Fowlers Campground

Area Status: Open

The most popular campground on the unit. Located on the Upper McCloud River at an elevation of 3400 feet, it has 39 sites with tables, fire-rings, vault toilets, and piped drinking water. Suitable for tents and mid-sized RV's or trailers. 14 day limit. $15 per night.  The CG has been converted mostly to a reservation system (see below)  There are only eight sites that are first come first served.

Features: This campground is situated near three waterfalls on the river, which adds to its popularity. The McCloud Falls vary in height from 15 to 50 feet. A river-side trail from the campground provides access to the falls. It is approximately three miles round trip to see all three. Swimming and fishing are other popular activities. This section of river has no special restrictions for fishing.  The McCloud River Loop, a paved road approx 12 miles in length provides access to the Middle Falls and Upper Falls parking lots and overlooks if you do not wish to hike the trail.

Double sites: 12 people maximum.  No discounts.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please stay safe while near the McCloud River. This campground has beenvisited by black bears. A fed bear is a dead bear. Keep your site clean and store food in the bear box. Discourage bears by voice commands.
Operational Hours: The campground is typically open between May and October. The facility has a self-registration/fee station at the entrance for first come first served visitors, while reservations for the other 31 sites can be made at  McCloud Ranger Station Visitor Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from  8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, from 8:30 to 12:30.
Reservations: All but eight sites within Fowlers Campground are now under a reservation system.   To reserve a site you must go online at Please note: There are no refunds if you fail to show for a reservation the following day.  The site will be given to the next visitor on a first come first served basis.  Those who receive the site will still be subject to reservations for the following day and may have to move camp.  There is a 3 day window.  If a site is not reserved within two days it will become a first come, first served site. The CG will be first come, first served until June 2nd if open before then.  Reservations can be made at 
Rentals & Guides: None
Fees: $15 per day. Check out time is 2:00 P.M.
Permit Info: N/A
Open Season: Late April about Fishing Season
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash, non-aggressive, and quiet.
Closest Towns: McCloud, Mt. Shasta
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Interagency Recreation Passes: Holders of Senior and Access Passports are entitled to a 50% discount of the posted fee at Forest Service facilities.  You cannot use these passes on group or double sites. These passports are available at Ranger Stations and visitor information centers. Persons over 62 years of age or the permanently disabled are eligible for these passports.  There is a fee for Senior Passports.  For more information on these passes, please check with the Interagency Recreation Passes website.  Discounts DO NOT apply to group or double sites.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service: McCloud Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1620, McCloud, Ca 96057, 530-964-2184

General Information


From the McCloud Ranger Station, turn left on Highway 89.  Drive 5 miles and look for a sign on the left side of the highway for Fowlers/Lower Falls. Turn right just after the sign and drive approximately 1 mile. Once you cross the River Loop Road take the left fork into the campground.  The right fork will take you to the day use/parking area for Lower Falls and the beginning of the River Trail. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Total of 39 units. Average max. trailer size = 30 foot.

Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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