Shasta Camping: At the Lake or the Mountain

Shasta Lake: by Redding, California
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Two of the most scenic natural areas in northern California are Mount Shasta and nearby Shasta Lake. Mount Shasta is one of the world's most beautiful mountains and the largest volcanic peak in the contiguous United States, a towering mountain with one of the highest base-to-summit rises in the world, and a top elevation of 14,162 feet.

Nearby Lake Shasta is no less spectacular, formed where the Sacramento, McCloud, Squaw, and Pit Rivers join. Thirty-five miles long with almost 370 miles of shoreline, it holds enough water when full to provide about 5,000 gallons to every person in the country.

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Campgrounds in the Lake Shasta Area

Antlers RV Park: Full hookups, hot showers, and secluded tent sites. They serve a Sunday pancake breakfast and have a swimming pool. Lots of things to do. They can accommodate both campers and tents.

Castle Crags State Park: 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites, near the scenic rocks that it's named for. California’s state parks reservations process can be confusing and it’s set up in a way that practically forces you to plan 6 months ahead.

Holiday Harbor RV Park: Holiday Harbor has 27 tree-shaded sites with full hook-ups by water's edge, along with some tent spots. They have laundry facilities, showers, and a swimming area. Pets are allowed, for a small daily fee.

Lakeshore RV Park: This RV park overlooks Shasta Lake. They have cabins, RV, and tent sites. You can entertain yourself in their video arcade, take a dip in the pool or have a meal in their restaurant.

Salt Creek Resort: Cabins, paved RV sites with full hookups for vehicles up to 40 feet long. They have a swimming pool and a barbecue area.

Shasta Lake RV Resort: Shasta Lake RV has pull-through, shaded sites up to 60 feet long, full hookups and a dump station, cabins, and a secluded tent area. Most sites have a cable TV hookup. You can use their pool, playground and boat dock. They also have restrooms, hot showers, laundry room and a grocery store.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest: This site offers single and double sites and yurt-style tents in a number of locations (which are not shown on the map because there are so many).

RV Rentals in the Shasta Area

If you want to camp in the Shasta area but don't own a camping vehicle, try TowTally Camping in Redding (about 60 miles south of Mt. Shasta City). They rent RVs, tent trailers, and travel trailers.

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Campgrounds Near Mount Shasta

Couple camping, Mt Shasta, CA
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Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort: On the shore of a small lake near the town of Mt. Shasta. They have a few cabins, over 300 RV sites, tent sites, and a dump station. Restrooms, laundry facilities, a grocery store, hot showers. Lots of lake recreation and rentals.

McCloud Dance Country RV Park: On the south slope of Mount Shasta. RV sites with full hookups, tent sites, fully furnished cabins. Trout fishing ponds in the park, laundry, camp store, free showers. Closed in winter (November through March).

Mt. Shasta City KOA: At 3,500 feet with picture-postcard views of the peak. RV and tent sites. Their big sites can accommodate campers up to 80 feet long. Cable TV at selected sites. They also have some cabins. Open year round.

Railroad Park Resort: The antique train caboose rooms at this park are almost too cute to resist, but they also have a 45-unit RV park and tent campground with hookups and showers.

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Shasta Campground Map

Campgrounds in the Mount Shasta Area
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To give a sense of scale, the map is about 70 miles from top to bottom.

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