Whether you are planning to go camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or sight seeing, the choices for recreation are almost unlimited. During the late spring, summer and early fall, the McCloud River is the most popular attraction in this area, offering fishing, swimming, camping, photography oppurtunities, and spectacular scenery. During the winter months, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow- shoeing, hunting, fishing, and downhill skiing are the top ranking outdoor opportunities. The Pilgrim Creek Snowmobile Park has vault toilets, a warming hut, and miles of groomed trails for your use. Except for Harris Spring, Cattle Camp, Trout Creek Campgrounds, Star City Creek, and Lake McCloud Boat Ramp, all developed campgrounds and day use facilities are located along the McCloud River. All campgrounds are on a first come-first served basis and have a 14 day stay limit. The McCloud River parallels Highway 89 from its source near Dead Horse Summit to Fowlers Campground. There it turns south and continues through private property to Lake McCloud. At Lake McCloud, the river again flows through National Forest lands to a point several miles below Ah-Di-Na Campground, plus several other areas downstream to the Nature Conservancies McCloud River Preserve. From here, the river passes through mostly private property and public access from the banks is extremely limited until the river enters the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. If the improved campgrounds around McCloud are too crowded and confining, you may want to try camping somewhere else. Unless posted otherwise, you may camp anywhere within the National Forests(dispersed camping). A stay limit of 30 days is enforced for dispersed camping. No dispersed camping in the McCloud River Loop.
** Due to fluctuating water levels on Shasta Lake, visitors are encouraged to contact the Shasta Recreation Company (concessionaire to the Forest Service) @ 530-275-8113 or the Shasta-Triinity National Forest, Shasta Lake Ranger Station at (530) 275-1587 for possible temporary campground closures. **
The Shasta Unit is one of three units that comprise the Whiskeytown - Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. It was established by Congress in 1965. These areas were recognized for their unique and varied recreation potential.
Shasta Lake forms the core of the Shasta Unit and offers recreationist a variety of outdoor activities including: boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, and mountain biking.
For information on purchasing the Shasta-Trinity National Forest map as well as many other National Forest maps, please browse to the Maps & Publications page.
Interpretive programs are offered at the Antlers Amphitheater during the summer months and are free to the public. For locations and times, please contact the Shasta Recreation Company (concessionaire to the Forest Service) @ 530-275-8113.
The Trinity Lake/Weaverville area is one of three units that comprise the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. It was established by Congress in 1965. These areas are recognized for their unique and varied recreation potential. The Trinity Lake Unit and the Trinity Lake Boating Safety maps are available in our offices at no charge. For information on obtaining the Shasta-Trinity National Forest map as well as many other National Forest maps, please browse to the Maps & Brochures page. Trinity and Lewiston Lakes form the core of the Trinity Unit where water oriented sports such as fishing, water-skiing and houseboating dominate the recreation spotlight. For the adventurous, however, there are many other activities, such as; wildlife viewing, hiking, hunting, automobile touring, photography, and picnicking.