The area known as Concow is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range where the Sierras meet the Cascade range. The climate and biodiversity of this area over time have created a very abundant environment for a wide variety of plants and animals to thrive, and therefore, a home to humans for a very long time. Situated among the branches of the Feather River system and its tributary streams and springs, the Concow Basin area was the ancestral home of the Konkow Maidu.
The Maidu Tribal family included groups from all over the areas now known as Butte, Shasta, and Trinity Counties. The Konkow Maidu chose the Concow Basin area specifically for their home. Lake Concow is located in the heart of this area that was inhabited by the Konkow Maidu since ancient times. The Konkow Maidu personified a balance between nature and human use of land and resources, and because of this they lived an abundant lifestyle.
At Lake Concow, the ancestral ways of living have been preserved by practicing ancient skills and ceremonies. The land is home to many ancient sites that are marked by the discovery of many artifacts made by the Konkow Maidu and their ancestors, including stone tools such as knives, axes, and arrowheads, as well as the remains of food processing sites where the women would gather and grind acorns into flour which was a staple of the Konkow Maidu diet. The mortar holes left by generations of this ancient way are still here to be seen.
The ways of the First Nations people are shared here at Lake Concow as they host cultural events throughout the year where people from all tribes are able to connect to the past through song, dance, stories and workshops. We are honored by the opportunity to steward this land and share it with those dedicated to creating a sustainable future by experiencing the ways of the past and finding a new balance between humans and the world we live in. The ancient people who lived here had understood this balance and lived within its order. Together, we will explore the many ways can live in harmony with the natural world for the greater good of people and the plants and animals we depend on. We are honored and grateful to welcome several Maidu women to the gathering this year to share about the sacredness of this land and its people.
A variety of tree cathedrals, grasslands, river front meadows, a ceremonial village, lakeside shoreline, and outdoor sleeping arrangments are just a handful of the incredible offerings of this sacred land.
The magic and depth of the forest stretch in every direction. The ideal Springtime weather will reveal subtle rainbows of forest flowers accenting the endless beauty of this exquisite land. Lake Concow is a true escape, a historical treasure.
The beauty and stillness of this natural forest sanctuary makes it the perfect place to retreat, renew, and reconnect with nature and each other.
We are very fortunate in Concow to be surrounded by a widely diverse population of flora and fauna. As caretakers of this sacred land, we feel a strong responsibility to honor our plant and animal allies by not only protecting them and their habitat, but also to help educate others about what lives and grows here by providing people with opportunities to experience the beauty of these plants and animals for themselves. For this reason, Concow is honored to host the many different groups who gather here on this land for learning and communing with the nature that flourishes here. We feel very fortunate to be involved in this process of helping promote a sustainable and abundant future for all living things on this planet by sharing knowledge and skills from the human past that can make a sustainable lifestyle a reality for everyone everywhere.
The animals here include, but are not limited to deer, many kinds of fish, foxes, migratory geese, wild turkeys, hawks, ospreys and eagles. We are blessed by the rare presence of a nesting site for a Bald Eagle family, and they make themselves seen to us from time to time. Lake Concow Campground is a no-hunting zone so the animals here are abudant and safe.
The plant life at Lake Concow Campground is incredibly diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and fungi such as mugwort, self-heal, soap root, turkey tail, oyster and boletus mushrooms and many more. Also found at Lake Concow Campground are many plants like Scotch broom, tule reeds and willow that are useful for making baskets, clothing, arrows and many other useful human tools. The tree population is a blend of hardwoods like Manzanita, Madrone, and several kinds of Oaks along with mature Fir, Pine and Cedar trees. With special attention to management of non-native and invasive plants, Lake Concow attempts to maintain a well balanced forest ecosystem with high biodiversity.
Read all about the ways the Spirit Weavers Community will tend to the land, giving back to the soils and the plant and animal relations that will surround us this spring though our Earth Ethic Pledge.