking, and fishing to autumn hunting, winter snowmobiling and sledding, and wildlife watching in the spring.

Bizz Johnson Trail
The Bizz Johnson Trail is known as one of the best “rail to trail” conversions in California. The trail winds 25.4 miles through the rugged Susan River Canyon following the old Southern Pacific Railroad line and features twelve bridges, two tunnels and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake is home to the world famous Eagle Lake Trout, a species entirely unique to the lake. These especially large trout average 3-5 lbs. and attract fishing enthusiasts from all over. Camping facilities, boat launch, marina, swimming beach, and picnic areas are available.
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When the sky is clear and the snow is pristine, fortunate snowshoers can revel in the beautiful scenery as they travel the easy, short loop on the level terrain around Manzanita Lake. A prettier sight than a winter view of Lassen Peak across Manzanita Lake after a fresh dusting of snow is hard to imagine. When the sky is clear and the snow is pristine, fortunate snowshoers can revel in the beautiful scenery as they…
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The historic trestle at bridge #9 on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is one of the most notable along the rail trail. The historic trestle at bridge #9 on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is one of the most notable along the rail trail. 
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2950 Riverside Dr.
Susanville, CA 96130
• The 30-mile Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail follows the route of the historic Fernley and Lassen Railroad, leading hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians on a gentle, meandering course along the tranquil, forested banks of the Susan River. • Eagle Lake, the second-largest natural lake in California, is known for its trophy-sized trout, and offers excellent developed campgrounds, a marina, and beaches. • The rugged Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers trails to suit every riding ability. • The backcountry of the Skedaddle Mountains offers cross-country…
Lassen County
601 Richmond Road
Susanville, CA 96130
The depot is the trailhead for the Bizz Johnson Trail, and host to the Rails to Trails festival in October.  Visitors are invited to step back in history where you can view historic photographs of railroad and logging trains that rolled through town.
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75 N. Weatherlow St.
Susanville, CA 96130
Over 125 years of business leadership promoting local businesses, tourism, and events. Lassen County offers prime fishing, mountain bike trails, outdoor recreation, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.   
Lassen County
115 N. Weatherlow St
Susanville, CA 96130
The museum showcases artifacts and old time lumbering equipment, and is adjacent to Roop's Fort, the oldest structure in town providing the history of Susanville's last 150 years.
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2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
The Lassen National Forest, at the heart of one of the most fascinating areas of California, called the Crossroads, covers a wild, mountainous area of volcanic origin. It is an area of great variety offering a wide array of recreational opportunities and adventures. Some of the most outstanding attractions include: • Eagle Lake – the second largest natural lake in California, offering fishing, boating, water-skiing, sailing, hiking trails and camping. • Hat Creek Area – in the shadows of Lassen Peak are campgrounds and picnic…
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Meadow View Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 251-8288
27 miles of trails in Susanville's backyard! 1,100 acre property owned and managed by Lassen County Public Works and BLM as a shared-use recreation area. Hiking, running, cycling, horseback riding, picnicking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 
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315 Ash Street
Westwood, CA 96137
The Museum displays artifacts and pictures of the town as it was in 1913. Once the home of Red River Lumber Company, Westwood had the largest pine lumber mill in the world from 1913 to 1956. 
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Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258
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