The Yreka Creek Greenway is an evolving city-wide park envisioned as a continuous 5 mile natural pathway along Yreka and Greenhorn Creeks. A major purpose of the greenway is to store and absorb floodwaters and maintain streamside habitat for native fish, native plants, native wildlife, and people who enjoy nature. As a unique part of Yreka’s city park system, the greenway will gradually expand to provide recreation for families and tourists, including a streamside trail for walking and bicycling that will some day connect the entire city along Yreka and Greenhorn Creeks.
Improvements to the Visitor Center in 2014 have enhanced our outdoor classroom!
The Yreka Creek Greenway lies completely within the city limits of Yreka, California, and is comprised approximately 5-1/2 miles of Yreka Creek and Greenhorn Creek. Yreka Creek flows south to north and Greenhorn Creek flows west to east. The location of the project is the Yreka Creek Corridor from the Belle Avenue neighborhood park at the south limits to the City Corporation Yard at the North I-5 Interchange, approximately 5 miles. The spur of Greenhorn Creek from the dam to the confluence with Yreka Creek, approximately ½ mile, is also included.
Yreka Creek comprises about ten percent of the Shasta River basin and is the first significant tributary to the Shasta mainstem. A portion of the anadromous steelhead entering the Shasta system use Yreka Creek as spawning and juvenile rearing habitat. Four miles of Yreka Creek flows through the City of Yreka, which is the largest urban area in the Shasta River watershed and the county seat of Siskiyou County. As a result, the lower portion of Yreka Creek is a highly visible and public watershed in the Shasta Basin, having both local and regional importance.
The Greenway continues to grow thanks to volunteer neighbors, groups and agencies, guided by the City of Yreka and Yreka Creek Committee. Explore and enjoy the Greenway’s Visitor Center behind the Siskiyou County Museum, or the Greenway trail heading north from the Oberlin Road Trailhead, or the new trails to be constructed this summer west of Deer Creek Road.