Recreation

Recreation Information

 

  • Forest Recreation Report - Usually updated weekly (includes the Mt. Shasta climbing conditions).
  • Some trails in the Trinity Alps Wilderness and roads in the area of Junction City/Weaverville may have been affected by the Helena/Fork Fires.  For more information about affected trails or recreation facilities, please call the Weaverville Ranger Station at 623-2121.
  • Some trails and roads in the area of Blackrock Mountain near the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness were affected by the Buck Fire; for more information, please call the Yolla Bolla Ranger Station at 352-4211.
  • Outfitters and Guides List
    Updated - 08-23-17
  • Accessible Features of Forest Recreation Facilities - updated 11-01-17

Know Before You Go

Season of Use

Most recreation sites within the STNF are open from May 15 through September 15. During the remainder of the year, some sites may be kept open as needed or as weather permits. Recreational facilities that remain open will offer reduced services. Some water systems are turned off during the winter months.

Length of Stay

Camping at improved campgrounds is limited to the maximum number of days posted at the site (generally no more than 14 days). Camping outside of improved campgrounds (dispersed camping) is limited to thirty (30) days within a one (1) year period, starting with the first day of occupancy.

Fees

Family campground fees range from $10 to $50 per day, depending on the types of services offered. Group campground fees range from $30 to $110 per night. Fee listings for individual campground are available upon request. There is a $5 fee for a second vehicle (if space allows) at some sites.

Pets

Pets are allowed in the recreation areas unless posted. They must be on a leash not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control when in a developed site.

Campfire Permits

Campfire permits are required outside of a designated campsite and may be obtained free of charge from your nearest Forest Service, CalFire or Bureau of Land Management office.

Dispersed Camping

Generally, dispersed camping is allowed outside of developed sites within the STNF unless otherwise posted. The exception to this is Lewiston Lake. Camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of the high water mark with no exceptions.

Fireworks and Firearms

It is prohibited to discharge a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property: (1) in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area, or (2) across or on a Forest Development road, or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. (261.10d)

It is illegal to discharge or ignite a firecracker, rocket or other firework, or explosive on all National Forest lands (261.14d), and in Shasta County.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Ackerman Campground Open to Visitor Located on Lewiston Lake. Open all year.No potable water. Dump station open 4/1 - 10/31.
Alpine View Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit.
Antlers Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. The Cal Trans, Interstate 5/Antlers Bridge replacement project is in the final stages of construction. Possible traffic delays. Restricted boat travel adjacent to construction zones. ACCESS the CALTRANS website
Antlers Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open to 71' down. The Cal Trans Interstate 5/Antlers Bridge is in the final stages of construction. Restricted boat travel adjacent to construction zones.
Arbuckle Flat Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Bailey Cove Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open year round.
Bailey Cove Day Use Area Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open year round. Day use fee $6.00
Bailey Cove Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open to 50' draw down.
Bailey Cove Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open year round. $6.00 day use fee applies.
Baker Gulch Trail Open to Visitor Check for current conditions during winter months.
Beehive Point Shoreline Area Open to Visitor
Bowerman Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open until 50' draw down. Not accessible during low water levels.
Bridge Camp Campground Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Full Services May 15- Oct. 31. May be inaccessible during winter months.
Bushytail Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open May 21 - Oct.31 Dry camping only.
Captains Point Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Lake. Open year round. Not easily accessible during low water. Dry camping only.
Castle Crags Wilderness   
Centimudi Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Chanchelulla Wilderness   
Chirpchatter Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Clark Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Currently closed.
Clark Springs Day Use Area and Beach Closed to Visitor Trinity unit.
Clark Springs Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. May 1 - Oct. 31 or to 46' drawdown. Not accessible during low water.
Clear Creek Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Unit of the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Open year round when no snow. Dry camping only.
Clikapudi Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Cooper Gulch Campground Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open April 1- Oct. 31.
Cooper Gulch Day Use Area Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open April 1- Oct. 31.
Deadlun Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Dekkas Rock Day Use Area Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Dekkas Rock Group Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Group Campground.Reservations required, www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
Dry Fork Creek Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open May 21 - Oct.31.
East Weaver Group Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Group Campground. Contact Shasta Recreation Company 530-275-8113.
Ellery Creek Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Fairview Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open to 57' draw down. Not accessible during low water levels.
Fawn Group Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity unit. Reservations only. May 1 - Sept. 30. For reservations: recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
Fishermans Point Day Use Area Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.Open 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Fishermans Point Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Fowlers Camp Campground Closed to Visitor
Goldfield Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Unit of the National Recreation Area. Open year round when no snow. Dry camping only.
Gooseneck Cove Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Greens Creek Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Gregory Beach Shoreline Area Open to Visitor No services. Day use fee $ 6.00. Services in May 14 - Sept.10.
Gregory Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Shasta Unit. Group campground requires reservations. Call Shasta Recreation Company 530-275-8113.
Hayward Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit.
Hirz Bay 1 Group Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Group campground. Reservations required, www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
Hirz Bay 2 Group Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Group campground. Reservations required, www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
Hirz Bay Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Hirz Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Hirz Bay Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Hirz Mountain Lookout Closed to Visitor Shasta Unit. Closed.
Horse Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. 5/20 - 10/31. Closed during winter months. Dry camping only.
Iron Canyon Reservoir Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Jackass Springs Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Lake. Open year round when no snow. Dry camping only.
Jones Valley Inlet Shoreline Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Day use fee $6.00, overnight camping $10 until May 30. NO camping June 1 - Feb.28
Jones Valley Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Lakeshore East Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Yurts by reservation year round. The Cal Trans Interstate 5/Antlers Bridge replacement project is in the final stages of construction. Possible traffic delays.
Lewiston Lake Open to Visitor Trinity Unit.
Lower Jones Valley Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Lower Salt Creek Shoreline Area Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Overnight camping $10.00. Day use fee $6.00. Services in May 14 - Sept. 10
Madrone Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Mariners Point Group Campground Closed to Visitor Shasta Unit. Group Campground open for reservations May 14-Sept. 10. Call Shasta Recreation Company 530-275-8113.
Mariners Roost Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Lake. Open year round. Not easily accessible during low water. Dry camping only.
Mary Smith Campground Open to Visitor Trinity Unit, Lewiston Lake. Open April 1- Oct. 21.
McCloud Bridge Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
McCloud Bridge Day Use Area Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Minersville Campround Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open year round. No water, dry camping only. Winter rates 1/2 price Nov. 1 - April 30
Minersville Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Low water boat ramp to open to 200 feet drawdown.
Moore Creek Campground (group/family) Closed to Visitor
Nelson Point Campground (group/family) Closed to Visitor
North Lakeshore Trail Open to Visitor Check for current conditions during winter months.
Packers Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open to 115' draw down.
Packers Bay Trails Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Pine Cove Picnic Area Open to Visitor Located on Lewiston Lake. Open year round.
Pine Cove Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Located on Lewiston Lake. Open year round.
Pine Point Campground (group/family) Closed to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Potem Falls Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Preacher Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Closed.
Ridgeville Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Lake. Open year round. Not easily accessible during low water. Dry camping only.
Ridgeville Island Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Located on Trinity Lake. Open year round. Not easily accessible during low water. Dry camping only.
Rush Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Closed.
Scott Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Located on the Trinity Unit of the National Recreation Area. Open year round when no snow. Dry camping only.
Shasta Lake Open to Visitor Open Year Round.
Shasta Lake Area Open to Visitor
Ski Island Boat-In Campground Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
South Lakeshore Trail Open to Visitor Check for current conditions during winter months.
Stoney Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Reservations only May 1 - Sept. 30. For reservations: recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.
Stoney Creek Swim Area Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. 5/21 - 9/12, Lake level will determine length of season.
Stoney Point Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Closed.
Stuart Fork Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Closed.
Sugarloaf Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open with courtesy dock when the lake reaches 75' down.
Sugarloaf Trail Open to Visitor Shasta Unit.
Tanbark Picnic Area Open to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open 5/23 - 10/31. Water 5/23 - 10/31.
Tannery Gulch Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Closed during winter months.
Trail of the Trees Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. (Tannery Gulch Campground) Access to trail is closed during winter months.
Trinity Alps Wilderness    Open all year, this 517,000 acre wilderness changes along with the seasons.  For current conditions, please contact the Weaverville Ranger Station @ 530-623-2121.
Trinity Center Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Open until lake is 70' down. Not easily accessible during low water.
Trinity Heritage National Scenic Byway Open to Visitor Check for current road conditions.
Trinity Lake Open to Visitor Check for current conditions during winter months.
Trinity Lake/Weaverville Area    Check for current conditions during winter months.
Trinity Lakeshore Trail Open to Visitor Check for current conditions during winter months.
Trinity River Campground Closed to Visitor Trinity Unit. Open May 21 - Oct. 31. Dry camping only.
Tunnel Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Permanently closed.
Upper Jones Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Shasta Unit. Open as needed.
Yolla-Bolly Middle-Eel Wilderness   

Spotlights

Castle Crags Wilderness

The rugged granite peaks of the Castle Crags Wilderness rise above the forested valley below

The Castle Crags Wilderness was established in 1984 with the passage of the California Wilderness Act. This 10,500 acre addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System, along with lands within Castle Crags State Park, contains towering granite spires, steep sided canyons, and a few alpine lakes. Most of the area is covered by high brushfields and rocky outcrops with a few wet meadows in the creek headwaters. Mixed conifer forests can be found on the north, east and west facing slopes.

Geology

Castle Crags is actually a part of the vast Klamath Mountains Geological Province that includes much of northwestern California and Southwestern Oregon. Rocks within the province consist predominantly of volcanic and sedimentary types. However, large granitic bodies called plutons intruded into many parts of the province during the Jurassic around 65 million years ago. Castle Crags is one of these plutons.

Chanchelulla Wilderness

View over the mountaintops of the Chancellula Wilderness area on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Features rugged terrain with steep, chaparral and tree covered slopes. Chanchelulla Peak is the highest point at 6,400 feet.