McCloud Area Recreation

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Are you interested in camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, picnicing, 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 oppurtunities, 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 (Closed for the season), and Camp 4. Fowlers CG has 31 reservation only and 8 first come, first served sites. (All walk-in until end of season) Camp 4 is a reservation only group campground.  You can reserve a site at  There is a 14 day stay limit at our campgrounds.

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. 

Another popular camping option on your National Forest is the dispersed camping option.  You may camp anywhere on NF land unless designated otherwise for 14 days in any given spot and up to 30 days.  You may not disperse camp on the McCloud River Loop area, see map.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McCloud Recreation Area as of 09 May 2018 - The McCloud Ranger District is in full Spring mode!  The river is full and swift and fishing is good.  Currently mushroom season is in full swing with reports of people finding a few boletas and a couple pounds of morels over the course of an afternoon.  The snow has melted in many places, but you cannot get to Medicine Lake or Stephen's pass yet, nor can you get to Brewer Creek or Clear Creek trailheads.  Good news is that Northgate is accessible and you can get all the way around the mountain on the Military Pass Road (19). Reservations for Fowlers and Camp 4 begin on the 15th of May, go to The McCloud River Trail, Squaw Creek Trail, and Pacific Crest Trails are all open and offer some of the most scenic hikes in the area. 
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
Rentals & Guides: Rental - Little Mount Hoffman Lookout - 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 restrooms.  There is no water available at these sites.
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 or the Mount Shasta District Office.   They are free of charge.
Closest Towns: McCloud, Mount Shasta City, Dunsmuir, Weed
Passes: Summitt passes to climb Mount Shasta can be attained at the McCloud District Office or the Mount Shasta District Office.  The prices are $25 for a 3 day pass or $30 for a Season Pass.  Boat Ramp passes are $25.
Information Center: You may get more information from the McCloud Ranger District Office at 2019 Forest Rd. in McCloud or call 530-964-2184.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 - 4:30.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at McCloud Area Recreation

Nature Viewing

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