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Siskiyou County is home to many campsites, from the most remote, to those right off some of our major highways. Whatever you camping level is, there is truly something for everyone.
Camping along the I-5 Corridor: From Dunsmuir, CA to the Oregon Border on Interstate 5, Siskiyou County, California
SIMMS FLAT CAMPGROUND
A view of the bridge over the Sacramento River at Sims Flat Campground. This is a historic bridge built by the Civilian Conservation Crops in the 1930s.
Campsites: Sites have both trees and clear areas. Most sites are across from the river, but very pleasant. This is a great location for an overnight stop while traveling Interstate 5. Road is paved or gravel. There are 19 sites and no reservations required. Mid size RV's and campers can also be accommodated.
Fees: Self-registration fee station at entrance. $15.00 per night. 14 day limit.
Affiliation: U. S. Forest Service Campground
Location/Address: Between Castella and Dunsmuir, California along Interstate 5. Take exit 718 (Sims Exit) off of Interstate 5 and head East. Follow the road approximately a mile until you see the bridge that crosses the Sacramento River cross the river and very shortly you will arrive at the camp ground. The camp entrance is at the beginning of the bridge pictured above.
Nearby: Dunsmuir and Castella are within a few miles. Mt. Shasta City is approximately 20 miles and has the nearest hospital.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mt. Shasta Ranger Station
204 West Alma
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Left: Fishing Pier at marina, Right: typical camping spot with full hook ups for RV's.
Lake Siskiyou Resort Camp
4239 West A. Barr Road
Mt. Shasta City, CA
This is a commercial establishment open from April 1 through October 31, snow levels permitting opening. Close to Interstate 5 at Mt. Shasta City. Great for weekend or longer camping, and a pleasant place to stay while traveling I-5 en route. The campground offers a wide variety of camp spaces from full hook up, to water and electric only, to simple tent spots. Cabins and other accommodations are also available.
Great fishing, boating, swimming, relaxing, and a nice hiking trail around the lake. Nice boat ramp. Convenience store on site as well as small eatery with pizza and similar foods. Total number of camping spots unknown but there are over 200, information can be obtained during the season via phone, and some information can be found at their website listed below.
Lake Siskiyou is a local favorite for day use as well as for longer camping, some campsites are near the lake and others are a bit more secluded. The images above show a photo of the lake at the marina with the fishing dock in view along with Mt. Shasta in the background and the image on the right shows a sample of one of the campsites along the main road in the park ~ please note this image was taken when the campground was closed during winter. Summers generally have pleasant days and a bit cooler evenings.
They have a nice swimming area separate from the boating areas as pictured here:
How to get there: From Interstate 5 take the Central Mt. Shasta exit at W. Ream Avenue. Travel West. Go to the stop sign at Forest Route #26 (aka as West A. Barr Rd.) and travel South. (turn left) Continue on West A. Barr Rd. (Forest Route #26), stay to the right when you come to a Y in the road. Travel past the Mt. Shasta Resort Golf Course (will be to the South) and continue down this road. Shortly past the Golf Course Lake Siskiyou will be visible as you cross a small bridge. Continue on this road for a couple of miles as you travel around the West side of the Lake. Look for signage at the entrance on your right.
Cost and other information is currently unknown, please call for information at number listed at the top of this post. Website: Lake Siskiyou Resort.