John Reginato
Godfather of Northern California outdoors and avid photographer, angler and hunter – 2004

The depth of Reginato’s travels across Northern California is unparalleled. His turf consists of Tehama, Shasta, Lassen, Trinity, Siskiyou and Modoc counties. No individual in California history knows any region more intimately. He is an avid boater, bird hunter, angler and award-winning wildlife photographer. Reginato is also a champion of youth outdoors activities, especially opportunities for youth trout fishing.

As manager of the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association for 41 years, Reginato promoted all phases of the outdoors and regional tourism and inspired thousands to go fishing, boating, hunting, camping and traveling in Northern California. He developed a network between recreation businesses and the public and averaged 20,000 phone and mail contacts per year with the public, roughly 8 million contacts in his career.

Reginato pioneered boating and fishing access for the public, developing 20 new boat ramps in Northern California and inventing the concept of using houseboats as a recreation getaway. He also helped develop the concept of rails to trails, starting with the 25-mile Bizz Johnson Trail near Susanville.