Ahjumawi is a place of exceptional, even primeval, beauty. Brilliant aqua bays and tree studded islets only a few yards long dot the shoreline of Ja-She Creek, Crystal Springs, and Horr Pond. Over two-thirds of the area is covered by recent (three to five thousand years) lava flows including vast areas of jagged black basalt.

The park is a wilderness area and most of it is extremely rugged lava rock. Visitors should prepare adequately for their visit. While there are over twenty miles of park trails by which to explore this beautiful geographical wonder, please be advised that travel off the trails requires proper preparation and equipment. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return.

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park California

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Location

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
24898 Highway 89
Burney, CA 96013

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Hours

Sunrise to Sunset.

Self-registration fees are due and payable upon entry.

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How to get there

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park is located in remote northeastern Shasta County and can only be reached by boat. Power boats are allowed to access Ahjumawi, but larger power boats are not recommended due to shallow access points to the park. There are no public roads to it and private motor vehicles are prohibited within.

Visitors can launch into Big Lake at a PG&E public boat launch known as “Rat Farm”.

It is reached from McArthur by turning north off Highway 299 on to Main St., continuing past the Intermountain Fairgrounds, crossing over a canal and proceeding 3-miles north on a graded dirt road ending at a dirt launch ramp.

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Contact Details

Phone Number: (530) 335-2777
Email Addresses: access@parks.ca.gov
Official Website: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=464

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park Adventures:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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  • Never feed or touch wildlife. Do not approach or attempt to move sick or injured wildlife. Please report any encounters with aggressive, sick or injured animals to a park ranger.
  • Drink and carry plenty of water (a minimum of 1 quart for every two hours). Even when the stream, river and lake water looks clean, it can make you ill.
  • Be prepared––backpacking requires careful planning and gear before heading into the wilderness.
  • Speak to a ranger or park staff at the visitor center for current trail conditions, weather forecast and reliability of water sources.
  • Let someone back at camp or at home know where you are going and when you’re returning.
  • Hike with a friend or family member.
  • Do not walk off-trail or enter closed areas.
Dogs are only allowed in the parking lot.

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park is a must-visit state park in California. Check out other state parks in California here.

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