The Main Attraction

The lake is formed by a hydroelectric dam and is filled by the Pit River, Cayton Creek, Clark Creek, Hat Creek, and Burney Creek.  It sports a wide variety of bass and trout. 

The Official Website of the McArthur ~ Burney Falls Interpretive Association

Park Status as of December 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check the official Park Website at again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.  Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

What is open now?
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is open for day-use and reservation camping only.  To make a reservation for 2021, visit or call 800-444-7275. For more information about camping visit  We do not allow early-check in or registration prior to 2 p.m.  Early arrivals are subject to Day-Use fees.
What is currently closed?
Visitor center and tours.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?

COVID-19 Guidelines - (June 21, 2021)
Recreate Responsibly. Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at
Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:

Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.

Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.

Welcome to

The falls can be accessed directly from the parking area or through several trails leading to either side, upper or lower views of the endless cascade of descending water. 

Lake Britton

We welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in the McArthur ~ Burney Falls Memorial State Park, commonly referred to as Burney Falls Park.  Here you will be introduced not only to our spectacular park, but also to Ahjumawi State Park and Castle Crags State Park.  We will talk about what to do while visiting or staying at the park, nearby attractions, park activities, news and events, and our new visitors center and gift shop.  We'll discuss the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpetive Association and Friends of the Falls, and we will provide you with links to other parks, similar organizations and area attractions.  Come and visit with us... We don't bite, but the fish do!!!