2022 Induction Ceremony

Induction of members to the 2022 class of the

California Outdoors Hall of Fame

will occur during the International Sportsmen’s Exposition at CalExpo, Sacramento in January.

For more about ISE Sacramento, CLICK HERE.

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The California Outdoors Hall of Fame recognizes California’s greatest outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. These are people who have dedicated themselves to advancing the understanding of, appreciation for and conservation of California’s great outdoors.

Outdoors Hall of Fame inductees have demonstrated exceptional breadth of skills and commitment to the outdoors and have touched many thousands, if not millions, of Californians through their passion for the outdoors and outdoor recreation.

The California Outdoors Hall of Fame strives to sustain what they accomplished, inspiring future generations toward adventure and conservation.

Personal achievement in outdoor sport, by itself, is not enough. The California Outdoors Hall of Fame only recognizes those whose  profound scope of outdoor accomplishments have impacted others, improved the lives of Californians and benefitted the outdoors.

All candidates must fill two requirements:

1. Nominees must have inspired thousands of Californians to take part in the great outdoors and/or conservation.
2. Nominees must have taken part in a paramount scope of adventures.


“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous”

Kit Carson

Kit Carson Kit Carson, was a legendary American frontiersman. He was a fur trapper, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and U.S. [...]

Dave Hurley

Dave Hurley Dave Hurley, Stockton, is a lifelong northern California angler with deep roots in the California Delta. [...]

Shaun White

Shaun White Shaun White, San Diego, “The Flying Tomato,” is world re-known as a snowboarder and is the [...]

Tom Mattusch

Tom Mattusch Tom Mattusch, Princeton-by-the-Sea, is a master fisherman, hunter, boat captain, with a lifetime of teaching new [...]

Emily Harrington

Emily Harrington Emily Harrington, Truckee, is one of the most successful and versatile professional climbers in the world. [...]


Can I Nominate Someone?

Anyone may nominate an entrant including entrants, who can nominate themselves.

To be eligible, nominations must include a 200 to 250-word biography of the nominated person.

It is best to submit a nomination prior to the end of October, as voting begins in late autumn for the following year’s class of inductees.

Voting is done by leaders in outdoor media, government and industry, and by prior inductees, called the Circle of Chiefs, all of whom vote anonymously and free of faction.

Announcement of those selected for the current year’s class of inductees occurs typically in January at the International Sportsmen’s Expo in Sacramento. Inductees automatically become venerated members of California’s Circle of Chiefs.

About Us

The California Outdoors Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor California outdoorsmen and women who have demonstrated exceptional breadth of skills and commitment to the outdoors and touched many thousands, if not millions, through their passion for and commitment to the outdoors, conservation and the advancement of outdoor recreation.

Upcoming Events

2021 Induction Ceremony

The 2021 COHOF induction ceremony has been postponed, due to Covid-19.

No date or time for the ceremony has yet been announced.

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