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McBride Springs Campground

When I'm up in Mt. Shasta this is where I camp. It's easy for both vanlife and tent camping as well as car camping. 

I hesitate to tell anyone about this place because it's one of the less expensive campgrounds in the state, has a group camp, and the sites are far enough apart to offer some privacy. It's very basic. No showers. But there are vault toilets. The running water comes down the mountain in the form of a creek, and there is a water pump at the well for those who would rather not test their constitution with the stream. 

The elevation is not as high as Panther Meadows and the access to the camp at McBride is easier.

Deer wander through the campground and sometimes visit the tents.

Bring everything you need or plan on running into town (about seven miles) to go shopping or out for meals. It's about another seven or eight miles to the Old Ski Bowl trail head where both campers and locals gather to watch the sun rise or set over the mountains.


Beautiful, serene, peaceful. Drive up isnt for the faint of heart though. But well worth the trek up.

Just ok

This place seemed pretty dated. Pot holes & speed bumps were harsh pulling trailer around. Pool was cold. Washers & dryers were garbage. Did have full hookups & spots were big. Lots of trees around. Would be nice if you have a boat with the boat launch right there.

Beautiful spot

This campground is situated near the Trinity Alps surrounded by beautiful mountains next to the Trinity River. It's a pretty amazing location. The campground itself is wooded and very pretty. The costs $10 like most other rustic campgrounds in the area.

Basic and beautiful

This is your classic National Forest campground. It's large, there are 16 sites. at least two maybe three can be strung together as a group site. It's in the middle of nowhere which is a huge plus for some but no stores nearby if you forgot something. The amazing feature of this campground is the Trinity River running right past half of the campsites and access to the stunning mountains on all sides. As usual there are pit toilets and each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

Beautiful campground . Clean fire pits, plenty of space and privacy.

15$ per night. Big spaces. Trail to a gorgeous swimming hole. Water is very cold though. Rope swing. Lots of kids at swimming hole!  No hookups. Very close to McCloud Falls. Great hiking. Epic views

Beautiful Lake/Campground

The lake is beautiful! Perfect swimming temperature. Lots of fish from Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout. It's surprisingly clear too. The campground was very clean, there are 23 campsites. Each one has a USFS fire pit and a USFS water bucket for your fire. The site sizes are great for tent camping and trailer. Not much for firewood though. If you drive down the road a mile or so and just walk into the woods a little ways, you can find a bunch of decent firewood. Lots of shade and sun in most of the campsites. There are 4 pit toilets that they keep pretty clean. They also have drinkable water that comes from a spring at the top of the nearby mountain. There is a 1.5 mile hike around the lake that is completely paved. I took my wife and kids there for a few days and everybody loved it. We will definitely be back.

One of our favorite spots

Beehive point offers camping right on the waters of Shasta Lake and has absolutely amazing views. We have been up there a few times and it has rarely been busy. Depending on the water level real estate on the beach can get tight, but there are spots off the beach that are wooded. You can tent camp or bring your travel trailer. The entrance is a little rutted so if you bring a trailer just be cautious. the beach has a ton of drift wood for fires, we have yet to bring our own. There are some small stores and boat launches near by.

Very clean

I am a bit picky where we stay when it comes to camping. This place is top notch, the staff is friendly. The facilities are clean and laundry rooms were cleab as well. Very family friendly!! Easy access of highway 3

Friendly place

Love this place. We visit the store across the road friendly guy. Mosquito heaven though. The water hole is great when it’s high tide. The sites are very close together

Very quiet, close to lots of fishing

This is a great little mom and pop rv campground. There are tent sites away from the rv part, but we never checked that area out. The rv spots are very clean, and even though they’re close together with no privacy it was an amazingly quiet park. The park is about 1/4 full time residents, 1/4 permanent vacation spots that people keep trailers at and visit from time to time and the other half is campers. We stayed for a week and became buddies with the camp host Craig who gave us great fishing tips for the area and had some great conversation with as well. The owners were very nice and run a tight ship. The rv spots are full hook up with nice green grass, no cable but ok Verizon signal and we got a few local channels on the tv antenna. They have a nice little store and a fish cleaning stand. We fished Lewiston lake less than 10 min. away and Whiskeytown Lake about 20-25 min. away with great luck. The little town of Lewiston is pretty cool and a 5 min walk from the campground as well is the trinity river. We will definitely be back.

Solid Campground

We camped here in July and it was definitely hot, but cooled down at night. The campsite we had (#20) was great. Pretty large campsite, flat with picnic bench, fire pit, and large bear box. The night we stayed the campground was pretty vacant and tons of spots to choose from. Even though it's right on the water, you can't actually see the water or access from the campsites. At night, it was a little tough to fall asleep with trains running next to the campground and the highway noise, but other than heat and noise, we enjoyed it. The manzanitas are beautiful and campground was well kept up.

Great Stay

Great camping area, multiple clean restrooms located close to the camp sites. Free firewood and great river access.

Family camp out

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.

Friendly, Clean & Quiet

Great place to stay! Staff is very friendly! Popcorn served every afternoon. Convenient location, right off I-5!

Beautiful & Peaceful

We arrived late at night and it was a little difficult to find at first but it was a gorgeous sight when we woke up right on the waterfront. There is a boat launch area and it is right under a train bridge so don’t be alarmed when you hear a train go by at night! There was also one port-a-potty on sight, no other facilities.

Listen to that river

We came across this site and just thought it was time to stop for the night. We had the camp ground to ourselves which was great for the kids to run around. We walked across the road to the river to view the crystal clear water.

Set up at camp site #1, it had a little lean to the site for the tent but was very manageable. There are only 10 sites and it appeared that only a few were on top of each other. Our site was away from all of the others.

Bathrooms were very clean and well taken care of for being a vaulted toilet.

There was no running water, the water bibs were there but no water was turned on yet. I figured everything was still turned off from the winter.

It seemed that the seasonal clean up crew did a great job of cleaning the fire pits and cutting up the winter fallen trees. They cut them up and stacked the fire wood close to the fire pits. (You will need a axe to split) Great job to those guys, the place looked great.

Throughout the night you could hear trucks and cars sipping down the road. Every so often a few cars would drive through the camp ground going to the residence behind the grounds, but the sounds of the running river was awesome all night.

It was a honor pay station by the USDA Forest service. 6$ was an easy payment for a nice area to set up.

Loved it

This site was nice. Along the water with a little area for fishing or playing for the kids. The site had a restroom and trashcans. Lots of shade. Only drawback is it's next to 299.

Pretty fun

Nice, lots of amenities. Minus one star because of the cold shower that should have been hot. Other than that, the beach is nice, the tent sites are nice. A bit bustling busy during the summer, great for kids

Well maintained and beautiful area!

This was a perfectly placed campground near the McCloud Falls, which are definitely recommended if you stay at the campground. Also, go to Clear Waters coffee and the adventure business next door, we had a great lunch and coffee at the cafe before heading north.

Not our speed, but well maintained

We came thru at a time that little OHV traffic was in the area, but it clearly gets busy at this site. Hosts were excellent and helpful, and there is a wonderful trail nearby for bikes. Not being a fan of OHV noise, I would recommend some of the dispersed camping in the area for those that go to nature to avoid the noise of their neighbors.

Stunning area!

After reading another review from a backpacker we decided to dispersed camp near the Castle Lake Campground. The campsites themselves are nice with and offer fire rings, but there are few sites to use. The Lake is a trailhead for an amazing hike that is quite popular, so expect some traffic. The view is top notch of both Castle Lake and Mt Shasta

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wonderful river camping

the campground isaway from the river a bit, but once there, its wonderful. we used to swim there often or float in inner tubes from there to the bridge in town.

amazing view

we cant wait to come back again. the crags are beautiful!

top o' the hill

it was hot and smokey from the carr fire when we visited but it was pretty nice. we wanted to spread a little trail magic on the pct while we were there and hopefully helped out a few people.

cant wait

i really want to camp here this summer. the campground is directly on the pacific crest trail. we wanted to stay last summer but the campground was closed due to storm damage. we explored for a while, but had to move on. hopefully it is open this year!

a nice place to beat the heat

the campground is well shaded and next to a very clear and cold creek. the times ive visited, it has been deserted save for the occasional host. nice and quiet.


standard koa feel to this campground. it was nice and relaxing, well maintained. no complaints.

our favorite

this is our absolute favorite place to camp for nostalgic reasons. the creek is so clear and cold, its amazing feeling when its hot out.

unfortunately, fire season can take its toll and the whole river valley will be covered in smoke. we try to go earlier in the summer to avoid the risk when possible.

the best part is theres no cell service to distract you.

In the trees

Nice place it there are no fires.