Recreation & Wildlife
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
A vacation in Modoc
County will open your eyes to the recreation
possibilities of the great outdoors. Our
favorite recreation, and that of our visitors,
is always centered around the crisp air and
gorgeous scenery. Winter recreation abounds with
Nordic and Alpine skiing at Cedar Pass which
offers T-bar and a bunny hill to meet every
downhill skill level. They also feature set
tracks and unbroken wilderness for adventuresome
cross-country tastes. Don't miss our wonderful
opportunity for ice skating (yes, outside!), ice
fishing, sledding and snowmobiling.
Summer time is another ideal time
to visit, when hang-gliding from high above our
valley or waterskiing on the lakes, camping in
pristine wilderness, golfing, and cycling the
plentiful back roads and hillside trails are
some of your family's choices. Surrounded by
national forest, hikers and backpackers will
find endless areas to explore. Maps and
information are available from the U.S. Forest
Fishing is one of
Modoc County's great recreational opportunities.
Countless creeks, rivers and lakes provide an
abundance of native species for the fishing
enthusiast including bass and trout in the lakes
and mountain streams and big catfish and bass in
the warmer waters of the Pit River.
forests, plains, and lakes provide habitat for a
wide range of wildlife in Modoc County.
The Modoc National
lies mostly to the south of Alturas, and covers
thousands of acres.
In the spring, Bald
Eagles and Golden Eagles have been sighted in
increasing numbers. Modoc County is inhabited by
Canada Geese, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Wigeon and
Pintail Ducks. Tundra swans are a delight to
watch as are sandhill cranes, shorebirds and
wablers. Whitefronted geese visit only in the
Spring. Most of these birds also nest in Modoc
County over the Summer, and they are joined by
pelicans, cormorrants, herons and egrets.
Our most recent arrival to Modoc County has been
a herd of Rocky Mountain Elk. The Elk
along with mule deer, coyotes, skunks, raccoons,
minks, muskrats, squirrels, black-tailed
jackrabbits, wild turkey, longhorn sheep,
antelope and mountain lion create a great
opportunity for wildlife viewing and
Private and public
hunting grounds are plentiful. Hunting antelope
is a thrill not many people get to experience,
but if you get a tag in the lottery, the
opportunity is better here than anywhere to
bring home a trophy and some great memories. The
mule deer population is abundant in the
foothills and mountains. Occasionally black bear
may also be found.
To satisfy their
curiosity about the area's history, many
visitors go to the
It houses perhaps the most complete collection
of Indian artifacts, pioneer guns and other
early settler articles anywhere in the nation.
The museum is located in Rachel Dorris Park.
you visit us in winter or summer, you're bound
to leave feeling positively refreshed!