Colusa County was established in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties created by the first state legislature. It once encompassed all of what is now Glenn County and a portion of Tehama County. In 1891, the counties of Glenn and Colusa were split. Records prior to 1891 are still maintained in Colusa County, and those pertaining to Glenn County after the split can be found at the Glenn County recorder's office.


Colusa is centrally located approximately 70 miles north of Sacramento. Interstate 5 offers a north / south route through the county. Our location is approximately:

  • 2.5 hours from Lake Tahoe
  • One hour from downtown Sacramento
  • Three hours from the Fort Bragg-Mendocino coastline
  • Two hours from San Francisco


Colusa County's economy is based on agriculture and agricultural-related businesses. As you travel throughout the basin floor, you'll see a variety of crops such as:

  • Alfalfa
  • Almonds
  • Asian pears
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Melons
  • Onions
  • Pistachios
  • Prunes
  • Pumpkins
  • Rice
  • Safflower
  • Sunflowers
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Wheat
  • Wine grapes


Our country roads are lined with various waterways, natural and man-made, where you'll see an abundance of wildlife, including, but not limited to:

  • Blue herons
  • Cranes
  • Deer
  • Ducks
  • Fox
  • Geese
  • Hawks
  • Pheasants
  • Possums
  • Raccoons
  • Swans

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city living, and come visit Colusa County!