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Goosenest Ranger District

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Description - The Goosenest Ranger District, although not as remote or mountainous as the other districts in the Klamath National Forest, offers perhaps the greatest diversity of attractions. In this district you can hike, camp, fish, boat, cave, cross-country ski, and snowmobile! Popular areas for recreation include the Butte Valley Wildlife Area and associated Meiss Lake, Deer Mountain and Four Corners Sno-parks, and the frequented Juanita Lake and Martin's Dairy campgrounds. Goosenest is also home to Pluto's Cave, one of the main feeder tubes which carried lava into Shasta Valley some 190,000 years ago. Juanita Lake in particular is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, boating, and other water sports, as well as providing a host of cross-country ski trails once the snow flies.

The Goosenest Ranger District Office is located east of Mount Hebron on US Highway 97.

Recreation - A multitude of different recreational opportunities, from boating, fishing and hiking to swimming and winter sports, are offered here in the Goosenest Ranger District.

Climate - The climate within much of the Klamath National Forest is influenced by elevation. As throughout California, most of the precipitation comes between November and April. This comes in the form of rain at the lower elevations and some wet, heavy snow in the higher elevations. April through October are normally dry, with warm temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures in the higher elevations.

Location - Goosenest represents the easternmost portion of the Klamath National Forest and is situated along US Highway 97 north of its intersection with Interstate 5 and just south of the Oregon border. This district incorporates the public lands between the towns of Weed and Dorris and abuts the Shasta and Modoc National Forests.

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Goosenest Ranger District, 37805 Highway 97 , Macdoel, CA, 96058, Phone: 530-398-4391, Fax: 530-398-4599, TTY: 530-398-4636

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Klamath National Forest - The Klamath National Forest of northwest California offers backcountry solitude, clear streams and lakes, and portions of the Klamath River.


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