NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California


Rivers of Northern California

River Name- Deer Creek

Description: A trout stream that runs parallel to Hwy. 32 east of Chico. Native fish are supplemented with rainbow trout plants in late spring/ early summer near the three forest service campgrounds along the route. A nice destination, or waypoint enroute to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lake Almanor or the Hat Creek area. The road allows great river access in many spots. Be careful where you fish. There is a no-fishing zone downstream near a fish ladder, and there are catch-and-release sections upstream from there. Plants are near the campgrounds so if you plan to keep your catch that's where you should fish. Contact DFG if you want detailed information. Click this link for Hwy. 32 for detailed information on the campgrounds.

Camping: Three forest service campgrounds are located along the best stretch of the river. Click the Hwy. 32 link noted above for a description.

Directions: From Interstate 5 at Orland (south of Red Bluff) turn east on Hwy. 32 toward Chico. The trip is fairly mundane until you enter Lassen National Forest. At that point the road parallels Deer Creek for much of the way until it intersects Hwy. 89. From there you can head north to Lassen Volcanic National Park or south to Lake Almanor.

Information: Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District. (530)258-2141

Services/supplies: Anything you need can be had in Orland or Chico.