Shasta-Trinity NRA - Shasta Lake Unit Campgrounds Professional Review and Guide
"Shasta Lake, with its 29,500-acre surface area and 370 miles of shoreline, gets large numbers of visitors, especially during the summer months. Yet its numerous arms, inlets, and coves can provide privacy for those willing to seek it. Much of the shoreline is accessible only by boat, providing opportunities for exploration. Shasta Dam is the tallest dam in the United States and the second largest in volume. It is open to tours. The lake supports 21 varieties of fish and is stocked annually with a mix of almost 200,000 rainbow and Eagle Lake trout (10 to 12 inches long) and 50,000 king salmon. There are 14 boat ramps on the lake, half of them public. They all charge a fee. You can rent a boat at 11 commercial marinas around the lake; houseboats are especially popular. There are no developed shoreline swimming areas, but many people swim at their campgrounds and from boats. The Forest Service maintains four boat-in campgrounds on Shasta Lake. Hiking trails at Packers Bay, Bailey Cove, Hirz Bay, and Jones Valley offer moderate hiking and good shoreline fishing access. Mountain biking is permitted on most of the trails. Packers Bay is also a good place to view bald eagles. The Chappie-Shasta Off Highway Vehicle Area provides trails and roads for adventurous off-road driving, as well as a nearby campground. Shasta Caverns (commercially operated) and Samwel Cave (no charge) are open to visitors year-round. A definite plus for campfire enthusiasts is that dead wood may be gathered freely and without a permit. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Lakeshore, Beehive Point, Antlers, Gregory Beach, Gregory Creek, Nelson Point, Hirz Bay, Dekkas Rock, Moore Creek, Ellery Creek, Pine Point, McCloud Bridge, Bailey Cove, Shasta, Upper and Lower Jones Valley, Jones Inlet, and Mariners Point."