California Whitewater Rocks!

Californian rivers are well known for their striking canyons, beautiful water, and for the history that lines their banks. California, it is safe to say, wouldn't have come to be what it is today without its rivers. Beginning with the discovery of gold on the South Fork American River, the commerce and transport done on the American river from Sacramento to the Bay Area, and even to the hydroelectric dams built on these gems through the decades to meet growing demands for electricity. Much like walking the halls of the Smithsonian museum, floating down the rivers of California will show history in small and large scales. Witness the massive shifts in land formations as the rivers have carved the mountainsides, exposing gold- which, in turn, was a catalyst for even more mountainous shifts. These rivers are littered with gold rush era relics: old dredges and mining equipment populate the riverbank like historical markers along Highway 66. It is possible to appreciate the endurance those first miners had when they built their lives, whole towns, along the riverbanks. It is incredible that 160 years later, we can float along the same rivers, seeing the same sights, feeling the same water on your skin, the same sun on your face.  Read More

Boaters Beware of Hitchhikers!

Invasive Mussels Equals Expensive Damage

When zebra or quagga mussels invade our local waters, they clog power-plant and public-water intakes and pipes. Routine treatment is necessary and very expensive: this leads to increased utility bills. If you use water and electricity, then you do not want zebra/quagga mussels!
If spread, these mussels can:

  • Encrust boat hulls, clog cooling systems, jam steering equipment
  • Alter aquatic ecosystems, resulting in fewer native species and sportfish
  • Litter beaches with sharp, foul smelling shells
  • Clog water distribution systems, resulting in higher utility bills

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Plan You Next Trip with MyCampMate

If you have ever wanted to bookmark the places you find while you are on vacation but don’t want to check-in, tweet or tell the whole world, then myCampmate is the free social media platform you’ve been looking for!  With a real-time map, accessible on both an iPhone app and a web app, you are able to place a pin on the outdoor places and businesses that you love to frequent.  myCampmate allows you to plan trips, pin the places you love and share with other users and fellow travelers where you’re going and where you’ve been.

You can now find all 385 Camp California locations pinned on the myCampmate map, along with all the best places to have fun, gear up, and discover.  myCampmate pins represent user generated tips, hints, and recommendations.  You will have the insight of a local wherever you go! myCampmate also allows you to privately plan trips, meeting places, and events without putting your personal plans and information out for the world to see.

Share with the world or just a few friends, it’s your choice!  myCampmate puts you in control of who sees what you share by offering private pins and trips only you and your friends see, in addition to public pins that are shared with the whole community. You can and are encouraged to, comment on, tweet, post to Facebook, or e-mail your favorite pins to the people you know.

Whether you are planning your trip, or out exploring, myCampmate is the essential tool to have at your fingertips. In addition to coordinating trips with friends and finding the local spots, myCampmate keeps you updated on outdoor related events, products and places that you should know about.  Visit to learn more and create your free account today!

Watchable Wildlife

California Watchable Wildlife and Outdoor California have announced the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award in their year-long photo contest. Each month from March, 2011 through February, 2012, entries were judged on creativity, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

The Grand Prize Award was selected from the twelve monthly 1st Place winners and presented by Chuck Bonham, Director, Department of Fish and Game, in a ceremony at the California  State Capitol on April 23, 2012.  Director Bonham selected Lyle Madeson’s image of an Osprey and Red-tailed Hawk hooked onto the same fish in midair.  Madeson, a resident of Kelseyville, took the winning photograph at Clear Lake State Park.

A People’s Choice Award was also selected by visitors to California Watchable Wildlife’s Facebook page.  Cathy Cooper of Fairfield was chosen for her photograph of a Green Heron with a small fish, taken at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.  

Many of the entries now grace the wildlife viewing site profiles on the website, where you will find all the information you need to find California’s premier wildlife viewing areas, which are marked by the iconic brown binocular signs.   View monthly albums of winners and entries at

Featured Region - Shasta Cascade Trinity

In far Northern California lies one of the best kept secrets – the Shasta Cascade region! This region, covering 20% of California, has a unique experience to fulfill just about anyone’s interests. From glistening lakes and world-class rivers to scenic drives and backcountry roads, the Shasta Cascade provides something for everyone to discover and enjoy. A trip here can provide great recreation, adventure or pure relaxation – the perfect escape from the fast pace of city life. Come and enjoy the uncrowded, unspoiled wide open spaces where you will have the chance to Explore, Reflect, Refresh, Discover and Bond.   Read More

5 Great Shasta Cascade things for Families 5 Great Shasta Cascade things for Adults
Burney Falls Climb a Volcano
Sundial Bridge & Turtle Bay Exploration Park Shasta Sunset Dinner Train
Shasta Caverns Helicoptor Tours
Explore Captain Jack’s Stronghold Learn to Fly Fish
Boating on Trinity Lake Discover art in the Trinity Alps

Featured State Park – Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP

Ahjumawi is a place of exceptional, even primeval, beauty. Brilliant aqua bays and tree studded islets only a few yards long dot the shoreline of Ja-She Creek, Crystal Springs, and Horr Pond. Over two thirds of the area is covered by recent (three to five thousand years) lava flows including vast areas of jagged black basalt.

"Where the waters come together...." is a translation of the word Ahjumawi, which is also the self describing word used by the band of Pit River Native Americans who inhabit the area. The waters which come together are Big Lake, Tule River, Ja-She Creek, Lava Creek, and Fall River. Together they form one of the largest systems of fresh water springs in the country.

The park is a wilderness area and most of it is extremely rugged lava rock. Visitors should prepare adequately for their visit. While there are over twenty miles of park trails by which to explore this beautiful geographical wonder, please be advised that travel off the trails requires proper preparation and equipment. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return.   Read More

Featured Hikes – Take the Whiskeytown Challenge

Whiskeytown has four major waterfalls that you can visit all year. The best time to visit the waterfalls is in the spring when the creeks are bursting with the runoff from melting snow. During the summer months a hike to a waterfall provides a cool break from the heat of the valley. 

If you would like to get some healthy exercise and have a wonderful adventure, consider taking the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge and hike to all four waterfalls. Visitors who complete the challenge will receive a free "I Walked the Falls" bandana (while supplies last).  Whiskeytown invites families, friends and children to get outside, get some good exercise and enjoy these special treasures of Whiskeytown.

Remember those games you played during car trips when you were a kid? brings back some of the classics!  (Check out the photo – why didn’t we drive by that when I was a kid???)

Camping with Kids – The Alphabet Game

Taste Corning’s Liquid Gold

On your trek to Shasta Cascade Trinity, make sure to stop in Corning.  Lucero Olive Oil is a family-owned and operated business. It was started in 2005 by Dewey Lucero but olives are nothing new to the Lucero family. The Luceros have been growing olives in Northern California for three generations and now have some of the oldest trees in North America.  Today, the company continues to grow and has won more acclaim for it's Extra Virgin Olive Oils than any other producer in North America with over 100 awards.

Visitors can enjoy tastings at the Lucero Store and tour the Olive Mill to see how olive oil is packaged, both of which are open seven days a week from 10:00am-6:00pm.

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