Do I need to bring my own fishing gear or do you have gear to rent?

Clearwater Lodge has an excellent stock of gear that we provide to guests who fish with our guides. Gear available to borrow includes rods, reels, waders, boots, wading staffs, and wading belts. We have a fully stocked fly shop on the premises that has all the essential items for your trip including flies, leader, tippet, and other terminal tackle. We also carry shirts, hats, books, DVD's, vests, packs, socks and rain jackets.

Does the lodge sell fishing licenses?

Yes, the Lodge is able to assist you in obtaining a California fishing license, however we suggest you purchase yours in advance online using this link.

Are there televisions or DVD players?

We do have televisions in the public rooms of the lodge and annex, but there is so much to do outside, they rarely are turned on!

If I forget something is there a store nearby?

Yes. The town of Fall River Mills is approximately 8 minutes away. The town of Burney is 15 minutes away and has a Safeway and a Rite-Aid.

I am planning on coming to Clearwater Lodge with a non-fishing guest. What is there to do for people who don't fish?

The Intermountain Area has lots of outdoor activities for people who do not fish. Burney Falls State Park is 20 minutes from the lodge and has a gorgeous 120 ft waterfall, hiking trails, a beach with swimming area, rental boats and a visitors center. Lassen National Park is about one hour and 20 minutes from the lodge and has a number of beautiful hikes and several visitor's centers as well as lava tubes to explore. The Fall River Valley is an excellent place to ride bikes (we do not rent them, but you are welcome to bring your own!). Kayakers and bird watchers can explore the waters of the Fall River Valley (again, we don't rent kayaks but some guests do bring their own). The McCloud river is about 45 miles north of the lodge and is a beautiful river to hike along. The town of McCloud is a quaint old mill town and has an interesting down town area to explore. Just 12 miles north west of McCloud is the town of Mt. Shasta which has shopping and restaurants and incredible views of Mt. Shasta and the surrounding Castle Crags. For more information on non-fishing activities, please see our recreation page.

Do I have to take a school to come to Clearwater ?

No. We offer many schools throughout the season, but the majority of our guests participate in private guided fishing. All of our guides are instructional guides so even a day with a guide in a non-school setting will be a learning experience.

What school is right for me?

Check out our schools page to help you decide which school is right for you.

Is there cell phone reception at Clearwater Lodge?

Depending on your carrier and your phone, yes there is reception.

Is there internet at Clearwater Lodge?

Yes. We have wireless internet throughout our lodge and all of our cottages.

Can I bring my dog to Clearwater Lodge?

Well behaved and well supervised dogs are permitted at Clearwater, and all visiting dogs must be other-dog friendly. Our lodge dog, Lacey, an English Cream Golden Retriever, will always be hanging out to greet you ready for a belly rub or ball to be thrown. There is a $35 per day/per pet charge that will be added to your bill. Dogs are not allowed in the main lodge. During meals, dogs can be leashed on the front porch. No dog is to ever be left in a room unattended while a guest goes fishing. Please call the office if you have further dog related questions.

Is there a hospital nearby the lodge?

Yes. Mayers Memorial Hospital is located about 12 minutes from Clearwater Lodge in the town of Fall River Mills . It is a small, rural hospital, but it does have 24 hour emergency services. Mercy Medical Center and Shasta Regional Medical Center are large hospitals located approximately 75 minutes from Clearwater in Redding CA .

"You have created such a welcoming "home away from home." Every detail was appreciated and every kindness made me grateful. Our guide was knowledgeable and gentlemanly teacher with a positive attitude and respect for nature."

Marsha Malis

"We had a great time. You have an uncanny eye for the little amenities that make a stay so appealing. You genuinely care that your guests have the best possible experience."

Douglas Higgins

"What a beautiful experience you allowed us to have for the 3 days we spent at the Lodge. We hope to be back soon."

Joanne & Nunzio Alioto

"Clearwater Lodge is a piece of paradise! Very enjoyable and the fishing was great. I'll be back."

Jane Lyons Conover

"I am glad I learned how to fly fish. I learned from the best guides, Mike & John"


"We had a wonderful time staying at the Lodge and learning the art of fly fishing. You have created a new generation of anglers in our family and we hope to return to learn more."

Pat Caskey