Camping & Cabins

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Shaded campsite with lake and mountains in the background

Photo: Campsite at the McCloud Bridge campground - Shasta Lake

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers beautiful camping areas that reflect the diversity of the forest landscape, ranging widely from low to high elevation, lakeside to forested and primitive to developed.

At Shasta, Trinity and Lewiston Lakes, most of the campgrounds are managed by the Shasta Recreation Company, concessionaire to the Forest Service.

Cabin Rentals

There are several lookouts/cabins available for rental on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  Maximum stay, rental seasons and occupancy limits vary depending on the facility.  Please check with the local Ranger Station for specific information.

All are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Campground Camping

Most campgrounds have piped water, some have flush toilets but the majority has vault toilets, tables, and stoves. Showers, electric hookups, and RV dump services are not available at most Forest Service campgrounds.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers beautiful camping areas that reflect the diversity of the forest landscape, ranging widely from low to high elevation, lakeside to forested and primitive to developed.

At Shasta, Trinity and Lewiston Lakes, campgrounds are managed by the Shasta Recreation Company, concessionaire to the Forest Service.

Dispersed Camping

Camping is not limited to developed camping. Almost all of the forest is open to those who prefer the quiet solitude of a completely undeveloped setting. 

There are five establish wilderness areas: Castle Crags Wilderness, Chanchelulla Wilderness, Mt. Shasta Wilderness, Trinity Alps Wilderness and the Yolly-Bolly Middle-Eel Wilderness.  Wilderness permits are required for the Trinity Alps and Mt. Shasta wildernesses.

During fire season (starting May 1st until the end of fire season is declared), a free California Campfire Permit is required outside of developed campgrounds and can be obtained through Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and CalFire offices.

At Shasta and Trinity Lakes, visitors can camp along the shore.  Some areas are restricted such as a bald eagle nesting sites, but even so there are several hundred miles where shorline camping is permitted. 

Dispersed camping is not permitted on Lewiston Lake but there are many developed campgrounds available for you to be able to enjoy this beautiful lake.

Group Camping

Group campgrounds have many of the same features offered at Forest Service family campgrounds but have larger tables, fire pits, and grills. Your group is assured exclusive use of the group camp.  Reservations are available through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or by calling 1-877-444-6777.