Great Shasta Rail Trail Project

With support from the Bella Vista Foundation, we have inventoried streams and springs in the McCloud River watershed and are planning protection and restoration. In May of 2012 we received a grant from the Bella Vista Foundation to undertake a new restoration project assessing the condition of stream crossings along the McCloud River Railroad, and developing plans to restore degraded streams. We are coordinating with a coalition of partners in McCloud and Burney leading the development of a trail along the old railroad linking the two communities. Named the Great Shasta Rail Trail, the trail will span over 80 miles across the McCloud and Pit river watersheds. Development of the Trail provides an ideal opportunity to address impacts of the railroad on the McCloud River and its tributaries, which support McCloud redband trout, one of a handful of remaining native salmonids in California. The goal of our grant is to identify high priority projects that will improve instream conditions by reducing sedimentation, restoring natural stream courses, and removing barriers to fish passage while supporting exciting new recreational opportunities in the Region.


Visit the Great Shasta Rail Trail website here!


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