Cottonwood is a small town located in northern Tehama County. The population was 3,316 at the 2010 census, up from 2,960 at the 2000 census. Cottonwood was a stagecoach town where a settlement was established in 1849 and the first Post Office was opened in 1852. Cottonwood is equidistant between Redding and Red Bluff, 15 miles in either direction.
The gated community of Lake California features spectacular views of Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta and the Trinity/Siskiyou mountain ranges. Within the community are a variety of amenities for the private use of members and their guests. See more at www.lakecalifornia.net.