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McCloud District Recreation Report

McCloud District Recreation Report

You can really tell it is fall.  October has brought much needed cooler temperatures especially at night so bring warm clothes.  The days have been warm and pleasant.  For those of you interested in the change of seasons and the beauty fall brings to the area, you will not be disappointed when you come to the District and see the multitudes of colors our local flora are showing.  The end of River and creek fishing season is drawing near, so come and get your final fishing fix and stay at some of our wonderful campgrounds while you are doing it.  Deer season was successful for many, yet not so much for others...that is why they call it hunting.  We are out of Fire Restricitons.

The large fires to the south of us are out and in the rehabiliation mode, for that, we can all be thankful. 

Please be advised that Fowlers, our most popular campground, will again be available under the  reservation system for the 2019 season.   There are eight sites that are first come first served, but these fill up fast and early in the week.  Your input on this  system would be greatly appreciated.  Stop by the office, mail in a comment, or call, we would love to hear from you.  See address below. 

ATTENTION CAMPERS:  Fowlers Campground will not be available for reservation but will be entirely first come first served (walk-in) until it closes in November 2018.

Camping on the McCloud Ranger District

Campground

#Sites

Water

Toilets

Fee

Other

Status

 Reservations

Fowlers * see below for special note

39

Yes

Vault

$15

Bear boxes, trash pick-up w/bear-proof cans, fire pits, and picnic tables

Open

 Yes

Cattle Camp

27

Yes

Vault

$15

Bear boxes, trash pick-up w/bear-proof cans, fire pits, and picnic tables

CLOSED

No

AhDiNa

17

Yes

Flush

$10

Picnic tables, garbage pick-up, fire pits.  Historic site with plenty to see.

Open

No

Algoma

6

No

none

Free

Primitive campground along the McCloud River some picnic tables, fire pits.

Open

No

Harris Spring

10+

No

Pit

Free

Fire pits, old vault toilet - Near Historic Harris Spring Guard Station

Open

No

Trout Creek

12

No

Vault

Free

Large CG along Trout Creek, primitive and quiet.

Open

No

Star City

10

No

None

Free

Walk in only, do not drive into CG or in lake bed, no trailers

Open

No

Nitwit

4

No

None

Free

Very Primitive, secluded

Open

No

Skunk Hollow

4

No

None

Free

Very Primitive, secluded

Open

No

Camp 4 Group Campground **

 

1 group site. (2-35 people) No Vault 35 Camp 4 group Campground is reservable online at recreation.gov Open Yes

Ash Camp

unimproved camping area

4

No

Vault

Free

CG is right on the lower McCloud River with access to the Pacific Crest Trail

Open

No

* Fowlers Camp Ground:  This season, 31 sites will be available for reservation only by going to recreation.gov or reserveamerica.com.  The other 8 sites in the camp ground will remain first come, first served.

**  You may only camp overnight in the Camp 4 Campground by permit.  There is a day use area that may be used until 6:00 p.m. by all.  Those with a permit are authorized to camp overnight, but not in the Day-Use areas.  Please remain North of the Southern most road.

 Lookout Rentals:

Girard Ridge: Please go to reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov for reservation information.  The lookout is at about 5000' and has spectacular views of Mount Shasta and Castle Crags.  There is a wood stove, fire pit, pit toilet, and a bed with mattress.  Once reserved at 1 week out you must call for the combination.

Little Mount Hoffman:  Please go to reserveamerica.com or recreation.gov for reservation information.  The lookout is at about 7000' and has spectacular views of Mount Shasta, Mt. Lassen and perches above Little Glass Mountain.  There is a wood stove, fire pit, pit toilet, and a bed with mattress.  Once reserved you must call for the combination no sooner than one week from the date of occupancy.

Roads:

Always let someone know where you are going and bring enough supplies (food, water, chains, a shovel, warm clothes etc ) in case you get stuck. The damage caused by the Mud Creek flow has been repaired and there is a water crossing in place on the 31 road and other damaged areas from this last winter have been repaired.  There is still too much snow to get to Medicine Lake and some trailheads. 

Trails:

McCloud River Trail: Open.  The trail stretches from Lower Falls Day Use and Picnic Area fifteen miles to Algoma C.G.  Along the way you will experience three magnificent waterfalls the Upper, Middle, and Lower, Lakin Dam, and Cattle Camp Swimming Hole.  The trail is mountain bike friendly as well.

Squaw Creek Trail:  Open. This five mile trail parallels Squaw Creek and (partially) Cabin Creek, as well as mixed conifers and hardwoods.  It takes about 2.5 hrs to accomplish. 

Clear Creek, Brewer Creek THs:  Brewer: Open.  Clear Creek: OPEN  Remember you can get permits and passes at the MC or MS Ranger Stations during or after hours as well as at the trailheads.  The best time of year to climb these routes especially if you are thinking of summiting, is early spring from May through June. 

McCloud Reservoir:

The boat dock is OUT which means that the $5 per day fee requirement is currently waved  You may purchase an annual pass at the McCloud or Mount Shasta District Offices.  When the lake level is low and the islands are showing, points and coves can be hazardous to navigate as they are very shallow and the rocks are jagged, so please be careful.  Remember to be courteous to other recreationists, watch for debris, and obey all State and Federal boating laws. Please be mindful of the boaters who need to launch or dock.

The "Res" as it is called by locals is a popular fishing lake.  It has a vault style restroom at the boat ramp area with picnic tables and bear proof garbage cans. 

Around the lake, turning left after the dam and down the road a couple miles is Star City CG.  It is a primitive CG, walk in only.  Do not move the boulders and drive into the CG or through the lake bed when the water is low.  Do not camp on private property around the lake.

Water skiers and those with large or fast boats should remember that many small boats including kayaks are using the lake and it is recommended you ski on the south side of the big island toward the dam.  Fees are $5 per day to park at the facility with or without a boat or you can purchase a season long pass for $25 at the McCloud Ranger District.

Do not block the ramp in any way the red slashed area means 'No Parking'  and remember that the dock is for the loading and unloading of boats ONLY.  Jumping from, fishing from, swimming near, and suntanning on the dock is against forest rules.  Please do not litter, it is becoming a major problem.

Camping near the Reservior is subject to the two week stay limit.  Please do not camp on private land. 

Keep up to date with current mountain conditions at: http://shastaavalanche.org/ and during the winter visit the Forest website for maps of the Tri-Forest Snowmobile Trails at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/stnf/recreation/wintersports

McCloud Ranger Station, SMMU

2019 Forest Road

PO Box 1620

McCloud, Ca 96057

530-964-2184

Business Hours:

Mon-Fri 8-4:30

Closed on Holidays

 





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