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Suprise Valley lies tucked away between the Warner Mountain Range in Northeastern California and the Hayes Range in Nevada. Approximately 70 miles long and averaging ten miles wide, Surprise Valley is graced with exquisite natural beauty, fertile agricultural land, pristine air, diverse wildlife, and is home to four rural, welcoming and historic towns: Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell and Lake City. Our small communities retain that authentic "Old West" flavor introduced by the hardy and hopeful pioneers who settled this area in the mid-nineteenth century. Cattle ranching and alfalfa hay production fuel our local economy. Cattle drives still take place across open terrain and along valley byways - so be sure and have your camera handy at all times when you come to visit. Today, we enjoy playing host to visitors drawn by our annual "Squirrel Round-Up", a variety of barbecues, dances, horseshoe tournaments, the Super Bull Rodeo, tribal Pow Wows, the Modoc District Fair, parades, art shows and home tours, sports tournaments, outdoor recreational opportunities, and so much more.

With a variety of fine dining choices, quaint shops, and outdoor adventures limited only by your capabilities and imagination, Surprise Valley is a popular destination for those looking for anything from a relaxed and pampered weekend to the most rustic vacation experience off the beaten path.


Back Country and Winter Driving Tips
http://www.roadtripamerica.com/travelplanning/Winter-Driving.htm
http://www.offroaders.com/info/winterdriving.htm

Barrel Springs Back Country Byway
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/surprise/valley.html

Birdwatching
http://home.att.net/~redknot/winterbirdingnorth.html
http://www.americanbirdcenter.com/abc-california4.html#Modoc 

Black Rock Desert / High Rock Canyon / Emigrant Trails
National Conservation Area

Pick up maps and brochures at the Surprise Field Office of the
Bureau of Land Management
602 Cressler Street
Cedarville
279-6101

http://www.discovernlcs.org/TheNLCS/ConservationAreas/BlackRockDesert.html
http://www.blm.gov/ca/surprise/highrock.html
http://www.blackrockdesert.org/ 

Cedar Pass Ski Area
http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XFA030-001
http://www.placenames.com/us/p252589/

Emigrant Trails Scenic Byway
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc/recreation/emigrant-trails-sb.shtml

Fishing
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc/recreation/fishing.shtml 

Lava Beds National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm 

Modoc County Historical Museum
http://www.alturaschamber.org/modoc-museum.htm 

Modoc National Forest
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc/
http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/pacficsw/modinfo.htm 

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/modoc/ 

Modoc River Center
http://www.centralmodocrivercenter.org 

Scenic Drives in Northern California
http://www.shastacascade.org/category.asp?category=Scenic and Historic Drives 

South Warner Wilderness
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc/recreation/swwwilderness/index.shtml
http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/ca_soutw.htm 

Bureau of Land Management, Surprise Field Office
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/surprise.html  

Warner Mountains
http://www.alturaschamber.org/landmarks.htm
http://virtualguidebooks.com/NorthCalif/MountLassen/
         WarnerSurprise/WarnerSurprise_TOC.html
http://www.peakbagger.com/range.aspx?rid=13302
 

Community/County Resources

US Forest Service

USFS Modoc Country Map.
USFS Area map showing USFS Offices
USFS Points of Interest
USFS Main Recreational page
USFS Medicine Lake Depth Map
USFS Links to Recreational Activities
USFS Auto Tours
USFS Bird Watching
USFS Boating Rules and Suggestions
USFS Camping
USFS Emigrant Trails Senic Byway
USFS Fishing
USFS Hang Gliding
USFS Hiking
USFS Horseback Riding
USFS Hunting
USFS Modoc Back Country
USFS Modoc Volcanic Senic Byway
USFS Off Highway Vechicles
USFS Mountain Biking
USFS Picnicing and Day Use
USFS River Center
USFS Rock Collecting
USFS Trails
USFS Watchable Wildlife
USFS Wild Horse Viewing
USFS South Warner Wilderness
USFS Winter Sports

BLM Links

BLM Brochures
BLM Recreation Main Page
BLM Bird Watching
BLM Camping
BLM Fishing
BLM Hunting
BLM Off Highway Vehicle Areas
BLM Pit River
BLM Surprise Valley Barrel Springs By Way
BLM Recreational Trails
BLM Watchable Wildlife
BLM Wilderness Areas

Misc. Links
Shasta Livestock & Western Video Market
Modoc Record
Nevada Rancher
Al's Varmint Hunting Site
Agriculture Law
United Country Stevenson Realty
Geneology ( Bill Reynolds Website)
All Beef & Agriculture Links
Jim Massey Wilderness Guide Service
Red Hunter - Predator Hunting Experts
Real Estate in Modoc County