Places of Interest
Black Butte Lake Area, Corning
Just southwest of Corning lies Black Butte Lake, an accessible recreational area on the west side of the Sacramento Valley. The lake is seven miles long and has a shoreline of 40 miles. Camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting and sightseeing are just some of the many activities available.
Coleman National Fish Hatchery, North of Red Bluff
Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to dusk, the hatchery rears 13 to 15 million chinook salmon and about 1 million steelhead annually.
Cone & Kimball Plaza, Central Red Bluff
The ornate and beautiful Victorian clocktower was often called “the Heart of Red Bluff“….and, for good reason. It best symbolized the Victorian background and flavor of the city, and crowned one of the most photographed buildings in the region. The original clocktower was destroyed by a fire in 1984 and in 1997 the Red Bluff Rotary and the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association decided to rebuild it.
Historic Downtown Red Bluff
“…Victorian architecture and tree lined streets create historic Downtown Red Bluff and the heart of our community. Explore destination retail shops and enjoy an eclectic variety of dining options; play downtown during the many outings hosted, including events at the Historic State Theatre, seasonal Farmers Markets, Art & Wine Walk, Community Art Studio and more. We invite you to enjoy the fruits of our creativity, hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Each and every business is offered in celebration of the community we love….”
Gaumer's Mining and Mineral Museum, Central Red Bluff
Just off Interstate 5, in central Red Bluff, Gaumer’s welcomes visitors of all ages to their free mining and mineral museum. The museum features mining equipment, Indian artifacts, rocks and minerals as well as one of their most popular attractions, the fluorescent rock room. The museum has been a welcome addition to Gaumer’s Jewelry and Lapidary which has been open since 1967.
Guides and Outfitter
With more than 30 hunting, fishing and river guides throughout the area, contact one or more of the area chambers of commerce–listed in the Visitor Information Section–for a complete listing.
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
A one-room adobe house tucked under an old oak tree is believed to be the home of William B. Ide, an early California settler during the 1880’s. This 3-acre park and adobe exhibit early-day furnishings and implements to commemorate the California Republic’s first and only President. An adobe smokehouse, carriage shed, and a small corral are on the park grounds.
The Ishi, a 41,000 acre low-elevation wilderness, featuring basaltic outcroppings, caves, and pillar lava formations, lies in the southern Cascade foothills, 20 miles east of Red Bluff. Many of the trails in Ishi originated as Native American travel routes and range from easy to difficult.
The Kelly Griggs House Museum is a classical two-story Victorian home built in the 1880’s. Museum guides lead tours through rooms where Victorian garbed mannequins grace the authentic antique furnishings of the period. Also on display are Native American artifacts and the Pioneer Room is filled with photographs of Tehama County.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Whether you like to camp, fish, hike, view spectacular scenery, learn more about nature, or simply relax, visitors to the north state can enjoy 106,000 acres of volcanic terrain at Lassen Volcanic National Park. The National Park northeast of Red Bluff, offers its visitors fishing, horseback riding and during the winter months, cross-country skiing and guided snowshoe walks. Hikers and campers can experience the volcanic and thermal-spring attractions along with an uninhabited region of conifer forests and mountain meadows. The trans-park road (Highway 89), open only in summer, traverses near Lassen Peak at the 8,500′ level and leads motorists to railheads for Sulfur Works, Bumpass Hell, Kings Creek Falls and the Devastated Area.
Sacramento River Discovery Center, Red Bluff
Imagine the experience of learning science in a 500 acre outdoor classroom located on the Sacramento River. Enjoy walking interpretive trails through native riparian habitats, such as riparian forest, flowering grasslands, wetlands, and oak woodlands, or visiting a demonstration agricultural site.
Red Bluff State Theatre
The one story State Theatre occupies a corner lot at Oak Street and Washington Street, with the theater entrance and a tenant space fronting on Oak Street. The theater is built of cast-in-place concrete with a two-story plain concrete facade. Original plans called for a large faceted pylon sign and a larger marquee, which were never built. A freestanding box office stands in a recessed exterior lobby area, surrounded by a terrazzo floor. Four pairs of doors give access to the inner lobby. The inner lobby has been substantially altered. The auditorium was originally designed for more the 900 patrons in three areas. The orchestra seats in front of the stage are separated from a loge by half-walls, while a balcony-like area is actually a sloped stadium-style seating area at the rear. The house features elaborate murals of nymphs and horses that are its most distinctive feature. There are basements under the stage and lobby.
Tehama County Museum
Located on the corner of 3rd and C Streets in Tehama, the Tehama County Museum showcases much of Tehama Country’s colorful and varied past. View mastodon tusks, a video of “Ishi, The Last Wild Indian in America,” original railroad spikes, artifacts from the cattle and farming industries, and period clothing, furnishings and photographs. It is open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm.
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area
This scenic park offers year-round camping, fishing and hiking in a natural setting along the Sacramento River just east of Corning. Tehama County Park, located next to Woodson Bridge offers a broad sand and gravel beach for wading.