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My Town — Kerry Jarvis

My Town — Kerry Jarvis

Entrepreneur and Community Volunteer
Photo by MC Hunter Photography
July 2020

My Town: Like Paradise
My first experience in Shasta County was in 1997, when my sister moved up here and I would come up and visit. I noticed how beautiful, serene and laid back it was, but I never thought Shasta County would be where I would settle. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, where I worked as a glazing contractor, but I fell in love with Shasta County.

I invested in properties in Redding and Shasta Lake City, and enjoyed coming up and visiting the lakes, snow skiing and enjoying the social life of downtown Redding. In 2011, I left my life in the Bay Area for Shasta Lake City, even though I did not know a soul.

Soon I met Bonnie at the Chamber of Commerce in Shasta Lake City and I began to get involved with the city. I became an ambassador of the Chamber, a planning commissioner and now a parks and recreation commissioner. I am so happy I settled here in Shasta Lake City. It is at the foot of Lake Shasta and still has that small-town feel, with everything we need 10 minutes away. We have so many events, and not a day goes by that when I go out I don’t see people I know, always with smiles on their faces.

I was camping at Whiskeytown Lake in 2013 when the camp host recruited me as a volunteer park ranger, and I have been living a dream, working in the visitor center and the kayak and paddleboard program. I love meeting people and helping them experience Whiskeytown and the surrounding area. I joined the Friends of Whiskeytown, where we support the park with kayaks, paddleboards and life jackets, which are free to the public on ranger-led programs. We also sponsor numerous activities. 

Living here is like living in paradise. When I lived in the Bay Area, I left town almost every weekend to get away from the hectic life. Since I moved here, I hardly ever leave this county. We have so many great places to go hiking, biking, rafting, skiing, fishing, water sports, camping. We have great restaurants, dancing and too many events to list. If you are active and love the outdoors, there is no better place to live than Shasta County.