Manton, California - Homes for Sale

About Manton

MANTON is a small rural northern California community of about seven hundred persons located in the foothills of Lassen Volcanic National Park about an hour southeast of Redding and 45 minutes northeast of Red Bluff. 

Commerce: Manton produces hydro-electric power, pine and cedar timber, oak firewood, trophy size rainbow trout, grapes, wine, volcanic landscape rock, and cattle. There is a diner, saloon, store, post office, K-8 school, volunteer fire department, CalFire Fire Station, church, Grange Hall, farmers market, mobile home park, trout hatcheries (private, state and federal), cemetery, wineries, wine tasting rooms and dramatic views of a snow-covered volcano, Lassen Peak, just to the east. 

National Park: The Lassen Park north entrance and Visitors Center is less than an hour away. One of the least-visited of all national parks, Lassen National Volcanic Park includes all four types of volcanoes, affords high mountain lakes and campgrounds, fabulous cross-country skiing in the winter, and a highly educational museum with ranger talks all summer. As the southern-most Cascade Range volcano, Lassen Peak and the surrounding area is a transition zone between the Sierra Nevada range and the Cascades. As such, it has over 700 species of birds, animals and plants, many more than either the Sierra or Cascade ranges alone, making Lassen Park a unique natural asset in the western United States. 

Services: The nearest town with grocery stores, gas stations, library and a medical clinic is Shingletown, about 20 minutes north. Many residents travel to Red Bluff or Redding, the two major cities in the northern Sacramento Valley, for major shopping and supplies. Driving time on the lightly traveled roads ranges from 45 minutes to an hour.

Natural Features:The elevation ranges from 1,500 feet to 3,500 feet and the climate is mild with warm summers (90 to 100 degrees) and cool winters (snow at higher elevations). The four seasons are quite distinct, with miles of wildflowers surrounding the lowland vernal pools in the Spring to high-country colors in maple, dogwood and black oak in the Fall. There are cold-water spring-fed creeks which support abundant trout. The largest Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project in the United States is now underway on Battle Creek. Mountain lions, ringtail cats, coyotes, and foxes are commonly seen mammals. The landscape ranges from low blue oak woodlands through chapparal to black oak, cedar and ponderosa pine forests. Historic Native American sites are scattered throughout the area. Primarily a logging town in the 19th century, Manton is being re-discovered as a wine producing region with many summer community events culminating in the annual Apple Festival in October. 

Tom  Knight