The Oak House Tavern

Welcome to our quaint and picturesque hideaway situated upon the uppermost reaches of California's largest spring-fed river, the Fall River. We are closed for the season and our looking to recruit new management.

General Manager Position

The Tavern


The tavern is your perfect setting for happy hour, dinner, or Sunday brunch. Our dining room overlooks the Fall River and is serviced by our western-style kitchen. We are retaining the hearty traditional tastes of the past while exploring some new directions...


We offer a full-service bar managed by our lead bartender Quentin Johnston. Our heritage cocktails are named after local legends. Ask Quentin to mix you up a "Quigley Cripple", one of his more popular concoctions.


Seven rooms in the lodge are adjacent to the restaurant and can accommodate up to 14 overnight guests. The rooms are cozy with creature comforts including a keurig coffee maker, a small fridge, and updated bedding and linens. Each room has a queen bed and a euro lounger, suitable for a couple, a couple with child, or two friends.


Preserving the Legacy...

Building on the Metzger's pioneering vision for a simple, rustic lodge in this equisite setting on the upper Fall River, we are embracing a few modern touches, a new variety of tastes to our food and beverage menus, and the highest level of service offered by your hosts Melissa and Quentin.

We are dedicated to preserving and conserving our special spot on the Fall River.


The upper Fall River has very limited access requiring self-powered or electric-powered river travel. With a farm-to-table philosophy, we are featuring Hat Creek Grown grass-fed beef and partnering with Shasta Land Trust and Cal Trout to preserve this special place.

A Modern Touch

The new owners don't want to change much but we think you should be able to book with OpenTable and have an eco-friendly, modern experience. Still the best fly fishing in California, but there is much more to enjoy.

A fine meal in a fine setting...

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Try your luck at "bags" but don't dare call it "cornhole". Check out the blog for tournament date.

Horse Shoes

Throw horse shoes just out back. The world-record high score for an 11-point game has been attained on our grounds many times.

Lawn Games

Enjoy the large beuatiful backyard lawn. We can provide a football to toss, frisbees, croquet, or bocci balls.

Burney Falls

Go see Burney Falls. The 8th wonder of the world according to Teddy Roosevelt.


According to local legend, the Fall River Golf Course is rated 3rd in the world.


Hire a guide for fishing or a tour, or muscle it on your own in kayaks...


Soldier Mountain Lookout, Mt Shasta, Mt Lassen, Subway Cave, Hat Creek, Ahjumawi... ask us for ideas.


While Fall River isn't swimmer friendly, there are nice spots nearby on Fall River Lake and Lake Briton. Ask us about the secret hot springs.


Don't try this alone. We're here to help!



Hike down into Burney Falls and do the loop back up and around...


On a clear day, the valley has a stunning view of Mt Shasta...


Pristine springs abound. A wonderful spot for kayaking and hiking. Boat-only acess.


If you get tired of the serenity of the Upper Fall River, you can always hang out in town...


Ask us about the annual Fall River Photo Workshop held by world-reknown photogopher Val Atkinson.


An epic battle with a monster trout that swallowed a green drake in front of Oak House...


If you need more room, rent the house next door! Between the Tavern and the Oak House, we can handle large groups.


Our whimsical water wheel waters the lawn...


Travis will take you down Pit River safe and sound


Float and fish Pit River with our expert guides


Fly fishing the Fall at the best time of day


The world-famous Hat Creek is around the corner


Quigley Cripple


The Dapper Dale


Whipple Snapper


Rainbow Springs



$125/ night

  • Queen Bed
  • Euro Lounger
  • Keurig Coffee
  • Continental breakfast
  • River access


$call/ day

  • Kayaking on the Fall River
  • Short excursions near the tavern
  • Long ride to the Whipple House
  • Other kayak waters avaiable
  • Shuttle service available


$500/ trip

  • Float the Pit River
  • Tame but fun rapids
  • Raft holds up to nine riders
  • Lunch stop included
  • Shuttle service available


$500/ day

  • All-day guided fishing
  • Your choice of local water
  • Two anglers
  • Equipment available for rent
  • Hire our guides or find your own

Matt N

software artisan from SF

This place is amazing! I can't wait come back.


Michelle T

lodge owner

My favorite place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Fall River is from the Oakhouse Tavern deck. Excellent food and craft cocktails make the view even more enjoyable.


Mike S

teacher living in Bali

I come for the fishing, but I stay for the beer.


Rick H

retired tech executive

The hatches on the upper Fall River are spectacular... I’ve caught many beautiful rainbow trout within a hundred yards of the Oakhouse Tavern.


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We are closed for the season. Please reach out to info@oakhousetavern.come for bookings, reservations, or general inquiries.

Phone: +530-336-5300
Wed 3pm-9pm
Thu 3pm-9pm
Fri 3pm-9pm
Sat 3pm-9pm
Sun 11am-3pm
Mon/Tue closed