Cottonwood is fortunate to have many tourist and recreational benefits. There are seven public golf courses within 20 miles driving distance. Camping, mountain and rock climbing as well as gold panning are added bonuses for those who want to get back to nature.
Located just east of downtown is the Coleman Fish Hatchery, the largest hatchery of its type in the United States. The Sacramento River provides some of the northwest's best salmon, steelhead and trout fishing with resorts dotting the shoreline around Balls Ferry.
To the north is Shasta Lake and Whiskeytown Lake which provide excellent fishing, water skiing, houseboating and camping. Shasta Dam is a major engineering wonder and attrats many tourists each year.
Cottonwood uses its fine school facilities for recreational programs that benefit both recreational swimming, swimming lessons and safety courses. The community park has Little League fields, barbecue facilities and a brand new Community Center Building.
Cottonwood's Chamber of Commerce provides plenty of community events. In May the Annual Rodeo Week begins with 'Ladies Nite Out' - a dinner/auction, the Kiddie Parade, and Rodeo Parade leading up to a two-day rodeo. September the classic cars roll in from all over for the annual Hot Rods & Hogs Car Show.