NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Lewiston Lake*

Description: If Trinity Lake is a bit much for your sensibilities, consider this option which is fed from its northern neighbor, Trinity. This 750 surface acre lake has 15 miles of shoreline set at 1,900 feetand offers camping and fishing for stocked rainbow, brook and brown trout. a 10 mph speed limit on the lake keeps things sane for folks with kayaks, canoes or other small boats. A highly rated lake. Non-campers can stay at the Lakeview Terrace Resort.

Location: From Hwy. 299 between Redding and Weaverville drive north on Trinity Dam Blvd. toward Lewiston. Drive 5 miles past Lewiston to the lake. All of the campgrounds listed below are located on Trinity Dam Blvd. between Lewiston and the dam.

Nearest Town: Lewiston

Camping: Mary Smith Campground: 17 tent-only sites with picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and flush and pit toilets. Open early May. Cooper Gulch Campground: 5 sites for tents or RV's to 16 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills, pit toilets and drinking water. Open early April. Tunnel Rock Campground: 6 sites for tents or RV's to 15 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets. No drinking water. Open year round. Ackerman Campground: 64 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water, flush toilets and a dump station. Open year round. Reservations are not accepted at any of the above.

Fishing: Rainbow, brook and brown trout and kokanee salmon.

Boating: All types. 10 mph limit. Boat ramps, rentals and facilities available.

Other: Wildlife viewing areas.

Off-road Opportunities in Area: Deadwood Road. 13 miles rated easy connecting the hamlets of Lewiston and French Gulch and passing some gold mine ruins as well as a still-functioning Washington Mine.

Information: Shasta Trinity National Forest, Weaverville Ranger Station. 530-623-2121. Lakeview Terrace Resort. (530) 778-3803.