The Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STNF) is the largest national forest in California with a diverse landscape ranging from 1,000 to 14,162 feet. The 2.1 million acre forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. Hikers, backpackers and horseback riders will find over 460 miles of trails to explore. They range from wide trails with easy grades to rough rocky steep grades. The employees of the STNF manage a healthy forest by enhancing wildlife habitat, maintaining clean water, producing timber products and safeguarding communities at risk from wildfires. Pivotal in the economical, tourism and recreational aspects of Northern California, the STNF is a land of breathtaking beauty and a place for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.
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Season of Use
Most recreation sites within the STNF are open from May 15 through September 15. During the remainder of the year, some sites may be kept open as needed or as weather permits. Recreational facilities that remain open will offer reduced services. Some water systems are turned off during the winter months.
Length of Stay
Camping at improved campgrounds is limited to the maximum number of days posted at the site (generally no more than 14 days). Camping outside of improved campgrounds (dispersed camping) is limited to thirty (30) days within a one (1) year period, starting with the first day of occupancy.
Family campground fees range from $10 to $50 per day, depending on the types of services offered. Group campground fees range from $30 to $110 per night. Fee listings for individual cmapground are available upon request. There is a $5 fee for a second vehicle (if space allows) at some sites.
Pets are allowed in the recreation areas unless posted. They must be on a leash not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control when in a developed site.
Campfire permits are required outside of a designated campsite and may be obtained free of charge from your nearest Forest Service, CalFire or Bureau of Land Management office.
Generally, dispersed camping is allowed outside of developed sites within the STNF unless otherwise posted. The exception to this is Lewiston Lake. Camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of the high water mark with no exceptions.
Fireworks and Firearms
It is prohibited to discharge a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property: (1) in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area, or (2) across or on a Forest Development road, or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. (261.10d)
It is illegal to discharge or ignite a firecracker, rocket or other firework, or explosive on all National Forest lands (261.14d), and in Shasta County.