Trinity Lake

Safety Information

  • The water levels of Trinity Lake can fluctuate as much as two or three feet per day during times of heavy rains.
  • Watch for unmarked hazards and floating woody debris.

Boating safety:

  • Obey posted speed limits
  • Have life preservers for everyone in the boat. Children and non-swimmers should wear them at all times
  • Always be on the lookout for other boaters and obstacles.
  • Moor boats securely
  • Don't ride on the bow of a boat
  • Don't move or destroy hazard buoys. They mark some submerged obstacles.
  • Don't boat within 200 feet of swimmers.

Bear precautions:

Black bears are common around Trinity Lake Campgrounds, and they have been known to walk into campsites, climb into moored boats, and raid ice chests or food left lying around. The potential for bear encounters can be reduced if visitors follow some common sense do's and don't:

  • Use bear proof garbage receptacles and bins. Do not leave garbage unattended in campsite, or boat.
  • Store food, pet food, etc. in bear proof lockers if available. Otherwise, store food in air tight containers, disguised with a tarp or blanket, in your car, or in your trailer if feasible. You can also hang all food in trees at least 10 feet above the ground and 5 feet away from the trunk.
  • DO NOT take food, drinks or cosmetics into your sleeping area.
  • DO NOT feed or pet bears. California Code of Regulations 251.3 "prohibits feeding of big game mammals," punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail or both.
  • Report any bear problems to the Forest Service Ranger Station at (530) 623-2121