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Steaming hot springs, clear lakes, and rushing rivers are easy to find in Northern California, an adventure lover’s paradise. Go for a soak in natural hot springs near Mount Shasta, Mammoth Lakes, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Love jumping into a beautiful lake? Find alpine lakes in the Cascades and Sierra Mountains and deep reservoirs near Mount Shasta. Some of the best include Trinity Lake, Lake Helen, and Clear Lake. For a unique water experience head to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, an otherworldly high-desert playground centered around desolate Mono Lake.
Continue your water activities on crystal-clear rivers and streams. Fall River is one of the richest spring-fed rivers in the world and a paradise for anglers. Fish for salmon and trout in Battle Creek and float down the McCloud River. Starting in Oregon, the Klamath River is a massive waterway with numerous tributaries for fishing, boating, and kayaking. Jump in, cool off, and feel refreshed in the hot springs, lakes, and rivers of Northern California.
Found at 5,100 feet, Eagle Lake is located in northern California’s Shasta Cascades – just north of the city of Susanville. California’s second largest natural lake, Eagle Lake’s surface covers 24,000 acres.
Reaching depths of up to 85 feet, this endorheic alkaline lake features recreation like trout fishing, boating, and swimming. The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is located within the Lassen National Forest’s Eagle Lake Ranger District, and also yields over five miles of hiking and biking trails, nature viewing, and Gallatin Beach.
Pack a swimsuit on your next trip into California and make sure you head for the North Coast. The Calistoga Hot Springs, located in Calistoga, is a popular attraction for visitors wishing to bathe and relax in therapeutic mineral pools. With four distinct mineral pools, bathers are treated to a variety of hot springs experiences.
Experience the Jacuzzi Pool, where hot waters soothe cramped muscles or dive into the Soaking Pool, which features slightly cooler waters. The multi-lane Lap Pool is perfect for stroke swimming and guests with small children will appreciate the wading pool.
After a rejuvenating swim, don't forget to treat yourself to quality spa and massage services, which include a special volcanic ash mud bath.
Plan for an aquatic adventure on your next visit to California. Found at the intersection of highways 89 and 36, Lake Almanor is a premier destination in northern California’s Shasta Cascades region. Situated in Chester west of Susanville, Lake Almanor reservoir was formed by Canyon Dam.
Reaching depths of up to 90 feet, Lake Almanor’s southern shore is set within the Lassen National Forest. Activities includes golf at the Lake Almanor Country Club, relaxing on 52 miles of shoreline, nature viewing, and water recreation like kayaking, jet skiing, canoeing, and more.