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Published May 2016 Ad deadline for 2017 is February 2017 Publisher Michael C. Taborski Project Editor Robert Mahenski Advertising Graphics Cindie Tamietti Project Coordinator Sam Williams Production Coordinator Kevin Mallory Copy Writers Sam Williams Makenzie Davis Joshua McEachern Susan Cort Johnson Ashley Arey Stan Bales Advertising Sales Jill Atkinson Laura Kay Tew Erika Giusti Teresa Stalteri Valorie Chisholm Cheri McIntire Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 287 Lawrence Street P.O. Box B Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0800

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Lassen County is an outdoor person’s paradise, where the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the picturesque Cascade Range, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin desert converge to create a relatively unspoiled wonderland. Because of the unique terrain, there’s something here for everyone. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce is happy to supply you with specific information about our area. You can reach the chamber by calling (530) 257-4323. You can water ski or fish for the worldrenowned trout at Eagle Lake surrounded by mountains and forests of standing pine, or you can ride horses and off-road vehicles on beautiful expanses of high desert. You can camp in high lake areas with streams or hike to the top of neighboring namesake Lassen Peak, a volcano that still blows steam from its

vents. You might even see some real cowboys riding the range. We invite you to have a wonderful time while visiting Lassen County, and ask you to respect its beauty. O

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Biking, boating and fishing are only a few of the vast outdoor possibilities as you explore the unique geography of Lassen County. Cover photos by Randy Robbins

Table of contents A Magical Country Christmas ..................................38 A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine.................................32 Advertisers Index ........................................................5 Best of Broadway ......................................................18 Bicycling in Lassen County ................................34, 35 Bizz Johnson Marathon.............................................54 Board of Supervisors Welcome...................................4 Calendar of Events ..............................................60, 61 Camping Guide ....................................................64-66 Centerwheelers Square & Round Dance Club..........28 Chamber of Commerce Welcome ...............................4 Church Directory.......................................................29 City Parks ..................................................................48 Classic Cars in Susanville .........................................42 Coppervale Ski Area..................................................36 Diamond Mountain Brewery.....................................20 Diamond Mountain Golf Course...............................37 Diamond Mountain Speedway ..................................27 Doyle Days ................................................................55 Eagle Lake – Project Eagle Lake Trout ....................23 Eagle Lake Area Map................................................22 Eagle Lake Recreation Area................................24, 25 Equestrian Trails........................................................12 Grebes of Eagle Lake ................................................52 Hiking Trails........................................................46, 49 Historic Uptown Susanville Tour ..............................19 Hunting in Lassen County.........................................14 Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon ..................26 Lassen County Arts Council .....................................27 Lassen County Fair....................................................40

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Lassen County History .............................................6,7 Lassen County Map.....................................................5 Lassen Historical Museum ........................................15 Lassen Volcanic National Park............................13, 43 Lodging Guide ....................................................62, 63 Modoc Line Rail Trail...............................................51 Mountain Meadows Reservoir (Walker Lake) ..........58 Pioneer Cemetery ......................................................41 Rails To Trails Festival..............................................26 Restaurant Guide .......................................................31 Rock Climbing ..........................................................30 Safe and Sane Halloween..........................................45 Snowmobiling............................................................44 Snowshoeing Lassen .................................................43 Southside Trail.............................................................9 Susanville Bluegrass Festival ....................................16 Susanville City Kickettes ..........................................28 Susanville City Parks Guide Map .............................47 Susanville Indian Rancheria Spring Pow Wow.........16 Susanville Ranch Park...............................................12 Susanville Symphony ..................................................8 Uptown Mural Tour.............................................10, 11 Visitors Information ....................................................6 Welcome to Lassen County.........................................3 Westwood Events ................................................56, 57 Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program ...................50 Wilderness Areas .......................................................46 Wildlife......................................................................59 Winter in Lassen County...........................................53


A welcome from the Chamber of Commerce


s the 2016 President of the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to Lassen County! Lassen County is an amazing, attractive place to live, visit and do business. The America’s Best Communities Contest recognized Lassen County as one of the top 50 rural communities in the United States. As a participant in the contest, Lassen County was able to showcase our history, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities and local economic development endeavors. As a visitor, I encourage you to visit the Lassen County Historical Society Museum to learn more about the history and culture of Lassen County. The newly renovated roof on the oldest historical monument in town, Roop’s Fort, is worth the trip! Lassen County provides countless outdoor recreation opportunities from fishing Eagle Lake for their famous trout, to biking or hiking Susanville Ranch Park. The Bizz Johnson trail is or give us a call at (530) 257-4323.

home to a Boston Marathon qualifier and the Rails to Trails Festival held every year in October. The best way to fuel back up after a half or full marathon is with a warm bowl of chili from the Chili Cook-Off at the festival. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce is proud to host several annual community events including the Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show, the Classic Car Show Main Cruise, the Fair Parade and the Magical Country Christmas Celebration to name just a few. We encourage visitors and community members alike to participate or attend these events. All these events and others are great fun for the whole family and a great way to spend the day or weekend in Lassen County. I look forward to serving as the President of the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and want to extend a warm friendly welcome to you. For more information about Lassen County or the Chamber visit us online at

Rod Chambers 2016 President Lassen County Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from the Lassen County Board of Supervisors

Jim Chapman 2016 Chairman Lassen County Board of Supervisors


n the Lucky Land of Lassen, whether you’re a visitor or a county resident, 2016 will be an EPIC year to


explore Lassen County! Lassen Volcanic National Park will be celebrating its centennial this year, along with the centennial of the National Park Service. It will be an awesome time to visit the park and Lassen County. Lassen County has a lot of backcountry to explore, including our vast pubic lands with a million acres on the northeastern plateau managed by BLM, or the million acres managed by our three national forests. At the heart of the county is Eagle Lake, and we are seeing the second largest natural lake within California beginning to fill back up after the drought. This is the time to re-connect with the crown jewel of Lassen County. Lassen County is also the home to

world-class trails for hiking and biking. The Bizz Johnson National Recreational Trail is one of the first rail-to-trails in the nation established more than 30 years ago. The new Southside Trail adjoins the Bizz in the Susan River Canyon, providing an exhilarating experience. The pride of Lassen County is Susanville Ranch Park, a 1,100-acre county-owned park. There are roughly 30 miles of trails of all degrees of challenge, providing some of the most breathtaking vistas of the Honey Lake Valley. So make 2016 an EPIC year! On behalf of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, I personally invite you to enjoy Lassen County like you never have before.

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Advertisers index LODGING, RESORTS & CAMPING Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . .21 Eagle Lake Recreational Area . . . . . . .24 Eagle Lake RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Gold Pan Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . . .23 Lassen West Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Red Lion Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 River Inn Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Rose Quartz Inn/Best Western . . . . . .57 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Susanville Village RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . .36 RECREATION Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . .21 Diamond Mountain Golf Course . . . . .37 Eagle Lake Recreation Area . . . . . . . .24 Eagle Lake RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Rooptown Bicycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Sierra Theatre & Uptown Cinemas . . .11 Susanville Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

REAL ESTATE Axia Home Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Heritage Land Company . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Jenkins Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Lassen Association of Realtors . . . . . . . .41 Main Street Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Mountain Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . . .9 SIRCO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Smith Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Susan River Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Susanville Real Estate Melanie Westbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Town & Country Real Estate . . . .Back Cover AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES Napa Sierra Auto Parts . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Paul’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 MEDICAL SERVICES Northeastern Rural Health Clinic . . . . .50 Susanville Dental Care . . . . . . . . . . . .43

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CHURCHES Assembly of God Church . . . . . . . . . .29 Community Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 United Methodist Church . . . . . . . . . .29 RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel . . .21 Happy Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Lassen Ale Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Lumberjacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 GIFTS, SPECIALTY ITEMS, RETAIL, ETC. Billington Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . .32 Country Pines Quilt Shop . . . . . . . . . .38 Finder’s Keepers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Honey Lake Firearms . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Mt. Jura Gem & Museum Society . . . .14 Sierra Jewelry Company . . . . . . . . . .51 The Elegant Iris & Men’s Den . . . . . . .55 Zaengles Carpet One Floor & Home . .45

OTHER SERVICES Iron Horse Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Lassen Community College . . . . . . . .67 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce .9 Plumas Sierra Telecommunications . .43 Round Mtn. Rock/Turner Excavating . .42 Sacred Space Energetic Healing Arts .14 State Farm Insurance Bill Muttera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Richard Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Brian Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Westwood Chamber of Commerce . . .56

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SITE OF THE SAGE BRUSH WAR — Back in 1863 local residents who believed they lived in Roop County, Nevada found themselves embroiled in a border dispute with men from nearby Plumas County who rode over the hill to collect taxes. Both sides finally decided to let the governors of the two states conduct a survey to properly establish the borderline, and before too long Lassen County came into existence. O

Visitor Information... Lassen County Chamber of Commerce 75 N. Weatherlow St. P.O. Box 338 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323 (530) 251-2561 FAX Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce Membership Office 328 Main St. #6 P.O. Box 1198 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2426 (530) 258-2760 FAX

Historic Uptown Susanville Association P.O. Box 1826 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4323

Lassen County Arts Council 807 Cottage St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5222 (530) 257-5224 FAX email:

Westwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center 462-885 Third St. P.O. Box 1247 Westwood, CA 96137 (530) 256-2456 (530) 256-2456 FAX Lassen Historical Museum 115 N. Weatherlow St. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3292 May to November Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Almanor Visitor Center Inside Plumas Bank 255 Main St. Chester, CA


Bureau of Land Management 2950 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-0456 (530) 257-4831 FAX email: Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park 38050 Highway 36 East P.O. Box 100 Mineral, CA 96063-0100 (530) 595-4480

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Lassen National Forest (LNF) 2550 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-2151 (530) 252-6428 FAX Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LNF Eagle Lake Ranger District 477-050 Eagle Lake Rd. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-4188 (530) 252-5803 FAX Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Susanville Railroad Depot 601 Richmond Road P.O. Box 1461 Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-3252 email: Open Friday through Tuesday (including holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open seven days a week from May through October. Lassen County Times 100 Grand Ave. Susanville, CA 96130 (530) 257-5321 Fax (530) 257-0408 email:

LNF Almanor Ranger District 900 East Highway 36 P.O. Box 767 Chester, CA 96020 (530) 258-2141, Fax (530) 258-5194 Monday through Friday all year, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday hours to be determined. Plumas National Forest Headquarters 159 Lawrence St. P.O. Box 11500 Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-2050

Winter settles in on Eagle Lake. Photos by Adolph Oberst

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Lassen County began as a frontier outpost


efore the arrival of the white man, several Native American tribes — including the Mountain Maidu, Paiute, Pitt River and Washoe — called Lassen County home. The indigenous native peoples lived off the land, and their villages, artwork and sacred sites are scattered throughout the county. Following the trails left behind by fur trappers from the Hudson Bay Company in the 1830s, John C. Fremont and his army passed through the area prior to the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846 that led to the short-lived California Republic. After the Mexican-American War, Mexico ceded California to the United States, and it became the 31st state in the union Sept. 9, 1850. The discovery of gold in California in 1849 brought thousands of emigrants to California. Peter Lassen, one of Fremont’s guides and a famous trapper, frontiersman and Indian fighter for whom the county is

named, first came to the area in 1851. That same year, seeking an alternative to the hazardous Donner Pass Trail, William Nobles led wagon trains on the Nobles Emigrant Trail that passed through Susanville and the Honey Lake Valley, crossing the Sierra at a lower elevation. In 1854, Isaac Roop opened a small trading post in what was then known as Rooptown or Roopville, depending upon the source. With the discovery of gold in the area in 1856, some settlers decided to stay for good. Eventually the town was renamed Susanville, in honor of Roop’s daughter, Susan. Led by Roop and Lassen, the area became known as Nataqua, a separate territory in its own right. In 1861, when the Territory of Nevada was established, Roop was named the governor of the new territory. His trading post later became known as Roop’s Fort because it was used during the Sagebrush War, a series of small gun battles

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fought by local residents and deputies from neighboring Plumas County seeking to collect taxes. Roop’s Fort, the oldest building in the county, still stands near the intersection of Main and Weatherlow streets by Memorial Park in Susanville. The locals formed Lassen County in order to keep the tax money local after it was determined the area was actually part of California and not part of Nevada as they had believed. By the 1880s, other area towns such as Herlong, Janesville, Doyle, Standish, Bieber, Hayden Hill and Wendel were founded. The railroads and the timber industry contributed to the county’s development. Susanville had two large mills, and the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood was home to the world’s largest electrical sawmill of its day. The city of Susanville was founded in 1854 by Roop and incorporated in 1900. Susanville is located in the northeast corner of

California, midway between Redding and Reno, Nevada. With many nearby lakes, streams and open spaces, the Susanville area was voted the Pacific Region’s Best Place to Live for Sportsmen by Outdoor Life Magazine in April 2008. O


Memorialized by this marker near the old clubhouse at the Diamond Mountain Golf Club, the town of Richmond grew dramatically in 1859, but it died quickly when the gold played out in 1862. Photo by Sam Williams

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Susanville Symphony Society

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usanville may be known for its high desert, pine-covered mountains and great fishing, but it is also home to an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra. While the Susanville Symphony thrives on classical music, artistic director and conductor Benjamin J. Wade has not been averse to pop music or arranging rock ballads for a full orchestra. Wade is a seasoned musician and aspiring composer with never-ending energy. He will tell you the idea of a symphony orchestra came about when a group of friends began talking about the need for a musical outlet in Susanville. Some of those friends included Dr. Raymond White, Eric Toews and the late Victor SainteMarie. The audience, the emotional and financial reason the symphony exists, enjoys the charisma of the conductor as well as the talent of the orchestra. The appreciation pulses through the community and is one of the foremost factors encouraging musicians and music lovers to take on the grand endeavor of keeping a full symphony going year after year. The grateful audience shows its appreciation with more than 500 prepaid memberships. The eclectic group of musicians and volunteers, made up of local business people, teachers, retirees, high school


students and professionals, all strive to raise the bar higher and higher with each performance. Wade and the musicians challenge themselves by playing successively more difficult compositions. Early on the vision of the group extended beyond just having an orchestra. The Susanville Symphony Society created the Susanville Music in the School program which has created a youth orchestra, funded scholarships for music lessons and camps, provided master classes and implemented an instrument repair and loan program. In 2010, the symphony premiered possibly the first symphony/ballet collaboration, “The Four Elements,” which was written by Wade and choreographed by dance director Jessica Newton, and local dance instructors Joan Zuehlke and Nicole McCoy. During that same year, the society opened the Susanville Symphony Music Academy on the Meadow View School campus in Susanville. The academy offers a wide range of instrument classes and vocal lessons to children as young as 7 to adults. Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, graced the Susanville Symphony in 2012 and again in 2015. In 2016,

coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt performed with the symphony. The 2012-2013 year marked the emergence of the Susanville Choral Society, which operates as an independent performance group and in collaboration with the Susanville Symphony Orchestra. The Susanville Symphony is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. For more information, call (530) 257-2920, or visit O 2016-2017 Symphony Concerts September 24, 2016 2nd Annual Outdoor Concert at the Courthouse December 16 & 18, 2016 Christmas in Susanville March 17 & 19, 2017 The Susanville Pops Concert May 19 & 20, 2017 Picture at an Exhibition/ Emperor’s Piano Concerto Dates for the Susanville Swing Band Concert TBD (check website above)

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Southside Trail Lassen County’s newest trail is a treasure


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assen County is home to many well-groomed trails, all of which boast stunning views and are sure to delight hikers, bikers and horseback riders alike. However, in 2014, local volunteers, trail enthusiasts and student and fire crews completed a new trail, which has turned out to be a true gem of the county’s trail system. The new Southside Trail connects to the already-popular Bizz Johnson Trail at Hobo Camp in Susanville and was built on land in the Susan River Canyon. The Southside Trail is now complete and consists of 7.2 miles of single track trail featuring beautiful outdoor panoramas. Starting west of the upper parking lot at Hobo Camp, the trail follows an existing dirt road for the first two miles and, according to BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Stan Bales, still looks and feels like a road. However, the road is closed to motor vehicles. The path then follows a mostly

level bench on top of a basalt bluff within the Susan River Canyon, affording different perspectives of the Susan River Canyon than can seen from the Bizz Johnson Trail. The old road’s dirt surface is well suited for walking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. After two miles the old road grade descends to river level. At this point, the Southside Trail truly becomes a trail as it follows a narrow, single-track path cleared along the overgrown road. Approximately three miles west of Hobo Camp, a new single-track trail segment was built in a scenic portion of the canyon and continues for about a mile. In this area, the trail winds its way through large pine and fir trees, below small basalt rims and between large boulders with lots of short ups and downs along some steep side hills. The new trail then climbs up onto a level wooded bench within the canyon and again follows old logging roads for another quarter mile to a trail junction at about the

east tunnel of the Bizz Johnson Trail. For those who do not want to ride or walk on the narrow, single-track segment, an alternate trail, Canyon View Trail, follows a wider road up a steep grade for half a mile and then descends back to connect with the Southside Trail near the east railroad tunnel on the Bizz Johnson Trail. Above the east railroad tunnel is a junction with a single-track connector trail that provides linkage back to the Bizz Johnson Trail. To see a video with helmet cam views of the Southside Trail and the Susan River Canyon, visit The description of the Southside Trail was provided by Stan Bales, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Eagle Lake Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130. For questions about the trail, call (530) 257-0456. O

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he uptown murals of Susanville not only beautify the city, but they tell the story of its rich history. Walking around Historic Uptown Susanville’s streets, visitors can see the murals have been an attractive addition to the city for travelers and residents alike. For more information about the murals or to get a copy of the recently published book, “Murals of Lassen County,” call the Lassen County Arts Council at (530) 257-5222. “Old Main Street Susanville” To begin the tour of the murals, start with “Old Main Street Susanville.” The mural is located on South Roop and Cottage streets. It was painted by Sterling Hoffman and Lassen High School students. The painting depicts Susanville’s Main Street in 1918. “Ranching” The second mural, on the wall of the building at South Roop and Main streets, was done by Los Angeles artist Art Mortimer. It is called “Ranching.” The painting, completed in 1992, was made after Mortimer was taken

around Lassen County by a local rancher and given a collection of old and contemporary photographs, one of which was of the man who had shown Mortimer the ranching lifestyle. “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County” The third mural on the tour is a painting done in 1993 by Judith Lowry honoring the women of Lassen County. It is called “Creating Her History: A Tribute to the Women of Lassen County.” It is located on the former Doyle Motors building on Main and North Roop streets and is vibrant with color. “When I was asked to paint a mural for my hometown of Susanville,” Lowry explained, “I noticed that there were several murals devoted to the accomplishments of men — loggers, ranchers and local businessmen. I decided to create a mural specifically to

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honor the women of our area. “This was my first mural. Arthur Mortimer, a visiting L.A. muralist, gave me encouragement and lots of good advice on how to use the grid system to help erect my image onto the wall. However, I had to give up that method since I am more of an intuitive, primitive painter. “In the end, I went out and bought those fat chalks that kids use to draw on the sidewalks, and just climbed up there and drew it all freehand. Then I had to paint on the outlines very quickly before the rain came,” Lowry said. r

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“Our Ancestors, Our Future” The fourth of the murals is on the corner of Main and Lassen streets. The painting is called “Our Ancestors, Our Future” and was painted by Jean LaMarr and Jack Morotte. It depicts the Native American heritage of this part of the state and the Indians’ unique contribution to the area. Across Main and again on Lassen Street, the first of Ben Barker’s murals, painted with the assistance of his wife, Leanna Lord Barker, in 1989, is a mural showing Lassen County’s founder, Isaac Roop, with his daughter, Susan, for whom Susanville is named.

“History of Lassen.” It is on the wall inside the Pioneer Saloon located at 724 Main St. In addition, there is a mural spanning one-half the length of the building above the bar displaying brands from near and far. “History of Honey Lake Valley” Another mural is called “History of Honey Lake Valley” and was painted by Jackie Cordova. The painting is on the corner of Main and North Gay streets in the Bank of America parking lot. “Dad Popcorn” Also painted by Barker is a mural called “Dad Popcorn,” on Gay Street in Pancera

“Logging with Big Wheels” On the Iron Horse Gym, located between Lassen and Gay streets on Cottage Street, the great history of the logging industry in Lassen County is depicted in sepia tones. The mural was painted by Ben Barker and is called “Logging with Big Wheels.” “History of Lassen” Ben Barker’s second mural, painted with the assistance of Kathleen Colvin, Mary Morphis and Eileen Stevens, is called the

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Plaza. Painted in 1993, it is about a local, William Vellenworth, who sold popcorn between 1918-1931 out of his popcorn wagon. Featured in the painting are the Weir children, who lived in Susanville. One of the Weir girls, about 13 years old in the painting, came to watch the mural being painted. She was 86 years old at the time. “Mr. Eastman” The mural, “Mr. Eastman,” is painted on the side of the County Cleaners building. The mural is located halfway between Gay and Union streets on Main Street in the Mt. Lassen Properties parking lot. It depicts the famous photographer who chronicled the early part of the century in Susanville. “Centennial Mural” The last mural on the tour is the largest — located on the south wall of Susanville Supermarket, 50 Grand Ave. Completed in 2003 by local artist Janet Fraser Dickman, it depicts the history of Lassen County, and in particular the city of Susanville. This mural commemorates the town’s centennial from 1900 to 2000. O

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usanville Ranch Park is one of Lassen County’s most amazing hidden jewels that showcases the outdoor splendor of our county. Originally consisting of eight miles of trails built by the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, the park has blossomed into a 29-mile expanse of trails. The trail system is the ideal location in Susanville to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, bird watching, jogging, picnicking, horseback riding, photography and more. However, since the park is a dayuse park and not a campground, activities such as campfires, firewood cutting, overnight camping, discharging of firearms and operation of motorized vehicles are not permitted. The 1,100-acre, multi-use park is owned and maintained by Lassen County with help from the Lassen Land and Trails Trust. The Trust is a conservancy whose primary mission is to conserve significant natural areas and agricultural landscapes, as well as promoting and enhancing a public trail system throughout Lassen County. The 14 miles of trails in the northern portion of the park were built in 2008 for more experienced hikers and bikers.


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However, with tougher climbs and tougher turns come more spectacular views. Since there are no creeks or streams in the northern section, people with horses or dogs should be prepared to bring their own water. Trail users will find gentle grades around the meadows and up Paiute Creek Canyon, with more challenging climbs and features on Coyote Bluff and on the Horse Trail in the southern portion of the park. Several miles of narrow, challenging single-track trails were constructed in May 2011 that join the Canyon Trail and Coyote Bluff Trail. Hikers will find easy climbing and dramatic views, while intermediate to advanced mountain bikers will be delighted by the undulating and meandering loops and features. The southern trails are very popular with dog walkers as there are two creeks and wide-open areas for responsible exercising. The park has seen some improvements during the years as well, with the most obvious addition being the soccer and softball fields added next to the entrance. Other additions include fallen trees converted to benches along various trails. The park is open year-round, with many of the trails used by crosscountry skiers in the winter.

The trails themselves are the most important feature of the park, offering people a unique glimpse of the wilderness that is such an integral part of Lassen County. One of the most spectacular views in the park is up the steep 3/4-mile Overlook Trail to an old helipad that overlooks the entire park. It is the most rigorous trail in the park, but short and well worth the effort. The Coyote Bluff Trail naturally wanders around Coyote Bluff, through meadows and into a forest of pines and junipers. The Dry Meadow Trail has a very low elevation gain and is perfect for beginning hikers and cyclists or those in the mood for a gentle stroll. Another favorite of many hikers is the slightly more primitive Canyon Trail that follows along Piute Creek and has very scenic views throughout. The easiest way to get to the park is to take Main Street to North Roop Street, which connects to Cherry Terrace. Follow 1.2 miles to Lakewood Way. Turn left into the park entrance. There is plenty of dayuse parking for both vehicles and horse trailers. For more information, call (530) 251-8288, or visit O

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Lassen Volcanic National Park


reated in 1916, Lassen Park features seething sulphur springs, belching mud pots, hissing steam vents, as well as opportunities for short hikes and strolls through some of the most pristine, untouched wilderness in the country. Lassen Peak enjoys its place as the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range, which extends north all the way to Canada. The western part of the park features lava pinnacles and volcanoes, while the eastern part features small cinder cones forested with conifers and studded with small lakes. Visitors may even observe hydrothermal activity right alongside Highway 89, the road that traverses the park. The Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center, located near the park’s southwest entrance off Highway 36, is open daily April 1 through Oct. 30; and open Wednesday through Sunday from Oct. 31, through March 31, with the exceptions, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. This year the center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center receives its name from the Mountain Maidu name for Lassen Peak, which means Snow Mountain. It includes an exhibit hall, amphitheater, auditorium, a bookstore, a café and a gift shop, and a dining area with summer patio. The Loomis Museum, Information Center and Bookstore, located near the northwest entrance to the park off Highway 44, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday May 27 through June 12 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from June 13 through Oct. 30. It may close sooner depending upon the weather. For more information, call (530) 5956140. The Loomis Museum at Manzanita Lake offers information, exhibits, videos and ranger-led programs during the summer months. Photographer B.F. Loomis documented Lassen Peak’s most recent eruption cycle and promoted the park’s establishment. He photographed the eruptions, explored the geology and developed an extensive museum collection. Artifacts and photographs of the 1914-1915 eruptions are on display in the Loomis Museum.

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Exhibits feature the original equipment Loomis used to photograph the eruptions and traditional Atsugewi basketry. The Manzanita Lake Camper Store offers restrooms, a pay phone, showers, a laundromat, food service and a gas station. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 through June 9; from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 10 through Aug. 21; from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from Aug. 22 to Sept. 5; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 through Oct. 11. Call (530) 335-7557 for more information. Hiking trails take visitors through a hydrothermal area called Bumpass Hell, and through the Devastated Area that exhibits remarkable recovery since the peak’s last eruption in 1921. Lassen Volcanic National Park’s 106,372 acres provide a wealth of fun activities as varied as the seasons of the park. There are more than 150 miles of hiking trails within the park, which range in difficulty from a strenuous 5-mile round-trip hike up Lassen Peak to a gentle, 1.85-mile stroll around Manzanita Lake. There are eight campgrounds within Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a large part of Lassen’s wilderness is available for wilderness camping with a free permit. For a longer trek, visitors can hike to the top of

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Lassen Peak, elevation 10,457 feet, on a fivemile, four- to five-hour roundtrip journey that climbs about 2,000 vertical feet. Be sure to pick up a map at either park entrance and consider exploring the listed trails. These walks are a great way to see just a few of the 700 species of plants and wildlife in the park. The park also offers talks and evening programs during the summer. And don’t forget about Lassen Volcanic National Park if you visit Lassen County during the winter. Park rangers lead snowshoe walks that enable visitors to explore the beauty of the park year-round. The fee to enter the park is $20 per vehicle (valid for seven days) or $15 for each motorcycle. Senior (62 and older) lifetime passes are $10 at the entrance (or $20 by mail). Access passes (for anyone with a permanent disability) are free in person (or $10 by mail). Military annual passes are free in person for active duty military and their dependents. If on bicycle, foot or organized groups the fee is $10. Season pass $40 (all year round) The park road covers about 30 miles and takes approximately an hour to drive. Other seasonal passes also are available. Passes are waived on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend in January, National Park week in April, the National Park Service’s birthday weekend (Aug. 25 to 28), National Public Lands Day in September and Veterans Day weekend in November. The best time to visit the park for car touring or hiking is from July through September. The road through the park may be closed from late October to mid-June due to snow, but there is parking and access to the area at both the north and south entrances year round. Campground fees are $12 to $24 per night and sites are available both by reservation and on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a campsite, call (877) 444-6777 or reserve online at For more information, call the visitor’s center at (530) 595-4480 or visit O


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urn your hunt into an experience you’ll remember for years to come. Honey Lake Firearms and Guide Services offers a full team of experienced big game and waterfowl guides and services. These folks share the same hunting addictions you do. The service opened in 2003 to provide its customers with quality firearms, ammo and optics. In 2007 they added full service guided hunting, fulfilling many hunters’ dreams. Lassen County is home to X zone deer hunting, which offers some of the biggest bucks found in California. X zone is a by-draw-only zone and a tag can only be acquired by putting in for drawing. Jeff Cagle is a life-long hunter and Lassen County resident for more than a quarter century. He founded Honey Lake Firearms and Guide Service out of his passion for hunting and the outdoors. “I inherited the love of hunting from my grandfather and the ethics he passed down, Cagle said. “We’ve built an outfit that provides a hunting experience simply unavailable anywhere else in California, with tremendous success rates.” For more information on the guide service, call (530) 310-3900, or go to For more information on hunting in Lassen County, call the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce at (530) 2574323, or visit O

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Lassen Historical Museum


f you’re a history buff, you won’t want to miss the Lassen Historical Museum, located next to Memorial Park at 75 N. Weatherlow St., when you pay a visit to Susanville. The museum provides a wonderful starting point for visitors curious about the area’s past with exhibits that preserve and update more than 160 years of local history with items and relics of great historical interest. Rare photos, Susanville ephemera and case after case of unique items from the archives help sketch out the history of the area from the days of the Gold Rush forward. Adjacent to the museum is Roop’s Fort, the oldest structure in town, built in 1854 as a trading post and ranch on the emigrant trail. The cabin is also known as Fort Defiance for the singular role it played in the Sagebrush War of 1863. During the three-day conflict, Susanville residents fortified themselves in defense against a force from Plumas County. Roop’s Fort looks over Piute Creek and Memorial Park, where thousands of emigrants camped in wagon trains on their way to the gold fields in the 1850s and 1860s. It recently updated its extensive collection of historical artifacts and

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information with stunning new displays. The new additions include an updated train and transportation section, original pen-andink trail maps created in 1857 and 1858 by Col. Lander, an updated sports and athletics section reliving the history of athletics in the area and a Gilded Era display which focuses on the suffrage movement. The museum bridges the gap between Lassen County’s past and its future. By accepting donations of a variety of different artifacts from the area’s past, the museum has weaved a tapestry of historical significance that’s a source of pride for the entire community. Run almost exclusively through the hardworking volunteers and board members of the Lassen Historical Society, the new museum building is a reminder and a beacon for visitors. Other nostalgic items from previous centuries include authentic arrowhead collections and Native American art, pieces of Uptown businesses that have long since vanished, authentic weapons, bottles, photos and more from the county’s

Various artifacts, such as this antique wooden artificial leg found on the Nobles Emigrant Trail, are on display at the Lassen Historical Museum. Photos by Makenzie Davis founding fathers. The Historical Society, which celebrates its 57th anniversary in 2016, takes great pride in restoring and maintaining artifacts of all shapes and sizes, from turn-of-thecentury rifles to formerly brokendown wagons. The museum has played host to a variety of different events in the past, from presenting an annual $2,000 scholarship to a local student, to the Whistlestop lectures describing events of the past to class field trips and projects for many local students. For more information about the Historical Society, making donations, the museum or planned events on the horizon, call (530) 257-3292, or go to s/administration/communitydevelopment/parks-andrec/museum/. O


Susanville Indian Rancheria Pow Wow


he Susanville Indian Rancheria’s annual Pow Wow draws dancers from all across the country. The Pow Wow — held at the SIR Gym or Lassen Community College in the past — is now held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds because it continues to grow larger and larger each year. This year it will be held during The Pow Wow is held to honor elders and veterans “for all of the sacrifices they made so that we may live,” according to the Pow Wow’s website. The Pow Wow is a family affair where children of all ages join parents, grandparents and great-grandparents in the dancing celebration of Native American culture. This year’s seventh annual Pow Wow at the Lassen County Fairgrounds brings together families, drummers and

performers from many different traditions from all across the West Coast. It is scheduled for May 20 through 22. What would a Pow Wow be without a host of dances? Pow Wow dance specials include the Men’s Traditional Special, the Woman’s Traditional Special, the Special Jingle, the Fast and Fancy War Dance and others. The event also features a Princess Pageant. Camping and showers are available at the fairgrounds, and the Diamond Mountain Casino offers special Pow Wow rates. Food, arts and crafts vendors also will participate at the Pow Wow. Remember, the Pow Wow is a drugand alcohol-free event. Bring your own lawn chairs. For more information, call (530) 249-7192, or visit O

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Susanville Bluegrass Festival


he seventh annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Lassen County Fairgrounds from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. The festival has become one of the favorite bluegrass destinations for pickers, grinners and bluegrass fans from all across Northern California. Campers may arrive as early as Monday, June 20, and the fairgrounds offers approximately 80 RV sites with electricity. There are also nearly 30 RV sites with both power and water available. All camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are welcome, but they cannot go to the audience area near the stage. RV spaces are $25 per day ($10 no hookups), and tent camping is $10 per day. This year’s lineup includes The Chapmans, The Boxcars, Sonoran Dogs, The Roustabouts, Blue Canyon Boys, The Central Valley Boys, The Alabama Bowties and Southwestern Pilgrimage. Tickets are available presale and at the gate. The festival also offers a music camp, including a three-day festival admission pass. The music camp will be held from Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24. If there are any quilters in your bluegrass-loving group, they can work in an air-conditioned building while the festival goes on. And don’t worry — the music is piped in from the stage. For those who fear playing with others, Rick Sparks again offers a jamming class sure to put any picker’s nerves at ease. Food and craft vendors will also be at the event. For tickets or more information, call the Lassen County Fairgrounds at (530) 251-8900 or visit or O


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Best of Broadway


assen County’s Best of Broadway production has blossomed into a much-anticipated annual event, and after 17 years it’s still continuing a great run. Lassen County’s Best of Broadway performs its Broadway review concert series each spring to sold-out audiences at Susanville’s Veterans Memorial Hall. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to bringing a live theatrical experience to the community. Through music, song and dance, its goals are to entertain, educate and inspire local children, youth and adults. The Best of Broadway concert series has become a Lassen County entertainment tradition. Each season the series welcomes more than 100 new and veteran performers, directors, choreographers and technical crewmembers to the stage. Rehearsals begin right after families return from Christmas break, with performances kicking off the first Friday in March. The group performs six stellar shows during two weekends on Friday and Saturday nights with matinees on Saturday. Although the cast and crew rehearse and perform three months out of the year, the production process goes on year-round. It begins in May with the board’s approval of the show theme and a lineup of songs and leadership. Development of costume design, sets, music and choreography takes place during the summer months. Auditions are held in October and November and casting is completed in December. The rigorous rehearsal schedule from January through the beginning of


March culminates in an aesthetically pleasing full theatrical experience. The 2016 production, dubbed “All’s Fair in Love and War,” featured song and dance numbers from “Pirates of Penzance,” “Once Upon A Mattress,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Mama Mia,” “Civil War,” “Dracula” and “Tarzan.” Each year, the Best of Broadway Concert Series puts a portion of its profits into updating Veterans Memorial Hall. During

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the years, the group has invested thousands of dollars in sound and light gear and other improvements to the Veterans Memorial Hall to upgrade the venue for all the performing arts groups which use the facility, including the Susanville Symphony Society, Lassen County Arts Council, Joan’s Dance Studio, J and J Performing Arts, the House of Dance and the Susanville Symphony Swing Band. Besides all the dedication of the stage performers and backstage workers, organizers said the show would not have survived for so many years without the support of parents, grandparents and contributions of so many people and local businesses such as Susanville Supermarket, Billington Ace Hardware, Margie’s Book Nook, The Lassen County Arts Council, KSUE and JDX, the Lassen County Times, friends, family and past volunteers. Through music, song and dance, Best of Broadway’s goals are to entertain, educate and inspire local children, youth and adults. And now, after 16 seasons, the Best of Broadway Concert Series is a cherished and much-anticipated Lassen County entertainment tradition! For more information about Best of Broadway, call 260-6191 or go to O

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Take a stroll through Susanville’s Historic Uptown


ithin a small area in Historic Uptown Susanville are many of the original buildings and homes. For a copy of a tour guide, visit the Lassen Historical Museum at 115 N. Weatherlow St. or call (530) 257-3292 or the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, 75 N. Weatherlow St., at (530) 257-4323. Susanville is the second oldest town in the western Great Basin and was established as a trading post in 1854. Lassen County was created in 1864 when Susanville won the special election for county seat by one vote. Since then, Susanville has been a major trading center, and still remains the major commerce center for the region. Here’s a start for a pleasant stroll around Historic Uptown Susanville: Roop’s Fort Beginning on Weatherlow, just one-half block off Main Street, is Roop’s Fort and the Lassen Historical Museum. Roop’s Fort was built as a trading post by the Roop brothers in 1854, and was the first building in Lassen County. Roop’s Fort was also the site of the Sagebrush War in 1863. St. Francis Hotel The St. Francis Hotel is the next stop, located on the corner of Main Street and Union. The St. Francis Hotel was built in 1914, and was the former site of the Magnolia Hotel, which in the mid-1800s housed various administrative functions of Lassen County until a courthouse was built. Pancera Plaza Pancera Plaza is located up the block, on the corner of Main and Gay streets. Take a break and relax; enjoy the plaza developed by the Historic Uptown Susanville Association. Read the personalized bricks placed in the front planters and examine the mural of Dad Popcorn while resting on the benches. T.H. Long Building Across Main Street, the T.H. Long Building previously housed numerous livery stables from the earliest days of Susanville until this structure was built in 1914. The building is now the home of Sierra Jewelry. The Old Torrey Drug Building The Old Torrey Drug Building is up the street (on Main Street) and was founded in 1921. It now houses Uptown Uniforms. It was the previous site of the Owl Saloon during the turn of the century, where one could find Shorty Douglas, a gentleman who provided local character, presiding at the bar. Pioneer Saloon Across Main Street, the Pioneer Saloon, at this location since 1862, is the oldest business in Northeastern California. Currently the home of Lassen Ale Works, it is the place where Plumas and Lassen county officials licked their wounds and made peace after the Sagebrush War. The Grand Cafe Right next door to the saloon is the Grand Cafe. The cafe was established in 1909 by Kwan Wong, a Chinese man whose cafe

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specialized in American cuisine. The cafe originally was in the rear of the Pioneer, but later moved next door into the newly constructed “Wee Wee” building in 1912, where it remains today. In October 1921, Sam Vucanovich and Steve Sargent took over the cafe. The Sargent family still owns the cafe today — more than 80 years later. The cafe is now closed and the building is currently slated for renovation. Williams Building Next you’ll come to the Williams Building (established in 1907), formerly occupied by the Spalding Drug Company which operated from 1865 to 1967. Spalding Drug bottled its own patented medicines. Oddfellows Building Across Main Street, the Oddfellows Building was built in 1896 for $4,000 and became the town’s first two-story red brick building. The Silver Star Lodge of the I.O.O.F. is one of Susanville’s older fraternal organizations, having been established in 1879. Del Mar Building One block up Main Street, on the left, is the Del Mar Building, built in 1914 for O.M. Doyle, manager of the Pioneer Saloon; the last brick building built in Uptown Susanville. A mural about cattle ranching in Lassen County now graces the building’s west face. Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge crowns the top of Main Street. It was built in 1884 for Dr. J.G. Leonard’s dental practice and residence and remained in private hands until 1922 when the B.P.O.E. organization acquired it for a lodge. Backing up one block to Roop Street, there are many wellmaintained Victorian homes. Wemple House Located at 100 N. Roop St. is the Wemple House, which was built in 1907 for David Knoch and is typical of the homes of the period that remain intact. Maurino Home The Maurino Home, located at 130 N. Roop St. and built in 1909, has been beautifully restored by its present owners. Masonic Hall The Masonic Hall was built in 1926, and is located on the corner of Lassen and Nevada streets, just one block off Main Street. This building is the last of the major native stone structures built in Susanville. It houses the oldest fraternal organization of Lassen County, the Lassen Lodge F. & A.M. No. 149, established in 1861. Sacred Heart Catholic Church The Catholic Church is in an area originally part of Susanville’s Chinatown district of the 1860s. The parish was established in 1912. It is located on the corner of Union and Nevada streets, just up from Roop’s Fort. O


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re you serious? Could Susanville actually become a stop on one of those ever-popular brew pub tours? You bet. Susanville now hosts two locations where beer lovers can taste those delicious handcrafted brews — Lassen Ale Works in Uptown Susanville and the new brew pub just up the hill at Diamond Mountain Casino. As the casino celebrated its 20th anniversary in March 2016, the event coincided with a gala three-day celebration that included the grand opening of the casino’s new on-


John Kegg, the brewmaster at the Diamond Mountain Casino’s new brew pub, stands alongside some of the new brewing equipment. Kegg plans to brew small batches of at least six different beers — a move that’s sure to please those who love microbrews. Photos by Sam Williams

premises brew pub — offering at least six varieties of brewed-on-thepremises beer (as well as special “guest taps”) and a special menu of pub food specifically designed to go with the new brews. For more information on the casino or the brew pub, call 252-1100. O

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Project Eagle Lake Trout

here’s fun for the whole family during the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends thanks to festivities held at the Eagle Lake RV Park in Spalding. The fundraisers are in their eighth year. The California Inland Fisheries Foundation Project Eagle Lake Trout present family oriented festivals including a horseshoe tournament, a casting contest, a delicious barbecued lunch, a huge raffle with various prizes such as fishing gear, bottles of wine, a knife sharpening kit, flashlights and a guided fishing trip. According to Mike Arnold, co-owner of Eagle Lake RV Park & Store, some locals bring their hot rods for a miniature car show. There’s also a special raffle held for children ages 3 to 12 featuring a variety of prizes including numerous bicycles, and sports and fishing gear. Every child wins a prize. “Its just a really fun event for both adults and children,” said Kate Arnold, coowner of Eagle Lake RV Park & Store. For those interested in learning how to catch Eagle Lake trout, top guides offer free advice about how to reel in that trophy lunker that will create a memory to

last a lifetime. PELT is a nonprofit organization — supported mostly by volunteers with a connection to Eagle Lake — which is dedicated to improving the Eagle Lake fishery and enhancing safety on its waters. CIFFI is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of California and the federal government, and dedicated to enhancing fisheries within California. “It’s been an extremely successful

event… Any money that’s collected goes directly to CIFFI and PELT,” said Kate Arnold. Together they work to allow hatcheries to keep Eagle Lake trout spawned at the fish trap on Pine Creek longer so they will be bigger and hardier when they are finally planted in the lake; thus contributing to the total number of trophy trout available to anglers. For more information, call Eagle Lake RV Park & Store at (530) 825-3133. O

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Eagle Lake Recreation Area


nly two hours from California’s central valley and its summer heat is one of Northern California’s best kept secrets — the Eagle Lake Recreation Area. The relatively undiscovered area offers beautiful natural landscapes, numerous camping facilities among pine trees, water sports, biking, hiking and most importantly, no crowds. Located within the pristine Lassen National Forest just 15 miles north of Susanville, Eagle Lake is the second largest natural lake in California. Only 120 miles from either Chico or Redding, visitors can easily leave after work on a Friday afternoon and arrive

before nightfall or even consider visiting just for the day. Eagle Lake is a cool alternative to the valley heat where you can fish, boat, ski, windsurf, sail, swim and enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Gallatin Beach, near the marina, offers a shallow-water, sandy beach area perfect for the younger crowd. Here they can create sand castles and play with their shovels and pails while Mom and Dad set up a family picnic. The lake is fed by intermittent streams and several underwater springs and is in a closed basin with no natural outlets. The result is a highalkaline water that can support only one specially adapted member of the

trout family, the Eagle Lake Trout. Experienced fishermen claim the Eagle Lake Trout is the tastiest redmeat fish they have ever eaten. With 100 miles of windswept shoreline, there is plenty of room for fishing. Each year, up to 175,000 Eagle Lake Trout are released into the lake by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, assuring a catch for almost everyone. The average fish weighs three pounds, but four- to sixpound fish are common with the occasional lunkers weighing as much as 10 pounds. The marina offers services such as bike rentals, open boat storage, boat rentals, showers, laundry facilities, r

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food service and gasoline. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is primarily underdeveloped, and the natural state of the environment allows for numerous opportunities to view local wildlife, including the bald eagle. The pine forest is home to many wild creatures. Remember, if you plan to hike in the area, carry fresh water, binoculars and apply sunscreen prior to leaving camp. Children will be excited by the games played at the Junior Ranger program. Some of the games include identifying animal tracks, animal charades, drama activities, songs, environmental education and stories

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to feed children’s thirst for knowledge. In addition to the Junior Ranger program, other activities include slide shows, campfire programs and nature walks throughout the week. The five campgrounds along the shores of Eagle Lake offer a total of 326 campsites, including multi-family sites and group campsites. The diversity of the campsites allows visitors the opportunity to experience primitive or developed sites with accommodations for RVs, trailers or tents. Reservations can be made for the Eagle, Christie and Merrill campgrounds. The other campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Day-use sites include two large picnic areas, the marina, a large beach and swimming area and five miles of paved biking and roller blading paths. Plan your summer vacation now by reserving a campsite in one of the campgrounds. Reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1 (877) 444-6777 between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is handicap accessible in most areas. Special paved paths have been constructed for easy access. For more information, call (530) 825-3454 or go to O

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Rails To Trails Festival


he Rails to Trails Festival, presented by Lassen Land and Trails Trust and Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the important role railroads played in the region and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Trust hosts the festival at its historic Susanville Railroad Depot at the Bizz Johnson trailhead. You can try your hand at pumping an historic handcar, and, if you’re brave and have four friends to join you, you can compete in California’s only parallel-track handcar race. The depot recently celebrated its centennial. The festival kicks off the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8 with the Bizz Johnson Marathon runners heading out for the first of two races on the trail. The day picks up speed with children’s activities and handcar ‘warm ups’ in the morning. The air is filled with the enticing smells from the Chili and Salsa Cook-off competitors as they prepare for the mid-day judging. You want to be in line early so you have time to taste them all! Throughout the day there will be great live entertainment featuring artists, musicians, storytellers as well as vendors offering regional produce, crafts and food. For more information, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252, go to or email They’re happy to answer any of your questions and help you plan for a great weekend here in Lassen County. O

Handcar racers vie for glory as members of the Lassen County CattleWomen serve samples of their Pistol Packin’, Rib Stickin’, Butt Kickin’, Better n’ Chicken, Beef Chili during the cook-off at a recent Rails to Trails Festival. File photos

Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon


istoric Uptown Susanville boasts all the amenities of a small town: quaint, locally owned stores, friendly faces and a deep history. One facet of Uptown’s rich culture is Lassen Ale Works at the Pioneer Saloon, located at 724 Main St. in Susanville. “We are as local as it gets,” said Margaret Liddiard, commenting on the local staff, food and brews. “If you want a flavor of Susanville, this is the place to get it.” Lassen Ale Works has 12 house brews available, seven brews year-round, with four seasonal beers in rotation. Some of the regular brews include the Pioneer Porter,


File photo Bizz Johnson Blonde, Eagle Lake IPA, Volcanic Double IPA and more. According to Liddiard, the Bizz Johnson Blonde is the most popular. Additionally, the bar and restaurant serves a wide variety of dishes and mixed drinks from the full bar. The in-house custom-made 10-barrel brewing system brews 300-gallon batches, according to the saloon’s website. Bombers, 22-ounce bottles, and growlers, 64-ounce bottles, are available to take home. The establishment also hosts various bands and events throughout the year. In addition to the modern qualities, the

plot of land where the current brewery stands has its own history. Originally, a business named the Humboldt Exchange Saloon opened at the location in 1862. It soon after changed names and hands and became the Pioneer Saloon. Above the bar is a wall covered with brands from ranches, a few bullet holes and, as the story goes, Bing Crosby once stopped into the saloon for a drink and had the owner paint his name, and the brand PX by it, on the wall. The Pioneer celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012. O

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Diamond Mountain Speedway Photo by Josh McEachern

s the sun begins to set on warm summer evenings in Lassen County, it’s not uncommon for residents and visitors to find themselves under the bright lights of the grandstands at Diamond Mountain Speedway sipping on a cold beverage and listening to a combination of country music and roaring engines. The sounds of revving engines, the smell of burning tires and the deafening sounds of an excited crowd fill the air starting in May and continuing into September. Hungry fans from all over gobble up the fastpaced, mud-splattered action as mini, strictly stock and modified class racers zip around the course seeking the checkered flag. This family friendly event is entertainment for anyone looking for a good time in Lassen County, and provides intrigue and excitement as racers roar around the dirt track — sometimes using only three wheels. The smell of fuel, the rumble of finely tuned

engines and the excitement of witnessing the races live bring out the best in both fans and racers alike. “It’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” said Larry McCracken, a modified racer. “At first, it’s scary when you are sitting there in line, but as soon as you get going, it’s like you are in a whole other world. It’s a blast.” Come check out the races and gather your own heart-pounding story by sitting in the grandstands of the Lassen County Fairgrounds, watching the drivers and hearing the earth-trembling sounds at the Diamond Mountain Speedway. The popular Fourth of July races return and land on a Friday this year. At the conclusion of the races, there will be a fireworks show celebrating the United States. Bring a blanket, grab your significant other and snuggle up tight for the Lassen County fireworks show following the races. For more information, go to O

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Lassen County Arts Council


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he Lassen County Arts Council is the home of the local arts scene in Lassen County. Located in Uptown Susanville at 807 Cottage St., the arts council hosts monthly art exhibits by local artists or students year-round. One of it’s newest and most popular offerings is Cork and Canvas, where those wanting to learn to paint can enjoy a glass of wine and receive art instruction from a seasoned artist while creating their own personal rendition of a famous piece of art. Similar alcohol-free events also are offered for children from time to time. In addition, the arts council sponsors the annual Art of Wild Horses community event, a summer Youth Art Program, open studio events for artists working in many different mediums, restoration of Susanville’s murals and arts in education. If you’re looking to sample the flavors of art in Lassen County, stop by the Lassen County Arts Council Gallery. For more information, call (530) 257-5222 or go to O


Centerwheelers Square & Round Dance Club


he Centerwheelers Square & Round Dance Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Richmond School in Susanville. The club goes dark during August, but otherwise meets year-round. Interested dancers can join in on the fun, and no

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partner is necessary. They also encourage drop-ins, and out-of-town dancers are always welcome. Beginner square dance classes start each year in September. For more information, call (530) 310-1858. O

Susanville City Kickettes


e sure to look for the Susanville City Kickettes — a dance company made up of young ladies from J and J Performing Arts — during your visit to Lassen County. The Kickettes always wow their audiences with sky-high kicks and precision dance routines. However, they also have a service platform, using their time to perform acts of community service all over Lassen County at after school programs, charity events, fundraisers, etc. The dancers put on the annual Christmas Extraordinaire every December in which they perform as many as 12 themed dances and make as many as 15 costume changes. They participate in the


File photo Susanville Uptown Christmas as well as many other local events during the fall season. They donate a portion of their show proceeds to nonprofit organizations after every performance. Since their creation in 2005, there have been more than 50 Kickettes dancers who have performed at more than 60 events countywide. They have also participated in dance competitions on national stages all over California and Nevada. Under the direction of Jessica Wade, the idea for the Kickettes originated with Doug Sheehy, a well-known performance enthusiast in Lassen County. O

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Bible Baptist Church

Indian Heights Full Gospel Church

742-580 Mountainview Dr., Herlong, (530) 260-8205

750 Parkdale, Susanville

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Janesville Christian Fellowship

718-045 Hwy 395 E., Standish, (530) 254-6990,

Calvary Chapel Susanville

Truth Tabernacle 2595 Main St., Susanville, (530) 260-8006 Email:

464-615 Main St., Janesville, (530) 253-3181

450 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-4833,

United Methodist Church

Janesville Southern Baptist Church The Church of Jesus Christ of The Log Cabin at Church St. & Main, Janesville. Latter Day Saints

70 South Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 257-5893

Calvary Chapel Westwood

(530) 253-2759

315 Ash Street, Westwood, (530) 256-3309

Church of Christ 205 N. Fairfield, (530) 257-5433,

905 Richmond Road, Susanville, (530) 257-6369,

Jehovah’s Witnesses 2404 Bunyan Rd, Susanville, (530) 257-2984,

Lassen Missionary Baptist

Community Church 1400 Numa Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-2924,

Pentecostal Church of God

1825 Spring Ridge Rd., Susanville, (530) 257-5195,

Doyle Christian Church

Doyle, (530) 827-3163

Main St., Doyle, (530) 827-2430

Reaching Nations for Christ

Eagle Lake Community Church

479-805 Wada St., Susanville, (530) 249-6536 Email:

687-905 Lakeview Dr., Spaulding, (530) 825-3371

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

First Baptist Church

120 N. Union, Susanville, (530) 257-3230 742-710 Susanville St., Herlong, (530) 827-0259

First Baptist Church of Westwood

St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Mission

401 Delwood St., Westwood (530) 213-3458

First Southern Baptist Church

105 Ash St. (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Annex,) (530) 249-5114 Email:

Cornell & Alexander, Susanville, (530) 257-4767, Email:

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church LCMS

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

First & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-2223 Email:

1155 North Street, Susanville, (530) 257-6002

Gospel Tabernacle

Standish Bible Church

Plumas St., 1 block SE of A-3 & US 395, Standish, Fourth & Ash Streets, Susanville, (530) 257-3136 (530) 254-6688,

Grace Fellowship Foursquare 1401 Riverside Dr., Susanville, (530) 257-2210

Grace Life Church 995 Paiute Lane, Susanville

Herlong Assembly of God

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Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors Worship 8:30 am & 10:45 am

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Christian Sunshine Preschool • 530.251.5576

Susanville Assembly of God 473-465 Richmond Rd., (530) 257-5000,

Susanville Christian Fellowship 705 Hall St., Susanville, (530) 257-3452

Herlong Access Rd., Herlong, (530) 827-2465

Susanville Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Highland Baptist Church 801 Cottage St., Susanville, (530) 257-5225

3035 Johnstonville Road East, Susanville, (530) 257-2283,

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

The Church in Susanville

Hamilton Branch, Hwy. A13 at Big Springs Rd. and Mary Ann Lane, (530) 596-3622

Richmond Rd. at Richmond School, Susanville, (530) 310-2738

Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God The Church of Jesus Christ of 464-905 Standish-Buntingville Rd. (A-3 between Latter Day Saints Sears and Sunnyside Rd.), Janesville, (530) 253-3222,

624 Ash St., Westwood, (530) 256-3405

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150 S. Lassen St., Susanville, (530) 250-4903 CHURCH PAGE Light House Ministries FP 345 Ash St., Susanville, (530) 251-4521 (CINDIE)

Church of the Nazarene

Westwood Assembly of God

Clear Creek CA-147, Westwood, (530)816-0652,

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More than a church...a home! Sunday Services: 10am • Wed: 5:30 pm Free Dinner, 6pm Service Dynamic ministries for children and youth available.

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Climb our rocks


assen County may lack the majestic granite cliffs of Yosemite or the dizzying peaks of the Swiss Alps, but those daring souls who like to climb rocks can find plenty of adventure in our region just the same. Lake Almanor resident and experienced rock climber Paul Bernard recently compiled the “Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of Northeast California,” published by Camp 4 Press, a comprehensive 430-page guidebook of climbs all around northeastern California. The book includes more than 600 climbing routes in Lassen, Plumas, western Tehama and parts of Butte and southeast Shasta counties and even a special section on bouldering opportunities. Bernard said there are two “hot spots” for rock climbers in Lassen County — Pigeon Cliffs just outside Susanville and Tom’s Thumb, a crag above Janesville near Thompson Peak. Learning to climb in Joshua Tree National Monument as a high school student, Bernard moved to the area a few years ago and discovered many “obscure and weird little rock climbs all over the place,” and thus his climbing guide, which he worked on for five years. According to Bernard, Pigeon Cliffs — a crag that soars about 90 feet above the Susan River near Hobo Camp offers about 25 different routes of varying difficulty. There’s even a turnout on Highway 36 at the cliff ’s summit. So if you’re a climber, make sure you bring along your gear when you come to Lassen County so you can accept the challenge to conquer our rocks. O Photos by Robert Mahenski


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COFFEE HOUSES Artisan Coffee 464-440 Church St. Janesville, CA (530) 253-3000 Starbucks Coffee 2890 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 251-8460 Starbucks Coffee Inside Safeway 2970 Main Street (530) 257-2029 FAST FOOD Burger King 1520 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-8787 Frosty Mill 605 Ash Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5894 Jack in the Box 2910 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-7838 Kentucky Fried Chicken 3013 Riverside Drive Susanville, CA (530) 251-2943 McDonald’s 3000 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6880 Panda Express 106 Rob’s Way Susanville, CA (530) 257-8286

Port of Subs 1626 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 252-1626

Little Caesars 1820 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-9191

Subway Sandwiches 2978 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-0404 Also inside Walmart

Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza 1245 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 251-4622

Taco Bell 2990 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-8188

Pizza Factory 2975 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-3458


Pizza Factory 464-420 Church St. Janesville, CA RESTAURANT (530) 253-3700 PAGE FP Round Table Pizza (CINDIE) 2655 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5353

Heard’s Market Highway 395 Litchfield, CA (530) 254-6600 Idaho Grocery 2120 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2194 Primo Deli 614 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6694 Safeway Marketplace 2970 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2029 Susanville Supermarket 50 Grand Avenue Susanville, CA (530) 257-5136 PIZZERIAS Buffalo Chips Pizza 322 Birch Street Westwood, CA (530) 256-2412

Diamond Mountain Casino Brewery and Pub 900 Skyline Drive Susanville, CA (530) 252-1100

Walker Mansion Inn Cafe 3rd and Ash Westwood, CA (530) 256-2169

Honey Lake Restaurant 18 miles South of Susanville Highway. 395 Milford, CA (530) 253-2508

The White House Restaurant 3085 Johnstonville Rd. Susanvile, CA (530) 257-6666

Kopper Kettle 2535 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-2966 Lassen Ale Works 722 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7666 Lassen Steaks 1700 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7220


Lumberjacks 2795 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 252-1115

Courthouse Café 2920 Riverside Dr., #104 Susanville, CA (530) 257-8881

Old Mill Café & Bakery 324 Birch Street Westwood, CA (530) 256-3180

Diamond Mountain Bar & Grill at Diamond Mountain Golf Course (Seasonal) 470-895 Circle Dr. Susanville, CA (530) 251-2520

Skinny’s Ribs & Bibs BBQ / Catering 2101 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2427

CHINESE FOOD Chinese Kitchen 2455 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-6228 Happy Garden 1960 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-5553 Young Sing 1350 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-2826 MEXICAN RESTAURANTS El Tepeyac Grille 1700 Main St. Susanville, CA (530) 257-7220 Mazatlan Grill 1535 Main Street Susanville, CA (530) 257-1800

Annually, during February, a crowd gathers at the Susanville Elks Lodge for A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine, which will be in its 29th year. Those who attend enjoy hand-selected premium wines and a wide array of mouth-watering beef hors d’oeuvres presented by Lassen County CattleWomen and Cattlemen. Representatives from local grocery stores pour some of their best wine selections, and the Cattlemen serve wine brought in from Napa Valley. Past hors d’oeuvres include marinated steak preserves, raspberry chip beef bites, hamburger artichoke rollups and beef stuffed mushrooms; many more will also be featured at the event. There is also a silent auction containing numerous items on which people can bid. Proceeds support local youth activities, scholarships and agriculture in the classroom. The next event takes place Feb. 25, 2017 at the Susanville Elks Lodge. O

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Biking in Lassen County

Photo by Joshua McEachern


assen County is home to an array of biking opportunities and offers both a vast high dessert and high sierra surroundings that would please any outdoor-minded person. Lassen can offer something to each type of rider out there, whether it’s road, trail, or mountain biking, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy as a rider. The most famous trail in Lassen County is the Bizz Johnson Trail that attracts people from all over the world. The Bizz Johnson according to rails to trails conservancy is in the top 10 trails of California and is actually number one on the list. Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels. The landscape is a combination of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine and fir. The trail then follows existing roads an additional 4.5 miles into Westwood, where a railroad station type kiosk and a 25foot carved redwood statue of Paul Bunyan mark the Westwood trailhead. Check current conditions before planning a trip on the trail by calling Bureau of Land Management, Eagle Lake Field Office at (530) 257-0456. Another trail that is quite the gravel grinder and is also in the top ten of the rails to trails conservancy is the Modoc Line Rail Trail, which starts on Wendel Road in eastern Lassen to southern


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Modoc County. The trail traverses over 2,000 acres of some of northeastern California’s most dramatic rangeland, views of the Skedaddle and Warner mountain ranges and opportunities to see wildlife, including herds of pronghorn antelope. The trail corridor connects BLM lands from Biscar Reservoir to the Tule Mountain Wildlife Study Area. Three segments of the trail are currently open to the public for use. The Sage Hen segment, the Snowstorm Canyon segment and Viewland. The surface is gravel with sections of remnant railroad ballast. The trail cuts through open cattle range and the use of caution is encouraged. Another trail that is still fairly new in Lassen County is the South Side Trail. This amazing single-track connects to the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail and is great for groups with different skills. From Susanville, this ride starts at a BLM day use area called Hobo Camp. There is a good swimming hole, fishing, picnic areas, and restrooms. If mountain biking is your expertise or preference look no further as Lassen is home to Susanville Ranch Park. The park has 29 miles of single track that wind through canyons, around meadows, and up into the hills in this uncrowded and unspoiled park. From easy to challenging trails, everyone will find something to suit their liking in Susanville Ranch Park. The park is also home to two mountain bike races during the year, Ridin’ High at the Ranch and the Super D. Of the 29 miles of single track that Susanville r

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Ranch Park has to offer for mountain biking, 4.1 of them are used for the Super D races. The Super D section features step drops, jumps and 50-degree plus bank turns. Ridin’ High at the Ranch uses ninety-five percent of the single-track course, with steep inclines and fast-flowing descents. The course’s elevation starts at about 4,200 feet and increases its elevation at the top to 5,600 feet. Beautiful views can be taken in at the top of the course while riding through the lush pines. For more information visit or visit their Facebook page. One of Lassen’s newest trails is the South Side Trail that connects to the Bizz Johnson trail. It begins as a dirt road leaving the Hobo Camp parking area and turns into a narrow, hand-built single-track. The trail twists and turns along the contour and crosses an old dirt road. The trail follows the rim above the Susan River for 2 miles and gets better and better the whole way. There are short climbs with rewarding downhill sections all the way to Devil’s Corral, which is a trailhead just west of Susanville off of State Hwy 36. The South Side Trail features long sections of trail that flow seamlessly through basalt lava flows and evergreen glades along the beautiful Susan River. Riders will see the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail across the canyon while riding. Two road bike climbing challenges are the Janesville Grade starting at the Janesville Chevron and the Eagle Lake Summit, starting in town and riding up Town Hill, then up A1 toward Eagle Lake to the summit and back. Another way to Eagle Lake is up Highway 139, which is the longer route that will take you to the north end of the lake. Most of the roads and highways in Lassen County have light traffic and make for great riding. For more information visit the Susanville Area Bicycle Association Facebook page at groups/SABAriders/. O

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Coppervale Ski Area Lassen County’s own ski haven provides the essentials for a quality family outing


f there’s snow on the ground in Lassen County, then it’s time to hit the slopes at the Coppervale Ski Area located on Highway 36 between Susanville and Westwood. The more snow there is on the ground, the more enthusiastic the expectant skiers and snowboarders become of a great season. Coppervale is operated on a seasonal basis as snow conditions allow and offers the perfect opportunity for beginners, families and advanced skiers alike. “This is a good way to get the kids away from the TV,” said Norm Wilson, manager of Coppervale Ski Area. “It’s also a great family thing. You can sit here at the lodge and watch your kids do laps. It’s not like Tahoe where they can get lost two ridges over. It’s just a really good place to be. It’s a community atmosphere, and that’s the way we like it.” Coppervale brings in locals as well as numerous skiers from all over the world looking for an intimate experience. According to Wilson, the ski area staff keeps busy during the wait for the weather in the off season, grooming and making sure everything is perfect for the ski area to open when the snow arrives. Coppervale, owned and operated by Lassen Community College but run entirely by volunteers, features a poma lift and a rope tow to carry skiers and snowboarders up 800 vertical feet of good times. The area also boasts a terrain park, which allows opportunities for every skill level from beginner to expert. Coppervale also caters to families, as the size allows family members to easily keep an eye on each other. Lessons are available for anyone who would like them, while the full-featured terrain park and half-pipe offers the more daring folks in the crowd a chance to spread their wings and fly. Ski and snowboarding lessons are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Beginners can start on a slight slope just to the west of the lodge, and eventually move over to the more intermediate rope tow and finally on to the poma lift. The poma lift was installed in 1977 and offers a one-of-akind experience as it hauls each snow lover to the top of the mountain where they can enjoy incredible panoramas of the Goodrich Creek Valley below. Wilson has been running the mountain for more than 33 years. He isn’t able to predict when the ski area will open for the winter and said Coppervale opens whenever Mother Nature feels like blanketing the area with snow. As Lassen County locals know, winter weather is unpredictable but once it comes, the snow provides the ski area with ample amounts of white powder for the enjoyment of all. Thanks to a donation from Ski Ducks, an organization that supports disadvantaged youth, free snowboards; skis and boots are available for loan at Coppervale.


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Diamond Mountain Golf Course


here are many recreational options available throughout the beautiful area of Lassen County to satisfy any craving. Hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and even strolling are in abundance everywhere you look. Just about everything is offered in our mountain area, and one of the favorite sports in the history of civilization, golf, is also offered right here against the picturesque views of mountains, meadows and lakes. While not a sport for the winter enthusiast, the clean air and pristine landscapes of the area lend the perfect atmosphere for any golf lover. The weather in Northeastern California ensures tee times between the early spring to the end of fall. Tee times usually begin when the first golfer arrives about 7 a.m. in the warmer months, with an 8 a.m. start more common in the colder months, and the course stays open until the sun slips behind the western slopes. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course offers 18 holes of splendid playing time for those who love to hit the links. In 2003, the golf course expanded from nine holes to a full 18hole course. Once known as Emerson Lake Golf Course, the course changed its name, as well as its overall vibe. The Diamond Mountain Golf Course is located at 470-835

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Circle Drive in Susanville and is a par 72 and 6,454 yards long. The course is complete with a driving range, chipping area, putting green and a pro shop, as well as a restaurant. Originally designed by Dave Tanner and opened in 1968, the course offers spectacular views of Diamond Mountain, rolling green meadows and ponds as big as lakes. The course is known for premium shot accuracy because of its tight layout and defined cut of rough bordering its fairways. Sand bunkers have been included in the design of every hole to add to the large, sloped greens, which are fast but soft in texture so “they should hold your shots.” According to, “This course offers something for everyone, with its long, straight fairways, simple doglegs, numerous pine trees and fast greens.” Visitors are encouraged to hit the links and check out the picturesque course set against the mountains of Lassen County. After trekking through the course, stop and have a burger or numerous other food options at the bar and grill. Tee times and registration are available online, as well as signup specials for the course and course rates. For more information regarding tee times, cart rates and discount fees, call the clubhouse at (530) 257-2520, or go to O


A Magical Country Christmas


tart off the holiday season with fun for the whole family. A Magical Country Christmas is an annual event put on by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Uptown Susanville Association. It is a free event that features live entertainment, dance performances and refreshments. Many local businesses and organizations make Christmas-themed floats for Santa’s Grand Entry Parade. Santa appears at the end of the parade and participants follow him to the top of Main Street near the Elks Lodge to watch a spectacular fireworks show. People have a great opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts because many shops stay open later in the evening for

this special holiday event. For more information, call the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce at (530) 257-4323 or go to O

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he Lassen County Fair is the longest-running community event, and it draws more than 35,000 patrons each year. This year’s event, held at the beautiful, wellmaintained fairgrounds, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 24. The fair offers people of all ages something to enjoy whether it’s the carnival rides or strolling ground acts. It is also a great place for people to catch up on what residents have been doing as people walk through the buildings to see the canning, quilts, floral, artwork and photography. Take a moment to walk back to the livestock barns and see what the youth have been doing to prepare their animals for the fair. The fair is full of long-time traditions including the Miss Lassen County Pageant, a scholarship program where girls vie for the top crown and the opportunity to represent the community. On Friday, people gather to acknowledge the Employee of the Year nominee and the old timers gather at Bekins Stage for apple pie and recognition.


The fair also offers participants the opportunity to win some prizes with its For many locals and visitors, the animal frozen T-shirt, auctions are the main focus at the Lassen watermelon County Fair in July. File photo and funnel cake-eating contests held on Saturday. This year’s fair theme is “Red, White, & MOO, The Lassen County Fair Wants EWE.” At 10 a.m. Saturday, residents line up on Main Street Susanville to watch the fair parade, sponsored by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, featuring local and visiting organizations as well as the grand marshal and old timer of the year recipients. You won’t want to miss out on one of the biggest summer events. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, call (530) 251-8900, or go to O

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Pioneer Cemetery


ptown Susanville is rich with local history from the murals to the Pioneer Saloon. If you’re in the area, walk over to the Pioneer Cemetery — nestled on a hill above the Susan River — the final resting place for many of the county’s founding fathers. Located on Pine and Court streets, the cemetery is located in a beautiful area of Susanville, where it overlooks the town and valley, the mountains creating a barrier on the west side and the historic courthouse almost right across the street. The cemetery was established when Perry Craig drowned in the Susan River in November 1860, but there is no marker for his grave. People will find however, headstones for Isaac Roop, town founder, his daughter, Susan Roop Arnold, after whom Susanville is named, William Weatherlow and Native American veterans Tommy Tucker and Leonard Lowry. In 1918, the cemetery was closed, plots were no longer available and the Lassen Cemetery opened on Chestnut Street. Even though the Pioneer Cemetery was deemed closed, interments continued with 99 burials between 1978 and 2001. O

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arious local events allow vintage car enthusiasts and owners to showcase or gaze upon some great classic vehicles. Whether it is the “Main Cruise Classic Car Show,” on Saturday, June 25 in Memorial Park, which lines up classic cars and motorcycles for viewing and judging, or the Susanville Street Rodders’ “High Country Cruise,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds which features cars

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and trucks from before 1975, raffles, food, music and games for the children. For more information on either of

these events, call the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce at (530) 257-4323 or go to O

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Lassen Volcanic National Park offers winter activities, too


Snowshoes are provided, though a $1 donation is suggested to cover maintenance and replacement costs of the snowshoes. Snowshoes are only provided for the rangerled activity; the park does not rent snowshoes or other winter equipment. Equipment rentals are available in the nearby towns of Chester, Chico, Mineral, and Redding for those who wish to explore on their own. Be prepared Visitors to the park during the winter should be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Check the most recent weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water. Stow a shovel, extra blankets and tire chains in your vehicle in case unexpected winter road conditions delay your travel. Call the park at (530) 595-4480 or go to for a reservation, program information, current conditions, or general information. O














hen the snow and wintry to request their own ticket, as multiple weather finally closes Highway 89 tickets will not be issued. Tickets will be through Lassen Volcanic National available inside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Park for the season, visitors can still Visitor Center beginning at 9 a.m. the same enjoy the park’s winter wonderland. day of the program. Visitors with tickets will The park remains open for visitors meet out front of the visitor center at 1:30 throughout the winter. p.m. Visitors can still drive into the park as far At the beginning of each snowshoe walk, as the Manzanita Lake area at the north a ranger will demonstrate how to put on and entrance, and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee use snowshoes. Once the basic techniques Visitor Center, one mile inside the park’s are covered, the group heads out into the southwest entrance. snowy landscape and the adventure begins. “We invite you to the park to snowshoe, The route and distance of the walks will ski and sled or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate vary depending on group ability, fitness, and by the fireplace in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee snow conditions, but the walks will generally Visitor Center throughout the season,” said last for two hours. Walks are open to those Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons. visitors eight years of age and older; Ranger-led snowshoe walks are offered on children in carriers and trekking poles are Saturdays and Sundays starting in January not allowed due to safety concerns. and continuing through March or early Organized groups (schools, scouts, etc.) April, weather permitting. planning to attend, must schedule a rangerParticipants should meet at the Kohm led walk outside of the regularly scheduled Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at 1:30 p.m. for a public walks. 1-½- to 2-hour walk through the park’s spectacular winter scenery. w ww.RecAndT Te “The ranger-led snowshoe (530) 836-6811 walks are an excellent way to learn or practice snowshoeing techniques and explore Lassen MAS-SIERR LU in its winter form,” Gibbons said. “For those visitors who (800) 221-3474 don’t have snowshoes, here’s an opportunity to see how much CO M M U N I C AT more fun winter can be.” S-S Each program is limited to MA IER 40 people, and a ticket must be obtained in person the day of (800) 555-2207 PSREC the program to participate in LE C LE C T RIC the walk. Each person will need

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nyone with a snowmobile or access to one is truly fortunate to be in Lassen County during the winter. Lassen National Forest offers some of the best maintained snowmobile trails in the state. The Eagle Lake Ranger District alone manages roughly 160 miles of well-groomed trails in its portion of the forest. Combined with snowmobile trails in the Almanor and Hat Creek ranger districts, employees manage more than 590 miles of snowmobile trails. That’s enough to be any cross-country skier or snowmobile rider’s dream. Fredonyer Snowmobile Park The Fredonyer Snowmobile Park is located 10 miles west of Susanville on Highway 36. The park has about 80 miles of groomed trails. Many trails are looped, with some connecting to Plumas National Forest trails. Boasting spectacular views as well as more technically challenging trails, these trails are some of the most visually pleasing for those adventurous enough to make the trek. Bogard Snowmobile Park Bogard is about 22 miles northwest of Susanville on Highway 44. Also boasting about 80 miles of trails, Bogard has the meadows of Pine Creek Valley. Though they are not groomed, these meadows are generally open to snowmobiles. Lassen National Forest warns riders to watch for fence lines and to be careful of water under the snow during warmer months. Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park Morgan Summit Snowmobile Park is located 4 miles east of Mineral, California on Highway 36. Consisting of 77 miles of groomed trails, the Lassen National Forest Winter Recreating Guide says the Morgan Summit trail system can be accessed from Mill Creek on Highway 172 and from Mineral.


Jonesville Snowmobile Park Access to the Jonesville Snowmobile Park can be found two miles east of the Cherry Hill Campground on the Humboldt Road, also known as County Road 91422. It can be accessed from Highway 32. Jonesville features 60 miles of groomed trails, including three loops. Swain Mountain Snowmobile Park Lassen National Forest considers the Swain Mountain Trail system the hub of the trail system for the entire forest. The park is located just off County Road A-21, about nine miles north of Westwood. The park can also be accessed just east of the ChesterLake Almanor staging area on Highway 36. The system consists of 60 miles of beginner-level groomed trails. At the beginning of the winter season, Swain is usually the first staging area to open with enough snow to move, as well as the last place to close facing the onset of spring. Swain links directly into the Fredonyer and Bogard snowmobile parks, which can offer roughly 200 miles of marked trails, both groomed and not groomed. Visitors should know some trails are close to the Caribou Wilderness and Lassen Volcanic National Park — areas that prohibit snowmobiles. Ashpan Snowmobile Park Located off Highway 44/89, about four miles northeast of the north entrance to Lassen National Park, Ashpan has 35 miles of groomed trails. According to Lassen National Forest, the Ashpan trail system is associated with 30 miles of trails located in Latour State Forest. The trails are good for multiple skill levels, as well as spectacular mountain views. Most of the snowmobile trails offer either restrooms or warming huts, or both. O

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Safe and Sane Halloween


afe and Sane Halloween, sponsored by the Historic Uptown Susanville Association, is a community tradition offering a safe venue for trick-or-treaters and their families each year. Expect ghosts and goblins, fairy princesses and furry creatures to take over Uptown Susanville from 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. Uptown businesses, along with other community organizations, hand out candy. Children can win a prize for the best costume in several age groups and people can even dress up their furry friends for an animal contest. Additionally, the recently added Coffin Races add some ghoulish fun for groups participating. Coffins are decorated and raced down Main Street. Main Street in Uptown Susanville is closed to traffic during the event, allowing participants safe passageway in the area, as well as local dancers to perform a variety of dance numbers. O


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Hiking Trails & Wilderness Areas


here are several places to go in the Lassen National Forest to enjoy a good hike and see wildlife and nature at its best. For information regarding these pursuits, call the Lassen National Forest headquarters in Susanville at (530) 257-2151, or any one of the forest’s three ranger districts: Eagle Lake District, (530) 257-4188; Almanor Ranger District, (530) 258-2141; and Hat Creek Ranger District, (530) 3365521. Here are a few places to look for: Pacific Crest Trail This National Scenic Trail, winding through about 120 miles of the forest, runs the gamut from the granite and high mountain lakes of the northern Sierra Nevada to the lava and broken landscape of the southern Cascade Mountains. Parts of this trail are blocked by snow until late in the season, so check with the Forest Service offices listed above for updated conditions. Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line that ran alongside the Susan River. The 26-mile trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the east slope of the Sierra. It is an ideal, multi-use trail. Wilderness areas Wilderness areas are special places where natural forces operate freely. National Forest wilderness areas offer visitors excellent hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in a primitive, completely undeveloped setting. The Forest Service manages these

areas to protect their pristine natural values. Motorized vehicles, as well as mountain bikes, are not allowed and management activities, such as trail maintenance, are done by hand. You can help protect the wild character of wilderness by using minimum impact camping techniques. Pack out all trash. If you are riding a horse or using pack animals, pack in their forage and picket them at least 100 feet from lakes, trails, campsites and meadows. Overnight campsites should also be at least 100 feet from all lakes and trails. Leave only your footprints and take only pictures. These two wilderness areas make up about 10 percent of the Lassen National Forest. Caribou Wilderness This is a gently rolling, forested plateau dotted with blue lakes edged in pine and fir. Crater peaks and cinder cones, reminders of the area’s volcanic heritage, can be seen throughout the Caribou. Hiking is generally easy, and the summer use period is from mid-June to midOctober. It is adjacent to wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Ishi Wilderness A unique low-elevation wilderness, the Ishi is a land incised by wind and water, dotted with basaltic rock outcroppings, caves and bizarre pillar lava formations. This is up-and-down country, a series of eastwest sunburned ridges framed by rugged river canyons lined with riverine forests. The best hiking time is in the spring and fall as midsummer temperatures often top 100 degrees Fahrenheit. O

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Susanville City Parks Photo by Robert Mahenski


ometimes we need a small piece of green space, or a park, to relax and enjoy the fresh air, stretch our legs or let our children run off some energy. One of the best places to do that is a city park. The city of Susanville offers six parks and each offers something a little different. Memorial Park Memorial Park is located on North Street and has lit tennis courts, a baseball field, picnic area, complete skateboard park, playground equipment and restrooms. The park also has a rose garden, community event stage and even a place to set up a volleyball net. Roop’s Fort, the Susanville Community Center and recreation offices also are located on park grounds on Weatherlow Street just below the Uptown area. The Lassen Historical Museum, run by the Lassen County Historical Society, and the Lassen

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County Chamber of Commerce are nearby. Riverside Park Riverside Park is on Riverside Drive and has a picnic area, softball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, a playground and equipment as well as restrooms. The fields are lit for evenings.

Susan River Park Another rustic park even closer to town is Susan River Park, along the Susan River behind Lassen High School. It can be accessed from Riverside Drive. It has a trail, benches, a parking lot and handicapped fishing access.

Pat Murphy Field Near River Street is the Little League Park called Pat Murphy Field, with baseball fields and restrooms. Susanville Ranch Park Susanville Ranch Park is located off Cherry Terrace behind Meadow View Elementary School. CP National Corporation donated the park to Lassen County in 1984. The 1,100-acre park is great for outdoor enthusiasts. The park has lots of room for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor

Skyline Park Susanville’s newest park is Skyline Park off Highway 139 and Skyline Drive. It provides bike paths, a BMX path, hiking trails as well as benches for relaxing. One trail leads to the top of a hill that provides a panoramic view of Susanville. For information about lighting fees or reserving the park for events or large groups, call Recreation Programs and Reservations at (530) 252-5113 or go to O




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et in a picturesque locale of forest, rivers and lakes, Lassen County offers bountiful opportunities for bikers, runners and hikers to explore the wonderful terrain offered throughout this part of Northeastern California. The outdoor-minded will never be bored with hundreds of trails offered for all types of recreation. Wildlife and Mother Nature are the perfect backdrop to any adventure, and Lassen County offers all that and more. Hiking trails are in abundance throughout the Lassen National Forest. Some trails hikers may be interested in are the Pacific Crest Trail, Hole-in-theGround to Black Rock, Heart Lake National Recreation Trail and Spencer Meadows National Trail. For full information about hiking pursuits and even more options, call the Lassen National Forest in Susanville at (530) 257-2151, or any of

the forest’s three ranger districts: Eagle Lake District, (530) 257-4188, Almanor Ranger District, (530) 258-2141 and Hat Creek Ranger District, (530) 336-5521. Multi-use: Bizz Johnson Trail This trail runs from Susanville to Westwood along an old railroad line trailing the Susan River through 26 miles of back and forth water crossings, complete with wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The trail offers majestic views of the river canyon and the Sierras, and is an ideal trail for recreational use. Ideal for beginner bike riders and family excursions, both on foot and on wheels, the trailheads provide easy access no matter where you begin. There are excellent fishing opportunities as well in the Susan River and camping is allowed outside of trailheads. O

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Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program


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or the curious or equine enthusiasts looking for an addition to their stables, the Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Corrals on Highway 395 North are worth a visit. Just 21 miles east of Susanville, the corrals can hold up to 1,000 animals that have been removed from public ranges to keep wild populations in balance with other rangeland users. These animals are available for adoption by the public. Anyone can visit the corrals during regular hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Summer hours are from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The facility is closed on federal holidays. Adopters can call the corrals at (530) 254-6575 and arrange to view available animals

and take one home. Horse lovers find many reasons to adopt mustangs. Growing up in the rugged and rocky high deserts, these horses have developed sturdy feet and legs. They are sure-footed as well. Many adopters have high praise for the loyalty, or bond, that wild horses develop with their owners. For these equine enthusiasts, this bond is well worth the time and patience it takes to gentle and then train a horse that has never been around humans. Adopted mustangs are used for all types of riding, work and competition. Many adopters prize burros as pasture pets. They warm up to their human owners quickly and are highly trainable. Many burros are used to guard livestock from predators such

as coyotes and still others are used for back country packing and pulling carts. Title to adopt wild horses and burros remains with the federal government for one year. After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title. The law recognizes the animals as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west,” and requires the BLM to manage the wild herds. For more information about an adoption event or wild horse managements, call the corrals at (530) 254-6575, the Department of the Interior Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at (800) 417-9647 or go to wild_horse_and_burro.html. O

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n 86-mile segment of the former Southern Pacific Modoc Line, owned and operated by Lassen Land and Trails Trust, offers views of the Skedaddle and Warner mountain ranges, Northeastern California’s rangeland and wildlife, including pronghorn antelope herds. Dubbed the Modoc Line Rail Trail, the trail is open to motorized vehicles, bicycles, equestrians and hikers. Be aware the trail traverses a remote, delicate and primitive terrain. Never travel alone on the trail and let others know where you are going and when you plan to return. Trail users should be prepared and carry plenty of water, food, first aid and safety supplies. Cell phone reception is intermittent. There are no campgrounds or campsites along the trail, but

Modoc Line Rail Trail camping is permitted on adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands. There is no access to watering or grazing sites for horses, and trespassing onto private land along the trail is not permitted. Equestrians should bring whatever supplies are needed for their horses. No firearms may be discharged along the trail.

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Three segments The Modoc Line Rail Trail is divided into three segments that will be used by most visitors. The 6.9-mile Viewland segment is accessible from Wendel Road, off Highway 395. The historic Noble’s Emigrant Trail crosses the trail and the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Corral is nearby. The 13-mile Snowstorm Canyon segment includes Snowstorm Creek Canyon volcanic tablelands, columnar basalt cliffs and even the remains of an old train wreck. The BLM’s Biscar Reservoir is visible from the trail Visitors can access the 19.9-mile segment from Likely on Highway 395, offering breathtaking views of the Warner Mountains and the Modoc Plateau. For more information, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust at (530) 257-3252 or visit or call the BLM at (530) 257-0456 or (530) 233-4666. O

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The Elegant Grebes of Eagle Lake Photo by Nils Lunder


s one of the least disturbed lakes in the west, Eagle Lake and the surrounding area hosts a rich abundance and diversity of plants and animals. Waterbirds flock to the lake in the tens of thousands along their migratory routes, attracted by the abundance of the lake’s fish populations, making Eagle Lake a great birding destination. Of particular note, Western and Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis and A. clarkii) are two species that benefit from Eagle Lake’s resources. Western and Clark’s are large grebes that have nearly identical natural histories and look almost identical as well (so much so, in fact, that until the 1970s these two species were thought to be only one). Look for black plumage dipping below the eye on the Western, which has a slightly greenish-yellow bill, and white plumage extending above the eye on the Clark’s, whose bill is a brighter yellow-orange. These birds rarely fly except during migration and while they are extremely awkward on land, they are superb divers. The courtship rituals of both species are


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among the most complex among birds and include a “weed dance” in which a pair gracefully presents and takes turns caressing each other with a beak full of plant material culminating in the incredible “rushing” display in which the birds appear to run across the surface of the water in unison. They build floating nests in colonies that can number in the thousands. Western and Clark’s Grebes brood their young on their backs which climb onboard within minutes of hatching and ride there for their first two to four weeks of life. In summer, Western and Clark’s Grebes are found at inland lakes and marshes, but migrate to the Pacific coast to spend their winters. Because of their flightlessness outside of migration, these grebes are greatly and regularly affected by oil spills on the coast, leading to greater concern for their protection and success at their inland breeding grounds. To identify key threats and conservation opportunities, Plumas Audubon Society has been monitoring the grebe populations at Eagle Lake since 2010. In the past, Eagle Lake has been a highly important breeding site for Western and Clark’s Grebes, having been one of four northern California lakes (along with Clear Lake, Tule Lake,

and Lake Almanor) to host more than 90 percent of the state’s breeding populations. Drought lake levels have not allowed the grebes to find suitable nesting sites among emergent vegetation, so no breeding has occurred on Eagle Lake in recent years. However, Eagle Lake remains a significant location for migrants to rest and refuel and thousands of Western and Clark’s Grebes are still seen at the lake in late summer and early fall. In addition to Western and Clark’s Grebes, other commonly seen fish-eating birds found at Eagle Lake include Bald Eagle, Osprey, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Doublecrested Cormorant, Forster’s Tern, California and Ring-billed Gulls, Eared Grebes, and Common Mergansers. Boat responsibly — slow down, navigate around large flocks of birds and avoid bird strikes. Discarded fishing line poses an entanglement hazard for birds on and around the water, so recycle or dispose of fishing line properly. Grebe Festival Plumas Audubon Society is hosting its first ever Grebe Festival in August 2016 to educate about and celebrate these extraordinary birds. For more information, go to O

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Enjoy Winter in Lassen County

Winter recreation etiquette

Common courtesy is key for an enjoyable experience for all winter recreationists. Please keep in mind these etiquette tips while recreating:

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• Keep out of skier’s tracks - walking or snowshoeing on tracks makes a skier’s trek much more difficult. • Keep to the right of skiers - they are moving much faster than snowshoers and walkers and head-on meetings can hurt! • Skiers, snowshoers and walkers going uphill need to yield to downhill skiers (the latter don’t have much choice). When overtaking another skier, call out “track.” Please proceed only after the skier in front has stepped off to one side. • Step off the side of the trail while resting. This will prevent an Many animals hibernate throughout the winter. Humans are afforded no unexpected collision with such luxury. In fact, living a sedentary lifestyle during the colder months of skiers. the year can actually prove detrimental to human health. • If you fall, move Exercise is beneficial any time of the year, but it can be especially so during yourself and the winter months when colder temperatures force many people inside, where they equipment to one live more sedentary lifestyles than they do during the rest of the year. Adapting your side and try to exercise habits in the winter can help you make it through the colder months in great fill any holes shape. you made. There is no reason to stop exercising when the temperature drops. The American Heart O Association says working out in the cold weather has distinct advantages over working out in hot and humid conditions. When the weather is cold, you may be able to work out longer and harder because the heat won’t zap your energy levels, and exercising outdoors in the winter is a great way to get small doses of sunlight that can improve mood and help your body produce more vitamin D. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says exercise can help boost your immune system, which can help you fight colds and flu symptoms. Just a few minutes of exercise each day can help prevent simple viral and bacterial infections as well. Working out in the winter may help you burn more calories than in warmer seasons. Research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that race times are faster in cold weather than in warmer temperatures. Quicker runs or walks can burn more calories. If exercising outdoors is too uncomfortable, break up your routine into smaller, more manageable sessions. Aim for 10-minute sessions several times per day. This quickly can add up to the 30 minutes of daily recommended exercise. Dress in layers so you can feel comfortable, adjusting your clothing as necessary. You don’t want to be freezing, but you don’t want to wear so many clothes that you start sweating and risk hypothermia. Consider less traditional exercises when winter sets in. These include shoveling snow, sledding, skating, skiing and snowshoeing. O Photo by Michael Lazzari

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The Bizz Johnson Marathon


ore than 1,000 runners flock to Lassen County in October to test their stamina and endurance during the annual Bizz Johnson Marathon. The popular race is more than 26 miles of hard-fought victory for participating runners. It’s also a great opportunity for them to set personal records and qualify for the Boston Marathon, while enjoying breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air. The trail, part of a railroad branch line originally constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1927 to haul lumber from Westwood to Fernley, Nevada, may seem an unlikely site for a marathon, but the scenic trail twists and turns through the rugged Susan River Canyon make it the perfect location for a back-country run. Runners will enjoy crossing the river 12 times on bridges and trestles, and trekking through two old railroad tunnels. Some runners go so far as to say the trail is one of the most beautiful sites for a run they’ve ever seen. The first few miles of the trail, beginning in Westwood, lean slightly uphill with the last 20 miles or so traveling gently downhill. Along the way, the trail passes through a landscape of semi-arid canyon and upland forests of pine, fir and juniper overlooking the flowing Susan River Canyon. The entire community of Lassen County supports the event. Local

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Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Susanville Rotary Club members staff aid stations along the course. The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and Lassen Land and Trails Trust also offer their services along with other community supporters. The marathon is a two-day event and features five runs of different lengths to satisfy any runner’s appetite. The Express Half Marathon starts off the event Saturday, Oct. 8. The course starts at the Goumaz Trailhead and runs through the second half of the trail. Runners will be bused to the location from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot and Visitor Center and will depart at 8 a.m. A shuttle to the starting location is included with the registration fee. The race on Saturday will have aid stations at miles 4, 7, 9 and 11. The Half Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 9, starts across the street from the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot on Richmond Road and continues up to wrap back around using the last quarter of the full trail route. Aid stations will be available every two miles, and the event is limited to 250 participants. The 10K Run also starts across the street from the Historic Railroad Depot, and, much like the Half Marathon, wraps back around to catch the marathon trail at the last three miles of the full route. The 10K Run appeals to local runners of all ages, with aid stations available every two miles, the event is limited to 50 participants. The Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon starts near Westwood at the Mason Station trailhead at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Runners will get to experience the unique beauty of the scenic Lassen National Forest with its cliffs, rivers, wooden bridges and railroad tunnels. The marathon, a USA Track and Field certified full marathon course and a Boston Marathon qualifier, attracts many runners in the hopes of setting a personal record, but note the altitude ranges from 4,200 feet to 5,600 feet. A shuttle to the starting location is included with the registration fee. There will be aid stations every two to three miles. The 50K Run The 50K is perfect for runners not satisfied with running the typical 26.2 miles of a marathon. The Bizz Johnson 50K Run offers an extra five miles for runners to enjoy. The race starts at the Mason Station Trailhead in Westwood at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 and ends at Hobo Camp. Aid stations will be located every two to three miles. For registration information and sign-up fees, go to O

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Doyle Days


any see the small South County town of Doyle as little more than a gas station and a few buildings standing alongside the road — nothing but a blur as they roar by on Highway 395. But the old, historic part of Doyle remains just a stone’s throw from the busy highway, and that nostalgic part of town — from one end to the other — transforms into the site of Doyle Days. The Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program is a nonprofit organization that brings events to Doyle and uses the proceeds to improve the community. The local group has worked hard the last few years to return the event to its previous glory, and they believe they are winning the battle.

Always a hoot, Doyle Days events include fun for the whole family such as cowboy skits and gunfights, a flea market, a pancake breakfast, Indian tacos and a parade sponsored by the Doyle 4-H. Previous years have included an awards ceremony, a lizard egg hunt, tug of war, a scavenger hunt, a horseshoe tournament and a street dance. This year, Doyle Days will be held on Aug. 12 and 13, with the addition of a 5K race that begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. And you definitely won’t want to miss the world famous Doyle Days Lizard Races! O

A truck carries the 2014 Doyle Days talent show royal court in the parade. Photo by Makenzie Davis

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Sativa seems pretty happy with her lizard’s performance in the Doyle Days’ World Famous Lizard Races as a Lizard Caller helps her out of the racing ring. Photo by Sam Williams

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estwood may be a small town but it hosts big events. Some have been on the calendar for many years. Following is a list of the activities planned:

Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival Saturday, July 2 the town of Westwood will hold the 29th annual Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival sponsored by the Westwood Chamber of Commerce. This event embraces Westwood’s roots in the logging industry. The festival is held at Westwood Park on Greenwood Street and a multitude of venues are located throughout the site. A logging show, which is a lumberjack competition, gives visitors a glimpse of the industry that built Westwood. Contestants compete with axes and chainsaws to determine the best skilled loggers. The

Walker Family, who owned the Red River Lumber Company, founded the town in 1913. Adjacent to the food court, in an area shaded by tall trees, is the location of the stage where blues bands entertain throughout the day. The festival features at least two bands with one as the headliner. The Arts, Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Fair is a popular area where crafters sell handmade wares, artists sell their artwork and experts in antiques and vintage items provide booths. In addition, organizations and public agencies host booths with information and activities. Children have an opportunity to play on several giant inflatable carnival activities, such as a water slide and bounce house, and take part in the junior logging show. Gates open at 11 a.m. following a parade along Ash and Third streets that ends at the park. A free street dance is held Friday, July 1,


The logging show, during the Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival, is a traditional celebration of Westwood’s logging past. at the Lassen County Visitor CenterWestwood Station from 8 to 11 p.m. as part of the festival. Also, a fun run takes place at 8 a.m. the morning of the festival, July 2, with the start at the visitor center located at Third and Ash streets near the railroad tracks. Westwood Museum volunteers serve a pancake breakfast at the Westwood Community Center. Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 10, the 25th annual chili r

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cook-off will take place at The Double G Ironhorse Saloon located at 320 Ash St. in Westwood. Chili cooks from throughout the region compete, developing recipes that please the judges, who do a blind tasting, as well as the people who purchase tasting kits. Trophies are not only awarded for the Judge’s Choice but also best-decorated booth and the People’s Choice for chili, drink special and salsa. Tasting kits are available at noon. Several activities entertain children such as a bounce house, face painting and a visit from Smokey Bear. The proceeds go to The Chimney Fund, a nonprofit organization founded to help those in need in the Westwood-Chester-Lake Almanor area.

Fire pits provide a place for community members to gather during Christmas in the Mountains. Photos by Susan Cort Johnson

For more information, call Mary Gow, president, (530) 339-6878 or Elizabeth Allen, vice president, at (530) 256-3700. A Facebook page has updates on events and activities sponsored by The Chimney Fund. Christmas in the Mountains Friday, Dec. 2, the Westwood Chamber hosts a winter festival on the grounds of the Westwood Community Center that features a light parade, a variety of vendors, children’s activities and warm fire pits to gather around with a cup of hot chocolate and good friends. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck as part of the Light Parade, ready to listen to each child’s Christmas wish list and pose for a photo. Also at the end of the parade a community Christmas tree is lighted. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. The community center is located at the corner of Third and Birch St. Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off A chowder cook-off is held annually on the Martin Luther King Jr. three-day weekend. In 2017 the event is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 14, and on that date cooking teams will gather on the grounds of the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station located at the corner of Ash and Third streets near the railroad tracks. A wide array of chowder is prepared and contestants go out of their way to wow

tasters in order to win the most popular vote. They provide appetizers and frequently desserts to go along with the soup and the chamber includes a bread bowl with the tasting kit that can be filled with a taster’s favorite chowder. A band entertains during the tasting and local organizations provide activities for children. For more information on all chambersponsored events, call the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at (530) 256-2456 or visit the website at O

A view from the second floor window of the Lassen County Visitor Center-Westwood Station reveals a large crowd of tasters amongst the chowder booths during the 2016 Westwood Chamber Chowder Cook-off.


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Westwood’s Mountain Meadows Reservoir

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ountain Meadows Reservoir, south of Westwood, has long been considered a jewel by

locals. Many go there to kayak or canoe, bird watch, take wildlife photos, walk or mountain bike along the shoreline and duck hunt. It was a popular fishing spot but the fishery was destroyed in September 2015 when the reservoir drained. It is in the process of being restored. A shallow body of water, Mountain Meadows Reservoir (referred to as Walker Lake by locals) backs out into meadowlands behind Indian Ole Dam. Created in 1924 by the Red River Lumber Company in Westwood to generate electricity, it continues to do so to this day as part of the Hamilton Branch Hydroelectric Project owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Six streams flow into this manmade lake, which impounds the waters of the Hamilton Branch approximately 5.5 miles from Lake Almanor. The draining of the reservoir has resulted in open discussion about its management as well as the oversight of surrounding meadows. To provide a cohesive voice for the community Friends of Mountain Meadows


was formed. It represents a multitude of interests that include conservationists, recreationists, those who hunt and fish and business owners. Quarterly meetings are organized by Friends of Mountain Meadows between members of the community and representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and PG&E. “This (Mountain Meadows) has not been one of the priority watersheds, it will be now,” said Andrew Jensen, a senior environmental scientist and supervisor of the Northern Region/Inland Fisheries Program for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He made the statement at the first public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 held at the Westwood Community Center. Fishery restoration is under the supervision of Monty Currier, an environmental scientist for the reservoir sport fish project for the northern region Department of Fish and Wildlife. It was determined that Sacramento Perch, a native to California, would be the first species introduced once the reservoir began to refill. Plans to take fish from Lake Almanor in the spring of 2016 were made. Also a project to improve fish habitat was undertaken. Discarded Christmas trees were collected, strung together and anchored to create fish habitat.

“The fish will usually spawn in close proximity to the trees. When they hatch out they will use the Christmas trees as cover and a feeding opportunity,” said Currier. Once Sacramento Perch are established the Department of Fish and Wildlife will introduce Bass from Trinity and Whiskey Town lakes following pathology testing. The goal for this project is the fall of 2017. The reservoir and its shoreline is part of 140,000 acres of watershed lands in California conserved through a Land Conservation Program established by the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. Although Mountain Meadows Reservoir is owned by PG&E, a conservation easement holder has been recommended for the land to make sure it is not developed and people enjoy it for generations to come in a variety of ways, including outdoor recreation. There is a boat ramp near the dam at Mountain Meadows Reservoir and a parking area. Mountain bikes can be ridden across the dam and along the south side of the lake. Mountain Meadows Conservancy, headquartered in Westwood, has created a list of birds found in the meadowlands and around the reservoir which numbers 150 ( Some of the birds are endangered or threatened species, such as the Greater Sandhill Crane and Willow Flycatcher. The lake can be accessed via a dirt road west of Westwood off County Road A-21, just before the Highway 147 junction. The road leads to Indian Ole Dam. O

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Wildlife Abounds

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atience and binoculars – and sometimes a little luck – can lead to some rewarding wildlife experiences. Dawn to dusk near water are the best times and places to find wildlife. It’s common to see a herd of pronghorn antelope on Hwy. 395 going toward Alturas, and on Hwy. 139 in Willow Creek Valley. In the Hat Creek area, be prepared to see everything from elk to bats. Osprey and bald eagles are often seen at Lake Britton. Elk, deer, snipe, swallows and bats can be sighted at Wiley Ranch. The Big Jacks/Straylor Lake area will afford you a chance to see sandhill cranes and perhaps a badger. Lake Almanor has the largest summer population of ospreys in California, so with a pair of binoculars you may be able to see them swooping down to the lake to catch a fish. Bald and golden eagles may also be observed around the lake.

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Photo by Michael Lazzari On the causeway going into Chester from the east, you will be able to see Canada geese at all times of the year. In the spring they proudly display their young, and the rest of the year there is always a large flock residing in the meadows. Mixed in with the geese you also will find a variety of ducks looking for food in the shallows. Was Eagle Lake named after eagles? You bet! Spend some time on the north shore and you should see bald eagles and osprey fishing for their meals. Deer, chipmunks, golden-mantled ground squirrels and a myriad of birds are common campground visitors. Sit quietly, and they might come close enough to be seen clearly – but remember, do not feed them. Wild animals that grow to depend on human feeding invariably come to harm. O


Happenings in and Photo by Chris Bielecki

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JUNE 2016 continued

May 7 Lassen County Office of Education “Children’s Fair” 10am – 4pm, Lassen County Fairgrounds. Admission is free. For more information call (530)257-2196 or go to May 7 Lassen County Arts Council “Cork & Canvas” 2-4:30pm, 807 Cottage Street. For more info and to reserve a spot call (530)257-5222 or visit May 8 Every Bloomin’ Thing “Muffins & Mimosas” 10am-4pm, 705-670 Hwy. 395 E. For more info call (530)251-2330. May 10-13 Customer Appreciation Days - See insert in the May 10th Lassen County Times Find out how you can win part of a $500 Shopping Spree! May 11 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit May 13 Lassen County Historical Society “3rd Grade History Day” Roop’s Fort & Memorial Park. For more information call (530)257-3292. May 14 Historic Uptown Susanville Association “Wine Walk” 2-5pm, Uptown Susanville. For more information, event planning, and scheduling call Melanie at (530)249-1061 or email May 14 Lassen Community College “Women’s Conference” 8am-4pm, 478-200 Hwy. 139. For more info call Lynda at (530)249-2774. May 14 “Pet Adoption & Awareness Day 3rd Annual Rabies & License Clinic” 10am – 2pm, Susanville Memorial Park, cash only for licenses & vaccinations, dogs must be on a leash, cats must be in a carrier. For more info call Susanville Police Dept. (530)257-5603 or the Lassen County Animal Shelter (530)257-9200. May 14 Lassen Land & Trails Trust & Bizz Johnson Running Company “Paiute Meadows Trail Run” 6am-4pm, 50K, Half Marathon, 4.5 mile, 1 mile Free Kid’s Run, Susanville Ranch Park. For more info and to register visit May 20 Susanville Symphony Society “The Susanville Pops Concert” 7pm, Susanville Assembly of God Church, 473-465 Richmond Road. For more info call (530)310-8111 or visit May 20 Lassen County Arts Council “Cork & Canvas” 6-8:30pm, 807 Cottage Street. For more info and to reserve a spot call (530)257-5222 or visit May 20-21 Lassen Humane Society “11th Annual Spring Yard Sale” Lassen County Fairgrounds, proceeds to benefit Pups on Parole & low income spay & neuter program. For more info call (530)257-4555. May 20-22 Susanville Indian Rancheria 7th Annual Memorial “Pow Wow” Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info visit or call (530)249-7192. May 22 Susanville Symphony Society “The Susanville Pops Concert” 2:30pm, Susanville Assembly of God Church, 473-465 Richmond Road. For more info call (530)310-8111 or visit May 26 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, hosted by Anytime Fitness, 2635 Main Street. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit May 28 Susanville Area Bike Association “Ridin’ High at the Ranch XC Mountain Bike Race” 8am, Susanville Ranch Park. For more info call Brian at (530)251-3051 or visit May 28 American Legion Eagle Lake Post #162 “Memorial Day Dinner” 5pm, Spalding’s Eagle Lake. For more info call (530)825-3449.

June 11 “6th Annual Bandwagon Festival 2015” 12 – 8pm, featuring local and nationally known artists, Diamond Mountain Casino, 900 Skyline Dr. For more info call (530)310-5875. June 11&12 Lassen County 4-H Horse Show Lassen County 4-H presents the Lassen County 4-H Horse Show at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, June 11 &12. For more information, call (530)251-8285 or email June 17 Lassen County Arts Council “Cork & Canvas” 6-8:30pm, 807 Cottage Street. For more info and to reserve a spot call (530)257-5222 or visit June 18 Lassen High Alumni Association “Annual Alumni Picnic” 11am – 3pm, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Jensen Hall. For more info call David French at (530)251-0673. June 24-26 Lassen County Fair “7th Annual Bluegrass Festival” Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. Band Camp is June 21-24. For more info call (530)251-8900 or visit June Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Main Cruise Classic Car Show” Memorial Park. For more information, call (530)257-4323 or visit June 30- July 4 “Global War on Terror: Wall of Remembrance and Stop 22 Tour” Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave.

JUNE 2016 June 3 Lassen High School “Graduation” 7pm, LHS Arnold Field, gates open at 5pm. For more info, call (530)257-2141. June 8 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit June 9 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, hosted by Superior Products Company, 474-340 Commercial Road. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit


JULY 2016 June 30- July 4 “Global War on Terror: Wall of Remembrance and Stop 22 Tour” Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. July 2 Westwood Area Chamber “29th Annual Paul Bunyan Mountain & Blues Festival” 11am-5pm at Westwood Park. For more info call (530)256-2456 or visit July 2 Lassen Cougar Enterprises “Rock the Lake” 8am-11pm, Eagle Lake Marina parking lot (South Shore). For more info call Grace at (530)825-3454. July 2 Project Eagle Lake Trout “Annual Family Fun 4th of July Celebration” 9:30am-4pm, Horseshoe Tournament, BBQ, Eagle Lake RV Park & Store at Spalding. For more info call (530)825-3133. July 2 American Legion Eagle Lake Post #162 “4th of July Parade & BBQ Dinner” 2pm, Spalding’s Eagle Lake. For more info call Gary at (530)250-3686. July 4 Diamond Mountain Speedway “Stock, Mini Stock & Modified Car Races” 6pm gates open, 7pm races start, LC Fairgrounds. For more info call (530)251-8900 or visit July 4 Lassen County Fair “Fireworks Show” 9:30pm, LC Fairgrounds. For more information, call (530)251-8900 or visit July 12 United Blood Services “Susanville Blood Drive” 12-6pm, Church of Latter-day Saints, 905 Richmond Road. For more info call (530)310-4060 or visit July 13 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit July 13 United Blood Services “Susanville Blood Drive” 8:30am-1:30pm, Church of Latter-day Saints, 905 Richmond Road. For more info call (530)310-4060 or visit July 14 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, hosted by Lassen Association of Realtors,1740 Main Street Suite C. Fore more info call (530)257-4323 or visit July 20-24 “Lassen County Fair.” Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. For more info call (530)251-8900 or visit July 23 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Lassen County Fair Parade” 10am, Main Street from Lassen St. to Russell Ave. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit

AUGUST 2016 Aug. 6 Lassen County Farm Bureau & Every Bloomin’ Thing “8th Annual Blues & Brews Festival” 5-8pm, live music, BBQ, micro-brew tasting, 705-670 Hwy 395 East. For more info call (530)257-7242.

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Aug. 6 American Cancer Society “Relay For Life of Susanville” 6pm, Lassen Union High School, 1000 Main Street. For more info call Debbie at (530)567-5946. Aug. 10 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit Aug. 12-13 “Annual Doyle Days & Lizard Races” 7pm Fri. lizard round-up, 9pm Fri. kick-off dance at Buck’s Inn, 7am Sat. 5K race & pancake breakfast, 10am parade immediately followed by outhouse races, 12pm lizard races, 8pm street dance, Dixon Park, Doyle. For more information email Aug. 13 Susanville Municipal Airport “Annual Air Fair” 10am-12pm, breakfast 7-10am, 471-920 Johnstonville Dr. For more info call (530)257-2030. Aug. 13 Lassen Senior Services “BBQ Cook-Off” Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. For more info call Penny at (530)249-1866. Aug. 18 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, co-hosted by C & S Waste Solutions of Lassen County, 471-825 Diane Drive. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit Aug. 19-21 Plumas Audubon Society “Grebe Festival” Friday midday to Sunday afternoon, Almanor Recreation Center, 102 Meadowbrook Loop, Chester. For more info call Theresa at (530)616-8373. Aug. 27 Second Annual Courage Triathlon - Saturday, Aug. 27, 10am at Plumas Pines Resort, Lake Almanor. For more info call (530)310-2768 or

Nov. 9 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit Nov. 11 “Veteran’s Day Parade” 11am, Main St. Entries meet at 10:15am at the LC Fairgrounds Armory on Russell Ave. Veterans Day services immediately following the parade at the Veterans Memorial Hall. Nov. 12 Soroptimist International of Susanville “5th Annual Ladies Night Out” 5-8pm, Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville, 1205 Main Street. For more info call Vicki Lozano at (530)310-3051. Nov. 17 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, hosted by Tri Counties Bank, 2641 Main Street. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit Nov. 18 Susanville Sunrise Rotary “14th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction” 5:30-8:30pm, tickets available at Margie’s Book Nook and Chamber, Jensen Hall at the LC Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. For more information call Tonya at (530)310-1840 or visit Nov. 18 & 19 Churches of Lassen County “37th Annual Church Women Together Bazaar” 5-8pm, Monsignor Moran Hall. For more info call (530)253-2193. Nov. 19 Susanville Friends of the National Rifle Association “Annual Fundraising Dinner” 5 pm, Veterans Memorial Hall in Susanville, dinner, auctions, raffles, family fun and guns. For more info call (530)257-4255. Nov. 19 Honey Lake Hospice “Light Up A Life Tree Lighting Ceremony” 6:30pm, Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-3137 or visit Nov. 24 Lassen Senior Services & Bizz Johnson Running Company “Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot” 8:30am, Lassen Superior Court, 2610 Riverside Dr. For more info call Linda at (530)310-5013 or visit

SEPTEMBER 2016 Sept. 3 Project Eagle Lake Trout “Annual Family Fun Fall Festival” 9:30am-4pm, Horseshoe Tournament, BBQ, Eagle Lake RV Park & Store at Spalding. For more info call (530)825-3133. Sept. 3 American Legion Eagle Lake Post #162 “Labor Day Dinner” 5pm, Spalding’s Eagle Lake. For more info call (530)825-3449. Sept. 8 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, co-hosted by Artisan Coffee, Steve’s Pumps, & Pizza Factory, 464-440 Church Street, Janesville. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit Sept. 10 Susanville Street Rodders “Annual High Country Cruise” 10am – 4pm, Lassen County Fairgrounds, food concessions, music, raffles. For more info call Rich at (530)257-3857 or email Sept. 10 Chimney Fund “25th Annual Chili Cook-off” The Double G Ironhorse Saloon, 320 Ash St., Westwood. Sept. 14 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit

OCTOBER 2016 Oct. 1 Susanville Area Bike Association ” Super-D Mountain Bike Race” 7am, Susanville Ranch Park. For more info call Brian at (530)251-3051 or visit Oct. 6 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, co-hosted by NAPA Auto Parts & Lassen Ale Works, 1289 Main Street. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit Oct. 8 Lassen Land & Trails Trust & Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Rails To Trails Festival” 10am – 4pm, 601 Richmond Rd., Historic Railroad Depot, chili cook-off, salsa contest, handcar races. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit Oct. 8-9 Coastal Trail Runs “Bizz Johnson Marathon, Half Marathon Express, Half Marathon, 10K & 50K races” 9am start, 8am start for 50K. For more info go to Oct. 11 United Blood Services “Susanville Blood Drive” 12-6pm, Church of Latter-day Saints, 905 Richmond Road. For more info call (530)310-4060 or visit Oct. 12 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit Oct. 12 United Blood Services “Susanville Blood Drive” 8:30am-1:30pm, Church of Latter-day Saints, 905 Richmond Road. For more info call (530)310-4060 or visit Oct. 31 Historic Uptown Susanville Association “Safe & Sane Halloween and Coffin Races” 3 – 5pm, Historic Uptown Susanville, street will be closed, businesses will hand out candy to children under age 12.

DECEMBER 2016 Dec. 2 Christmas in the Mountains, Chamber event at Westwood Community Center features a light parade, vendors, children’s activities, warm fire pits, lighting of Christmas tree. Third and Birch St. Westwood. (530)256-2456 or visit Dec. 3 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce & Historic Uptown Susanville Association “Magical Country Christmas” 5 – 7pm, Historical Uptown Susanville. For more info, parade, and vendor applications call (530)257-4323 or visit Dec. 3 Christmas Tree Lighting In Doyle. The Doyle Senior Building hosts a Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The event includes a visit by Santa, hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, call 827-2271. Dec. 8 Lassen County Chamber of Commerce “Mixer” 5:30-7:30pm, hosted by Plumas Bank, 3000 Riverside Drive. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit Dec. 14 Eagle Lake Village “Job Fair” 8am-5pm, bring a resume and dress appropriately, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road. For more info call (530)257-6673 or visit Dec. 21 Lassen County Arts Council “Adult Coloring Club” 1-2:30pm, bring your own supplies, 807 Cottage Street. For more info call (530)257-5222 or visit

JANUARY 2017 Jan. 14 Westwood Chamber of Commerce “Chowder Cook-off” Lassen County Visitors Center-Westwood Station, corner of Third and Ash streets, Westwood. For more info call the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at (530)256-2456 or visit

FEBRUARY 2017 Feb. 11 Pheasants Forever “Dinner” 4pm doors open, Jensen Hall, Lassen County Fairgrounds. For more info call Kenna English at (530)310-2988. Feb. Lassen County CattleWomen & Cattlemen “A Taste of Beef, A Sip of Wine” 6-9pm, Susanville Elks Lodge, 400 Main Street. For more info call (530)257-4323 or visit

If you’d like your event listed in this calendar, call Sam Williams at (530)7-5321 or email, Subject: Visitors Guide Calendar

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r 10 • r 82 • • Budget Host Frontier Inn Motel r 38 • • • 2685 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4141 Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel • Lodge style rooms, suites w/tubs 21 r 70 • 900 Skyline Drive, Susanville • 877-319-8514, 530-252-1100 Diamond View Motel Lodgingr18 • 1529 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4585 Knights Inn Motel r 40 • 1705 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-6577 Red Lion Inn & Suites • Free breakfast & WiFi, exercise room, indoor corridor 2 r 56 • 3015 East Riverside Dr., Susanville • 530-257-3450 River Inn • Free WiFi & continental breakfast, restaurant 2 r 48 • • 1710 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-6051 2720 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4726 Best Western/Trailside Inn • Free WiFi & continental breakfast, HD TV’s 2785 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-4123

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Roseberry House Bed and Breakfast

609 North Street, Susanville • 530-257-5675

Super 8 Motel • Featuring free breakfast and WiFi in the heart of Susanville 2975 Main Street, Susanville • 530-257-2782, 800-800-8000

Travel Inn 1067 Main Street, Susanville

DOYLE AREA LODGING (Lassen County) Winje’s Emporium and Hotel • Full country store and hotel, new owners 435-065 Main St., Corner of Main & Third, off Doyle Loop, Doyle • 530-827-2717

WESTWOOD AREA LODGING (Lassen County) Villa Monte Motel Hwy. 36 and Westwood “Y” • 530-256-3493 Walker Mansion Inn • Spectacular venue for weddings, with cafe & gift shop 3rd and Ash Street, Westwood • 530-256-2169

LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Almanor Properties • Properties around Lake Almanor 313 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-3232, 800-360-5478 Babe’s Peninsula Inn • Across the street from the lake 441 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor • 530-596-4700



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LAKE ALMANOR AREA LODGING continued (Plumas County) Bailey Creek Cottages

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CHESTER AREA LODGING (Plumas County) Antlers Motel • “Cutest Little Thing in Chester” 268 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2722, 888-4-MY-STAY Best Western Rose Quartz Inn • In the center of town 306 Main St., Chester • 530-258-2002, 888-571-4885 Cedar Lodge Motel • In the woods Highway 36 and Highway 89, Chester • 530-258-2904 Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien Real Estate • Properties around the lake 244 Main St., Chester • 530-596-4386 • Non-smoking Highlands Ranch Resort • 19 miles west of Chester 41515 State Hwy 36E, Mill Creek • 530-595-3388 Lake Almanor Brokers • Properties around the lake - Lakefront & nearby 119 Main St., Chester • 530-258-3303, 530-596-3303

To place your lodging listing here, call 530-258-3115


200 Crescent St., Quincy • 530-283-3686, 800-804-6541 • 3 smoking rooms

Hideaway Motel and Lodge 761 Hideaway Rd., Greenville • 530-284-7915

Oak Grove Motor Lodge 700 Highway 89, Greenville • 530-284-6671

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Camping Guide in mid to late May. Reservations You can reserve space at any of the privately-run parks by calling their individual numbers listed below. Most of the U.S. Forest Service, BLM and Lassen Volcanic National Park nongroup campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations can be made (fee charged) at 877-444-6777, or online at at the following campgrounds: Almanor, Frenchman Lake and Antelope Lake recreation areas. At these camp-

U.S. Forest Service Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or EL= Eagle Lake Ranger District For Information: 530-257-4188 on weekdays AR = Almanor Ranger District: 530-258-2141 BR = see page 66 for info BLM=Bureau of Land Management For information: (530) 257-5381 (Most campgrounds are first come, first served)

LV=Lassen Volcanic National Park For information: 530-595-4444, EAGLE LAKE AREA AND NORTHEAST LASSEN COUNTY CAMPING

Eagle Lake RV Park 687-125 Palmetto Way, Eagle Lake 530-825-3133 Aspen Grove Campground South side Eagle Lake Christie Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake West Eagle Campground South side Eagle Lake (Group sites) Merrill Campground Eagle Lake Rd., South side Eagle Lake

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Mariner’s Resort At Stone’s Landing, Eagle Lake 530-825-3333 Bogard Campground Off Hwy. 44 between Susanville and Lassen Park Butte Creek Campground Off Hwy. 44 Crater Lake Campground 7 Miles east off Hwy. 44 Goumaz Campground 2 miles off Hwy. 44, 15 miles NW of Susanville North Eagle Lake Campground Off Hwy. 139, on A-1 Ramhorn Springs NE Lassen off Hwy. 395 south of Spanish Springs Primitive Campgrounds (5) At Eagle Lake.

fees range from $10-30 for a single family campsite, and $36-60 for a double site. Golden Age/Golden Access passes are valid only for single sites. Campgrounds identified as self service charge no fees and depend upon you to pack out your own garbage. Most national forest land is open to primitive camping, but campfire permits are required and cross-country vehicular travel is prohibited. Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available free of charge at any Forest Service office. Contact the nearest ranger station for more information. Lassen Volcanic National Park camping fees are $10-$20.

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There are hundreds of campsites in Lassen County and neighboring Plumas County, many of them located in alpine lake and forested streamside settings, and some in the high desert. A few are open year-round, but most, including those run by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Bureau of Land Management and national parks are open seasonally and their dates of opening and closure vary. Generally, the campgrounds are open from April to October, with those at higher elevations opening

grounds, concessionaires reserve roughly half the sites, while the other half remain first-come, firstserved. Reservations are recommended during the peak season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Most PG&E sites are first-come, first-served, however, several individual sites are now available for reservations and provide water, rest rooms, garbage collection, fire grills, tables and benches, and tent spaces. Fees are $22-$25 for a family campsite. Group campsites at U.S. Forest Service and PG&E are available only through advance reservations. See phone numbers below. U.S. Forest Service campground

CARIBOU WILDERNESS/LASSEN NATIONAL PARK AREA CAMPING Rocky Knoll Campground E edge Caribou Wilderness at Silver Lake AR 18 ▲ Silver Bowl Campground E edge Caribou Wilderness at Silver Lake AR 18 ▲ Juniper Lake Campground Juniper Lake Rd., off Hwy. 36 at Chester LV 18 ▲ on county road 318, 2.5 mi. southern park boundary (Group Also)

Southwest Campground Off Hwy. 89, from Chester, 1 mi inside south LVNP LV 20 Summit Lake North and South Campground On Hwy. 89 inside LVNP LV 94 Warner Valley Campground Off Hwy. 36, Chester, county road 312 LV 18

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CHESTER AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Brookside RV Park 286 Main St., Chester 530-258-3584 16 ▲ Cedar Lodge RV Park Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 89, Chester 530-258-2904 15 ▲ Childs Meadow Resort Hwy. 36, Mill Creek 530-595-3388 32 8 24 Leisure RV Park 124 Feather River Dr., Chester 800-589-1578, 258-2302 28 ▲ ▲ Martin’s RV Park Martin Way & Hwy. 36, Chester 530-258-2407, 258-3000 14 ▲ ▲ St. Bernard Lodge/RV 10 mi. W of Chester 530-258-3382 20 ▲ Last Chance Creek Off Hwy. 36, N of Chester (Includes Group) PG 25 ▲ ▲ Domingo Springs Warner Valley Rd. to County Road 311, AR 18 ▲ ▲ 8 mi. NW of Chester High Bridge 5 mi. W of Chester off Warner Valley Rd. on North Fork Feather River Soldier Meadows SW of Chester off County Road 308

LAKE ALMANOR AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Big Cove Resort 442 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor 530-596-3349 Big Springs Resort 2655 Big Springs Rd., Lake Alm. 530-596-3390 Canyon Dam RV Park 29581 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7046 Forest Park RV Spaces 29689 Hwy. 89, Canyon Dam 530-284-7405 Lake Cove Resort & Marina 3584 Hwy. 147, Lake Almanor

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Camp Conery Group Camp Canyon Dam, south side of Hwy. 89,

Almanor Legacy west shore Lake Almanor, Hwy. 89, 7 mi. S of Hwy. 36


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BUTT VALLEY RESERVOIR AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Cool Springs East shore of Butt Valley Reservoir Ponderosa Flat N end of Butt Valley Reservoir on east shore Ponderosa Flat Group Camp N end of Butt Valley Reservoir on east shore Yellow Creek Humbug Valley Rd., off Hwy. 89, SW of Lake Almanor

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INDIAN VALLEY/ANTELOPE LAKE AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Mt. Huff Golf Course Hwy. 89, Crescent Mills 530-284-6300 6 Taylorsville Community Campground 530-283-6299 200 ▲ Boulder Creek Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. MR 70 ▲ Greenville Campground Hwy. 89, 1 mi. N of Greenville MR 19 ▲ Lone Rock Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. MR 86 ▲ Long Point Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. MR 38 ▲ Long Point Off Genesee/Antelope Lake Rd. (Group sites, must reserve) MR 4 ▲

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PORTOLA/LAKE DAVIS AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) Crocker Springs RV Park 2305 Grizzly Rd., Portola 530-249-3765 J & J’s Grizzly Store Campground & Resort 530-832-0270 Sierra Valley RV Park Beckwourth 530-832-1124 Sleepy Hollow Park 3810 Grizzly Rd. 530-832-5914 Trails West Mobile Home Park 73561 Hwy. 70, Portola 530-832-5074 Crocker 6 mi. N of Beckwourth Grasshopper Flat Lake Davis, 2 accessible sites (group site also) Grizzly Lake Davis, 2 accessible sites Lightning Tree Lake Davis, 8 accessible sites (+40 overflow sites) Camp Five Boat Ramp Lake Davis, accessible fishing Mallard Cove Boat Ramp Lake Davis


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SIERRA VALLEY/FRENCHMAN LAKE AREA CAMPING (Plumas County) J.D. Trailer Ranch 92400 Hwy. 70, Vinton 530-514-1022 15 Big Cove 1 trail to Frenchman Lake, 11 accessible sites BR 38 ▲ Black Mountain Lookout S of Milford, N of Hwy 70, E of 395 BR 1 ▲ Chilcoot 4 mi. N of Chilcoot, 1 tent & 1 auto accessible site BR 40 ▲ Conklin Park 10 mi. S of Milford off Hwy. 395 BR 9 ▲ Cottonwood Springs Frenchman Lake BR 20 ▲ Cottonwood Springs Group 1 accessible site (50 people max) BR 2 ▲ Frenchman Frenchman Lake, 2 accessible sites BR 38 ▲ Laufman 3 mi. S of Milford off Hwy. 395 BR 6 ▲ Meadow View 7 mi. W of Doyle off Hwy. 395, Horse Camp BR 6 ▲ Spring Creek Frenchman Lake 1 accessible site BR 35 ▲ Lunker Point Boat Ramp Frenchman Lake BR

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