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In the shadow of magnificent Mt. Shasta lies a relic of ancient times.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Rt. 1 Box 1260 Burney, CA 96013 (916) 335-2777
From Sacramento take I-5 north to CA 299 east. In the town of McArthur turn north onto Main Street and drive past the Intermountain Fairgrounds. After crossing over a canal, 3 miles of dirt road will lead to McArthur's Swamp (also know as "Rat Farm"), a public boat launch maintained by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Ahjumawi is open year-round. Summer can be hot (mid-80s to 100 degrees F). In winter, temperatures range from the teens to the 40s.
Great blue herons stalk the shallow waters beside the tules, while white pelicans preen on a mud spit. Inland, look for deer, marmots, and signs of black bears among the ponderosa pines.
Ticks are abundant in spring and early summer. Mosquitoes are voracious.
Oak, redbud, and mountain mahogany blaze in a rich display of October reds and golds. Pine and juniper forests and slopes of rabbit brush and sagebrush are also part of the great variey of vegetation in the area.
Camping is allowed only in designated areas. Nine Environmental Campsites operate on a first come, first served basis. There are three, each located near Ja She Creek, Crystal Springs, and the north shore of Horr Pond. Pit toilets are located nearby and water is available from the many springs, but it must be purified.
Park at the "Rat Farm" boat dock.
Overnight camping fee is $7.
Leave No Trace: Camp only in designated areas.
Maps: A free map and brochure are available from McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.
Other Trip Options: Visit McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, which is located on CA 89 approximately 21 miles by highway from McArthur.