The Fall River, Northern California’s Cold Water Oasis

Darren Campbell, Hunter Sykes | 2012 | 9 min.

2013 Official Selection

The Fall River is California’s largest spring-fed wild trout fishery. Located approximately 50 miles to the east of Mount Shasta in a big, flat, agricultural valley, the river generates up to one million acre-feet per year of cold, clean, nutrient rich water. The water is used for hydro-power, agriculture, municipal supply, and outdoor recreation, but the river itself faces some serious problems. The Fall River Conservancy (FRC) formed in 2009 to address invasive aquatic species, over sedimentation, and water quality issues affecting this extremely valuable resource.