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Events

California Untamed Postpones 330-Mile Trail Run from Arcata to Mt. Shasta Until 2021

Ryan Spitz, Founder of California Untamed, took to social media to announce he will be postponing the inaugural 330-mile trail…

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News

Local Artists Selected to Paint Mural on Tahoe’s East Shore Trail

Tyler Rivenbark and Frida Ticehurst-Rivenbark, a husband and wife art and design duo based in North Lake Tahoe In response…

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Bay Area

Stuck Inside? The Monterey Bay Aquarium is Live Streaming its Exhibits For All To See!

Photo: Monterey Bay Aquarium As many Northern California residents sit in their homes in self quarantine due to the Coronavirus,…

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News

April Showers: Rain and Snow Forecast to Pound Northern California this Weekend

April 1st arrived with the California Department of Water Resources announcing that California snowpack sat at a paltry 53 percent…

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Lassen

Key Ingredient for Coronavirus Testing Comes from Lassen’s Hydrothermal Waters

Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo: Lassen Volcanic NP The gates of Lassen Volcanic National Park remain…

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News

Sierra Snow Survey Reveals California Snowpack to be Nearly Half of Average

Photo: California Department of Water Resources While many California residents remain hunkered in their residences waiting for the Coronavirus outbreak…

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Lemurians Emerge from Mt. Shasta, Publicly Lambasted for Not ‘Sheltering-in-Place’

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. Photo…

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Bears Introduced to Drake’s Beach to Control Elephant Seal Populations

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. Flickr/wikiphotographer…

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Famed Robber D.B. Cooper Found Alive and Well in Northern California Nursing Home

*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us. The…

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Bay Area

Watch a Fly Fisherman Catch a Big Bass Under the Golden Gate Bridge

For enthusiastic fishermen in Northern California, the typical trip to land some big fish doesn’t typically bring us to San…

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News

Silver Lining: Travel Ban Could Significantly Improve Tahoe’s Water Clarity

At the outset of the Coronavirus outbreak in California, the visitor’s bureaus in the Tahoe asked people not to visit…

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Destinations

An Empty Yosemite Looks Like a Winter Wonderland with a Fresh Coat of Snow

The Coronavirus outbreak has closed the gates of Yosemite National Park for the foreseeable future. It’s a sobering outlook for…

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Lassen

$1.7 Million Granted to Lassen National Forest and NorCal Watershed for Wildfire Restoration

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Forest Service announced $1.7 million in grants to restore forests and…

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News

California State Parks Closes Vehicle Access to ALL 280 Parks Due to Coronavirus

Flickr/Steven Bratman In a drastic move inspired by growing visitation numbers in lieu of California’s shelter-in-place mandate, California State Parks…

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News

Lassen Volcanic National Park Closes All Access Due to Coronavirus

Following another round of closures for outdoor destinations in Northern California due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Bay Area

Coyotes Are Taking Over the Empty Streets of San Francisco

The Coronavirus outbreak and California’s subsequent “shelter-in-place” mandate have left the typically bustling streets of San Francisco empty. As people…

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News

California Closes Vehicle Access to 59 More State Parks Due to Coronavirus

Castle Crags State Park – Closed California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access to 59 additional…

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News

Netflix’s ‘Murder Mountain’ Director Hoping for Second Season

Deep in the wilderness of Northern California’s North Coast sits the Emerald Triangle, the world-famous location of the underground illegal…

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News

PCT Association Asks Thru-Hikers to Cancel Pacific Crest Trail Plans

Photo: Pacific Crest Trail Association The Pacific Crest Trail Association, the organization responsible for preserving, protecting and promoting the PCT,…

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Podcast

The Top 10 Movies Filmed in Northern California | Talking NorCal

Still in quarantine, Zach and Bob break down their top 10 movies filmed in Northern California. It turns out that…

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News

Forest Service Closes Developed Recreation Sites in California Until April 30

*Press release from the USDA Forest Service USDA Forest Service appreciates the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light…

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Outdoors

Watch Huell Howser Take on Northern California Waterfalls

Huell Howser is a California legend. His adventures in the state showed a whole generation all the beautiful and historical…

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Bay Area

NorCal Park Closures Mount as Coronavirus Quarantine Tightens

Lake Ilsanjo at Annadel State Park in Sonoma County. Flickr/harminder dhesi First it was Yosemite National Park. Then it was…

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VIDEO: Guy Surfs Under a Pier on Lake Tahoe

Yes, you read that headline right. It’s a local secret that during the gnarliest winter storms in Tahoe, the lake…

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Outdoors

Watch Fishermen Go Crazy After Catching 50-Pound Striped Bass on the Sacramento River

View this post on Instagram #nowords #fuckcaronavirus #wefish #trophyhunting #beastmode #dreamsdocometrue #guidedfishing #riverlife #guidelife #swimbaits #swimbaitunderground #glidebait @delta_fisher @denisisbister @slyguylures…

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Outdoors

Yosemite National Park is Eerily Empty as Coronavirus Closure Continues

Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park The Coronavirus outbreak in Northern California has created eery situations throughout the area. The…

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Butte

PG&E Reaches Camp Fire Plea Deal, Including 84 Counts of Manslaughter

Pacific Gas and Electric has sen its proverbial day in court following the most destructive fire in California’s history, and…

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Eating

NorCal Distillery Making Hand Sanitizer and Giving it Out For Free

Photo: Denny Bar Co. As every restaurant, bar, craft brewery and distillery deals with the impact of California’s “shelter-in-place” mandate,…

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News

Turtle Bay Exploration Park Launches Turtle Bay TV for Educational Programs During Closure

The Turtle Bay Exploration Park has closed its doors as Northern California residents deal with the impacts of the Coronavirus…

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News

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Humboldt Coast

Northern California residents hunkered down in their homes in the midst of California’s “shelter-in-place” mandate felt a good shake Sunday…

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Bay Area

Areas of Point Reyes National Seashore Closed Due to ‘Unprecedented Visitation’

As California residents look for ways to practice social distance amidst the “stay-in-place” mandate, outdoor destinations in Northern California are…

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News

New Storm Forecast to Bring 2 Feet of Snow to NorCal Mountains this Week

Photo: National Weather Service Although this winter has been wildly disappointing in terms of precipitation in Northern California, March storms…

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Eating

10 Locally-Owned Restaurants in Sacramento Open for To-Go Orders

With the new stay-in-mandate issued in California, these are very challenging times for the local restaurant industry, and it’s our…

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News

Yosemite National Park Closes All Access Due to Coronavirus

With little activities left for anyone looking to responsibly practice social distancing outdoors, Yosemite National Park has shut down as…

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Podcast

Reviewing Outbreak and Talking Coronavirus with Ashley Shingleton | Talking NorCal Podcast

On the quarantine episode of the Talking NorCal Podcast, Zach and Bob discuss all the Coronavirus news including the closing…

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Outdoors

What California’s ‘Stay in Mandate’ Means for Outdoor Adventurers

This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a “stay in mandate” for the state as experts believe the current growth…

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News

South Lake Tahoe Joins Truckee in Asking People Not to Visit Right Now

In an unprecedented move from the visitor’s bureaus of Tahoe’s most popular towns, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe, they have…

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News

The Town of Truckee Asks People Not to Visit Right Now

It’s not every day you see a visitor’s bureau asking the public not to visit their town, but we are…

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News

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits the Humboldt Coast

A significant shake was felt in Humboldt County at 3:08 pm today as a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck just 8…

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Destinations

National Parks Wave Entrance Fee for Visitors During Coronavirus Outbreak

Yosemite National Park will be a popular destination for people practicing social distancing The National Park Service has announced that…

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Outdoors

VIDEO: Man Takes on Massive Widowmaker Snow Slab on Tahoe Cabin Roof

The massive winter storm that slammed the Tahoe area with nearly 10 feet of snow this week has given locals…

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Events

The Bigfoot Mountain Bike Challenge is Returning to Redding!

Photo by Jaret Brantley Redding is California’s secret mountain biking mecca, boasting a trail system over 200 miles in the area. And…

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News

Northern California Mountains Receive Nearly 10 Feet of Snow in Just 3 Days

It’s been some really bad timing for the closure of all the ski resorts in Northern California. As the storm…

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Stories

How You Can Support Local NorCal Businesses During the Coronavirus Crisis

It’s been an unprecedented year around the world and one that peaked in Northern California recently as the Coronavirus (Covid-19)…

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News

NorCal Road Conditions are Brutal Right Now. See What They Look Like.

This week’s storm, the biggest of the winter season so far, has created significant travel delays on high-elevation roadways throughout…

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News

Sierra Avalanche Danger “Considerable” as All Ski Resorts Remain Closed

The timing of Northern California’s most substantial winter storm has been poor, considering all the nearby ski resorts have closed…

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News

NorCal is Buried in New Snow with 3 More Feet on the Way

The biggest storm of the winter season waited until mid-March to reach Northern California, but boy did it deliver. Initial…

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Destinations

California State Parks Closes Indoor Areas, With Outdoor Areas Remaining Open

It’s been a whirlwind of news in Northern California since the cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) have grown in the state.…

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News

Interstate 5 Closed Near Shasta Lake as Semi-Truck Crashes Off Antlers Bridge

CalTrans has closed northbound traffic on Interstate 5 near Shasta Lake as a semi-truck crashed off the ending of the…

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News

All Northern California Ski Resorts Now Closed Due to the Coronavirus

Mammoth Mountain It’s been a busy 24 hours for the ski industry in Northern California. It began with Vail Resorts…

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News

Interstate 80 Reopens Over Donner Summit with Chain Controls

With a massive storm slamming the Tahoe area on Saturday and Sunday, officials were forced to close Interstate 80 for…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Motorcyclist Attempts to Navigate Tahoe Blizzard

It was a busy day for California Highway Patrol and Caltrans officials on Saturday, as heavy snowfall slammed Tahoe roadways,…

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News

More NorCal Ski Resorts Announce Closures Amidst Coronavirus Fears

Photo: Northstar Mountain Resort On Saturday afternoon, Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Management both announced their difficult decisions to close…

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News

Today is Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s Final Day of the Winter Season

It was another difficult winter at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, as sparse snowfall and poor snowmaking dominated the headlines…

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News

I-80 Closed for 50 Miles Near Tahoe with 3 Feet of New Snow Overnight

Interstate 80 at Soda Springs The biggest storm of the season delivered on Saturday with multiple feet of snow falling…

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News

6 Northern California Ski Resorts Close Amidst Coronavirus Fears

Even with heavy new snow falling from the sky, many of the ski resorts throughout the Northern California mountains announced…

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Destinations

The Redwood Route Rail Bikes Might be the Most Unique Adventure in Northern California

Photo by Benjamin Bateman There’s no place on the planet like the giant redwoods of Northern California. Towering high above…

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News

Weekend Storm Upgraded with 60 Inches of Snow for NorCal Mountains, 70+ MPH Winds

Deep Powder in the winter of 2019 at Sierra-at-Tahoe The big winter storm that Northern California residents have been waiting…

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Outdoors

Watch Thousands of Pounds of Trophy Fish Released into Lake Amador

Lake Amador, located just southeast of Sacramento, has become a popular lake for Northern California anglers and their hefty planting…

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News

Lake Tahoe Home Featured in Godfather II Up For Sale

Photo: Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty The Godfather trilogy is one of the most heralded cinematic achievements of all-time and many…

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Podcast

Coronavirus, Hiking Feather Falls and Un-Daming NorCal with Chip O’Brien|Talking NorCal Podcast

On this edition of the Talking NorCal Podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the Coronavirus pandemic in Northern California and the…

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News

Winter’s Back! Up to 4 Feet of Snow Forecast to Hit NorCal Mountains

Tahoe snowpack was much more robust in the winter of 2019 Saying that this winter in Northern California has been…

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Destinations

The 10 Most Amazing Giant Redwood Trees of Northern California

A newly-formed group of former rangers, naturalists and other outdoor enthusiasts has ranked the “ten most amazing” trees of Northern…

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Outdoors

See the Best Photos of this Week’s Worm Supermoon in Northern California

Photo by Jason Duclos The clouds cleared over Northern California Monday and Tuesday nights, giving residents a gorgeous view of…

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Podcast

Ice Fishing on Castle Lake and NorCal’s New Mapmaker Ryan Spitz | Talking NorCal Podcast

On the inaugural edition of the Talking NorCal Podcast, Zach and Bob discuss California’s impending water wars and the effects…

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Destinations

The Journey to Potem Falls – NorCal’s Most Blissful Waterfall

Sitting just east of Redding on a remote stretch of water near the Pit River is a 70-foot waterfall that…

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News

MASSIVE 230-Pound Sturgeon Caught on the Sacramento River

Although massive sturgeon have historically traveled up the Sacramento River to spawn on the Pit River, it’s very rare to…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Reduces Hours Due to Dwindling Snowpack

It’s been a difficult winter at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Following the robust precipitation of December, the snowfall has…

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Bay Area

Over 200 Migrating Whales Seen at Point Reyes Over the Weekend

Photo: Merrill Gosho/NOAA The annual grey whale migration along the Northern California coast is beginning to peak and onlookers are…

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News

The Worm Supermoon Will Illuminate the Sky Tonight. Here Are the Best Places to See it in NorCal.

The second Supermoon of 2020 will illuminate the night sky over Northern California Monday night and could last as long…

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News

10 Earthquakes Slam the Humboldt Coast Overnight

Humboldt County residents were awakened by the rumblings of 10 earthquakes just off the coast on Sunday night into Monday…

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News

Winter Weather Advisory: Nearly a Foot of Snow Forecast for NorCal Mountains this Weekend

Snow in Lassen Volcanic National Park Following the driest February Northern California has ever recorded, we aren’t exactly seeing the…

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Destinations

Find an Adrenaline-Pumping Adventure in Redding, California

As the Gateway to the Northern California Wilderness, it comes as no surprise that extreme athletes flock to Redding looking…

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News

The Red Bull Raid Returns to Squaw Valley Bigger and Better in 2020

Red Bull Raid, the only freeride event in the United States that blends the endurance aspect of competitive uphill ski…

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Destinations

A Brand-New $2.3 Million ‘Redwood Canopy Walk’ Coming to Humboldt Zoo

A canopy walk animation from the Sequoia Park Zoo The Eureka City Council is looking to approve a contractor and…

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Outdoors

Photos Show the Ill-Effects of Seals Thriving in Northern California Waterways

Wildlife conservation in Northern California is a tricky subject. With each protection, or lack thereof, ripple effects are felt throughout…

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News

Miracle March?! Tahoe Area Wakes Up to Nearly a Foot of New Snow

Following a historically dry February, the Tahoe area was reminded what winter looks like with a blanketing of nearly a…

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Destinations

The Perfect Road Trip for Outdoor Adventurers in Siskiyou County

We work hard all week and it’s important to spend our days off enjoying life. If you choose to enjoy…

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News

Sound the Alarm! Rain and Snow Forecast for Parts of NorCal this Weekend

Tahoe snow. Flickr/Scott Schrantz It’s been over a month since some parts of Northern California have seen any precipitation, but…

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North Coast

Check Out this HUMONGOUS Dead Chinook Salmon Found on the Mad River

Facebook user Ishan Steelhead posted a photo of a giant Chinook salmon found dead, floating down the Mad River in…

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Destinations

Ice Fishing at Mount Shasta’s Castle Lake

You typically won’t hear the words “ice fishing” and “Northern California” muttered in the same breath, but there’s a destination…

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Butte

Celebrate Butte County Museum Weekend with FREE Admission to 16 Museums

Chico Air Museum. Photo: Explore Butte County Looking for a fun family activity combined with an educational experience in Northern…

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News

California State Parks Hiring Really Cool Summer Jobs in the North Coast Redwoods

Want to get paid to be outdoors in one of Northern California’s most beautiful areas? California State Parks is now…

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News

$6.7 Million Awarded to Redding’s Caldwell Park Expansion

Caldwell Park. Photo: Visit Redding Thanks to the the largest park related grant program in California’s history, a $6,737,000 grant…

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Outdoors

#ThankYouDave – Mammoth Mountain Says Goodbye to its Beloved Founder

“Behind every mountain is a story, and behind every story is a legend. And one such legend was Dave McCoy.”…

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News

California Ends Mandate for Striped Bass Populations, Setting Up the Fish’s Decline

The California Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to amend its policy regarding striped bass, setting up a potential decline…

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Bay Area

Hikers Rescued in Marin County Following 8 Days Lost in the Wilderness

Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin after 8 days lost in the Marin County wilderness. Photo by the Marin County Sheriff.…

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News

Photographers Flock to Yosemite to Find an Underwhelming ‘Firefall’

Flickr/Wayne Hsieh Some people have been waiting a year to travel to Yosemite National Park to photograph the famed “Firefall”…

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News

February is Shaping Up to be the Driest in NorCal’s Recorded History

If you’ve been noticing a significant lack of precipitation in Northern California this month, you’re on to something. In fact,…

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Outdoors

See How California DFW Stocks McCloud Falls with Rainbow Trout

McCloud Falls is a popular destination for hikers to see three beautiful waterfalls in just a short hike in Siskiyou…

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North Coast

Need an Outdoor Folding Chair? This Humboldt Kmart Hilariously Has Them in Spades

Need an outdoor folding chair in Northern California? We think we found the perfect spot to grab one in Humboldt…

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News

Satellite Images Show Staggering Loss of Sierra Nevada Snowpack

The Northern California water year began with huge storms at the end of November and throughout December 2019, but it’s…

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News

Harrison Ford’s ‘Call of the Wild’ Featuring NorCal Scenery Premieres in Theaters this Week

There are plenty of blockbuster movies filmed in Northern California, and another is set to premiere in theaters this week…

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News

California Trout Awarded $4.9 Million for Habitat Restoration, Including Two NorCal Projects

Thanks to the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program from the California Department of Fish and Game, California Trout has received $4,972,486…

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Butte

A Full Preview of All the Films Being Featured at the Fly Fishing Film Tour in NorCal

The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Redding and Chico this week, and we couldn’t be more excited for…

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Bay Area

See Point Reyes Officials Attempt to Shoo Massive Elephant Seal Away from Busy Parking Lot

View this post on Instagram Northern Elephant Seal on Drake’s Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore. I couldn’t believe how fast…

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News

National Media Gets Giddy Over Mount Shasta’s Lenticular Clouds

Welcome to the party, Washington Post. Following our viral post of the Alien Sunrise over Mount Shasta this week, WaPo…

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News

Fishermen Lands Two 40-Pound Striped Bass in One Hour on the Sacramento River

View this post on Instagram Had a solid night of #trophy #stripedbass #fishing last night on the #sacramentoriver !!! Guests…

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Destinations

Go Off-The-Grid in this Remote Treehouse in the Northern California Wilderness

Photo: AirBnB Some people prefer the luxuries of glamping compared to roughing it in the wilderness. If that’s the case,…

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Lassen

NorCal Man Wins California Wildlife Photo of the Year with this Incredible Eagle Image

Photo by Randy Robbins Susanville Photographer Randy Robbins goes to great lengths to capture stunning wildlife photography in Northern California.…

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