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Yreka/Klamath River Country is truly defined by its combination of the California Gold Rush history and the natural wonder of the Klamath River. Flowing from Oregon to the Pacific Ocean, it is the predominant river in the region. This river, and its tributary rivers and streams provide some of the most exciting rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in Northern California. The town of Yreka was born out of one of the largest Gold strikes in California history and is still shaped by this discovery. Remarkably, more than 70 pre-1900 houses are still located in Yreka, and this older part of town in the area of West Miner Street, has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1972. 

To the east of Yreka, through the beautiful Shasta Valley is Montague, where visitors can enjoy a stroll through this historic cattle ranching and logging town. Every September, Montague holds one of the biggest events in the region – the Montague Rotary Balloone Fair. For bird enthusiasts, Montague offers excellent year-round birding in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, which is home to over 300 bird species. 

Scott Valley, a rich ranching area nestled in the mountains southwest of Yreka, is dotted with tiny communities dating back to the Gold Rush Era. 

Visitors today will find interesting shops, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and an excellent microbrewery in Etna.

The State of Jefferson Scenic Byway, Highway 96, follows the Wild and Scenic Klamath River through numerous river communities. The river is also very popular for family rafting trips.

For further information contact the Yreka Chamber of Commerce

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