Recreation Information

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 Closed 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 Closed to Visitor Open May 1st –Oct. 31st or to 46’ Draw Down
Fairview Public Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Open Year Round or to 57’ Draw Down
Hirz Bay Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor No courtesy docks.
Jones Valley Public Boat Ramp Open to Visitor Open year round until or to 210’ draw down
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 Open 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.