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Description - Devil's Garden is mainly a high rocky plateau; the higher portions with deeper soils are covered with pine timber. The remainder is largely grass, sage and juniper. This is considered to be a fairly recent lava flow that ended in a rim rock that breaks off at the Pit River Valley. There are numerous reservoirs that are used as water sources for nearby Alturas.

Attractions - Numerous reservoirs in this district make up the most promising opportunities for recreation. Big Sage Reservoir, Jane's Reservoir, and Reservoir C offer waterskiing, boating and fishing. Henski Reservoir and Willow Creek Ranch are great places to take in some wildlife viewing. Several campgrounds offer camping opportunities throughout the District.

Recreation - The District's varied terrain which includes forested mountains, pristine water sources, open meadows, rugged canyons, wetlands, lava beds and high desert plateaus is perfect for a variety of water and land recreations: boating, fishing, waterskiing, camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Climate - The variable climate ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, severe, moderately wet winters. Temperatures range from highs of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks intermittently each summer, although they can drop to below freezing every month of the year. Winter temperatures reach as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit, although common daytime temperatures rise to the 30's and 40's. Approximately 13 inches of annual precipitation falls primarily as rain and about 25% as snow. Prevailing southwest breezes below daily clearing the air and bringing frequent weather changes.

Location - Devil's Garden is in the north-central part of Modoc National Forest, north of Alturas and southwest of Goose Lake. The District Office is located in Alturas.

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Devil's Garden Ranger District, 800 West 12th Street , Alturas, CA, 96101, Phone: 530-233-5811, Fax: 530-233-8809, TTY: 530-233-8708
, bweisger/r5,modoc@fs.fed.us

Additional Information:
Modoc National Forest - The Modoc National Forest is located in the northeast corner of California. The Forest offers mountains, pine forests, meadows, lakes, streams, rugged canyons, wetlands, lava beds and high desert plateaus.


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