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Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park- This unique park northeast of Redding is accessible only by boat. An island made of old lava flows sits in the midst of Big Lake. The park offers excellent hiking, fishing (trout and bass) and a breathtaking view of Mount Shasta.
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park- Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park was the home of pioneers General John and Annie Bidwell. The Bidwell wealth came from the California gold fields. General Bidwell was a social activist, congressman and a leading grower.
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park- Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating and picnicking at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park. With 180 acres, including four miles of river front, the park serves as an access point for river rafters, canoeists and kayakers.
Castle Crags State Park- The park is named for 6,000-feet glacier-polished crags. It offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta
Clay Pit State Vehicular Recreation Area- Clay Pit State Vehicular Recreation Area provides good beginner terrain for off-road enthusiasts.
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area- This man-made lake was formed by the tallest earth-filled dam (770 feet above the stream bed of the Feather River) in the country. Encompassing approximately 28,450 acres near the City of Oroville.
McArthur-Burney Falls State Park- The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with 910 acres of forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton.
Shasta State Historic Park- In 1849, Shasta, the "Queen City" of northern mines in the Klamath Range, served as a main shipping point for supplies and money between the mines and San Francisco.
Sierra Plumas Eureka State Park- Established in 1959, "Plumas" (as it is commonly known by State Park folks and visitors alike) has been providing a bit of California's history, scenic beauty and recreational opportunity to thousands of visitors for many years.
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park- The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds" is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park- William B. Ide was named president of the short-lived California Bear Republic - which lasted for 22 days. The adobe memorial to him is located in a picnic area overlooking the Sacramento River.
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area- Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is nestled in oak woods flanking both sides of the Sacramento River.

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Description - The Shasta Cascade Region is a land of dense conifer forests, volcanic landscapes, and few people. The area's dominating physical feature, the snowy volcano Mount Shasta, is one of North America's most massive mountains.

The Shasta Cascade Region features five state parks, four state historic parks, and two state recreation areas. Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is one of the most popular sites. The lake boasts 167 miles of shoreline and 23 square miles of surface.

Recreation - The state park sites in the Shasta Cascade Region opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, waterskiing and horseback riding.

Climate - Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.

Location - The Shasta Cascade Region is located in the northeastern corner of California, bordering both Nevada and Oregon. It lies around the communities of Yreka, Redding, Chico and Alturas.


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California Department of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 942896 , Sacramento, CA, 94296-0001, Phone: 916-653-6995

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California State Parks, Beaches and Historic Parks - California has 265 state parks which cover 1.3 million diverse acres. The huge variety of state parks offers tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities.
Shasta Cascade Region - The Shasta Cascade Region of northeast California is a land of dense conifer forests, volcanic landscapes, and few people. It features five national forests, five state parks, four state historic parks, and two state recreation areas.

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