McCloud Area Recreation

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Are you interested in camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or sight seeing?  The choices for recreation are almost unlimited on the McCloud District.

During the late spring, summer and early fall, the McCloud Area offers fishing, hunting, swimming, camping, hiking, photography opportunities, 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. 

There are a number of developed campgrounds and day use facilities located along the scenic McCloud River, that includes Fowlers, Cattle Camp, and Camp 4. Fowlers CG has 31 reservation only and 8 first come, first served sites. (All walk-in until May 15th) Camp 4 is a reservation only group campground.  You can reserve a site at  There is a 14 day stay limit at our campgrounds.  Cattle Camp is first come first served.

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 the McCloud Reservoir. At the "Res" as it is known locally, the river again flows through National Forest lands to a point several miles below AhDiNa Campground, plus several other areas downstream to the Nature Conservancy's  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. 


At a Glance

Current Conditions: .
Operational Hours: The McCloud Ranger District Office is closed for public safety to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Critical mission operations are being conducted online, by email, or by phone.  You may find more on the Shasta-Trinity National Forests web page or call 530-440-4105 or email  Thank you and be safe.
Reservations: Camp 4 is a reservable group campsite.  It is situated between Upper Falls and Cattle Camp Swimming hole along the McCloud River.  Fowlers is our most popular campground and has 31 reservable sites.  You may reserve dates/sites at either campground at  Camp 4 is closed to camping and reservation through March 31.
Rentals & Guides: Rental - Little Mount Hoffman and Girard Ridge Lookouts - you may find its description and method of reserving it at
Fees The fee for Fowlers is $15 per night and Camp 4 runs about $30 AhDiNa - $10, Cattle Camp - $15. All other campgrounds or camping areas such as Algoma, Trout Creek, Ash Camp are free. Ash Camp, Algoma, and Trout Creek are undeveloped camping areas though they each have vault style toilets.  There is no water available at these sites.  Ash Camp is walk-in only due to the 11 Road being closed to vehicular traffic.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required to camp in the Wilderness Area or if you are going to venture over 10,000 ft on Mount Shasta.  These permits can be attained at the McCloud District Office Kiosk or the Mount Shasta District Office.   They are free of charge.
Restrictions: The River Loop Road is open from Upper Falls to Cattle Camp.  The 11 Rd. to Big Bend is closed due to road hazards and road base degradation from the McCloud Dam to Big Bend.
Closest Towns: McCloud, Mount Shasta City, Dunsmuir, Weed
Passes: Summit passes to climb Mount Shasta can be attained by calling the McCloud Ranger District 530-440-4105 or by emailing me at or call the Mount Shasta Ranger District 530-925-4511 The prices are $25 for a 3 day pass or $30 for a Season Pass.  Boat Ramp passes are $25.  Senior, military, or access passes get you 50% off. 
Information Center: You may get more information from the McCloud Ranger District by emailing or by calling 530-440-4105

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