Trinity Lake, also known as Clair Engle Lake, is the westernmost and second largest of the three major lakes that make up the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. The Trinity Unit contains 24 public campgrounds, most of them either on the lake or a tributary stream. In addition, there are several private camping resorts and three full-service marinas. Boat rentals are available, including houseboats. Trinity Lake occupies 17,000 acres of surface area at an elevation of 2,400 feet and is surrounded by scenic mountains. Fishing is varied, but the lake is noted particularly for smallmouth bass. Trout fishing is also good; each year the lake is stocked with 40,000 rainbows and 5,000 browns. Other catches include largemouth bass, bullhead, kokanee, and catfish. The Trinity Heritage National Scenic Byway begins at Weaverville and follows along the western shore of the lake. Area campgrounds provide an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful Trinity Alps Wilderness, which lies to the west. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Mary Smith, Cooper Gulch, Tunnel Rock, Ackerman, Jackass Springs, Tannery Gulch, Stoney Point, Stoney Creek, Fawn, Bushy Tail, Minersville, Clark Springs, Hayward Flat, and Alpine View.
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