Trinity Lake


The Trinity 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.

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 picknicking.

The Trinity and Shasta Units are administered by the USDA Forest Service. The Whiskeytown Unit is administered by the USDI National Park Service.

Trinity Lake was formed with the completion of Trinity Dam in 1961 and was filled completely by 1963. When full, it has a 145-mile shoreline and is 19 miles long.

The Stuart Fork Arm is the hub of most of the activity on the lake. It extends to the west and is fed by the Stuart Fork and the East Fork of the Stuart Fork of the Trinity River. Numerous campgrounds, picnic areas, beaches, boat ramps, resorts and marinas line its shores.

The Main Arm of the lake stretches from teh dam north for about 19 miles. Here you can explore secluded, tree lined coves or spend a quiet night at a boat-in campground. Lodging and other accomodations on the main arm range from marinas and boat ramps to Forest Service campgrounds.

The North Lake Area is quieter and more relaxed but provides a variety of services, supplies, facilities and recreation activities. It offers public campgrounds and a wide open expanse of water excellent for water-skiing. Also available are the commercial services of Trinity Center, including a campground, an airport and a marina with public boat ramp and boat rentals.

Flanking the Trinity Unit on the west are snow-covered mountains, part of the 517,000-acre Trinity Alps Wilderness. They form a breathtaking backdrop to Trinity Lake and provide the adventurous with a place of unusual solitude and beauty. There are no roads in the Wilderness but numerous trailheads serve the hiker and horseback rider.

Winding through and adjacent to the Trinity Unit is the Trinityi Heritage Scenic Byway. It is a great introduction to the scenic beauty, rich history, diverse peoples and resource management activities of the area.