Hayward Flat is one of the most popular campgrounds on Trinity Lake, offering excellent lake access and plenty of shade from Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. Located on one of the best arms of the lake for water skiing, Hayward is favored by visitors interested in water sports.
Relics from the area's Placer mining history are scattered throughout the campground, with interpretive signs providing explanations.
A boat ramp and marina are located 3 miles away, but mooring may be available at the campground. Popular activities include power and non-motorized boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing.
Anglers can fish for catfish, as well as a variety of bass, trout and salmon.
The 98-unit family campground is comprised of 5 loops. The Dogwood and Elderberry loops provide lake views and informal mooring for boats. Every campsite has a paved spur, table and campfire ring. Most campsites also provide a bear-proof food storage locker. Additional amenities include flush toilets and drinking water. The site also offers an amphitheater with educational interpretive programs offered seasonally. Program dates and times will be posted at the campground.
The Shasta-Trinity is the largest national forest in California with a diverse landscape ranging from 1,000 to 14,162 feet. The 2.1 million acre forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and 6,278 miles of streams and rivers.
Trinity Lake sits at an elevation of 2,370 feet and is surrounded by the Trinity Alps. Black bears are frequently spotted in the area, as well as bobcats, mountain lions and a variety of bird species.
The nearby town of Weaverville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This former mining town offers restaurants, shopping and self-guided walking tours.
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The sites are varied here. You have tent sites and RV sites and all are spacious. I didn’t feel like I was on top of my neighbors at any point. Each site did have a fire pit and picnic table though not all sites had near boxes. Mine did not so I kept all my stuff locked away in my car.
Lots of good options for hammock hanging.
There are sites closer to the shoreline and others that are a bit more of a walking distance. Some are reserved sites but they also had some first come first serve. I drove up on a Friday afternoon and was able to find a great FF spot.
When I went the water level was low as they drain Trinity Lake into Whsikey Town but it was still pretty. Plenty of kayakers, paddle boarders, and jet skiers on the lake. Not overly crowded though.
The campground was beautiful with easy access to the lake and spacious sites that easily fit our large family. This campground was also pet friendly and welcoming to our dogs as well.Our only complaints were that there was no lightning in the bathroom and the quiet hours were not enforced as we were woken up by loud partying well after 2 am.
Great campsites and clean facility, plenty of great places to see in the area and wonderful lake access
I love Trinity! This is a great place to camp if you’re planning on day hiking since it’s central to a lot of trailheads.
Positive: HUGE CAMPSITE to share with multiple friends. We had 4 tents on our site and we could have added 4 more. If you get a campsite near the water all you have to do is walk about 50 feet and all of the noise of screaming children and barking dogs go away! Bring your hammocks and kayaks! Beautiful place to relax at the water. Negatives: They have regular toilets that were constantly closed because people over-filled them. They have multiple bathrooms on the site so it was only a few more feet to find another one. If you are looking for a quiet campground I would look elsewhere. Dogs and children were up at 5am. There were multiple dogs barking all day.
very nice campground location nestled amongst giant trees with many sites providing glimpses of trinity lake especially dogwood loop. spent Memorial Day there and the only annoyances were mostly people. the 2 closest restrooms were closed because people apparently don’t know how to flush a toilet and a group of people with a large group of kids who had little respect for quiet. this would be an excellent place to spend during the week. large beach front but mostly stone. easy to find and ample space to lay a tent or Rv