Water Activities

Choose from the following to find a site: photo shows the front end of a kayak on tranquil lake


Shasta and Trinity Lakes are two of the three Forest Service managed lakes in the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, offering houseboating, water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding.

** Please be aware that on both Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake there is a large amount of floating woody debris.  This is a normal annual occurrence that is most noticeable in the spring as the lakes rise. The location of woody debris is subject to prevailing winds and may be submerged, or just under the surface of the water.  Floating woody debris can also block boat ramps. Boat operators are advised to keep a sharp lookout and proceed with caution when operating on the lakes.**

The Trinity River, between Junction City and Cedar Flat is the focal point for whitewater activities although the Sacramento River, above Shasta Lake is also quite popular.  Flatwater kayakers and canoeists find great water for their sports on Lewiston, Castle and Siskiyou Lakes.

McCloud Lake, located east of Mt. Shasta, is well known for its fishing opportunities, as is Iron Canyon Reservoir which is located north east of Shasta Lake.

Link to helpful brochures about boating, fishing, etc.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities