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McArthur- Burney Falls

McArthur- Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur Burney Falls
McArthur Burney Falls

Burney Falls as it is known to locals and many people around the World is the 8th Wonder of the World according to President Theodore Roosevelt after his visit. This falls is spectacular any time of the year and the park is open year round. The falls never dries up because of the multitude of springs feeding it. The Burney Creek which originates from Burney Mountain watershed the flows thru town of  Burney, adds to the flow in the winter and spring time . After the Falls Burney Creek flows about 1 mile into Lake Britton

Wikipedia Says;

McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park is the second oldest state park in the California State Parks system, located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Burney, California. The park offers camping, fishing, watersports, hiking and horseback riding facilities. The park is mainly known for the waterfall, Burney Falls, at the entrance of the park. Wildlife in the park includes bass, trout, Steller’s jay, squirrels, woodpeckers, deer, and on rare occasion, black bear.


Marshy Area of Hat Creek at the bottom of Mountain Lassen
Marshy Area of Hat Creek at the bottom of Mountain Lassen

The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with 910 acres (370 ha) of forest and 5 miles (8.0 km) of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton.

The park’s centerpiece is the 129-foot (39 m) Burney Falls. Burney Creek originates from the park’s underground springs, with additional water coming from springs, which join the creek to create a mist-filled basin. Below the falls, the creek flows into Lake Britton.

The park’s landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir.

Within the park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day (4.4 m3/s).


Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthur Family were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 19th century. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development, purchasing the property and presenting it as a gift to the state in the 1920s.

And Wikipedia says much more

Lake Britton

According to Wikipedia

Lake Briton- Fall
Lake Briton- Fall

Lake Britton is a reservoir located in Shasta County, California. It is known for its wide variety of bass and trout. Its main body is situated to the west of State Route 89, and is mostly surrounded by PG&E Land, Forest Service Land, and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Along the north shore lies North Shore and Dusty Campgrounds. It is fed by the Pit River and has tributaries of Clark Creek, Burney Creek, and Hat Creek and is impounded by the Pit #3 Dam. A bridge, owned by the McCloud River Railroad, which spans Lake Britton (just east of Hwy 89) was used for the railroad bridge scene in the 1986 film Stand By Me.

There is much more at WIkipedia

The Pit River

Pit River Falls

The Pit River along with Hat Creek flow into Lake Britton then Pit River continues on down to Lake Shasta and on down Sacramento River. The Pit River starts all the way up to the Oregon California border near Honey lake.

Wikipedia Says this about the Pit River.

The Pit River is a major river draining from northeastern California into the state’s Central Valley. The Pit, the Klamath and the Columbia are the only three rivers in the U.S. that cross the Cascade Range.

The longest tributary of the Sacramento River, it contributes as much as eighty percent of their combined water volume into the Shasta Lake reservoir; the junction of their Shasta Lake arms is 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Shasta Dam. The main stem of the Pit River is 207 miles (333 km) long, and some water in the system flows 265 miles (426 km) to the Sacramento River measuring from the Pit River’s longest source.

The Pit River drains a sparsely populated volcanic highlands area, passing through the south end of the Cascade Range in a deep canyon northeast of Redding. The river is so named because of the pits the Achumawi dug to trap game that came to water at the river.[9]

The river is a popular destination for fly fishing, rafting in its lower reaches, and is used to generate hydroelectricity in the powerhouses below Fall River Mills where the Pit and Fall rivers join, and at Shasta Dam. It is also used extensively for irrigation and conservation purposes.

There is much more on Pit River at Wikipedia

Hat Creek

Finally Lets speak to Hat Creek- Excellent fishing. This creek in some locations is bigger and deeper than a lot of rivers. In fact the Rising River flows into Hat Creek over in Cassel. Hat Creek originates from the side of Mount Lassen.

Wikipedia says;

Hat Creek is a 48.7-mile-long (78.4 km) stream and tributary of the Pit River, located in Shasta County of northern California.

The creek rises in two forks on the eastern slopes of Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and flows northward through Lassen National Forest to its mouth at Lake Britton near Burney, California.

Hat Creek is so named because a surveyor lost his hat there.

Wild Trout Waterway

Rising River near Cassel
Rising River near Cassel

The lower three and a half miles of the creek has been designated by the California Department of Fish and Game as a “Wild Trout Waterway,” with restrictive catch limits. This area has a similar geology to the chalk streams of southern England, and is considered a classic trout stream. The trout population is made of wild rainbow and brown trout of up to 20 inches (510 mm) in length.

Burney Falls is just one part of the attractions surrounding Burney Falls Resort. Our Resort is in the middle of many attractions