- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Colusa County is America in earnest. Freedom unabstracted. California beyond the fence line. Genuine as a handful of earth. The middle of paradise right at the edge of nowhere. It’s first poured concrete and fourth generation family. With abundant room to glide, float, soar, bask, breathe deep and be wild. See it through the scope, behind the bead, or full bloom in binoculars. Just get out here. Engage all five senses and get your feet wet. Life at large and larger than life. Welcome to Colusa County.
Yes, the fish are biting
Colusa County is well known for it’s phenomenal fishing. Cast your line in the many of our pristine lakes and rivers. In the Sacramento river you’ll find Striped bass in the spring, Shad and Sturgeon in the Summer and the Salmon run in the winter. So, you can be telling people how big that fish was, all year long.
Jump in, the water’s fine
Nestled in the foothills next to Mendicino National Forest, East Park Reservoir is Colusa’s greatest secret. Play in the crystal blue waters. Sail, waterski or boat all without the crowds. Along the banks, you can also camp, fish and hike and explore. There are also great boating opportunities along the Sacramento River. You’ll find boat ramps, docks and boating service facilities around Colusa.
The Wildlife of Colusa County
With 1,156 square miles of open space, a National Forest and three National Wildlife preserves, Colusa County provides a home to a rich variety of wildlife. Coyotes, deer, elk, and dozens of species of water fowl call Colusa home. In the spring you can see rolling green hills speckled with vibrant wildflowers.
Be a Trailblazer
Colusa has hundreds of miles and hiking and biking trails. You can stroll along country roads, explore National Wildlife Refuges or hike the mountains of a National Forest. Whatever path you take it will lead you to see life from a whole new point of view.
Hitting the Links
Come enjoy a relaxing round of golf in one of our two excellent golf courses that serve the county. Colusa Golf & Country Club sits within minutes of historic downtown Colusa and The Arbuckle Golf Club lies west of Arbuckle in the Rolling Foothills.
An off-highway vacation
The south end of the Grindstone Ranger District offers over 200 miles of some of the most enjoyable and challenging OHV routes in the nation. The “Mendocino OHV Corridor” is a designated 40 mile, east-west route across the south end of the Forest connecting the Stonyford OHV Staging Area and the Upper Lake OHV Staging Area.
The Grindstone Ranger District is not an OHV “park”. Off-highway vehicle recreation is just one of the many uses allowed on National Forest lands. Please be considerate of others you may encounter in the forest.