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Bizz Johnson Trail Activities and Events 


Each year in the early Fall, visitors and residents flock to the Susanville Depot, 601 Richmond Road, for the Rails to Trails Festival.  This is one of those events that will draw families and enthusiasts year after year so be prepared to get "hooked."  Come prepared for weather changes and you will thoroughly enjoy yourselves!!

Schedule for 2010 Festival   

Saturday October 9:
Chili Cook-off & Salsa Contest, Tasting & Judging begins at noon
Arts & Crafts fair, including Food and Beverage Booths
Children's Activities and Drum Circle
Railroad Handcar Races
Caboose Tours
Live music 

Sunday October 10, Noon to 3:00 pm:
Railroad  handcar rides
Caboose Tours

For more details, contact the Depot at (530) 257-4323.


OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES (530) 257-0456/4323 for additional information:

Whistle Stop Lecture Series at the Susanville Depot
Presentations on a wide range of historic, natural resource and human
interest topics. For a current listing, call Lassen Land and Trails Trust,
(530) 257-3252.


Susanville Depot Trailhead Visitor Center and Museum
601 Richmond Road, Susanville - (530) 257-3252

This is the main trailhead and visitor center for the Bizz Johnson Trail. The Depot provides trail information, interpretive displays and videos and includes a bookstore and gift shop. Bike rentals are also available. Trail information is posted outside the depot for year-round use. The Bizz Johnson trail starts at the Depot and follows the railroad tracks west across Richmond Road and into Susan River Canyon. The railroad tracks end 1/4 mile west of the Depot, where the trail becomes a smooth old railroad bed.

The Depot will be open:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thur - Sun, Memorial Day to October 31 

Westwood Museum
311 Ash Street, Westwood, CA 96137 - (530) 256-2233.  It's best to call to confirm hours of this all-volunteer museum. The Red River Lumber Company, was once the largest pine lumber mill in the world - and the main user of the rail-trail that now offers recreation to many. Stop in at the Westwood Museum to see photos of the company's mill, the town and the Fernley and Lassen Branch Railroad. Formed in 1914 to carry lumber from Westwood to the Southern Pacific main line at Fernley, Nevada, the Fernley and Lassen Railroad was the key transportation link that made the lumber company's mill in Westwood possible.

locomotiveThe mill gradually declined and the railroad branch closed in 1956. Abandoned for 20 years, 25 miles of the railroad bed were then reborn as the Bizz Johnson Trail.

Lassen County Visitor Center
Westwood Station
462-885 Third Street
Westwood, CA 96137

Located in a replica of the historic Westwood Railroad Depot, this new facility provides visitor information about the Westwood area and Lassen County. Monday - Friday, 9a.m. to 1p.m. Call (530) 256-2456 for more information. 


A bus that will carry bikes runs between Westwood and Susanville Monday through Friday. For current schedule and bus stops, call Lassen Rural Bus at (530) 252-7433. On weekends or at times not served by the bus, you may be able to arrange for a van shuttle. Call Susanville Express at (530) 257-5277. 


For information on weekend bus shuttles including the October 2010 Fall Color Ride contact Stan Bales at (530) 252-5311.

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Bureau of Land Management
Eagle Lake Field Office
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
Phone: (530) 257-0456
Fax: (530) 257-4831
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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