Discovering Northern California
Tehama County

When's the Last Time You Explored Tehama?

We took a little road trip up to Tehama recently and made some great discoveries! Like Lassen Volcanic National Park, where the forces of destruction and creation are still waging war.

And Corning California, home to Lindsay Olives (Bell-Carter Foods, Inc.) and the Olive Pit! Is it any surprise that Corning is called the Olive City? Then there was New Clairvaux, a monastery-slash-winery - the only one for miles and miles and miles.

And, did you know that Mount Lassen Steak House has reopened? But you really have to know where it is - you're not like to just stumble on it next time you want to eat out!

There's a heap more to discover in Tehama, so come on along - let's explore from North of Red Bluff to South of Corning and from Lassen in the East to Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness in the West...

The Sacramento River Runs Through Tehama,
Cutting it in Half

The Sacramento River pretty much divides the County right in half.

On either side of the river are wide open spaces, dotted here and there with fruit and nut orchards, ginormous cattle ranches, the occasional teensy little community (the largest is only about 14,000 people), and an Indian Casino.

But it's also a land of contrasts and recreational opportunities for those of us who love camping, hunting, fishing, golfing, snow skiing, hiking, backpacking, and boating activities.

While most of the land is flat and wide, it culminates in the Cascade Mountains on one side and the Yolla Bolly wilderness on the other.

The County Seat is the city of Red Bluff - named for the color of its banks along the Sacramento River, and considered to be the Gateway to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The most populated towns - other than Red Bluff - that call the county home are Lake California (3,054 in 2010), Los Molinos (2,037) Rancho Tehama Reserve (1,485) and Gerber (1,060).

The least populated are Paynes Creek (57 - that's not a typo!), Flournoy (101), Paskenta (112), Mineral (123), and Las Flores (187).

You can see from these stats why there's so much open country! So why did we road trip up there recently? Because it's been our experience that - no matter what you think you know about any Northern California locale - you'll discover something new every time you go! So come on, we'll share some of our insider secrets!

Things to See and Do in Tehama

The Sacramento River, Lake Red Bluff, and Black Butte Lake offer residents and visitors myriad opportunities to indulge in water-related sports and related activities like boating, fishing, water-skiing, camping, hiking, and picnics.

Lassen Volcanic National Park contains the largest plug dome volcano in the world and, while it last erupted in 1915, there are very active hot springs and mud pots in the area.

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Red Bluff CA offers several things to recommend it. Must-visits are Gaumer's Mining and Mineral Museum, William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park, the Kelly-Griggs Victorian Museum, and the Sacramento River Discovery Center!

Corning is known as the Olive City because the olive is king in Corning! It's home to the Lindsay Olive Production Facility, The Olive Pit, and three gourmet olive oil presses!

Rolling Hills Casino is fast becoming a popular stop for travelers along Interstate 5, but it's also a destination in its own right. In addition to the usual gaming, dining, and staying options, you'll find a links-style golf course and a hunting club!

New Clairvaux Abbey and Winery is a Northern California Insider Secret! It's the first Cistercian Monastery in the Americas grow and produce its own wine. It also offers retreat opportunities short and long, and is in the process of reconstructing the Spanish Sacred Stones Chapter House!

We'll have more to share with you in the coming weeks; things like:

  • Attractions
    From West to East!
  • Communities
    They're not big, but they're mighty!
  • Parks and Preserves
    State Parks, Nature Preserves, Marshes and Bogs!

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