Description - The Forest is divided into seven ranger districts. In the last few years, the districts have been combined into 'management units.' National Recreation Area Management Unit is based in Mountain Gate and contains the Shasta Lake Ranger District.
Shasta Lake Ranger District features one of California's premier recreation lakes. The gorgeous Shasta Lake has more miles of shoreline than the San Francisco Bay with a water surface sprawling an impressive 29,000+ acres.
- Shasta Lake, a multi-armed area, attracts enormous crowds to its striking landscape for land and water sports. Recreation opportunities at both private and public facilities are abundant. From modern marinas and campgrounds to primitive tent sites and four-wheel exploration, you are invited to discover California's largest reservoir. A good way to acquaint oneself with the massive lake region and all its offerings is by stopping at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center in the small town of Mountain Gate located 8 miles north of Redding off Interstate 5.
One of the lake's most popular attractions is the fact that it provides excellent year-round fishing, whether from a boat or from shore. The lake is home to 16 varieties of fish, including sturgeon. Trout species include rainbow, German brown, kamaloops, and kokanee salmon. Bass species include largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. Catfish species include channel cats, white cats, and brown bullheads. Smaller species include crappie and bluegill. During the early spring shoreline anglers can catch trout. During the summer the trout seek cooler temperatures with the most effective trolling at depths of 30 to 70 feet. Almost any rocky area on the lake may produce bass. Best catfish taking is in the spring and summer months at night. Although there is white sturgeon in the lake, few anglers fish for these giant bottom-feeders. The record sturgeon catch was in 1977, 190 pounds and 8 feet, 2 inches long.
Recreation - The huge Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers a wide range of recreational activities. Some of these include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, camping, boating, fishing, sightseeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Climate - Climate on the Shasta-Trinity varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.
Shasta Lake Ranger District office is located along Holliday Road in Redding, California.