The waterways of the Intermountain Area offer many varieties of fishing. Choose from deep cold lakes or mountain streams for bass and trout or the warmer waters for catfish and crappie. Lakes Britton, Eastman, Fall River, Baum, Crystal and Iron Canyon are a lure to all types of fishermen. With a short drive to the northwest, fishermen will find other "hot spots" on Bear Creek, Medicine Lake, McCloud River and others. Two wild trout streams - Hat Creek and Fall River - offer trophy trout to the dedicated fly fisherman or those fishing with artificial lures. (Refer to the California Sport Fishing Regulations Handbook for complete information)
The deer population is abundant in the foothills and mountains surrounding the Intermountain area, with mule and black-tail deer ranging throughout the entire area. Antelope and occasionally black bear may also be found. Bow hunting is becoming increasingly popular in the area.
UPLAND GAME BIRDS AND WATERFOWL:
Many varieties of ducks and geese use the area as a nesting and resting spot on migratory flights. In addition, the area boasts quail, doves, grouse, pigeons, pheasants and turkeys.
In an area surrounded by National Forest, hikers will find endless areas to explore. Of special interest is the Pacific Crest Trail, portions of which are open nearby. Parking is provided at one trail head on Highway 44 near Mud Lake. Maps and information are available from the U.S.F.S.
"Birders" will find a variety of birds in the Intermountain Area. Some of the more unusual include peregrine falcons, bald and golden eagles, cave swallows, and whooping cranes. There are also sand hill cranes, osprey, blue herons, Bullock's orioles, grosbeaks, grebes, Stellar jays, and several species of hawks.
Sailing enthusiasts and water-skiers will find good conditions on Big Lake, Fall River Lake and Lake Britton. Swimmers may use the beach at Lake Britton or cool off at the Raymond Berry Community Pool in Burney, while scuba divers can explore in Fall River Lake, Baum Lake and Crystal Lake. Canoes are welcome on most lakes and rivers in the area. Rentals of canoes, paddle and fishing boats are available at Lake Britton during the summer months..
CAMPING AND PICNICKING:
Facilities in the Intermountain Area include Cassel Campground, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, Ahjumawi Lave Springs State Park, and numerous sites along upper Hat Creek (south Highway 89). Numerous company-owned and privately owned campsites and picnic areas are also available. U.S. Forest Service Headquarters for Lassen National Forest are presently located in downtown Fall River Mills.
There are endless hillsides and forest trails for cross-country skiing and sledding, and many areas for snowmobiling. In addition, downhill skiing is available at both Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta.
Fall River Golf Course is one of the best kept secrets in Northern California. It is a superb 18-hold championship golf course in Fall River Valley that plays from 6200 to 7300 yards. Facilities include an informal restaurant, club house, pro shop, practice driving range and putting green. The emphasis at Fall River Golf is to provide both a challenge and a breath of fresh air for the crowd-weary golfer and a restful spot to test one's competitive edge at any level. Open from March through November, the course is extremely popular and it is wise to reserve tee times two weeks in advance. (530) 336-5555