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1,200 Acres at Nuss Farms in Lodi, CA
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History of outdoors and exploration in California

From the first Native American tribes who navigated its rugged terrain, to the Gold Rush prospectors who traversed its mountains in search of fortune, California has always been a magnet for those with an adventurous spirit. The state's natural beauty was further highlighted in the late 19th century with the establishment of Yosemite National Park, one of America's first wilderness parks. This marked a significant milestone in outdoor recreation, setting a precedent for nature conservation and public enjoyment. In the 20th century, California continued to pioneer outdoor exploration with the creation of additional national parks like Sequoia and Joshua Tree. The state also became renowned for its hunting and fishing opportunities, boasting a diverse array of species from deer and elk to trout and salmon. Today, California remains a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a range of activities including hiking, camping, rock climbing, surfing, skiing, hunting and fishing. Whether you're an experienced outdoorsman or a novice adventurer seeking your next thrill, California's rich history and landscapes provide endless opportunities for exploration. Its legacy as a hub for outdoor recreation continues to inspire individuals across the nation to embrace their adventurous side and immerse themselves in nature's splendor. California is a massive agricultural state with $51.2B of ag production, and roughly 47.9% of the land privately owned by farmers and ranchers. The major crops are cow/calf production and dairy products, grapes and almonds. When planning hunting trips to California on private lands like farms & ranches, it's important to understand some key dates for farmers and ranchers. Ranchers in this region usually do their calving, brandings and vaccinations anywhere from February through June and will ship cattle in late fall. During these times, they are extremely busy and may be harder to communicate with. Farmers in California will usually begin planting their grapes in May to harvest in January, and almond season is between February and March.

Popular outdoor activities in California

Whether you're an avid angler, hunter, hiker, or camper, the Golden State has something for everyone. For fishing enthusiasts, the state boasts more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams teeming with trout, bass, and salmon. The Eastern Sierra region is particularly renowned for its fly-fishing spots. Hunters can explore vast public lands that are home to deer, elk, bear and waterfowl, as well as private land access through Landtrust. California's hunting seasons vary by animal and region so it's essential to check local regulations. Hikers can travel routes through stunning trails like the Pacific Crest Trail or Mount Whitney - the tallest peak in the contiguous United States. For those who prefer camping under starlit skies, California offers countless campgrounds nestled amidst towering redwoods or along rugged coastlines. California's 840 miles of coastline offer excellent surfing conditions for water-based activities while its numerous lakes and rivers are perfect for kayaking or white-water rafting adventures. Always remember to respect nature and adhere to safety guidelines when engaging in these activities.

Popular counties for outdoor activities in California

One of the top destinations is Yosemite County, home to Yosemite National Park. This area is renowned for its breathtaking waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient giant sequoias. It's a haven for hikers, climbers, and nature enthusiasts alike. Inyo County is another must-visit destination for outdoor lovers. It boasts the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States: Mount Whitney and Death Valley respectively. This county offers opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, fishing in Owens River, or exploring the unique landscapes of Death Valley. For those who love water-based activities, Lake County is an excellent choice. Famous for Clear Lake - the largest natural freshwater lake in California - it's perfect for boating, fishing or birdwatching. Marin County is another gem with its stunning coastline and redwood forests offering plenty of hiking trails. The iconic Point Reyes National Seashore here provides opportunities to spot wildlife like elk and seals. Lastly, Mono County hosts the scenic Mono Lake and Mammoth Lakes region which are fantastic spots for fishing, birding and winter sports.

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