The lodge offers a pool table off the lobby, board games, a fly fishing library, outdoor horse shoe pit, lawn games and conversation fire pit for evening s'mores. For non-fishing guests, below you will see there are many local attractions to visit within a short drive.
Golfing at Clearwater Lodge Clearwater Lodge is just a 10 minute drive from the Fall River Valley Golf and Country Club. This beautiful 18-hole course, designed by Clark Glasson and opened in 1980, is frequently rated one of California's favorite courses. It features large well-maintained bentgrass greens, multiple tee areas and carefully manicured fairways. With yardages from 5600 to 7400, it is suitable for golfers of all skill levels. The course rating is 74.7 and has a slope rating of 134 on rye grass. Abundant wildlife, great views of Mt Shasta and Mt Lassen, a relaxed country atmosphere, and a wonderfully friendly staff make the Fall River course a truly unique and memorable golf destination. The course is usually uncrowded and offers an intimate playing experience. It has received mention for excellent "pace of play" and as an "outstanding value" in Golf Digest's "Places to Play." Beautiful lakes and mature trees come into play on some holes. The greens are large and fast and the fairways are wide. Hole #3 is a long 672-yard, par 5, with a double dogleg fairway. This hole has been rated as one of the toughest in the state. A rustic clubhouse features a pro shop with golf attire, souvenirs, golf balls, and other necessities. Breakfast, sandwiches, snacks, as well as beer and wine are available in the country club grill seven days a week. There is a putting green and driving range for warm-up or practice.
The Pacific Crest Trail, a designated National Scenic Trail, traverses the Intermountain Area. From Lassen Volcanic National Park, the trail follows Hat Creek to Burney Falls State Park and then heads north, crossing the McCloud River just south of Mt Shasta. The trail is excellent for day hikes and scenic vistas. Visit the website at www.pcta.org.
The Intermountain Area is renowned for it's waterfalls, notably Burney Falls in McArthur Burney Falls State Park. About twenty minutes north of the Lodge, the park is particularly scenic and has a lovely sandy beach on Lake Britton for swimming. Visit the Park's website for more details: www.burney-falls.com .
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Just an hour's drive south from the Lodge, Lassen Park is a grand spot for a day trip to hike, sightsee, and enjoy the alpine beauty of the park. See all the Park's features at www.nps.gov/lavo .
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
Ahjumawi is unique in many ways: it is a boat-in only facility and lightly-visited. It offers remarkable views of the Fall River Valley and the surrounding mountains. It's a great spot for a hike or a picnic. The remains of the Native American fish traps provide an interesting cultural perspective. See photos and other Park information at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=464 .
Eastern Shasta County is an exceptional birding area. In the spring and the fall, in particular, it's possible to see 50 to 60 species in a day. With such a variety of habitats, including so many lakes, streams, and wetlands, vast numbers of waterfowl stop to rest and feed on their migrations. Notable resident and breeding birds include nesting bald and golden eagles and osprey, sandhill cranes, and American avocets. Prairie falcons and peregrine falcons nest in the canyons of the Pit River. Goshawks and spotted owls may be seen and heard in the forests. The Ash Creek Wildlife Area, a few miles east of Fall River Mills, is home to a great number of species. Visit www.wintuaudubon.org
Miles and miles of logging roads and trails offer exceptional mountain biking adventures. Several of the Lodge guides are avid bikers and are happy to share information about their favorite rides. Road bike riders will find the Fall River Valley, with its miles of mostly flat paved roads, a real pleasure to explore. If you're particularly enthusiastic, the Fall River Century Ride, a 100 mile tour of the valley and the surrounding area, happens every July. Visit www.burneychamber.com for a look at all the area's attractions.