Recreation Information

  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials have issued a new Forest Order for the Delta & Hirz Fires that reduces the size of the closed area. It will reopen much of the National Forest System land that was closed earlier for public safety. Please note that the Slate Creek area remains closed due to numerous hazards. Please be aware that fire hazards may remain such as snags, burned out stump holes, unstable terrain, and rolling logs or rocks. The new Forest Order No. 14-18-20 goes into effect immediately.
  • Forest Recreation Report Includes a link to our forest's Recreation Opportunity Guides, Mt. Shasta climbing conditions, and important specific Ranger District information.
  • Recreation Facilities Guide Complete forest campground, day use and other recreational facilities.
  • Permitted Outfitter, Guide, and Marina List
  • Accessible Features of Forest Recreation Facilities updated Nov 2017

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.


Family campground fees range from $10 to $115 per day, depending on the types of services offered. Group campground fees range from $30 to $140 per night. Fee listings for individual campground are available upon request. There is a $6 fee for a second vehicle (if space allows) at some sites.


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, CAL FIRE or BLM 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 fireworks, 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
Antlers Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Bailey Cove Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open year round to 50’ draw down
Bowerman Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Open Year Round or to 50’ Draw Down
Centimudi Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open year round
Clark Springs Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open May 1st –Oct. 31st or to 46’ Draw Down. Boat launch is currently open, but the courtesy dock is not in place.
Fairview Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open Year Round or to 57’ Draw Down. Courtesy dock in place.
Hirz Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Jones Valley Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open year round until or to 210’ draw down
McCloud Area Recreation    McCloud Recreation Area as 23 April 2019- The McCloud Ranger District is trying to welcome Spring to the area, but the snow is clinging on.  Most roads on the district are closed.  Some Campgrounds are more than likely going to open later than usual.  Fowlers is open!  The river is full and swift and the McCloud Reservior level is nice and high.  Reservations for Fowlers and Camp 4 are at The McCloud River Trail and Squaw Creek Trail are open, and Pacific Crest Trails is still closed, but when open offer some of the most scenic hikes in the area. You cannot get to Medicine Lake or Stephen's pass yet, nor can you get to Brewer Creek or Clear Creek trailheads, nor can you get very far up the Military Pass Road (19) (maybe two miles). 
Minersville Public Boat Ramp    Open Year Round or to 200’
Packers Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open year round to 115’ draw down
Pine Cove Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open Year Round
Stuart Fork Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Closed until ramp repair is done.
Sugarloaf Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor
Trinity Center Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Under Construction. Closed until construction is complete.


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.


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.