Lassen Country, largely undiscovered outside of its loyal band of followers, is a jewel of Northern California and an outdoor recreation paradise. The mountainous west encourages camping, hiking, and fishing and often hosts ardent fans of snowmobiling, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Bizz Johnson Rail Trail, managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Lassen National Forest, is one of the best “rail to trail” conversions in California. Horseback riders, mountain bicyclists, and hikers alike enjoy the comfortable 25-mile trail along the Susan River. Susanville serves as the recreational crossroads for the eastern part of the Shasta Cascade Region, as well as a commercial center with a variety of shops, health facilities, restaurants, and motels. Historic Susanville provides a refreshing opportunity to experience a town which still honors the lifestyle and neighborly hospitality of an era long passed.
Westwood, located just west of Susanville, was built by the Red River Lumber Company in 1912, and was one of the largest company lumber towns in the West. A statue of legendary logger, Paul Bunyan, staggers 22 feet tall and honors Westwood’s heritage and presides over the annual Paul Bunyan Mountain Festival.
Eagle Lake is another one of Northern California’s record holders: the second largest natural lake in California is located 16 miles north of Susanville and is home to the world famous Eagle Lake Trout, a species entirely unique to the lake. These especially large trout average 3-5 lbs and attract fishing enthusiasts from all over. Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service camping facilities are located around the lake’s shoreline and a boat launch, marina, swimming beach, picnic areas, and various family recreation programs are available. Lassen Country is the perfect getaway: offering year-round outdoor recreation experiences from summer camping, hiking, and fishing to autumn hunting, winter snowmobiling and sledding, and wildlife watching in the spring.