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Welcome to Siskiyou County! (pronounced SISK-you) Siskiyou County is one of the most far northern counties located in California (adjacent to the southern border of Oregon). Those of us who live here believe Siskiyou County is the perfect place to live, work, and play.

The largest towns are found along Interstate 5 and include Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Weed, and Yreka (the county seat of Siskiyou County). Mount Shasta (14,162 ft.) is situated at the center of the county.

Although we are located in a rural area, quick and easy access to larger cities is available. Interstate 5 and Highway 97 are situated in the middle of our county and there are five small, local airports as well as access to two larger regional airports located in Redding, CA and Medford, OR. Amtrak also runs through Siskiyou County with a station in Dunsmuir.

Siskiyou County offers affordable housing, first-rate educational opportunities (K-12 grade private and public schools as well as the College of the Siskiyous), medical facilities, and an abundance of recreational activities and opportunities.

The Siskiyou Economic Development Council (SCEDC) in Yreka is available for information on business opportunities and incentives and more.


Siskiyou County was created on March 22, 1852, and named after the Siskiyou mountain range. The County is the site of the central section of the Siskiyou Trail, which ran between California's Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest. In 1851, after the discovery of an important gold strike near today's Yreka thousands of prospectors flooded the area. The construction of the Central Pacific Railroad along the path of the Siskiyou Trail in the mid-1880s led to a first wave of tourism, as visitors came to "take the waters" at the county's many summer resorts, and to enjoy the hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities. In the early 1940s, Siskiyou County was home to the semi-serious State of Jefferson movement which sought to create a new state from several counties of northern California, and several counties of southern Oregon. The origin of the word Siskiyou is not known. One version is that it is the Chinook jargon word for "bob-tailed horse." Another version, given in an argument before the State Senate in 1852, is that the French name Six Cailloux, meaning "six stones," because six large stones or rocks lay in the river where they crossed.

Regional Information

Siskiyou County features spectacular natural beauty and scenic cities, areas and towns including Yreka (the County Seat), Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud, and Tulelake as well as Butte Valley, Scott Valley, Shasta Valley, and the Klamath River Corridor. Visit the individual City Hall Offices or Chambers of Commerce to learn more about each community.

City Hall Offices

Address: 307 South Main Street (PO Box 768)
Dorris, CA 96023
Phone: (530) 397-3511
City of Dorris

Address: 5915 Dunsmuir Avenue
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
Phone: (530) 235-4822
City of Dunsmuir

Address: 442 Main Street (PO Box 460)
Etna, CA 96027
Phone: (530) 467-5256
City of Etna

Fort Jones
Address: 11960 East Street (PO Box 40)
Fort Jones, CA 96032
Phone: (530) 468-2281
Town of Fort Jones

Lake Shastina Civic Services
Address: 16320 Everhart Drive
Weed, CA 96094
Phone: (530) 938-3281
Lake Shastina Community Services District

McCloud Service District
Address: 220 West Minnesota Avenue (PO Box 640)
McCloud, CA 96057
Phone: (530) 964-2017
McCloud Community Services District

Address: 230 South 13th Street (PO Box 428)
Montague, CA 96064
Phone: (530) 459-3030
City of Montague

Mount Shasta City
Address: 305 North Mount Shasta Blvd.
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: (530) 926-7510
City of Mt. Shasta

Address: 591 Main Street
Tulelake, CA 96134
Phone: (530) 667-5522
City of Tulelake

Address: 550 Main Street (PO Box 470)
Weed, CA 96094
Phone: (530) 938-5020
City of Weed

Address: 701 Fourth Street
Yreka, CA 96097
Phone: (530) 841-2386
City of Yreka

Chambers of Commerce

Butte Valley
Address: PO Box 541
Dorris, CA 96023
Phone: (530) 397-2111
Chamber of Commerce

Address: 5915 Dunsmuir Avenue
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
Phone: (530) 235-2177
Toll-free: 1 (800) DUNSMUIR
Chamber of Commerce

Address: 303 Main Street
McCloud, CA 96057
Phone: (530) 964-3113
Chamber of Commerce

Mount Shasta
Address: 300 Pine Street
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: (530) 926-3696
Chamber of Commerce

Scott Valley
Address: PO Box 374
Etna, CA 96027
Voicemail: (530) 475-2656
Chamber of Commerce

Address: 34 Main Street
Weed, CA 96094
Phone: (530) 938-4624
Toll-free: 1 (877) 938-4624
Chamber of Commerce