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Destinations

Tioga Road Set to Reopen for the Summer Season in Yosemite National Park

Tioga Road, the continuation of Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 10…

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Destinations

A Complete Guide to the Outdoor Destinations of California’s Eastern Sierra

Photo by Zongnan Bao U.S. Highway 395 runs from the Canadian border all the way down to Southern California, and approaching…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Crowned the Most Picturesque Lake in the U.S.

Lake Tahoe, known for its stunning beauty and year-round recreational opportunities, has been recognized as the most picturesque lake in…

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Destinations

NorCal is Home to the Smallest Mountain Range in the World. Here’s Why You Can’t Visit It.

Rising dramatically from the flatlands of Sutte County in Northern California, the Sutter Buttes are a striking geological formation that…

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News

San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Set for Revival by Yogurt Billionaire

Anchor Brewing Co., America’s oldest craft brewery, closed its doors last summer after more than 127 years in business. Now,…

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Stories

The Zodiac Signs as Northern California Destinations

Just like human beings around the world, the destinations of Northern California have distinct characteristics that can bring out thoughts…

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Stories

This Northern California Town is Responsible for America’s First Bike Lane

The ever-popular bike lanes you see all around the country are a pretty new phenomenon. San Francisco received its first…

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News

The Aurora Borealis Could Return to the Northern California Sky this Week

Missed the recent dazzling display of the aurora borealis? Don’t worry, Northern California might be in for another spectacular show…

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News

California’s Oldest Lake Has So Much Algae that You Can See it From Space

California’s Clear Lake is experiencing a significant algae bloom, so severe that it is visible from space, according to recent…

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News

CDFW Releases Over 2 Million Juvenile Salmon into Klamath River

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently completed the release of more than 2 million fall-run Chinook salmon…

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Shasta Cascade

College Students Could Face Disciplinary Action After Trashing Shasta Lake

Photo via the U.S. Forest Service Some students from the University of California, Davis could face disciplinary action after leaving…

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Wildlife

Fatal Shooting of Juvenile Bear in South Lake Tahoe Sparks Outrage

A South Lake Tahoe homeowner’s fatal shooting of a juvenile bear on Memorial Day has sparked a heated debate between…

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Destinations

Reservations to Hike to Fern Canyon Now Available for the 2024 Season

Great news for nature enthusiasts and hikers: reservations to visit the stunning Fern Canyon at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park…

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Shasta Cascade

NASA Images Show a Complete Water Transformation on Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake has filled up for the second consecutive year, just in time for summer 2024. This marks a significant…

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Destinations

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Outdoor Adventurers in Northern California

Photo by John Gibbons It’s time to prepare for summer in Northern California, meaning we put away our rain coats and…

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Shasta Cascade

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden Near Mount Shasta

Photo: Discover Siskiyou Each year, Memorial Day stands as a poignant reminder to all Americans of the sacrifices made by…

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News

California Bans Salmon Fishing on Rivers for the Second Consecutive Year

The California Fish and Game Commission has voted unanimously to close in-river salmon sport fishing in the Klamath River Basin…

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Bay Area

Big Basin Redwoods Launches Free Summer Shuttle Service for Weekends and Holidays

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks have announced a series…

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News

Officials Issue Warning to California Hikers Following Three Tragic Deaths

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office has issued a stark warning about the perils of hiking in early spring conditions following…

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Photography

NorCal Photographer Explains What It Was Like to Witness the Northern Lights With the Naked Eye

Seeing the Northern Lights in Northern California was a rare and mesmerizing experience. The photos circulating online are certainly magical,…

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News

College Students Leave Unexpected Surprise on Shasta Lake After Party Weekend

The annual college party weekend on Shasta Lake began as it usually does, with more than a thousand students, mostly…

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Wildlife

Endangered Species Breeds in Yosemite for First Time in 25 Years

Yosemite National Park has witnessed the successful breeding of the state-endangered Willow Flycatchers for the first time in over two…

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Outdoors

This Beautiful California Lake Doesn’t Have Any Fish

Mono Lake, located in California’s Eastern Sierra region, is a unique and fascinating body of water that has been attracting…

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Stories

Two Bridges with the Same Name Tell a Fascinating Story of Northern California’s History

In July 1848, John Bidwell discovered gold in a canyon of the Feather River, leading to the establishment of Bidwell’s…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Northern Lights Bring Beautiful Pink Glow to Yosemite National Park

On Friday night, visitors and residents near Yosemite National Park were treated to an extraordinary display of nature’s beauty: the…

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Weather

Satellite Images Show Sierra Snowpack Transformation After Historic May Snowfall

In a surprising twist to the spring season, California’s Sierra Nevada presented a winter-like spectacle in early May 2024. On…

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News

Northern California Photographers Rewarded with Brief Northern Lights Show Saturday Night

Following a spectacular display on Friday night, photographers in Northern California were still able to capture the Northern Lights on…

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Outdoors

Here’s the Secret to Snagging Northern California’s Most Popular Campsites

Camping in Northern California can be a challenging task as the high demand for state park campsites often results in…

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Destinations

These 10 Campgrounds in California Are Nearly Impossible to Book

Fallen Leaf Lake has one of the most popular campgrounds in the state near Lake Tahoe California offers some of…

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Outdoors

Don’t Have a Camera? Here’s the Best Way to Photograph the Northern Lights with Your iPhone.

This weekend, Northern California is experiencing a rare opportunity to witness the Northern Lights, and you don’t need professional camera…

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News

Did You Miss the Northern Lights? There’s a Chance You Can See Them Again Tonight.

A rare celestial event lit up the night skies over Northern California Friday night, offering residents a stunning view of…

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Photography

See the Best Photos of the Northern Lights Over Northern California

It was a night for the ages in Northern California (and, quite frankly, the entire Northern Hemisphere) after a strong…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Set to Reach Full Capacity for First Time in Nearly Five Years

For the first time in almost half a decade, Lake Tahoe is on track to reach full capacity this spring,…

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Tahoe

32nd Annual Cushing Crossing Pond Skim Competition Returning to Palisades Tahoe

Get ready for thrills, spills, and lots of laughter at Palisades Tahoe’s 32nd Annual Cushing Crossing! This highly anticipated event,…

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News

Northern Lights May Be Visible in Northern California Due to Rare Geomagnetic Storm

Northern California might witness the spectacular northern lights tomorrow night, thanks to a significant geomagnetic storm. The Space Weather Prediction…

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News

Lake Oroville Reaches 100 Percent Capacity for the Second Consecutive Year

Lake Oroville has reached full capacity for the second year in a row, signaling a boon for water supply in…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

It’s Officially ‘Moonbow’ Season in Yosemite. Here’s How to See the Coveted Natural Phenomenon.

Yosemite National Park, with its mesmerizing waterfalls, presents a unique natural phenomenon during the high country snowmelt season – the…

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Weather

It’s Official: Cinco De Mayo Was the Snowiest Day of the Season in the Sierra

Over the weekend, a rare spring storm swept through Northern California, bringing substantial snowfall to the Sierra Nevada and heavy…

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News

Is California’s Super Volcano About to Erupt? New Study Reveals the Probability.

California’s Long Valley Caldera, one of the state’s most monitored volcanoes, has been the subject of continuous study due to…

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Sports

Golf Course with Gorgeous Mount Shasta Views Hits the Market for $3.8 Million

Golf enthusiasts take note: the picturesque Lake Shastina Golf Resort in Siskiyou County is now on the market for $3.8…

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Video

Northern California Donkey Joins Elk Herd in Unlikely Friendship Captured on Video

In a heartwarming display of interspecies companionship, a donkey in Northern California has been “adopted” by a herd of elk,…

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Wildlife

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in California Deer and Elk

For the first time, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed in California’s deer and elk populations, raising concerns about…

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News

Watch Helicopter Rescue Crew Hoist Climber Caught in Avalanche on Mount Shasta

A daring rescue unfolded at 11,000 feet on Mount Shasta when a mountain climber, injured by an avalanche, was saved…

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News

NorCal Fisherman Completes California’s 500th Heritage Trout Challenge

Scott Lyons, a retired educator and lifelong angler from El Dorado County, has achieved a significant milestone in California’s fishing…

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Tahoe

April Showers Bring May POWDER! Palisades Tahoe Receives 2 Feet of New Snowfall.

While most ski resorts in California have already closed for the season, one is still getting some epic powder days.…

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Magazine

A Look Inside Issue #14 of the Active NorCal Magazine

Spring has sprung in Northern California (even if the weather doesn’t seem that way), which means Issue #14 of the…

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Outdoors

The 8 Best Places to Catch BIG Fish Near Mt. Shasta

Photo: Wild Waters Fly Fishing When it comes to fishing, there aren’t many areas in the world like Northern California.…

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Stories

This Northern California Town is the Closest to ‘Shangri-La’ According to the Author Who Coined the Term

Photo: California Outdoor Propoerties Shangri-la is a fictional place featured in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon written by British author…

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Uncategorized

Want to Bring Your Dog to Yosemite? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Planning a trip to Yosemite National Park with your furry friend? While Yosemite offers stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities,…

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Outdoors

How to See 3,000-Year-Old Meteors Streak Across the Northern California Sky this Week

Northern California residents are in for a celestial treat as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on the nights of…

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Destinations

This Boat-In Park Outside Redding, California is Northern California’s Best Kept Secret

The state and national parks throughout Northern California are some of our most visited destinations. From Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Wildlife

Massive Deer Poaching Operation Leads to 6 Arrests in Northern California

In one of the most significant wildlife crime busts in California’s history, six individuals have been charged with a series…

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News

With Late-Season Storm Approaching, Officials Look to Release More Water from NorCal Reservoirs

As Northern California welcomes a late-season winter storm this weekend, the Sierra Nevada mountains are set to receive up to…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Officials Release Controversial Plan to Kill Half a Million Owls

The U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife has proposed a controversial plan to kill nearly half a million barred owls…

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Events

The Legendary Boonville Beer Festival Returns with a Star Wars Twist

Get ready to tap into the force of fun and flavor at the 26th annual Boonville Beer Festival, hosted by…

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Destinations

Yosemite’s Renowned Glamping Sites Reopen After 5-Year Closure

Yosemite National Park is welcoming back adventurers with open arms as three of its glamping sites reopen after a five-year…

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News

New Documentary Reveals the Secrets and Superpowers of Northern California’s Redwoods

California’s iconic redwoods are taking center stage in the upcoming feature-length documentary, Giants Rising, set to premiere at the DocLands…

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News

Rockfall Closes Popular Trail in Yosemite National Park

Photo: National Park Service A recent rockfall in Yosemite National Park has prompted the closure of a section of the…

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Hikes

This Yosemite Hike Might Have the Best Views of North America’s Tallest Waterfall

Perched majestically above Yosemite Valley in California, Eagle Peak stands tall over the wilderness of Yosemite National Park. As the…

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Shasta Cascade

Snowboarders Caught in 1,000-Foot Avalanche on Mount Shasta

Two experienced climbers with snowboards narrowly escaped tragedy on Mount Shasta’s slopes after triggering a wind slab avalanche on Saturday,…

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News

Northern California Dog Owners Warned About Deadly Salmon Poisoning Disease

Dog owners across California are being urged to prevent their pets from eating raw or cold smoked fish such as…

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Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park Bolsters Youth Camping Program Thanks to Grant

Lassen Volcanic National Park is gearing up to expand its youth camping program thanks to a generous grant from the…

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North Coast

New Horror Flick Set on a Weed Farm in Northern California

Paper Street Pics has unveiled the trailer for “Trim Season,” a horror thriller film set on a marijuana farm in…

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News

Trinity River Ranked as One of the Most Endangered Rivers in America

The Trinity River, a vital tributary of the Klamath River, has been ranked #7 on the list of America’s Most…

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Tahoe

Increased Bear Activity Expected in Lake Tahoe Region. Here’s How to Avoid Human-Bear Conflicts.

As the snow begins to melt in the Lake Tahoe region, wildlife experts are reminding residents and visitors to be…

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North Coast

WATCH: Riding Harleys Through the Redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants

Sitting in in the middle of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile two…

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Wildlife

Wildlife Officials Release 500,000 Salmon into Klamath River During Dam Removal

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) celebrated a milestone achievement this week with the successful release of approximately…

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Cannabis

How a Group of High Schoolers Coined the Term “420” in Northern California in the 1970’s

The number 420 is the international number associated with cannabis. At 4:20 pm, marijuana aficionados are likely consuming their favorite…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Brand-New Glamping Experience Coming to Yosemite

Photo via Under Canvas Under Canvas, known for its luxurious safari-style tented camps near national parks, is set to debut…

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Tahoe

Here Are All the Closing Dates for Tahoe Ski Resorts

Spring skiing enthusiasts in the Lake Tahoe region have much to look forward to, from sunny days to corn snow…

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News

Coalition Makes Significant Progress to Protect California’s Giant Sequoias Threatened by Wildfire

California’s conservation champions have made monumental strides in safeguarding the iconic giant sequoias, the world’s largest trees. The Giant Sequoia…

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News

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Hiring Workers to Assist with Carr Fire Recovery

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is continuing its post-Carr Fire recovery, and it’s looking for some people who want to work…

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News

What’s Going on at Tahoe’s Homewood Mountain Resort? We May Find Out Soon.

There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the business at Homewood Mountain Resort, sitting on the western flank on Lake…

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Outdoors

California Salmon Fishing Season Officially Closed for Second Consecutive Year

On Wednesday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to finalize the cancellation of the California ocean salmon season for the…

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News

The Next Solar Eclipse Will Fly Right Over Northern California. But You’ll Have to Wait a While.

This week’s solar eclipse captured the minds and damaged the eyeballs of many people throughout America. In Northern California, the…

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Tahoe

Bear Causes Temporary Closure at Palisades Tahoe

Skiers at Palisades Tahoe were left bewildered on Sunday, April 7th, 2024, after receiving a notification from the resort’s mobile…

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News

Google Ranks This NorCal Park as the Top Hidden Gem in America

While Yosemite might steal the spotlight, Northern California’s Redwood National Park shines as a hidden treasure among giants. Renowned for…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Yosemite’s New Reservation System Begins this Weekend. Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

In a bid to manage overwhelming crowds and traffic congestion, Yosemite National Park is set to implement a day-use reservation…

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Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park Hosting Lyrid Meteor Shower Viewing Event

Photo: Lassen Volcanic National Park Northern California residents are in for a celestial treat as Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic…

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Shasta Cascade

Lake Shasta Set to Reach Maximum Capacity, Boosting State Water Reserves

Anticipation builds as California’s largest reservoir, Lake Shasta, gears up to hit its maximum capacity for the second consecutive year,…

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Sports

FORE! Snow Golf is Returning to Palisades Tahoe this Week.

Photo: Palisades Tahoe Palisades Tahoe is bringing back its much-loved traditions this week with the return of the 38th Annual…

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News

What Will the Eclipse Look Like in Northern California? Here’s What You Can Expect.

America is abuzz with anticipation for Monday’s rare celestial event: the 2024 total solar eclipse. This beautiful phenomenon, not to…

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News

Snow Survey Reveals California Snowpack at 110 Percent of Average

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) completed the pivotal April snow survey at Phillips Station, revealing the positive outcome of…

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Shasta Cascade

Main Trails at Burney Falls Close for Massive Trail Renovation

The expected closure of the main trails to Burney Falls at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has officially begun, with…

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Outdoors

Plan Unveiled for Brand-New 300-Mile Trail Along the Northern California Coast

The Great Redwood Trail Agency (GRTA) took a significant step forward by unveiling the draft Master Plan for the northern…

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Magazine

Support Keep Tahoe Blue with the Active NorCal Magazine

Join us in supporting the vital work of the League to Save Lake Tahoe by subscribing to the Active NorCal…

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Shasta Cascade

A Guide to the Spring Mushroom Harvest Season in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Spring mushroom harvest season is on the horizon in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, particularly on the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit. As…

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Waterfalls

17 Breathtaking Waterfalls Just Outside of Redding, California

Photo by Matthias Rossini The sun is shining in California, which means it’s waterfall chasing season for any outdoor adventurer.…

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Random

Officials Considering Renaming Burney Falls to ‘Bernie’ After Famed Politician

*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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News

Here’s the Release Date for Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Movie Filmed in Northern California

More details have emerged about the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, which filmed in areas of Northern California earlier this year, including…

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Shasta Cascade

Illegal Dumping Sites Are on the Rise in Siskiyou County. Here’s How You Can Help.

Residents of Siskiyou County have recently noticed an increase in illegal dumping sites scattered across the area. This concerning trend…

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News

Northern California Snowpack Bolstered by Early-Spring Snowstorms

Northern California snow, including in Lassen Volcanic National Park, has pushed the state’s snowpack past 100 percent of average. Photo…

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Shasta Cascade

Redding’s Famed Eagles Welcome New Eaglets to Their Nest

Excitement fills the air as the Redding Eagle Family welcomes new eaglets to their nest, with the second eaglet hatching…

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Uncategorized

Brothers Attempted to Fight Off Mountain Lion in Deadly Attack in Northern California

Taylen Brooks, right, and Wyatt Brooks, left, faced a mountain lion attack in the Northern California wilderness. Two brothers from…

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Outdoors

How Mammoth Mountain Uses World War II Howitzers to Battle Potentially Deadly Avalanches

Mammoth Mountain is known to receive a lot of snow. With massive snowfall each winter, ski patrol is forced to…

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Sports

The Art of Flight – Paragliding Over Mt. Shasta

Ever since human beings have looked up and seen birds flying through the air with ease, we’ve been obsessed with flight.…

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Outdoors

Northern Lights Could Be Visible in Northern California Tonight

Northern California residents may have the opportunity to witness a rare celestial event tonight as the Northern Lights, or Aurora…

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News

DNA is a Match in Fatal Mountain Lion Attack in El Dorado County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed that the mountain lion euthanized in a remote area near…

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Outdoors

You Can Now Get Your California Fishing License Directly on Your Phone

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has unveiled the CDFW License App, a new mobile application designed to…

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Destinations

California National Parks Rank as the Most Polluted in America

Five California parks have been named as the most polluted in the country, according to a recent environmental study by…

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