Camping at Shasta Lake

Camping at Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake in northern California is part of the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The lake has more than 300 miles of shoreline, making for plenty of opportunities to kayak-tour, canoe, fish, swim and sail. Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering and backpacking are possible throughout the region on U.S. Forest Service land. Numerous back- and front-country camping options are available throughout the Lake Shasta area.

Shasta Trinity National Forest

There are 15 different campgrounds in the Shasta Lake area offered through the national forest. Campgrounds are available for tent campers and RV rigs. Tent sites are on flat ground, some by the lake. Fire pits and tables are at many of the sites. Freshwater taps for cooking and drinking water are available. RV sites vary from primitive (no hookups) to water and 30-amp electric connections, depending on campground. Pets are allowed at the campgrounds but need to remain leashed. Boat launches, swimming areas, hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing and canoeing are all possible from the campgrounds.

Shasta Trinity National Forest
Forest Headquarters
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
530-226-2500
fs.usda.gov

Backcountry and Dispersed Camping

Throughout the Shasta Trinity National Forest, backcountry and dispersed camping is allowed. Check with the park headquarters on current fire restrictions or bans and closures and alerts for areas you plan to travel through. Be aware this is black bear country and store your food properly, either in bear-resistant canisters or at least 400 feet from your tent site hung from trees or other high areas. Pets are allowed, but please respect others in the area by keeping them quiet and leashed. Bring a water filter system to purify water taken from streams or the lake. Rangers ask you practice leave-no-trace backcountry ethics and pack out everything you pack in.

Shasta Trinity National Forest
Forest Headquarters
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
530-226-2500
fs.usda.gov

Shasta Lake Recreation Company

The Shasta Lake Recreation Company operates a series of campgrounds around the lake. Family and group camping, RV and tent or lakeside sites are available. Make reservations for the sites through the online portal or through the phone number. Campgrounds have showers, toilets, picnic tables, fire rings and grills (check for current rules regarding open fires and grills), and pets are allowed. Swim, hike, bike, canoe or kayak and fish from the lakeside campgrounds.

Shasta Lake Recreation Company
General Information
14538 Wonderland Blvd.
Redding, CA 96003
530-275-8113
shastalakecamping.com

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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