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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, CALIFORNIA

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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.

Shaded, small

Smaller and closer to the hwy. But not a busy hwy. Nice access to large swimming hole. Clean, beautiful water

Beautiful, clean water. Nice sites, different swimming holes, the finest place around for rock hunting

My favorite place to be in summer, cool water, clean, quiet. Absolutely beautiful. Good choice of paid or free sites, star gazing galore. Rock hunters paradise!

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.

Very Nice

We stayed one night in our 40' motorhome. Easy to make reservations. Easy check in and they even led us to our spot and guided us in. Nice big sites. Great place, we will stay there again.

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.

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

Clean and well run

We spent a full week here and enjoyed it immensely.  Our tent site was large and spacious and even when full, the campground was quiet and peaceful. The hosts were very attentive to the needs of everyone staying there.  We had one night during which a nearby, private property had some dogs that barked all night.  We reported this concern the next morning, after which the hosts contacted the neighboring individuals and the dogs were quite for the remainder of our stay.  The bathrooms and showers were always clean and well maintained.  We will definitely stay there again.

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

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.


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

beautiful views

we stayed there the last weekend in may and enjoyed the mild weather and the lack of other campers. the views of the cove are great and provide decent fishing from the bank. we were in for a show with a lightning storm as it moved in from the northeast. it rained, but the tree canopy did a decent job of providing coverage so we werent immediately. the site is truly primitive and while its advertised as having water available, its marked non-potable. its a bit of an adventure driving in, but well worth it.

Great camping

Great access to the Lake. Trees keep wind down There is poison oak throughout the campsite though you can tell they’ve been trying to keep it cut back.


As of May 2019, the camp was closed to the public due to safety hazards. Otherwise, it's an ok site. Bear boxes, composting toilet, trash bins, picnic table, and a fire ring. There's a trail that leads down to the creek.

In the trees

Nice place it there are no fires.

Just a parking lot with hookups

Marina RV park was ok, more a parking lot with hookups. There was a pool as well, it sure it was open though. It was pretty clean and comfortable, just no picnic table or even space outside to hangout.

Quiet and quaint

A simple little spot. There are tables there and shady spots for the tents. It’s quiet and if it just rained there is the sound of waterfalls around there. If the spots are filled up, there is another flat area to camp without a table.

Large, spaced out sites, water & bathrooms, serentiy

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!