Campgrounds abound in Trinity County, offering a wide range of experiences from primitive areas well off the beaten path to easily accessed sites with piped water and toilets.

Most campgrounds and picnic areas are near a body of water, and visitors may want to bring swimsuits. Developed sites offer amenities that include boat ramps and swimming beaches.

All public campgrounds have a maximum stay limit of two weeks. Many are open year-round. However, water is usually turned off during the winter, and dirt roads in bad weather may become impassable.

Boaters on Trinity Lake will find four campgrounds accessible by boat only: Captain's Point, Mariner's Roost, Ridgeville and Ridgeville Island.

Campers should contact Forest Service ranger stations to verify dates that campgrounds are open and get specific directions. At federal campgrounds where fees are charged, there are discounts for seniors and handicapped persons, and fees for extra vehicles. There may be fee changes at some locations.

Here is a list of public campgrounds.

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST

WEAVERVILLE RANGER DISTRICT

Weaverville, CA  96093

530-623-2121

WEAVERVILLE AREA

1) EAST WEAVER GROUP CAMPGROUND (2700') 3 miles from Weaverville on East Weaver Creek Road about 2 miles from its turnoff from Highway 3, one mile north of Weaverville. Well shaded, quiet. Warm in summer. Piped water, vault toilets. Limited trailer space. 9 units. This campground is now a group campground only, although there is one day use site and the entire campground is open to day use when not reserved. $110 a night. Call 1-877-444-6727 to make reservations or visit Recreation.gov.

LEWISTON LAKE

2) ACKERMAN (2000') 1 mile below Trinity Dam on Lewiston Lake, 8 miles north of Lewiston and 22 miles from Weaverville. Boat launch facilities nearby. 51 units. Piped water non-potable only, flush toilets. Trailer space. Open all year, full service April 1 to Oct. 31. $22 fee charge. Campground hosts with information available. Non-potable water only, bring water or boil. Reservations taken May 21 to Sept. 10.

3) COOPER GULCH (2000') 4 miles north of Lewiston on Lewiston Lake, 19 miles from Weaverville. Launch facilities nearby. 5 units. Drinking water. Vault toilets. Space for small trailers, plus tent camping. Open April 1-Oct. 31. $22 overnight fee charge, $7 day use charge. Reservations taken April 6 to Oct. 2 on Recreation.gov.

4) MARY SMITH (2000') 2 miles north of Lewiston on Lewiston Lake, 17 miles from Weaverville. Beautiful view of lake. Boat ramp nearby. 11 units. Piped water, flush and vault toilets. Tent camping. $22 fee charge. Also “Glamping” tents with bed, furniture, etc., for $90 or $115 a night. No trailers. Campground open April 1 to Oct. 21 with host. Call 1-877-444-6777 or go to Recreation.gov for more information.

5) TUNNEL ROCK (2000') CLOSED

PINE COVE BOAT RAMP DAY USE AREA - Picnic area, fishing docks. Has piped water, boat ramp and courtesy dock, wildlife viewing on Lewiston Lake. Wheelchair access. Fish-cleaning station. $7 fee charge.

TRINITY LAKE

6) TANNERY (2400') On Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake, one mile off Highway 3 and 12 miles from Weaverville. Well shaded. Boat ramp, swimming area and beach for Tannery campers' use. Nature trails and family walking trails, 82 units, piped water, flush toilets, trailer space, with host. Open May 17 to Sept. 30. $22 fee charge. Multiple - $44 fee charge. Campground hosts with information available. Reservations available May 21 through Sept. 10 through recreation.gov, or 1-877-444-6777.

7) STONEY POINT (2500') Campground is CLOSED this season.    STONEY CREEK Group Camp near Stoney Point campground. Up to 60 people. Open May 1 through Sept. 30. Small group site with cold pond. Flush toilets, drinking water. Just across highway from Pinewood Cove and Trinity Lake. Reservations through reservation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. $110 fee charge.

STONEY CREEK SWIM AREA (2500') On left side of Highway 3, one mile beyond Stuart Fork bridge. Sandy beach and change facilities. Piped water, flush toilets. 4 picnic sites. Open May 20 to Sept. 12. Closing date depends on lake level. $7 fee.

8) FAWN Group Camp (2500') on north shore of Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake, 15 miles north of Weaverville. Well shaded. Scenic lake trail. Up to 200 people, piped water, flush toilets, trailer space. Open May 1 through Sept. 30. $130 fee charge per loop. Reservations through National Reservation System, 1-877-444-6777.

9) BRIDGE CAMP (2700') Off Highway 3 on Stuart Fork, 17 miles north of Weaverville. Turn left after crossing Stuart Fork bridge, then go 2 miles beyond the Trinity Alps Resort. Take-off point for Trinity Alps Wilderness. 10 units, piped water, vault toilets. Trailers not advised. Horse corral. Open all year. Full service May 15-Oct. 31. $12 fee charge.

10) BUSHYTAIL CAMP (2700') off Highway 3 on Stuart Fork Arm of Trinity Lake, 17 miles north of Weaverville. Sites with electric hookup available. Potable water. Wheelchair access. $25 single, $45 to $65 with electric hookup, $90 for group site with electric. 11 units. Reservations through Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. Open May 21 to Oct. 31. Reservations taken May 21 to Sept. 10.

11) MINERSVILLE (2500') Off State Highway 3 on Stuarts Fork arm of Trinity Lake, 18 miles from Weaverville. Wheelchair access. Scenic lake trail. Limited trailer space. No potable water. Boat ramp open year-round to 200-foot draw down. 17 units. $10 walk in, $15 single w/spur, $25 single w/electric, $20 double w/spur; winter rate $10. Open year round; full service May 1 to Oct. 31.

12) HAYWARD FLAT (2400') On west side of East Fork arm of Trinity Lake 2 1/2 miles off Highway 3. 98 units, 20 miles north of Weaverville. Piped water, flush toilets, trailer space. Open May 21 to Sept. 10. $22 fee charge. Multiple $44. Reservations available through Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 May 21 to Sept. 11.

13) ALPINE VIEW (2400') Near end of East Fork of Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake east shore. 26 miles from Weaverville. Turn off Highway 3 at Guy Covington Drive. Well shaded. 53 units, piped water, flush toilets, trailer space. Open May 21 to Sept. 10. $22 fee charge. Multiple $44. Reservations available through Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 April 6 to Oct.2.

14) JACKASS SPRINGS (2500') On the east side of Trinity Lake, 54 miles from Weaverville. 35 miles on Highway 3 from Weaverville to Carrville bridge, then 19 miles around north end of lake and down east side of Blue Mountain road. Rustic and remote, last five miles of access road is not paved, road is narrow and winding. 10 units, vault toilets. No water. Limited trailer space for small trailers only. Open all year unless snow. Campground is a mile from the lake. No fee.

15) PREACHER MEADOW (2900') Scheduled to open July 4 to Oct. 31. 2 miles southwest of Trinity Center. 29 miles from Weaverville. Good stream for fishing in nearby Swift Creek. 45 units, piped water, no potable water, vault toilets, trailer space. $15 fee.

16) CLARK SPRINGS BEACH AND CAMPGROUND (2500') Campground has 20 campsites, picnic area on the Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake, 18 miles north of Weaverville. Turn at Mule Creek Guard Station. Sandy beach. l3 picnic units. Piped water, flush toilets. $7 day use. Camping is provided in the upper loop above beach picnic sites, $15 per camp. Limited trailer space. Campground and day use open May 1 to Oct. 31. Clark Springs boat ramp open May 1 to Oct. 31 or to 40-foot draw down.

ACCESS BY BOAT

17) CAPTAIN'S POINT (2500') On west side of main arm of Trinity Lake across from Little Bear Gulch. Take drinking water. Nearest boat ramp at Trinity Center. 3 units, vault toilets. Access by boat only. Open all year. No fee.

18) MARINERS ROOST (2500') On west side Bowerman Ridge on Trinity Lake near Clark Springs. Take drinking water. 7 units, vault toilets. Access by boat only. Open all year. No fee.

19) RIDGEVILLE (2400') A lakeshore camp on the north side of Mule Creek arm of Trinity Lake across from Clark Springs. Boat ramps at Clark Springs, Cedar Stock Resort or Minersville. Take drinking water. 7 units, vault toilets, access by boat only. Open all year. No fee. Ridgeville Island Campground is between Ridgeville and Mariners Roost with 3 sites. Take drinking water.

DAY USE ONLY

20) TANBARK PICNIC AREA (2500') on south shore bluff overlooking Stuart Fork arm of Trinity Lake, 13 miles north of Weaverville, just past Tannery Gulch Campground turnoff, shaded with tall fir trees. Food and equipment has to be carried from parking lot. 8 picnic units, no camping, vault toilets, no drinking water. No trailer space available. One wheelchair access to picnic site. No fee. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

OTHER CAMPGROUNDS

21) TRINITY RIVER (2500') Off Highway 3 on Trinity River, 8 miles north of Trinity Center on the west side of the highway. Supplies at Trinity Center or Coffee Creek. Accessible to trailers from Weaverville or Redding, but not advised from Callahan or Castella side. 7 units, vault toilets. No water. Trailer space. Open May 20 to Oct. 31. $10 fee charge.

22) CLEAR CREEK (3000') Turn off Highway 3 west across Carrville bridge, on County Road 106. Difficult to find. Supplies from Trinity Center or Coffee Creek. No drinking water, vault toilet. 6 units, limited trailer space, unpaved access road. Open all year unless snow. No fee.

23) EAGLE CREEK (3000') Off Highway 3 on Trinity River, 15 miles north of Trinity Center. Supplies at Trinity Center or Coffee Creek. Accessible to trailers from Weaverville and Redding, but not advised from Callahan or Castella side. 17 units. Vault toilets, limited trailer space, no drinking water. Open May 21-Oct. 31. $15 fee charge.

24) HORSE FLAT (3400') 2 miles off Highway 3 on Eagle Creek, 17 miles north of Trinity Center. Supplies at Trinity Center or Coffee Creek. 10 units, no drinking water, vault toilets, limited trailer space, unpaved access road. Open May 15 to October 31. No fee.

25) SCOTT MOUNTAIN (5400') Off Highway 3 at Scott Mt. summit, 15 miles north of Coffee Creek. 5 units, no drinking water, vault toilets, no trash service. Long trailers not advised from Trinity County side. Open all year when no snow. No fee.

26) GOLDFIELD. 6 miles up Coffee Creek Road, no drinking water, hitching rails available, vault toilet, no trash service. May 20 to Oct. 31. No fee. 6 units.

27) BIG FLAT (5000') At end of Coffee Creek Road, trailers not advised. 5 units, no drinking water, vault toilets, no trash service. Trailhead accessing the Trinity Alps Wilderness. No fee. April 1 to Sept. 11.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

6640 Lockheed Drive

Redding, CA 96002

Phone 530-224-2100

28) DOUGLAS CITY CAMPGROUND (1600') On the banks of the Trinity River, half-mile from Douglas City and 7 miles south of Weaverville. Beautiful wooded site, river and beach access, excellent fishing. Fireplace grills, tent pads, 24 camping units plus group picnic unit. Water, toilets/showers, disabled access. Open mid-May through October. $10 fee charge per vehicle per night. River access for rafts and drift boats.

29) JUNCTION CITY CAMPGROUND (1500') Adjacent to Highway 299W and the Trinity River, 1 1/2 miles west of Junction City and 9 1/2 miles from Weaverville. Excellent fishing area. Fireplace grills, tent pads, 22 units, piped water, restrooms, disabled access. Open mid-May through November, weather permitting. $10 per vehicle per night.

30) STEEL BRIDGE CAMPGROUND (1700') on Steel Bridge Road off Highway 299W, Douglas City area. Vault toilets, picnic tables, barbecue grills, tent pads, 12 units on Trinity River. Open mid-May through November, weather permitting. No water. $5 fee. River access nearby for rafts and drift boats.

HAYFORK RANGER DISTRICT

(USFS) Phone 530-628-5227

P.O. Box 159, Hayfork, CA 96041

31) NATURAL BRIDGE (picnic only) (2800') On Forest Road 31N11 0.7 miles west of Wildwood Road, 8 miles south of Hayfork and Highway 3. This area is of great geological and historic interest. Not recommended for sedans or vehicles pulling trailers. 2 picnic units, toilet, no water, no trailer space.

32) FOREST GLEN (2300') Highway 36 on South Fork of Trinity River between Red Bluff and Fortuna, 24 miles west of Hayfork. 15 camping units, vault toilets, beach, trailer space to 16 feet. Potable water at site. $12 fee per night. Closest services in Hayfork. Access to south end of wild and scenic river, the South Fork of the Trinity River. Nearby hiking and biking trails.

33) BIG SLIDE (1200') 8 1/2 miles west of Hyampom on County Road 311. Wild and scenic river. 8 units, vault toilet, trailer space to 15 feet, beach, no potable water. No fee. Nearby is SLIDE CREEK (1250') 9 miles west of Hyampom on County Road 311. Wild and scenic river. 5 units, vault toilet, no trailer spaces, beach, no potable water. No fee.

34) HELL GATE (2300') Highway 36, 1 mile southwest of Forest Glen on South Fork of Trinity River at mouth of Rattlesnake Creek. 17 camping units, vault toilets, trailer space to 16 feet, no water. $6 fee per night. Day-use swim area, no fee. Closest services in Hayfork. Nearby access to south end of wild and scenic portions of South Fork of Trinity River and National Recreation Trail.

35) LITTLE ROCK (picnic only) (1250') 7 1/2 miles west of Hyampom on County Road 311. 6 picnic units, 10 parking spaces, vault toilets, beach, no potable water. No trailer parking. Day-use swim area. No fee.

36) SCOTTS FLAT (2300') 1/2 miles south of Hell Gate campground off of Highway 36 east of Forest Glen. 10 units. No potable water. Wilderness toilets. No fee. Trailhead for the South Fork National Recreation Trail; However, bridge is closed. Contact ranger station to find out if it re-opens. Closest Services in Hayfork.

37) SHIELL GULCH (2900') On County Road 302, 7 miles south of Highway 3. Vault toilet, no potable water, trailhead for Chanchellula Wilderness, 5 walk-in camping units, 2 picnic units.

38) PHILPOT, South on Highway 3 to Rattlesnake Road, one mile to picnic area. Day use only. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

BIG BAR RANGER DISTRICT

(USFS) BIG BAR, CA 96010

Phone 530-623-2121

39) RIPSTEIN (3000') Off Highway 299W, 15 miles north of Junction City up Canyon Creek Road, 5 acres, 10 units, vault toilets. Pack out trash. Open all year weather permitting. 8 sites are walk-in. No fee. No potable water.

40) PIGEON POINT (1100') Off Highway 299W near North Fork bridge, 2.2 miles west of Helena. 3 acres with 2 multi-family campsites, $15 each; 2 walk-in campsites, $12 each, and 4 single campsites, $12. One large group site accommodates a maximum group size of 50, $75 fee. Reservations can be made through Weaverville district office, 530-623-2121. Free day use parking, picnic area, handicap accessible vault toilets, and boat access. Trailers under 22 feet. No potable water.

41) HOBO GULCH (2200') Off Highway 299W at Helena, 17 miles north from North Fork Bridge, follow signs. 5 acres, 10 units, vault toilets. Trailers under 16 feet, but not recommended due to rough access. Pack out trash. Open all year, weather permitting. No fee. No potable water.

42) BIG FLAT (1300') On Highway 299W 3.7 miles east of Big Bar. 2 acres, 10 units, vault toilets. Space for few trailers under 22 feet, three spaces up to 35 feet. No potable water. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. $6 fee.

43) SKUNK POINT group campground. (1200') Below Highway 299W along Trinity River, 1.9 miles east of Big Bar. $40 up to 40 people. Reservations required through Weaverville district office, 530-623-2121. Vault toilets, wheelchair access. No trailer space. No potable water. Beach area. Available year round.

44) BIG BAR PICNIC AREA (1250') Off Highway 299W across Trinity River from Big Bar Ranger Station, one-quarter mile up Corral Bottom Road. 1 acre, now a dispersed day use area with no facilities or toilet. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

45) WHITES BAR (Picnic only, river access) (1200') Beside Highway 299W on Trinity River, 1.1 miles west of Big Bar. Beach area, 5 picnic units, bathrooms. No trailers, no overnight camping. Open all year. ADA accessible restroom. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

46) HAYDEN FLAT (1200') On Highway 299W, 1 mile west of Del Loma, 6.3 miles northwest of Big Bar. 36 units, vault toilets. Trailers under 25 feet. May have camp host. $12 fee charged. Group sites open mid-May and are available by reservation through Weaverville ranger station, 530-623-2121. Beach area. ADA accessible rest room. Limited sites open Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend; all sites available Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

47) CEDAR FLAT (Picnic area, river access) (1000') Highway 299, 3.1 miles southeast of Burnt Ranch. 2 acres, 2 units, vault toilets, no trailers. No overnight camping. Beach area. ADA accessible rest room. Closed during winter months.

48) DENNY (1400') Off Highway 299W, 18 miles northeast of Hawkins Bar and 1 mile southwest of Denny, on Denny Road. 5 units, vault toilets. No potable water. Requires careful driving. Trailers under 22 feet. Pack out trash. Open all year. No fee.

49) BURNT RANCH 1/4 mile west of Burnt Ranch Post Office off Highway 299W. 16 units, vault toilets, no water. $6 fee. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

HARRISON GULCH RANGER STATION 530-352-4211

or HAYFORK RANGER STATION 530-628-5227

50) DEERLICK SPRINGS (3100') On Forest Road 1, 14 miles north of Highway 36. 13 units, vault toilets, no water. No fee. Trailhead for Chanchelulla Wilderness and Corral Gulch Trail.

51) WHITE ROCK (4800') Off Highway 36 to forest roads 30 and 35 to White Rock Guard Station, 20 miles southwest of Harrison Gulch Ranger Station. Now a dispersed camping area with no facilities or toilets.

52) BLACK ROCK LAKE (trail) (6200') Off Highway 36 to forest roads 30 and 35 to Stuart Gap trailhead. Camp is 4 miles from Stuart Gap. Non-potable lake water. Dispersed camping area with no facilities or toilets.

53) PETTIJOHN (trail) (6100') Off Highway 36 #10W36, trailhead is 2 miles from Stuart Gap. Camp is 3 miles from Stuart Gap. Non-potable Stream water.

54) GEMMILL GULCH (3200') picnic area 3 miles from Wildwood on county road 302. On Hayfork Creek. Non-potable Stream water, vault toilet.

MAD RIVER DISTRICT

MAD RIVER RANGER STATION

Bridgeville, CA 95526

707-574-6233

55) BAILEY CANYON (2600') 3 1/2 miles southeast of Ruth Dam on the north shore of Ruth Lake. 25 campsites for tents and trailers (22' maximum). Tables, grills, vault toilets, piped water. Launching nearby for boats that can be tied up on beach in campground. Opens May 17 to Sept. 16. Two-week limit. $6 day use; $12 per night camping fee, $5 per extra vehicle. Due to concerns of invasive mussels all boats and floatation devices prior to entering Ruth Lake must be inspected. Mussel checking locations and cost information are available at 707-574-6332.

56) FIR COVE (2600') 3 miles south of Ruth Dam on Ruth Lake. 18 campsites for tents and trailers (22 feet maximum). Tables, grills, vault toilets, piped water, launching nearby for boats that can be tied up on beach in camp. Open May 17 to Sept. 16. $6 day use; $12 per night camping fee, $5 per extra vehicle. Two-week limit. Reservations available 877-444-6777 the national reservation system or www.recreation.gov. Due to concerns of invasive mussels all boats and floatation devices prior to entering Ruth Lake must be inspected. Mussel checking locations and cost information are available at 707-574-6332.

57) MAD RIVER (2500') 5 miles southeast of Mad River via Ruth Lake Road, adjacent to the Mad River and 3 miles northwest of Ruth Dam. 40 campsites; some accommodate trailers (22 feet maximum). Tables, grills, vault toilets, piped water. $6 day use; $12 per night camping fee, $5 per extra vehicle. Opens May 17 to Sept. 16. Two-week limit. Reservations available 877-444-6777 the national reservation system or www.recreation.gov.

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