If you don't mind quite a few neighbors, this campground is awesome. There are numerous spaces and you can really get far away from people if you'd like to- as the bulk of them stay nearest the water. There are bathrooms, flush toilets, showers, a café, ice cream shop, and kayak/paddleboard/paddleboat rentals at the lake- not to mention a huge inflatable play area. The campground is large and spacious- enshrouded by gorgeous mixed conifers and tons of wildflowers- all with a view of Mount Shasta and lake access. What could be better for a large campground really? Only 4 miles outside of Mount shasta City. Beautiful!
Came across this little campground a couple years ago. The lake is beautiful, but it gets taken over with lily pads and weeds making it difficult to fish unless you have a boat. Great place for bird watching. Beware of Rattlesnake!
Not a lot of amenities if you’re looking for hookups or anything beyond a place to set up camp, but we were able to set up camp right on the lake in a beautiful spot. Porta-potties were available, and “spots” were first come first serve. Lake access was easy and swimming was great!
This campground was hit last summer with a horrible fire burnt around the lake but is All ready growing back and is still pretty its a clean campground
I absolutely loved camping here with friends. And we already can’t wait to book another trip! Breath-taking view of Mt. Shasta was just around the corner from our site. Very clean, family/pet friendly, hiking, fishing, and swimming! Overall a wonderful stay!
We were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and came off the trail to get food/resupply in the town of Etna. At the grocery store, we were told we could camp at the City Park. It's a rather small park. Tent camping is ok. There is no room for RVs. The camping area is to the left back corner of the park, around a loop. But people were setting up tents in any green space on the right side too. There's a large shelter with picnic tables and electric plug-ins to charge your phone. Another plug set was on a post near other entrance of the park, opposite the bulletin board The bulletin board had city park rules, and numbers of locals that will help hikers out. Also there were envelopes requesting a donation of $5 per person to stay at the park. It works on an honor system, as there is no one there to monitor the park. There's a playground and restrooms. The restrooms were ok, looked like they get cleaned enough. But the dumpsters on the side of the building were near full and unfortunately left a terrible stench if you were upwind. There's a shower room behind the restrooms. You need to get tokens at the grocery store. The shower room is clean. I was the first to use it that particular day and the water was cold, until the very end. Every hiker after that had hot water. So I would make sure you aren't the first to shower. There are lockers on the side of the restroom you need tokens for at the grocery store. The grocery store, in fact the whole town, is all within walking distance. The town is small. Enjoyed the restaurants and coffee shop. Good food. Good coffee. We didn't use it but heard there is a community pool for free public use. Town is very friendly towards hikers.
Campground Review: No matter where you find yourself on Shasta Lake you will be surrounded in houseboats and the beauty of the lake. On the way in (heading south on I-5 you will see Mt. Shasta in all of its glory standing in a blanket of hills and trees. There are plenty of cool places to drive for a better view if you can stomach some hilly land and loose sand, and the spider webbed lake won’t disappoint any way you approach it. When you’re camping in a roof top tent (Kukeman 3 by Tepui) any place with semi flat ground is a good place to camp! Though the drive from Seattle is quite long, it’s worth it once you get a load of the view of the lake and the bridge you’ll soon forget the hours you spent in the car. I highly recommend coming here and tent camping, car camping, cabin camping, or houseboat camping.
Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt I get to review some great and often very practical products. This trip I was lucky enough to review RŌM Pack, a blanket, poncho, and tent in one.
This little combo is heavy duty and ready to take a beating. It may start out as a backpack, but as soon as you need a place to sit the soft inside and waterproof outside is ready for the job. I went straight to the RŌM Pack when I spilled water on the mattress of my Roof Top Tent and it kept us dry all night. The poncho feature is very warm, and it was very warm at Shasta Lake (about 80 degrees) so I didn’t get to test out that feature too much, but the pack is very comfortable on your back, as a blanket. And as a way to keep you warm once it cools off. There are plenty of places to stash things (like a snack or a drink)! I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a tough blanket for outdoor activities, but also a durable bag and poncho. It’s very nice looking, stylish, and durable.
aThis is a nice campground in Northern California with lots of things to do from boating on low MPH lake - fishing - trails around lake and a swimming hole. We've been coming here for years and over the past 5 or so they have let a lot of debris lay aroung the campsites and have cut down most the shade trees but still a fun place to camp i gave it a 3 star based on the price and over all condition of the sites
There are fire pits, hand-pump water spouts, small creek from water spring runoff, bathrooms, and its only $10 to stay. The surrounding area is beautiful, and the town is nearby.
This is a great Nat Forest campground with a beautiful view of the great creek below. The water is crystal clear (and cold) with a nice pebble beach. Access to the beach is a short walk down fairly steep hill. The outhouse was clean as were all of the sites, with a good firepit and table. There is water available, but a sign warns to boil water before drinking. It is a pretty long drive down basically single lane roads to get to the campground, and you should make sure you have all supplies and no stores/supplies close by.
This campground was empty the night I stayed but camp hosts were welcoming and told me everything I needed to know. Campsite booked was near bathroom and a loud water something or other, but camp hosts were more than happy to move me to a new site. Beautiful land with manzanitas all around.
It awesome and just beautiful and the town of willow creek it great too
This place is great! The bathrooms are immaculate, the firepits and trashcans are regularly emptied. The lake is beautiful and refreshing with a very nice paved path to walk around completely. There is a healthy day use parking lot and plenty of fishing spots with a very nice fish cleaning station.
Find a spot and enjoy. No cell service. BOLO for bears and possibly wild boars. Trinity River access, so enjoy swimming, kayaking if the rapids aren't too intense. Pan for gold if you're so inclined. A wonderful area to reconnect with nature.
Nice little campground right next to a pretty river. When I stayed I was the only one at the campground. The sites are near the road but it seemed to have light usage and I never heard cars in the night.
No running water (unless you filter from the river) and no trash services, just a pit toilet.
This campground is a great place to stay before heading into the Trinity Alps. A 20 minute drive on a dirt road leads to the China Gultch Trailhead, a popular trail leading to Grizzly Lake.
I would definitely recommend this site to anyone headed into the Alps.
Stayed at the smaller loop last June. Bugs were bad but got to talk with PCT thru hikers who were at the reserved PCT site next to me.
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.
This is a wonderful out-the-way spot near Bray, a one house town that is more of a junkyard than town. Ignore it. A mile there are 6 lakeside spots which are perfect for small RVs or tents and 4 more “group” spots on the north side of the lake. Very peaceful and secluded on the shore of a small lily pad covered lake. There are 3-4 small docks but the boating is limited because of the lily pads. Great swimming and fishing though! There’s no water, sewer or electric hook-up so you RV’rs will be boondocking. the Outhouses were the cleanest I’ve ever seen and there are dumpsters and recycle bins.