Hat Creek, Cassel and Old Station

Hat Creek, renowned for its fly-fishing and camping, is an unincorporated town of under 400 people 26 miles north of Lassen Park, 13 miles southeast of Burney (9 miles south of the junction of Hwy 89 and 299), and 15 miles south of Burney Falls.

Rural Hat Creek is home of the Hat Creek Radio Observatory (HCRO) which houses the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) and was the location for the 1986 movie, “Stand By Me”.  Climb to the top of Hat Creek Rim for magnificent views of the Hat Creek Valley as well as views of Lassen Peak, Burney Mountain, and further away Mt. Shasta.  Cold and clear, Hat Creek is famous for its fly fishing and rafting.  Other things to do in or nearby include hiking, swimming, wildlife viewing and bird watching, picnicking, hang gliding off Hat Creek Rim, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Places to visit nearby include the Subway Underground Caves and the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Trailhead.  You will find camping and picnic areas along Hat Creek, and the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is just a short drive away on Highway 89.  Shopping and dining can be found in nearby Burney or at the small grocery store and restaurant in Hat Creek.


The median price of homes is approximately $150,000 to $200,000, while properties with larger acreage are usually priced from $350,000 to upwards of $400,000. Tucked away off the beaten path, you will find the small mountain community of unincorporated Cassel, CA.With a population of less than 500, a total area measuring 20.1 square miles, and some of the kindest neighbors you’ll ever meet, Cassel is truly a place to get away from the fast pace of city life.

Cold and clear Hat Creek flows through Cassel, making it the perfect spot for an avid fly fisherman or fisherwomen.  Here you will also find the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery, Crystal Lake, Brown Lake and Rising River Lake as well as a section of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Cassel real estate is minutes away from a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, from biking and hiking to white water rafting, hunting, and fly fishing in Fall River, Pit River and Hat Creek. Cassel has everything that an outdoor enthusiast could ask for.

The median price of homes in the region’s residential neighborhoods is approximately $120,000 to $170,000, while more rural properties with larger acreage are usually priced from $200,000 to upwards of $400,000.