Recreation

Fire restrictions are in effect until further notice.

Please click on individual site pages for recreation site status.  Many campgrounds and picnic areas are now open; however some remain closed.

Whenever possible, please recreate locally. Visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting national forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for your trip, including food, emergency supplies, and the ability to pack-out trash. Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

• Please avoid visiting if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
• If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. 
• Consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods such as holiday weekends.
• Maintain at least six feet distancing from others
• Do not gather in groups other than those in your household
• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use
• High risk activities such as rock climbing or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited at this time.

Recreation.gov: Reservation holders will be notified if there are any changes affecting their reservation.

Forest Recreation Reports

Accessible Features of Forest Recreation Facilities

Know Before You Go

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 online.

Dispersed Camping

Generally, dispersed camping is allowed outside of developed sites within the forest unless otherwise posted. One exception to this is Lewiston Lake. Camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of the high water mark with no exceptions. Another exception is the Mt. Shasta plantations area. Please call ahead to offices for current fire restriction and road information. Potable water, toilets and other amenities are not available. Be sure to bring adequate water or be prepared to purify natural water sources before drinking. Camp at least 200 feet from springs, water, meadows, trails and roads. Camp at least a quarter-mile from designated campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, private property and state highways. If you brought it in with you, then remember to take it out when you leave (Pack It In/Pack It Out).

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.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Antlers Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Click link for current conditions
Bailey Cove Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Click link for current conditions
Bowerman Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open Year Round or to 50? Draw Down
Centimudi Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Click link for current conditions
Clark Springs Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open 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.
Gregory Beach Shoreline Area Open to Visitor Open. Click the link for current campground conditions
Hirz Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Click link for current conditions
Jones Valley Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Click link for current conditions
McCloud Reservoir Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Minersville Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open Year Round or to 200’ There is currently no courtesy dock in place.
Mt. Shasta Wilderness Open to Visitor The Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center is an excellent source for current climbing conditions and avalanche advisories, or you can contact the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station @ (530) 926-4511.
Packers Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Click link for current conditions
Pine Cove Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open Year Round
Stuart Fork Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor
Sugarloaf Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Click link for current conditions
Trinity Center Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open to 70' draw down. Courtesy dock is in place.

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.

Castle Crags Wilderness brochure PDF

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.



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