California Wildlife: There’s No Place Like a Redding Home, Where the Deer and the Antelope Roam
Seeking a serene place to go and get away from the hustle of city life? Redding is the “Last Frontier” in California, where unspoiled land can still be found and a person can live the dream of enjoying nature and California wildlife.
The Redding area is home to more than just humans — it’s also home to all sorts of California wildlife. Deer, black bears, and mountain lions are plentiful, as well as possums and fox. And because of the many streams and lakes throughout the Redding area, you’ll also find otters, badgers, and harmless water snakes. If you’re looking to move to the Redding area, here are some pointers about the local wildlife to keep in mind.
Spotting California Wildlife on a Drive
While driving, it’s common to see deer running across the road. Signs are posted along the country lanes and highways to be aware of deer crossings. Redding locals are used to these sightings, but visitors might be a little shocked when encountering one of these California wildlife animals. The most likely danger is hitting them with your car as they run across the road. If precautions are taken, such as driving defensively and admiring the California wildlife from a distance, it can be a thrill to watch as the deer leap through the forest. As beautiful and majestic as a deer might look, though, be careful: If they’re in rutting season, they can be quite dangerous if approached.
Camping Where the Wild Things Are
Camping in the wilderness can be a wonderful experience — or a little frightening, depending on whether you follow the rules and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. At area campgrounds, signs direct visitors to keep the campsite clean by putting all trash into “bear-proof” litter cans. You’ll also find directions posted about how campers should store food overnight: If food is left outside in the open, an unwanted “visitor” may wander into your camp site in the middle of the night. Hearing a couple of bears ripping the camp supplies apart while you are snug in your tent can be an uncomfortable experience.
Popular campgrounds dot the shores of Lake Shasta and Whiskeytown Lake, and such California wildlife as bears and deer are often seen swimming in their waters. These two lakeside campsites each offer their own unique attributes.
Whiskeytown Lake: Several nests of bald eagles adorn the banks of Whiskeytown Lake, where campers will also find beaches and boat rentals. A good deal of watersport contests are held there, including sailboat races. The water’s usually calm and blue as blue can be. On weekdays, Whiskeytown Lake is nearly free of people — and since it’s just a 10-minute drive out of Redding, it makes a lovely lunch break spot for Redding residents.
Lake Shasta: Just 10 minutes from Redding, Lake Shasta is huge, boasting over 360 miles of shoreline. The water is deep and swift, making it a favorite for serious fishermen. It’s also the location for a yearly waterskiing competition.
These are perfect locations for those that want a serene place to go and get away from the hustle of city life. Property is reasonably priced, whether you’re looking for cabins or castles. Redding is the “Last Frontier” in California, where unspoiled land can still be found and a person can live the dream of enjoying nature and California wildlife.
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