Hat Creek is an unincorporated town of 400 people in eastern Shasta County, California, 26 miles north of Lassen Park, 13 miles southeast of Burney (9 miles south of the junction of hwy 89 and 299), and 15 miles south of Burney Falls. Its zip code is 96040. Wired telephone numbers are from the Burney central office and follow the pattern 530-335-xxxx. Hat Creek is home to the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, run by UC Berkeley.
The town's main economies are tourism, fishing, camping, and lodging. It's still a travel hot spot in Shasta County, although it's about 70 miles east of Redding, CA and about the same to Susanville, CA.
The United States does not define a census-designated place called Hat Creek, but it does define a Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), 96040. Because Hat Creek is contained within this ZCTA, it is possible to obtain Census data from the United States 2000 Census for the area even though data for "Hat Creek" is unavailable.
According to the 2000 census, there were 392 people in the 96040 ZCTA, of which 302 were white, 80 were American Indian, 1 was Hawaiian, 4 were other races, and 5 were biracial. The median age is 46 years with an average household size of 2.5.
In the state legislature Hat Creek is located in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Sam Aanestad, and in the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Doug LaMalfa. Federally, Hat Creek is located in California's 2nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 and is represented by Republican Wally Herger.