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So much shoreline around one town! Want a quiet bank to fish from? A beach to play on? Waves to ride or smooth water to paddle on? With so many lakes and rivers around, Redding has all of it. 

It’s easy to spend a weekend tearing it up on the water at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Catch the wind in a sailboat on the always full Whiskeytown Lake, or jump on a kayak or standup paddleboard and glide across the crystal clear water. It won’t take long to understand why TIME Magazine labeled Redding as the “unofficial capital of kayaking.”

The fun in the sun continues at Shasta Lake. Tie the waterski, wakeboard or tube to your boat and cruise across the inviting water for an all-day escapade. Or, cast a line out over the Sacramento River as one of several spots that make Redding a top notch fishing destination. After a day on the trout-filled river, you’ll agree with Forbes, which named Redding a Top 10 Fishing Town in North America. 

 

 

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Battle Creek
Battle Creek's 16 miles are home to Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. It originates near Shingletown (east of Redding) and empties into the Sacramento River near Anderson (just south of Redding), and is open the last Saturday in April through November 15. More Information

Tehama County, CA

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Fall River
We'll let The Fly Shop explain the waters of Fall River: It is the nationa's largest spring system, creating a wonderland of crystal-clear, 50-degree rainbow trout habitat. At the same time it is both the finest spring creek fly fishing opportunity in California and one of the best in the United States. It is certainly the angling showpiece of the entire Shasta Cascade region and one of the richest spring fed rivers in the world. Makes you want to grab… More Information

Fall River, CA
Hat Creek
Hat Creek is one of the longest spring creeks in California, and several sections are well stocked throughout the season. According to The Fly Shop, the Wild Trout Section is the lower 3.2 miles of Hat Creek flowing from the PowerHouse #2 to Lake Britton and is the home of the best fly fishing water. Hat Creek opens to fishing on the last Saturday in April and remains open through November 15. More Information

Lassen National Forest, CA

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Klamath River
The Klamath River, starting in southern Oregon and carving its way over California's Siskiyou mountain range, is home to feisty steelhead and offers unforgettable fly fishing opportunities. More Information

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Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise
Your adventure in northern California is only complete if you experience a Dinner Cruise on Shasta Lake! With a mouth-watering menu, gorgeous lake setting, beautiful sunsets, emerald green waters, and the company of your family and friends, this is definitely an experience you’ll want to enjoy time and time again! Shasta Lake Dinner Cruises depart twice weekly on Friday Saturday evenings at 6:00 PM, from the weekend before Memorial Day to September 31st (weather permitting)! For private group reservations (ie - organizations,… More Information
20359 Shasta Caverns Road
Lakehead, CA

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Lower Sacramento River
The Lower Sacramento River, one of the best tailwater fisheries in the country, benefits from a Temperature Control Device that extracts colder water from the depths of Shasta Lake and sends it downstream, allowing rainbow trout to feed and grow year round. According to The Fly Shop, “the river's controlled flows, combined with northern California's temperate climate, result in near-optimum fishing conditions nearly every day of the year. The average size of the rainbows on the Lower Sacramento is 16… More Information

Redding, CA
Manzanita Lake
Lassen Park's Manzanita Lake is about as picturesque as they come, and its beauty is just the beginning. It's famous for its large rainbows and browns, and can be fished from the shore, float tube, or drift boat. Try to keep your eyes on your line, because the birds, deer, and mountain views will compete for your attention. Check with park rangers for guidelines. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4480
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McCloud River
The picturesque McCloud River, north of Redding and over 70 miles long, flows east of and parallel to the Sacramento River. It offers exceptional views of the Cascade Range and is known for great fishing for rainbows and browns from the last Saturday in April through November 15th. According to Redding's The Fly Shop, the McCloud River rainbows may be the most famous strain of trout on the planet Earth, and fishing on the McCloud River is usually a well-balanced… More Information

McCloud, CA
Pit River
The 207 mile Pit River flows northeast of Redding, originating in the Modoc National Forest and crossing the Cascade Range before emptying into Shasta Lake by way of Montgomery Creek. If you want to work for your catch, the Pit River should be on your list. Its swift, deep water and low visibility make trout fishing a fun challenge for strong, adventurous fishers who like to earn their catch. The Pit River is open all year with peak seasons of… More Information

Fall River Mills, CA
Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake--keystone of the Central Valley Water Project--is the largest manmade reservoir in California, offering over 360 miles of shoreline when full. The rugged country, varied shoreline, and sheer size of Shasta Lake tend to break the lake into different areas, each with its own opportunities, moods, and settings. As you drive the interstate to and from Redding you'll see what appear to be several lakes, but Shasta Lake is actually a series of fingers that connect at big, deep… More Information
14225 Holiday Road
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 275-1589
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Trinity River
At 165 miles long, the Trinity River is the longest tributary of the Klamath River. It flows north west of Redding and is designated a National Wild and Scenic River. The Trinity is known for its runs of salmon and steelhead; the king salmon are available mid-July through October, when the steelhead arrive and typically stay through March. It's open year round, and the Fly Fishing Only Section (200 feet bwloe Lewiston Dam to the Old Lewiston Bridge) is open… More Information

Weaverville, CA
Upper Sacramento River
The famous waters of the Upper Sac begin below Lake Siskiyou near the city of Mt. Shasta. They make their way 40 miles south, through Shasta-Trinity National Forest, to join Lake Shasta. The Upper Sac, while known one of the best 'roadside' fisheries in the West, is only lightly fished, and is open all year for catching rainbows with peak seasons of May-November. More Information

Mt. Shasta , CA
Whiskeytown Kayak Programs
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area's ranger-led kayak programs are a great way for families and friends to learn about nature while participating in fun and exciting outdoor activities. Please call the visitor center at (530) 246-1225 or Ranger Jeff at (530) 242-3421 for the latest information on ranger-led programs. General Kayak Information: Reservations are required and can be made up to two weeks in advance of a tour date by calling (530) 242-3462. Volunteers are usually available to take your call from… More Information
14412 John F Kennedy Memorial Rd
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 246-1225
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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
This place has more than just a great name! Eight miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, making it home to a special collection of plant and animal life, and year-round beauty. The park features Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally mountain (6,209 ft.), and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Lake-based recreation is popular… More Information
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 246-1225
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